- Published on Wednesday, 27 July 2016 10:05
This Topical Issue aims at highlighting the interdisciplinary research topics that elucidate the structure formation and dynamics of animate and inanimate matter on the nanometre scale. There are many examples of complex many-body systems of micro- and nanometre scale size exhibiting unique features, properties and functions. These systems may have very different nature and origin, e.g. atomic and molecular clusters, nanostructures, ensembles of nanoparticles, nanomaterials, biomolecules, biomolecular and mesoscopic systems. A detailed understanding of the structure and dynamics of these systems on the nanometre scale is a difficult and fundamental task, the solution of which is necessary in numerous applications of nano- and bio- technology, material science and medicine.
Although mesoscopic, nano- and biomolecular systems differ in their nature and origin, a number of fundamental problems are common to all of them: What are the underlying principles of self-organization and self-assembly of matter at the micro- and nanoscale? Are these principles classical or quantum? How does function emerge at the nano- and mesoscale in systems with different origins? Which criteria govern the stability of these systems? How do their properties change as a function of size and composition? How are their properties altered by their environment? Seeking answers to these questions is at the core of a new interdisciplinary field that lies at the intersection of physics, chemistry and biology, a field now entitled Meso-Bio-Nano (MBN) Science.
Experimental, theoretical and applied aspects of these problems are being discussed at the series of the DySoN Conferences. Particular attention there is devoted to dynamical phenomena and many-body effects taking place in various MBN systems on the nanoscale, which include problems of structure formation, fusion and fission, collision and fragmentation, surfaces and interfaces, collective electron excitations, reactivity, nanoscale phase and morphological transitions, irradiation driven transformations of complex molecular systems, biodamage, channelling phenomena and many more. Although the issue is not a collection of conference proceedings, we expect that the participants of the recent DySoN 2016 meeting (held in October 03-07, Bad Ems, Germany) will contribute to it by submitting their novel results.
The subjects covered in this topical issue are also highly relevant to the topics of numerous European Projects, such as currently running COST Action CM1301 CELINA - “Chemistry for ELectron-Initiated Nanolithography”, or the project FP7-ITN-ARGENT- 608163 - “Advanced Radiotherapy, Generated by Exploiting Nanoprocesses and Technologies”. The latter project inherited and extended the scopes of the recently ended COST Action Nano-IBCT - “Nanoscale insights into ion-beam cancer therapy” towards the understanding of nanoparticle impacts on biological systems and related biomedical applications. These research communities are also kindly invited to contribute to this EPJD Topical Issue.
The Editorial Office of The European Physical Journal D therefore launches a call for submission for such papers on the part of the international community, indicating below the names of the Scientific Editors in charge, who will be involved in the preparation of the present issue.
The authors are asked to submit their work, which has to be in the usual form of an original contribution to this Journal, directly to the Editorial Office, indicating their wish to appear in the Topical issue on “Dynamics of Systems on the Nanoscale”, and also which of the editors in charge they wish to be receiving their contribution.
Web submission is encouraged via: https://articlestatus.edpsciences.org/is/epjd/
Editors in-Chief of EPJD: V. Buzek, H. Kersten, and A.V. Solov'yov
Scientific Editors of the Special issue: