Scope

The Sixth International Conference "Dynamics of Systems on the Nanoscale" (DySoN 2020) will take place in Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy during November 23-27, 2020. The Conference is co-organized by the University of Ferrara (Ferrara, Italy), University of Kent (Canterbury, United Kingdom) and MBN Research Center (Frankfurt am Main, Germany).

The DySoN conference has been built upon a series of International Symposia "Atomic Cluster Collisions: structure and dynamics from the nuclear to the biological scale" (ISACC 2003-2019). During these meetings, it has become clear that there is a need for an interdisciplinary conference covering a broader range of topics than just atomic cluster collisions, related to the Dynamics of Systems on the Nanoscale. Therefore, in 2010 the ISACC International Advisory Committee decided to launch a new conference series under the title "Dynamics of Systems on the Nanoscale". The first DySoN conference took place in Rome, Italy in 2010. Since then, four further DySoN conferences were held in St. Petersburg, Russia (2012); Edinburgh, UK (2014); Bad Ems, Germany (2016); and Potsdam, Germany (2018). DySoN 2020 is the sixth conference in this series.

The DySoN 2020 Conference will promote the growth and exchange of interdisciplinary scientific information on the structure formation and dynamics of animate and inanimate matter on the nanometer scale. There are many examples of complex many-body systems of micro- and nanometer 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 nanoscale is a difficult and fundamental task, the solution of which is necessary in numerous applications of nano- and biotechnology, materials 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? What 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 will be discussed at DySoN 2020. Particular attention will be 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, irradiation-induced biodamage, channeling phenomena and construction of novel light sources, and many more.

Finally, DySoN 2020 will provide a platform to host discussions about current research, technological challenges and related initiatives within the Topical Areas of DySoN Conference Series.

The following topics will be addressed within the Conference:

  • Structure and dynamics of clusters, nanoparticles, biomolecules and bio-nano systems
  • Clustering and self-organization on the nanoscale
  • Cluster and biomolecular ensembles, complexes, nanostructured materials
  • Surfaces and interfaces
  • Nanoscale phase and morphological molecular transitions
  • Reactivity and nanocatalysis
  • Irradiation-driven transformations of complex molecular systems and biodamage
  • Biomedical applications of radiation
  • Thermal, optical and magnetic properties of nanosystems
  • Electron and spin transport in molecular systems
  • Collision processes, fusion, fission, fragmentation
  • Propagation of particles through medium and construction of novel light sources