Nanoparticles by Design Unit (Mukhles Sowwan)

Nanotechnology is a revolution with endless possibilities. It has the potential of numerous applications in various technologies. However, one of the issues that has plagued the development of these technologies has been the inability to produce nanoparticles with tailored characteristics to be utilized to their full potential.

The Nanoparticles by Design Unit is composed by a multinational team of researchers from all over the world, with diverse scientific backgrounds, ranging from materials science through physics to chemistry and biology. Our research focuses on the design of nanoparticles for particular applications such as  smart gas sensors, label-free biosensors and hydrogen storage. We combine heterogeneous gas phase synthesis, mass filtration, and controlled deposition techniques to tune the size, shape, chemical composition, microstructure, and degree of crystallinity of the nanoparticles in order to optimize their chemical and physical properties for the development of nanoparticle-based advanced technologies.

Latest News & Highlights

17/10/2017 - Our recent article "Nanoscale Heterogeneity of multilayered Si anodes with embedded nanoparticle scaffolds for Li-ion batteries" was just included in the latest issue of Advanced Science, proposing a versatile synthesis approach for Li-ion battery anodes composed by intercalated layers of amorphous-Si thin films and Ta nanoparticles. More importantly, our article was awarded an inside front cover feature! Congratulations, Marta and everyone!

13/10/2017 - The internal seminar series is an institution at OIST where researchers, typically post-docs but also faculty and students, gain professional experience presenting their research to a general scientific audience. It also provides an opportunity for members of the OIST community to learn about their colleagues' work. Today, NbD Unit's Jerome Vernieres presented his findings on "Gas-phase synthesis of Fe-based nanoparticles" before a full house.

06/10/2017 - In exactly one month from today, the NbD unit will be happy to host the "Nanoclusters in Action" mini symposium, which will bring together a group of distinguished leaders in the field of cluster beam deposition, as well as any member of the OIST family who wants to participate and learn about the latest developments in applications of nanoclusters, or the scaling up of cluster production in order to meet industrial needs. As of today, the dedicated website for the symposium is online; please, feel free to check it out and find out about our invited speakers, their talks, and other useful information. We are looking forward to seeing many of you in November!