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

01/05/2017 - New beginnings: the NbD Unit would like to introduce our three new members, Lin Weng, Eric Danielson, and Nan Jian, who arrived at OIST just before the Golden Week holiday. Welcome, all, and good luck! We are looking forward to working with you!

30/04/2017 - End of an era: the end of April brought big changes to the NbD Unit, as it coincided with the departures of Stephan Steinhauer and Kengo Aranishi. Stephan and Kengo have both left their mark to the Unit and their presence will be missed; however, their working projects are still under way and we will keep frequent communication and close collaboration. Good luck to both of them in their new scientific adventures, and, as always, it is "auf wiedersehen", not "tschüß"! 

21/04/2017 - Today was the last day of Theodore Bouloumis' three-month internship with our unit, so we held a small farewell lunch party. Theo studied the growth mechanism and the mechanical properties of Si thin films on various substrates using Atomic Force Microscopy. He is going back to Greece for a few months, but has promised to return to Okinawa soon, so, "καλό ταξίδι, Θοδωρή, τα ξαναλέμε σύντομα!".