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 of a multinational team of researchers from all over the world, with diverse scientific backgrounds, ranging from materials science through physics to chemistry and biology, under the supervision of Prof. Mukhles Sowwan. Our research focuses on the design of nanoparticles for particular applications such as  smart gas sensors, label-free biosensors, hydrogen storage, etc. 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

06/03/2019 - Today, our latest research article, "Gas-phase synthesis of trimetallic nanoparticles" went online in Chemistry of Materials "Just Accepted" section, reporting an extensive experimental and theoretical study on the controlled nucleation and growth of noble metal nanoalloys containing Au, Pt, and Pd, of high significance mainly for catalysis applications. Moreover, the article comprises a combined effort of NbD alumni (Jean-Ga, Vidya, Jerome, Stephan) and of  the new generation of NbD members (Alex, Eric), signifying the continuity in the group's projects. Congratulations to Jean-Ga and everyone!

20/02/2019 - Our latest communication "Nanoassemblies of ultrasmall clusters with remarkable activity in carbon dioxide conversion into C1 fuels" in collaboration with Argonne National Laboratory, USA, and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, just appeared online in Nanoscale "Accepted Manuscripts" section, proposing a water-molecule mediated agglomeration mechanism of sub-nanometer Cu clusters with excellent catalytic properties for the conversion of CO2 into methanol and hydrocarbons. Congratulations, Panos and everyone!

01/02/2019 - Introducing our new colleagues, Chloé Minnai and David Lloyd, who have just joined our unit this month. Both Chloé and David are fresh from their PhD's and are going to boost the unit's potential in fabrication and characterization of sophisticated nanoparticles and nanostructures. We are most enthusiastic about working with them and hope they will enjoy their time in Okinawa, doing great science and making good friends. Welcome to OIST!