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

21/06/2017 - Today is a very special day for the Unit, as it was Yumi san's last day with us... Yumi has taken care of the Unit for the last four years, making sure that in every job that must be done there is an element of fun! Her contribution to the Unit as a whole, and her support to each one of its members' well-being has been invaluable. We are sorry to see her go, but very proud of her decision to move on. We will miss her, and we hope that she'll take every opportunity to come and visit us again.

08/06/2017 - Our recent communication "In situ chemoresistive sensing in the environmental TEM: probing functional devices and their nanoscale morphology" now features in the latest issue of Nanoscale. Moreover, our research on nanoparticle decorated single SnO2 nanowire devices is further highlighted, as it was awarded coverage on the inside back cover of the issue. Congratulations, Stephan and everyone!

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!