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

09/08/2017 - Our recently accepted article, "Nanoscale heterogeneity of multilayered Si anodes with embedded nanoparticle scaffolds for Li-ion batteries" just appeared online in the "Early View" section of Advanced Science. In it, we are proposing a multilayered configuration prototype consisting of amorphous Si layers interspersed with Ta nanoparticle scaffolds which determine the structure and resultant mechanical properties of the Si films. Congratulations to Marta and everyone; more to come, soon!

09-14/07/2017 - Mukhles Sowwan, the director of the NbD Unit, participated in the "Clusters & Nanostructures" Gordon Research Conference that took place in Mount Holyoke College, MA, USA, as an invited speaker, presenting recent advances on gas sensors based on nanocluster-nanowire based devices. Panos Grammatikopoulos also attended and gave an oral presentation on using nanoparticle coalescence as a tool to design specific nanostructures. The Gordon Research Conferences provide an international forum for the presentation and discussion of frontier research: the 2017 conference on Clusters & Nanostructures focused on the interplay of fundamental knowledge, new experimental methods, and technological integration, with a view to novel applications.

29/06/2017 - Today we held a small farewell party for Soumen Giri, who is leaving the Unit at the end of this month to return to his home country, India. Soumen had a warm smile for everyone at the party, to reciprocate the warm wishes he received for his future endeavors. Good luck, Soumen, stay in touch, and come visit us any day!