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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

04/01/2017 - The NbD Unit welcomes the New Year bidding farewell to Jean-Gabriel Mattei, who is returning to his home country, France, to continue his research career at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Ingénieurs de Caen. Good luck, Jean-Ga! Au revoir!

10/10/2016 - The NbD Unit participated in the 8th International Conference on Multiscale Materials Modeling which took place in Dijon, France, with a poster presentation entitled: Silicon nanoparticles grown by magnetron sputtering: crystallisation through hybridisation.

04/10/2016 - Students from two high schools visited OIST and had a great time touring the campus and talking to OIST researchers, including our own Kengo Aranishi, representing the NbD Unit.