Nanoparticles by Design Unit

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

03/10/2019 - Today, our recent article "In situ observation of metal to metal oxide progression: a study of charge transfer phenomenon at Ru-CuO interface" appeared online on ACS Nano - Just Accepted Manuscripts page. Our in-depth study presents the idea of using chrono-conductometric measurements to determine the chemical states of Ru clusters on CuO supports, thus, allowing the investigation of surface charge behavior on oxide supported catalysts, in situ, during catalytic operation via conductometric measurements. Congratulations, Alex, and everyone!

29/09-02/10/2019 - This week, the 76th Fujihara Seminar on Designer Nanocluster Materials - From gas phase to condensed phase was held at Grand Hotel New Oji, Tomakomai, Hokkaido, Japan, bringing together the Japanese nanocluster community as well as renowned international experts. Panos Grammatikopoulos and Chloé Minnai represented the Nanoparticles by Design Unit, with a keynote and an invited talk, respectively. It was a nice warmup for the upcoming ACBD workshop to be held at OIST later this month!

15-21/06/2019 - This week, the "Clusters & Nanostructures" Gordon Research Seminar and Conference were held at Les Diablerets, Switzerland. NbD unit's Panos Grammatikopoulos gave the keynote presentation of the seminar, titled "From nanoparticles by design to design by nanoparticles", whereas Chloé Minnai, Abheek Datta, and Panos Grammatikopoulos participated with oral and poster presentations on their previous and current research. More importantly, Chloé was elected to chair the next Gordon Research Seminar in the field, in 2021. Congratulations, Chloé, and good luck!