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.

News & Highlights

19/05/2016 - The NSCA workshop reached its conclusion after four days full of nanoclusters! During these days many friendships evolved; new collaborations were formed and old ones were extended. The excursion on Thursday to Okinawa World and Okinawa Peace Memorial Park introduced our guests both to Okinawan nature, traditions and crafts, but also to a sober part of Okinawan history- an appropriate way for such an international ensemble to celebrate science, friendship and collaboration. Thanks to everyone for their participation and for making our workshop such a unique experience! We hope to see you all soon!

16/05/2016 - It has begun! Today was the first day of the NSCA workshop, organized by the NbD Unit, bringing together pioneering veterans, leading figures, and promising beginners of nanocluster science and technology from all over the world. Looking forward to tomorrow's lectures and poster session!

01/05/2016 - The NbD Unit would like to welcome Dr. Zakaria Ziadi, our new unit member! Zaki will work with us on many an exciting project on gas sensing devices. Welcome, Zaki, and good luck!

01/05/2016 - Exciting times; in two weeks, between 16-19/5, the NbD Unit will have the privilege to host some of the world's leading experts on experimental and theoretical NP science in our "Nanocluster Synthesis, Characterization & Applications" workshop. Visit the workshop's dedicated website to learn more about the program, participants and scope. Looking forward to it, we hope to see many of you!

28/04/2016 - All good things come to an end. Today was the last day of Prof. Chris Pursell's sabbatical visit to our Unit, which produced both a fruitful collaboration and lots of fun. Have a safe trip back home, Chris, and we are looking forward to seeing you again!

13/04/2016 - Today was farewell to Philipp, who has worked with the Unit for more than a year: first as a student intern and then as our clean room technician. He is off to great things, however, as a PhD position in a top US university awaits him on the other side of the Pacific. Good luck, Philipp, and congratulations!

08/04/2016 - New article "Kineting trapping through coalescence and the formation of patterned Ag-Cu nanoparticles" just went online in Nanoscale: Accepted Manuscripts section. The article in its final format will appear online in a few days.

05/04/2016 - A press release "Nanoparticles can grow in cubic shape" by our collaborators in Helsinki on our joint paper, recently published in ACS Nano, has caught the attention of scientific media outlets worldwide, such as phys.org, ScienceDaily, eScienceNews, follownews, geekjournal, EurekAlert, etc.

04/04/2016 - Today we were sad to have a small farewell party for Sachie-san, whose internship has come to an end. However, it is not "adieu", but rather "au revoir", as she has promised to return soon!

24/03/2016 - New research letter "Local CuO nanowire growth on microhotplates: in situ electrical measurements and gas sensing application" published in ACS Sensors.

17/03/2016 - New review paper on "Nanoparticle design by gas phase synthesis" published in Advances in Physics: X

09/03/2016 - Today, the Nanoparticles by Design Unit were happy to host OIST Science Challenge participants and share with them the basic principles of nanoparticle design and growth.