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 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

05/02/2018 - Our recent article "Hydrogen flux through size selected Pd nanoparticles into underlying Mg nanofilms" was just included in the latest issue of Advanced Energy Materials. Moreover, it has been awarded an inside front cover! Congratulations, Sushant, and everyone!

28/01/2018 - Almost a year after the NbD Unit made its Japanese prime time TV debut in NHK program "Sarameshi", KBS, South Korea's National Broadcaster, featured our unit among others at OIST, in its program "Future Planning 2030" (snapshot credit to KBS TV).

24/01/2018 - Today, NbD Unit's Marta Haro gave an invited talk at the International Symposium on Energy Science and Technology 2018, organized by the Energy Materials and Surface Sciences Unit, here at OIST. Marta spoke about "Nanoarchitectonics for efficient energy storage", introducing our research in general and focusing on our recent study on improved Si anodes for Li-ion batteries by utilization of Ta nanoparticle scaffolds. Later during the day participants of the symposium visited our lab, where they had a chance to learn and discuss about our methods and projects in more detail.