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

09-10/12/2017 - During this weekend, the NbD Unit was very happy to host OIST's very first Skill Pills+ session! Both undergraduate and postgraduate students from Japanese universities, and OIST's own PhD students attended two days full of nanoparticles. Zaki, Alex, and Panos explained the basic principles of nanoparticle deposition and characterization, nanodevice fabrication, molecular dynamics simulation, and gas sensing in an intense two day program which included both seminars and hands-on sessions where the participants actually performed experiments and got a feeling of how it is to do research at our unit. We were particularly happy to interact with our guests from Japan, and hope to see some of them eventually joining OIST's Graduate School, as they all did exceptionally well!

06/12/2017 - Today we held another small farewell party, as it was Jerome Vernieres' last day with our Unit. Jerome has traveled a journey of more than four years with us that took him directly out of his PhD study at CNRS, Toulouse, and transformed him into a mature postdoctoral scholar with outstanding expertise in nanoparticle deposition; as such, a Research Officer position is awaiting him back in Europe. We will be in touch with Jerome in the future, as the best is yet to come in our collaboration. Good luck, Jerome, and au revoir! 

29/11/2017 - Today, Mukhles Sowwan gave an oral presentation on "Gas phase design and synthesis of mono-metallic, bi-metallic and tri-metallic nanoparticles" at the MRS Fall Meeting 2017, emphasizing the possibility to control the size, chemical composition, and shape of nanoparticles by tuning several parameters that affect plasma confinement. Looking forward to the MRS Spring Meeting 2018, and the "Nanomaterials and Devices by Cluster Beam Deposition" symposium.