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

23/03/2017 - Our recent communication "In situ chemoresistive sensing in the environmental TEM: probing functional devices and their nanoscale morphology" just went online in Nanoscale: Accepted Manuscripts section, reporting in situ chemoresistive sensing in the environmental TEM with a single SnO2 nanowire device, and studying the impact of surface functionalization with heterogeneous nanocatalysts.

21/03/2017 - Mukhles Sowwan, the director of the NbD Unit, presented a "Smart gas sensing platform for biomedical applications" as the keynote speaker in the "Nanotechnology for detection, diagnosis, imaging & sensing" symposium of the 8th International Congress of Nanotechnology in Medicine & Biology, held between the 20th-22nd March, in Krems, Austria. The congress was organised by Techkonnex, Danube University Krems, and the Medical University of Graz, and provides a forum to discuss current, emerging and future trends of the converging fields of nanotechnology, biotechnology, and medicine.

16/03/2017 - Our recent article "Gas phase synthesis of multifunctional Fe-based nanocubes" just got included in the current issue of Advanced Functional Materials. The article was awarded a frontispiece feature, "in recognition of excellent results".