Left to right: Prof Mukhles Sowwan, Dr Zakaria Ziadi, Dr Panagiotis Grammatikopoulos, Dr Eric Danielson, Dr Abheek Datta, Dr Intu Sharma, Mr Markel Pardo Almanza (rotation student), Dr Chloé Minnai, Dr Alexander Porkovich, Ms Saori Chappell, Dr Pawan Kumar, Dr David Lloyd, Dr Marta Haro, Dr Zhenwei Wang

Current Members

Dr. Panagiotis Grammatikopoulos

Staff Scientist (Unit Leader)


Panos is working on computational and theoretical modeling of NP structural and other physical and chemical properties.


Dr. Abheek Datta

Postdoctoral Scholar


Abheek is working on designing nanostructured materials for electrocatalytic applications.


Dr. Eric Danielson

Postdoctoral Scholar


Eric is developing nanowire-based FETs, functionalized with nanoparticles for biological sensing applications.


Dr. Pawan Kumar

Postdoctoral Scholar


Pawan is working on the understanding of electronic transport behavior of nanoparticle-decorated semiconducting nanowire devices using scanning probe microscopy.


Dr. David Lloyd

Postdoctoral Scholar


David is working on the nanostructural characterization of multi-metallic nanoparticles using in situ electron microscopy methods.


Dr. Chloé Minnai

Postdoctoral Scholar


Chloé is working on the fabrication & characterization of cluster-assembled materials for optical and sensing applications.


Dr. Alexander Porkovich

Postdoctoral Scholar


Alex is working on the effect of NP functionalization on nanomaterial gas sensors, with a focus on atomic force microscopy.


Dr. Intu Sharma

Postdoctoral Scholar


Intu is working on scanning probe investigations of nanoparticle-based materials and devices for sensing and catalytic applications.


Dr. Zhenwei Wang

Postdoctoral Scholar


Zhenwei is working on field-effect transistor-based label-free biosensors (BioFETs) using novel nanoparticle-decorated nanowires as active materials.


Dr. Zakaria Ziadi

Research Technician


Zaki is working on fabrication & characterization of NP-decorated nanowire gas-sensing devices.


Ms. Saori Chappell

Research Administrator


Saori is the Unit's guardian angel, taking care of pretty much everything, administration-wise.


Past Members

   Dr. Marta Haro




   Dr. Lin Weng




   Dr. Nan Jian


   Associate Researcher, Institute of Nanosurface Science, Shenzhen University, China


   Dr. Jerome Vernieres


   Research Officer, College of Engineering, Swansea University, UK


   Dr. Vidyadhar Singh


   Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, JP University, Bihar, India


   Dr. Soumen Giri


   Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, RIE (NCERT), Bhubaneswar, India


   Ms. Yumi Takahashi


  MA student, American University of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan


   Dr. Stephan Steinhauer


  Postdoctoral Researcher, Quantum Nano Photonics Group, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden


   Dr. Kengo Aranishi


  Postdoctoral Researcher, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan


   Dr. Jean-Gabriel Mattei


   Postdoctoral Researcher, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Ingénieurs de Caen, France


   Dr. Sushant Kumar


   Assistant Professor, Dept. of Chemical & Biochemical Engineering, IIT Patna, India


   Mr. Philipp Muscher


   Ph.D. Student, Stanford University, USA


   Dr. Cathal Cassidy


   Staff scientist, Quantum Wave Microscopy Unit, OIST, Japan


   Dr. Rosa E. Diaz


   Staff scientist, Birck Nanotechnology Center, Purdue University, USA


   Dr. Jeong-Hwan Kim


   Assistant Professor, Yokohama City University School of Medicine, Japan


   Dr. Murtaza Bohra


   Assistant Professor, Mahindra Ecole Centrale, Hyderabad, India


   Dr. Chhagan Lal


   Assistant Professor, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, India


   Dr. Maria Benelmekki


   Associate Professor, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway


   Mr. Antony Galea


   Technology Manager-Physical Sciences, Technology Licensing Section, OIST, Japan


   Ms. Tomoko Kiriyama


   Research Administrator, Chemistry and Chemical Bioengineering Unit, OIST, Japan


   Ms. Shiho Saito


   Research Administrator, Theory of Quantum Matter Unit, OIST, Japan


Rotation Students

Ms. Anjana Krishnadas

2018/2019, Term 3

Structural & magnetic characterization of nanoclusters deposited by magnetron sputtering inert-gas condensation


Mr. Markel Pardo Almanza

2018/2019, Term 2

Sensing properties of nanoparticle decorated nanostructures


Mr. Shubham Deolka

2017/2018, Term 3

New avenue for water splitting via decoration of metal nanoparticles on CuO nanowires


Ms. Manana Kutsia

2016/2017, Term 3

Investigating the optical properties of nanoparticle decorated nanowires


Mr. Joel Perez Urquizo

2016/2017, Term 2

Characterization of nanoparticles for gas sensing applications


Mr. Mohieldin Youssef

2015/2016, Term 2

DNA-modified Au nanoparticles/CuO nanowires as a novel nanoscale biosensor


Mr. Lin Li

2014/2015, Term 3

Hydrogen storage in palladium hydride thin film


Mr. Hsieh-Fu Tsai

2014/2015, Term 2

Nanoparticle-decorated CuO nanowire gas sensors for room temperature CO detection


Ms. Ruth Thompson

2014/2015, Term 2

Image simulation & analysis for aberration correction in TEM


Mr. Andrew Winchester

2014/2015, Term 1

Magnetic properties of size-selected nanoparticles


Mr. Vincent Pak Too Chan

2013/2014, Term 3

A program for simulating nanoparticle deposition


Mr. Tsai-Ming Lu

2013/2014, Term 2

Imaging, optical property and application of gold nanoparticles


Mr. Kazuto Kawamura

2013/2014, Term 1

Identification & characterization of magnetoreceptive nanocrystals inside living organisms


Mr. Haytham Mohamed

2012/2013, Term 3

NIR-responsive particles: gold nanoparticles for photothermal therapy


Mr. Kenneth Baughman

2012/2013, Term 2

Scanning electron microscopy of nanoparticles at the nanometer scale


Ms. Caroline Starzynski

2012/2013, Term 2

Investigating the characteristics of newly created nanoparticles by the AFM