Our projects demonstrate a cross-section of our work.
A new approach for metal oxide materials
Nanomaterials are a technologically important as they are difficult to make. Over the past decade, biological synthesis processes for the creation of inorganic nanomaterials have been developed. This approach typically encompasses biosynthesis and biomimetic routes, and has revolutionised nanoparticle synthesis. The challenge now lies in understanding the underlying principles and mechanisms that drive this synthesis in nature.
We are meeting that challenge by outlining some of these fundamental principles employed by natural processes for the first time. The findings will open up new avenues in large scale fabrication of important nanomaterials using efficient green methods.
A look at advanced nanomaterial synthesis
Using an elegant galvanic replacement technique for the synthesis of bimetallic nanomaterials, our researchers have explored the dramatic effects different solvents can have on the resultant nanostructure morphologies. The difference in solvent properties can lead to the formation of remarkably difference structures. This occurs as a result of the restrictions of the formation of intermediate reaction products when galvanic replacement is performed in aquous, organis and ionic liquid media.
The many materials synthesised in this study proved effective catalysts for the electrochemical oxidation of formaldehyde and hydrazine. Several of the materials demonstrated greatly increased surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy. This study opens new possibilities in the creation of bimetallic nanomaterials.
Measuring mercury with nanotechnology
We have developed a new technique for measuring mercury emissions.Read more Measuring mercury with nanotechnology