The Centre for Molecular and Nanoscale Physics (NANOPHYS) brings together expertise in nanoscale materials and nanoparticles.
Combining cutting edge facilities with expertise in theoretical, computational and experimental nanoscale physics, our centre has the capacity to make significant academic and translational advances.
Our mission is to maintain international recognition for high quality fundamental and applied research on the themes of:
- Experimental, theoretical and computational modelling of matter, including the structure, properties and dynamics of materials, soft matter and fluids
- Quantum optical properties of nanomaterials
- Controllable quantum devices, spintronics and open quantum systems
- Design and fabrication of functional thin films.
Our output has earned the respect of the wider international academic community, and is valued by a range of external and industrial partners.
In recognition of the quality of our research, our staff members were awarded a research node of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Nanoscale BioPhotonics.
Our researchers are nationally recognised experts in the computational modelling of matter, including structural (including surfaces and interfaces) modelling of polymers, colloids, proteins and ion channels down to the atomic and subatomic level including considerations of the mechanical and thermal properties of nanomaterials, theoretical and computational nanofluids and applications of statistical and thermal physics to nanosystems
Our models can also emulate biological membranes and allow the study of transmembranous transport of molecules, ions, peptides and functionalised bionanodevices.
NanoPHYS has a strong track record and expertise in the dynamics of biological membranes and nanoparticles, and the design and fabrication of coatings.
We have expertise in electromagnetic manipulation with experience in X-ray, neutron and light scattering, and transmission and scanning electron microscopy.
Our teams have developed unique software to understand nonequilibrium processes in fluids and for the computation of thermodynamic and transport properties. Properties recently investigated include thermal conductivity, thermal diffusion coefficient, viscosity, partial specific volume, slip friction coefficient and membrane permeability. The capacity to develop new functionality and computations is already in place.
NanoPHYS researchers have access to a range of sophisticated and specialist laboratories and facilities.
- RMIT’s Microscopy and Microanalysis Facility
- RMIT’s X-ray Facility housing one of the best light scattering and small angle X-ray scattering laboratories in the world,
- RMIT’s Micronano Research Facility (RMNF): a state-of-the-art facility for the characterisation of nanoparticles, soft matter, membranes and a broad range of nanomaterials.
We can also access partner facilities and those relating to the ARC Centre of Excellence in Nanoscale BioPhotonics.