The evolution of chemical nanotechnology has brought chemists working in close collaboration with other scientific and engineering disciplines, physics and biochemistry, as well as with materials scientists and industrialists. In order for this area of chemistry to progress rapidly it is crucial that these diverse specialists understand the requirements of each other and work together efficiently.
The scope of the group includes:
- The fabrication and utilisation of:
- novel nanostructured materials.
- novel nanoparticle materials including metal, oxide and other inorganic systems.
- carbon and inorganic nanotubes and fullerenes and their utilisation in technological processes.
- novel nanostructures using bottom-up self-assembly processes.
- novel nanostructured surfaces.
- novel quantum dots in technological processes.
- novel biologically relevant nanostructures.
- The development of top-down lithographic processes and materials to fabricate nanostructured surfaces.
- The integration of bottom-up self-assembly processes with top-down lithographic processes to create three dimensional functioning and adaptive nanostructures.
- Investigation of the property-size relationship at the nanoscale.
- Health, safety and environmental implications of chemical nanoscience and nanotechnology.