The group comprises over 40 experimental and theoretical scientists working on problems of fundamental interest and practical importance in condensed-matter physics. Our work is supported by state-of-the-art experimental and computational facilities.
Nanomaterials research focuses on the study, understanding and control of the structure and behaviour of materials at length scales around a nanometre (a billionth of a metre). By combining experimental, theoretical and computational techniques the materials' behaviour can be analysed, modelled and even predicted, helping us to understand the behaviour better and paving the way to dramatic improvements in performance.
Quantum effects dominate the atomic-scale behaviour of matter, yet the consequences are often unclear. The implications for the flow of electrical current (and spin-current) are understood particularly poorly, yet this is crucial to develop advanced electronic devices. By applying and developing quantum theories further, we hope to understand and even exploit quantum effects to improve existing devices and provide wholly new technologies.
Photonic devices are highly topical novel material systems with great technological potential. We are aiming at a fundamental understanding of the underlying physics to make use of these concepts for the development of biosensors and solar cells.
We are developing novel techniques to characterise nanomaterials in particular with respect to their spin structure and chiral activity using vortex electron beams as well as liquid cell transmission electron microscopy for the investigation of nanomaterials with high spatial resolution in fluid environments such as water.
Monday 7 November 2016
Friday 20 February 2015
Computational Chemistry Downunder: from Ice Inhibition to Minerals (PDF , 585kb), Prof. Paulo Raiteri, Curtin University, Australia, Tuesday 20th September, 13:00, G/020