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Materials with nanometre-scale size and structure often exhibit unique properties with relevance to applications in areas such as catalysis, solar energy and medicine. We develop and employ advanced techniques such as electron microscopy and predictive materials modelling to uncover new fundamental understanding and help drive technological innovation.

Work in our group spans the full range from highly fundamental research aimed at uncovering and understanding new physics to applied research focussed on the development and optimisation of nanomaterials for applications. We are also playing a leading role in the development of advanced techniques to better understand the properties and functionality of nanomaterials (both experimental and theoretical).

Research themes in our group include:

  • Nanoparticle reactivity and catalysis
  • Polycrystalline materials for application in solar energy generation
  • Magnetic nanoparticles for medical applications

Methodologies we employ and develop include:

  • High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (including environmental capability)
  • First principles materials modelling (e.g. the density functional theory code CASTEP)

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