Our research focuses on several themes

  • Nanoengineered materials

    • Nanostructure properties are controllable via their structure, which suggests an opportunity: we can use nanostructures as building blocks to make materials and control material properties from the bottom-up.  Of particular interest are quantum Nanoengineered Materials (q-NEMS).  These materials exhibit emergent behaviour as a result of quantum hybridization of nanobuilding block states. Such hybridization can lead to q-NEMS exhibiting dramatic optical and electrical behaviour.
  • Developing new techniques

    • When making NEMs, we sometimes have to develop new methods to modify nanobuilding blocks, assemble them, or study overall material properties.  Recent examples include developing – for the first time – methods to:
      • anneal, heal defects and functionalize chemically exfoliated MoS2 nanosheets in solution, then assemble the nanosheets to form electro-optical devices
      • fabricate macroscopic ordered monolayer sheets using metal nanoparticle hubs and semiconducting molecular “wire” spokes
      • track response of materials subjected to extreme fields in an electrochemical cell
  • Applications

    • Recent examples include chromatography detectors and conductivity meters with improved performance compared to current state-of-the-art.