Nanotechnology and Functional Materials
Our Nanotechnology and Functional Materials’ researchers seek to explore, understand and engineer materials at the nano level.
Our work spans a wide variety of projects related to nanomaterials synthesis. Some of their particular areas of focus include:
- nanomaterials and nanoporous materials for new energy technologies
- nanostructured materials for high-performance lithium ion batteries and supercapacitors
- nanostructured non-precious metal and metal-free electrocatalysts for sustainable clean energy generation.
We are also investigating:
- solar fuel generation
- catalyst material for green ammonia production
- theories for electrocatalytic energy conversion processes based on computational chemistry calculations.
Our research in Nanotechnology and Functional Materials is of relevance to companies and organisations—in both industry and government—involved in:
- renewable energy generation
- renewable energy storage
- health (medical implants, antimicrobial surfaces, biosensors)
- environmental protection (clean water, clean air, gas sensors)
- agriculture (fertilisers, soil remediation)
- electronics (antennas, electromagnetic shielding)
- construction materials
- additive manufacturing (3D and 2D printing).
Our Nanotechnology and Functional Materials researchers aim to:
- achieve accurate materials design for different purposes
- understand and link materials’ apparent performance to their intrinsic properties, such as molecular structure and chemical composition
- generate value-added products.
Our expertise in these pursuits has enabled us to create, for example:
- enhanced battery materials
- materials and solutions for renewable energy generation
- a vast nanomaterials ‘knowledge bank’.
We advise on, contribute to and lead, projects and:
- provide expert insight and leadership on particular topics
- analyse, characterise and test materials
- build molecular models for materials and simulate its behaviour in different functions.
We have expertise across a wide range of areas. Many of our researchers are available to assist with research project supervision for Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy students.
We collaborate with various industry and government organisations, including:
- Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland (USA)
- Curtin University of Technology
- Flinders University
- Harbin Institute of Technology (China)
- Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing (China)
- Kent State University (USA)
- Kumamoto University (Japan)
- Max-Plank Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam (Germany)
- Monash University
- Nanjing Tech University (China)
- Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
- National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba (Japan)
- Newcastle University (UK)
- Seoul National University (South Korea)
- Shanghai Jiao-Tong University (China)
- Stanford University (USA)
- Surrey University, Guildford (UK)
- Technische Universitaet Dresden (Germany)
- Tianjin University (China)
- Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (South Korea)
- University College London (UK)
- University of New South Wales
- University of Queensland
- University of South Australia
- University of Technology Sydney
- University of Western Ontario, London (Canada)
- University of Wollongong