Research Topics

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Electrostatic Interactions at the Nanoscale

image We study electrostatic interactions between charged dielectric particles, which underpin a variety of phenomena such as electrostatic charging of pharmaceutical powders during manufacture and handling; the charge scavenging in the formation of solar systems; self-assembly of charged particles in solutions. Other application areas include interactions of aerosol and water droplets, and suspensions of colloidal particles.

 

Transformation of Nanostructure under the Electron Beam: Atomic Imaging and Computational Modelling

image Aberration-corrected high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (AC-HRTEM) experiments correlated with quantum chemical modelling demonstrate that a variety of structure transformations take place under the electron beam irradiation. Understanding of the transformation routes, the dynamics and the effect on properties of nanostructures is the key to control of chemical functionality and practical applications of nanomaterials.

 

Carbon Nanomaterials

image The behaviour and properties of nanomaterials are rarely similar to those of ideal isolated bulk material. Computational modelling plays an important role in determining these changes at the nanometer scale. It guides experimental efforts towards economical and feasible design of new materials.

 

Theoretical Aspects

image Theoretical models provide insight into fundamental processes involved in chemical and physical phenomena. Analytical theories with universal relevance to a variety of problems with different physical origins are essential tools of theoretical chemistry.

 

Gas Storage in Porous Solids

image We study new generation of multi-functional porous materials for hydrogen and gas storage, sieving and purification, for carbon capture and chemical reactivity, and for applications in sensing.

 

Photochemistry

image We study photochemical reactivity of transition metals.

 

Crystals and Composite Structures

image We investigate the properties and performance of novel (nano)composite structures and (nano)crystals.