Jan
08

Bionano/Nanobio and Soft Matter

The disciplines of bionanotechnology, nanobiotechnology, and soft matter coalesce within this Research Theme. Biological systems can act as an inspiration, elegantly harnessing the special physics of the nano-world to perform ‘bottom-up’ processing with aplomb, generating smart, functional, viscoelastic matrices: from molecules to materials. Biology can also be the end-goal, with multidisciplinary teams driving towards applications […]

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Oct
03

Electronic and Optical Materials

Conventional theories of the optical and electronic properties of materials assume electrons propagating independently in 3D crystals with a periodic array of atoms and uniform propagation of light. Many materials displaying novel or exploitable properties do not fit within these bounds. Examples include the optical properties of nanoparticles or nanoparticle assemblies, where light both scatters […]

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Oct
03

Molecular Materials

Molecular materials show promise for diverse applications and researchers in this theme have expertise in many of these, including: molecular magnets, solar energy and electroluminescent materials, sensors, catalysts and sorbents.  Such applications rely on single molecules or collections of molecules, in the form of 3-D structures or thin films, exhibiting specific functions. To design, synthesise, […]

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Oct
03

Soft Materials

Soft matter is where physics meets chemistry, and where physics and chemistry meet biology.  Biological systems elegantly harness the special physics of the nano-world and perform ‘bottom-up’ processing with aplomb, generating smart, functional, viscoelastic matrices: from molecules to materials. This Theme was combined with “The Intersection of Nanoscience and Biology” under the new 4 Theme […]

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Oct
03

Inorganic Hybrid Materials

The research activities of Theme 5 was to develop new inorganic hybrid materials whose hierarchy and synergistic combination of nano-, micro- and macro-scaled features will give rise to new chemical, physical and biological functionality to facilitate the next generation of advanced materials.  This Theme was incorporated into the new 4 Theme Structure in 2013. Theme […]

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Oct
03

The Intersection of Nanoscience and Biology

The biological, biomedical and medical applications of advanced materials and nanotechnology are some of the most exciting, novel and potentially, most life-enhancing.  This Theme was combined with Soft Materials under the new 4 Theme Structure in 2013 to form Bionano/Nanobio and Soft Matter. Understanding and exploiting the promise of biological systems is a complex and […]

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Oct
03

Nanofabrication and Devices

Whilst nanotechnology and the development of advanced materials are tremendously diverse topics, fabrication is the key for engineering devices from new materials.  Be it at the macroscale, the microscale or the nanoscale, the capability to pattern contacts or add structure to devices must be equally supported alongside materials developments and theoretical exploration of new device […]

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