Understanding electronic and optical properties of nanoparticles and nanostructures (Gaston, Kaiser, LeRu)

Further work will be aimed at understanding electronic transport in graphene, a new form of carbon, consisting of a single layer of carbon atoms that has many unique properties.  One focus will be graphene prepared by different techniques.  Finally, electronic structure calculations are used to characterise the development of metallicity in nanoscale metal clusters.  This dovetails with our research in the area of nano-plasmonics; the study and applications of the optical properties of sub-wavelength sized metallic objects, including optics-based sensors and surface-enhanced spectroscopies (Raman and fluorescence)