Nick is Professor of Chemical Physics at Imperial College, London. His group conducts theoretical and experimental research in the general area of nanomaterials with particular interest in their interaction with biomaterials and bionanotechnology. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and the Institute of Nanotechnology, Editor-in-Chief of the international Journals, Molecular Simulation, and the Journal of Experimental Nanoscience.
Microfluidics and Nanofluidics
Professor Naomi Chayen specialises in crystallizing proteins and other biological molecules of medical and industrial interest. Her Group is developing new nanomaterials and technologies (including high-throughput methods) for producing crystals that are pivotal to the structure determination of biological molecules at atomic resolution. These underpin rational drug design, the understanding of biochemical mechanisms and other biotechnological applications. Her lab is currently working on proteins related to cancer, HIV, diabetes and heart disease.
Prof Thanh's research interests are in Nanomaterials for Biomolecular and Biomedical Sciences and Nanotechnology.
John de Mello is a Professor of Nanomaterials in the Department of Chemistry at Imperial College. His research focuses on the synthesis, characterisation and application of nanomaterials, with a particular emphasis on their use in sensors and electronic devices. He was a co-recipient of the Royal Society''s Brian Mercer Award for Innovation in Nanotechnology and previously held a Royal Society Industry Fellowship with Millennium Inorganic Chemicals. He was a co-founder of Molecular Vision Ltd. - a company specialising in the use of organic LEDs and photodiodes for chemical sensing.
Dr Joao Cabral's Polymers & Microfluidics group is centred on experimental soft condensed matter. They study complex fluids, often multicomponent systems, containing polymers, copolymers, (nano)-particles and surfactants. Microfluidics provides unique opportunities to synthesise, formulate, process and analyse fluids and is therefore explored in their work.Additionally, the group employ extensively scattering (light, X-rays and neutrons), microscopy, calorimetry and spectroscopy - but they also develop their own measurement tools.