Sustainable energy

A pathway to creating low-resistance Ohmic contacts at nanoscale has been reported in Advanced Materials this week; a development
Novel flexible, lightweight and low cost “plastic” electronics, including OLEDs and organic solar cells, rely on semiconducting...

Z. Xiao Guo

Prof Guo’s research interest focuses on multiscale simulations and syntheses of materials and nanostructures for applications in clean energy and healthcare technologies, particularly in hydrogen storage, carbon capture, energy catalysis, biofuel cells and biointerfaces. Fundamental theories are coupled with ab initio, molecular dynamics, cellular automata and finite element simulations for materials discovery, while selected materials are synthesised and harnessed by mechanochemical, self-assembly, deposition and precipitation methods.


Rob P Davies

Research interests in the Davies group include the preparation and applications of Metal-Organo Framework (MOF) materials. These are ‘nano-engineered’ microporous 3D-coordination polymers consisting of metal based nodes and organic linking units. They are of high interest due to their applications in gas storage technologies (including hydrogen gas and methane for automobile fuel tanks), gas separations (including carbon dioxide capture from the exhaust flues of coal power plants), and heterogeneous catalysis.

James Wilton-Ely

Dr Wilton-Ely's research involves bridging the gap between molecular compounds and the nanoscale. His group uses their synthetic expertise to functionalise nanostructures with molecular species and apply these materials to fields as diverse as medical imaging (MRI and PET), sensing (CO and heavy metals) and catalysis (C-H activation, C-C bond formation). Of particular interest is the development of new attachment methods for gold nanoparticles, which allow multiple surface units to be incorporated in a stepwise, modular fashion.

Arash Mostofi

Materials lie at the heart of almost every modern technology and our research is dedicated to the application and development of theory and computational simulation tools for solving problems in materials. We develop and use methods at a wide range of length and time-scales, combining analytical theory, quantum mechanical first-principles simulations of interacting electrons and nuclei, atomistic simulations that use simpler models of interatomic bonding, coarse-grained molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo techniques.

Manganese oxides, or manganites, are technologically important materials, used widely as solid oxide fuel cell cathodes.

Stephen Skinner

Professor Skinner's research interests centre on the properties and structures of ion conducting oxides, with emphasis on the idenification and characterisation of new materials using in- situ high temperature techniques such as x-ray and neutron powder diffraction techniques, secondary ion mass spectrometry and low energy ion scattering. This work has potential applications in the development of solid oxide fuel cell, electrolysis and permeation membranes and more has been identified as having application in the field of novel solid state gas sensors.

Milo Shaffer

Professor Milo Shaffer is interested in synthesis, modification, characterisation, and application of high aspect ratio nanoparticles (particularly carbon nanotubes and oxide nanorods). These materials have unique and often extraordinary combinations of properties; the question is to what extent these properties can be manifested in assemblies at a macroscopic scale. His group has developed and studied a wide variety of pure and composite systems based on nanotube/nanorods for both structural and functional applications across a range of length scales.

Peter Petrov

Peter's research interest is in the new material issues for development of nano-scale thin films and devices: fabrication of functional oxides based nano-scale multilayered structures; advanced methods for examining their structure and testing their electrical properties, and their implementation into microwave devices. He is the author of more than 50 scientific papers and inventor of four patent applications (two of them owned by Ericsson AB) which are now granted patents.