The advent of Nanotechnology is one of the most important transformations in the materials science. Lying at the heart of nanotechnology are novel nanomaterials, which possess distinct and fascinating properties compared with the bulk counterparts, primarily due to the quantum confinement and the very large surface-to-volume ratios. Nanomaterials have now been applied in medicine, electronic and opto-electronic devices, catalysis, and even consumer products such as clothing and sunscreen creams.

There is an increasing transition worldwide toward the use of nanotechnologies, which offers a significant economic opportunity for the UK. The global revenue from nano-enabled products has undergone rapid grow, from $339 billion in 2010 to $731 billion in 2012, and is expected to reach $4.4 trillion by 2018. UK is one of the major players with strength in nano-optics and nanoscale materials, and it is important for the UK to build upon its existing commercial strength in nanotechnologies in order to exploit this opportunity for business growth.

Synthesis of nanomaterials plays a central role in nanoscience and nanotechnology as this determines the properties and thus the applications of nanomaterials. For metal processing/manufacturing, novel nanomaterials can be tailored to offer improved strength and flexibility, and other properties such as corrosion-resistant and magnetic properties.

Theme Leader Shengfu Yang

The Synthesis of nanomaterials theme is led by Shengfu Yang (UoL), a pioneer in the synthesis of novel nanomaterials using helium droplet technology and characterization of nanomaterials, attracted over £2M external grants from the EPSRC and the Leverhulme Trust as the PI, a Fellow of the RSC. .

Other staff members:

  • Andrew Ellis (UoL) an expert in anodroplets and participates research, an editorial board member of J. of Molecular Spectroscopy and is the Chairman of the RSC’s Spectroscopy and Dynamics group, a Fellow of the RSC and a Fellow of IoP.
  • Issac Chang (see Theme 4)
  • Kwang-Leong Choy (see theme 3)