Nano technology

Functional Materials and Interfaces

About

Functional materials are building blocks of modern society and play a critical role in the evolution of technology.  The research in this field is interdisciplinary, providing the intellectual foundation to design, create and understand new forms of matters and their functionalities by revealing the detailed chemistry, structure, process-at-interface and properties/function of solid-state, organic, inorganic or hybrid materials.  The application of functional materials and interfaces, from ceramics, nanomaterials, 2D materials, single molecules to polymers, covers designing sustainable new forms of matter with customized properties for applications in energy storage and conversion, future electronics, molecular imaging and sensing, informatics, environmental remediation and smart materials that can sense and respond to their environment. 

Groups

At the Connal group we make polymers with applications across a multitude of industries which means we develop new materials for a range of applications.

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Battery storage

Our research is focused on developing materials and technologies for energy storage in batteries and related devices.

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Liquid metal

Our work covers organometallic chemistry with a particular focus include unsaturated ligands involving metal–carbon multiple bonding.

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Humphrey

Our research uses synthesis, spectroscopy, electrochemistry, and computational chemistry to generate new molecular materials with unusual optical properties.

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Nano material

Our work is mainly concentrated on the interaction amongst synthesis, micro-structure and polarisation-related properties of functional materials.

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Bone tissue

The Nisbet Lab is focused on developing advanced biomaterials along three themes: Neural Tissue and Bone Tissue Engineering and Drug & Viral Vector Delivery.

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Banner Ting Group

Our research primarily focuses on the application of advanced nanoporous materials (such as 3D metal-organic frameworks, zeolites and nanostructured carbons) to important challenges in sustainable energies and environmental technologies.

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Nano particles

The Tricoli group research focuses on several fields of nanotechnology spacing.

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Nano technology

The group is interested in the synthesis, understanding and application of nano-to-atomic functional materials

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Projects

We are studying compounds in which a single atom of carbon is held between two metal centres LnM=C=MLn. In most cases the M=C=M spine is linear but we have recently isolated the first examples where the carbon is bent and displays nucleophilic character.

Student intake

Open for Honours, Master, PhD, Summer scholar students

Students with an interest in instrumentation development can pursue coupling EPR platform in situ electrochemistry, in situ gas exchange and in situ light (Solar, UV, LED, laser) excitation, allowing operando characterization of defects and their evolution.

Student intake

Open for Honours, Master, PhD, Summer scholar students

The research includes the material synthesis, electron microscopy characterization and various diffraction and property measurement, with a potential to use national neutron/synchrotron facility.

Student intake

Open for Honours, Master, PhD, Summer scholar students

The aim of the project is to further develop this method by doing a systematic parameter variation study for the already printable materials and gaining a better understanding and control of the printing mechanism.

Student intake

Open for Honours, Master, PhD, Summer scholar students

This project offers a unique opportunity to understand the world of 2D materials and how their properties can be tuned by their thickness and phase structure. It will enable you to gain valuable experience in materials synthesis and characterization, as well as cutting-edge research in the field of 2D materials.

Student intake

Open for Honours, Master, PhD, Summer scholar students

We are offering both computational and experimental projects in this field, focusing their research on (1) catalyst design and assembly, and (2) optimization and restoration of hydrogen carriers (related to organic synthesis).

Student intake

Open for Honours, Master, PhD, Summer scholar students

Members

Academic staff

HDR Convenor
Associate Director

Dr Lucy Gloag

Lecturer

Associate Professor

ARC Laureate Fellow

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ARC DECRA Fellow

V. Ting

Professor of Smart Nanomaterials

Zongyou Yin

Professor (ARC Future Fellow at Level 3)

Articles

Wonderful news – Professor Yun Liu has been awarded an ARC Laureate Fellowship.

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