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Advanced materials for future rechargeable battery technologies

Rechargeable batteries are used as energy sources for many devices, including electric vehicles, mobile phones and portable computers. Since today’s world is becoming more dependent on portable and wearable IT equipment, there is a huge demand for the rapid development of rechargeable battery technologies with a long cycle life and low environmental pollution. Moreover, the depletion of fossil fuels has drawn significant attention to renewable energy sources, such as wind, solar and tidal. These energy sources are seasonal and require …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
Science and Engineering Faculty

Spider silk: structure, mechanics and synthesis

Spider silks possess a range of qualities that are rarely found simultaneously in one material, and it is no surprise that an enormous effort has been made to replicate or learn from them.Toughness, extensibility and strength are only a few of the desirable traits that make spider silk of such interest. Silk is biodegradable and, unlike synthetic high-performance fibres such as Kevlar, it is extremely lightweight.A further advantage lies in its processing conditions and requirements. Whereas production of Kevlar and …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
Science and Engineering Faculty

A golden approach to nanomedicine. Gold-polymer hybrid nanoparticles

Gold, a precious metal, is also highly valued for the production of highly functional nanoparticles.Gold nanoparticles interact with light and microwaves to generate heat and light, which can be used in nanomedicine for therapy or imaging. This project will look at developing polymer-gold hybrid nanoparticles to improve disease delivery and therapy. This project involves:polymer synthesismaterials formulation characterisation. …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
Science and Engineering Faculty

Plasma printing – a new 3D manufacturing platform

Plasma printing technology is a rapidly emerging multidisciplinary research and development topic focused on the development of novel advanced technologies for additive manufacturing and 3D surface modification (3D printing) and roll-to-roll fabrication (2D printing) assisted by atmospheric-pressure low-temperature plasmas.

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
Science and Engineering Faculty

Fighting slime with nitroxides and polymers

Biofilms, more commonly recognised as slime, are complex communities of microorganisms, which provide these creatures with a niche where they are able to flourish in conditions where they might not normally survive.Because of this enhanced survivability, bacterial biofilms show enhanced resistance to disinfectant and antibiotic treatment, and are the cause of nearly three quarters of hospital acquired infections. Nitroxides, molecules that possess a stabilised free radical, are able to disperse these biofilms and make them susceptible to treatment.Our research group …

Study level
Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
Science and Engineering Faculty

Spider silk: structure, mechanics and processing

Spider silks possess a range of qualities that are rarely found simultaneously in one material, and it is no surprise that an enormous effort has been made to replicate or learn from them.1,2 Toughness, extensibility and strength are only a few of the desirable traits that make spider silk of such interest. Silk is biodegradable and, unlike synthetic high-performance fibres such as Kevlar, it is extremely lightweight.3,4 A further advantage lies in its processing conditions and requirements. Whereas production of …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
Science and Engineering Faculty

Plasma nanotechnology

Plasma nanoscience and nanotechnology is a rapidly emerging multidisciplinary research topic focusing on physical, chemical, and biological effects of low-temperature plasmas.

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
Science and Engineering Faculty

Epitaxial growth of 2D heterostructures on SiC for electronics and gas sensing

Graphene has attracted a great deal of interest due to its remarkable electronic, optical and mechanical properties, however the absence of a bandgap limits its use in many applications. Future applications in nanoelectronics and gas sensing will depend critically on the development of novel approaches to introduce a bandgap while preserving carrier mobility, for example by creating heterostructures of graphene with other two dimensional (2D) materials with complementary properties.This project will explore the heteroepitaxial growth of new 2D materials to …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
Science and Engineering Faculty

Molecular Lego: building new materials piece-by-piece on surfaces

Single-atom thick materials represent the ultimate spatial limit for thin films.  At single-atom thickness, new physical properties can emerge along with new opportunities for reducing the size and operating power of devices made from these ultrathin materials.One of the main challenges in contemporary materials science lies in synthesising and characterising new single-atom thick materials.

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
Science and Engineering Faculty

Computational design of 2D materials and surface functionalisation for catalytic application

Functionalised two-dimensional nanomaterials have attracted immense interest in materials design by combining the merits of large surface ratio and nano-size functionalisation, and have been able to meet the requirement of a variety of applications, including electronic devices, fuel cell, and catalytic application.Except for their tunable physical properties, of particular interest is their chemical reactivity and surface catalytic applications, because they can be more easily chemically modified by nano-size functionalisation. In this respect, numerous studies have been dedicated to exploring the …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
Science and Engineering Faculty

Retaining and regaining hydrogel mechanical properties

Hydrogels have great potential in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, where they serve as an artificial extracellular matrix. However, they typically have poor mechanical properties, which limits their applications.  Double network hydrogels can overcome some of these limitations, with substantially improved stiffness and toughness compared to traditional single network hydrogels.  Nonetheless, double network hydrogels can lose these properties over time and with repeated loading.

Study level
Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
Science and Engineering Faculty

Surgery with rockets

Self-propelled nano/microscale rockets have been developed that consume locally supplied chemical fuels to generate thrust, analogous to how large rocket engines ignite onboard propellants. Such rockets offer tremendous advantages as nano/microdevices. They can be designed for low or high velocities (up to 1000 body lengths/sec), can tow large loads, have remarkable design flexibility, and allow surface functionalisation with nanomaterials and biomolecules.1,2Unlike their macroscale counterparts, these rockets have the advantage of harvesting their chemical fuel directly from their surrounding environment. In …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
Science and Engineering Faculty

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