Lead: Elena Besley
“Can we control the way that Single Metal Atoms/Metal NanoClusters (SMAs/MNCs) interact and react with surfaces?
We design specific surfaces (e.g. derivatives of graphene, carbon nitride, silica, ionic liquids) to ensure effective adsorption and stabilisation of SMAs/MNCs. DFT theoretical modelling is applied to calculate the bonding and interactions between the SMAs/MNCs and support materials and predict the functional properties of these systems.”
Yarjan is working on 2D materials and the preparation of graphene, hexagonal boronitride and molybdenum disulphide by exfoliation.
Tom is a PhD candidate investigating hybrids of ionic liquids and carbon nanotubes with SMAs/NMCs for carbon dioxide reduction.
James is a PhD student whose focus in MASI is on Raman spectroscopy characterisation of field-effect transistor devices.
Andy is a PhD candidate investigating metal-organic framework synthesis and the deposition of SMAs/MNCs onto these surfaces.
Tara's PhD focuses on the synthesis of carbon and metal oxide nanomaterials, with a view to developing catalytic nanoreactors based on SMAs/MNCs.
Jeremiah is working towards a PhD in graphene-related materials and thermal testing and analysis of materials.
Chao is studying for a PhD investigating chemical vapour growth and transfer of 2D materials.
Jincan's work explores the practical applications of 2D materials, and investigates their structure-performance relationships.