The Nanotechnology and Printed Devices group in School of Chemical & Biomedical Engineering (SCBE) aims to solve new frontier technological problems pertaining to health, environment, energy and sustainability using nanotechnology approaches. High quality nanostructured materials printed onto large area flexible substrates will pave way for next generation electronics due to their lightweight and robust electronic properties produced at low cost. The research activities are mainly focused on the development of advanced functional nanomaterials for printed electronics, energy and environmental applications. The on-going research efforts are committed to projects of high importance in various strategic areas, such as development of single-walled carbon nanotubes based electronic devices, synthesis of semiconductor photocatalysts for production of solar fuel, advanced materials for energy storage and energy production, and development of efficient electrocatalysts for fuel cell technologies, to name a few.
Carbon Nanotubes and Printed Electronics
The research team at SCBE has been working on the carbon nanotubes synthesis, purification and applications in nanoelectronics. Our research also involves developing a new class of high performance, light-weight carbon nanotube fiber based carbon fiber or graphites that are far more superior to conventional carbon fiber or graphite composites, for applications in aerospace, military, clean energy, marine and other high-tech areas.
Nanomaterials for Energy and Environmental Applications
A strong portfolio exists in nanomaterials research in our school, aiming to advance energy related technologies and to address the important issue of sustainability. We focus on design and synthesis of new nanostructured materials for energy applications such as lithium-ion batteries, fuel cell, supercapacitor and electrocatalysis. We are also interested in fundamentals of energy conversion taking place on the nanoscale at catalytic sites (including charge transfer, chemical reactions, etc) and provide novel solutions to improve the efficiency both by modeling and experimental approaches.