NANOFUNCTIONAL AND NANOCOMPOSITE MATERIALS – About the Group

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HISTORY

The “Nanofunctional and Nanocomposite Materials” Lab emerged from the “Phylosil” Lab after its reorganization in 2006.


OBJECTIVES

The laboratory is focused on the development of nanostructured materials with targeted functionalities and properties for environment and energy applications. New research directions have been established including synthesis and characterization of oxide, metallic, dense and hollow nanoparticles, thin films and coatings, with functional (photocatalytic, hydrophilic, antibacterial, magnetic and etc) properties, as well as carbogenic nanostructures (carbon nanotubes, graphite, conductive polymers) and nanocomposite materials for various applications. Continuous effort is applied for development of new, chemistry based methods, for nanoparticles synthesis (sol-gel, hydrothermal treatment, pyrolytic methods etc). The Electromagnetic radiation scattering and transmission phenomena of nanostructured and artificial materials from microwaves to optics are also subject of research.


CURRENT INTERESTS

TiO2 and new photocatalytic materials.

Semiconductor morphology control, doping, surface modification and composites’ synthesis for efficient photocatalysts.

Applications in photocatalytic air pollutants’ degradation, H2 production from water splitting and CO2 reduction to hydrocarbons.

Graphene and 2D materials.

Different synthetic routes, surface modification for endowing with different functionalities.

Applications in supercapacitors.

Graphene/polymer composites for tailoring O2 and H2O barrier properties.