Our research focuses on design, preparation, characterization and testing in applications of new materials, prepared primarily by chemical methods. We search for and seek to develop materials that have the potential to facilitate new, or enhance existing technologies, particularly in the areas of energy conversion and storage, optoelectronics and electronics. Our research is organized into four mutually supporting areas:
· Theory and modelling
· Materials synthesis/fabrication
· Materials characterization
· Devices fabrication and characterization
Examples of research themes pursued within the laboratory include:
2D nanomaterials for electronics
Development of “bottom-up” chemical methods for preparation of 2D nanomaterials structurally related to graphene, studies of the effects of quantum confinement on their properties and their testing in electrochromic and electronic devices, batteries and other applications.
Inorganic nanocrystals for catalysis and optoelectronics
Development and characterization of semiconductor, metal and hetero-structured nanocrystals, study of their electronic and optical properties and investigation of their practical potential in catalysis and optoelectronics.
Novel crystalline solids for energy conversion
Development of methods for preparation of thermally and chemically stable crystalline materials related to organo-halide perovskites. Studies of their optical and electronic properties and testing in photocatalysis, photovoltaics and optoelectronics.