Members of the NanoHAC group

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PhotoNameResearch interests
Prof Milo Shaffer Prof Milo Shaffer Milo is the Group Leader. Further information about him is available on his College homepage. 

Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr. David B Anthony Dr. David B Anthony The aim of the project is to produce a hierarchical composite structure containing carbon fibres which have been grafted with carbon nanotubes to act as a reinforcement in polymer (thermoplastic) or epoxy (thermoset) matrix.
Dr. Hin Chun Yau Dr. Hin Chun Yau
The aim of the project is to produce well-defined SWNT structures via self-assembly. This can then be used as a platform for the next generation of SWNTs based nanomaterials.
  Dr. Wonjun Lee Dr. Wonjun Lee The aim of this project is to develop new composites  that overcome the key limitation of conventional composites: their inherent of lack of ductility
Dr. Hannah S Leese Dr. Hannah S Leese The aim of this project is to develop solution-processable thermal and photochemically curable nanoparticle composites based on high performance thermosets as high k dielectrics.
Dr. Robert T Woodward Dr. Robert T Woodward Rob has a background in both responsive polymeric surfactants and microporous organic polymers for CO2 capture.  Rob is currently working as a postdoctoral research assistant in the Polymer and Composite Engineering (PaCE) group aiming to develop new techniques for the fabrication of complex graphene three-dimensional structures.
Dr. Andres Garcia Trenco Dr. Andres Garcia Trenco The project is based on the design and development of colloidal nanocatalyst for the hydrogenation of CO2 to fuels.
Dr. Noelia Rubio Carrero Dr. Noelia Rubio Carrero The aim of my project is focused on the development of novel graphene composites and porous hierarchical structures. This project will develop new methods for the production of chemically functionalised single layer graphenes with increased solubility via graphite intercalation compounds (GIC).
Dr. Jing Jing Jia Dr. Jing Jing Jia The aim of the project is to produce a novel semiconducting single layer graphite carbon nitride material which holds a great potential for applicatio ns i n electrochemi cal e nergy storage and catalysis field.
AJC Dr. Adam Clancy I study the reductive chemistry on carbon and inorganic nanotubes, allowing better understanding of these versatile reactions and allowing further reactions and applications to be developed.

Dr. Konstanze Seidler


Dr. Mustafa Bayazit

My research spans the disciplines of Materials Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, with a focus on the fabrication of  carbon nanomaterials (graphene, carbon nanotubes, carbon nitride and fullerenes) based hierarchical systems and their applications. Other research interests include high-throughput synthesis of engineering nanomaterials by microwave promoted microfluidic systems and the development of applications for these materials in energy and health sciences.

PhD Students

Francois De Luca Francois De Luca Conventional fibre-reinforced polymer composite materials are well known for their high strength, stiffness, low weight and high corrosion resistance but brake catastrophically with little warning because of their inherent brittleness. Thus, this research aims to develop, manufacture and characterise a new generation of hierarchical fibre-reinforced polymer composite structures that exhibit high mechanical performances with a significant emphasis on ductile behaviour. Hierarchical composite structures inspired by nature are investigated experimentally to promote ductility via progressive composite failure and energy absorption mechanisms over an extended strain to failure maintaining high composite stiffness and strength.
  Heather Au Heather Au The aim of this project is to produce covalently functionalised graphene, via negatively-charged ‘graphenide’ solutions, for efficient reinforcement of polymer composites.
Aaron Thong Aaron Thong
My project involves understanding and fabrication of fullerene based molecular resonant tunneling diodes in order to explore the use of inelastic electron tunneling in sensing applications
  Chris Roberts Chris Roberts I’m working on the supramolecular self-assembly of carbon nanotubes, with the aim of producing highly ordered, two- and three-dimensional functional networks. The potential applications range from catalyst supports to the next generation of SWCNT-based thin film electronics
n Nadir Basma
Using neutron scattering coupled with computer simulations, I am investigating structure and ordering in carbon nanotube solutions, and composites cast from these solutions. The project aims to guide the development of advanced nanocomposites and the search for exotic liquid crystal phases predicted to form in these systems at high concentrations.
Alice Leung Alice Leung Development and synthesis of Cu/ZnO colloidal nanoparticles from organometallic precursors for the reduction of CO2 to fuel components
Sandy Fischer Sandy Fisher My aim is to develop a new method to fully characterize, in three-dimensions, the distribution, orientation and interfacial properties of nanocarbons in polymeric matrices. By gaining an in-depth understanding of the nano/micro structures of these nanocomposites in relation to the macro-level properties the full potential of these outstanding materials can be exploited.
 eileen Eileen Brandley My area of research concerns the study of carbon nanotube reinforced composites with both thermoset and metal matrices. The main focus is using pre-formed carbon nanotube arrays to create highly orientated CNT composites.
  hugo Hugo de Luca In this project, the scalable production of carbon nanotube-grafted-carbon fibres (CNT-g-CF) is performed in an open chemical vapor deposition (CVD) reactor. The production of hierarchical fibre with two differing reinforcement, in this instance nanometre and micrometre, are considered a route to improve current-state-of-the-art fibres reinforced composites
DMS David Stringer My research area focuses on the synthesis of carbon nanotube aerogels. The project aim is to develop high-surface area materials in order to produce low-power vapour sensors.
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