Synthesis on the nanometer scale is achieved through the creation of nanosized objects (e.g. quantum dots, carbon nanotubes), but also the synthesis of new molecules that have particular applications in nanotechnology, e.g. organic electronics.
Other examples of our research are the deposition of thin films with nanometer feature sizes, such as blended copolymer films or nanostructured biomaterials. Close collaboration between experimental and theoretical groups informs synthesis strategies and helps rationalise novel physical behaviours.
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Figure: A metal-organic framework that absorbs hydrogen. Derived from picolinic acid and zinc nitrate; H omitted, C- black, Zn- green, O - red, N-blue. [courtesy Paul Lickiss]