School of Chemistry

Nanoscience & Materials

Nanoscience and Materials


Our research is focused around the key activities of developing new methods to synthesize, characterize and improve our understanding of materials with useful properties particularly those with features on the nanoscale.

Research in the area covers fundamental projects, such as the synthesis and study of nanowires/quantum dots, enzymatic preparation of designer DNA and use of optical trapping methods to study aerosols, through to more applied projects in the areas of drug delivery, new polymers for hydrogels and antibiofouling coatings, and senors for the detection of gases.

Advances in this area are important to developments in many areas of modern life, such as New Technologies, Medicine and Health, Environment and Sustainability.


Many of our research projects in this area require an interdisciplinary approach which sees our academics collaborate across the University with other Schools.

New technologies is a central theme of the group with many of the research projects seeking to underpin such advances. This is possible by producing new materials and developing the understanding of their properties.  These contribute to societal themes such as medicine and health and environment and sustainability. 

Our research can be seen in projects on materials for antibiofouling coatings which addresses problems relevant to medical implants, water treatment membrane and shipping vessels which are subject to unwanted biofouling which can dramatically impair their performance.

Research on electrically conducting nanowires is an example of nanomaterials which provide extreme miniturisation on electronic components and also have use as sensing elements for environmental and medical applications.


Research Area Leader: Prof A Houlton

StaffList: Nanoscience & Materials

Telephone: +44 (0)19120 87025

Dr Luke Dixon
Research Associate

Dr Gema Dura
Research Associate

Dr Osama El-Zubir
Research Associate

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6783

Dr David Fulton
Senior Lecturer

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7065

Dr Ben Horrocks
Senior Lecturer

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5619

Professor Andrew Houlton
Professor of Inorganic Chemistry

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6262

Dr Andrew Pike
Senior Lecturer, Undergraduate Admissions Tutor

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7061

Professor Ulrich Stimming
Professor of Physical Chemistry

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6786

Dr Eimer Tuite
Senior Lecturer in Biophysical Chemistry | Senior Tutor in Chemistry

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5523


Our academics working within the Nanoscience and Materials research area have strong links with both, industry and academia.

Collaborations include:

  • Intel Corp - nanoscale electronics and new materials
  • Akzo Nobel - new materials and sustainability
  • Bae Systems - nanomaterials and emerging technologies
  • Alphasense - sensors and health & safety
  • Johnson Matthey - modified electrodes
  • QuantumDX - biosensor and diagnostics