The National Science Foundation (NSF) predict that nanomaterials will become the largest sector of the nanotechnology market, reaching $340 billion annually by 2015. The great interest in nanomaterials is largely due to their fundamentally different characteristics compared to macroscopic systems, for example silicon is an insulator on the macroscopic scale but becomes a conductor at the nanoscale.
Exciting new nanoscale properties have already found use in many areas with new technologies being developed at an astonishing rate.
nanoLAB is closely affiliated with the Chemical Nanoscience Laboratory (CNL) based in the School of Chemistry which has expertise ranging from the synthesis and characterisation of functional nanoscale materials to their development towards applications. Research in the CNL includes:
nanoLAB is also linked with the Nanoscale Science & Nanotechnology group based in the School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials. Research activities in the group encompass a wide range of cutting edge themes including the synthesis and characterization of new nanoscale materials, such as nanodiamonds, silicon nanocrystals, gold nitride (AuN) and photon reactions on ice.
Other world-class nanomaterials research also takes place under the nanoLAB auspices, for example: