The Nanomaterials Research Group is using advanced materials for application in energy storage, sensing and bioimaging.

Nanomaterials are characterised by mesoscopic properties that cannot be found in their macroscopic equivalents. Nanomaterials can be luminescent (glowing), magnetic, catalytic, or showing other physical properties, whereas their bulk counterparts don’t.

A researcher working in a labThe particular properties of these materials can improve certain fields of application, like the renewable energy sector. In order to match the supply and demand requirements to make renewable energy a reliable option, storage devices are vital. The Nanomaterials Research Group is adressing this need by using lower cost, more widely available (nano)materials to build batteries.

Nanomaterials have also shown to be superior to classical materials in the area of sensing. Due to their small size, inorganic nanocrystals show better optical properties in terms of sensitivity and optical stability
compared with current sensors.

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