Nanomaterials are nanometre length-scale materials which often exhibit useful chemical, optical, electronic or magnetic properties that can be controlled by making systematic changes to size, shape or chemical composition.
Owing to their tuneable (and frequently remarkable) properties, they have many applications, in medical diagnostics, self-cleaning technologies, energy production and catalysis. A major barrier to exploiting nano materials technologically, however, is the extreme difficulty of preparing them in industrially useful volumes. (Many of the highest performing nanomaterials are still available in sub-gram quantities only).
Our group has extensive experience in nanomaterials synthesis - using both flask- and flow-based methods. Materials that we make include spherical quantum dots, metals and metal oxides plus a range of more exotic anisotropic particles.
By combining our interests in flow chemistry and chemical synthesis, we are able to produce materials with tightly controlled properties even at high volumes. Using flow methods, we have reported some of the highest production rates for quantum dots to date.