A list of news of the latest high impact research publications and prizes from the group. A full publication list can be found on the Publications Page.
Pintxos and Prize-Winners: ChemOnTubes 2022 - Donostia-San Sebastian
The more 'chemistry-inclined' of us were lucky enough to spend several days in late-April in the beautiful San Sebastian, for the long awaited ChemOnTubes 2022 Conference. Having been COVID-postponed since April 2020, this regularly biannual conference was a long time coming for the many nanocarbon chemists in this relatively niche area.
Well done to the many group members who presented their work. In particular, congratulations to Alex Ford who took home a Poster Prize, and a huge congratulations to Tommaso Costantini, who was awarded first prize for Best Oral Communication - thoroughly deserved recognition for excellent presentations. A huge thank you to the organising commitee and presenters for what was such a scientifically stimulating event; we are all looking forward to the next installment in Bordeaux/Arcachon, 2024.
Department of Chemistry Best Overall MRes Performance in Nanomaterials awarded to Yunfei!
Congratulations to Yunfei Dang!
Department of Chemistry Evans Medal for the Best Inorganic Research Project awarded to Benedatta!
Congratulations to Benedetta Gaggio for her MSci project on "SWCNT-buckypaper film/redox-active polymer composite with enhanced capacity for application as anode in an all-organic proton aqueous battery", 2021.
New Frontispiece cover in Advanced Functional Materials
"Layered Zinc Hydroxides: Direct Organometallic Synthesis of Carboxylate Intercalated Layered Zinc Hydroxides for Fully Exfoliated Functional Nanosheets", by Said Said, Christopher Roberts, Ja Kyung Lee, Milo Shaffer, and Charlotte Williams. Congratulations!
Milo takes on Imperial students on Radio 4 quiz show
20/07/2020 - Imperial recently hosted BBC Radio 4's "The 3rd Degree" quiz show, which saw Milo and two fellow professors go head to head against a trio of Imperial undergraduates. A highly entertaining half hour, featuring topics from carbon nanotubes to cocktails - Listen to it here for the next three weeks!
New paper on the cover of Chemistry - A European Journal
"Thermal Decomposition of Ternary Sodium Graphite Intercalation Compounds", by Heather Au, Noelia Rubio, David Buckley, Cecilia Mattevi, and Milo Shaffer. Find the full article here.
Peach wins the Anglo-Thai Society Education Award for Engineering & Technology
Pichamon has just been awarded the Anglo-Thai Society Education Award for Engineering & Technology, which seeks to recognize the achievements and excellence of Thai PhD students in British universities. Congratulations Peach!
NT19: International Conference on the Science and Application of Nanotubes and Low-Dimensional Materials
Professor Milo Shaffer was invited to the city of Würzburg, Germany, to give a talk at the 20th NT conference. His lecture showcased the group's recent work on "Versatile and scalable approaches to chemical processing of nanocarbons".
Invited speakers relax at the Bürgerspital Winery. From left to right: Philip Wong, Sumio Iijima, Milo Shaffer, Shigeo Maruyama, YuHuang Wang, Ming Zheng.
New review on the cover of Chemical Reviews
"Charged Carbon Nanomaterials: Redox Chemistries of Fullerenes, Carbon Nanotubes, and Graphenes" by Adam Clancy, Mustafa Bayazit, Stephen Hodge, Neal Skipper, Christopher Howard and Milo Shaffer, click here to read the full review.
Rapid Mapping of MWCNT Concentration
Congratulations to Sandy on the publication of her article "Rapid quantitative mapping of multi-walled carbon nanotube concentration in nanocomposites".
New article on the cover of Material Horizons
"Increasing carbon fiber composite strength with a nanostructured 'brick-and-mortar' interphase" by Francois De Luca, Adam Clancy, Noelia Rubio Carrero, David Anthony, Hugo De Luca, Milo Shaffer and Alexander Bismarck, click here to read the full article.
Nanotechnology - Highlights of 2017
Congratulations to Dave Anthony whose article Applying a potential difference to minimise damage to carbon fibres during carbon nanotube grafting by chemical vapour deposition is featured in Nanotechnology's Highlights of 2017, available here. The collection showcases some of the best publications from 2017 across all sections of the journal.
First sighting of ‘pink phosphorus’ caged in carbon nanotubes
Congratulations to Martin Hart whose paper 'Encapsulation and Polymerization of White Phosphorus Inside Single-wall Carbon Nanotubes' is featured in RSC Chemistry World magazine. Image source Wiley-VCH.
New article in Nature Comm.
Congrats to Seb Pike and Ed White for their recent publication in Nature Communications entitled, "Simple Phosphinate Ligands Access New Zinc Clusters Identified in the Synthesis of ZnO Nanoparticles"!
Good News Digest
Hin Chun's article in polymer chemistry is one of the most accessed of 2015!
Aaron wins 2nd best speaker at the Materials Postgraduate Research day!
Congrats to all!
Jake Greenfield wins best UG prize at Imperial College
Jake Greenfield, an MSc student in the Shaffer group, has won best UG research project prize in the department. Congrats to Jake!
Milo out and about
Prof. Milo Shaffer presented to the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee in Westminster on the topic of "NANOTECHNOLOGY – Is It Safe and Useful?"
He has also recently led a "Specialist Study day" in the London International Youth Science Forum.
Thermally conductive fibres for wearable technology
Some of the nanocomposite fibres developed in our lab by Lee Wonjun has been applied for use in clothes, designed in collaboration with Iddo Wald of the RCA. More info
Milo receives a prize at the 115th KCS meeting
Milo receives an award from Professor Hong Seok Kim, President of the Korean Chemical Society, following his invited lecture at the 115th KCS Meeting. Congratulations to Milo!
New article on the cover of Polymer Chemistry
"Synthesis and characterization of branched fullerene-terminated poly(ethylene glycol)s" by Hin Chun Yau, Mustafa Bayazit and Milo Shaffer, click here to read the full article
New article on the cover of Advanced Functional Materials
"Graphene Aerogels: Joule Heating Characteristics of Emulsion-Templated Graphene Aerogels", by Robert Menzel, David B. Anthony, and Milo Shaffer, click here to read the full article.
Gold nanoparticle jewellery anyone?
Our own Jodie Melbourne teamed up with Sofie Boons of Royal College of Art to create jewellery using gold nanoparticles. These Gold nanoparticle jewellery displays a myriad of colours depending on the size of the nanoparticles used. Read more about this exciting partnership in this New York Times article. Photograph from sofieboons.com
Chemistry World article - structural supercapacitors
Collaborations between The Composites Centre in Imperial College and NANOSYL in Belgium has yielded a new carbon composite which combines both the strength of carbon fibres with the ionic conductivity of activated carbon. Prof. Milo Shaffer, who was recently admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, explains the concept and challenges faced in the report. Read more here.