Members of the NanoHAC group

NanoHAC Gruop 2021

PhotoNameResearch interests
Prof Milo Shaffer Prof Milo Shaffer

Milo is the Group Leader. Further information about him is available on his College homepage. 

Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr. David B Anthony Dr. David B Anthony

The aim of the project is to produce a hierarchical composite structure containing carbon fibres which have been grafted with carbon nanotubes to act as a reinforcement in polymer (thermoplastic) or epoxy (thermoset) matrix.

DMS  David Stringer  My research area focuses on the synthesis of carbon nanotube aerogels. The project aim is to develop high-surface area materials in order to produce low-power vapour sensors. 
Rupam Gogoi I’m working on the NextCOMP project. The project aims to do a full scale redesign of composites for compression. My work revolves around designing of hierarchical nano-scale structures inspired by natural nacre, as a coating for carbon fibres. My goal is to suppress or reduce the kink band formation by toughening and tweaking the fibre-matrix interphase which will allow absorption and dissipation of more energy under compressive load.

PhD Students

TC 2017 Tommaso Costantini

The aim of the project is to produce a hybrid nanocarbon aerogel as support for layered double hydroxides (LDH). Carbon dioxide adsorption is going to be used as a model application to test the hybrid material properties.

SM 2017 Seigo Masuda

This project will explore the impact of 2D nanomaterials, such as Transition Metal Dichalcogenide (TMDs) and Graphene-based materials, on the environement during their full life cycle from production to disposal. Utilising the wide range of characterisation techniques on offer from both ICL and UCL, we look to consider evolution of 2D nanomaterials in the waste system.

 KB 2017 Kalpana Balaskandan

This project is in the area of multifunctional structural composites for energy storage applications. The aim of this project is to devise novel structural supercapacitor architectures incorporating fibre and tow level device assemblies. 

gabe Gabriel Coulter

This project is focussed on the development of 2D material-based, functional inks. By exploring various processing, functionalisation and deposition techniques of these impressive materials, such as graphene and transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs), a range of functional inks will be developed with the aim of designing and printing flexible optoelectronic devices.

 yuhan Yuhan Li

The project aims to develop three-dimensional characterisation methods for characterising understanding the hierarchical structures of carbon nanocomposites. Microscopic characterisation methods across different length scales and imaging processing techniques are combined to in this project to resolve the three dimensional characteristics of nanocomposites.

Alex Ford picture Alex Ford

The subject of my project is the fabrication and optimisation of cross-linked CNT electrodes for use in the cross-disciplinary field of biophotovoltaic systems. This project seeks to combine our signature nanotubide chemistry with inkjet printing and papertronics technologies to produce affordable, sustainable and efficient devices.

Charles Shaw headshot Charlie Shaw

I'm working on the design of hierarchical composites with enhanced compressive properties. My goal is to design, realise, and evaluate matrices that display high shear strength and stiffness, whilst retaining interfacial fracture toughness for damage tolerance.

 Sam profile picture Sam Hair  I’m investigating the nanoscale design of battery electrodes for improved performance and lifetime. My work is focused on sodium ion anodes, with a view to illustrating a design philosophy that is more broadly applicable across other battery chemistries.
Hassan Almousa

I’m working on the scalable production of carbon nanotube-grafted-fibres (CNT-g-F) in an open chemical vapor deposition (CVD) reactor to maximise the nanostructured interphase for multifunctional continuous fibre composites. My goal is to design and evaluate nanoscale morphologies and hierarchal architectures to improve the current state-of-the-art fibre reinforced composites.


  Luca Weller My project aims to optimize a novel CNT aerogel composite, to design a prototype of a simple and ultra-low-cost CO2 Direct Air Capture (DAC) system. 
  Monaly Depala  
  Maria Valkova


  Syazana Hisham


  Min (Shirley) Yang


  Maariyah Suleman


  Zhuocheng Xu


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