Our materials provide solutions to global challenges:
Besides the warning of climate change and increasing energy demands, the challenge is to find suitable routes for supplying or storing energy. Current materials are inadequate and performance/cost limited. New materials and low cost efficient manufacturing production routes are required. The introduction of 2D materials such as (graphene, molybdenum sulphide, MXene) opens new possibilities and effective solutions. Our materials offer superior properties in comparison to conventionally made ones.
Fighting antibacterial resistance (e.g. reduced graphene oxide, silver/graphene nanocomposite, MXene), biosensors and bio-tagging (e.g. graphene and carbon quantum dots).
One of the greatest challenges facing humanity is the provision of sustainable and affordable access to potable water. The World Economic Forum published its Global Risks Report in 2016, and ranked water crises as 3rd of the most impactful environmental and societal risks. Furthermore, it is listed in the UN Sustainable Development Goals.To tackle this global challenge, there is a strong need to develop efficient and economical technologies/materials (2D derivatives) to treat water.
ENHANCED OIL RECOVERY
This is a new and exciting avenue in our material's application portfolio. Taking into consideration the rapid decline of oil resources the application of nanomaterials in EOR takes an important stand in among other approaches to increase oil recovery efficiency.
CO₂ UTILISATION & CAPTURE
Currently there is a tremendous concern with the increase levels of carbon dioxide (the most significant anthropogenic greenhouse gas), which is considered as the main cause for global warming. Approaches such as the conversion of carbon dioxide into value added chemicals as well as carbon dioxide capture are explored in an attempt to reduce the atmospheric levels of CO₂.
Our materials have been proven to have excellent catalytic activity and stability when utilised for conversion of carbon dioxide as well as in degradation of environmental pollutants (photocatalysis). Examples include homo/hetero metal oxides (ceria, zirconia, titania), 2D nanocomposites (ceria/zirconia/graphene nanocomposite, titanium dioxide/graphene, etc).
We are always interested in new collaborations and opportunities and welcome informal discussions. We design materials using a target-oriented-approach and are keen to explore new directions in addition to the existing ones.