Nanostructured materials whose properties approach theoretical limits are technologically
important. These property enhancements derive from structural features, such
as diameter or layer thickness on a scale1-100 nm, much smaller than that found
in conventional materials. Potential applications for nanostructured materials
include advanced composite materials, surface coatings, biomaterials, fuel cells,
solar cells, electronic devices and etc.
The aim of the Nanomaterials Research Unit is to develop new methods for the
economical production of nanostructured metals, semiconductors, ceramics, polymers
and their composites. Our recent research with potential impact in the industrial
are carbon nanotubes, silicon carbide nanowires, metal oxide nanowires and nanodots.
A feature of the research unit is that it encompasses fundamental of Physics,
Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering to pioneer the new challenges of
synthesis and characterization and to scale-up for industrial use.