Nanoparticle research and electron microscopy
My research revolves around the synthesis, characterisation and applications of nanoparticles and nanomaterials. Nanoparticles hold a great fascination because they have different fundamental physical properties compared to bulk solids due to the very small size. Unique properties of nanoparticles include particle size dependant luminescence from semiconductor materials, superparamagnetism in magnetic materials and new and unusual crystal structures.
Current projects include preparation and investigation of semiconductor nanoparticles for medical applications and magnetic particles for data storage media. Nanoparticles are characterisation using transmission and scanning electron microscopy (TEM and SEM) and powder X-ray diffraction. I have strong research links with Tokyo University and Toshiba.
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