Nanomachines & Nanomanipulation
INL considers strategic an activity of basic “blue-sky” research in nano-machines. INL’s goal is to become one of the leaders in this field of research. Nanomachines are systems that can result from a combination of mechanical, sensorial, electronic, computational and communication functions.
This area of activity will encompass micro and nanofabricated NEMS structures (nanoactuactors, nano sensors, nano-fuel cells) targeted at single/few molecule manipulation, and biomolecule interaction detection.
The area also covers the design, synthesis and operation of molecular objects (self-assembly, biomimetic chemistry), and of instruments required to interact with these single molecule structures, such as miniaturized magnetic and optical tweezers). Externally modified self-assembly will also be a key point towards the fabrication of devices using nanoparticles as building blocks. Of major interest is the design of molecular bio-electronical devices, merging the physical principals of electronics and computer engineering with the functional and structural principles of biology.
Nanoparticles & Nanostructures
Group manager: Jose Rivas
Soft self-assembled nanostructures
Group manager: Carlos Rodriguez-Abreu
Advanced Electron Microscopy
Group manager: Leonard Deepak Francis
Study cases and related materials
- Design and Synthesis of Unconventional Magnetic Nanoparticles and Core-Shell Nanostructures
- Self-organized dye nanocomposites
- Design, synthesis and characterization of biocompatible magnetic nanoparticles and derived materials for hyperthermia applications
- Novel Nano-enabled Energy Efficient and Safe HVAC ducts and systems contributing to a healthier indoor environment
- Polymer-based magnetic nanocomposites from soft templates
- Development of Functionalized Magnetic polymer nanobeads for biomolecular sensing using soft templating
- Synthesis of nanoparticles/clusters and electron microscopy characterization
- Functionalized Nanoporous Materials
- Nanotubes with encapsulated materials
- 2D Nanomaterials
- Inorganic Nanotubes and Fullerene-like Nanoparticles
- Bimetallic/Multimetallic Nanoparticles and Nanowires
- Dopant distribution and Oxygen vacancy mapping in doped oxides
- Characterization of catalysts based on supported metallic clusters or individual atoms
- Structural and chemical analysis of complex layered structures
- Antimicrobial contact lenses
- CritCat – Towards Replacement of Critical Catalyst Materials by Rational Design of Novel Transition Metal Nanoparticles
- PrintPV – Large-scale printing of novel photovoltaics based on Cu(In,Ga)Se2 chalcopyrite
Anumol Ashokkumar joined the Advanced Electron Microscopy group in August 2015.
The Book entitled “Advanced Transmission Electron Microscopy - Applications to Nanomaterials” edited by Francis Leonard Deepak, Alvaro Mayoral and Raul Arenal, h...