Project areas include: Nanostructured materials for biological sensing; Nanoporous membranes; Nanoparticle-based drug delivery; Imaging, transport, and toxicity properties of semiconductor nanocrystals; Nanobiomechanics
The group manipulates materials on the micro, nano and molecular level scales to design novel biomedical devices. In particular they exploit the optical, morphological and surface chemical properties of nanomaterials and investigate their potential toxicity in developing Smart Bandages for treatment of chronic skin disorders and wound healing.
The group's research goal is a complete understanding of the fundamental properties of materials with a size in between individual molecules and the bulk. Currently, their investigations are focused on fundamental studies of carbon nanotubes and semiconductor nanocrystals, and the integration of these materials into both novel non-linear optical devices and biological sensors.
The group's research is about understanding the behavior of materials on the basis of their chemical structure and its effects on large length and timescales. For this reason, they develop and apply simulation methods and theory to study polymeric materials, nanomaterials and more in general soft matter.
The group works on the design, synthesis, characterization and evaluation of lipid- and/or polymer-based nanostructured biomaterials. One specific interest lies in developing nanomaterials for healthcare and other medical applications, for example, drug delivery to improve or enable treatments of human diseases. In addition, we also seek to understand the fundamental sciences underlying the arenas of nanomedicine.
Research in Prof. Deng's group is highly interdisciplinary, covering analytical chemistry, bio-nanotechnology, and electrochemistry. The group is working on constructing electrochemistry-based sensors for high sensitivity and easy detection of biomolecules (DNA and proteins, in particular). They are also interested in using bio-inspired processes and electrochemical approaches for the development of new tools towards nanotechnological applications.
NanoLAB is a center of activities in Nanoscale Science and Engineering within the Department of Engineering Materials at the University of Sheffield. They are dealing with Nanomanipulation in confined spaces (e.g. SEM and TEM), as well as the processing, structuring and characterisation of various nanomaterials.
A nanotechnology research program 'Nanorobotics - technologies for simultaneous multidimensional imaging and manipulation of nanoobjects' has been established by a large grant from the RCUK Basic Technology research program. The program is a collaboration between 3 University of Sheffield departments (Engineering Materials, Electrical and Electronic Engineering & Clinical Dentistry), together with researchers at Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Nottingham.
The research mission of the institute is to explore how chemical processes work on a microscopic scale, to develop novel methods and systems for micro and nanochemistry, and to apply this knowledge to develop novel intelligent microsystem devices, e.g. for lab-on-chip technology.
The master's degree is the first step into graduate education. To enroll in a master's degree program, you'll need to have earned an undergraduate degree in a comparable field. All physics undergraduates who have completed their 3rd year of studies can enroll on this 4-term course after which they will receive Master degrees at both Polish and French Universities. The 2-year programme is available for individual students as well as groups.
The institute conducts research on minerals and materials, and the underlying theme is particle and material interfaces including: interparticle forces and adhesion, wetting and particle adsorption, nanotechnology and nanolubrication, biotechnology, bio and polymer interfaces, composite materials, surface modification and coatings, surface engineering, molecular modelling.
The group's overall research objective focuses on the development of hierarchically structured nanomaterials to study cell-cell interactions and the cooperative response of cells to extracellular matrixes.