Conjugated Polymer Nanoparticle–Graphene Oxide Charge‐Transfer Complexes

Emin Istif, Javier Hernandez-Ferrer, Esteban P. Urriolabeitia, Anastasios Stergiou, Nikos Tagmatarchis,  Giuseppe Fratta, Matthew J. Large, Alan B. Dalton, Ana M. Benito, Wolfgang K. Maser Advanced Functional Materials, 2018, 1707548 The game‐changing role of graphene oxide (GO) in tuning the excitonic behavior of conjugated polymer nanoparticles is described for the first time. This is demonstrated by using poly(3‐hexylthiophene) (P3HT) as…

Electronic interactions in illuminated carbon dot/MoS2 ensembles and electrocatalytic activity towards hydrogen evolution

The preparation, characterization and photophysical and electrocatalytic properties of carbon nanodots (CNDs)/MoS2 ensembles were reported. Based on electrostatic interactions, ammonium functionalized MoS2, prepared upon reaction of 1,2-dithiolane tert-butyl carbamate with MoS2 followed by acidic deprotection, was coupled with CNDs bearing multiple carboxylates on their periphery as derived upon microwave-assisted polycondensation of citric acid and ethylenediamine…

Sebastian’s Grand Challenge: Business Plan for Newco

Launch of Newco to exploit supercapacitor technology Sebastian Nufer, PhD student at M-Solv Ltd, supported by Richard Lee of Academatch. A business model canvas was employed to provide a broad outline of the opportunity and the key steps and work streams required to bring the business to market. Key components included, business partners, value proposition,…

Expociencia

Expociencia. Parc cientific, Valencia (Spain ) On the 26th of May, the Expociencia 2018 project will be held in Valencia, Spain. This project, which is coordinated by the ‘Parc cientific’ (CSIC) and the University of Valencia, tries to disseminate science to the general public. The main objective of the project is to showcase the importance…

Theory Workshop

“Enabling Excellence” ITN has organised a two day workshop for users of the AIMPRO code in Exeter, UK, from 26th to 27th March 2018, in conjunction with Strathclyde University. The AIMPRO code uses density functional theory methods to solve the quantum mechanics that controls the distribution of nuclei and electrons in materials.

Women in Science

In celebration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, Ana Santidrián García, PhD student at Instituto de Carboquímica ICB-CSIC in Zaragoza, have collaborated in the exhibition “Women in Science” which is locating in the library La Pantera Rossa (San Vicente de Paúl, 28, 50001 Zaragoza).

Merry ChristMoS2 !

Image from partner Renishaw – this Christmas tree is molybdenum disulphide on a silicon substrate, topped off with a 633nm laser. Sample preparation by STEM_LPS in a colaboration through Enabling Excellence, image produced using inVia microscope.

EnEx in Benasque

EnEx researchers were strongly present at this year’s HeteroNanoCarb conference in Benasque, Spain, organised by Raul Arenal (INA) with talks (including keynote) by many EnEx researchers and members of our expert advisory board. Ed Goldwyn, from the EnEx communication project, was there to film many of the speakers giving short six minute summaries of their…

AFM-Raman Training at Renishaw

Wotton-under-Edge (UK), October 30 – November 15, 2017. ESRs Manuela Meloni, Giuseppe Fratta, Yuman Sayed-Ahmad Baraza, Daniel Funes and Sebastian Nufer visited Renishaw plc to learn about state of the art Raman imaging and combined Raman-AFM imaging, including TERS (Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy). ESR Dominik Winterauer and his supervisor Tim Batten guided the group on a…

Bringing our science from Europe to Asia!

This summer, Giuseppe Fratta (University of Sussex), Manuela Meloni (University of Sussex) and Sebastian Nufer (M-Solv) participated at the 7th Asian Conference on Colloidal and Interface Science (ACCIS) in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), following their supervisor, Prof. A. Dalton, who was an Invited Speaker. In this prestigious international meeting, Manuela presented her progress on the Latex-Graphene…

NanoteC in Nantes

NanoteC has now been running (mostly) annually since 1998 which makes this year its fateful 19th birthday.  The conference was born in Sussex University just after Sir Harry Kroto received the Nobel prize for the discovery of C60, and carbon nanoscience was undergoing one of its periodic boom times. People were discovering that you could…