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…

EnEx secondments still running!

Two weeks ago ESR Manuela Meloni from University of Sussex (Brighton, UK) visited partner ICB-CSIC in Zaragoza (March 7-17, 2017). The occasion for her to follow a training course on XPS analysis by Ana Benito. Manuela’s personal page is here – University of Sussex presentation page is here. And ICB-CSIC presentation page is here.

Nano Wars – Parte I released!

Nano Wars – Parte I is the first short film produced by students of Enabling Excellence! How to explain the rules of the game “Jenga”? How would you explain nanoscience to teenagers? These are two questions trainees had to answer and “film” during the video training held at the IMN in Nantes, January, 24th and…

Nanocarbon supercapacitor electrodes

Improved electro-grafting of nitropyrene onto onion-like carbon via in situ electrochemical reduction and polymerization: tailoring redox energy density of the supercapacitor positive electrode. B. Anothumakkool, P.-L.Taberna, B. Daffos, P. Simon, Y. Sayed-Ahmad-Baraza, C. Ewels, T. Brousse, J. Gaubicher, J. Mater. Chem. A, Adv. Article (2017). We report an improved method for the physical grafting of…

IMN PhD student learnt the basis of Raman spectroscopy

Wotton-under-Edge (UK), October 24-28 2016. Daniel Funes Hernando has spent one week in Renishaw plc. There, he learnt from Dominik Winterauer, Tim Batten and the rest of the crew of the Bristish company.   Although he had already received formation in Raman spectroscopy during his career, he discovered a new world during his stay. They…

Nanocarbon Materials from Athens to Zaragoza

Athens (Greece), September 26 – October 7, 2016. ITN student Ana Santidrián from Instituto de Carboquímica ICB-CSIC (Zaragoza, Spain) travelled to National Hellenic Research Foundation (Athens, Greece) in September to complete a 2-week secondment working on Nanocarbon Materials. During her stay, Ana had the opportunity to learn about Nanocarbon Materials and characterization techniques. She worked…

Multidisciplinary training in Renishaw

Wotton-under-Edge/Bristol (UK), July 5-15 2016. Mario Peláez Fernández from the Institute of Nanosciences of Aragon (INA), took part in an exchange to Renishaw plc to transfer image processing techniques from Raman imaging to transmission electron microscopy (TEM) imaging; as well as getting some insight on Raman spectroscopy.

From standard gold to gold standard

Nantes (France), June 16-27, 2016. ITN student Dominik Winterauer from Renishaw plc (Wotton-under-Edge, UK) learned from ITN student Daniel Funes Hernando from the Institute des Matériaux Jean Rouxel in Nantes (IMN) how to grow gold nanowires. Nanowires appear to be promising samples for future experiments on Raman microscopy mapping. Daniel prepared the required instrumentation and…

Treatment of selected CNT-thin films by laser irradiation

Oxford (UK), May 17-27, 2016. ITN student Ana Santidrián from Instituto de Carboquímica ICB-CSIC (Zaragoza, Spain) travelled to M-Solv (Oxford, UK) in May to complete a 2-week secondment working on laser treatments with the ITN student Sebastian Nufer and Dr. Adam Brunton. In this period, Ana had the opportunity to learn about laser devices, laser…

Silver nanowires for touchscreen displays

In collaboration with M-SOLV Ltd, Alan Dalton and his teams at Sussex and Surrey University have shown that silver nanowires, which are more than a thousand times thinner than a human hair, are a viable alternative to the currently used material, indium tin oxide (ITO), which is expensive to source, expensive to process and –…

We will discover novel optical properties

Zaragoza (Spain), April 11-May 7 2016. Daniel Funes Hernando, from Institute of Materials of Nantes (IMN), went to Carboquímica in Zaragoza to combine his nanostructures with the ones produced there. He coupled his metal-containing nanosystems with the organic species from Lorenzo Vallan and Emin Istif. They expect to obtain new amazing optical properties from these…

DFT Simulations at IMN

Nantes (France), April 11-25, 2016. The 2 week secondment of Sebastian from M-Solv to the IMN in Nantes targeted the simulation of the interaction of graphene with selected molecules. Different types of defects were introduced into the graphene sheet and the binding energy with the molecules were computed. The theoretical results need to be confirmed…

Nanocone review

Structure, Properties, Functionalization, and Applications of Carbon Nanohorns Nikolaos Karousis, Irene Suarez-Martinez, Christopher P. Ewels, and Nikos Tagmatarchis Chem. Rev., 2016, 116 (8), pp 4850–4883 A review of carbon nanohorns, nanoscale conical carbon nanoobjects, has been published by Partners NHRF and CNRS-IMN in the journal Chemical Reviews. Nanohorns may have the potential to replace graphene…

ChemOnTubes 2016

Brussels (Belgium), April 3-7, 2016. ChemOnTubes is an international scientific meeting around the chemistry of carbon nanomaterials and their applications. This year, it was placed in the heart of Europe Brussels, Belgium. It was organized by Gregory van Lier (chairman), Vrije Universiteit, and Universite de Bordeaux and also with their great hospitality. The conference topics…

HeteroNanoCarb 2015

Benasque (Spain), Dec. 7-11, 2015. Directly after the Cambridge Communication Workshop we were rushing to the HeteroNanoCarb 2015 Conference to already see if we can successfully apply the valuable communication tricks learned a week ago. HeteroNanoCarb2015 is a conference series organized by our ITN member Raul Arenal. The conference topic refers to Advances and applications…