Nottingham Nanocarbon Group

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Fullerenes, Nanotubes & Chemical Nanoscience

The Nottingham Nanocarbon group was established in 2004 and is currently run by nmRC director Professor Andrei N. Khlobystov in the School of Chemistry at the University of Nottingham, UK. We carry out research investigating the synthesis, structures, and chemistry of carbon nanomaterials and their wide applications such as in catalysis.

2015-2016 lab group photo

Current news in the Nanocarbon group

Date: 12th September 2017
Rhys' Thesis

  • Rhys' Thesis
  • Rhys submitted his thesis titled "Structure and Properties of Metal Nanoparticles on Carbon Nanostructures" today. Now for the viva!

Date: 18th July 2017
Chemistry Graduation

  • Graduation photos of our students
  • Dr. Craig and our Masters students Hannah, Luke, Dom and Vivek graduated today! Hannah won the King Memorial Medal and Prize for outstanding laboratory work in Inorganic Chemistry in the final year of the MSci Degree course in Chemistry.

Date: 5th July 2017
Turner Thesis Prize

  • Scott winning the thesis prize
  • Dr. Scott Miners won the Turner Prize for the best PhD thesis submitted in the Inorganic and Materials Section, presented to him by Prof. Jim Turner. Scott’s research focussed on the application of single-walled carbon nanotubes as containers for preparative chemical reactions and utilised TEM/EDX and Raman spectroscopy at the nmRC to explore the properties of molecules inside carbon nanotubes.

Date: 5th July 2017
Inorganic Chemistry Colloquium

  • Bradley Thomas
  • Bradley presented his work titled "Carbon Nanoreactor Hybrids for Electrocatalytic Transformations" on the first example of a preparative electrocatalytic organic reaction performed within a carbon nanoreactor. He combined the exceptional electrical conductivity of carbon nanotubes with nickel nanoparticles as the catalyst to create a hybrid system for electrocatalytic oxidation and subsequent alkoxy migration catalysed by electro-dissociated nickel (II) ions of propargyl alcohol.

  • Max winning poster prize
  • Max Astle was one of the three winners of the Hubberstey Prize (best poster presentation) at the Inorganic and Materials Symposium, presented to him by Prof. Neil Champness. Max is interested in the application of Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy (STEM) and elemental mapping (EDX) for the structural characterisation of hybrid materials comprising metal oxides and carbon nanotubes as catalytic nanoreactors for the decontamination of warfare agents.

Date: 26th June 2017
Engineering Colloquium

  • Julie Watts
  • Julie Watts who is an Engineering PhD student and won first place for her third year presentation on the Advanced Materials Research Day held on the 26th of June. Julie's PhD aims to gain knowledge of the process-structure relationship and processibility of porous nanocarbon structures and evaluate functional properties of this novel material. As part of her studies Julie has used Tranmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) extensively as a means to visualise these tiny structures.

Date: 14th March 2017
Successfully defended his thesis!

  • Craig defending his thesis
  • Titled "Inorganic Synthesis inside Carbon Nanotubes", Craig Stoppiello successfully defended his thesis and passed his viva, obtaining the degree of doctor of Philosophy.

    Congratulations Craig!