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

TEM Image of the Month - January 2018

  • TEM Snail
  • This first entry into our TEM image of the month feature was taken whilst imaging graphene-coated TEM grids that had been cleaned by various techniques. The image was taken at 80kV and has been digitally-coloured green.

    Imaged by: Dr Craig Stoppiello

    Research by: Abigail Browning

Date: 12th February 2018
Kayleigh Fung's 2nd Year Colloquia Talk

  • Kayleigh Colloquia Talk
  • As part of the 2nd year colloquia talks, Kayleigh Fung presented her work on "Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) of reactions inside carbon nanotubes". Her research comprises of monitoring reactions involving perchlorocoronene that are induced by the TEM's electron beam. Not only can she see the reactions taking place at a single-molecular level which forms nanoribbons but she has also imaged the intermediate that the reaction proceeds via. This method of using the electron beam as both an imaging tool and the stimulus is known as ChemTEM.

Date: 14th December 2017
Dr. Stoppiello's inaugural lecture

  • Craig lecturing
  • On the 14th December 2017, Dr. Craig Stoppiello gave his first lecture to fourth year undergraduates as part of the F14IMA module. His lecture concerned carbon nanotubes as containers for molecules and the reactions that can occur within their hollows. Craig utilised props and audience participation to make his lecture not only interesting but also engaging for the audience too. Congratulations from the Nanocarbon group and we look forward to your next lecture!

Date: 30th November 2017
Kate defends her thesis!

  • Kate's Thesis
  • Kate's examiners didn't think her thesis was 'boron', passing her viva in a record breaking time! Her thesis was entitled "The Encapsulation of Nanomaterials within Boron Nitride Nanotubes and Carbon Nanotubes". Congratulations from the Nanocarbon Group Dr. Walker!

Date: 6th November 2017
Rhys' thesis not ripped to pieces

  • Rhys' Thesis
  • Rhys Lodge successfully defended his thesis entitled "Structure and Properties of Metal Nanoparticles on Carbon Nanostructures" and is now taking a well-earned break!

Date: 23rd October 2017
Mehtap passes her viva!

  • Mehtap's Thesis
  • Mehtap Aygun passed her viva for her thesis entitled "Design of Catalytic and Functional Carbon Nanoreactors" and will be moving on to new and exciting projects.

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!