Why Nanomaterials are different?

Physical Characterisation of Nanomaterials — Macromolecular

Physical Characterisation ImageThe Macromolecular Materials Laboratory either owns or has access to top-of-the-line equipment for characterising a wide range of physical (mechanical, thermal, electrical, structural) properties of nanomaterials.

The following are a few examples:

Favimat fibre tester

The Textechno Favimat is an industrial device for testing the mechanical properties of individual fibres, suitable for fibres with very small diameters. It uses a vibroscopic method to determine the fibre’s linear density and a very sensitive load cell to measure strength and stiffness.Dr James Elliott, MA (Cantab) CPhys MInstPhys to compare our direct-spun CNT and nanocomposite-fibres against commercially-available high-performance fibres.

Raman spectroscopy

The Raman effect is a scattering phenomenon that provides chemical and structural information: the wavelength shifts between incident and inelastically scattered photons correspond to the energies of different molecular vibration modes. Raman spectroscopy can be applied in a wide range of materials – from pharmaceuticals to semiconductors – and is one of the most useful techniques for characterising carbon nanotubes (providing information about diameter, chirality, and defects), grapheme, and other, carbon-based, nanomaterials. The MML proudly owns a Bruker Senterra, providing measurements with different laser wavelengths and the possibility of automated 3D mapping (Raman intensity over 2D sample area).

Prof Alan Windle, ScD FRSPolymer characterisation laboratory

We have access to the department’s polymer characterisation laboratory which includes, amongst others, equipment for differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA), dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA), evolved gas analysis (EGA), and infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). We use these techniques to study several properties of our nanostructured composite materials. A full list of equipment is available here.

X-ray scattering techniques

Having access to the departmental X-ray facilities we’re able to study the structure of our nanomaterials (powders, fibres, or films) and composites reinforced with them. For us, one of the most useful pieces equipment is the Bruker Nanostar Gen7, capable of collecting both wide- and small-angle patterns (WAXS and SAXS) which probe the structure of our CNT fibres at the inter- and intrabundle levels, respectively; the device has also been used to study the effects of solvents on collagen and other macromolecules. For a full list of equipment .

Dr-Ing Thurid  Gspann Dr Patrick Kiley
Silicon-Based Low-Dimensional Nanomaterials and Nanodevices, 2 Volume Set: Silicon-Based Low-Dimensional Nanodevices and Applications
Book (CRC Press)

Paper battery?

by edsdesk

Mon Dec 7, 4:28 pm ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ordinary paper could one day be used as a lightweight battery to power the devices that are now enabling the printed word to be eclipsed by e-mail, e-books and online news.
Scientists at Stanford University in California reported on Monday they have successfully turned paper coated with ink made of silver and carbon nanomaterials into a "paper battery" that holds promise for new types of lightweight, high-performance energy storage.
The same feature that helps ink adhere to paper allows it to hold onto the single-walled carbon nanotubes and silver nanowire films

Some ... some not.

by setArcos

Biotechnology, bioinformatics
Emerging technology
Genetic engineering
Synthetic biology, synthetic genomics
Artificial photosynthesis
Anti-aging drugs: resveratrol, SRT1720
Vitrification or cryoprotectant
Hibernation or suspended animation
Stem cell treatments
Personalized medicine
Body implants, prosthesis
In vitro meat
Regenerative medicine
[edit] Energy systems
Emerging technology
Concentrated solar power includes thermal

Graphene: fundamentals and emergent applications  — Chemistry World
In this context, the text offers an extremely timely and valuable perspective on the first of these materials to attain such enormous attention and is an excellent reference by which to direct analogous research towards other two-dimensional nanomaterials.

Silicon-Based Low-Dimensional Nanomaterials and Nanodevices, 2 Volume Set
Book (CRC Press)
Nanoscale Science and Technology Graphene : a new two-dimensional carbon nanomaterials(Chinese Edition)
Book (Science Press)
Pan Stanford Publishing Two-Dimensional Carbon: Fundamental Properties, Synthesis, Characterization, and Applications (Pan Stanford Series on Carbon-Based Nanomaterials)
Book (Pan Stanford Publishing)
CRC Press Two-Dimensional Nanostructures
Book (CRC Press)
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