Nanomaterials are materials whose constituent units have at least one dimension between one and 100 billionths of a metre, that is 1000 to 100,000 times thinner than human hair. Nanomaterials are changing the world, and have been used in many applications, including self-cleaning surfaces, certain coatings, sensors, barcodes, etc.
Materials at the nanoscale display unique physical properties compared to their bulk counterpart, making them scientifically very interesting and their careful manipulation could lead to many functionalities.
At PARTCAT, our research in nanomaterials synthesis, functionalisation and application is applied to the three key areas: energy, environmental and health. Our current projects are listed under Energy Projects, Environmental Projects and Health Care Projects.
In Energy space, understanding catalyst (photo/electro/thermal) and designing new catalytic system is the focus of our work at PARTCAT. The experimentl research focuses on design, synthesis, catalytic activity testing, and materials characterisation of the catalysts with the aim to gain theoretical insight into reaction mechanism. Our lab is equipped with material characterisation instrument and catalytic rig/reactor set up for activity testing capable of operating at high temperature and pressure. With operando and in-situ characterisation techniques and strong theoretical support from our collaborators, we strives to develop fundamental understanding on how catalyst work and of processess importance for sustainable energy conversion and production of fuels and chemical. Our projects include Thermal methane oxidation, CO2 reduction, electrochemical reactions (hydrogen and oxygen redox reactions, CO2 reduction and Nitrogen reduction.