Synthesis of Functional Layered Double Hydroxide Nanoplates with Tuneable Properties

Supervisor: Dr Nick Bedford and Dr Sophia Gu

Description: Layered double hydroxides (LDHs) are a class of materials that contain M3+ and M2+ metals organized in a 2D fashion counter balanced by interplanar anions (such as Cl-, NO3-, etc). The ability to synthesis 2D nanoplates from LDHs has led to an increase in their use in the biomedical and catalyst application spaces given the available palette of possible chemical functionality coupled to the ability to tune interlayer chemistry and structure. While LDHs have been studied for decades, there is still much to be explored in terms of chemical variability and structural manipulation that could result in a new material with exciting properties.

This project will be focused on the development of new LDH chemistries and structures that have yet to be discovered to date and/or the applications of LDH in catalysts or biomedical imaging. Imagining related applications will be performed in conjunction with Dr. Sophia Gu’s laboratory.
Prospective students in the Chemical Engineering or Food Science and Technology should have the appropriate background to perform in this research project. Interested students should contact Dr. Nicholas Bedford (n.bedford@unsw.edu.au) for more information.

Suitable for: Chemical Engineers and Food Scientists. Not available during summer

Level of difficulty: Average