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School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

Functional Nanostructures: Nanotechnology for Electronics, Sensing and Renewable Energy

Project description

The ability to control the assembly of 1D (e.g. nanotubes) and 2 D (e.g graphene or MoS2) functional nanostructures from solution to surface, also in device configurations, is of great interest in the fields of nanoscience and nanotechnology. The project will focus on the investigation of different strategies for the static and dynamic (stimuli responsive) assembly of 1D and 2D nanostructures and their device implementation. Applications range from nanoelectronics to renewable energy and (bio)sensing.  

We are looking for a highly motivated student to support their application for a CONACYT or CSC or fellowship at Queen Mary University of London, under the supervision of Dr Matteo Palma.

More information can be found on our research group website.

Facilities and training

The successful student will be trained in a wide range of techniques, from atomic force microscopy, to fluorescence microscopy, nanoscale device fabrication and electrical measurements, as well as basic wet chemistry and DNA nanotechnology strategies .

For more information about School and College training visit our student support page.


  • "Direct synthesis of multiplexed metal nanowire based devices using carbon nanotubes as vector templates"
    Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2019, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201902857
  • "DNA-powered Stimuli-Responsive Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Junctions"
    Chemistry of Materials, 2019, 31, 1537-1542
  • “Assembly of Graphene Nanoflake-Quantum Dot Hybrids in Aqueous Solution and their performance in light-harvesting applications”
    Nanoscale, 2018, 10, 19678-19683
  • “Reconfigurable Carbon Nanotube Multiplexed Sensing Devices”
    Nano Letters, 2018, 18, 4130-4135
  • “Site-Specific One-To-One Click Coupling of Single Proteins to Individual Carbon Nanotubes: a Single-Molecule Approach"
    Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2017, 139, 17834-17840 

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