Project title: Shaping the new generation of nanomaterials: how to get control on matter at the nanoscale
Summary: Metallic ceramics (MCs) have shown promising performance in many technological fields but somehow still lack dedicated research to translate this potential into practical applications, especially when fluids are requested over solid powders. The present project aims at covering this gap by nanoparticles functionalization. Functionalization will allow the preparation of stable MCs based colloidal dispersion, an unprecedented result in the field, also allowing easy processing and shaping and the formulation of novel hybrids materials. Alongside the project, after the preparation of selected MCs nanoparticles, surface nanoparticles will be modified to make them compatible with suitable agents, which in turn will improve their properties, making them multifunctional, dispersible in liquid media, mouldable to complex structures and more. The choice of applications will be manifold and will range from electro-catalysis, diagnostic and magneto-fluids production. Extensive characterization of these material, before and after functionalization, via classical and advanced techniques, including X-rays diffraction (XRD) and electron microscopy (TEM and SEM) will be also an essential part of the project.