Synthesis of nanomaterials


Day by day, electrocatalysis is gaining more attention from industry. In particular, industry is exploring the use of electrochemistry for energy conversion devices, waste water treatment and electro-organic synthesis. We use electrochemical methods to acquire a deep fundamental comprehension of reaction mechanisms and a true understanding of physicochemical properties of electrodes. This knowledge contributes to solve the limitations of electrochemical technologies.

The expectations for nanomaterials are enormous as their unique mechanical, optical, electrical, magnetic, thermal and catalytical properties make them special constituents for a number of applications. In our lab, we use diverse synthesis methods of nanomaterials with special interest in the control of the particles size, composition and surface structure.

Our goal is to understand the basic effects of electric fields at the biophysical, biochemical, biomolecular and biocellular levels. We put special emphasis in the development of nanosensors in the field of medicine.

With the growing concern about climate change and CO2 emissions, industry is shifting its focus to alternative “green” energy sources like solar energy, lithium-air batteries and fuel cells.

Our research focuses on the design of new, highly-functional, ORR-efficient nanomaterials for use in Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells (PEFCs) and Lithium-air batteries. We attempt to achieve this by developing a molecular-level understanding of the electrochemical reactions in well-defined surfaces.

Other research interests include the implementation of electrochemical methods for waste water treatment, CO2 reduction and chemical analysis.