Members of the NanoHAC group

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PhotoNameResearch interests
Prof Milo Shaffer Prof Milo Shaffer Milo is the Group Leader. Further information about him is available on his College homepage. 

Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr. David B Anthony Dr. David B Anthony The aim of the project is to produce a hierarchical composite structure containing carbon fibres which have been grafted with carbon nanotubes to act as a reinforcement in polymer (thermoplastic) or epoxy (thermoset) matrix.
Dr. Noelia Rubio Carrero Dr. Noelia Rubio Carrero The aim of my project is focused on the development of novel graphene composites and porous hierarchical structures. This project will develop new methods for the production of chemically functionalised single layer graphenes with increased solubility via graphite intercalation compounds (GIC).

Chris Roberts
Dr. Christopher Roberts I’m working on the supramolecular self-assembly of carbon nanotubes, with the aim of producing highly ordered, two- and three-dimensional functional networks. The potential applications range from catalyst supports to the next generation of SWCNT-based thin film electronics

PhD Students

DMS David Stringer My research area focuses on the synthesis of carbon nanotube aerogels. The project aim is to develop high-surface area materials in order to produce low-power vapour sensors.
 PS 2017 Pichamon Sirisinudomkit  

My project is focusing on enhancing the electrochemical and mechanical properties of nano-carbon aerogel materials for energy storage applications.

TC 2017 Tommaso Costantini
The aim of the project is to produce a hybrid nanocarbon aerogel as support for layered double hydroxides (LDH). Carbon dioxide adsorption is going to be used as a model application to test the hybrid material properties.
n Nadir Basma
Using neutron scattering coupled with computer simulations, I am investigating structure and ordering in carbon nanotube solutions, and composites cast from these solutions. The project aims to guide the development of advanced nanocomposites and the search for exotic liquid crystal phases predicted to form in these systems at high concentrations.
Sandy Fischer Sandy Fisher My aim is to develop a new method to fully characterize, in three-dimensions, the distribution, orientation and interfacial properties of nanocarbons in polymeric matrices. By gaining an in-depth understanding of the nano/micro structures of these nanocomposites in relation to the macro-level properties the full potential of these outstanding materials can be exploited.
 james James Finley

My aim  is to model the structural response of high performance composite materials, with the aim of maximising their strength and ductility. One avenue of my research is to model the mechanical behaviour of carbon nanotube / polymer composite fibres. This research requires simulation of material properties across 5 orders of magnitude in scale, while also capturing the influence of defects and variability within the nanostructure of the fibre.

 KB 2017 Kalpana Balaskandan  

This project is in the area of multifunctional structural composites for energy storage applications. The aim of this project is to devise novel structural supercapacitor architectures incorporating fibre and tow level device assemblies. 

  hugo Hugo de Luca In this project, the scalable production of carbon nanotube-grafted-carbon fibres (CNT-g-CF) is performed in an open chemical vapor deposition (CVD) reactor. The production of hierarchical fibre with two differing reinforcement, in this instance nanometre and micrometre, are considered a route to improve current-state-of-the-art fibres reinforced composites
SM 2017 Seigo Masuda  

This project will explore the impact of 2D nanomaterials, such as Transition Metal Dichalcogenide (TMDs) and Graphene-based materials, on the environement during their full life cycle from production to disposal. Utilising the wide range of characterisation techniques on offer from both ICL and UCL, we look to consider evolution of 2D nanomaterials in the waste system.

  Joe Moore

The aim of my project is to create stronger and tougher carbon nanotube fibres to help develop more resilient composite materials. Key areas of research are in the use of functionalisation to increase the strength of tube-tube interactions and using x-ray/neutron scattering techniques to characterise the structure of fibres at multiple length scales.

  Gabriel Coulter  
  Maria Valkova  
  Dan Markcoons  
  Syazana Hishan  
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