Experimental Nanophysics

The Experimental Nanophysics and Nanotechnology Group brings together expertise in a range of disciplines to focus on various applications of nanotechnology, from renewable energy to nanomedicine.

The group’s interests include state-of-the-art deposition techniques for thin film materials, novel nanocrystal materials, directed assembly and functionalisation of nanostructures, and charge transport in nanoscale materials.

A key aspect of our Nanophysics research is focused on replacing energy from fossil fuels with energy from renewable sources. Energy generation from solar cells is a promising approach to this major global challenge.

The deposition of thin films has been the ‘bread and butter’ of photovoltaics for decades. Our group uses the latest techniques to deposit and characterize novel thin semiconductor films.

The group is also developing multi-doped semiconductor nanocrystals as intermediate band materials for improved solar absorption across the entire solar spectrum, as well as scalable, inexpensive and flexible techniques for the deposition of quantum dot films and carbon-based coatings and nanostructures.

The Nanophysics and Nanotechnology Group benefits from working closely with colleagues in the Computational Physics Group and researchers from Mathematics, Pharmacy, Chemistry and Engineering, combining expertise and facilities from across the College of Science. This enables all students at Lincoln working in the field of nanotechnology to access a broad range of specialist facilities.