Energy research

The Nanoscale Energy and Surface Engineering group research into a variety of areas, including photovoltaics design, transparent conductors, energy storage and hydrogen generation applications, catalyst development and plasma physics.

Electron microscope image of a lipase

Working with materials ranging from graphene and organic semiconductors, to inorganic materials and enzymes, the OU researchers have experience in a wide range of applications.

Research facilities include a novel atmospheric plasma printing facility for printing nanoparticles to 2D materials and extensive surface engineering and high-end microscopy characterisation tools used to understand the surface and interface properties of the materials.

The group regularly publishes in high-impact journals, they have also received international recognition and have won multiple awards for their pioneering research. They have excellent national and international links with industry, and have partnered with organisations including NASA, Stanford University, IIT Delhi and Johnson Matthey.

Current research focuses on:

  • Functionalisation of 2D materials through Plasma based process
  • Nanoparticle printing on flexible substrates
  • Black TiO2 and functionalisation of TM oxides for hydrogen generation
  • Surface engineering super hydrophobic materials for marine applications
  • Electrocatalysts for PEM and alcohol fuel cells
  • The synthesis of supported metal catalysts and enzymes (i.e. lipases) for the conversion of waste fats, oils and greases to biodiesel.
  • Understanding the surface properties of bacteria-coated nanoparticles for drug delivery.
  • Surface and Interface properties studies of novel hole transport layers for organic solar cells

Current Researchers

Nanosphere lithography pattern of gold and graphene oxide for nanoelectronics applications