Condensed Matter Physics Seminar

Prof. Andrei Khlobystov, Nottingham University, School of Chemistry

Friday 21 March 2014, 1500-1600
C1 Physics Building

From Nanotubes to Nano-Containers and Nano-Reactors

High aspect ratio (quasi-1D) nanostructures have potential to revolutionise the way we use, make and study molecules. Our research aims to enable characterisation and manipulation of molecules at a single-molecule level, visualisation of mechanisms of chemical reactions in real space and time, and synthesis of molecules within nano-sized containers. Understanding interactions of molecules with nanostructures of different types forms a fundamental core of our work, as the 1D nanomaterials serve as a bridge between the molecular world and the macro world. Our work helps to establish a precise control of geometries and orientations of extended molecular arrays urgently needed for nano-device applications. Exploration of chemical reactivity of molecules confined in nanotubes gives us a new powerful set of tools to control the direction, selectivity and kinetics of chemical reactions. Methodology of molecular confinement at the nanoscale developed in our research offers new opportunities for preparative synthetic chemistry of the XXI century leading to high-value products that cannot be synthesised under traditional conditions, and a new generation of recyclable nano-catalysts.