Technology Lecture: Synthesis and Characterisations of Functional Nanomaterials

Date: 20 Aug 2008 - 20 Aug 2008


In this presentation, the speaker will address the issue of exploiting the essential nanocolloidal phenomena (i.e. transparency, rheology, versatile chemical process etc) to synthesise new functional nanomaterials, including a general survey of the research results on the synthesis of M@SiO2or M'@ZnO colloidals nanostructures and functional thin films. The first part of the presentation deals with the results obtained by using microemulsion process to prepare functional silica nanoparticles within a core-shell structure (magnetic or CeO2 core) or homogenous dispersion of luminescent [Mo6Br14]2- “1 nm” size cluster. In the second part of the presentation, the use of a high concentrated @ZnO organosols for the purpose of preparing various functional thin films nanomaterials with numerous shapes like plates and fibres will be demonstrated. The Final part of the presentation focuses on bi-functional water-soluble micelles.  

About the Speaker
Dr Fabien Grasset received his PhD degree in 1998 in solid state chemistry from the University of Science and Technology of Bordeaux and the Institute of Condensed Matter Chemistry of Bordeaux (ICMCB) in the group of J Darriet. After completing his post-doctoral attachment at ICMCB on magnetic nanoparticles for biotechnology (Professor E Duguet’s group), Fabien was offered a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) in Japan from 1999 to 2001 in collaboration with Professor H Haneda on magnetic core-shell@SiO2  nanoparticles.
He is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Rennes in France. His research interest encompasses the solid state Chemistry and Materials group focusing on the synthesis of new functional colloidal nanostructure (M@ZnO, M@SiO2, g-Fe203) and thin films. In 2007, he was invited as short-term fellow under ICYS/NIMS program. Dr Grasset is the author of over 50 international journal papers such as Adv. Mater., Langmuir, J. Phys. Chem. etc. He is frequently invited to speak at international conferences and seminars including IEEE International Nanoelectronics Conference, E-MRS etc. 

10.00am:  Registration & Networking

10.30am:  Presentation by Dr Fabien Grasset
               Q&A Session

11.30am:  End 

Who Should Attend
R&D managers, researchers, industry practitioners, academic professionals and engineering students.

Pre-registration for the lecture is necessary. Seats are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

For technical enquiries: 
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For registration and general enquiries: 
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