Nanomaterials


fig_nanoNanomaterials are chemical substances or materials that are manufactured and used at a very small scale (down to 10,000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair). They are developed to exhibit novel characteristics (such as increased strength, chemical reactivity or conductivity) compared to the same material without nanoscale features.
At ISM several groups are involved in the preparation of nanostructured materials (thin films, multilayers, nanoparticles, low dimensional materials, surfaces and interfaces possibly showing chiral asymmetry) by physical and chemical methods. New methods to produce functional materials in controlled environment, to control composition, size and shape of nanomaterials and to examine their morphological, structural, microstructural properties as well as the magnetic, optical and electrical properties are investigated. The class of materials range from Fe oxide nanoparticles, magnetic nanoparticles for spintronics applications, hybrid organic-inorganic and plasmonic nanostructures. The produced nanomaterials find a fertile ground for applications in the key and future enabling technologies for magnetic memories, sensors, permanent magnets, catalysis, renewable energy and devices of low enviromental impact.