Welcome to the Nanoscale Physics Research Laboratory
The Nanoscale Physics Research Laboratory was established in 1994 - the first centre for nanoscience in the UK -
and formally opened in the Physics East building in May 1996 by Professor Sir John Cadogan FRS. The second phase of the Lab,
the Nanoscale Science Facility, was opened in May 2004 by Professor Sir Michael Pepper FRS.
The NPRL now encompasses a flourishing range of both fundamental and applied research programs. An interdisciplinary and
international approach is central to the ethos of the Lab. Collaborations with other departments (Chemistry, Environmental Research, etc)
are enhanced by their proximity on campus, while the Lab sustains international research collaborations with a whole series of partners
in Europe and worldwide.
The NPRL is also committed to the transfer of new concepts and technological innovations from the research lab into industry, including our
spin-out companies, creating new opportunities for sustainable economic development.
Catsense is a new FP7-ITN-Marie Curie European training project
for young researchers in nanotechnology, whose goal is to design novel high performance
catalysts and biosensors based on gas-phase metal clusters. It brings together 10 world-leading partners in Belgium, UK, Italy, Denmark, Israel and Spain.
Details of 6 ESR opening positions with starting date of April 1st 2014 are here (PDF file).
Medal, Prize and Exhibition in California
Wednesday 30 October 2013
The John Yarwood Memorial Medal was awarded to Richard by the British Vacuum Council today.
The Medal accompanies the Senior Prize of the BVC.
It was presented by the Council’s past-Chair Martin McCoustra during the Awards Ceremony and Reception at the AVS 60th International Symposium in Long Beach, California.
At the same conference, which has attracted 2300 delegates, PhD students Karl Bauer and Lu Cao are promoting NPRL inventions through a booth at the famous AVS technical exhibition
(the only University stand out of 150!). Congratulations all round, NPRL!
Atomic structure of nano-alloy catalysts
The aberration-corrected STEM is such a powerful tool!
The latest report from Ziyou Li's group in the NPRL reveals the atomic structure of novel, nano-alloy catalyst particles,
consisting of 24 gold atoms and just one palladium atom.
Working with collaborators in Japan (who synthesised the clusters chemically) and Italy (theoretical simulation) the Birmingham team
proposes a cage structure with some propensity for the Pd atom to sit at the centre.
The work provides the attractive Cover Image for this week’s edition of Nanoscale
Monday 21 October 2013
Magic number hybrid clusters
Monday 14 October 2013
Congratulations to Ivy and Quanmin for their beautiful demonstration (by STM) of "hybrid" Au-C60 clusters, just accepted by Phys. Rev. Letters.
Co-operative interactions between the C60 molecules, deposited onto a Au surface, and the Au atoms themselves lead to the spontaneous assembly
of combined Au19(C60)7 "magic number" clusters -
neither component of which would be stable at the temperatures where they are observed (400K).
How many more hybrid nano-architectures will now be found?
Classic NPRL Image Appears in The Guardian
The Guardian newspaper is running a nanotechnology blog based on images of nanostructures and corresponding Captions written by their journalists.
One of the NPRL's "classic collection" of images from the
Gallery appears today:
an STM image of Au17 clusters on graphite.
Particularly impressive for regular newspaper readers is that the Caption is completely accurate!
Friday 04 October 2013
A perspective on nano-membranes
Nanomembranes are very thin free standing films with a range of potential applications including novel molecular filters.
In an invited Perspective article in ACS Nano (ACS Nano, 7, No. 8, 6416 - 6421, 2013, DOI), three of the NPRL's staff join forces to review the progress taking place in this area,
provoked by the work of the Bielefeld group who have generated nanomembranes via e-beam cross-linking of self-assembled monolayers. Palmer,
Guo and Robinson combine their complementary experience of molecular manipulation, cluster beams, SAMs and next generation lithography both to review the area and to define key challenges for its future development.
Monday 30 September 2013
Birmingham is University of the Year!
NPRL News is delighted to note this accolade for the University,
accorded by the Sunday Times and Times newspapers in their annual guide to UK Universities.
The award marks the major steps forward achieved by Birmingham across the range of measures analysed in the newspapers’ University League Tables.
The award comes on top of the recent rise of Birmingham to the UK top ten in the QS World University rankings (position no. 62 in the world).
Head of the NPRL Richard Palmer comments: “Of course this is a collective achievement but to my mind it reflects very well on the strong leadership we have at the top of the University from David Eastwood the Principal”.
Wednesday 25 September 2013
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