Nanobiomaterials & Nanostructures
The physical, chemical, electrical and mechanical properties of materials can be enhanced by exploiting the unique advantages that arise from the nanoscale.
Synthesis, properties and applications of nanoparticles, nanostructured materials and nanocomposites are being investigated. Computer assisted design and modelling of the behaviour and characteristics of nanostructured materials formed by block copolymers, liquid crystals and colloids are being carried out. Templating methiods are being investigated to produce novel structures for biocatalysts, sensors and biomarkers. Smart dispersed nanomaterials with tailored dynamical properties are promising materials for medical and engineering applications.
This work is aimed at revealing underlying physical laws and developing methods for computer assisted design of nano-structured materials.
Computer aided design of bio-mimicking materials forms a key area of focus. Vesicles are an example, which serves as a model system for biological cells and intracellular compartments.
Using computer simulation the morphology of thin block copolymer film around a nanoparticle has been investigated.
All living systems contain a range of asymmetric environments such as those generated by electric fields, phase boundaries or those found at the surface of molecular aggregates within the aqueous environment.
The structure and phase behaviour of concentrated surfactantwater and polymer water mixtures which form lyotropic liquid crystal mesophases are being studied.
Role: Professor of Computational and Theoretical Physics
Role: Senior Research Fellow in Computational Physics
Role: Research Fellow in Computational Physics
Role: Professor, DVC, Chair of the Institute
Role: Research Associate
Role: Research Fellow
Andrei participates at EU proposal writing meeting at Schiphol, Holland.
On 23-26 November 2013 Andrei and Marco visited Associate Professor Johan van der Maarel from the Physics Department of the National University of Singspore. Johan was UCLan’s Distinguished Visitor in May 2013.