The NanoStencil project seeks to address a key issue in nanomaterials fabrication, which is how to structure materials in all three dimensions on the true nanoscale?

Nanostencil project overview

Our vision is of a new process philosophy for the production of dense arrays of identical nanostructures of precise dimensions based on the interaction between light patterns and surface reaction processes.

In NanoStencil we apply coherent laser pulses inside a growth environment to achieve interference patterning. This thereby directly modifies the local reaction processes, resulting in the formation of ordered sites for self-assembly.

The method will be applied to the direct synthetisation of metallic, semiconducting and biological nanomaterials with diverse applications including quantum optoelectronics, sensing and medical devices.

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Research Excellence Framework 2021 results

The results demonstrate our research and impact excellence across a broad range of disciplines and confirm that our research is having a significant positive impact on lives across the globe.