26 NanoTP Review articles free online

The NanoTP review collection "Atomic scale interface design and characterisation", has been released! 26 Review articles are available for free open-access download from this link:

While many major strides have been made in the last three decades concerning the synthesis, characterisation and properties of individual nanoobjects, their technological uptake necessarily requires integration into devices. To achieve this, detailed characterization, design and control of the interface between nanoobjects and their environment is essential. Interface properties typically dominate the behavior of nanomaterials. The reviews of this Thematic Series cover key areas of advanced synthesis methods, controlled functionalization and post-processing routes, developments in nanoscale characterization tools as well as theoretical modeling of structure and dynamics, and electronic properties. Finally some reviews cover key examples of successful nanomaterial integration.


Atomic scale interface design and characterisation
Carla Bittencourt, Chris Ewels, Arkady V. Krasheninnikov

Growth and characterization of CNT–TiO2 heterostructures
Yucheng Zhang, Ivo Utke, Johann Michler, Gabriele Ilari, Marta D. Rossell, Rolf Erni

Sublattice asymmetry of impurity doping in graphene: A review
James A. Lawlor, Mauro S. Ferreira

Review of nanostructured devices for thermoelectric applications
Giovanni Pennelli

Nano-rings with a handle – Synthesis of substituted cycloparaphenylenes
Anne-Florence Tran-Van, Hermann A. Wegner

Donor–acceptor graphene-based hybrid materials facilitating photo-induced electron-transfer reactions
Anastasios Stergiou, Georgia Pagona, Nikos Tagmatarchis

Non-covalent and reversible functionalization of carbon nanotubes
Antonello Di Crescenzo, Valeria Ettorre, Antonella Fontana

Experimental techniques for the characterization of carbon nanoparticles – a brief overview
Wojciech Kempiński, Szymon Łoś, Mateusz Kempiński, Damian Markowski

Silicon and germanium nanocrystals: properties and characterization
Ivana Capan, Alexandra Carvalho, José Coutinho

Electronic and electrochemical doping of graphene by surface adsorbates
Hugo Pinto, Alexander Markevich

Carbon-based smart nanomaterials in biomedicine and neuroengineering
Antonina M. Monaco, Michele Giugliano

Cathode lens spectromicroscopy: methodology and applications
T. O. Menteş, G. Zamborlini, A. Sala, A. Locatelli

Carbon nano-onions (multi-layer fullerenes): chemistry and applications
Juergen Bartelmess, Silvia Giordani

Properties of plasmonic arrays produced by pulsed-laser nanostructuring of thin Au films
Katarzyna Grochowska, Katarzyna Siuzdak, Peter A. Atanasov, Carla Bittencourt, Anna Dikovska, Nikolay N. Nedyalkov, Gerard Śliwiński

Two-dimensional and tubular structures of misfit compounds: Structural and electronic properties
Tommy Lorenz, Jan-Ole Joswig, Gotthard Seifert

Advances in NO2 sensing with individual single-walled carbon nanotube transistors
Kiran Chikkadi, Matthias Muoth, Cosmin Roman, Miroslav Haluska, Christofer Hierold

Electrical contacts to individual SWCNTs: A review
Wei Liu, Christofer Hierold, Miroslav Haluska

Localized surface plasmon resonances in nanostructures to enhance nonlinear vibrational spectroscopies: towards an astonishing molecular sensitivity
Dan Lis, Francesca Cecchet

Liquid-phase exfoliated graphene: functionalization, characterization, and applications
Mildred Quintana, Jesús Iván Tapia, Maurizio Prato

Synthesis of boron nitride nanotubes and their applications
Saban Kalay, Zehra Yilmaz, Ozlem Sen, Melis Emanet, Emine Kazanc, Mustafa Çulha

X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy of graphitic carbon nanomaterials doped with heteroatoms
Toma Susi, Thomas Pichler, Paola Ayala

Nanoparticle shapes by using Wulff constructions and first-principles calculations
Georgios D. Barmparis, Zbigniew Lodziana, Nuria Lopez, Ioannis N. Remediakis

Filling of carbon nanotubes and nanofibres
Reece D. Gately, Marc in het Panhuis

Chains of carbon atoms: A vision or a new nanomaterial?
Florian Banhart

Overview of nanoscale NEXAFS performed with soft X-ray microscopes
Peter Guttmann, Carla Bittencourt

The Kirkendall effect and nanoscience: hollow nanospheres and nanotubes
Abdel-Aziz El Mel, Ryusuke Nakamura, Carla Bittencourt

Possibilities and limitations of advanced transmission electron microscopy for carbon-based nanomaterials
Xiaoxing Ke, Carla Bittencourt, Gustaaf Van Tendeloo


21 August 2015

Filtering Down – New Tools for Atomic Scale Simulations

Within the NanoTP action, Prof. Briddon and Dr Rayson have now developed a new “filtration algorithm” based version of their code, AIMPRO, which other scientists within the project from across Europe are using to model and predict a diverse range of new nanomaterials and their properties...


3 July 2014

Ribbons Nano-Style

Near Zürich, Switzerland, ribbons are being fabricated, but these are not the kind of ribbons that the average consumer would choose to decorate their presents with...

3 July 2014

Graphene Image Competition

Graphenography Competition
A prize of £100 is offered for the best artistic interpretation of graphene science through art, sculpture, photography, microscopy or digital creation.
Please note that submission grants the British Carbon Group licence for use in its publicity material.
Please send your entries to Dr Peter Minshall, Secretary of the British Carbon Group, by 5pm on Friday 13th December.


29 November 2013

DNA Mediated SWCNT Nanorings

Dr. Culha and his student Ali Yasin Sonay constracted the first DNA hybridization based SWCNT nanorings. Read the full story at[More]

20 February 2013

Launch of Young Academy of Europe in Brussels

Young Academy of Europe officially launched at first Annual Meeting in Brussels


13 December 2012

Press release: Young Academy of Europe

Press release: Young Academy of Europe

The Young Academy of Europe (YAE) is a pan-European initiative of outstanding young scientists who created a platform for networking, scientific exchange and science policy. (


24 October 2012

Silvia Giordani wins 2012 L'Oreal-UNESCO Fellowship

Dr Silvia Giordani is the recipient of the 2012 L'Oreal-UNESCO UK and Ireland Fellowships For Women In Science for her work on a new avenue towards "smart" medicines.[More]

2 July 2012

New Journal Launched

University of Brighton researchers have launched a new journal which will carry articles on research and potential scientific breakthroughs in the field of nanotechnology.[More]

25 June 2012

Carbon Barbecue in Dublin

Some great videos online from the Carbon BBQ, an event organised at the Science Gallery in Dublin, including an introduction to Carbon by Silvia Giordani!
1. Silvia's guide to carbons
2. A walk round the Carbon BBQ


14 March 2012

New tool for nanoobject spectroscopy

Peter Guttmann, Carla Bittencourt, Stefan Rehbein, Polona Umek, Xiaoxing Ke, Gustaaf Van Tendeloo, Chris P. Ewels & Gerd Schneider reported a scheme that combines the high spatial resolution of full-field transmission X-ray microscopy (TXM) with high-spectral-resolution near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS). The idea could lead to a wide range of new material studies that combine high-resolution spectroscopic techniques with nanoscale tomographic imaging.

"Nanoscale spectroscopy with polarized X-rays by NEXAFS-TXM"


1 December 2011

Gas Sensing with Au-Decorated Carbon Nanotubes

From ab initio quantum transport simulations to the actual sensor device, CNTs decorated with Au nanocluster succeed to detect NO2 and CO! Read the full story on

Z. Zanolli et al, ACS Nano, 2011, 5 (6), pp 4592–4599


18 July 2011

Commensurate-incommensurate phase transition in bilayer graphene

Analytic expressions are derived to estimate the critical unit elongation of one of the graphene layers at which the transition to the incommensurate phase takes place, i.e. formation of the first incommensurability defects (dislocation) in the system. The possibility to measure the barrier to relative motion of graphene layers by the study of formation of incommensurability defects in bilayer graphene is discussed. Physical Review B 84, 045404 (2011).


14 July 2011

The GraphITA- COST BEST POSTER award winner 2011

Dr. Navaratnarajah Kuganathan was awarded the best poster prize presented at the European workshop GraphITA, for "Nanoribbon in a nanotube: self-assembly of a spiral sulphur-terminated strip of graphene".[More]

10 June 2011

The COST Team interview Konstantin Novoselov at GraphITA

The COST Team have interviewed Nobel prize winner Konstantin Novoselov while at the GraphITA graphene meeting in L'Aquila, Italy.  You can see the video by clicking on the 'videos' link on the NanoTP home page.  Thanks again to the GraphITA organising team for a really excellent meeting![More]

24 May 2011

New potential for interlayer interaction of graphene layers

New potential for interlayer interaction of graphene layers is devoloped based on the van der Waals corrected first-principles approach. Molecular dynamics simulations of relative translational vibrations of graphene layers show that graphene should be perfect for the use in fast-responding nanorelays and nanoelectromechanical memory cells.

I.V. Lebedeva, A.A. Knizhnik, A.M. Popov, Yu.E. Lozovik, B.V. Potapkin Interlayer interaction and relative vibrations of bilayer graphene, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 13, 5687-5695 (2011).[More]

15 April 2011

A new mechanism of diffusion and drift of graphene flake

A new mechanism of diffusion and drift of graphene flake on grapphene surface is proposed.


15 April 2011

Organic photovoltaics: Can a perfect match between a boron electron donor and SWCNT acceptor be achieved?

Silvia Giordani and collaborators report the preparation of a novel donor-acceptor material, consisting of a red/near infrared absorbing boron azadipyrromethene donor covalently attached to a highly functionalized SWNT acceptor.


11 February 2011

Metal Nanorods: Size and Shape issues

Using in-situ electron microscopy and ab initio calculations Maureen Lagos and colleagues discuss the elongation of Au and Pt nanorods .

See: Mechanical Deformation of Nanoscale Metal Rods: When Size and Shape Matter.  Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 055501 (2011)


5 February 2011

Structural Defects in Graphene: should we always look for perfection?

You can find the answer in ACS Nano, 2011, 5 (1), pp 26–41 by Florian Banhart, Jani Kotakoski, and Arkady  Krasheninnikov

The electronic and mechanical properties of graphene samples with high perfection of the atomic lattice are outstanding, but structural defects, which may appear during growth or processing, deteriorate the performance of graphene based devices. However, deviations from perfection can be useful ...


1 February 2011

Raman spectroscopy of graphene zigzag edges

Our research group led by Dr. László P. Biró and colleagues from the Max Planck Institute in Stuttgart have been able to prepare graphene nanostructures with zigzag edge terminations. Furthermore, with the help of Raman spectroscopy we have shown that the zigzag edges of these nanostructures are nearly perfect, having very few defects. In this way it was possible for the first time to confirm experimentally the theoretical predictions concerning the difference in the Raman signature of zig-zag and armchair edges.

[1] B. Krauss, P. Nemes-Incze, V. Skakalova, L.P. Biro, K.V. Klitzing, J.H. Smet, Raman Scattering at Pure Graphene Zigzag Edges., Nano Lett. 10 (2010) 4544-4548.

30 November 2010

Graphene: Why the Au clusters are at the edges?

You can find the answer in: Physical Review B, 81, 125425 (2010)

Using DFT calculations Arkady Kraseheninnikov, Florian Banhart and colleagues discuss the dynamics of Au atoms and their agglomeration at defects and edges of graphene ribbons.


20 November 2010

Nature Methods. 3D-ultrastructural imaging

Pushing borders of the nanotechnology, Peter Guttmann and colleagues developed an X-ray microscope that allows the incorporation of a cryogenic tilt stage enabling tomography of frozen-hydrated, intact cells. They were able to visualize the nuclear membrane channels and lysosomal inclusions in 3-D reconstructions of mouse adenocarcinoma cells at ~36-nm (Rayleigh) and ~70-nm (Fourier ring correlation) resolution.

Nature Methods
Published online: 14 November 2010 | doi:10.1038/nmeth.1533


17 November 2010

Berlin Marathon

Felicitations to Polona Umek for finishing the 42km Marathon in Berlin![More]

30 October 2010

Sustainable Energy Europe Awards

Any groups interested in applying for the Sustainable Energy Europe Awards?  Let Carla or Chris know if you'd be interested in doing this within the umbrella of NanoTP...


21 October 2010

NanoTP Scientists explore spin in doped nanotubes

Indirect Magnetic Coupling in Light-Element-Doped Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes

A NanoTP collaboration between labs in Dublin, Nantes,Umeå, Delft, Orsay and Oslo has for the first time seen the signature of indirect magnetic coupling between low concentration light element impurities in single-walled carbon nanotubes.  The work represents collaboration between synthesis and characterisation groups, transport studies of individual tubes, coupled to density functional calculations of phosphorus and phosphorus oxide dopants.  It has recently appeared in "ACS Nano":

DOI: 10.1021/nn1009038
Publication Date (Web): August 4, 2010

13 October 2010

Nature publication on fullerene superconductivity

Recent publication on fullerene superconductivity from Denis Arcon, member of the NanoTP network..


28 September 2010