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Molecular Materials and Surfaces

Developing novel chemical surface coatings and surface functionalisation strategies to enable the realisation of sensors for specific chemicals and biomolecules.

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Molecular Materials and Surfaces
  • Molecular Materials and Surfaces Overview

    IPAS research in Molecular Materials and Surfaces spans the following areas:

    • Chemical surface coatings
    • Surface functionalisation strategies
    • Molecular-based sensors
    • Bioelectronics
    • New materials for gas storage or separation for renewable energy applications
    • Platforms for catalysis.

    Our researchers include ARC Future and Super Science Fellows, with expertise ranging from fundamental chemistry to analyte-specific sensor development (an IPAS strength).

    Key infrastructure is available in the School of Chemistry and Physics, including:

    • Synthetic laboratories (wet and dry)
    • NMR spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction structure determination
    • Peptide synthesis and purification
    • Materials characterisation capabilities.
  • Biological and Chemical Surface Functionalisation

    Biological and Chemical Surface Functionalisation work at IPAS combines organic synthesis, supramolecular chemistry and surface science to functionalise the surface of a glass optical fibre and other surfaces, enabling the detection of specific chemicals and biomolecules.

  • Novel Materials Synthesis

    Novel Materials Synthesis group design and synthesise nanostructured materials. Some of these compounds display novel interactions and behaviour that we exploit to develop sensors as well as for use in separation science and as platforms for catalysis.

  • Charge Transfer and Bioelectronics

    Our Charge Transfer and Bioelectronics work focusses on the design and synthesis of peptides with specific secondary structures whose electronic properties we then theoretically and electrochemically evaluate on surfaces.

  • Functional Organic Materials

    IPAS researchers working on ground breaking research in the area of Functional Organic Materials are developing the chemistry of ‘networked polymers’. These materials are synthesised from high symmetry building blocks linked via strong, irreversible covalent bonds.

    This emerging field has tremendous potential for new and more efficient catalysis platforms, sensing, storage and separation solutions.

  • Centre for Advanced Nanomaterials (CAN)

    The University has established a stand-alone centre to foster, connect and harness research activities centred on the synthesis, processing and study of nanomaterials.

    Key research themes in the CAN are:

    • Chemical and Electrical Energy Storage
    • Energy Waste Management
    • Heterogeneous Catalysis
    • Nanoporous Materials for Gas Separations.
Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing

North Terrace Campus
The Braggs Building
The University of Adelaide
Adelaide SA 5005


T: +61 8 8313 9254

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