AdReNa Group 2019


Adaptive & Responsive Nanomaterials Group

We are a research team at University College London, based at the Department of Chemical Engineering and with close links to the soft materials community across campus.

We study material formation on the nanoscale by molecular self-assembly and build functional nanoarchitectures for a variety of fields ranging from chemical sensing and biomedical diagnostics to photovoltaics and optical coatings.

Recent highlights by the group: 

Recent developments in Pickering emulsions for biomedical applications

A recent review on using Pickering emulsions for biomedical applications. Published in Current Opinion in Colloid & Interface Science (vol 39, pp 173-189, 2019). Find the article here

A toolkit to quantify target compounds in thin-layer-chromatography experiments

An innovative approach to enable analytical chemistry with your smartphone, including detailed experimental plans and a webapp. Published in Journal of Chemical Education (vol 95, pp 2191-2196, 2018). Find the article with gold open access here

A versatile AuNP synthetic platform for decoupled control of size and surface composition

A modular 2-step chemical route for the independent control over gold nanoparticle size and composition based on the synthesis of AuNPs in oleylamine (OAm) followed by the subsequent functionalization with thiol ligands and mixtures thereof. Find the full story published in Langmuir (vol 24, pp 6820-6826, 2018) and available as gold open access here

Phase behaviour and applications of a binary liquid-liquid mixture of methanol and a thermotropic liquid crystal 

We report on a liquid-liquid mixture with highly unusual properties, composed of methanol and the thermotropic liquid crystal 4-Cyano-4’-pentylbiphenyl (5CB). Published in Soft Matter (vol 14, pp 4615–4620, 2018). Find the article with gold open access here

Robust operation of mesoporous antireflective coatings under variable ambient conditions

Very interesting insights into the effects of ambient humidity on the functioning of mesoporous antireflective coatings and successful pathways on how to mitigate the effect now accepted in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces (vol 10, pp 10315 –10321, 2018). Find the article with gold open access here

Therapeutic drug monitoring by pH-mediated molecular differentiation

Our work on pH-mediated fluorescence spectroscopy for therapeutic drug monitoring in complex media is now published in Chemical Communications (vol 54, pp 1485 - 1488, 2018) and freely available as gold open access here