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Quantifying soot nanostructures: Importance of image processing parameters for lattice fringe analysis (2019)
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Pfau, S. A., La Rocca, A., & Fay, M. W. (2020). Quantifying soot nanostructures: Importance of image processing parameters for lattice fringe analysis. Combustion and Flame, 211, 430-444. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.combustflame.2019.10.020

Fringe analysis is a commonly used method to quantify soot nanostructures. However, the settings of the involved filters and their impact on the results are rarely addressed. In this study, the influence of the three filter parameters as well as two... Read More about Quantifying soot nanostructures: Importance of image processing parameters for lattice fringe analysis.

Immobilized Enzymes on Gold Nanoparticles: From Enhanced Stability to Cleaning of Heritage Textiles (2019)
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Gherardi, F., Turyanska, L., Ferrari, E., Weston, N., Fay, M. W., & Colston, B. J. (2019). Immobilized Enzymes on Gold Nanoparticles: From Enhanced Stability to Cleaning of Heritage Textiles. ACS Applied Bio Materials, 2(11), 5136-5143. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsabm.9b00802

Enzyme-based treatments are used in heritage conservation for the effective removal of glues and other damaging organic layers from the surfaces of historic and artistic works. Despite their potential, however, the application of enzymatic treatments... Read More about Immobilized Enzymes on Gold Nanoparticles: From Enhanced Stability to Cleaning of Heritage Textiles.

Synthesis of folic acid functionalized gold nanoclusters for targeting folate receptor-positive cells (2019)
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Liu, Z., Turyanska, L., Zamberlan, F., Pacifico, S., Bradshaw, T. D., Moro, F., …Thomas, N. R. (2019). Synthesis of folic acid functionalized gold nanoclusters for targeting folate receptor-positive cells. Nanotechnology, 30(50), https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6528/ab437c

We report on the synthesis of water-soluble gold nanoclusters capped with polyethylene glycol (PEG)-based ligands and further functionalized with folic acid for specific cellular uptake. The dihydrolipoic acid-PEG-based ligands terminated with -OMe,... Read More about Synthesis of folic acid functionalized gold nanoclusters for targeting folate receptor-positive cells.

Hybrid light emitting diodes based on stable, high brightness all-inorganic CsPbI 3 perovskite nanocrystals and InGaN (2019)
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Zhang, C., Turyanska, L., Cao, H., Zhao, L., Fay, M. W., Temperton, R., …Patanè, A. (2019). Hybrid light emitting diodes based on stable, high brightness all-inorganic CsPbI 3 perovskite nanocrystals and InGaN. Nanoscale, 11(28), 13450-13457. https://doi.org/10.1039/C9NR03707A

Despite important advances in the synthesis of inorganic perovskite nanocrystals (NCs), the long-term instability and degradation of their quantum yield (QY) over time need to be addressed to enable the further development and exploitation of these n... Read More about Hybrid light emitting diodes based on stable, high brightness all-inorganic CsPbI 3 perovskite nanocrystals and InGaN.

Soot in the Lubricating Oil: An Overlooked Concern for the Gasoline Direct Injection Engine? (2019)
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Pfau, S. A., Rocca, A. L., Haffner-Staton, E., Rance, G. A., Fay, M. W., & Mcghee, M. (2019). Soot in the Lubricating Oil: An Overlooked Concern for the Gasoline Direct Injection Engine?. SAE Technical Papers, https://doi.org/10.4271/2019-01-0301

Formation of soot is a known phenomenon for diesel engines, however, only recently emerged for gasoline engines with the introduction of direct injection systems. Soot-in-oil samples from a three-cylinder turbo-charged gasoline direct injection (GDI)... Read More about Soot in the Lubricating Oil: An Overlooked Concern for the Gasoline Direct Injection Engine?.

Assessing the Accuracy of Soot Nanoparticle Morphology Measurements Using Three- Dimensional Electron Tomography (2019)
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Haffner-Staton, E., La Rocca, A., Cairns, A., McGhee, M., & Fay, M. (2019). Assessing the Accuracy of Soot Nanoparticle Morphology Measurements Using Three- Dimensional Electron Tomography. SAE Technical Papers, https://doi.org/10.4271/2019-01-1188

Morphology plays an important role in determining behaviour and impact of soot nanoparticles, including effect on human health, atmospheric optical properties, contribution to engine wear, and role in marine ecology. However, its nanoscopic size has... Read More about Assessing the Accuracy of Soot Nanoparticle Morphology Measurements Using Three- Dimensional Electron Tomography.

Continuous synthesis of Zn2Al-CO3 layered double hydroxides: A comparison of bench, pilot and industrial scale syntheses (2019)
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Clark, I., Gomes, R. L., Crawshaw, C., Neve, L., Lodge, R., Fay, M., …Lester, E. (2019). Continuous synthesis of Zn2Al-CO3 layered double hydroxides: A comparison of bench, pilot and industrial scale syntheses. Reaction Chemistry and Engineering, 4(4), 663-666. https://doi.org/10.1039/c8re00241j

© 2019 The Royal Society of Chemistry. Zn2Al-CO3 was produced continuously at bench (g h-1), pilot (100s g h-1) and industrial scale (10s kg h-1). Crystal domain length and BET surface area were similar at all three scales although there was a small... Read More about Continuous synthesis of Zn2Al-CO3 layered double hydroxides: A comparison of bench, pilot and industrial scale syntheses.

Steric and electronic control of 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reactions in carbon nanotube nanoreactors (2019)
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Miners, S. A., Fay, M. W., Baldoni, M., Besley, E., Khlobystov, A. N., & Rance, G. A. (2019). Steric and electronic control of 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reactions in carbon nanotube nanoreactors. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 123(10), 6294-6302. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcc.9b01190

The use of single-walled carbon nanotubes as effective nanoreactors for preparative bimolecular reactions has been demonstrated for the first time. We show that the extreme spatial confinement of guest reactant molecules inside host carbon nanotubes... Read More about Steric and electronic control of 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reactions in carbon nanotube nanoreactors.

Three dimensional nanoscale analysis reveals aperiodic mesopores in a covalent organic framework and conjugated microporous polymer (2019)
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Stoppiello, C. T., Isla, H., Martínez-Abadía, M., Fay, M. W., Parmenter, C. D. J., Roe, M. J., …Khlobystov, A. N. (2019). Three dimensional nanoscale analysis reveals aperiodic mesopores in a covalent organic framework and conjugated microporous polymer. Nanoscale, 11(6), 2848-2854. https://doi.org/10.1039/c8nr10086a

The integrated analytical approach developed in this study offers a powerful methodology for the structural characterization of complex molecular nanomaterials. Structures of a covalent organic framework based on boronate esters (COF-5) and a conjuga... Read More about Three dimensional nanoscale analysis reveals aperiodic mesopores in a covalent organic framework and conjugated microporous polymer.

Synthesis of hydroxylated group IV metal oxides inside hollow graphitised carbon nanofibers: nano-sponges and nanoreactors for enhanced decontamination of organophosphates (2018)
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Astle, M. A., Rance, G. A., Fay, M. W., Notman, S., Sambrook, M. R., & Khlobystov, A. N. (2018). Synthesis of hydroxylated group IV metal oxides inside hollow graphitised carbon nanofibers: nano-sponges and nanoreactors for enhanced decontamination of organophosphates. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 6(41), 20444-20453. doi:10.1039/c8ta08100j

The confinement and enhanced catalytic properties of hydroxylated group IV metal oxide nanostructures inside hollow graphitised carbon nanofibers (GNF) has been demonstrated. GNF – a structural analogue of carbon nanotubes – were effectively filled w... Read More about Synthesis of hydroxylated group IV metal oxides inside hollow graphitised carbon nanofibers: nano-sponges and nanoreactors for enhanced decontamination of organophosphates.

Movement of palladium nanoparticles in hollow graphitised nanofibres: the role of migration and coalescence in nanocatalyst sintering during the Suzuki–Miyaura reaction (2018)
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Lodge, R. W., Rance, G. A., Fay, M. W., & Khlobystov, A. N. (2018). Movement of palladium nanoparticles in hollow graphitised nanofibres: the role of migration and coalescence in nanocatalyst sintering during the Suzuki–Miyaura reaction. Nanoscale, doi:10.1039/c8nr05267k. ISSN 2040-3364

The evolution of individual palladium nanoparticle (PdNP) catalysts, in graphitised nanofibres (GNF), in the liquid-phase Suzuki-Miyaura (SM) reaction has been appraised. The combination of identical location-transmission electron microscopy (IL-TEM)... Read More about Movement of palladium nanoparticles in hollow graphitised nanofibres: the role of migration and coalescence in nanocatalyst sintering during the Suzuki–Miyaura reaction.

Formation of hollow carbon nanoshells from thiol stabilised silver nanoparticles via heat treatment (2018)
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Watts, J. A., Fay, M. W., Rance, G. A., Brown, P. D., & Khlobystov, A. N. (2018). Formation of hollow carbon nanoshells from thiol stabilised silver nanoparticles via heat treatment. Carbon, 139, 538-544. doi:10.1016/j.carbon.2018.06.074

Uniform, less 10 nm sized, hollow carbon nano-shells (HCNS) have been prepared via a single-step, thermal treatment of alkanethiol stabilised Ag nanoparticles (TS-AgNP). Direct evidence for the formation of spherical HCNS from TS-AgNP is provided by... Read More about Formation of hollow carbon nanoshells from thiol stabilised silver nanoparticles via heat treatment.

Comparative nanostructure analysis of gasoline turbocharged direct injection and diesel soot-in-oil with carbon black (2018)
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Pfau, S., La Roca, A., Haffner-Staton, E., Rance, G., Fay, M., Brough, R., & Malizia, S. (2018). Comparative nanostructure analysis of gasoline turbocharged direct injection and diesel soot-in-oil with carbon black. Carbon, 139, 342-352. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.carbon.2018.06.050

Two gasoline turbocharged direct injection (GTDI) and two diesel soot-in-oil samples were compared with one flame-generated soot sample. High resolution transmission electron microscopy imaging was employed for the initial qualitative assessment of t... Read More about Comparative nanostructure analysis of gasoline turbocharged direct injection and diesel soot-in-oil with carbon black.

A facile route to bespoke macro- and mesoporous block copolymer microparticles (2018)
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He, G., Bennett, T. M., Alauhdin, M., Fay, M. W., Liu, X., Schwab, S. T., …Howdle, S. M. (in press). A facile route to bespoke macro- and mesoporous block copolymer microparticles. Polymer Chemistry, 9(27), doi:10.1039/c8py00707a

We report a facile and versatile strategy for the bespoke fabrication of macro- and mesoporous block copolymer microparticles. A clean synthetic route, RAFT dispersion polymerisation in supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2), is used to generate block... Read More about A facile route to bespoke macro- and mesoporous block copolymer microparticles.

Room temperature uniaxial magnetic anisotropy induced by Fe-islands in the InSe semiconductor van der Waals crystal (2018)
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Moro, F., Bhuiyan, M. A., Kudrynskyi, Z. R., Puttock, R., Kazakova, O., Makarovsky, O., …Patanè, A. (2018). Room temperature uniaxial magnetic anisotropy induced by Fe-islands in the InSe semiconductor van der Waals crystal. Advanced Science, 5(7), https://doi.org/10.1002/advs.201800257

The controlled manipulation of the spin and charge of electrons in a semiconductor has the potential to create new routes to digital electronics beyond Moore’s law, spintronics, and quantum detection and imaging for sensing applications. These techno... Read More about Room temperature uniaxial magnetic anisotropy induced by Fe-islands in the InSe semiconductor van der Waals crystal.

Progress towards a methodology for high throughput 3D reconstruction of soot nanoparticles via electron tomography (2018)
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Haffner-Staton, E., La Rocca, A., & Fay, M. (2018). Progress towards a methodology for high throughput 3D reconstruction of soot nanoparticles via electron tomography. Journal of Microscopy, 270(3), 272-289. https://doi.org/10.1111/jmi.12680

The aim of this work is to make progress towards the development of 3D reconstruction as a legitimate alternative to traditional 2D characterisation of soot. Time constraints are the greatest opposition to its implementation, as currently reconstruct... Read More about Progress towards a methodology for high throughput 3D reconstruction of soot nanoparticles via electron tomography.

Stable DHLA–PEG capped PbS quantum dots: from synthesis to near-infrared biomedical imaging (2018)
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Zamberlan, F., Turyanska, L., Patanè, A., Liu, Z., Williams, H., Fay, M., …Grabowska, A. (in press). Stable DHLA–PEG capped PbS quantum dots: from synthesis to near-infrared biomedical imaging. Journal of Materials Chemistry B, 6, https://doi.org/10.1039/c7tb02912h

The short shelf-life of water-soluble quantum dots (QDs) due to colloidal instability represents a major drawback to their exploitation. This work examines the colloidal stability of PbS nanoparticles capped with dihydrolipoic acid–polyethylene glyco... Read More about Stable DHLA–PEG capped PbS quantum dots: from synthesis to near-infrared biomedical imaging.

Additive manufacture of complex 3D Au-containing nanocomposites by simultaneous two-photon polymerisation and photoreduction (2017)
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Hu, Q., Sun, X., Parmenter, C. D., Fay, M. W., Smith, E. F., Rance, G. A., …Wildman, R. D. (in press). Additive manufacture of complex 3D Au-containing nanocomposites by simultaneous two-photon polymerisation and photoreduction. Scientific Reports, 7, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-17391-1

The fabrication of complex three-dimensional gold-containing nanocomposite structures by simultaneous two-photon polymerisation and photoreduction is demonstrated. Increased salt delivers reduced feature sizes down to line widths as small as 78nm, a... Read More about Additive manufacture of complex 3D Au-containing nanocomposites by simultaneous two-photon polymerisation and photoreduction.

Dehydrocoupling of dimethylamine-borane promoted by manganese(II) m-terphenyl complexes (2017)
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Sharpe, H. R., Geer, A. M., Blundell, T. J., Hastings, F. R., Fay, M. W., Rance, G. A., …Kays, D. L. (in press). Dehydrocoupling of dimethylamine-borane promoted by manganese(II) m-terphenyl complexes. Catalysis Science and Technology, 8(1), doi:10.1039/C7CY02086D

Two- and three-coordinate manganese m-terphenyl complexes are precatalysts for the dehydrogenation of dimethylamine-borane (Me2NH·BH3) affording one equivalent of molecular hydrogen and half an equivalent of [Me2N–BH2]2. Experimental studies into the... Read More about Dehydrocoupling of dimethylamine-borane promoted by manganese(II) m-terphenyl complexes.

A one-pot-one-reactant synthesis of platinum compounds at the nanoscale (2017)
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Stoppiello, C. T., Biskupek, J., Li, Z. Y., Rance, G. A., Botos, A., Fogarty, R. M., …Khlobystov, A. N. (2017). A one-pot-one-reactant synthesis of platinum compounds at the nanoscale. Nanoscale, 9(38), https://doi.org/10.1039/C7NR05976K

The preparation of inorganic nanomaterials with a desired structure and specific properties requires the ability to strictly control their size, shape and composition. A series of chemical reactions with platinum compounds carried out within the 1.5... Read More about A one-pot-one-reactant synthesis of platinum compounds at the nanoscale.


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