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Continuous synthesis of Zn 2 Al–CO 3 layered double hydroxides: a comparison of bench, pilot and industrial scale syntheses (2018)
Journal Article
Clark, I., Gomes, R., Crawshaw, C., Neve, L., Lodge, R., Fay, M., …Lester, E. (in press). Continuous synthesis of Zn 2 Al–CO 3 layered double hydroxides: a comparison of bench, pilot and industrial scale syntheses. Reaction Chemistry and Engineering, doi:10.1039/c8re00241j

Zn 2 Al–CO 3 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 increase at pilot scale. Platelet... Read More

Formation of hollow carbon nanoshells from thiol stabilised silver nanoparticles via heat treatment (2018)
Journal Article
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. ISSN 0008-6223

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

A facile route to bespoke macro- and mesoporous block copolymer microparticles (2018)
Journal Article
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. ISSN 1759-9954

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

Room temperature uniaxial magnetic anisotropy induced by Fe-islands in the InSe semiconductor van der Waals crystal (2018)
Journal Article
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), doi:10.1002/advs.201800257. ISSN 2198-3844

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

Morphological characterisation of diesel soot in oil and the associated extraction dependence (2018)
Conference Proceeding
Key, S., La Rocca, A., Fay, M., Rance, G., & Growney , D. (2018). Morphological characterisation of diesel soot in oil and the associated extraction dependence. In SAE Technical Paper Seriesdoi:10.4271/2018-01-0935

The size and morphology of soot particles and agglomerates extracted from lubricating oil drawn from the sump of a diesel engine have been investigated and compared using Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis (NTA)... Read More

Stable DHLA–PEG capped PbS quantum dots: from synthesis to near-infrared biomedical imaging (2018)
Journal Article
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, doi:10.1039/c7tb02912h. ISSN 2050-750X

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

Dehydrocoupling of dimethylamine-borane promoted by manganese(II) m-terphenyl complexes (2017)
Journal Article
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. ISSN 2044-4753

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

Engineering p-n junctions and bandgap tuning of InSe nanolayers by controlled oxidation (2017)
Journal Article
Balakrishnan, N., Kudrynskyi, Z. R., Smith, E. F., Fay, M. W., Makarovsky, O., Kovalyuk, Z. D., …Patanè, A. (2017). Engineering p-n junctions and bandgap tuning of InSe nanolayers by controlled oxidation. 2D Materials, 4(2), doi:10.1088/2053-1583/aa61e0. ISSN 2053-1583

Exploitation of two-dimensional (2D) van der Waals (vdW) crystals can be hindered by the deterioration of the crystal surface over time due to oxidation. On the other hand, the existence of a stable oxide at room temperature can offer prospects for s... Read More

Electrical discharge coating of nanostructured TiC-Fe cermets on 304 stainless steel (2016)
Journal Article
Algodi, S. J., Murray, J. W., Fay, M. W., Clare, A. T., & Brown, P. D. (in press). Electrical discharge coating of nanostructured TiC-Fe cermets on 304 stainless steel. Surface and Coatings Technology, 307(Part A), doi:10.1016/j.surfcoat.2016.09.062

The electrical discharge coating (EDC) process, as used for the development of TiC-Fe cermet coatings on 304 stainless steel, has been investigated as a function of increasing current (2–19 A) and pulse-on time (2–64 μs). Coating morphologies, compri... Read More

Making the practically impossible "Merely difficult": cryogenic FIB lift-out for "Damage Free" soft matter imaging (2016)
Journal Article
Parmenter, C., Fay, M., Hartfield, C., & Eltaher, H. (2016). Making the practically impossible "Merely difficult": cryogenic FIB lift-out for "Damage Free" soft matter imaging. Microscopy Research and Technique, 79(4), 298 - 303. doi:10.1002/jemt.22630

The preparation of thinned lamellae from bulk samples for transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis has been possible in the focussed ion beam scanning electron microscope (FIB‐SEM) for over 20 years via the in situ lift‐out method. Lift‐out of... Read More

Ligand-induced control of photoconductive gain and doping in a hybrid graphene-quantum dot transistor (2015)
Journal Article
Turyanska, L., Makarovsky, O., Svatek, S. A., Beton, P. H., Mellor, C. J., Patanè, A., …Wilson, N. R. (2015). Ligand-induced control of photoconductive gain and doping in a hybrid graphene-quantum dot transistor. Advanced Electronic Materials, 1, doi:10.1002/aelm.201500062. ISSN 2199-160X

In graphene devices decorated with a layer of near-infrared colloidal PbS quantum dots (QDs), the choice of the QD capping ligands and the integrity of the QD layer have a strong influence on the doping, carrier mobility, and photoresponse. By using... Read More

Mid-infrared photoluminescence in small core fiber of praseodymium-ion doped selenide-based chalcogenide glass (2015)
Journal Article
Tang, Z., Furniss, D., Fay, M., Sakr, H., Sójka, L., Neate, N., …Seddon, A. B. (2015). Mid-infrared photoluminescence in small core fiber of praseodymium-ion doped selenide-based chalcogenide glass. Optical Materials Express, 5(4), 870-886. doi:10.1364/OME.5.000870

Rare earth (RE)-ion doped chalcogenide glasses are attractive for mid-infrared (MIR) fiber lasers for operation >4 μm. Our prior modeling suggests that praseodymium (Pr) is a suitable RE-ion dopant for realizing a selenide-based, chalcogenide-glass,... Read More

Characterisation of soot in oil from a gasoline direct injection engine using Transmission Electron Microscopy (2015)
Journal Article
La Rocca, A., Bonatesta, F., Fay, M., & Campanella, F. (2015). Characterisation of soot in oil from a gasoline direct injection engine using Transmission Electron Microscopy. Tribology International, 86, doi:10.1016/j.triboint.2015.01.025. ISSN 0301-679X

In this work, an investigation of soot-in-oil samples drawn from the oil sump of a gasoline direct injection (GDI) engine was carried out. Soot particulate was characterised in terms of size, distribution and shape of the agglomerates, and internal s... Read More

Tuneable paramagnetic susceptibility and exciton g-factor in Mn-doped PbS colloidal nanocrystals (2014)
Journal Article
Turyanska, L., Hill, R., Makarovsky, O., Moro, F., Knott, A., Larkin, O., …Curry, R. (2014). Tuneable paramagnetic susceptibility and exciton g-factor in Mn-doped PbS colloidal nanocrystals. Nanoscale, 6, doi:10.1039/C4NR02336F. ISSN 2040-3364

We report on PbS colloidal nanocrystals that combine within one structure solubility in physiological solvents with near-infrared photoluminescence, and magnetic and optical properties tuneable by the controlled incorporation of magnetic impurities (... Read More