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Dielectric breakdown of alumina thin films produced by pulsed direct current magnetron sputtering (2018)
Journal Article
Hanby, B. V., Stuart, B. W., Grant, C., Moffat, J., Blissett, J., Gerada, C., …Grant, D. M. (2018). Dielectric breakdown of alumina thin films produced by pulsed direct current magnetron sputtering. Thin Solid Films, 662, (145-154). doi:10.1016/j.tsf.2018.07.004. ISSN 0040-6090

Alumina films (~2 μm thick) were deposited with a mixed Cu/Al interlayer onto copper. Direct current (DC)/Pulsed DC (PDC) magnetron sputtering techniques were independently compared for reactive alumina sputtering. In DC sputtered films, elemental al... Read More

A review of the environmental impact of nanomaterial synthesis using continuous flow hydrothermal synthesis (2018)
Journal Article
Caramazana, P., Dunne, P., Gimeno-Fabra, M., McKechnie, J., & Lester, E. (2018). A review of the environmental impact of nanomaterial synthesis using continuous flow hydrothermal synthesis. 00 Journal not listed, 12, 57-62. doi:10.1016/j.cogsc.2018.06.016

Continuous flow hydrothermal synthesis (CFHS) is an emerging process technology for the manufacture of nanomaterials. Recent work has been undertaken to establish the green ‘credentials’ of CFHS amongst alternative techniques for nanosynthesis. In th... Read More

Electric superbike racing: the design and construction of a championship winning electric superbike (2017)
Conference Proceeding
Wheeler, P., Blissett, J., & Gimeno-Fabra, M. (2017). Electric superbike racing: the design and construction of a championship winning electric superbike

The electric superbikes recently developed at The University of Nottingham have to be considered as a high performance vehicles, competing with its internal combustion engine driven counterparts. This paper presents the motivations for this work as w... Read More

Mechanical, structural and dissolution properties of heat treated thin-film phosphate based glasses (2017)
Journal Article
Stuart, B. W., Gimeno-Fabra, M., Segal, J., Ahmed, I., & Grant, D. M. (2017). Mechanical, structural and dissolution properties of heat treated thin-film phosphate based glasses. Applied Surface Science, 416, doi:10.1016/j.apsusc.2017.04.110. ISSN 0169-4332

Here we show the deposition of 2.7 μm thick phosphate based glass films produced by magnetron sputtering, followed by post heat treatments at 500 °C. Variations in degradation properties pre and post heat treatment were attributed to the formation of... Read More

Cyclic pressure on compression-moulded bioresorbable phosphate glass fibre reinforced composites (2016)
Journal Article
Barrera Betanzos, F., Gimeno-Fabra, M., Segal, J., Grant, D., & Ahmed, I. (2016). Cyclic pressure on compression-moulded bioresorbable phosphate glass fibre reinforced composites. Materials and Design, 100, doi:10.1016/j.matdes.2016.03.108. ISSN 0261-3069

The use of thermoplastic composites based on poly(lactic) acid and phosphate glass fibres over metallic alloys for clinical restorative treatment is highly beneficial due to their biocompatibility and biodegradability. However, difficulties in achiev... Read More

In vitro degradation and mechanical properties of PLA-PCL copolymer unit cell scaffolds generated by two-photon polymerization (2016)
Journal Article
Felfel, R., Poocza, L., Gimeno-Fabra, M., Milde, T., Hildebrand, G., Ahmed, I., …Liefeith, K. (2016). In vitro degradation and mechanical properties of PLA-PCL copolymer unit cell scaffolds generated by two-photon polymerization. Biomedical Materials, 11(1), doi:10.1088/1748-6041/11/1/015011. ISSN 1748-6041

The manufacture of 3D scaffolds with specific controlled porous architecture, defined microstructure and an adjustable degradation profile was achieved using two-photon polymerization (TPP) with a size of 2  ×  4  ×  2 mm3. Scaffolds made from poly(D... Read More

Continuous synthesis of dispersant-coated hydroxyapatite plates (2015)
Journal Article
Gimeno-Fabra, M., Hild, F., Dunne, P., Walton, K., Grant, D., Irvine, D. J., & Lester, E. (2015). Continuous synthesis of dispersant-coated hydroxyapatite plates. CrystEngComm, 17(32), 6175-6182. doi:10.1039/c5ce00628g

A continuous flow hydrothermal synthetic route which allows the direct “in situ” capping/coating of hydroxyapatite nanoplates with functional dispersants in a single stage is reported. The methodology induced crystallisation by rapid mixing of stream... Read More

Organic semiconductors with a charge carrier life time of over 2 hours at room temperature (2015)
Journal Article
Liu, Y., MacKenzie, R. C., Xu, B., Gao, Y., Gimeno-Fabra, M., Grant, D., …Tian, W. (2015). Organic semiconductors with a charge carrier life time of over 2 hours at room temperature. Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 3(47), 12260-12266. doi:10.1039/c5tc02678d

Recently, Gao et al. reported being able to measure significant quantities of photogenerated charge up to one hour after it had been generated in an organic semiconductor device. The aim of this paper is twofold; (a) to provide conclusive experimenta... Read More

The rapid size- and shape-controlled continuous hydrothermal synthesis of metal sulphide nanomaterials (2014)
Journal Article
Dunne, P. W., Starkey, C. L., Gimeno-Fabra, M., & Lester, E. (in press). The rapid size- and shape-controlled continuous hydrothermal synthesis of metal sulphide nanomaterials. Nanoscale, 6(4), doi:10.1039/c3nr05749f. ISSN 2040-3364

Continuous flow hydrothermal synthesis offers a cheap, green and highly scalable route for the preparation of inorganic nanomaterials which has predominantly been applied to metal oxide based materials. In this work we report the first continuous flo... Read More

Melt-processed PLA/HA platelet nanoparticle composites produced using tailored dispersants
Conference Proceeding
Parsons, A. J., Walton, K., Hild, F., Ilchev, A., Gimeno-Fabra, M., Tomczynska, M. M., …Irvine, D. J. (in press). Melt-processed PLA/HA platelet nanoparticle composites produced using tailored dispersants

Hydroxyapatite (HA) nanoparticles, similar to those seen in the structure of human bone, have been produced via hydrothermal synthesisand used to produce nanocomposite materials via melt blending with poly(lactic acid)(PLA). Both of these processes a... Read More