- Nanothermodynamics: Ab initio atomistic thermodynamics
- Environment-dependent nanomorphology
- Nanocatalysis by design: Synergistic co-operative effects
- Nanoelectronics: Bandgap engineering at the nanoscale
In an attempt to alleviate the high-cost associated with conventional proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) catalysts and to further maximize its catalytic activity and durability, we propose a promising route to design the next generation of Pt-based PEMFC nanocatalysts with single-Pt atom dispersions and to replace the easily degraded carbon support with the more durable non-conventional conducting supports, in hope to improve the lifetime of these PEMFCs.
In addition, nano-interfaces are boundaries between two phases where the properties or behavior of nanomaterial differ from those of the adjoining phases. Engineering of these nano-interfaces play an important role in our daily life, and in the world around us. The recent developments in modern technologies involve new nanomaterials and processes in which nano-interfaces play a crucial role.