Laboratory of Nanomaterials (LNM)

lnm-lab-tour-4 Mission of the LaboratoryMission of the Laboratory
Our mission is to carry out high impact scientific and applied research based on nanomaterials to gain international recognition as a laboratory for the research excellence. The scientific level of the group is maintained by international leading scientists, involved in the research, strengthened by successful collaboration with national and international researchers and by disseminating research results in high quality journals and by holding scientific conferences and teaching courses in the frame of scientific interests of the group. The main aim is to generate innovation and commercialization of scientific results produced in the laboratory.

Objectives of the Laboratory:
–           To conduct world-class scientific research in the fields of nanomaterial synthesis for various applications such as electronics, photonics, and optoelectronics;
–           To attract young and mature scientists with burning eyes to maintain high level research in the lab;
–           To create a laboratory with modern and sophisticated equipment to be utilized in a high efficiency research;
–           To provide a dynamic and creative educational environment for graduate and post-graduate students;
–           To establish and maintain a strong link with Russian and International institutions and industries to explore and adopt the latest scientific advances through applied research.

The group possesses all required equipment to carry out high scientific level experiments in the field of synthesis of carbon nanomaterials, fabrication and characterisation of photovoltaic devices. Optical properties of SWCNT films can be examined using UV/Vis/NIR Spectrometer Perkin Elmer Lambda-1050 in the wavelength range of 175 – 3300 nm and Bruker VERTEX 70 Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer that allows to cover the spectral range from 8000 to 350 cm^-1 (wavelengths: 1.25 – 28.57 μm). The analysis of the interband optical transitions in semiconducting and metallic SWCNTs can be carried out using a program developed in our group. Electrical properties of SWCNT films can be measured in our laboratory with a ring-probe and 4-point linear probe and a multimeter (Jandel 4 point-probe, Jandel Engineering Ltd, England/Agilent 34411, Agilent, USA).  Equipment for solar device characterisation includes solar simulator (Newport Oriel Sol3A Class AAA Solar Simulator), the Oriel I-V Test Station and Oriel’s QE/IPCE Measurement unit. LNM operates advanced two scanning and transmission electron microscopes available at the SkolTech Center of common use: Helios NanoLab 660 – SEM, FEI Versa 3D DualBeam – SEM, FEI Tecnai G2 F20 – TEM.