A new class of nanomaterials, so-called smart materials, has recently emerged. These materials have the capability to self-respond to external stimuli with a reliable readout signal by altering one or more of their properties. External stimuli could be stress, temperature, light, electrical or magnetic fields, mechanical deformation, electrochemical actions or pH value.
3D nanomaterials as active components
The key challenge within the field of nanomaterials is to design them in 3D complex smart forms that are easy to utilise but at the same time fulfil predetermined functions. A viable approach is to fabricate the 3D nanomaterials in the form of cellular solids with high porosities. Applying smart nanomaterials in devices, for example, will result in systems in which the materials themselves are active components.
A multitude of applications
The extraordinarily large range of possible applications invites to systematically study functional interface-based 3D porous materials for industrial use in smart technologies. These applications are within:
- Electronics & photonics: Sensors, detectors, 3D optics, smart devices
- Green chemistry: Catalysis, water purification, microplastics, filters
- Energy: Supercapacitors, air capacitors, batteries
- Biomedical/pharmaceutical: Antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, anticancer, wound healing, dental implants, drug delivery, therapy
- Composites: Advanced composites, additive manufacturing, building & construction
- Fibres: Membranes, fibres, textiles, protective masks
- Ceramics & glass: flexible ceramics, advanced glasses
- New materials: soft materials, hybrid materials
Smart materials research at NanoSYD
In the smart materials group at NanoSYD, we focus on research and development within cellular 3D nanomaterials for the above listed applications including:
- Growth and synthesis of nanomaterials from simple structures such as nanoparticles and nanowires to complex-shaped structures such as tetrapods and multipods
- Fabrication of 3D nanomaterials, hybrids, nanocomposites, core-shell and yolk-shell structures
- Surface engineering using state-of-the-art equipment such as helium ion microscopy, electron beam lithography, etc.
See who is working in the Smart Materials group. Klick here.
See the different networking projects that we are involved in.
Smart Ceramics conference
Yogendra Kumar Mishra is the main organiser of the Smart Ceramics conference that took place at the SDU, Sønderborg on 14 February 2023. You can find more information about the conference on the Smart Ceramics homepage (klick here)
Videos and podcasts
It's a Material World Podcast
How would you respond if all your colleagues told you that it is time to move on from your research field? Would you believe their claims that the field is done, totally figured out, and that there was nothing left to discover? Today’s guest experienced this but pushed past it, and is now an expert on smart materials for use in virus binding and flexible electronics. Listen to the podcast where Professor Yogendra Kumar Mishra has been invited.
SDU researcher on cooperation between India and Denmark
On 3 May, the Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi came to visit Denmark to talk about the cooperation between the two countries within the fields of climate and energy. MCI researcher Yogendra Kumar Mishra was invited by the Indian TV channel DD News to discuss cooperation possibilities and how SDU can contribute. See a shortened version of the programme.