Research

Our areas of expertise

We design and synthesize nanomaterials having appropriate microstructure and properties such as nanoparticles, nanotubes, nanowires, graphene and many other low-dimensional species.

Our group specializes in nanomaterials purification, sorting and grafting with functional groups. We also make high-performance nanomaterials composites based on polymer and metal matrices.

We developed techniques to make functional coatings or macroscopic ensembles such as films or fibers from nanomaterials. These 3D structures pave the way towards real-life scale applications.

Excellent electrical properties of various nanomaterials enable us to utilize them in novel systems of power and data transmission such as highly-conductive light-weight wires with negligible losses.

Unique structure provides a range of interesting properties leading to possible applications in the area of heat dissipation, resistive heating or recovery of waste heat in the form of electrical energy.

We tailor materials at the nanoscale to use them as powerful light emitters. This is to engage them in a spectrum of photonic applications ranging from data transmission to medical diagnostics.

Projects

Current and upcoming

Synthesis of new biphasic systems for isolation of monochiral carbon nanotubes
2020 - date

This project (Grant agreement 2019/33/B/ST5/00631) has received €400,500 contribution from the National Science Centre, Poland under the OPUS program.

The aim of work is to develop new methods of isolation of chirality-defined carbon nanotubes.

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Investigation of beneficial imperfections within carbon nanotube structure for photonic applications
2020 (postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic)

This project (Grant agreement PPN/BEK/2019/1/00005) has received €15,800 contribution from the National Agency for Academic Exchange, Poland under the Bekker Fellowship program.

The aim of work is to how to enrich the optical properties of carbon nanotubes by chemical modification of their structure during a 3-month visit of the PI at Kyushu University in Fukuoka in Japan.

Dr Dawid Janas is the Principal Investigator.
Dr Tomohiro Shiraki is the Research Partner at the Hosting Institution.

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Nanohybr1Ds: Hybrids composed of carbon nanotubes and metallic nanowires for harvesting energy from waste heat
2018 - date

This project (Grant agreement 0001/L-8/2016) has received €280,000 contribution from the National Centre for Research and Development, Poland under the Leader program.

The aim of work is to create hybrids of nanocarbon and nanowires to convert waste heat into electricity.

Dr Dawid Janas is the Principal Investigator.

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SYNERGY: Strengthening scientific potential by establishing keY international partNERships with leadinG universities to reach the level of high competencY and research excellence
2018 - date

This project (Grant agreement PPI/APM/2018/1/00004) has received €461,000 contribution from the National Agency for Academic Exchange, Poland under the Academic International Partnerships program.

The aim of initiative is to establish key international partnerships and carry out frontier research with selected universities all around the world.

Dr Dawid Janas is the Project Coordinator.

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Neat carbon nanostructures with hydrophilic character of the surface and their potential application in composite materials
2019 - date

This project (Grant agreement 0036/DIA/2019/48) has received €51,500 contribution from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Poland under the Diamond Grant program.

The aim of work is to investigate surface character of carbon nanostructures.

Mr Grzegorz Stando is the Principal Investigator of this operation.
Dr Dawid Janas is the Research Supervisor.

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Completed

Detect and conquer: Ultrasensitive photonic sensors based on carbon nanotubes and DNA
2020

This project (Grant agreement PL/2019/67/STEM) has received $20,400 contribution from the Fulbright Commision under the STEM Impact Award program.

The aim of work was to construct new sensors based on carbon nanostructures towards biomolecule detection during a 6-week visit of the PI at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York in the U.S.

Dr Dawid Janas was the Principal Investigator of this operation.
Dr Daniel A. Heller was the Research Partner at the Hosting Institution.

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Leaders of tomorrow: Development of the most talented student of the Faculty of Chemistry (Silesian University of Technology) by participation in the most prestigious international conferences
2018 - 2019

This project received funding (€11,500) from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Poland under the Best of the Best 3.0 program.

The goal was to foster scientific development of the most talented students to enable them to present the results of their work at high-impact international conferences.

Dr Dawid Janas is the Principal Investigator of this operation.

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Fundamentals of electrical properties of chirality-defined carbon nanotube macroassemblies
2016 - 2018

This project (Grant agreements 665778 and UMO-2015/19/P/ST5/03799) started on the 1st October 2016 and finished on the 30th September 2018. It received €193,000 contribution from the National Science Centre, Poland and the European Union’s Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant framework

The aim of the project was to create novel carbon-based nanomaterials of highly-defined structure and gain much deeper understanding of their electrical properties.

Dr Dawid Janas was the Principal Investigator of this operation.

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