Nanoparticles applied to sustainable energy and biomedical applications

                                           Research overview



Our research activities are partially funded by the Estonian Centre of Excellence 2015 EQUiTANT (TK134) and the EMÜ Bridge Funding (P200030TIBT).
We are a material science and nano-engineering research group with the main research focus on metal oxide and metal nanoparticle synthesis. We are more particularly interested by silver, cobalt, zinc oxide, copper oxide, hafnium dioxide, and hybrid nanomaterials. The main targeted applications are sustainable energy, biocidal coatings, water purification and nanomedicine.

Our research group received a grant (09/2020) from the Estonian Research Council (ETAg) to develop new nanocomposites to prevent and limit both rapid contamination of Covid-19 (COVSG-9).

In addition to the conventional synthesis methods, green synthesis is an objective of ours. Team main expertise includes also thin film synthesis (ALD, MOCVD, PLD, sputtering), sol-gel chemistry, transmission electron microscopy and related techniques, vacuum techniques, CMOS technology, photoluminescence, scientific writing, research projects.

Latest updates

Our research group received the Best cooperation award 2021 at EMÜ. This cooperation between the Institute of Technology and the Veterinary Institute is in the frame of the “Antimicrobial coating development” project. Thank you to all the team members from both Institute for their hard work.

Best cooperation award 2021


Special Issue on Nanomaterials for Optoelectronics and Photocatalysis

We would like to draw your attention to our Special Issue “Functional Nanomaterials for Optoelectronics and Photocatalysis”, in Nanomaterials. The aims and topics are given at

Nanomaterials is a well recognized Open Access journal indexed in Scopus with IF = 4.324. To submit to the Special Issue, please click the button “Submit to Special Issue” in the upper left corner. If you need more information, you can contact us through the main webpage of the Special Issue.


We are glad to inform that 2 review papers have been published on:

Assessment of the optical and electrical properties of light-emitting diodes containing carbon-based nanostructures and plasmonic nanoparticles

Nanoadsorbants for the Removal of Heavy Metals from Contaminated Water: Current Scenario and Future Directions “

We wish you a pleasant and informative reading, and we hope that these OPEN ACCESS reviews will serve as a valuable support for researchers  and PhD students in the field.