Nanoparticles applied to sustainable energy and biomedical applications

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Our research activities are partially funded by the Estonian Centre of Excellence 2015 EQUiTANT (TK134),  Mobilitas Pluss MOBJD1021, 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, copper, copper nitride, zinc oxide, hafnium dioxide, and hybrid nanomaterials. The main targeted applications are sustainable energy, biocidal coatings, water purification, optoelectronics, photovoltaics 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


We are happy to announce that our Special Isssue in MDPI Materials has been converted into a book “Metal Oxide Thin Films: Synthesis, Characterization and Applications”. We thank all the authors who have contributed to its success.


PhD student position from 09/2022: “Tin (Sn) based nanomaterials for Lithium ion batteries”

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Dr. Yuri Hendrix just joined our research team as postdoctoral researcher. Welcome Yuri!


Our PhD student Keshav Nagpal just published his first research paper in OpenAccess journal SAGE. It is an important step for a Phd student, congratulations Keshav!

The role of CNT in surface defect passivation and UV emission intensification of ZnO nanoparticles


Congratulations to our PhD student Siim Küünal

who successully defended his thesis entitled, “Plant Mediated Synthesis of Silver-Based Nanoparticles and Their Use as Antimicrobial Agent in Environmentally-Friendly Applications”



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.