Nanoparticles applied to sustainable energy and biomedical applications
This research is partially funded by the Estonian Centre of Excellence 2015 EQUiTANT (TK134) and the EMÜ Bridge Funding (P200030TIBT).
We are a material science and 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, hafnium dioxide, and hybrid nanomaterials. The main targeted applications are sustainable energy, biocidal coatings, water purification and nanomedicine.
In addition to the conventional synthesis methods, green synthesis is an objective of ours. Team main expertise include 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.
Our application (COVSG-9) to develop new nanocomposites to prevent and limit both rapid contamination of Covid-19 is funded. This research project will be done at Eesti Maaülikool at the Institute of Technology and the Veterinary Institute and in collaboration with the LBN (Montpellier, France).
“The COVID-19 outbreak requires urgent effective antiviral treatment as well as mitigation of its proliferation. Since 2004, nanomaterials have been investigated towards the development of the so-called ‘nano-antimicrobials,’. Now with COVID-19 pandemic, nanoantivirals have been the focus of investigations. Nanomaterials in antiviral applications and nanotechnology can offer a great support in the design of contamination-safe equipment through metal-loaded nanocomposites. Polymer nanocomposites combining cobalt, copper and silver in polymer matrix will be studied to develop antiviral additives for plastic items production and coatings to protect surfaces (door handles, protective visors, panels…). The technological transfer for industrial production will be done with Estonian Companies. The well-known antiviral properties of various formulations and nanostructures will be studied and exploited to fight COVID-19 and prevent and limit both rapid contamination leading to contagion.”
Our recent investigations on cobalt nanoparticles for possible application in nanomedicine is published. These nanomaterials exhibit promising potential for possible application in cancer treatment. “Assessing Cobalt Metal Nanoparticles Uptake by Cancer Cells Using Live Raman Spectroscopy“