About Us

Welcome to Hybrid Nanomaterials Engineering Research group at the Cambridge Graphene Centre (CGC). The group is currently led by Dr Tawfique Hasan. As a team, we try to understand underlying fundamental phenomena to engineer nanomaterials for printed photonics, (opto)electronics, sensing and energy.

Our work encompasses Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science and Nanotechnology and interfaces between industry and academia with fundamental and applied research. We employ creative synthesis, processing and deposition of functional 2 dimensional (2d) materials. By combining them with other nanomaterials such as nanotubes, nanowires and quantum dots, and porous materials such as metal oxides, we are developing a "nanomaterial-enabled" flexible and printable device platform, with batch to batch manufacturability for photonics, optoelectronics, sensing and energy harvesting. 'Hybrid materials engineering', focusing functional nanomaterials is therefore the core theme of our ambitious multidisciplinary research, with a view towards real world application development.

We are always looking for highly motivated PhD students with a Chemistry, Physics, Nano-biotechnology, Materials Science or Engineering background. International post doctoral researchers for medium and long term collaborative research visits are also welcome. Please have a look at what we do and with a specific program in mind, get in touch with Tawfique directly.

Production

For the majority of applications, production methods of 2-dimensional (2d) materials must be scalable without compromising the material functionalities and cost. We approach the problem by processing the 2d materials in liquid environment. More >>

Processing

Production of functional 2d materials in a liquid environment allows the choice of solvent, dispersant and incorporation of other nanomaterials. This enables us to formulate printable inks, retaining the unique functionalities of the nanomaterials. More >>

Applications

We investigate how our functional ink and printing technology can be applied to fabricate components for electronics (such as interconnects, touch surface) or optoelectronic (such as flexible devices capable of detecting light). More >>

Recent Publications (For author copies, please email Tawfique or Follow him on ResearchGate)

134. Selenium Clusters in Zn-glutamate MOF Derived Nitrogen-Doped Hierarchically Radial-Structured Microporous Carbon for Advanced Rechargeable Na-Se Battery
Y Li, W Dong, H Chen, F-J Xia, W-B Yu, J Song, S Wu, Z Deng, Z-Yi Hu, T Hasan, H-E Wang, L Chen, B-L Su
Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2018, Just accepted
DOI: 10.1039/C8TA07662F [Show abstract]

133. Printing of Graphene and Related 2D Materials: Technology, Formulation and Applications
L W T Ng, G Hu, R C T Howe, X Zhu, Z Yang, C G Jones, T Hasan
Springer International Publishing, 2019
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-91572-2 [Show book synopsis]

Chapters:
  • Introduction
  • Structures, Properties and Applications of 2D Materials
  • 2D Material Production Methods
  • 2D Ink Design
  • Printing Technologies
  • Applications of Printed 2D Materials
  • 132. Realization of vertical metal semiconductor heterostructures via solution phase epitaxy
    X Wang, Z Wang, J Zhang, X Wang, Z Zhang, J Wang, Z Zhu, Z Li, Y Liu, X Hu, J Qiu, G Hu, B Chen, N Wang, Q He, J Chen, J Yan, W Zhang, T Hasan, S Li, H Li, H Zhang, Q Wang, X Huang, W Huang
    Nature Communications, 2018, 9, 3611
    DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-06053-z [Show abstract]

    131. 3D Ferroconcrete‐Like Aminated Carbon Nanotubes Network Anchoring Sulfur for Advanced Lithium–Sulfur Battery
    M Yan, H Chen, Y Yu, H Zhao, C‐F Li, Z‐Y Hu, P Wu, L Chen, H Wang, D Peng, H Gao, T Hasan, Y Li, B‐L Su
    Advanced Energy Materials, 2018, 8, 1801066
    DOI: 10.1002/aenm.201801066 [Show abstract]

    126. Hierarchy Design in Metal Oxides as Anodes for Advanced Lithium‐Ion Batteries
    J Jin, L Wu, S Huang, M Yan, H Wang, L Chen, T Hasan, Y Li, B‐L Su
    Small Methods, 2018, 1800171
    DOI: 10.1002/smtd.201800171 [Show abstract]

    125. Functional inks and printing of two-dimensional materials
    G Hu, J Kang, L W T Ng, X Zhu, R C T Howe, C G Jones, M C Hersam, T Hasan
    Chemical Society Reviews, 2018, 47, 3265
    DOI: 10.1039/c8cs00084k [Show abstract]

    124. Inkjet Printed Large‐Area Flexible Few‐Layer Graphene Thermoelectrics
    T Juntunen, H Jussila, M Ruoho, S Liu, G Hu, T Albrow‐Owen, L W T Ng, R C T Howe, T Hasan, Z Sun, I Tittonen
    Advanced Functional Materials, 2018, 28, 1800480
    DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201800480 [Show abstract]

    123. 102 fs pulse generation from a long-term stable, inkjet-printed black phosphorus-mode-locked fiber laser
    X Jin, G Hu, M Zhang, Y Hu, T Albrow-Owen, R C T Howe, T-C Wu, Q Wu, Z Zheng, T Hasan
    Optics Express, 2018, 26, 12506
    DOI: 10.1364/OE.26.012506 [Show abstract]