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Published: 16 July 2014

ATI researcher speaks at first nanoHUB conference

Dr Michail Beliatis was invited to present his research, which uses nanostructures to enable chemical detection and solar cells, to global nanoHUB users.

Developed in the US, nanoHUB.org is a simulation tool based on open access cloud computing, which enables researchers to simulate and analyse data, and also to collaborate, teach, learn and share information. The platform has over 300,000 users across 172 countries worldwide.

As one of the early adopters of nanoHUB, Dr Beliatis, a postdoctoral fellow in Surrey's Advanced Technology Institute (ATI), was invited to present the results of his successful simulation experiments to an audience of fellow nanoHUB users at the platform’s first conference in Arizona on 9 to 11 April.

During his research, Dr Beliatis used lasers to create metal nanoparticles (which are typically made using chemicals). These nanoparticles are able to interact with light, creating colours as they absorb different wavelengths, allowing them to be used to detect molecules in chemical spaces – which could have applications in the detection of drugs or viruses. The metal nanoparticles also have potential uses in enhancing the efficiency of next generation solar cells.

“I was delighted that my work was picked by nanoHUB as a good example of what can be achieved using the tool, and to be able to share my research with other users,” says Dr Beliatis. “NanoHUB is an excellent way of encouraging innovation among researchers as it enables global networking and collaborations between research groups in different countries.”

Dr Beliatis has published two papers on the findings of his research using nanoHUB: ‘Engineering the plasmon resonance of large area bimetallic nanoparticle films by laser nanostructuring for chemical sensors' and ‘Organic solar cells with plasmonic layers formed by laser nanofabrication’.

 

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