Enabling manufacturing of Functional Nanomaterials using SynBio

Lead Research Organisation: University of Strathclyde
Department Name: Chemical and Process Engineering


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Sweatman MB (2022) Molecular Dynamics Investigation of Clustering in Aqueous Glycine Solutions. in The journal of physical chemistry. B

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Zimbitas G (2019) Investigation of molecular and mesoscale clusters in undersaturated glycine aqueous solutions in Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects

Description We investigated populations, size distributions and structure of clusters in aqueous solutions of small organic molecules.
Such molecules co-assemble with inorganic molecules, such as silica and iron oxides, to form functional nanomaterials.
Molecular and colloidal scale (mesoscale) clusters with radii around 0.3-0.5 nm and 100-150 nm, respectively, were observed
using complementary experimental techniques. Molecular clusters are consistent with hydrated monomers and dimers present
in equilibrium in aqueous solutions. Mesoscale clusters were observed to be indefinitely stable, in mutual equilibrium within
mesostructured solutions across all concentrations investigated.
Exploitation Route Understanding of mesostructured solutions is crucial for future work on nucleation of solid phases from solutions and formation of nanomaterials through liquid phase synthesis.
Sectors Chemicals,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology