Micro- and nanotechnology rely on the ability
to design and control the surface of materials,
and their interaction with other materials or fluids (i.e. at interfaces, in porous materials and in membranes). This research area is critical for the development structured interfaces, such as silver antibacterial surfaces and mineral processing technologies. This is a core project for the Centre and covers three themes: sustainable energy technologies; novel devices and materials; and theory and modelling.
QMNC members are involved in studies including: research on the design of materials for clean energy applications; commercially oriented research on design of surfaces and interfaces for memory applications; applied research on the development surfaces for environmentally friendly mineral flotation and gas storage; and theoretical and computational research on the passage of fluids through pores and the interaction between surfaces. These will lead to advances in the health, energy and mining industries.