University of Sussex
The University of Sussex (Brighton, England) offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology as well as post-grad and post-doc research into the field. Study embraces Chemistry, Physics, and Biochemistry (or Molecular Biology), as well as the overlapping fields of Materials Science and Electronic Engineering.Sussex Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Centre
The center pioneers new research from a fundamental perspective. The work here covers several different fields, including nanotube production & modification, superconductors, fullerene chemistry and theoretical studies. Current research includes the production and growth of novel fullerene derivatives, optimizing nanotube production using electrolysis, pyrolysis and laser vaporization techniques as well as study of the dynamics of gas phase metal/carbon clusters and superconducting fullerides.
Condensed Matter and Materials Science
This is an interdisciplinary group whose target is to understand the structural and dynamic properties of solids, films, surfaces and clusters, with applications across materials science and nanotechnology.
Sussex Polymer Group
Currently this group is looking at control methods for polymer architecture and developing colloidal dispersions – nanocomposites of polymer and inorganic particles. The group has strong industrial links to pharmaceutical and material companies.
Theoretical Chemistry and Computational Materials
This active group is working on theoretical and computational modelling of materials, surfaces and carbon-based nanoscience with interesting and/or economically important properties. Theoretical methods such as density functional theory and valence force theory are employed and computing power from the sussex high performance computing center is available.
Protein Design Group
The Molecular Biology Protein Design Group focuses on protein structure engineering, successfully producing novel coiled-coil proteins. Research is underway to explore molecular self-assembly and nanotechnology applications.
Single Molecule Microscopy
Developing ultra-sensitive detection techniques that combine, laser spectroscopy, CCD imaging, confocal fluorescence and total internal reflection microscopy to study molecular structure, dynamics and interactions at the single molecule level is the goal of this study.