Project Summary

​It is in many ways a golden age of material science. The pace of discovery in new materials with outstanding properties is unprecedented. Some examples of these materials include graphene, silicene and MoS2 and more recently phosphorene, graphyne, metal oxides and other transition metal dichalcogenides. These new nanomaterials present the opportunity to build novel hybrid materials with unique and tunable properties—insulators with conducting areas or transparent films with switchable opaque regions. Already these 2D materials are being used as building blocks to create hybrid materials with interesting and useful properties; for example the conductive properties of graphene combined with the optical properties of MoS2 to create photoactive materials. Unfortunately, for current hybrids, the assembly is too random. This proposal will grow the materials with a more controlled, interweaving approach using electric or magnetic fields. Not only will this allow controlled assembly of materials but the assembly will be rapid.

AIMS 1) Alignment of unsorted and chirally sorted CNTs using Teslaphoresis. 2) Interweaving CNTs through graphene and TiO2. Measuring new material characteristics. 3) Use established protocols to expand the materials used to other 2D materials such as phosphorene and silicene and explore other 1D structures such as TiO2 nanofibers that could be used as the 1D material. 4) Growth of magnetic materials through nanomaterials.


Research Group

Shapter Group


Nanomaterials, carbin nanotubes

Project members

Lead Investigator

Professor Joe Shapter

Senior Group Leader
Shapter Group
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research Infrastructure)
Office of Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research Infrastructure)