The central role of chemistry in nanoscience is evident from the past 100 years of development of the chemical toolbox. Chemists today are capable of designing and synthesizing almost any imaginable compound; organic or inorganic.
Whereas chemistry has traditionally focused on basic understanding of relationship between structure and reaction, nanochemistry seeks to define and exploit the laws that govern self-assembly, quantum effects, and other fundamental nano scale phenomena.
In that way chemists can make a strong and very important contribution to the broad interdisciplinary field of Nanoscience because chemists can make new systems and study how properties change when the building blocks are changed in a systematic way.
This preparative approach towards elucidation of fundamental scientific questions has proven tremendously successful in the past.
The overall aim of the nanochemistry research is to extend this approach, combined with new structural, optical and electronic tools, to reveal secrets of nanoscale assemblies. In particular we wish to develop our understanding of fundamental principles of chemical and biological self-organization as well as the intrinsic properties of new nanosystems with intriguing chemical, biological, or physical properties.
Key areas of interest are molecular electronics, bionanoscience, and sensing.
NanoChemistry Group Leader: Professor Bo W. Laursen