Key to Extending
Professor Bao-Lian Su,
To design this bio-inspired material, an international team comprising scientists from
The team, led by Prof Bao-Lian Su, a life member of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge and who is also based at Wuhan University of Technology in China and at the University of Namur in Belgium, adapted Murray’s Law for the fabrication of the first ever synthetic ‘Murray material’ and applied it to three processes: photocatalysis, gas sensing and lithium ion battery electrodes. In each, they found that the multi-scale porous networks of their synthetic material significantly enhanced the performance of these processes.
Prof Su says:
“This study demonstrates that by adapting
“The introduction of the concept of
Writing in Nature Communications this week, the team describes how it used zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles as the primary building block of their
Co-author, Dr Tawfique Hasan, of the Cambridge Graphene Centre, part of the University’s Department of Engineering, adds:
“This very first demonstration of a
With its synthetic
The team proved that its
The team envisions that the strategy could be used effectively in materials designs for energy and environmental applications.
The research was partially supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Xianfeng Zheng et al: ‘Bio-inspired Murray materials for mass transfer and activity’ Nature Communications 6th April 2017