The principal research focus of the Nanomaterials Centre (Nanomac) has been to address the major global challenges of clean and sustainable energy and water supply, and to advance innovative and equitable health care. To successfully meet these challenges, the centre brings together expertise from chemistry, biology, engineering, and pharmacy. Several groups work and collaborate within the centre, led by senior researchers Professor Lianzhou Wang (clean energy) and A/Prof Gordon Xu (health care).  During 2012 Lianzhou Wang - Professor of Chemical Engineering and AIBN affiliated group leader - took over leadership of the centre from founding director Professor Max Lu.

Nanomac has been part of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Functional Nanomaterials since 2003. While ARC funding ceased at the end of 2010, membership of ARC Centre remains active. In addition to the support from UQ, key centre researchers have been successful in securing major research grants and awards since 2012, ensuring continuation and development of the core research themes. 


  • Conference

    ICONN 2020 - International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

  • Clean Energy

    A major component of research at the nanomaterials centre investigates new materials for clean energy applications.

  • Environment

    Nanotechnology in general and nanomaterials in particular promise to provide many solutions to environmental issues.

  • Health Care

    Health care is another application area in which functional nanomaterials show great promise.

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