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Metal nanoparticles present unique chemical and physical properties with a wide range of applications from catalysis, drug delivery, sensors, energy storage, etc. However, the full realization of these materials and their potential impact is hindered by the lack of a manufacturing technology capable of their production in a continuous and reproducible manner on a large scale. 

Our vision is the development of novel manufacturing technologies based on microdevices for the continuous synthesis of metal nanoparticles with tailored compositions and tuneable sizes in the absence of capping ligands which can potentially interfere with the final applications. 

Kinetic studies of the nucleation and growth steps during the synthesis of different metal nanoparticles coupled with computational fluid dynamic simulations, guide the design of novel microdevices with the aim of avoiding the sintering of the nanomaterials and control their final size. 

The use of additive manufacturing technologies (3D printing) allows us to experimentally produce novel reactor configurations and obtain full control of the fluid dynamics within the channels as well as linking experimental and simulation data to refine our models.



Project financed by EPSRC


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Year Type Publication
2020 Journal Continuous Manufacturing of Silver Nanoparticles between 5 and 80 Nm with Rapid Online Optical Size and Shape Evaluation
 Bruno Pinho, Laura Torrente-Murciano
  Reaction Chemistry & Engineering, 5. (2), pp. 342–355. DOI: 10.1039/C9RE00452A
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2020 Journal Continuous Synthesis of Monodisperse Iron@iron Oxide Core@shell Nanoparticles
 J. Mahin, L. Torrente-Murciano
  Chemical Engineering Journal, 396. DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2020.125299
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2020 Journal Recent Progress on the Manufacturing of Nanoparticles in Multi-Phase and Single-Phase Flow Reactors
 Y. Gao, B. Pinho, L. Torrente-Murciano
  Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering, 29. pp. 26–33. DOI: 10.1016/j.coche.2020.03.008
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2020 Journal Fast Synthesis of CeO 2 Nanoparticles in a Continuous Microreactor Using Deep Eutectic Reline As Solvent
 Antonio Jose Exposito, Patrick J. Barrie, Laura Torrente-Murciano
  ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 8. (49), pp. 18297–18302. DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c06949
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2019 PhD Thesis Stabilisation of Metal Nanoparticles by Confinement on Curved Supports
 Tamsin Elizabeth Bell
  University of Cambridge
2019 Master Thesis Mixing in Gas-Liquid Taylor Flow in Curved Reactors Towards the Continuous Synthesis of Metal Nanoparticles with Controllable Sizes
 Lindsay M. Williams
  University of Cambridge
2018 Journal Continuous Synthesis of Tuneable Sized Silver Nanoparticles via a Tandem Seed-Mediated Method in Coiled Flow Inverter Reactors
 Ke-Jun Wu, Laura Torrente-Murciano
  Reaction Chemistry & Engineering, 3. (3), pp. 267–276. DOI: 10.1039/C7RE00194K
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2018 Journal Continuous Synthesis of Hollow Silver- Palladium Nanoparticles for Catalytic Applications
 Ke-Jun Wu, Yunhu Gao, Laura Torrente-Murciano
  Faraday Discussions, 208. pp. 427–441. DOI: 10.1039/C8FD00001H
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2018 Journal Theory as a Driving Force to Understand Reactions on Nanoparticles: General Discussion
 R. Arrigo, K. Badmus, F. Baletto, M. Boeije, K. Brinkert, A. Bugaev, V. Bukhtiyarov, M. Carosso, R. Catlow, A. Chutia, P. Davies, N. De Leeuw, W. Dononelli, H.-J. Freund, C. Friend, B. Gates, A. Genest, J. Hargreaves, G. Hutchings, R. Johnston, C. Lamberti, J. Marbaix, C.R. Miranda, Y. Odarchenko, N. Richards, A. Russell, P. Selvam, P. Sermon, P. Shah, S. Shevlin, M. Shozi, C.-K. Skylaris, K. Soulantica, L. Torrente-Murciano, A. Trunschke, R. Van Santen, L.G. Verga, K. Whiston, D. Willock
  Faraday Discussions, 208. pp. 147–185. DOI: 10.1039/C8FD90013B
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2017 Journal Synthesis of Narrow Sized Silver Nanoparticles in the Absence of Capping Ligands in Helical Microreactors
 K.-J. Wu, G.M. De Varine Bohan, L. Torrente-Murciano
  Reaction Chemistry and Engineering, 2. (2), pp. 116–128. DOI: 10.1039/c6re00202a
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2017 Journal Modification of Ammonia Decomposition Activity of Ruthenium Nanoparticles by N-Doping of CNT Supports
 Tamsin E. Bell, Guowu Zhan, Kejun Wu, Hua Chun Zeng, Laura Torrente-Murciano
  Topics in Catalysis, 60. (15-16), pp. 1251–1259. DOI: 10.1007/s11244-017-0806-0
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2015 PhD Thesis Biopolymer Supports for Metal Nanoparticles in Catalytic Applications
 Rebecca Bamford
  University of Bath
2015 Journal Enhanced H2O2 Production over Au-Rich Bimetallic Au-Pd Nanoparticles on Ordered Mesoporous Carbons
 Tomás García, Said Agouram, Ana Dejoz, Juan F. Sánchez-Royo, Laura Torrente-Murciano, Benjamín Solsona
  Catalysis Today, 248. pp. 48–57. DOI: 10.1016/j.cattod.2014.03.039
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2012 Journal Highly Dispersed Encapsulated AuPd Nanoparticles on Ordered Mesoporous Carbons for the Direct Synthesis of H2O2 from Molecular Oxygen and Hydrogen
 Tomás García, Ramón Murillo, Said Agouram, Ana Dejoz, María J. Lázaro, Laura Torrente-Murciano, Benjamín Solsona
  Chemical Communications, 48. (43), pp. 5316. DOI: 10.1039/c2cc14667c
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