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- Functionalization of nanotubes
- Organiic synthesis
- Polyelectrolytes
- TEM imaging

Environmental chemistry:

- Analysis of pollutants
- Purification methods
- Soil and water samples


Research Areas

- Toxicology
- Energy Sciences
- Pollution dynamics
- Water pollution circulation
- Life cycle of pollutants
- Heavy Metals
- Molecular interactions
- Environmental remediation
- Waste management
- Exotic Materials



Fjordforsk A.S. Midtun, 6894 Vangsnes, Norway. 911659654 |

Superconductor nanoclusters of transition metals


Project duration: 2017 -

Project description:

Metal nanoclusters are critical components in advanced nanotechnologies, and are used for nanomagnetic, nanoelectronic and nanochemical purposes. Niobium and other row-2 transition metal elements are superconducting under certain conditions, and have the ability to form special superconducting bands in their electronic landscape between nuclei. The mechanism behind superconductivity lies within the formation of k-vortexes, also known as vortex states in the angular momentum of the metallic electrons. In this project, we study a series of Nb clusters using semi-empirical methods and quantum chemistry approaches, in order to report their thermodynamical properties, their electronic states and configurations, and their structures to several atoms in small crystals. The results from this project are important for the development of new metal-based technologies, for physical, electronic and chemical applications.


Project participants: Manzetti S.


Keywords: Metals, nanocrystals, nanoclusters, quantum mechanics, superconductors.

Figure 1.A nanocluster of Rb atoms in fcc lattice. Prepared with ADF.

Figure 2. Nanocrystals in 50 Å diameter. Picture by transmission electron microscopy. Copyright Zhu, M.; Lanni, E.; Garg, N.; Bier, M. E., “Kinetically Controlled, High-Yield Synthesis of Au25 Clusters”. Jin, R. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 1138.



Manzetti S. (2018). An electronic investigation into the physical, chemical and thermochemical properties of Niobium nanoclusters. The 1st International Electronic Conference on Crystals, Nano- and Two-Dimensional Crystals.


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Ongoing programs



Industrial Doctorate program in Environmental Chemistry at Uppsala University.

Dr. Phil. program in Mathematics at University of Oslo.

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