- 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 |

Halogenated silica nanoparticles for solar cell technologies.

Project duration: 2013 - 2015


Collaborating groups:

Dr Hadi Behzadi. Kharazmi University, Department of Chemistry, Karaj, Tehran, Iran.

Dr. T. Lu. Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, School of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083, People's Republic of China.

Prof. Vach. Laboratoire de physique des interfaces et couches minces. Ecole Polytechnique, Route de Saclay, 91128 Palaiseau Cedex. France.


Project description:

Silica wafers are common parts for solar cell technologies and green energy harvesting. Their quantum chemical properties designate their electro-physical features which make them suitable as conducting units in wafer cells. Their size and shape can however affect their properties, particularly accounting also for chemical modifications and surface properties. This project developes on the effects from size, shape and level of halogenation of silica nanoparticles, and the outcomes from these modification on the electronic properties and the different electro-physical profiles for conductive and catalytic properties of a new type of silica solar cells. This project is of central relevance with wafer cell engineering and solar cell technology development.

Keywords: Silica, nanoparticles, electronic, properties, quantum chemical studies, structures, wafer cells, green energy, harvesting.

Project participants: Manzetti S., Behzadi H, Lu T., Estrafili MD., Vach H.

Contact person: Manzetti S.


Manzetti, S., Lu, T., Behzadi, H., Estrafili, M. D., Le, H. L. T., & Vach, H. (2015). Intriguing properties of unusual silicon nanocrystals. Royal Society of Chemistry Advances, 5(95), 78192-78208.

Behzadi H, Esrafili MD, Manzetti S, Roonasi P. (2014) A density functional study of silicon fullerene endohedral X@Si20F20 and exohedral X-Si20F20 (X=O2−, S2−, Se−2) complexes. Physica E: Low-dimensional Systems and Nanostructures. 56: 69–73




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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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