Welcome to Kanaras group

Functional Nanomaterials and Applications Lab


Expression of interest for PhD positions for the academic year 2022-2023 is now open for UK or EU Nationals.
(contact Prof. Antonios Kanaras - A.Kanaras(at)soton.ac.uk)

Postdoctoral opportunities please click here

Nanomaterials exhibit unique optical, electronic and magnetic properties which make them ideal candidates for applications in several fields of Science. Our research is multidisciplinary and our interests are focused on the design of functional nanomaterials and their applications in Biomedical (e.g. drug delivery, sensing) and Physical Sciences (e.g. energy). Our group welcomes students with diverse scientific backgrounds (e.g. biology, physics, materials and chemistry).


  • 9/2021 The group welcomes a new first year PhD student, Ms. India Cook.

  • 6/2021 The paper "A method for the growth of uniform silica shells on different size and morphology upconversion nanoparticles " has been published to Nanoscale Advances

  • 5/2021 The paper "DNA Gold Nanoparticle Motors Demonstrate Processive Motion with Bursts of Speed Up to 50 nm Per Second " has been published to ACS Nano

  • 4/2021 Our paper "Enrichment of Skeletal Stem Cells from Human Bone Marrow Using Spherical Nucleic Acids" has been published to ACS Nano

  • 3/2021 The paper "Exciton effects in perovskite nanocrystals" has been accepted for publication to Jphys Photonics

  • 3/2021 Antonios gave a virtual Keynote talk at the "International Workshop of Nanomedicine" in Islamabad

  • 3/2021 Antonios chairs a virtual SPIE symposium entitled "Colloidal Nanoparticles for Biomedical Applications"

  • 2/2021 Our paper "A DNA Sensor Based on Upconversion Nanoparticles and Two-Dimensional Dichalcogenide Materials" has been published to Frontiers of Chemical Science and Engineering.

  • 1/2021 The group wishes a happy and propsperous New Year

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