Biomimetic Assemblies of Complex Functional Materials in Hierarchical Structures

Accelerator Fund

Project period: October 2014 – April 2015

This project has been developed from the Initiator funded Bio and Biomimetic Materials community.

GW4 Community Leads
University of Bath: Enrico Da Como
University of Bristol: Simon Hal
Cardiff University: Wolfgang Langbein
University of Exeter: David Wright

Project overview
The research programme is based on the preparation of hierarchical layered materials deposited with a new state-of-the-art facility; Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD). The ALD system, a core facility of the Centre for Graphene, allows for the preparation of layered materials with vertical control at the atomic level, offering artificial structures made out of atomically thick sheets one on top of the other. We will explore the creation of unique membrane-like materials, and also establish their functionalities in photovoltaics, quantum photonics, superconductivity and memories.


  • October 3 2014 (initial meeting in Bath).
  • Mid November 2014 (one day workshop in Bristol).
  • Mid December 2014 (one day meeting in Cardiff.
  • End of January 2015 (one day meeting in Exeter).