Nanomaterials for Energy, Environment and Sensing (NEES) is a research group under Bio-Nano Materials Science and Engineering Field of Study, Industrial Systems Engineering Department, School of Engineering and Technology. It is supervised by Dr. Tanujjal Bora. NEES is a highly interdisciplinary research group with students from both Science and Engineering background working together. The group focuses on the use of inexpensive synthesis techniques to prepared semiconductor nanomaterials, plasmonic materials, nanocomposites, porous materials, and thin films, and apply them in various applications like perovskite solar cells, photothermal energy harvesters, photocatalytic water/air purifiers, soft smart materials, self-healing materials, detection of toxic chemicals and wastes in the environment, SERS substrate design, biosensors for chemicals and disease detection and optical coatings. Some ongoing projects include development of NIR reflective coatings, biosensors for pesticide and biomarker detection, removal of heavy metal ions from wastewater and energy harvesting using capacitive deionization technique, superhydrophobic coatings for high voltage insulators, inorganic perovskite materials for solar energy harvesting and self-healing materials for tactile sensors.

Research Interests:

• Nanomaterials for energy harvesting
• Water & air purification
• Nano- and Bio-sensors
• Nanostructured surfaces & thin film coatings
• Optoelectronic devices
• Green technology development

Selected Publications:

1. C.A. Rico-Yuson, G.L. Hornyak & T.Bora; Cyanide-free environment-friendly alternative to copper electroplating for zinc die-cast alloys. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 28 (2021) 38065-38073.
2. K. Sharma, T. Bora & W.S. Mohammed; Effect of solvent absorption on the optical properties of 3D printed methacrylate waveguide, Optics & Laser Technology, 134 (2021) 106573.
3. U. Waiwijit, C. Chananonnawathorn, P. Eimchai, T. Bora, G.L. Hornyak & N. Nuntawong; Fabrication of Au-Ag nanorod SERS substrates by cosputtering technique and dealloying with selective chemical etching. Applied Surface Science, 530 (2020) 147171.
4. K. Ponlamuangdee, G.L. Hornyak, T. Bora & S. Bamrungsap; Graphene oxide/gold nanorod plasmonic paper–a simple and cost-effective SERS substrate for anticancer drug analysis. New Journal of Chemistry, 44 (2020) 14087-14094.
5. S. Dobretsov, P. Sathe, T. Bora, M. Barry, M.T.Z. Myint & M.A. Abri; Toxicity of different zinc oxide nanomaterials at 3 trophic levels: implications for development of low‐toxicity antifouling agents. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 39 (2020) 1343-1354.
6. S. Amjad, K. Swargiary, M. Somarapalli, T. Bora, G.L. Hornyak & W.S. Mohammed; Enhancement of side-coupled surface plasmon resonance sensitivity by application of polymethylmethacrylate thin polymer films. Micro & Nano Letters, 15 (2020) 327-332.
7. T. Bora, A. Dousse, K. Sharma, K. Sarma, A. Baev, G.L. Hornyak & G. Dasgupta, Modeling nanomaterial physical properties: theory and simulation. International Journal of Smart and Nano Materials 10 (2019), 116-143.
8. M. Khalid, T. Bora, A. Al Ghaithi, S. Thukral & J. Dutta, Raman spectroscopy detects changes in bone mineral quality and collagen cross-linkage in Staphylococcus infected human bone. Scientific Reports, 8 (2018) 9417.
9. B. Al-Ghafri, T. Bora, P. Sathe, S. Dobrestov & M. Al-Abri, Photocatalytic microbial removal and degradation of organic contaminants of water using PES fibers. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 233 (2018) 136-142.
10. J. Al-Sabahi, T. Bora, M. Claereboudt, M. Al-Abri & J. Dutta, Visible light photocatalytic degradation of HPAM polymer in oil produced water using supported zinc oxide nanorods. Chemical Engineering Journal, 351 (2018) 56-64.