The NEST activity focuses on the physics of two-dimensional systems, such as Surfaces, Interfaces, and Thin films, as well as Nanostructures and their growth, characterization, and applications to Nanotechnology, Energy and Environment.

In recent years, we have focused on the growth, characterization, and applications of novel 2D materials, including graphene, transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs), graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4), Layered Double Hydroxides (LDHs), and MXenes, in clean energy production and environmental remediation. In particular, the NEST is actively involved in applications of nanostructured materials in the Production of Hydrogen via Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting reactions, CO2 reduction, Photodegradation of Dyes/Drugs, and the conversion of toxic wastes into useful chemicals by using visible light. In addition, Hydrophilicity/Hydrophobicity of various Surfaces, Thermal/Electrical Conductivity of Polymers, and Supercapacitors are among the other NEST-intersted areas.

Some of the main topics that our members are currently involved in include: