Materials matter: any breakthrough that changes society owes its success to the molecular building blocks used to create it. Advanced materials are essential to economic security and human wellbeing, with applications in industries aimed at addressing challenges in clean energy, national security and human welfare. Therefore speeding up the pace of development and implementation of advanced material systems is critical for achieving global competitiveness in the 21st century.
Group for Optical Materials and Spectroscopy – OMAS is finding new ways of making the materials the world already relies on and moving the next generation of materials from theory into practice. The OMAS innovate at every point of the production process. When the solution calls for something that does not yet exist, our physicist and chemists are at the leading edge of advanced materials looking for new molecular combinations and structures to create better physical and chemical sensors, brighter phosphors and more biocompatible molecules for drug-delivery. The OMAS has knowledge, experience and equipment for numerous synthetic methods such as solid state, combustion, sol-gel, colloidal, reverse micelle, spray-pyrolysis, precipitation and conventional and microwave-assisted hydrothermal synthesis.