Our group is world leading in the synthesis of the highest performing nanoparticle catalysts and medical imaging agents.

Our synthesis expertise allows us to engineer complex nanoparticle catalysts that with atomic level precision.

As Director of the Electron Microscope Unit you will use state-of-the-art electron microscopes that are the best in Australia to characterise cutting edge nanoparticles.

Our research

Metal nanoparticles for active and stable catalysts in energy storage

There are several catalysis projects currently undertaken in the SMS research group.

Magnetic nanoparticles for cancer detection using magnetic particle imaging

As the first to have a Magnetic Particle Imaging (MPI) instrument in Australia, at UNSW we are in a unique position to detect early stage tumours and cancerous cells with the most sensitive and precise imaging.


Recent selected publications: 

  1. A.R. Poerwoprajitno, L. Gloag, J. Watt, S. Cheong, A. Henson, B. Subhash, N.M. Bedford, B.K.Miller, P.B. O’Mara, T.M. Benedetti, D.L. Huber, J.J. Gooding*, W. Schuhmann*, R.D. Tilley*,Single Ptatomson Ru nanoparticles for CO-resistant methanol oxidation reaction electrocatalysis,NatureCatalysis5231-237 (2022).
  2. L. Gloag, A.R. Poerwoprajitno, S. Cheong, Z.R. Ramadhan, T. Adschiri, J.J. Gooding, R.D. Tilley, Synthesis of hierarchical metal nanostructures with high electro-catalytic surface areas, Science Adv.9eadf6075 (2023).
  3. Kim Duong, H. T., Abdibastami, A., Gloag, L., Bongers, A., Shanehsazzadeh, S., Nelson, M., Cousins, A., Bayat, N., McCalmont, H., Lock, R. B., Sulway, S., Biazick, J., Justin Gooding, J., & Tilley, R. D. (2023). Small zinc doped iron oxide tracers for magnetic particle imaging. Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, 587, 171304. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmmm.2023.171304
  4. Mariandry, K., Kokate, R., Somerville, S. V., Gloag, L., Cheong, S., Carroll, L. R., Kumar, P. V., Gooding, J. J., & Tilley, R. D. (2023). Controlling platinum active sites on silver nanoparticles for hydrogen evolution reaction. Chemistry of Materialshttps://doi.org/10.1021/acs.chemmater.3c01765
  5. Poerwoprajitno, A. R. et al. Faceted Branched Nickel Nanoparticles with Tunable Branch Length for High Activity Biomass Oxidation Electrocatalysis. Angew. Chemie Int. Ed. (2020) doi:10.1002/anie.202005489.
  6. Chen, H.-S. et al. Preserving the Exposed Facets of Pt 3 Sn Intermetallic Nanocubes During an Order to Disorder Transition Allows the Elucidation of the Effect of the Degree of Alloy Ordering on Electrocatalysis. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 142, 3231–3239 (2020).
  7. Gloag, L. et al. Zero valent iron core–iron oxide shell nanoparticles as small magnetic particle imaging tracers. Chem. Commun. 56, 3504–3507 (2020).


Group leader

Richard Tilley

Prof. Richard Tilley co-leads the Smart Materials and Surfaces research group.

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Open positions

Would you like to join the Tilley Group?

Write an email to r.tilley@unsw.edu.au

Smart Materials and Surfaces Group

The SMS group has a strong focus interfacing materials with biological systems. View our members, recent publications and much more.