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Dr Ioannis Papakonstantinou awarded EPSRC grant for research inspired by moth-eyes

Congratulations to Dr Ioannis Papakonstantinou who has just been awarded his first EPSRC grant of over £100,000 to support innovative research titled 'Biologically Inspired Nanostructures for Smart Windows with Antireflection and Self-Cleaning Properties'.

The project is mainly experimental and its aim is to fabricate "smart" windows whose transmission properties are tuned by the ambient temperature and can substantially reduce the energy consumption in residential and commercial buildings. The novelty of this project compared to existing solutions is that Dr Papakonstantinou proposes to functionalize the surfaces of the windows with photonic nanostructures inspired by moth-eyes in nature, that can simultaneously improve the transparency of the windows and assign self-cleaning properties to their external surfaces.

The project is also supported through a PhD studentship from the UCL-Cambridge CDT in Photonic Systems Development and will be carried out in collaboration with the UCL Department of Chemistry and Pilkington/NSG.

For more information on the research see EPSRC Grants on the Web