York Logo                                                                        Nano- and Biomaterial Physics Group











Welcome to the homepage of the
Nano- and Biomaterial Physics Group

in the Department of Physics at the University of York

Our research activities concentrate on materials on the small scale and at the interface between physics and biology using state of the art materials characterisation techniques.

We are interested in the understanding of biological composite materials and the relation between structure and function of materials
created by Nature such as bone, teeth, sea shells, coral skeletons or coccolithophore algae.

We further aim to comprehend the interaction of nanomaterials with the environment and in organisms such as the human body – this is key for the application of functional nanoparticles, e.g. for soil remediation or for biomedical purposes.

Research News

Exciting discoveries in collaboration with Archaeology:
Medieval women’s early involvement in manuscript production suggested by lapis lazuli identification in dental calculus, publication in Science Advances, January 2019

Our work on the nanostructure of bone is discussed in the outreach journal Science Breaker, November 2018

"On Demand" triggered crystallization of CaCO3 from solute precursor species stabilized by the water-in-oil microemulsion, publication in Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, May 2018

A podcast on our publication in Science, May 2018

Fractal-like hierarchical organization of bone begins at the nanoscale, publication in
Science, May 2018

Misleading residues on lithics from Star Carr: identification with Raman microspectroscopy, publication in
Journal of Archaeological Science, March 2018

Glycans modify mesenchymal stem cell differentiation to impact on the function of resulting osteoblasts, publication in Journal of Cell Science, February 2018

Liquid cell transmission electron microscopy and the impact of confinement on the precipitation from supersaturated solutionsLiquid cell transmission electron microscopy and the impact of confinement on the precipitation from supersaturated solutions, publication in Minerals, January 2018

The application of micro-Raman for the analysis of ochre artefacts from Mesolithic palaeo-lake Flixton, publication in Journal of Archaeological Science Reports, February 2018

Capacitance-Assisted Sustainable Electrochemical Carbon Dioxide Mineralisation, publication in ChemSusChem, January 2018

Biomineralization of a titanium-modified hydroxyapatite semiconductor on conductive wool fibers, publication in Journal of Materials Chemistry B, July 2017

Protein sequences bound to mineral surfaces persist into deep time, publication in eLife, September 2016

In situ mechanical and molecular investigations of collagen/apatite biomimetic composites combining Raman spectroscopy and stress-strain analysis, publication in Acta Biomaterialia, September 2016

Synergistic Biomineralization Phenomena Created by a Combinatorial Nacre Protein Model System, publication in Biochemistry, April 2016

Crystallization of citrate-stabilized amorphous calcium phosphate to nanocrystalline apatite: a surface-mediated transformation,
publication in CrystEngComm, April 2016

Semiconductor-Metal Nano-Floret Hybrid Structures by Self-Processing Synthesis,
publication in Journal of the American Chemical Society, March 2016

A Unique Engraved Shale Pendant from the Site of Star Carr: the oldest Mesolithic art in Britain,
publication in Internet Archaeology, February 2016

Renée van de Locht was awarded the KM Stott prize of the University of York for the best PhD thesis
On the nano structure of biogenic and bio-inspired calcium carbonate in Physics 2015

Biomineralization: Ion binding and nucleation, publication in Nature Materials, March 2015

Control of gas phase nanoparticle shape and its effect on MRI relaxivity
, publication in Materials Research Express
, January 2015

Testing the effect of bleaching on the bivalve Glycymeris: a case study of amino acid geochronology on key Mediterranean raised beach deposits, publication in Quaternary Geochronology, February 2015


Home | People | Research | Methods |Publications | Funding | Jobs | Gallery | Contact