NANO TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH GROUP
The Nanotechnology and Materials Research Group is under the Faculty of Engineering and Technology and focuses on engineering and fabrication from the micro-scale down to the nanometre scale to produce a wide range of novel devices, materials and integrated systems.
This includes the creation and characterization of nano systems and the study of bio-inspired products from sustainable materials.
Current research topics include functional materials, packaging materials, automotive composites, polymers.
Our research has four main themes:
- Fibers and Polymers
- Composite Materials
- Nanostructured Materials
- Computational Mechanics
Current research projects
- Development and Characterization of Ficus Natalensis and Glass Fibre Reinforced Polyester Hybrid Composites (MSc project – Francis Alibet)
- Analysis of the Static Mechanical Properties Of Zinc Oxide Nanoparticle Coated Silk Waste Reinforced Polyester Bio- Composite. (MSc project – Godias Tumusiime)
- Interior automotive panels based on Barkcloth-Banana Fiber Bionanocomposites
- Multifunctional Bionanocellulose Food Packaging Films
- E-LEARNING BOARD
- Computational Mechanics in roads
- Modeling of low wind turbines in eastern Uganda.
- Plastic waste – Lignin bitumen blends.
- Sansevieria trifasciata composites
- Barkcloth reinforced green epoxy composites
- Electricity from silk cocoons from silkworms fed with silver nanoparticles
- Nagulama, M., Rwahwire, S., Mbabazi, F. K., & Tulirinya, J. (2021). Modeling of Tire-Road Surface Interaction under Wet Conditions. Asian Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics, 9-28.
- Mbabazi, F. K., Gavamukulya, Y., Awichi, R., Olupot–Olupot, P., Rwahwire, S., Biira, S., & Luboobi, L. S. (2020). A Mathematical Model Approach for Prevention and Intervention Measures of the COVID–19 Pandemic in Uganda.
- Rwahwire, S., Namuga, C., & Ildephonse, N. (2020). Application of Electrospun Materials in Packaging Industry. Electrospun Materials and Their Allied Applications, 131-149.
- Nambajjwe, C., Musinguzi, W. B., Rwahwire, S., Kasedde, A., Namuga, C., & Nibikora, I. (2020). Improving electricity from silk cocoons through feeding silkworms with silver nanoparticles. Materials Today: Proceedings, 28, 1221-1226.