The NanoDTC is committed to a proactive and inclusive approach to equality which supports and encourages all under-represented groups, promotes an inclusive culture, and celebrates diversity. Through our varied programs we seek to enthuse students in their formative years as well as members of the public about the research we do, and try to make it as accessible as possible.

Graphic Science - Research-themed comics

Ms Maggie P, the magnetic nanoparticle, is extremely hard to capture on camera. Will our researchers manage to find her? 

Why are the bees in this story not able to see the flowers to pollinate? 

Sally the solar cell journeys into space and encounters the antagonists (the proton pirates). What happens next?

A traffic jam in a battery is causing it to charge too slowly. What did our researchers find the reason to be?

Find out all the answers in these really cool research-themed comics that our students created!


The NanoFutures Scholars Undergraduate Research Programme provides research experience in nanoscience and nanotechnology to undergraduate students who have previously only had limited exposure to research. Further details are available on the dedicated NanoFutures Scholars page.

Nano Ambassadors Programme​

Along with NanoFutures Scholars, our Nano Ambassadors Programme is central to our efforts to widen participation in our programme from members of under-represented groups. Our Nano Ambassadors are available for visits to schools and universities (or online talks/discussions), to inform and enthuse students about nanotechnology and its prospects. In-person visits are typically 1-2 hours long and can include accessible talks about latest research in nanoscience, as well as a discussion and practical advice about careers in nanoscience. Please contact Dr James Dolan, the MRes Co-Director if you would like to discuss a visit by our Nano Ambassadors to your university.


NanoVignettes is a series of micro-films presenting latest research from the NanoDTC in an inventive and accessible visual format. NanoDTC students and associates were paired with MA-level artists, and together these teams explored crossovers between their disciplines. Scientists introduced the artists to their labs and research, and the artists then created dialogues and imagery to explain their understanding of the scientists’ work. The micro-films communicate their shared understandings, across unusual divergences in ideas, language, and idiom. By harnessing the creativity of scientists and artists working together, the videos speak to wide audiences on many levels.

Other Outreach Events

Where possible, we like to take part in outreach events. A few of the ones that we have taken part in include:

Project Access

If you are interested in Project Access, an organisation that helps students from less privileged backgrounds apply to top universities, please contact Dr Takashi Lawson, a NanoDTC alum, who is a member of the leadership team.