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Graphene and related materials: from fundamental science to applications

Graphene and related materials possess unique properties due to their reduced dimensionality and they can be combined through material engineering. In this symposium, new developments in the growth, characterization, and device fabrication based on graphene and related materials will be addressed.


The discovery of graphene and related materials was one of the major breakthroughs in the materials science during the last decade. Even though the initial driving force behind the research on these systems was the exciting fundamental physics and chemistry exhibited by the systems due to their reduced dimensionality, it was soon realized that these materials possess many unique properties, which could be used in various applications. Moreover, due to their nature, the graphene can also be assembled in vertical heterostructures with the desired characteristics; this opens completely new routes towards engineering materials properties, and offers tremendous opportunities for new applications in electronics, photovoltaics, light-emitting and optical applications.

In order to fully use the advances provided by the graphene and related materials, many fundamental and technological problems must be solved. These include preparation and characterization of materials in a sufficient quality, reliable manipulation of low-D structures in order to master their assembly into more complex structures; finally, fabrication of the nanodevices based on such systems and their further integration. These devices are expected to enter markets with wide range of electronic applications. Graphene, carbon nanotubes and related materials can also serve as fillers in bulk composites and in thin composite coatings and modify their electrical, thermal and mechanical properties.
In this symposium, new developments in the growth, characterization, and applications based on graphene and related materials will be addressed. Particular attention will be paid not only to the fundamental issues relevant to the science of low-D systems, but also commercialization. Health/toxicity and environmental issues pertinent to low-D materials will also be discussed.

One or more joint sessions with the parallel Symposium “Two dimensional crystals and van der Waals heterostructures for nanoelectronics” will be considered.

Hot topics to be covered by the symposium:

  • Progress in the synthesis of graphene and related materials;
  • Advances in assembly of graphene based artificial crystals;
  • Mechanical, optical, electronic and magnetic properties of graphene and related materials;
  • Theoretical modeling of properties of graphene and related materials;
  • Electron, spin and thermal transport in graphene and related devices;
  • Graphene and related materials for energy harvesting and storage;
  • Novel characterization techniques;
  • Applications and commercialization;
  • Health/toxicity and environmental issues pertinent to graphene-based materials.

List of invited speakers:

  • Philip Kim, “Atomically thin p-n junctions with van der Waals heterointerfaces”, Harward University, USA
  • Alexander A. Balandin, “Thermal transport in 2D materials”, University of California, Riverside, USA
  • Vincent Meunier, “Graphene-based nanostructures and heterojunctions: building structures and understanding their properties from the bottom-up”, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA
  • Thomas Michely, “New phenomena in 2D-materials irradiated with low energy ions”, University of Cologne, Germany
  • Janina Maultzsch, ”Resonant Raman spectroscopy of few-layer 2D materials”, University of Technology, Berlin, Germany
  • Mark Hersam, “Inorganic 2D materials and their heterostructures”, North Western University, USA
  • Thomas Heine, “Electronic structure of 2D transition metal dichalcogenides from first-principles calculations”, Jacobs University, Germany
  • Jannik C. Meyer, “Low dimensional materials analyzed by high-resolution electron and scanned probe microscopies”, University of Vienna, Austria
  • Kazutomo Suenaga, “In-situ engineering of the properties of inorganic 2D materials in TEM”, AIST, Japan
  • Sokrates Pantelides, “Defects in 2D materials”, Vanderbilt University, USA
  • Marcelo Lozada-Hidalgo, “Proton transport through 2D crystals”, Manchester University, United Kingdom
  • Alan B. Kaiser, “Thermoelectric and related properties of carbon-based materials”, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • Stephan Hofmann, "Catalytic growth of 2D materials: from model systems to integrating processing", University of Cambridge, UK
  • Jurgen Smet, “Magnetotransport in graphene bilayer”, Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart, Germany
  • Chanyong Hwang, "CVD growth of large area h-BN/graphene structures", Korean Research Institute of Standards and Science

Tentative list of scientific committee members:

  • Antti-Pekka Jauho, DTU, Denmark
  • Chris Ewels University of Nantes, France
  • Francesco Bonaccorso, National Research Centre, Italy
  • Manish Chhowalla, Rutgers University, USA
  • Dmitry Golberg, NIMS, Japan
  • Raul Arenal, Instituto de Nanociencia, Spain
  • Oliver Gröning, EMPA, Switzerland
  • Andrew Wee, University of Singapore
  • Liv Hornekær, Aarhus University, Denmark


The symposium will publish proceedings in PSSb.

The deadline for submission  of the manuscripts  to be published in Physica Status Solidi will be on 31 May 2016.

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Raman and Optical Spectroscopy - I : Hakim Amara
Authors : Janina Maultzsch
Affiliations : Technical University of Berlin, Institute of Solid State Physics, Hardenbergstr. 36, D-10623 Berlin, Germany

Resume : Layered crystals such as transition-metal dichalcogenides or graphite have attracted great interest, as their monolayer and few-layer forms have distinct physical properties compared to the bulk crystals. These two-dimensional (2D) materials are, on the other hand, very sensitive to their environment, e.g. substrates, dielectrics, or other layers of the same material. In this talk we will focus on the optical and vibrational properties of few-layer 2D materials. We will discuss interlayer vibrations arising from optical phonon modes and provide a generalized treatment of these vibrations, allowing predictions of the phonon modes in any few-layer crystal. Furthermore, by resonant Raman spectroscopy, we show that these interlayer phonon modes can give information on the spatial extent of the exciton wave functions. Our interpretation is supported by first-principles calculations of the optical properties and exciton wave functions in transition-metal dichalcogenides.

Authors : J. Holovský, S. Nicolay, S. De Wolf, C. Ballif
Affiliations : Institute of Physics of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Cukrovarnická 10, 162 00 Praha, Czech Republic; CTU in Prague, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Technická 2, 166 27 Prague, Czech Republic; École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Institute of Microengineering (IMT), Photovoltaics and Thin-Film Electronics Laboratory, Maladière 71, CH-2000 Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Resume : We discuss the thin-film limit - the case of graphene as an example - in which the validity of all measurable properties in perpendicular incidence depends only on the product of refractive index, absorption coefficient and thickness. That partly explains the difficulty of the separate determination of its optical constants and spread of the literature values. Moreover, we show that the refractive index of the medium behind the thin layer plays prominent role. These relations have important consequences for the potential of use of graphene for various opto-electronic applications in terms of optical losses or gains. For that the ratio of absorptance over transmittance is established as a figure of merit. In the contribution, the thin-film limit equations for transmittance, reflectance and absorptance will be derived in brief and physically instructive way. The range of validity of the thin-film limit has been tested both mathematically and experimentally on graphene as well as on thin layers of metal and semiconductor. An universal curve relating reflectance and transmittance of any layer fulfilling thin-film limit is used. [1] J. Holovský, S. Nicolay, S. De Wolf, C. Ballif, Effect of the thin-film limit on the measurable optical properties of graphene, Sci. Rep. 5 (2015) 15684. doi:10.1038/srep15684. [2] J. Holovský, C. Ballif, Thin-film limit formalism applied to surface defect absorption, Opt. Express. 22 (2014) 31466. doi:10.1364/OE.22.031466.

Authors : M. Pfaffeneder-Kmen, G. Trettenhahn, W. Kautek
Affiliations : University of Vienna, Department of Physical Chemistry, Vienna, Austria

Resume : Graphene oxide (GO) can serve as precursor for graphene. Its electrochemical reduction to “rGO” [1-3] can be regarded a “green” synthetic method. The structure of GO involves various oxygen containing groups, mostly alcohols, epoxides and carboxylic acid groups at the sheet edges. An electrochemical in-situ ATR FTIR spectroscopy study of the redox processes of GO is presented. Although there are no reversible processes, the rGO can be re-oxidized. In situ FTIR data obtained in aqueous and deuterium oxide solutions elucidated the reduction reaction of GO, and provided insight into the formation and degeneration of oxygen containing groups. [1] S. Pei, H.-M. Cheng, Carbon 50 (2012) 3210–3228. [2] A. Chavez-Valdez, M.S.P. Shaffer, A.R. Boccaccini, J. Phys. Chem. B. 117 (2013) 1502–1515. [3] M. Pfaffeneder-Kmen, F. Bausch, G. Trettenhahn, W. Kautek, J. Phys. Chem. C (2015), DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.5b03234

Authors : I. Razado-Colambo, J. Avila, C. Chen, J.-P. Nys, X. Wallart, M.-C. Asensio, and D. Vignaud
Affiliations : IEMN, UMR CNRS 8520, Av. Poincaré CS 60069, 59652 Villeneuve d’Ascq Cedex, France Synchrotron SOLEIL, L’Orme des Merisiers, Saint Aubin-BP 48, 91192 Gif sur Yvette Cedex, France

Resume : The stacking structure of graphene grown on (000-1) SiC by Si flux-assisted molecular beam epitaxy was studied for thicknesses ranging from single to few layers. A complete electronic characterization of the graphene films down to sub-micrometer grains was obtained by using synchrotron-based angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (ARPES) and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). By probing exactly the same region of the samples using nano-resolved ARPES and core-level imaging with a ~120 nm spot size, we could identify two types of grains constituting the graphene films with different thickness, stacking and orientation relative to the SiC substrate. Most interestingly, we evidenced that multilayer graphene grains with Bernal stacking coexist with areas composed of twisted bilayer graphene grains. The surface covered by Bernal stacked grains increases with graphene thickness at the expense of the twisted graphene area. In the latter type of grains, STM images revealed a wide distribution of twist angles between the stacked graphene bilayers, ranging at least from 1.5° to 17.9°. The electronic structure recorded in single twisted bilayer grains showed two closely-spaced Dirac bands associated to the two stacked layers, their energy separation increasing with the twist angle. The renormalization of Fermi velocity predicted in previous theoretical calculations for small twist angles was not observed for graphene on (000-1) SiC.

Authors : Henrique Miranda, Alejandro Molina-Sánchez, Ludger Wirtz
Affiliations : Physics and Materials Science Research Unit, University of Luxembourg

Resume : Transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) have excellent optical and electronic properties for nano-engineering applications. Raman spectroscopy is a very complete characterization tool that provides information about the vibrational modes and the optical spectrum in the same experiment: when the laser energy is close to an electronic transition, the scattered light intensity is increased due to resonance with an electronic transition. We investigate these effects combining different computational ab-initio methods: we obtain ground-state and vibrational properties from density-functional theory and the optical absorption spectrum using GW corrections and the Bethe-Salpeter equation to include excitonic effects. Using a quasi-static finite differences approach [1], we calculate the dielectric susceptibility for different light polarizations and different phonon displacements in order to determine the Raman tensor of TMDs, in particular of multi-layer and bulk MoTe2. We seek to explain recent experimental results for the splitting of high-frequency modes [2] and deviations from the non-resonant Raman model. We also give a brief outlook on possible improvements of the methodology. Work done in collaboration with the experimental group of IPCMS at University of Strasbourg: Guillaume Froehlicher, Ettienne Lorchat, François Fernique, Stéphane Berciaud. [1] Y. Gillet et. al., Phys. Rev. B 88, 094305 (2013). [2] G. Froehlicher et. al., Nano Lett. 15, 6481 (2015).

Authors : M. Chaigneau 1, A. V. Krayev 2, A. Temiryazev 3, S. A. Saunin 2
Affiliations : 1HORIBA Scientific, Avenue de la Vauve- Passage Jobin Yvon, 91120 Palaiseau, France; 2AIST-NT Inc, 359 Bel Marin Keys Blvd, Suite 20, Novato , California 94949, United States; 3Kotel 'nikov Institute of Radioengineering and Electronics of RAS, Fryazino Branch, Vvedensky Sq. 1, Fryazino 141190, Russia

Resume : We created one-dimensional and two-dimensional patterns in single-layer flakes of graphene and graphene oxide deposited on a gold substrate using pulsed-force lithography with a sharp single-crystal diamond AFM probe. Gap-mode tip enhanced Raman scattering (TERS) imaging of the patterned flakes showed that the imprinted lines and areas demonstrated one to two orders of magnitude stronger TERS signal compared to the adjacent, non-patterned, flat areas. In case of graphene oxide, the TERS response of the patterns was at least comparable to the response from the wrinkles and creases frequently observed in sheets of two-dimensional carbon-based materials. We attribute the ob-served effect to increased alignment of the plane of the two-dimensional carbon material with the optical electric field in the tip-substrate gap, due to curling the flakes in the immediate vicinity of the holes created in the course of nanoindentation which results in better coupling to the in-plane vibration associated with D, G, D’ and 2D Raman bands. Formation of new edges around these nano-scale holes additionally contributes to the enhancement of the D and D’ bands.

Authors : A.Piazza1,2,3, F. Giannazzo1, G. Buscarino2, G. Fisichella1, A. La Magna1 , F. Roccaforte1, M. Cannas2, F.M. Gelardi2, S. Agnello2
Affiliations : 1CNR-IMM, Strada VIII, 5, Zona Industriale, 95123 Catania, Italy; 2Department of Physics and Chemistry, University of Palermo, Via Archirafi 36, 90143 Palermo, Italy; 3Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Catania, Via Santa Sofia, 64, 95123 Catania Italy;

Resume : Graphene (Gr) doping by thermal treatments in controlled atmosphere has revealed many potentialities for the application of this promising material in electronics or optoelectronics devices also involving deposition of Gr on specific substrates. Notwithstanding many studies, it has not yet been fully clarified the role of Gr substrate and the chemical or physical nature of the interaction between Gr and doping molecules present in the treatment atmosphere. In particular, two critical aspects for doping have emerged: strain/stresses related to the different thermal expansion coefficients of Gr and substrate; specific role of given molecules of the ambient in the doping and stability of Gr. The effects of thermal treatments in controlled atmosphere up to 400°C of single layer of CVD grown Gr transferred on a 300 nm thick SiO2 layer on Si are reported in this study. A comparison between the effects of high purity N2, CO2, H2O or O2 atmosphere, or vacuum during the treatment is done by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and micro-Raman spectroscopy measurements in order to evidence those effects attributable to stress/strain and separate them from the doping effects. The characterization by electric measurements and by in-situ micro-Raman spectroscopy during the thermal treatments enables to clarify the time and temperature dynamics aspects of doping and shed light on the type of doping as well as this latter dependence on the atmosphere during the treatment.

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Raman and optical spectroscopy II : Ludger Wirtz
Authors : Sokrates T. Pantelides
Affiliations : Department of Physics and Astronomy and Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 37235 USA

Resume : Substitutional boron and nitrogen would be the most robust ways to dope graphene p-type and n-type, respectively, but incorporation of these impurities in pristine graphene has proved difficult because of the strong C-C bonding. This talk will describe a method to incorporate substitutional boron in graphene in an effectively barrierless way. The method was predicted theoretically and verified by scanning tunneling microscopy and other experimental methods [1]. In the remainder of the talk, a new approach to identify impurity and defect configurations via atomically-resolved electron-energy-loss spectroscopy will be demonstrated. The theory combines density functional theory to describe electronic excitations and dynamical scattering theory to describe the focusing of the scanning electron beam and interference phenomena. Detailed spatially-resolved maps of different Si configurations in graphene will be shown to contain distinct signature features [2]. The work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy grant DE-FG02-09ER46554 and other agencies acknowledge in the original papers [1-3]. [1] Lida Pan, Y. Que, H. Chen, D. Wang, J. Li, C. Shen, W. Xiao, S. X. Du, H.-J. Gao, and S. T. Pantelides, “Room-temperature, low-barrier boron doping of graphene”, Nano Lett. 15, 6464 (2015). [2] M. D. Kapetanakis, W. Zhou, M. P. Oxley, J. Lee, M. P. Prange, S. J. Pennycook, J. C. Idrobo, and S. T. Pantelides, “Low-loss electron energy loss spectroscopy: An atomic-resolution complement to optical spectroscopies and application to graphene”, Phys. Rev. B 92, 125147 (2015). [3] M. D. Kapetanakis, M. P. Oxley, W. Zhou, J. C. Idrobo, and S. T. Pantelides, “Impurity signatures in graphene in atomic-resolution valence-electron-energy-loss spectroscopic maps”, under review.

Authors : L. Schue, A. Pierret, F. Fossard, F. Ducastelle, J. Barjon, A. Loiseau
Affiliations : LEM, Onera-CNRS, 29 avenue de la Division Leclerc, Chatillon, France GEMaC, Université Versailles St-Quentin-CNRS, 45 avenue des Etats Unis, Versailles, France

Resume : Hexagonal boron nitride is a wide band gap semiconductor (6 eV), which attracts a growing interest in the context of graphene or 2D dichalcogenide engineering [1]. In particular electron mobility of graphene is known to be preserved when graphene is supported by a h-BN film. The optical properties of bulk hBN as well as BN nanotubes are governed, in the energy range 5.2-6 eV, by strong excitonic effects [2,4]. Their study is difficult in this UV range but their understanding is in progress as shown here. We present first cathodoluminescence experiments on bulk samples synthesized through various processes. They all present the same features in the energy range 5.7 – 6 eV which are therefore attributed to intrinsic free excitons (the so-called S series). We consider then thin hBN layers obtained via mechanical exfoliation from small crystallites of a commercial powder and of a single crystal. We first focus on the emission at lower energy (5.2-5.7 eV, D series)) and previously attributed to excitons trapped on defects such as dislocations or grain boundaries [5]. Then, we analyze several defect free hBN flakes with various thicknesses from 100L to 6L and observe significant variations of the luminescence, especially in the energy range 5.7-6 eV where the S series is strongly modified. From the theoretical side, interpretations of the S series have already been put forward for bulk hBN. Although the gap is predicted to be indirect, previous calculations of direct excitonic effects seem to agree with experiment. These calculations also predict that the gap of a single layer should be direct, which should indeed modify the spectra. A simple tight-binding model of excitonic effects in multilayer BN will be presented and discussed. [1] C.R. Dean et al. Nature Nanotechnology, 5 (2010) 722. [2] P. Jaffrennou el al., Phys. Rev. B, 77 (2008) 235422. [3] Y. Kubota et al., Science, 317 (2007) 932. [4] L. Museur et al., Phys. Stat. Sol. RRL, 5 (2011) 414. [5] A. Pierret et al., Phys. Rev. B, 89 (2014) 035214. L. Wirtz et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 100 (2008) 18970, B. Arnaud et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 100 (2008) 189702. [6] K. Watanabe and T. Taniguchi, Phys. Rev. B, 79 (2009) 193104.

Authors : M. Hurtado-Morales1, M. Ortiz1, C. Acuña1, H.C. Nerl2, V. Nicolosi3, Y. Hernandez1
Affiliations : 1Nanomaterials Laboratory, Physics Department, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá – Colombia. 2 CRANN & AMBER and School of Physics, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland. 3 CRANN & AMBER, School of Physics & School of Chemistry, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland

Resume : High surface area graphene sheets were obtained by electrochemical exfoliation of graphite in acid media under constant potential conditions. Filtration and centrifugation processes played an important role in order to obtain stable dispersions in water. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) imaging revealed highly exfoliated crystalline samples of ~5 mm. Raman, FT-IR and XPS spectroscopy further confirmed the high quality of the exfoliated material. The electrochemically exfoliated graphene (EEG) was decorated with gold nanoparticles (AuNP) using sodium cholate (SC) as a buffer layer. This approach allowed for a non-covalent functionalization without altering the desirable electronic properties of the EEG. The AuNP-EEG samples where characterized with various techniques including absorbance and fluorescence spectroscopy. These samples displayed a fluorescence signal using an excitation wavelength of 290 nm. The calculated quantum yield for these samples was 40.04%, high compared to previous studies using solution processable graphene.

Authors : A. Reserbat-Plantey, K. Schädler1, L. Gaudreau1, G. Navickaite1, J. Güttinger1, I. Tsioutsios1, A. Tabani2, C. Muschik1, M. Lewenstein1, D. Chang1, C. Toninelli2, A. Bachtold1, F. Koppens1
Affiliations : 1. ICFO, Av. Carl Friedrich Gauss 3, 08860 Castelldefels, Spain 2. CNR INO, LENS, Via Nello Carrara, 1 – 50019 Sesto Fiorentino, Italy

Resume : Graphene is promising material for high quality nano-resonators with low mass and high quality factor [1,2]. These properties make graphene resonators suitable candidates for studying a mechanical system in the quantum regime and to explore effects such as Casimir forces [3]. However, the readout of a mechanical quantum state requires a non-invasive measurement method. To this end, one approach is to use a quantum transducer to indirectly measure the motion of the mechanical system as is the case in hybrid systems [4]. We present a novel on-chip hybrid optomechanical system consisting of a graphene drum resonator suspended 20 nm above a nitrogen vacancy centre (NVC). Graphene's distance-dependent interaction with light in the near field [5] couples the nano-motion of the drum to NVC emission. This coupling of the mechanical degree of freedom to a light emitter provides us with an indirect and sensitive probe of the mechanics. Harnessing this effect, we demonstrate the first time-resolved readout of graphene motion by emission measurement, using the NVC as a transducer [6]. Furthermore, this technique allows us to probe the electromagnetic environment of a solid-state emitter, which is of paramount importance in near-field physics. Our results demonstrate the potential of such a system, paving the way for a new type of hybrid optomechanical coupling without the need for optical cavities. References 1. Bunch, J. S. et al.: “Electromechanical resonators from graphene sheets”, Science 315, 490–3 (2007) 2. Eichler, A. et al.: “Nonlinear damping in mechanical resonators made from carbon nanotubes and graphene”, Nature Nanotechnology 6, 339–4 (2011) 3. Muschik, C. et al.: “Harnessing Vacuum Forces for Quantum Sensing of Graphene Motion”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 223601 (2014) 4. Treutlein, P. et al. in Cavity Optomechanics, ed. M. Aspelmeyer, T. J. Kippenberg, and F. Marquardt (Springer, Berlin, 2014) pp. 327-351 5. Gaudreau, L. et al.: “Universal Distance-Scaling of Nonradiative Energy Transfer to Graphene”, Nano Letters 2013 13 (5), 2030-2035 6. Reserbat-Plantey, A., Schädler, K.G., Gaudreau, L. et al.: “Electromechanical control of nitrogen-vacancy defect emission using graphene NEMS”, Nature Communications 7, 10218, (2016)

Authors : Kai-An Tsai, Yung-Jung Hsu*
Affiliations : Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan.

Resume : With the unique properties such as fluorescence, bio-compatibility and low-toxicity, graphene quantum dots (GQDs) have drawn intense attention in various fields. Particularly, the well-defined LUMO-HOMO band structures make GQDs a promising light sensitizer for enhancing light absorption as well as promoting charge separation of semiconductor nanostructures like TiO2. However, the practical utilization of GQDs themselves in photoconversion applications has been limited due to the relatively large bandgap. To solve this problem, nitrogen dopants are incorporated into GQDs, which may modify the band structure to reduce the energy gap. In this work, we synthesized nitrogen-doped GQDs(N-GQDs) by using a top-down hydrothermal cutting approach. The concentration of nitrogen dopants could be readily controlled by adjusting the experimental conditions. Time-resolved photoluminescence data revealed that the exciton lifetime of GQDs was reduced upon nitrogen doping, the value of which varied with the nitrogen concentration. The photoelectrochemical properties of N-GQDs toward water splitting were studied and the results showed that an optimal nitrogen dopant concentration resulted in a highest photocurrent enhancement of 132 %. The electrochemical impedance spectroscopy data further demonstrated the significant improvement of interfacial charge transfer upon nitrogen doping. The incident photon-to-electronconversion efficiency spectra illustrated that the N-GQDs can be practically used for solar fuel generation.

Authors : Harald Budde (1), Nicolas Coca-Lopez (1), Xian Shi (1), Richard Ciesielski (1), Antonio Lombardo (2), Duhee Yoon (2), Andrea C. Ferrari (2), Achim Hartschuh (1)
Affiliations : (1) Department Chemie & CeNS, LMU Munich, Butenandtstr. 5-13E, 81377 Munich, Germany; (2) Cambridge Graphene Centre, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB3 0FA, United Kingdom

Resume : We report the angular distribution of the G and 2D Raman scattering from graphene on glass by detecting back focal plane patterns. The G Raman emission can be described by a superposition of two incoherent orthogonal point dipoles oriented in the graphene plane. Due to double resonant Raman scattering, the 2D emission can be represented by the sum of either three incoherent dipoles oriented 120° with respect to each other, or two orthogonal incoherent ones with a 3:1 weight ratio. Parameter-free calculations of the G and 2D intensities are in excellent agreement with the experimental radiation patterns. We show that the 2D polarization ratio and the 2D/G intensity ratio depend on the numerical aperture of the microscope objective. This is due to the depolarization of the emission and excitation light when graphene is on a dielectric substrate, as well as to tight focusing. The polarization contrast decreases substantially for increasing collection angle, due to polarization mixing caused by the air-dielectric interface. This also influences the intensity ratio I(2D)/I(G), a crucial quantity for estimating the doping in graphene. Our results are thus important for the quantitative analysis of the Raman intensities in confocal microscopy. In addition, they are relevant for understanding the influence of signal enhancing plasmonic antenna structures, which typically modify the sample’s radiation pattern.

Authors : Ben Hogan1, Salma Younesy1,2, Lorcan Brennan3, Tatiana Perova4,5, Yuri Gun’ko3,5, Sergey Dyakov6, Monica Craciun1 and Anna Baldycheva1
Affiliations : 1 University of Exeter, College of Engineering Mathematics and Physical Sciences, Exeter, EX4 4QF, UK 2 École Nationale Supérieure de Mécanique et des Microtechniques, Besançon, France 3 School of Chemistry, Trinity College, The University of Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland 4 Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Trinity College, The University of Dublin, Ireland 5 ITMO University, 49 Kronverskiy pr., St.-Petersburg, 197101, Russia 6 Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, Photonics and Quantum Material Center, Nobel street 3, Moscow, Russia

Resume : Liquid Crystal nano-composites are a novel class of self-assembling hybrid fluid nano-composite materials, which are currently attracting significant interest from the photonics community. Such fluid nano-composites are based on nanoparticles (carbon nanotubes, graphene, metal nanoparticles etc.) and a liquid crystalline host material. They possess a unique capability to interact with light, utilising many possibilities in plasmonics and quantum optics. At the same time, the nano-composite can be integrated on Si chip by means of microfluidic technology. However, in-situ spectroscopic characterization of such fluid nano-composite materials under various applied external stimuli, e.g. electric field, remains challenging. In this work, we have developed theoretically, and experimentally demonstrated a practicable approach for on-chip detection of nanoparticles and the monitoring of their spatial alignment within the host fluid, using in-situ micro-Raman spectroscopy. We have exploited: (1) opto-fluidic technology for integration of nano-composites on Si chip and effective optical trapping of graphene oxide nanoparticles in microfluidic channels, and (2) Fabry-Pérot micro-resonator design of the microfluidic channels to achieve a significant enhancement of Raman scattering for graphene oxide nanoparticles. The obtained experimental spectral characteristics for graphene oxide liquid crystal nanocomposites validated the proposed methodology and its applicability.

Authors : Deniz Cakır,  Cem Sevik, Oguz Gulseren, Francois M. Peeters
Affiliations : Department of Physics, University of Antwerp, Groenenborgerlaan 171, B-2020 Antwerpen, Belgium; Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Anadolu University, Eskisehir, TR 26555 Turkey; Department of Physics, Bilkent University, Bilkent, Ankara 06800, Turkey; Department of Physics, University of Antwerp, Groenenborgerlaan 171, B-2020 Antwerpen, Belgium

Resume : The adsorption and diffusion of Li, Na, K and Ca atoms on a Mo2C monolayer are systematically investigated by using first principles methods. We found that the considered metal atoms are strongly bound to the Mo2C monolayer. However, the adsorption energies of these alkali and earth alkali elements decreases as coverage increases due to the enhanced repulsion between the metal ions. We predict a significant charge transfer from the ad-atoms to the Mo2C monolayer, which indicates clearly the cationic state of the metal atoms. The metallic character of both pristine and doped Mo2C ensures a good electronic conduction that is essential for an ideal anode material. Low migration energy barriers are predicted as small as 43 meV for Li, 19 meV for Na and 15 meV for K, which result in the very fast diffusion of these atoms on Mo2C. For Mo2C, we found a store capacity larger than 400 mAh/g by the inclusion of multilayer adsorption. Mo2C expands slightly upon deposition of Li and Na even at high concentrations, which ensures a good cyclic stability of the atomic layer. The calculated average voltage of 0.68 V for Li and 0.30 V for Na ions makes Mo2C attractive for low charging voltage applications.

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Physics of two-dimensional systems I : Jurgen Smet
Authors : Philip Kim
Affiliations : Harvard University

Resume : Recent advance of van der Waals (vdW) materials and their heterostructures provide a new opportunity to realize atomically sharp interfaces in the ultimate quantum limit. By assembling atomic layers of vdW materials, such as hexa boronitride, transition metal chalcogenide and graphene, we can construct novel quantum structures. Unlike conventional semiconductor heterostructures, charge transport of the devices are found to critically depend on the interlayer charge transport, electron-hole recombination process mediated by tunneling across the interface. We demonstrate the enhanced electronic optoelectronic performances in the vdW heterostructures, tuned by applied gate voltages, suggesting that these a few atom thick interfaces may provide a fundamental platform to realize novel physical phenomena, such as hydrodynamic charge flows, cross-Andreev reflection across the quantum Hall edges states, and interlayer exciton formation and manipulations.

Authors : Mathieu Massicotte, Peter Schmidt, Fabien Vialla, Klaas-Jan Tielrooij, Frank Koppens
Affiliations : ICFO - Institut de Ciències Fotoníques, The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology, Castelldefels (Barcelona) 08860, Spain

Resume : Conventional photodetectors and solar cells based on semiconductors (or metal/semiconductor interfaces) suffer from two important performance limitations: they are insensitive to photons with energies lower than the band gap (or Schottky barrier height), while excess photon energy is converted into thermal energy and considered as loss. Here we introduce and experimentally demonstrate a novel way of detecting and harvesting infrared light: the photo-thermionic (PTI) effect. This mechanism overcomes both of the previous issues by combining unique thermal processes of graphene compared to metal, and original vertical extraction of carriers enabled by a van der Waals heterostructure geometry. In our graphene/WSe2/graphene devices, photoexcited carriers created in graphene upon near infrared light excitation redistribute their energy among other carriers to create a thermalized Fermi distribution of so-called hot electrons. This enables a significant fraction of them to be injected over the energy barrier at the graphene/WSe2 planar interface via thermionic emission, generating a photocurrent. We study a wide range of optical (wavelength, power, time delay) and electrical (bias voltage, gate voltage) parameters, and obtain excellent agreement with a simple model that provides a comprehensive understanding of the PTI effect. We therefore identify clear strategies for optimizing the efficiency of future PTI-based devices. - submitted

Authors : Zhe Wang, Dong-Keun Ki, Digo Mauro, Hua Chen, Helmuth Berger, Allan H. MacDonald, Alberto F. Morpurgo
Affiliations : DQMP and GAP, University of Geneva;DQMP and GAP, University of Geneva;DQMP and GAP, University of Geneva; Department of Physics, The University of Texas at Austin; Institut de Physique de la Matière Complexe, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne; Department of Physics, The University of Texas at Austin; DQMP and GAP, University of Geneva;

Resume : We show that a large SOI in graphene can be achieved in heterostructures with semiconducting transition metal dichalcogenides (TMD). Basic transport characterization of these heterostructures show high quality, with carrier mobility in graphene exceeding 10^5 cm^2/Vs, and the quantum Hall effect exhibiting the behavior expected for Dirac fermions. SOI is revealed by a weak anti-localization (WAL) effect at temperatures below 10 K, increasing in magnitude upon lowering T down to 250 mK. WAL is observed in all devices, irrespective of substrate materials (WSe2, WS2 and MoS2), thickness of graphene (mono-, bi-, thicker layer) and device mobility (elastic scattering time from 0.04 ps to 1 ps), demonstrating that graphene/TMD heterostructures are a reliable solution to enhance SOI in graphene. A quantitative analysis of mono-layer graphene data shows that the upper limit for the spin relaxation time extracted from WAL is 0.2-0.3 ps for all devices. In high mobility devices this value is smaller than the elastic scattering time, strongly suggesting that the induced SOI originates from a modification of the graphene band structure, and not from scattering at random potentials. This conclusion is consistent with electronic structure calculations, showing that interfacial interactions with WS2 do induce strong SOI in mono-layer graphene. These calculations also show that interfacial SOI can lead to the opening of a gap and result in a two-dimensional topological insulating state[1]. [1] Z. Wang, D.-K. Ki, H. Chen, H. Berger, A. H. MacDonald, A. F. Morpurgo, in: Nature Communications 6, 8339 (2015).

Authors : Dmitry G. Kvashnin, Gotthard Seifert, Leonid A. Chernozatonskii
Affiliations : Emanuel Institute of Biochemical Physics RAS, 119334, 4 Kosigina st., Moscow, Russia National Institute of Science and Technologies “MISiS”, 119049, 4 Leninskiy prospect, Moscow, Russia Technische Universität Dresden, 01069 Dresden, Germany

Resume : Two-dimensional materials are the most promising materials in science and technologies nowadays. Graphene is 2D semimetal with zero band gap, which displays amazing electronic, mechanical and optical properties. 2D MoS2 belongs to the transition metal dichalcogenides with the band gap about 1.6 eV depending of the thickness. Set of numbers of the layers of various 2D films allows creating van der Waals heterostructures by combining the layers between each other like in LEGO constructor. Weak van der Waals interaction between the layers is the cause of lack of effective charge transfer between the layers. To improve a weak interaction an individual metal atoms could be adsorbed on the layers surface before the creation of the hererostructure. Here the novel covalent heterostructures based on graphene and MoS2 was studied in details by means of ab initio calculations. Decoration process of MoS2 surface by Mo adatoms was studied firstly. It was found the strong binding between the MoS2 layer and molybdenum adatoms. Further the step by step decoration process and migration barrier of Mo adatom on the MoS2 surface were carried out to understand the origin of strong binding. Electronic properties during the decoration also were also studied. Finally the electronic properties of covalent graphene-Mo-MoS2 heterostructure were studied. Detailed partial density of states was constructed and the wave function distribution was calculated. This work was supported by the Russian Scientific Foundation (project no 14-12-01217). We are grateful to the 'Chebishev' and 'Lomonosov' supercomputers of Moscow State University and the Joint Supercomputer Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences for the possibility of using a cluster computer for our quantum-chemical calculations. This work was published in Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics journal in 2015.

Authors : Christopher Triola, Junhua Zhang, Enrico Rossi
Affiliations : Nordita, Roslagstullsbacken 23, SE-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden; Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521; Department of Physics, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia 23187, USA

Resume : Using a continuum model we study the low-energy electronic properties of heterostructures composed of a graphene layer coupled to the surface of a three-dimensional topological insulator (TI) for two distinct stacking arrangements: commensurate stacking and incommensurate stacking. In both cases we find that the proximity of the TI alters the electronic structure and induces a strong spin-orbit coupling in the graphene layer.

10:00 Coffee break    
Physics of two-dimensional systems II : Philip Kim
Authors : Dong-Keun Ki (1), Young-Woo Nam (1), Anya L. Grushina (1), Mikito Koshino (2), Aurelien A. L. Nicolet (3), Clément Faugeras (3), Edward McCann (4), Marek Potemski (3), and Alberto F. Morpurgo (1)
Affiliations : (1) DQMP and GAP, University of Geneva, 24 Quai Ernest-Ansermet, Geneva, Switzerland; (2) Department of Physics, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan; (3) Laboratoire National des Champs Magnétiques Intenses, CNRS-UJF-UPS-INSA, Grenoble, France; (4) Department of Physics, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK

Resume : At zero magnetic field, the absence of an energy gap separating conduction and valence bands of the system makes graphene and its multilayers highly susceptible to interactions very close to charge neutrality (CNP), leading to new interesting phenomena. These effects of interactions—which can only be accessed experimentally in ultraclean suspended devices with a very low charge inhomogeneity less than 10^10 cm^-2—include the renormalization of the Fermi velocity in monolayers and the occurrence of gapped, broken symmetry states in bilayers at zero magnetic field. Interestingly, the recent study on “Bernal-stacked” tetralayer graphene (4LG) [1] has shown that the system becomes highly insulating at CNP with characteristics analogous to the bilayers, and suggested that even thicker multilayers, whose behavior is expected to converge to that of graphite, can exhibit such a strong effect of interactions: that is, the opening of an energy gap at CNP in even multilayers (referred to as the even-odd effect). Here, we have realized ultraclean suspended hexa- and octalayer graphene, the thickest graphene multilayers whose transport properties have been studied in such a high quality, and revealed the occurrence of a highly insulating state close to CNP in both cases. Experiments clearly demonstrate that the behavior of these insulating states is remarkably similar to that found in bilayer and 4LG, which is fully consistent with the even-odd effect. Our study, therefore, clearly indicates that with extremely high quality, thick multilayer graphene—even if it is so thick to be considered as a graphite—can exhibit a strong effect of interactions which has interesting implications for multilayer-to-graphite crossover. [1] A. L. Grushina et al., Nature Communications 6 6419 (2015).

Authors : J. Roberts, B. J. Robinson, Y. J. Noori, C. S. Woodhead, I. E. Bagci, U. Roedig, O. Kolosov, R. J. Young
Affiliations : Lancaster University

Resume : As technology has progressed, the trust of everyday interactions has inadvertently been undermined by the sophistication and availability of modern resources. To handle this issue, authentication strategies are implemented to provide proof of identities. Devices providing unique and reproducible fingerprints in response to an applied challenge can supply such identities. To generate these distinct signatures, physically unclonable functions (PUFs) are commonly utilised. The imperfect manufacturing process used to fabricate these devices provides structures that contain inherent randomness whilst containing a physical attribute that is simple to measure. Due to their physical nature, these structures do not rely on the privacy of stored secrets and can provide hard-to-predict unique identities for authentication in response to a challenge. However, the character of their classical design not only limits their size but also causes vulnerabilities in their security. In our recent work, we show that the fluctuations in the current-voltage spectra of resonant tunnelling diodes (RTDs) containing quantum wells presents a straightforward yet robust measurement that can function as a PUF without conventional resource restrictions. We have coined structures demonstrating variations due to quantum confinement QC PUFs – quantum confinement physical unclonable functions. As an alternative to the reported QC PUF, which relies on circuitry, we have devised a solution that uses an optical measurement by utilising the desired properties of two-dimensional materials. Here, we are interested in the variations in the photoluminescence from a given 2D flake that is dependent on the degree of oxidisation and density of imperfections at different areas of the flake. The practicality of such devices rely on scalability, so we have fabricated samples containing thin films of MoS2 and WS2 by the Langmuir-Blodgett technique, for the first time. These thin films show large-area photoluminescence where the intensity and linewidth depends highly on position. Importantly, these devices are impossible to clone or simulate, even with state-of-the-art technology. We have shown that it is possible to make optical PUF-like devices based on two-dimensional materials which operate at room-temperature, require the fewest resources and make use of quantum phenomena in a highly manufacturable device. Standard spectral analysis methods, when pertained to our QUFs, will facilitate consistent production of unpredictable unique identities which can be implemented in complex authentication schemes.

Authors : Youngwook Kim, Jun Sung Kim
Affiliations : Department of Physics, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Pohang 790-784, Korea, Max-Planck-Intitute for Solid State Research, Heisenberg str.1, Stuttgart, 70569, Germany; Department of Physics, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Pohang 790-784, Korea

Resume : Coherent motion of the electrons in the Bloch states often breaks down for the interlayer conduction in layered materials where the interlayer coupling is significantly reduced by e.g. large interlayer separation. We found that the graphene layers are significantly decoupled by rotation, and the incoherent electron tunneling is the main interlayer conduction channel in twisted bilayer graphene [1]. In this regime, the interlayer conduction is determined by the overlap of the Dirac Fermi surfaces (FS) from each layer. This result implies that twisted bilayer graphene provides a double layer two dimensional electron gas with an extra layer degeneracy. Here we present broken symmetry quantum Hall states in high quality twisted bilayer graphene due to the lifting of the available degeneracies by electric and magnetic fields. References: [1] Youngwook Kim et al Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 096602 (2013).

Authors : Isaac Alcón, Stefan T. Bromley
Affiliations : Institut de Química Teòrica i Computacional de la Universitat de Barcelona (IQTC-UB); Institut de Química Teòrica i Computacional de la Universitat de Barcelona (IQTC-UB), Institut Català de Recerca i Estudis Avançats (ICREA)

Resume : Two dimensional covalent organic frameworks (2D-COFs) are an exciting new class of planar ordered organic materials formed from the directed self-assembly of molecular building blocks. Depending on the chosen building blocks certain structures and functionalities will be obtained.[1] Triarylmethyls (TAMs) are stable open-shell molecules with great potential for numerous applications.[2] To date no 2D-COF has been reported based on open-shell molecules due to their inherent instability. However, TAMs are known to preserve their open-shell nature both in solution and on surfaces.[3] By means of accurate ab initio density functional calculations we have designed numerous TAM-based 2D-COFs. Further, by external strain, we show that the materials’ structures can be smoothly perturbed which, as we reported for single TAMs,[4] gives rise to a predictable variance in spin localization. Consequently, other important magnetic, optical and electrical properties of these 2D materials can also be finely tuned. [1] X. H. Liu, C. Z. Guan, D. Wang and L. J. Wan, Adv. Mater., 2014, 26, 6912–20. [2] R. Frisenda, R. Gaudenzi, C. Franco, M. Mas-Torrent, C. Rovira, J. Veciana, I. Alcon, S. T. Bromley, E. Burzurí and H. S. J. van der Zant, Nano Lett., 2015, 15, 3109–3114. [3] V. Mugnaini, A. Calzolari, R. Ovsyannikov, A. Vollmer, M. Gonidec, I. Alcon, J. Veciana and M. Pedio, J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2015, 6, 2101–2106. [4] I. Alcon and S. T. Bromley, RSC Adv., 2015, 5, 98593–98599.

Authors : Y. Kim (1,2), D.-S. Lee (3), S. Jung (4), V. Skakalova (5,6), T. Taniguchi (7), K. Watanabe (7), J.S. Kim (1), J.H. Smet (2)
Affiliations : 1. Department of Physics, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Pohang 790-784, Korea 2. Max-Planck-Institut für Festkörperforschung, 70569 Stuttgart, Germany 3. KIST Jeonbuk Institute of Advanced Composite Materials, Jeonbuk 565-905, Korea 4. Center for Quantum Measurement Science, Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science, Daejeon, 305-340, Korea 5. Faculty of Physics, University of Vienna, Boltzmanngasse 5, 1090 Vienna, Austria 6. STU Center for Nanodiagnostics, Vazovova 5, 812 43 Bratislava, Slovakia 7. Advanced Materials Laboratory, National Institute for Materials Science, 1-1 Namiki, Tsukuba, 305-0044, Japan

Resume : We have investigated fractional quantum Hall states in Bernal-stacked bilayer graphene using transconductance fluctuation measurements [1]. A variety of odd-denominator fractional states with ?QH ? ?QH + 2 symmetry, as previously reported in the literature, are observed. However, surprising is that also particle-hole symmetric states are clearly resolved in the same measurement set. We attribute their emergence to the reversal of orbital states in the octet level scheme induced by a strong local charge imbalance, which can be captured by the transconductance fluctuations. Also the even-denominator fractional QH state at filling ?1/2 is observed. Contrary to a previous study on a suspended graphene layer [2], the particle-hole symmetric state at filling 1/2 is detected as well. These observations suggest that the stability of both odd and even denominator fractional QH states is very sensitive to local transverse electric fields in bilayer graphene. [1] Y. Kim, D.-S. Lee, S. Jung, V. Skákalová, T. Taniguchi, K. Watanabe, J.S. Kim, J.H. Smet, Nano Lett. 15, 7445 (2015). [2] D.-K. Ki, V.I. Fal´ko, D.A. Abanin, A. Morpurgo, Nano Lett. 14, 2135 (2014).

12:00 Lunch    
Nanostructuring and postsynthesis processing of 2D materials : Thomas Michely
Authors : B. McGuigan 1, Pochet 2,3 , H. T. Johnson 1,3
Affiliations : 1 Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA 2 Atomistic Simulation Laboratory (L_Sim) CEA, INAC, Cedex 9 38054 Grenoble, FRANCE 3 Université Grenoble-Alpes, Grenoble, FRANCE

Resume : Lateral heterostructures of two-dimensional materials, such as hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) and graphene, are of increasing interest for nanoelectronics applications. As in conventional three-dimensional epitaxy, lattice mismatch strain in lateral h-BN/graphene heterostructures may be relieved by formation of interfacial misfit dislocations. Here we study these misfit dislocations in the 2D h-BN/graphene system using continuum thin film mechanics theory and an atomistic model based on classical potentials. We show that misfit dislocations in this system take the form of either 5-7 or 8-6 cores, and that the choice depends on the local stoichiometry. Furthermore, we show that a strain relieving dislocation may switch its reconstruction from 8-6 to 5-7, or vice versa, through a process of vacancy or interstitial mediated climb. The energetic analysis of the dislocation at the interface also permits a simple evaluation of the critical thickness, or the size of the “film” domain (either h-BN or graphene) at which the system becomes unstable against the formation of an interface misfit dislocation, which is analogous to the classic Matthews-Blakeslee critical thickness condition in 3D thin film growth. The 2D critical thickness condition will be further discussed in the paper and is found to depend on the relative size of the h-BN and graphene domains, or in the terminology of 3D critical thickness theory, the film/substrate thickness ratio.

Authors : R. Kozubek 1, L. Madauß 1, H. Lebius 2, B. Ban-d´Etat 2, M. Karlusic 3, J. Kotakoski 4, M. Schleberger 1
Affiliations : 1 Universität Duisburg-Essen and Cenide, Fakultät für Physik, 47048 Duisburg, Germany; 2 CIMAP, (CEA-CNRS-ENSICAEN-UCN), blvd Henri Becquerel, F-14070 Caen, France; 3 Ruđer Bošković Institute, Bijenićka cesta 54, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia; 4 Universität Wien, Boltzmanngasse 5, 1090 Vienna, Austria;

Resume : To fully exploit the enormous technological potential of 2D materials, methods to introduce defects in a controlled way are a key factor. We have investigated defects and nanostructures created in graphene and other 2D materials by energetic ion irradiation. We show that apart from the well- known binary collisions caused by singly charged keV projectiles, the dense electronic excitation triggered by fast and highly charged ions may be used to create various characteristic nanostructures each of which may be fabricated by choosing the proper irradiation conditions. These nanostructures include unique morphologies such as closed bilayer edges with a given chirality or nanopores within supported as well as freestanding monolayers. The length and orientation of the nanopore, and thus of the associated closed bilayer edge, may be simply controlled by the direction of the incoming ion beam. In freestanding monolayers, ion irradiation induces extremely small openings, offering the possibility to perforate membranes from 2D materials in a controlled way.

Authors : Barton Stevens; You-Hao Yang; Jaime C. Grunlan
Affiliations : Department of Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-3123, USA

Resume : Layer-by-layer assembly from aqueous solutions was used to construct multilayer thin films (< 200 nm) comprised of polyethyleneimine and graphene oxide. These nanocoatings impart significantly reduced oxygen and carbon dioxide transmission rates when deposited on polyester thick film substrates. This thin film’s nanobrick wall structure also provides high gas selectivity for hydrogen. Low temperature (175 ºC) thermal reduction of these films improves the gas barrier properties (e.g., lower permeability than SiOx), even under high humidity conditions, and also increases their electrical conductivity to 1750 S/m. The flexible nature of the aforementioned thin films, along with their excellent combination of transport properties, make them ideal candidates for use in a broad range of electronics and packaging applications.

Authors : Elisabeth Gruber (1), Richard A. Wilhelm (2), Valerie Smejkal (1), Janine Schwestka (1), Roland Kozubek (3), Anke Hierzenberger (3), Marika Schleberger (3), Stefan Facsko (2), Friedrich Aumayr (1)
Affiliations : (1) Institute of Applied Physics, TU Wien, Wiedner Hauptstr. 8-10/E134, 1040 Vienna, Austria, EU (2) Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Inst. of Ion Beam Physics & Materials Research, 01328 Dresden, Germany, EU (3) Fakultät für Physik and CENIDE, Universität Duisburg-Essen, 47048 Duisburg, Germany, EU

Resume : Single layer graphene (SLG) is an ultimately thin membrane made of sp2-hybridized carbon atoms with unique electronic properties and is considered an excellent candidate for future nano-electronics. The properties of this 2D material can be modified and tailored by inducing defects in the honeycomb lattice by collisions with energetic particles or by applying an external magnetic or electric field and splitting the well known double cone in the electronic structure around the Fermi energy. In our contribution we maximize the latter effect locally by investigating the electronic response to an extremely large external field, the Coulomb field of an approaching slow highly charged ion with charge states up to q=35. Collision studies of ions with freestanding SLG are also of fundamental interest in the field of ion-matter interaction, because as an atomically thin 2D material, SLG bridges the gap between atomic collisions in gaseous and those in solid targets. By studying the charge exchange and energy loss of transmitted ions by using an electrostatic analyser, we get information on the equilibration dynamics and energy loss. Charge equilibration times are derived from the mean exit charge state, i.e. the number of captured and stabilized electrons as a function of the incident charge state and ion velocity. Additionally, the energy loss of highly charged projectiles is found to be strongly enhanced and to increase quadratically with the incident projectile charge state.

Authors : Petri Hirvonen, Mikko Ervasti, Morteza Jalalvand, Zheyong Fan, Matthew Seymour, Ken Elder, Tapio Ala-Nissila, Ari Harju, Nikolas Provatas, S. Mehdi Vaez Allaei
Affiliations : Aalto University, Espoo, Finland; Aalto University, Espoo, Finland; University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran; Bohai University, Jinzhou, China; McGill University, Montreal, Canada; Oakland University, Rochester, USA; Aalto University; Aalto University; McGill University, Montreal, Canada; University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran and Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences, Tehran, Iran

Resume : Defects and grain boundaries greatly influence the properties of graphene but modeling their formation is challenging due to the multiple length and time scales involved. We extend the Phase field crystal (PFC) approach [1] to quantitative modeling of defected graphene microstructures. We assess four PFC models by studying graphene grain boundary structures and energies thereof. We benchmark our results with density functional theory (DFT) calculations and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. We present an extensive collection of grain boundary energy values and carry out a thorough comparison to previous works. The three-mode PFC model [2] is found to predict realistic grain boundary energies and to give a rich variety grain boundary structures. PFC models are able to capture large (poly)crystalline systems' dynamics on diffusive time scales while retaining atomic resolution. We exploit these multiscale characteristics by demonstrating the preparation of large polycrystalline PFC graphene systems whose sizes and formation time scales are beyond the reach of DFT calculations and MD simulations, respectively. These systems prepared can be used for further mechanical, thermal and electrical calculations. [1] Elder et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 245701 (2002). [2] Mkhonta et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 035501 (2013).

Authors : Virginia Carnevali, Gianluca Prandini, Maria Peressi
Affiliations : Virginia Carnevali: Department of Physics, University of Trieste, Italy - Department of Physics, University of Milan, Italy; Gianluca Prandini: Department of Physics, University of Trieste, Italy - presently at Ecole Polytechnique Federale Lausanne, Switzerland; Maria Peressi: Department of Physics, University of Trieste, Italy - IOM-CNR, Trieste, Italy - INSTM, Unità di ricerca di Trieste, Italy

Resume : The analysis of unprecedented high-resolution scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) images of graphene/Ni(111) shows the presence of different types of defects, manly due to carbon vacancies and partially filled with trapped Ni adatoms. We have proposed some structural models and verified their reliability on the basis of the energetics and the comparison between observed and simulated STM images, obtained from ab-initio density functional theory calculations. In particular, we have studied in details a triple-vacancy defect with one Ni atom trapped inside, that shows a peculiar dynamical behavior in the interaction with carbon monoxide. We have investigated and characterized also other defects, even more extended, extracting some general trend to predict their stability and their abundance. Preliminary results concerning their activity under the exposure of small molecules of environmental importance have been also obtained.

Authors : Vincent Meunier
Affiliations : Department of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy NY, USA

Resume : Efforts to turn molecular and atomic building blocks into functional materials have energized scientists and engineers and have greatly contributed to shape nanoscience and nanotechnology as we know them today. The development of nanoscience is a premise for new technological advances and scientific scrutiny has progressively shifted to translating nanoscience discoveries into technological realizations. However, the road from nanoscience to nanotechnology is a difficult one, as fundamental issues related to quality of interfaces, materials homogeneity and integration into existing technology must all be satisfactorily addressed. In this context, graphene has been touted as a miracle material where all these challenges could be met, especially given the extensive research activities devoted to its development. However, despite graphene's remarkable electronic properties, the lack of an electronic bandgap severely limits its potential for applications. In contrast to extended films, narrow strips of graphene are semiconductors due to quantum confinement, with a bandgap that can be tuned as a function of the nanoribbon width and edge structure. Atomically precise graphene nanoribbons can be obtained via a bottom-up approach based on the surface-assisted assembly of molecular precursors. In this talk, I will present the properties of graphene nanoribbon heterojunctions and heterostructures obtained by combining pristine hydrocarbon precursors with their nitrogen-substituted equivalents. I will present a number of computational and theoretical studies combined with experiments that suggest that these defect-free materials have a high potential for applications in photovoltaic and electronic applications.

16:00 Coffee break    
Postsynthesis processing of 2D materials : Vincent Meunier
Authors : Thomas Michely
Affiliations : II. Physikalisches Institut, Universität zu Köln, Germany

Resume : 2D-layers, like graphene or a monolayer of hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN), enable the creation of new (hybrid)-materials, unforeseen reaction pathways or striking confinement effects. Three examples for this statement are given. (i) Room temperature deposition of atomic carbon on a 2D-layer moiré with an Ir(111) substrate results in the formation of a regular nanodiamond array with a pitch of 2.5 nm and extremely high thermal stability. The carbon cluster structure and the transformation of the clusters to graphene is discussed. (ii) The inertness of 2D-layers together with the confinement of the diffusion for the supplied reactands to two dimensions enables new reaction pathways in organo-metallic chemistry. As an example, it is shown how graphene and h-BN enable the growth of europium-cyclooctatetraene nanowires of micrometer length through supply of atomic Eu and cyclooctatetraene molecules under well-defined ultra high vacuum conditions. (iii) Using ion implantion and thermal processing highly pressurized precipitates of the implanted species can be created in the space between a 2D-layer and its substrate. Thereby new high temperature and high pressure reactions might come into reach. As an example for the high pressure in these precipitates, we demonstrate crystalline Xe underneath h-BN on Ir(111). Contributions to this work by H. Åhlgren, M.A. Arman, C. Busse, F. Craes, C. Herbig, F. Huttmann, W. Jolie, J. Knudsen, T. Knispel, J. Kotakoski, A.J. Martinez-Galera, A.K. Krasheninnikov, N. Schleheck, U.A Schröder, S. Simon, and P. Valerius are gratefully acknowledged.

Authors : J. Martinez-Asencio(1), C. J. Ruestes(2), E. Bringa(2), M. J. Caturla(1)
Affiliations : (1) Dept. Física Aplicada, Facultad de Ciencias, Fase II, Universidad de Alicante, Alicante, E-03690, Spain (2) CONICET and Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina

Resume : Molecular dynamics simulations with LAMMPS [1] using empirical potentials [2] have been performed to study the mechanical properties of a graphene drumhead containing 674644 atoms, after irradiating with low energy (140 eV) Ar ions for different initial strains and doses. In particular, the mechanical properties are assessed by nanoindentation simulations using these irradiated graphene samples. We show how out-of-plane displacements can be modified by strain resulting in softening of the membrane under compression and stiffening under tension, decreasing and increasing the value of the 2D Young's modulus, respectively. Irradiation also induces changes in these mechanical properties of graphene. Interestingly, compressed samples, irradiated with low doses are stiffened by the irradiation while samples under tensile strain do not show significant changes in their mechanical properties. The above mentioned is in agreement with the results of Lee et al [3] that showed that the presence of ripples results in the softening of graphene since two mechanisms take place: initially ripples get smoothed, followed by C-C bond stretching. These results provide an alternative explanation of recent experimental measurements of an increase of E2D (stiffening) under irradiation [4] as a combination of applied strain and irradiation, and not as the sole results of defect production. [1] S. Plimpton, Fast Parallel Algorithms for Short-Range Molecular Dynamics, J Comp Phys, 117, 1-19 (1995). [2] J. Tersoff, New empirical approach for the structure and energy of covalent systems, Phys. Rev. B 37, 6991 (1988). [3] S. Lee, Effect of Intrinsic Ripples on Elasticity of the Graphene Monolayer, Nanoscale Research Letters 10, 422 (2015). [4] G. Lopez-Polin et al., Increasing the elastic modulus of graphene by controlled defect creation, Nature Physics 11, 26–31 (2015).

Authors : Xiangjun Liu, Gang Zhang and Yong-Wei Zhang
Affiliations : Institute of High Performance Computing, A*STAR, Singapore 138632

Resume : Tailoring interfacial thermal transport in graphene-based nanoarchitectures is important for many applications including nanoelectronics, solid-state lighting, energy generation and nanocomposites.[1,2,3] We demonstrate that interfacial thermal conductance G can be fivefold enhanced by introducing covalent bonds at the interfaces using molecular dynamics simulations.[2,3] The simulations captured the trend of thermal transport enhancement with the increment of interfacial covalent bond density. The results confirm that the observed G enhancements at the interfaces are due to strong interfacial covalent bonds and resultant coupling in the atomic vibrational spectra near the interface. The spectral analysis indicates that the coupling between graphene out-of-plane motion and bonded linkage group motion at low frequencies serves as the most important channels for thermal transport across the interface. Thus, covalently bonding functionalization is an attractive approach to tune the heterointerfacial thermal transport in a variety of material systems. [1]Liu X., Zhang, G., Zhang Y.-W. Graphene-based thermal modulator. Nano Res. 2015, 8, 2755. [2]Liu X., Zhang, G., Zhang Y.-W. Thermal conduction across graphene cross-linkers. J. Phys. Chem. C 2014, 118, 12541. [3]Guo T., Sha Z.-D., Liu X., Zhang G., Guo T., Pei Q.-X., Zhang Y.-W. Tuning the thermal conductivity of multi-layer graphene with interlayer bonding and tensile strain. Appl. Phys. A 2015, 120, 1275.

Authors : P. S�le, M. Szendr?, G. Magda, C. Hwang(*), L. Tapaszt�
Affiliations : MTA-EK-MFA, Budapest, Hungary * Center for Nanometrology, Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science, Daejeon, Republic of Korea

Resume : In the last two years, we reached remarkable results in the theoretical and experimental study of surface morphology of graphene [1-3]. Graphene moir� superlattices formed on various hexagonal supports (e.g. 111 metal surfaces) exhibit convex (protruded) morphology [4]. In rare cases, suspected to be concave (nanomesh with periodic lattice of depressions) topography may exist [5]. However, the experimental verification of the topography convexity is difficult. The curvature of the surface topography can not be clearly specified by STM due to the bias voltage dependence of the measured convexity. Varying the bias voltage contrast inversion occurs which prevents the clearcut identification of the surface curvature. Using additional first principles DFT theoretical studies were only able to prove the existence of convex morphology e.g. on Ru(0001) [4]. Why is it important to know the precise topographic curvature of the graphene surface ? According to our present knowledge and assumptions convex and concave superlattices may exhibit different electronic structure properties such as LDOS or band structure. Moreover, the surface activity, such as the adsorption energy of various molecules and/or the local magnetic property of surface Carbon atoms may depend on the morphology of the superlattice. The most important results [1-3]: - The detailed description of the topography of moir� superlattices using a combined theoretical and STM approach [1-3]. The confirmation of the nanomesh morphology on Au(111). - The coexistence of convex and concave superlattices has been explored in the same image which rules out the presence of contrast inversion [3] - DFT calculations support the possible coexistence of various superlattices with different curvature due to the tiny energy difference between the various morphologies [3] - The Au(111) surface reconstructs upon graphene adsorption and exhibits an imprinted topography very similar to that of the moir� superlattice [3] - New, previously unexplored rotational misoriented moir� superlattices have been found by STM and analysed for graphene/Cu(111) [1] and for graphene/Au(111) systems [3] using new DFT-adaptive force fields which has been developed for this purpose in our Lab [1,2]. [1] P S�le, M Szendr?, C Hwang, L Tapaszt�, Rotation misorientated graphene moire superlattices on Cu(111): classical molecular dynamics simulations and scanning tunneling microscopy studies, Carbon 77, 1082-1089. (2014). [2] P S�le, M. Szendr?, Time-lapsed graphene moir� superlattice on Cu(111), Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering 23:(2), 025001. (2015). [3] P. S�le, M. Szendr?, G. Magda, C. Hwang, L. Tapaszt�, Nanomesh type graphene superlattice on Au(111) substrate, Nano Letters, 15, 8295. (2015). [4] M. Batzill, The surface science of graphene: Metal interfaces, CVD synthesis, nanoribbons, chemical modifications and defects, Surf. Sci. Rep. 67, 83. (2012). [5] Yankowitz, M.; Xue, J.; LeRoy, B. J., Graphene on hexagonal boron nitride. J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 26, 303201. (2014), Woods, C. R.; Britnell, L.; Eckmann, A.; Ma, R. S.; Lu, J. C.; et al. Commensurate?incommensurate transition in graphene on hexagonal boron nitride. Nat. Phys. 10, 451. (2014). [6] Voloshina, E. N.; Fertitta, E.; Garhofer, A.; Mittendorfer, F.; Fonin, M.; Thissen, A.; Dedkov, Y. S. Electronic structure and imaging contrast of graphene moir� on metals. Sci. Rep. 3, 1072., (2013).

Authors : Viktoryia Shautsova, Adam Gilbertson, Themistoklis Sidiropoulos, Stefan A. Maier, Lesley Cohen, Rupert Oulton
Affiliations : Imperial College London

Resume : While graphene is a promising material for novel photonic devices due to its broadband optical absorption, ultrafast carrier dynamics and electrical tunability [1], the quantum efficiency of graphene devices is intrinsically limited by low absorption of graphene (2.3% of normal incident light). To enhance light-matter interaction, optical focusing elements such as plasmonic metal nanoparticles (NP) can be utilized [2]. Here, we report our recent results on the graphene plasmonic NP hybrid structures. Femtosecond pump−probe measurements of graphene nearby plasmonic gold nano-disc structures confirm the presence of a strong near-field interaction leading to hot carrier generation in the graphene; however, the results suggest that the hot carriers arise dominantly from direct photoexcitation in the graphene with a minimal contribution from charge transfer from the gold [3]. Asymmetric plasmon-nanobar electrical contacts are employed with a view to measuring the plasmon-induced hot carriers in graphene via the thermoelectric effect. The devices are characterized using a scanning photovoltage technique with both CW and pulsed excitation sources. Time-resolved photovoltage measurements are further employed to analyse the timescale of photovoltage generation. [1] T. Mueller et al. Nat Photonic 4, 297 (2010); [2] Z. Fang et al. Nanoletts 12, 3808 (2012); [3] Gilbertson, A. M. et al. Nano Lett. 2015, 15, 3458–3464.

Poster session I : Arkady Krasheninnikov
Authors : Bo Chen, Hua Zhang
Affiliations : a Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute, Interdisciplinary Graduate School, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798, Singapore; b Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798, Singapore

Resume : In the past decade, carbon-based three-dimensional (3D) architectures have received increasing attention in science and technology due to their fascinating properties, such as huge surface area, macroscopic bulky shape and interconnected porous structures, enabling them to be one kind of most promising materials for water remediation. In this talk, I will summarize the recent development in design, preparation and applications of carbon-based 3D architectures and introduce our recent research progress on the preparation of carbon aerogels (CA) for water treatment. Three kinds of CA, which are made from graphene, raw cotton and waste paper, respectively, have been successfully used as novel, efficient and recyclable sorbents for oils and organic solvents. The CA can absorb a variety of oils and organic solvents with outstanding recyclability. The maximum sorption capacity is as high as 192 times the weight of CA. Compared with the sorption efficiency of commercialized products (e.g. activated carbon), the sorption efficiency of CA is extremely high. Moreover, it still possesses a high sorption capacity after five cycles by using distillation, burning or squeezing methods to recover the absorbed liquids. References [1] B. Chen, Q. Ma, C. Tan, T.-T. Lim, L. Huang, H. Zhang*, Small, 2015, 11, 3319. [2] H. C. Bi, X. Huang, X. Wu, X. H. Cao, C. L. Tan, Z. Y. Yin, X. H. Lu, L. T. Sun,* H. Zhang*, Small, 2014, 10, 3544. [3] H. C. Bi, Z. Y. Yin, X. H. Cao, X. Xie, C. L. Tan, X. Huang, B. Chen, F. T. Chen, Q. L. Yang, X. Y. Bu, X. H. Lu, L. T. Sun*, H. Zhang*, Adv. Mater., 2013, 25, 5916.

Authors : A.S.M. Iftekhar Uddin, Gwiy-Sang Chung
Affiliations : University of Ulsan

Resume : In this work, we demonstrate how to effectively use rapid thermal annealing (RTA) to control the quantity of oxygen functional groups attached on graphene oxide (GO). The GO thin films were sprayed from a GO dispersion solution onto SiO2/Si substrates and were annealed via RTA at various temperatures from 400°C to 1,200°C. The proposed method results in a significant reduction of GO at an annealing temperature of 400°C, and most oxygen-containing functionalities were removed by annealing the GO at 1200°C. As the annealing temperature increased, the resistance decreased, and the GO films lost their excellent ability to absorb water vapor. The response (S) of humidity sensors fabricated on these GO films decreased from 35.3% for the as-deposited GO to 0.075% for the GO annealed at 1200°C, and the response time also increased in the annealed samples. The highest response to humidity can be obtained in the as-deposited GO, but a trade-off exists between the response and the long-term stability of a humidity sensor based on graphene oxide since these are quite poor in as-deposited GO films.

Authors : F. Ruffino, G. Meli, M. G. Grimaldi
Affiliations : F. Ruffino, G. Meli, M. G. Grimaldi Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia Università di Catania, via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania, Italy MATIS CNR-IMM via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania, Italy

Resume : Recently, various materials have been employed to synthesize graphene-based composites or hybrids, from which, in particular, metal films and nanoparticles acquired a great relevance in view of applications in sensing and nanoelectronics. The extraordinary electrical properties of graphene layers can be drastically modified when contacted by metal films in nanoelectronic devices on the basis of the metal nature. In this work, we present an experimental characterization, by conductive atomic force microscopy (CAFM) measurements, of the nanoscale electrical properties of metal-graphene-metal contacts. In particular, starting from single layer graphene films grown on Cu, we deposited Au, Ag, Pd thin films of increasing thickness on the Cu/graphene substrate and we acquired, by CAFM, the current-voltage (I-V) characteristics for the Au/graphene/Cu Ag/graphene/Cu, Pd/graphene/Cu systems. The three systems present different behaviors, as extracted by the I-V characteristics: the Au/graphene/Cu system presents a rectifying electrical behavior with the graphene layer acting as a p-type semiconductor, the Pd/graphene/Cu system presents a rectifying electrical behavior with the graphene layer acting as a n-type semiconductor, and the Ag/graphene/Cu presents an ohmic behavior. These differences are discussed on the basis of the peculiar energy band diagram originating in the specific meta/graphene/Cu stack.

Authors : Neelu Chouhan
Affiliations : University of Kota, Kota

Resume : graphene sheets are hydrophobic and unsuitable for direct use in water splitting but the graphene oxide (GO) sheets, has 2D-hydrophilic carbon structure and have tunable properties, have multiple functions and exhibit remarkable performance in photocatalytic water splitting. Graphene oxide (GO) sheets are highly vulnerable to extensive modification in surface functionalities. Hence It can show highly tunable electronic properties. In this work, we have synthesised the graphene oxide with photo-driven water splitting uses semiconducting materials (ZnO and TiO2) that have electronic structures suitable for electron and hole injection for H2 and O2 evolution from water decomposition. It was found that GO is an ideal material to mediate photogenerated charges for water decomposition. This paper introduces strategies for tuning the electronic structure of GO and presents GO, alone and with other materials, as a mediator for photocatalytic water splitting.The graphene nanocomposites was tested as a functionalized molecular device for the photocatalytic cleavage of water, after comprehensive characterization by x-ray diffraction (XRD), ESR (electron spin resonance) spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), UV-Vis Diffused reflection spectroscopy (DRS), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and their relative energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), high resolution transmission microscopy (HRTEM) and their corresponding selected area electron diffraction (SAED), X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), BET (Brunaver-Emmett and Teller), etc. Afterward the modified devices were tested for the photocatalytic and photoelectron-voltaic responses, etc. Subsequently, the graphene support nanomaterials of well defined geometrical shapes shall be prepared and analyzed for the hydrogen generation in terms of PWS and PECWS efficiency (amount of H2 generated, %η, %STH, % IPCE, APCE). Electron transfer mechanism of the hydrogen generation was also explored with supportive experiments.

Authors : Muk-Fung Yuen, Chundong Wang, Wenjun Zhang
Affiliations : Center of Super-Diamond and Advanced Films (COSDAF), Department of Physics and Materials Science, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China

Resume : With the rapid growth of energy demand on portable devices, supercapacitor has been a promising candidate to fit its requirements. In this talk, a unique structure of hierarchical composite of nickel oxide nanoflakes on three-dimensional graphene architecture is proposed. It has enhanced electrochemical performance compared with electrodes comprising a sole constituent or core/shell nanowire heterostructures. Meterporous NiO nanoflakes were deposited on three-dimensional graphene (3DG) by microwave plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (MPCVD), of which the electrochemical behaviors of different morphologic NiO-3DG composite electrodes, electrodes were evaluated with cyclic voltammetry and galvanostatic charge–discharge techniques. The new designed binder-free hierarchical composites deliver specific capacitances of ≈1829 F g −1 at 3 A g −1 in electrochemical measurements. Moreover, a full-cell was also assembled, of which the devices deliver an energy density of 138 Wh kg −1 at a power density of 5.25 kW kg −1. Note that supercapacitor is still remained 85% of its initial capacitance after 5000 cycles, which is advance than the commercially available capacitors.

Authors : Dae Woo Kim, Junghun Choi, Hee-Tae Jung
Affiliations : Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

Resume : Separation has become one of the critical technologies to solve the problems that mankind faced including resource depletion and environmental issues. Comparing to other separation approaches, membrane separation is energy effective, continuous and can be integrated in small volume facilities, reducing the total cost of operation. In the past several decades, polymeric and inorganic membranes have been utilized for the separation and purification and even commercialized in industry, but a trade-off between permeability and selectivity has hindered the wide adoption of membrane in practical applications, requiring high operation cost. Because pore size determines the selectivity and because thickness of membrane affects the permeability of membrane, ideal membrane with high selectivity and high permeability can be realized as well controlled pores are generated in the film with nanometer thickness.Defect free graphene is a perfect barrier that even hydrogen molecules cannot penetrate across. On the other hand, both high flux and selectivity can be achieved as size controlled pores are introduced in the basal plane of graphene due to its two-dimensional atomic-scale thickness. Furthermore, low biofouling tendencies, chemical resistance and mechanical durability are considered as powerful advantages of graphene membrane to extend its lifespan. Thus, development of high-performance graphene membranes is regarded as one of the most important issues in graphene research. As in the case of currently available polymer membranes, the formation of nanometer pores (~ nm in size) on bulk-scale graphene is essential to realizing the mass production of high-performance graphene membranes. However, all previous graphene membranes have relied on the use of small quantity graphene with meso- or nanopore structures by using e-beam, ion beam exposure and thermal treatment with metal nano particles. Therefore, all previous graphenes are critically limited to the commercialization of the graphene membrane via cost-effective solution process. In this talk, a novel chemical method to fabricate the nano-porous graphene in bulk scale will be presented, showing the high selectivity to NaCl salt with dramatically enhanced permeance. Graphene film (20 nm thickness) made of this nanoporous graphene displays excellent water flux (~37 L·m-2h-1bar-1) at a low operation pressure (5 bar) and high rejection above 70 % to 0.2 M NaCl solution, which is dramatically advanced (30 times) than that of commercial nanofiltration membranes with ~50 % rejection.

Authors : Jia-En Zeng, Yen-Hua Chen
Affiliations : National Cheng Kung University

Resume : The graphene has taken much attention to the researchers all around the world due to its excellent physical properties since Novoselov et al. firstly discovered graphene by using mechanical exfoliation method. However, the size and thickness of graphenes fabricated by mechanical exfoliation method is too small and thick, and thus this method remained challenging. Hence an alternative method for commercial graphene yield is required. In order to approach scalable and commercial aims, CVD is regarded as the optimal synthesis method, but the requirement for high temperature and metallic catalyst makes CVD less environmental friendly. Therefore, this study provides a refined green chemical liquid-phase exfoliation method to prepare graphene with alcohol-water mixture. Sonication of graphite powder in alcohol solution can yield graphene dispersions which contains numerous graphene sheets at micrometer scale, and they can be identified by the Raman spectroscopy and optical microscope. The concentration of dispersions is determined by the visible absorbance via Lambert – Beer’s law (A=abc). It shows the yield of graphene is about 2%. In order to examine the quality of the graphene dispersions, the solution was placed for a month and the concentration variation was measured every interval. The experimental parameters are optimized by adjusting mixture proportion, graphite mass and sonication time. The results show that alcohol-water mixture manufacture is environmental friendly, convenient and useful method to obtain graphene commercial. In the future, we will focus on improving the quality and controlling its layers.

Authors : SeKwon Oh, Jong Hun Kim, MinJoong Kim, Jeong Young Park, EunAe Cho*, HyukSang Kwon*
Affiliations : Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, KAIST, Daejeon, 305-701, Republic of Korea; Graduate School of EEWS, KAIST, Daejeon, 305-701, Republic of Korea; Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, KAIST, Daejeon, 305-701, Republic of Korea; Graduate School of EEWS, KAIST, Daejeon, 305-701, Republic of Korea; Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, KAIST, Daejeon, 305-701, Republic of Korea; Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, KAIST, Daejeon, 305-701, Republic of Korea;

Resume : Transition metal nitrogen carbon complexes (M–N-C) are considered as a promising ORR catalyst to replace Pt [1]. The M-N-C catalysts were synthesized by pyrolyzing mixture of metal, nitrogen and carbon at 400-1000°C. The ORR activity of M-N-C depend on the transition metal and carbon elements. Currently, Fe-N-graphene is regarded as highly active catalyst for ORR among other M-N-C materials [2-4] but still not comparable to that of commercial Pt/C, therefore, many efforts such as modification of structure, doping new atom to promote catalytic activity are in progress. The present work is to enhance oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) activity of transition metal–nitrogen–graphene catalysts through formation of edge site and doping S by facile ball milling method. The edge-activated S-doped Fe-N-graphene (EA-SFeNG) was successfully synthesized by simply mixing graphene oxide (GO), melamine as a nitrogen source, sulfur and iron acetate using ball milling, and then followed by pyrolysis treatment for 2 h at 700 ˚C, and then optimized to exhibit the best ORR catalytic performance. The ORR performance of the EA-SFeNG was measured to have the onset potential (Vonset: 1.02 VRHE) and the half wave potential (V1/2: 0.848 VRHE) that is comparable to those (Vonset: 1.05V, V1/2: 0.865V) of the commercial 20wt.% Pt/C. The S in the catalyst exists in the form of SOx, and the ball milling process increase edge sites in the catalysts, which acted as a highly ORR active site. It was demonstrated from the measurement of nanoscale work function by kelvin probe force microscopy that the work function of the EA-SFeNG catalyst is significantly reduced by the S doped and the active edge sites formed in the catalyst. Hence, the excellent ORR performance of the EA-SFeNG catalyst can be attributed to the increase in the defect density such as the doping S and the edge site in the graphene.

Authors : Chih-Ya Tsai, Hou-Ren Chen, Kuei-Huei Lin, Yia-Chung Chang, Wen-Hsuan Kuan, Wen-Feng Hsieh
Affiliations : Research Center for Applied Sciences, Academic Sinica, Taipei 11529, Taiwan; Department of Photonics and Institute of Electro-Optical Engineering, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan; Department of Applied Physics and Chemistry, University of Taipei, Taipei 100, Taiwan; Research Center for Applied Sciences, Academic Sinica, Taipei 11529, Taiwan; Department of Applied Physics and Chemistry, University of Taipei, Taipei 100, Taiwan; Department of Photonics and Institute of Electro-Optical Engineering, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan

Resume : High pulse energy Q-switched erbium-doped fiber lasers have been demonstrated by polymer-free graphene saturable absorber (GSAs) coated on a fiber connector. This reduces non-saturable losses, making it suitable for high power operations. Graphene flakes were fabricated simply and cost-effectively by liquid phase exfoliation (LPE) method in which the graphite powder and solvent (sodium deoxycholate) were dissolved in DI water by sonication technique without chemical reaction. For ultrasonic times of 1, 2 and 4 hours, the measured intensity ratios (I2D/IG) of 2D and G bands and (ID/IG) of D and G bands in the Raman spectroscopy were (0.66, 0.68, 0.55) and (1.69, 1, 1.26), respectively. We obtained the best quality flakes for the ultrasonic time of 2 hours, with the largest I2D/IG and the smallest ID/IG, The transmittance of SA sample is 30% at 1560 nm. When the GSA was inserted in the erbium-doped fiber laser, self-starting Q-switched pulses were observed as the pumping power reaches 68 mW. As pumping power being increased from 68 to 250 mW, the Q-switched pulses show duration of 25.3 to 1.8 us, repetition rate of 7.6 to 30.5 kHz, and output power of 0.6 to 8.6 mW, corresponding to pulse energy of 78.9 to 282 nJ. The center wavelength and 3-dB bandwidth were measured to be ∼1566.5 nm and ∼0.4 nm, respectively. The Q-switched fiber laser can stably and continuously operate over 1 hours and even larger output power will be obtained by using a high-power pump laser.

Authors : Christoph Hofer, Giacomo Argentero, Jani Kotakoski, Jannik C. Meyer
Affiliations : University of Vienna Fakulty of Physics

Resume : Despite much effort put into the large scale production of graphene by chemical vapor deposition (CVD), there are still many challenges to be solved concerning the fundamentals of the growth itself. Isotopic labeling during CVD growth of graphene is a powerful tool to study the growth kinetics such as nucleation density and growth speed as a function of time. In particular, we investigate the question if there is a correlation between isotope grains and crystallographic grains, in short, if there is a grain boundary when the isotope locally changes. For this circumstances, we secured robust CVD growth methods to synthesize graphene with clearly separate isotope grains. Due to the isotopic sensitivity, Raman spectroscopy of the graphene sample reveals the isotopic distribution whereas dark field transmission electron microscopy distinguishes crystallographic orientations and therefore makes grain boundaries visible. Furthermore, we investigated different defect formation behavior of the isotopic modified graphene. The angstrom sized electron probe of a Nion UltraSTEM is used to observe the formation of defects with atomic resolution as a function of dose. The theoretical estimations of the required dose in order to create defects agrees with our experimental results. Therefore, we observed different defect densities in different regions of an isotopic mixed graphene sample.

Authors : M.Alkhatab1,M.Zunic 2,H.Abuhimid 3,M.Dosari 3,E.Traversa 4,J-PVilcot 5, B.ElZein 1.
Affiliations : 1 Nanotechnology for energy conservation and storage, College of Engineering and Information Technology (CEIT), University of Business and Technology(UBT), Jeddah, KSA; 2 King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Jeddah, KSA; 3 Nanotechnology center, King Abdul-Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), Riyadh, KSA; 4 International Research Center for Renewable Energy (IRCRE), Xi’an Jiaotong University , Xi’an , China; 5 Institut d’Electronique, Microélectronique et Nanotechnologies (IEMN), Villeneuve d’Ascq - Lille, France;

Resume : The solar energy is converted to electrical power by a sequence of events: the absorption of light, the generation of charge carriers (electrons and holes), their spatial separation and transport to electrodes. Great attention has been given to quantum dots sensitized solar cells due to their promising conversion efficiency, their simple device fabrication process and their low cost. Zero-dimensional nanostructures have gained interest owing to their unique size related electronic properties, especially the tuning of their band gap. Different types of material that play the role of absorbing media should be studied tuning their band gap by changing their size or changing the degree of cation disorder. ITO and FTO have been widely used as window electrodes in solar cell devices. These TCOs, however, have many drawbacks such as limited availability of their constitutive raw materials (e.g. indium), instability in the presence of acid or base, limited optical transparency in the near-infrared region. ii The search for novel electrode materials with good stability, high transparency and excellent conductivity is therefore a critical goal for solar cells.iii Graphene, as a matter of fact, appears to have none of these drawbacks—and it is cheap and sustainable.iv In this presentation, the researchers will highlight the use of graphene as suitable material for solid-state quantum dots sensitized solar cells that harvest light over a wider range of the spectrum.

Authors : Woosuk Choi, Yongho Seo
Affiliations : Faculty of Nanotechnology and Advanced Material Engineering, and Graphene Research Institute, Sejong University

Resume : Since 2D materials such as graphene, h-BN and the transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) were discovered, there have been many studies on fabrication of 2D material-based device for next generation electronic devices [1-3]. As a supporting layer to transfer 2D material, poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) is commonly used particularly for chemical vapor deposition (CVD) grown graphene. However, the residues of PMMA after the transfer, degrades graphene’s intrinsic electric properties [4]. Many groups have used annealing method to solve this problem, however, it was impossible to completely remove the residues of PMMA [5]. In this paper, we report the effect of CVD graphene property after mechanical cleaning method using contact-mode atomic force microscope (AFM). Some groups showed significant effects of mechanical cleaning method on the exfoliated graphene [6]. However, cleaning effect on CVD graphene cannot be the same as that on exfoliated graphene, owing to its grain structure including defect. To remove easily the residues, the samples were exposed to alcoholic solvent atmosphere such as ethanol and methanol. After that, AFM tip was contacted strongly on the sample surface and scanned several times to remove the residues of PMMA. The samples after the treatment were measured using Raman spectroscopy and different AFM modes such as CFM, LFM and EFM. In particular, transconductance properties associated with 2D material-based device were analyzed. Furthermore, we studied the effect of the grain boundary after removing residues. Reference 1. Geim, A. K.; Novoselov, K. S. Nat.Mater, 6, 183–191. (2007) 2. Dean, C. R. et al. Nat. Nanotechnol. 5, 722–726 (2010) 3. B. Radisavljevic, A. Radenovic, J. Brivio, Nat. Nanotechnol., 6, 147– 150, (2011) 4. A. Nourbakhsh, M. Cantoro, J. Phys. Chem. , 114, 6894–6900.(2010) 5. Yung-Chang Lin, Chun-Chieh Lu, and Po-Wen Chiu, Nano letter,12, 414-419.(2012) 6. Niclas Lindvall, Alexey Kalabukhov, and August Yurgens, JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS 111, 064904 (2012)

Authors : Youra Kim, Yongho Seo*
Affiliations : Faculty of Nanotechnology and Advanced Material Engineering, Sejong University.

Resume : The smart window is a controllable glazing where transparent and opaque states can be switched by an electric field. The smart window has been expected to be a solution in diverse area to save energy for heating and cooling as blocking loss of the radiation heat by controlling the transparency of the windows. Among the various candidates of smart window materials, polymer-dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC) has come into wide use. PDLC is a mixture of UV curable polymer and a nematic liquid crystal. Indium tin oxide (ITO) which is widely used for transparent electrode materials and one of the base materials for PDLC is brittle and often requires an additional annealing process to improve the property as conducting materials. These weaknesses of ITO are barely suitable for flexible PDLC film. In this study, instead of using conventional transparent conducting film, we used the single-layer-graphene coated PET films as transparent electrodes. The single-layer-graphene was grown by thermal chemical vapor deposition and transferred onto the PET film. We confirmed its various properties such as transmittance, response time and impedance analysis.

Authors : Hyun Min Jung, Yong Seok Kim, Sunwoo Lee
Affiliations : Department of Applied Chemistry, Kumoh National Institute of Technology, Gumi, Korea (H.M. Jung) Advanced Materials Division, Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology, Daejeon, Korea (Y. S. Kim) Department of Chemistry, Chonnam National University, Gwangju, Korea (S. Lee)

Resume : We prepared a Ag-decorated graphene oxide catalyst (GOSH-Ag) and used for the decarboxylative addition and coupling reactions. This catalyst was easily prepared by depositing Ag nanoparticles on thiolated grapheme oxide (GOSH) surfaces. Transmission eletron microscopy indicated that the nanoparticles were well-dispersed and of a small, approximately 3.7 nm average size. Moreover, the adhered nanoparticles could not be separated from the GOSHs even after thorough washing and prolonged sonication. Suchstrong adhesion might result from the relatively high BE betweenAg and thiol groups. The supported catalyst displayed good catalytic activity under a low oxidized Ag loading (calc. 3.1 wt%). It could easily be separated and recovered from the reaction mixture and reused several times. The results suggest that sp2 carbon-based supports significantly influence catalytic activities in the decarboxylative cycloaddition reaction.

Authors : Subin Park, Yongho Seo
Affiliations : Faculty of Nanotechnology and Advanced Material Engineering, Sejong University, Seoul, 143-747, Korea.

Resume : Graphene is atom-thick, 2D material which is flexible and has a large surface area about 2630 m2/g and high conductivity. [1] Due to these exceptional characteristics, researchers have great interest to incorporate graphene as ideal electrode in supercapacitors based applications. Conventionally grown graphene is no band gap material. In order to scale up its productivity, one needs to reduce graphene oxide (GO). Owing to flexible characteristics of graphene, it can be used in wearable or mobile devices and PCB. Even though CVD grown graphene has high conductivity compared with reduced graphene oxide (rGO), but rGO has high functionality due to its large surface area. In this work, we fabricated complex structure of CVD graphene and rGO to gain high capacitance. Graphene/rGO complex was synthesized on PET (polyethylene terephthalate) films to have flexibility of both materials. At first, CVD graphene was transferred to PET substrate, and 0.1 mg/ml GO/IPA solution was sprayed onto CVD graphene/PET films. A separator was sandwiched between two films by using an epoxy glue, and 1 M H2SO4 solution was infiltrated into the separator. We compared the graphene/rGO complex based super capacitors with bare graphene and rGO devices. The complex based supercapacitor was measured as highest capacitance of 3.2 mF, while bare graphene and rGO devices showed 50 to 90 μF and 5 to10 μF, respectively. Our comparative study confirms that complex based supercapacitors have much higher capacitance than the single component capacitors.

Authors : Ye-Yeong Hwang*, Chang-Sun Lee*, and Yun Jung Lee
Affiliations : Department of Energy Engineering, Hanyang University, Korea

Resume : In membrane technology, bio-inspired approaches have attracted remarkable attentions to break through current technological issues. Biomimetic research navigates us to take a step forward in membrane technologies, particularly in the field of ion filtration and water purification. Aquaporin is a one of the most sophisticated channel in natural cells, and it selectively transports water molecules. In aquaporin water channels, there are several peptide motifs, called selectivity filter, that recognize water molecules to selectively transport it and reject other ions or molecules. As an attempt to make biomimetic water channels, peptide sequence is designed to have similarity with water selective filters found in many natural aquaporins. Using the designed peptide as an affinity ligand, water purification membrane was fabricated. Graphene oxide (GO) was used as a solid state matrix material for membrane. GO was functionalized with the peptide ligand and is the resulting functionalized GO was deposited on PC (poly carbonate) or MCE (mixed cellulose ester) supports. Water molecule recognition capability of the designed peptide sequence is successfully applied to water purification process and the fabricated affinity membrane showed enhanced water permeability maintaining rejection performances compared to pristine GO membranes.

Authors : András Pálinkás 1;3, Zoltán Osváth 1;3, Péter Süle 1, György Molnár 1, Chanyong Hwang 2;3, and László P. Biró 1;3
Affiliations : 1. Institute of Technical Physics and Materials Science, MFA, Centre for Energy Research, HAS, Budapest 1121, Hungary; 2. Center for Nano-metrology, Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science, Daejeon 305-340, South Korea; 3. Korea-Hungary Joint Laboratory for Nanosciences (KHJLN), Budapest 1121, Hungary

Resume : Combining graphene with other materials can multiply its benefits by engineering the desired properties. Graphene-metal nanoparticle hybrid materials potentially display not only the unique properties of metal nanoparticles and those of graphene, but also additional novel properties due to the interaction between graphene and nanoparticles. In this work we prepared such new type of hybrid nanomaterials by transferring graphene onto polycrystalline gold nanoislands. We investigated the samples by STM and STS. After multiple annealing procedures we found that graphene induces surface re-crystallisation of the supporting gold nanoparticles. We showed that gold nanoislands, in turn, can be used to tailor the local electronic properties of graphene. Graphene on crystalline gold nanoislands exhibits moiré superlattices, which generate secondary Dirac points in the local density of states. Room temperature charge localization and anomalously large wavelength moiré patterns are observed. Such large wavelength moiré cannot be formed simply by the rotation misorientation of the crystal lattices. We show using DFT-adaptive molecular dynamics simulations that in such cases the graphene and the interfacial metallic layer is strained, leading to altered lattice constants in both graphene and the interfacial gold layer. These findings can open a route towards the realization of engineered graphene/metal surfaces with various moiré superlattices and tailored local electronic properties.

Authors : Rakibul Islam, Roch Chan-Yu-King, Corinne Binet, Carole Gors, Jean-François Brun and Frederick Roussel
Affiliations : University of Lille- Sciences and Technologies, Unité Matériaux et Transformations(UMET) –UMR CNRS 8207, UFR de Physique, Bat P5, 59655 Villeneuve d’Ascq, France; University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, Chickasha, OK 73018, USA; University of Lille- Sciences and Technologies, Unité Matériaux et Transformations(UMET) –UMR CNRS 8207, UFR de Physique, Bat P5, 59655 Villeneuve d’Ascq, France; University of Lille- Sciences and Technologies, Unité Matériaux et Transformations(UMET) –UMR CNRS 8207, UFR de Physique, Bat P5, 59655 Villeneuve d’Ascq, France; University of Lille- Sciences and Technologies, Unité Matériaux et Transformations(UMET) –UMR CNRS 8207, UFR de Physique, Bat P5, 59655 Villeneuve d’Ascq, France; University of Lille- Sciences and Technologies, Unité Matériaux et Transformations(UMET) –UMR CNRS 8207, UFR de Physique, Bat P5, 59655 Villeneuve d’Ascq, France

Resume : The physical properties of chemically synthesized polyaniline (PANI)/reduced graphene oxide (RGO) nanocomposites are investigated as a function of volume fraction of RGO. The characteristics Raman bands of each component demonstrate that RGO-reinforced PANI nanocomposites have been effectively prepared while FE-SEM, TEM and WAXRD are used for analyses of morphology and structure of the products. It is observed that electrical conductivity exhibits a percolation behavior where electrical transport follows a 2D conduction process. Unlike electrical conductivity, the effective thermal conductivity (k) obeys a linear relationship with the filler volume fraction. The results of thermal conductivity fitted by modified MG-EMA model imply that both in plane and through plane thermal transports could take place in the composites. The thermoelectric performance (ZT) is enhanced up to two orders of magnitude for 12.76 vol-% RGO nanocomposites compared to that of pure PANI. In addition, the evolution of volumetric heat capacity of the nanocomposites shows increasing behaviour with RGO loading which is a valuable characteristic for potential applications in high heat capacitive solid state materials. To assess the heat storage factor or heat absorption per unit area Q (J/m2) of the composites, an analytical model is proposed in this study. Owing to their relatively low thermal conductivity and their good heat storage capability, we believe that the composites could be used as the critical component of the thermal management devices or should find potential applications in the next generation of thermoelectric material.

Authors : Saikat Banerjee, Jonas Fransson, Annica M. Black-Schaffer, Hans Ågren, and Alexander V. Balatsky
Affiliations : Nordita,Center for Quantum Materials, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Stockholm University, Roslagstullsbacken 23, 10691 Stockholm, Sweden ; Division of Theoretical Chemistry and Biology, Royal Institute of Technology, SE-10691 Stockholm,Sweden ; Institute for Materials Sciences, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico, 87545, USA ; Department of Physics and Astronomy, Uppsala University, Box 516, S-751 20 Uppsala, Sweden

Resume : We examine the low energy effective theory of phase oscillations in a two-dimensional granular superconducting sheet where the grains are arranged in honeycomb lattice structure. Two different types of collective phase oscillations are obtained, which are analogous to the massive Leggett and massless Bogoliubov-Anderson-Gorkov modes in a two-band superconductor. It is shown that the spectra of these collective bosonic modes cross each other at the K and K points in the Brillouin zone and form a Dirac node. Dirac node dispersion of bosonic excitations is representative of Bosonic Dirac Materials (BDM). We show that the Dirac node is preserved in presence of an inter-grain interaction, despite induced changes of the qualitative features of the two collective modes. Finally, breaking the sublattice symmetry by choosing different on-site potentials for the two sublattices leads to a gap opening near the Dirac node, in analogy with Fermionic Dirac materials.

Authors : C. Menchaca-Campos(a), N. Rayón-López(a), C. García-Pérez(a), E. Pereyra-Laguna(a), J. Uruchurtu-Chavarín(a), M.A. García-Sánchez(b), A.K. Cuentas-Gallegos(c)
Affiliations : a Centro de Investigación en Ingeniería y Ciencias Aplicadas (IICBA), Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos, Av. Universidad 1001, Col.Chamilpa, Cuernavaca, Morelos 62209, Mexico b Departmento de Química, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa, San Rafael Atlíxco 186, Vicentina, México, D. F., 09340, México c Instituto de Energía Renovable, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Priv. Xochicalco s/n, Col. Centro, Temixco, Morelos CP 62580, México.

Resume : In this work, some results of materials based on graphene oxide-polymer-electron donor dopants for possible supercapacitor applications are shown. These systems include the use of graphene oxide combined with electrospun nylon-porphyrin or PANi-gold nanoparticles. Electrochemical and physicochemical characterization was performed for both systems. It is well known that conducting polymers such as PANi (polyaniline) has been used in supercapacitors due to its pseudocapacitance. On the other hand, gold nanoparticles have been introduced as electron donor to improve conductivity. The combination of graphene oxide and polymers showed resistive properties that when electric donors were included, the conductivity properties are greatly increased. Porphyrin has the ability to protonate/deprotonate in a reversible way, and their nanocomposite materials were characterized for the first time for super capacitors applications, between others. The results obtained are encouraging to pursue the best conditions in the development of these materials for supercapacitor applications

Authors : H.Maaoui, B.selimi,R.chtourou
Affiliations : graphene and related materials

Resume : Graphene, a one atom thick sp2-hybridized carbon sheet, has attracted a great deal of scientific interest since its discovery by Geim and co-workers graphene holds enormous potential in a variety of applications, including electronic devices, transparent electrodes, super capacitors, sensors and composites . On the other hand, semiconductor based photocatalysts have attracted much attention over the world for environmental remediation, of which ZnO is considered as the most promising material due to its relatively high activity, nontoxicity, and low cost, have emerged as important components for building various optoelectronic and electronic devices especially photovoltaic ones . Graphene film was formed on the surface of ZnO nano wires arrays through in situ electrochemical reduction of a graphene oxide dispersion by cyclic voltammetry. The residual oxygen-containing groups and other structural defects such as sp3-hybridized carbons in the electrodeposited graphene were further removed by photo assisted reduction of the underlying ZnO nanowires, thus achieving the maximum restoration of π-conjugation in the graphene planes. Spectroscopic, electrochemical, and photo electrochemical techniques were used to characterize the graphène films, and the use of the resulting graphene–ZnO nanowires material in photocatalysis and photovoltaic was investigated.

Authors : Youngjo Jin, and Young Hee Lee
Affiliations : Center for Intergrated Nanostructure Physics, Institute for Basic Science (IBS), Department of Energy Science, and Department of Physics, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon, 440-746, Republic of Korea

Resume : Atomically smooth van der Waals materials are structurally stable in monolayer and a few layers but some are susceptible to oxygen-rich environments. In particular, recently emerging materials such as black phosphorus and perovskite have revealed stronger environmental sensitivity than other two-dimensional layered materials, often obscuring the interesting intrinsic electronic and optical properties. Unleashing the true potential of these materials requires the oxidation-free sample preparation that protects thin flakes from air exposure. Here, we fabricated the few-layer hafnium disulfide (HfS2) field effect transistors (FETs) using an integrated vacuum cluster system and study their electronic properties and stability under ambient conditions. By performing all the device fabrication and characterization procedure under oxygen- and moisture-free environment, we found that a few-layer AA-stacking HfS2-FETs display excellent field effect responses (Ion/Ioff = ~107) with reduced hysteresis compared to the FETs prepared under ambient conditions. Oxidation of HfS2 occurs uniformly over the entire area, increasing film thickness by 250% at a prolonged oxidation time of >120 hours, while defects on the surface are the preferential initial oxidation sites. We further demonstrated that the stability of the device in air is significantly improved by passivating FETs with BN in a vacuum cluster.

Authors : Radu Tamaian 1,2,3, Violeta Niculescu 1
Affiliations : 1 - National Institute for Research and Development for Cryogenic and Isotopic Technologies, 4th Uzinei Street, 240050 Râmnicu Vâlcea, Romania; 2 - University of Bucharest, Faculty of Physics, 3Nano-SAE Research Centre, PO Box MG-38, Bucharest-Măgurele, Romania; 3 - SC Biotech Corp SRL, 4th Uzinei Street, Office C52, 240050 Râmnicu Vâlcea, Romania

Resume : Chemotherapy using nanoparticles/nanocarriers (co)delivered therapeutic agents gained an increased importance in the experimental therapy of proliferative diseases. In this respect, the kinetics of drug release at the tumour site is a critical aspect of chemotherapy; therefore the importance of biocomputation became a critical step in development of innovative therapy strategies, especially for modeling of nanoparticle delivered therapeutic agents. In this paper we used a computational approach to design and evaluate the physical principles of drug release kinetics of novel graphene oxide nanocarriers with thiazolic payload. Acknowledgments: This work was financed by The Executive Agency for Higher Education Research Development and Innovation Funding – UEFISCDI, Romania, on the Contract 210/2014 – Project PN-II-PT-PCCA-2013-4-2075. Keywords: graphene, nanocarriers, thiazole, tumour

Authors : B.López-Miranda1, C.E.Rodriguez1, F.Vega2, C.Serrano3, J. M.López-Alonso4, R.J.Peláez1
Affiliations : 1 Laser Processing Group, Instituto de Optica, CSIC, Serrano 121, E-28006 Madrid, Spain; 2 Departament d´Òptica i Optometría, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, BarcelonaTECH, Violinista Vellsolà 37, 08222, Terrasa, Spain; 3 Laboratory of Neural Repair and Biomaterials, Hospital Nacional de Parapléjicos, Servicio de Salud de Castilla La Mancha, Finca La Peraleda s/n, 45071-Toledo, Spain; 4 Optics Department University Complutense of Madrid, School of Optics. Av. Arcos del Jalón s/n, 28037 Madrid, Spain.

Resume : Graphene oxide (GO) contains oxygen bearing functionalities. The removal of these groups producing reduced-GO (rGO) that shows substantial optical, electrical and chemical changes with respect to original GO. In recent years GO and rGO have shown several promising applicability in energy storage, water purification, sensing and biomedicine. Microstructuration of these materials enhance their properties and make possible their use in supercapacitors or in platforms for cell alignment. Laser interferometry has been widely used to induce periodic surface modification of thin films; spatially located heating occurs in the maxima of interference and the thin film is selectively transformed in those regions. In this work, GO was prepared by using a modified Hummers and Offeman method and thermal treatment was used to produce rGO films (thickness 9.61 ± 1.17 nm) on circular glass coverslips. We then use laser interferometry to produce a pattern of fringed channels with topography and a period of 9.4 microns on this rGO. Width and topography of these channels are controlled by the number of laser pulses. Optical transmittance (T) of the fringes was analyzed by a customized hyperspectral microscope. It is seen that, similar to non-irradiated rGO regions, T increases slightly as wavelength increase in regions corresponding to laser interference minima (i.e., non-transformed ones). Detailed analysis of the hyperspectral cube by using a principal component analysis method reveals UV-Visible absorption peaks located in the edge of the channels. These peaks can be related to chemical products used in the fabrication of the rGO films.

Authors : N. G. Kovalchuk 1, I. V. Komissarov 1, S. L. Prischepa 1, A. Lazauskas 2, M. Andrulevičius 2, T. Tamulevičius 2, V. Grigaliūnas 2, Š. Meškinis 2, S. Tamulevičius 2
Affiliations : 1 Belarussian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics. P. Browka 6, Minsk 220013 Belarus 2 Institute of Materials Science, Kaunas University of Technology, K. Baršausko str. 59, Kaunas 51423 Lithuania

Resume : The electronic properties of the single layer graphene can be changed when double (triple) layer system, i.e. turbostratic graphene or so called twisted graphene (TG) is deposited. Many interesting phenomena are associated with TG: enhanced optical absorption, non-dispersive flat bands at the charge neutrality point related to confinement, enhanced photochemical reactivity, etc. We present experimental evidences of high degree of homogeneity graphene layers synthesized by atmospheric pressure chemical vapor deposition from alkane hydrocarbon precursor. TG was synthesized on Cu foils at 1050 ºC temperature employing different mixtures of N2 and H2 feed stock gases. Original transfer recipe on SiO2/Si substrates was proposed avoiding use of polymer. Samples were analyzed by micro-Raman (excitation wavelengths of 473 and 532 nm) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopies. The blue shift for G and 2D bands were observed for both wavelengths. The positions, FWHM and intensity distribution of the 2D band proved the turobostratic (twisted) double layer structure of graphene growth at the low hydrogen feeding rate. The blue shift of G band positions and XPS study demonstrated the nitrogen doping of graphene. Homogeneity of the twisted graphene layer was proved by measurements of transmission coefficient of VIS-NIR light in the 400-1000 nm range. It was obtained that at the wavelength of 550 nm the transmission coefficient is equal to 94%, which corresponds to 2-3 graphene layers.

Authors : Mário Kotlár, Viera Skákalová, Viliam Vretenár, Ľubomír Vančo, Mária Čaplovičová, Peter Vogrinčič, Marian Veselý, Róbert Redhammer
Affiliations : Mário Kotlár, Viera Skákalová, Viliam Vretenár, Ľubomír Vančo, Mária Čaplovičová, Peter Vogrinčič, Marian Veselý, Róbert Redhammer, STU Centre for nanodiagnostics, Vazovova 5, 812 43 Bratislava, Slovak Republic; Viera Skákalová, University of Vienna, Faculty of Physics, Boltzmanngasse 5, 1090 Vienna, Austria; Viliam Vretenár, Danubia NanoTech, s.r.o., Ilkovičova 3, 841 04 Bratislava, Slovak Republic

Resume : Electronic properties of graphene substantially depend on its interaction with a substrate. Recently, graphene-on-diamond structures (G on D) have attracted much attention. Theoretical efforts to predict interactions at the G on D interface vary and often contradict each other. Despite the technological importance of the G on D heterostructure a systematic experimental study related to the nature of interactions at the interface is missing. In our research we aim experimentally to realize various systems of graphene-on-diamond and investigate their properties. We design possible routes to obtain G on D hetero-system. A. Surface graphitization of diamond will undergo when annealed under high vacuum and temperatures ~1100 degC. At these temperatures, mobility of the carbon atoms facing vacuum is sufficient to reorganize into a more stable graphitic phase. B. Catalytic transformation of the diamond surface into graphene. Catalyst (Ni, Pt, etc.) dissolves carbon at elevated temperatures (700–900 degC). During cooling, dissolved carbon precipitates back on the surface of catalyst forming graphene. Variety of diamond substrates (single crystals in different orientations) will be tested for graphene growth. It is expected that, while the surface graphitization of diamond will lead to strongly bound graphene to diamond, transferring graphene from other surface onto diamond, on the other hand, will result in a poor interaction between these two carbon structures.

Authors : F. Aweke, F. Le Normand, D. Muller, F. Antoni, N. Aziz, C. Speisser,
Affiliations : ICube MaCEPV, UMR 7357 CNRS-Université de Strasbourg, Campus de Cronenbourg, 67037 STRASBOURG, FRANCE

Resume : Thin Layers Graphene have been obtained at an interface between a metal film like Ni or Cu and transparent substrate like MgO (111) or quartz by carbon implantation into the metallic matrix near the interface followed by a heat treatment to migrate the carbon atoms directly at the interface and to graphenize the carbon interfacial layer. Finally the metallic layer is dissolved to recover a graphene on a transparent substrate. This preparation avoids the step of graphene films transfer. We have studied the process and we have stressed the importance of the metallic film epitaxied on MgO. Thus high quality graphene can be grown with Ni, reversely to Cu.

Authors : Pascal Pochet1,2 Merijntje S. Bronsgeest1,2 Anastasia V. Tyurnina1,3 Shashank Mathur 1,2,4 Amina Kimouche1,4 Hanako Okuno1,2, Nedjma Bendiab1,4 Harley T. Johnson1,2,5 Johann Coraux1,4 and Jean Dijon1,3
Affiliations : 1 Univ. Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble France 2 CEA INAC 38054 Cedex 9,Grenoble France 3 CEA LITEN DTNM, 38054 Cedex 9,Grenoble France 4 CNRS, Inst NEEL, F-38042, Grenoble, France 5 MSE, University of Illinois at Urbana−Champaign, Champaign, Illinois 61801, United States

Resume : In this contribution, we report on two recent advances done in Grenoble [1] on CVD graphene. In the first study [2], we measure uniaxial strain fields in the vicinity of edges and wrinkles in graphene prepared by chemical vapor deposition on Co, by combining microscopy techniques and local vibrational characterization. These strain fields have magnitudes of several tenths of a percent and extend across micrometer distances. The nonlinear shear-lag model remarkably captures these strain fields in terms of the graphene–substrate interaction and provides a detailed understanding of strain-relieving wrinkles in graphene for distinct levels of graphene–substrate coherency. In the second study [3], we report on graphene formed on a Pt substrate using a modified hot-filament-assisted chemical vapor deposition setup, which does not require any control of crystal nucleation and orientation. The underlying growth mechanism includes a stage of structural evolution from nanocrystalline to microcrystalline graphene film. An enhanced recrystallization process in the graphene film is assessed by means of Raman spectroscopy and atomic resolution transmission electron microscopy. This process opens a new route to control the electrical properties of large-scale uniform graphene film. [1] [2] "Strain relaxation in CVD graphene: wrinkling with shear lag”, Merijntje S Bronsgeest, Nedjma Bendiab, Shashank Mathur, Amina Kimouche, Harley T Johnson, Johann Coraux, Pascal Pochet Nano Lett. 15 (8) pp 5098–5104 (2015) [3] "CVD Graphene recrystallization as a new route to tune graphene structure and properties”, Anastasia V. Tyurnina, Hanako Okuno, Pascal Pochet, Jean Dijon submitted to Carbon (2015)

Authors : Byeong Seok Lim, Bong Kyun Kang, Dae Ho Yoon
Affiliations : School of Advanced materials Science & Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University

Resume : The presence of heavy metals in water may cause serious problems about the environment and humans life because of the high toxicity of heavy metals to humans and other living creatures. Arsenic is one of the most toxic and oncogenic chemical elements. Also, Arsenic can cause several serious health problems and skin cancer. Iron oxide based materials are very effective in the removal of arsenic. However, these adsorbents are difficult to control in water flow systems due to small particle size and in stability of iron oxide. To solve this problems and increase arsenic removal efficiency, many studied have been focused on graphene and Fe3O4 composites that have high surface area for increasing adsorption efficiency. For example, graphene oxide (GO)/carbon nano tube/Fe3O4 composites have high surface area and good adsorption efficiency. Also, mesoporous graphene/Fe3O4 gels suggest good arsenic adsorption efficiency because of high surface area. In this study, we synthesized the core shell structure of PS/positively charged reduced graphene oxide (rGO-NH3 )/negatively charged reduced graphene oxide (rGO-COO-)/graphene oxide by layer-by-layer assembly. Next, the surface of rGO-NH3 coated with GO that have many functional group for attaching Fe3O4. And, the surface of GO coated with the Fe3O4 nanoparticles. Field-emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) analysis suggest the successful synthesis of morphology of PS/rGO/Fe3O4 composites. The elements and chemical bondings, chemical composition of surface on the PS/rGO/Fe3O4 composites were confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). And, we checked arsenic adsorption efficiency of PS/rGO/Fe3O4 composites by arsenic adsorption analysis.

Authors : E. Romani, P.G. Caldas, D.F. Franceschini*, R. Prioli, F.L. Freire Jr.
Affiliations : Departamento de Física, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, 22451-900, RJ, Brazil *- Instituto de Física, Universidade Federal Fluminense, 24210-346, Niterói, RJ, Brazil

Resume : Single and few-layers graphene were grown by CVD on Steel (API X80) using ethanol as precursor at 1000oC, 400 mtorr. The substrates were first reduced in Hydrogen at the same temperature during 2 hours, 50 sccm. The samples were characterized by Raman spectroscopy performed with a laser of 473 nm wavelength and the Raman maps clearly show the formation of inhomogeneous coating of graphene with regions covered with a single-layer graphene or few-layers graphene, the last one covering the higher surface area of the sample. The samples were analysed by scanning electron microscopy and EDS using a FEG-SEM JSM- 6701F from JEOL. XPS was performed using an Mg Kα x-ray source and an Alpha 110 commercial hemispherical electron energy analyzer. The results indicate that the surface is covered with a carbon layer with a small amount of oxygen contamination. Nanoscale friction measurements were performed by Lateral Force Microscopy using a Park AFM NX10 with silicon nitride tips and 4 nN of applied load scanning at 0.3 Hz. Macroscale friction measurements were performed using a CTER tribometer in a low load regime (less than 2 N). In both cases, the friction coefficients obtained from the coated sample are lower than the one obtained from bare steel sample. Wear measurements were performed with a ball-on-disk contact geometry. The normal load was 1 N at a speed of 60 rpm. The graphene coating reduces the wear rate. This work is partially supported by Brazilian agencies CNPq and FAPERJ.

Authors : Hafeez Ullah1,2, R. Bartali 2, V. Micheli 2, K. Safeen1,2, , G. Gottardi 2, F.Rossi1 and N. Laidani2
Affiliations : 1University of Trento, Department of Physics, Via Sommarive 15, 38123 Povo, Trento, Italy 2 Center for Materials and Microsystems, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Via Sommarive 18, 38123 Povo, Trento, Italy

Resume : The deposition of various nano-materials onto graphene nanoplatelets (layers of graphene) is ideal for different applications. Deposition by radio frequency (RF) sputtering technique can degrade layers of graphene due to interaction of high energy sputtered particles and plasma species. By optimizing the deposition parameters, the level of damage to graphene layers can be controlled. In this scenario, niobium pentaoxide (Nb2O5) thin films deposited on graphene nanoplatelets (GNPs) powder by various deposition parameters like RF power, process pressures, deposition times and sample vibration frequency in argon atmosphere. The structural properties of the samples were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman spectroscopy. For the chemical analysis of the samples X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was used. The interlayer d spacing of the GNPs calculated from the XRD pattern changes with Nb2O5. By increasing Nb2O5 contents through deposition parameters variation, defects on the surface of GNPs increased and basal planes of GNPs gradually lost their initial ordering, decreasing the degree of graphitization. Raman study revealed that both doping and tensile strain contributed shift of G and 2D bands to lower wave numbers in the Raman spectra. From the XPS analysis, we found that, with increasing RF power, low process pressure and increasing sample vibration frequency more Nb2O5 contents are intercalated into the GNPs system.

Authors : Mariusz Zdrojek, Anna Łapińska, Andrzej Taube, Jarosław Judek
Affiliations : Faculty of Physics, Warsaw University of Technology, Koszykowa 75, 00-662 Warsaw, Poland

Resume : Nowadays, the heat dissipation is one of the most significant constraint on the design and the fabrication of integrated electronic circuits. Therefore, the knowledge of thermal properties of the material is very important. Here, we report evolution of Raman spectra of supported few layer black phosphorus in extended temperature range from 4K to 400K. The black phosphorus Raman modes position, widths and intensities ratios exhibit apparent nonlinear temperature dependence. The observed nonlinear temperature dependence of positions and Raman mode width stemming from the phenomenon of optical phonon decay into two or three acoustic phonons. For high temperature modes position can be described by first order temperature coefficients. The knowledge about particular temperature coefficients for different modes are important in thermal metrology based on the Raman spectroscopy, which can be used for example for determination of thermal properties like thermal conductivity or for in-situ monitoring of local temperature of operating device. These results give a new contribution to the understanding of the phonon and thermal properties of black phosphorus and could help to study the problem of heat dissipation which is crucial for the use in new generation of nanoelectronic devices.

Authors : E. C. Romani, S. Nardecchia, C. Vilani&, J. B. de Campos*, V. Ramos*, S. B. Peripolli**, L. S. Gomes**, D.G. Larrude ***, M.E.H. Maia das Costa, F. L. Freire Jr.
Affiliations : Departamento de Física, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, 22451-900, RJ, Brazil &- Departamento de Engenharia Química e de Materiais, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, 22451-900, RJ, Brazil *- Programa de Pós-graduação em Engenharia Mecânica, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil. ** - Centro de Tecnologia SENAI Solda, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil. ***- Graphene and Nano-materials Research Center, Mackgraphe, Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, São Paulo, SP, Brazil.

Resume : The coating industry has been working to improve the surface properties as corrosion resistance, adhesion and wettability. In this sense, graphene grown by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) and polymer nanocomposites have recently attracted major attention because the process is cheaper and presents a simple process to apply on steel substrates. The oxide graphene combined with polymers shown an impermeable nanocomposite to gases and liquids and from this perspective have attracted particular interest to application on oil and gas industries. In many cases, nanocoating acting as protective films may prevent future problems and extend the devices lifetime. In this work we report graphene grown by CVD and the methodology to perform the nanocomposite film polymer and oxide graphene applied on steel stainless (X80 API 5L), endorses its use in anti-corrosion and protection applications. In this work, few layers graphene and nanocomposite graphene/polyurethane were applied on steel and the films were studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), EDS, XPS, Raman Spectroscopy and nanoscratch tests for adhesion behavior. This work is partially supported by Brazilian agencies CNPq and FAPERJ

Authors : Yandong Ma, Thomas Heine
Affiliations : Department of Physics and Earth Science, Jacobs University Bremen, Germany; Wilhelm-Ostwald-Institut für Physikalische und Theoretische Chemie, Universität Leipzig, Germany.

Resume : To date, a number of two-dimensional (2D) topological insulators (TIs) have been realized in Group 14 elemental honeycomb lattice, but all are inversion symmetric. Here, based on first-principles calculations, we predict a new family of 2D inversion asymmetric TIs with sizeable bulk gaps from 105 meV to 284 meV, in X2-GeSn (X=H, F, Cl, Br, and I) monolayers, making them in principle suitable for room-temperature applications. The nontrivial topological characteristics of inverted band orders are identified in pristine X2-GeSn with X=(F, Cl, Br, I), while for H2-GeSn, it undergoes a nontrivial band inversion at 8% lattice expansion. Topologically protected edge states are identified in X2-GeSn with X=(F, Cl, Br, I) as well as in strained H2-GeSn. More importantly, the edges of these systems, which exhibit single-Dirac-cone characteristics located exactly in the middle of their bulk band gaps, are ideal for dissipationless transport. Thus, Group 14 elemental honeycomb lattices make a fascinating playground for manipulation of quantum states.

Authors : Hüseyin Şar, Ayberk Özden, Osman Balci, Coşkun Kocabaş, Nihan Kosku Perkgöz, Cem Sevik, Feridun Ay
Affiliations : Anadolu University, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, 26555 Eskişehir, Turkey; Anadolu University, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Material Science and Engineering, Eskişehir, 26555, Turkey; Bilkent University, Department of Physics, 06800 Ankara, Turkey; Bilkent University, Department of Physics, 06800 Ankara, Turkey; Anadolu University, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, 26555 Eskişehir, Turkey; Anadolu University, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Eskişehir, 26555, Turkey; 1Anadolu University, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, 26555 Eskişehir, Turkey

Resume : Two-dimensional materials have been investigated extensively since the discovery of graphene. Among these, monolayer MoS2 is a semiconducting material with a direct band gap making it attractive for various applications. In addition to pristine structures of various 2D crystals, their usage in form of heterostructures has attracted a considerable interest [1]. On the other hand, the general approach for obtaining such heterostructures have been performed using transfer methods such as exfoliation. These approaches hinder the practical use of the technology due to the inherent limitations of transfer methods resulting in limited lateral size and introduction of contaminants into the structure. In this work, we demonstrate the first growth comparison and optimization study of MoS2 on both transferred and as-grown graphene. We investigate the effect of the two different approaches on MoS2 monolayer properties systematically. The process parameters such as growth temperature, process time, precursor ratio, ambient atmosphere and pressure have also been studied. The heterostructures are characterized by optical, scanning electron, Raman scattering and photoluminescence microscopies. The MoS2 flake sizes are observed to be larger than several micrometers and also the flake distribution over graphene is found to be almost uniform according to the SEM results, while MoS2 flakes are rarely observed on the oxide surface. [1] H. Lim et al., Chemistry of Materials, 2014 ,26 17, 4891-4903.

Authors : AC Varonides, RA Spalletta
Affiliations : Physics & Electrical Engineering Dept University of Scranton Scranton, PA 18510 USA

Resume : Fundamental understanding of carrier transport is needed for current graphene-based devices (e.g. graphene based FET’s or G-FET’s, solar cells) involving single G-layers grown directly over n- or p- type semiconductors (e.g. Si). In an ideal G/n-Si junction under reverse bias, carriers may (a) tunnel through the junction barrier with a non-zero tunneling probability and may (b) thermionically overcome the potential barrier at the junction. In this communication we are treating the latter, by proposing new modeling for thermally escaping carriers over the top of the barrier in the Landauer formalism frame. Our modeling considers incident carriers from the graphene side, with sufficient energy to overcome an ideal reverse-biased G/n-semiconductor contact. Specifically, we predict thermionic emission current directly related to (a) temperature as T^3/2 (b) applied bias (c) junction barrier and (d) Fermi level in the semiconductor EFs. We find a T3/2 -temperature dependence (instead of a T2-dependence of common bulk metal-semiconductor SB’s). The predicted current follows the standard Schottky diode model, with (i) a different Richardson’s constant and with (ii) an explicit dependence on the thickness of the graphene layer: JTH = (A*/d) T^3/2 exp [-(qFB-Efs)/kT] [exp (qV/kT)-1], where A*(A m-1 Kelvin^-3/2) is a new Richardson’s constant, d is the graphene layer’s thickness, qFBis the potential barrier at the G/n-Si contact relative to the graphene layer’s Fermi level, Efs is the quasi Fermi level in the n-semiconductor and V is the applied voltage. Our result is attributed to graphene’s DOS (density of states) linear dependence on energy, and resembles similar T-dependence of thermionic currents in 2-dimensional structures (thermal escape over the barrier of quantum wells in GaAs/AlGaAs multi-quantum wells and superlattices); the result agrees with standard thermionic emission of regular metal-semiconductor contacts, but differs in the temperature dependence.

Authors : Chih-Ya Tsai, Hou-Ren Chen, Kuei-Huei Lin, Yia-Chung Chang, Wen-Hsuan Kuan, Wen-Feng Hsieh
Affiliations : Research Center for Applied Sciences, Academic Sinica, Taipei 11529, Taiwan; Department of Photonics and Institute of Electro-Optical Engineering, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan; Department of Applied Physics and Chemistry, University of Taipei, Taipei 100, Taiwan; Research Center for Applied Sciences, Academic Sinica, Taipei 11529, Taiwan; Department of Applied Physics and Chemistry, University of Taipei, Taipei 100, Taiwan; Department of Photonics and Institute of Electro-Optical Engineering, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan

Resume : Topological insulators (TIs) attract great amount of attention in the field of ultrafast photonics due to its graphene-like features. Here, we demonstrated the manipulation of operation states in erbium-doped fiber laser (EDFL) with Bi2Te3 (BT) film deposited on side-polished fiber (SPF) by pulse laser deposition. The BT-SPF provides highly polarization-sensitive absorption for evanescent fields. Three Raman peaks were observed at 59.1, 99.3, and 127.7 cm^−1, which are consistent with the vibrational modes of BT crystal. The transmission spectrum measured for the transverse electric mode is flat from 1.5 to 1.6 um with transmittance of 20%. Due to the asymmetrical geometry of the saturable absorber (SA), the polarization-dependent loss (PDL) of BT-SPF SAs is ~33 dB, while that of SPF before BT depositing is ~0.5 dB. EDFL can be tuned to operate at mode-locked (ML), Q-switched, and Q-switched ML (QML) states by inserting BT-SPF SA and adjusting the quarter-wave plate (QWP) or half-wave plate (HWP) of intracavity polarization controller at pump power of 140 mW. In ML operation, the pulse spacing, center wavelength, 3-dB spectral bandwidth and pulse width were ~50 ns, 1562.2 nm, ~7.93 nm and ~408 fs, respectively. Q-switched operation was realized by tuning QWP, with repetition rates of 5.6~23.5 kHz and pulse widths of 2.96~2.11 us, while QML operation is obtained by tuning HWP, with repetition rate and pulse width of about 74 kHz and 2.62 us. Switching between operation states could be attributed to BT-SPF SA, which plays the dual role of SA and polarizer of nonlinear polarization evolution.

Authors : M. Szendrő (1), P. Süle (1)
Affiliations : (1) Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Centre for Energy Research, Institute of Technical Physics and Materials Science, Budapest, Hungary

Resume : One of the problematic aspects of graphene CVD growth on metal substrates is that graphene is capable to create rotational domains [4], separated by grain boundaries, sometimes even on a single crystal surface [5]. Grain boundaries worsen the electric properties of graphene [6], therefore the nucleation of differently orientated graphene islands is an undesirable phenomenon. An interesting feature is, that the number and the type of different existing orientations are very specific to the substrate (e.g.: on Cu(111) the most commonly known orientations are: R0°, R7°, but for Ir(111) we have R0°, R14°, R19°, R23°, R26°, R30°) [7]. Even today there is no such a physical model that can somehow clarify the very basic nature of these orientations: why only these orientations can appear, and what are the circumstances that influences the graphene to realize one or another? In order to understand these aspects we developed DFT-adaptive force-fields for CMD simulations with self-made parameter fitting code. Our force-field can reproduce remarkably the corrugated surface of the graphene (Moiré-pattern) [1-3]. With our CMD method supported by DFT calculations we were able to confirm the existence of new rotational domains on Cu(111)[1] and Au(111)[3] discovered by STM measurements. We also confirmed the coexistence of two types of surface topographies found on Au(111) [3]. By investigating the energetics and dynamics of graphene nanoislands we were able to make a simple model that can predict the possible orientations on substrates found by STM. References: [1] P. Süle, M. Szendrő, C. Hwang, L. Tapasztó, Carbon 77, 1082-1089 (2014). [2] P. Süle, M. Szendrő, Modelling Simul. Mater. Sci. Eng. 23(2), 025001 (2015). [3] P. Süle, M. Szendrő, G. Magda, C. Hwang, L. Tapasztó, Nano Letters 15, 8295 (2015). [4] M. Batzill, Surf. Sci. Rep. 67, 83 (2012). [5] Li Gao, Jeffrey R. Guest, Nathan P. Guisinger, Nano Letters 10(9), 3512-3516. (2010). [6] P. Vancso, et al., Applied Surface Science 291, 58-63 (2014). [7] H. Tetlow, et al., Physics Reports 542.3, 195-295 (2014).

Authors : A.S. Nikolenko, V.V. Strelchuk, Yu.Yu. Stubrov, A.V. Vasin, P.M. Lytvyn, S.I. Tiagulskyi, Yu.Yu. Gomeniuk, V.G. Stepanov, V.S. Lysenko, A.N. Nazarov
Affiliations : V. Lashkaryov Institute of Semiconductor Physics National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, 45 Nauky pr., 03028 Kyiv, Ukraine

Resume : Present work provides results of micro-Raman, and scanning atomic and Kelvin-probe force microscopy (AFM and KPFM) studies of gamma-irradiated graphene flakes on Ni. Graphene flakes with varied number of layers are synthesized on the Ni surface by thermal treatment in vacuum and rapid thermal annealing in nitrogen of “sandwich” structure such as amorphous a-SiC/Ni/SiO2/Si. The a-SiC/Ni layers were deposited by magnetron sputtering technique. It allowed us to obtain the graphene flakes with sizes about 20x20 μm covering about 80% of the Ni surface as confirmed by appearance of prominent G and 2D bands in the Raman spectra. Fabricated structures are subjected to gamma-radiation with doses up to 5x10^6 Rad in air. At the maximum dose of the gamma-irradiation a formation of new graphene-based structures on Ni surface such as “domes”, “stars”, and “rods” occurred. The obtained structures are investigated in details by confocal micro-Raman mapping, AFM and KPFM methods. Doublet structure of the graphene Raman G-band with components peaked at ~1571 сm^-1 and ~1596 cm^-1 is registered in the vicinity of the dome-like structures. The observed doublet behavior of the G-band is discussed in the relation with non-uniform doping of graphene with charge impurities, structural defects and elastic strains.

Authors : Hin Chun Yau, Mustafa Bayazit, Joachim Steinke, Milo Shaffer
Affiliations : Department of Chemistry, Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, London, SW7 2AZ, UK

Resume : For good performance graphene and carbon nanotubes devices, clean and individualised dispersion is often desired. Many dispersion methods are known but sonication is the fastest and simplest. Both nanomaterials can be dispersed in organics, typically amides, particularly N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP). The solvation of the nanomaterials by amides has been previously attributed to the similar surface energies between the amides and sp2 carbon lattice. However, there are solvents with similar surface energies to amides that do not solvate them. Clearly, there is at least an extra parameter that has to be considered together with the surface energy theory when choosing a solvent for carbon nanomaterials. We have discovered that sonicating NMP rapidly produces organic nanoparticles which subsequently contaminate dispersions. AFM and UV-vis show that the concentration of the nanoparticles increases with sonication time. IR and 1H NMR confirm that the nanoparticles originated from sonochemical degradation and polymerisation of NMP. The organic contaminant should be considered in concentration determination and subsequent application since the data show that up to 70wt% of suspended mass could be organic contaminant. The organic species is likely to be polyamide which has a high affinity to both graphene and CNTs. Hence, the in situ sonochemical degradation & polymerisation of NMP may be responsible for the high dispersibility of the carbon nanomaterials.

Authors : Andreas Mittelberger, Christian Kramberger, Clemens Mangler, Jannik C. Meyer
Affiliations : University of Vienna, Physics Department, Vienna, Austria

Resume : With today’s aberration corrected machines, atomically resolved (scanning) transmission electron microscopy (TEM/STEM) has become a standard characterization technique for nanoscaled materials, especially in the evolving field of 2D-materials. However, a big limitation is beam damage because of the high required dose of energetic electrons. While reducing the acceleration voltage to 80 kV or below can prevent beam damage in pristine graphene, defects, functional groups or molecules on the surface are still strongly affected by energetic electrons. Our recently published algorithm makes it possible to reconstruct defects or single molecules on graphene from simulated STEM and TEM low-dose data. In this approach, the electron dose is distributed over many copies of the same structure which makes it possible to directly image the atomic configuration of highly beam-sensitive materials in the TEM. Depending on the dose, areas up to a few square micrometer have to be imaged with atomic resolution which corresponds to up to several thousand single single images. Acquiring such amounts of data efficiently is only possible via automated methods. We present such an approach implemented on our Nion UltraSTEM 100.

Authors : Yuanqing Song a, b, Florian Massuyeau a, Tanxiao Shen b, Jianling Zhang b, Long Jiang b, Philippe Le Rendu a, Thien-Phap Nguyen a, *, Yi Dan b, **
Affiliations : a Institut des Matériaux Jean Rouxel, 2 rue de la Houssinière, BP32229, 44322 Nantes, France. ; b State Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials Engineering of China, Polymer Research Institute of Sichuan University, Chengdu 610065, PR China.

Resume : Graphene blended with the conjugated polymer poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) is known to be able to work as an efficient absorber in organic solar cells. By its high charge mobility, graphene use in composite materials improves significantly their conductivity. Furthermore, charge separation in these materials is favored as graphene usually act as quencher in the fluorescence of the conjugated polymer and consequently enhances the performance of devices. Despite intensive investigations, the interactions between materials and the quenching process in P3HT/graphene composites has not been fully understood yet. In this work, we have fabricated and studied composites made of P3HT and graphene with different concentrations and qualities (expressed by the graphene weight per surface unit). Using optical spectroscopy including absorption, infrared, Raman and photoluminescence (steady state and time-resolved) we analyzed the electronic structure of the composites as a function of the graphene concentration and quality. Interactions between graphene and P3HT were observed in composite spectra as compared to those of separate components. Charge transfer process was also evidenced in composites, which was found to depend not only on the concentrations but also on the contact area of graphene in the conjugated polymer matrix. From the obtained results, we discussed the possible transfer mechanisms occurring in the composites.

Authors : Kuznetsova I.E.1, Kolesov V.V.1, Gubin S.P.2, Tkachev S.V.2, Anisimkin V.I.1, Kashin V.V.1
Affiliations : 1 Kotelnikov Institute of Radio Engineering and Electronics of RAS, 2 Kurnakov Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry of RAS

Resume : At present time the works over development and producing of chemical acoustoelectronic sensors are actively carried out. It should be pointed the questions concerning the increasing of sensitivity, selectivity, working time of such sensors and widening their functional possibilities are very actual. One of the ways that allows solve these tasks is the search of the new gas-sensitive films. The using as the active element graphene and its derivatives will allow to develop whole set of different sensors for analysis of gases and liquids. This possibility is connected with the unique graphene property that allows change the wide of his forbidden zone by the modification of the film surface by using the different ligand groups. The paper proposes to use a film of graphene oxide deposited on a piezoelectric substrate, with the possibility of further reduction to graphene. The technology of deposition of films from polar and nonpolar solutions of synthesized graphene oxide by the spin-coating method has been developed. This method allowed get homogeneous dense coating from graphene oxide for further reduction to graphene and its modification. By using acoustoelectronic technology the influence of different gases on the physical properties of the films based on oxide graphene, graphene and its derivatives for development of sensitive sensor for various applications has been investigated. The work is supported by grant Russian Science Foundation #15-19-20046.

Authors : AC Varonides
Affiliations : University of Scranton, PA 18510, USA

Resume : Understanding carrier transport through Graphene-oxide-semiconductor contacts is vital for graphene-based devices (e.g. FET geometries, solar cells). Carrier transport at G-oxide-semiconductor interfaces strongly depends on (a) carrier tunneling through oxide/n-semiconductor layers (b) thermionic carrier tunneling through the oxide in the semiconductor conduction band. Oxide layer tuning, for instance, plays a crucial role for carrier transport and overall solar cell performance; in graphene-FET geometries, typical modeling of carrier transport through oxide layers is dealt via standard quantum tunneling (exponential tunneling probability factors). In this communication we are proposing a new model combining thermionic emission and subsequent tunneling through an ultra-thin oxide layer. We demonstrate the feasibility of (i) thermionic emission of electrons leaving the graphene layer side with energies above the Schottky barrier qB (assumed much greater than kT and between G and n-Si) and quantum tunneling next through the oxide layer may occur. Most of the literature deals with such issues with relatively thick insulator barriers, however we propose a delta-function oxide layer and incorporate its tunneling probability T(E) ~ E/a, where E is the carrier density and a is related to the strength of the oxide's delta-barrier. We then incorporate the tunneling probability, in a Landauer-based frame for thermionic emission above the contact barrier at the interface. Between the linear density of states of graphene and the tunneling through the oxide/insulator layer (between G and n-Si), we find a combined thermionic/tunneling current that follows the standard Schottky barrier format, with the following additional details (a) strong T^3/2 dependence instead of T^2 for the usual bulk cases (b) exponential [exp(-(qB-Efsi)/kT)] where qB is the contact barrier, Efsi is the semiconductor's Fermi level, (c) direct dependence on the graphene layer thickness and (d) an overall different Richardson’s constant A*.

Authors : Rahim Jan1,2, Amir Habib1, Akhtar Hussain2
Affiliations : 1) School of Chemical & Materials Engineering (SCME), National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST), H-12 Campus, Islamabad, Pakistan; 2) Centre for Excellence in Science and Advanced Technologies (CESAT), Islamabad, Pakistan

Resume : The distinctive prospective of graphene nano sheets (GNS) is envisioned in the polymer nanocomposites by utilizing a post treatment uniaxial drawing. Polymer (poly vinyl alcohol) stabilized GNS with a lateral dimension (L) ~2 µm are prepared via liquid phase exfoliation technique and centrifugation process. Poly vinyl alcohol (PVA) is utilized as matrix to prepare composites with GNS as filler. The initial mechanical testing results although confirms the better reinforcement with the GNS but not to the level predicted by modified Halpin-Tsai theory, due to the misaligned GNS inside composite. Drawing 200% entice the GNS to align along the composite films resulting in a significant increase in mechanical properties as the maximum values for both young modulus and strength are ~×4 and ~×2 higher respectively than that of neat polymer. Strain induced exfoliation is predicted to go along with the alignment of the GNS on the basis of theoretical model. X-ray diffraction technique is utilized further to support the argument for the strain induced exfoliation of GNS due to the uniaxial drawing. In composites, GNS diffraction peak starts to appear clearly around 0.0006 Vf and by increasing the GNS concentration to 0.006 Vf, intensity of the peak is greatly enhanced. Drawing of composites to 350% strains fully orient and exfoliate GNS as diffraction peak is reduced considerably confirming the alignment and strain induced exfoliation.

Authors : John Daniel, Giuseppe Mallia, Milo Shaffer, Nicholas Harrison,
Affiliations : John Daniel (Imperial College London); Giuseppe Mallia (Imperial College London); Milo Shaffer (Imperial College London); Nicholas Harrison (Imperial College London)

Resume : One barrier to progress in the field of carbon nanotube-incorporated devices is that current production methods generally create a mixture of nanotube types. However, as their metallic behaviour depends on their specific diameter and helicity, it becomes necessary to have fine control over the type of nanotube used, if device performance is to be optimised. Although selective synthesis methods have recently been developed, a possible way to overcome this barrier is to separate the mixture of nanotubes, based on their physical and electronic properties, post-production. A method of great interest is selective solvation due to both the minimal damage made to the carbon nanotube and its low-cost, scalable nature. This process utilises the fact that the characteristic electron affinities of the carbon nanotube, and the extent to which they become charged, vary depending on their structure. Calculations based on hybrid-exchange Density Functional Theory methods, as implemented in the CRYSTAL software package, have been used to document the behaviour of the electron affinities and ionisation potentials of carbon nanotube as a function of their diameter and helicity. Furthermore, the effect of varying length, and differing methods of edge termination, on these electronic properties will be discussed to help inform experimental efforts in developing novel nanotube separation techniques.

Authors : Ameni Mahmoudi, Manel Troudi ,Yasmin Bergaoui, Paolo Bondavalli, Nabil Sghaier
Affiliations : Laboratoire de Microélectronique et Instrumentation (LR13ES12), Faculté des Sciences de Monastir, Avenue de l’environnement, Université de Monastir, 5019 Monastir, Tunisia; Equipe composants électroniques (UR/99/13-22), Institut Préparatoire aux Etudes d’Ingénieurs de Nabeul (IPEIN), Université de Carthage, 8000 Merazka, Nabeul, Tunisia; Nanocarb Laboratory, Thales Research and Technology, Palaiseau 91767, France

Resume : We present an analytical device model for graphene-nanoribbon field-effect transistor based gas detection. The gas detection is achieved by changing the conductivity of graphene-nanoribbon which influences directly the work function of the GNR-FET electrodes and so affect the metal/GNR junction transfer characteristics. A mathematical model is proposed to acquire an analytical understanding of the graphene-nanoribbon based gas detection mechanism. We have used NH3 as a prototype gas to be detected by the GNR-FET nanosensor and we have studied the corresponding current–voltage characteristics. When exposed to different gases concentration, Graphene-based gas sensor exhibits higher conductivity compared to that of GNR-FET based counterpart for similar ambient conditions without gas exposure. The proposed gas sensors show a sensitivity of almost 2.7% after exposure of 1ppm of NH3. These results make them appropriate candidates for use in gas sensing/measuring applications.

Authors : D. Taharchaouche1, A. Lakhzoum1, A.Djebaili1*, J.P. Chopart2, B. Frederic2
Affiliations : 1 Laboratory of chemistry and environmental chemistry L.C.C.E - University of Batna- 2 Laboratory of Mechanical Stress-Transfer Dynamics at Interfaces – LACMDTI URCA,BP 1039, 51687 University of Reims Cedex2, France

Resume : Ab-initio calculations, carried out with different basis sets, for the static longitudinal linear polarizability, αL, and second order hyperpolarizability, γL, of small doubly charged polyacetylene (PA) chains, are presented. The polarizabilities were calculated using the Hartree–Fock (HF) method while the electron correlation effects were included through the second-order Møller–Plesset perturbation theory (MP2). Positively and negatively charged bipolarons were studied. The results obtained for positive and negative chains show that the ionization state effect decreases more rapidly, as the chain length is increased, for αL than for γL. Or both types of charged chains, the incorporation of the electron correlation increase the αL, and γL values, as compared to the HF values. A comparison between the results obtained using the standard 6-31G basis set and augmented versions of this set, obtained by the addition of diffuse and polarization functions, shows that 6-31G basis set does not provide a good description of the negative chains studied here and that the addition of extra diffuse functions on the basis set is needed in order to obtain reliable estimates for polarizabilities, specially for γL. Key words : polarizabilities; hyperpolarisability; polyacetylene; bipolarons; correlation effects.

Authors : A.N. Nazarov, A.V. Vasin, I.N. Verovsky, E.G. Bortchagovsky, P.M. Lytvyn, O.M. Slobodyan, S.I. Tiagulskyi, V.S. Lysenko, S.V. Kondratenko
Affiliations : Lashkaryov Institute of Semiconductor Physics, NASU, Prospekt Nauky 41, Kyiv, 03028 Ukraine National Taras Shevchenko University, Physics Department, Prospekt Hlushkov 4, Kyiv, Ukraine

Resume : The graphene-like (GL) film was synthesized by hot-wall CVD technique between Ni and SiO2 layers on structure Ni-SiO2-Si with following dry mechanical removal of the Ni film from the substrate. Thickness of the Ni film was 110 nm. Heating of the structure was up to 760°C in stream of H2/N2 (4/3) gas and exposure in C2H2 for 10 min. Quality and structure of the GL film were analyzed by micro-Raman scattering spectroscopy (mRSS) with excitation by the 514 nm line of an Ar-Kr ion laser and AFM. The mRSS shown an appearance of narrow G (1600 cm-1) and D (1350 cm-1) bands with same amplitude and weakly pronounced 2D band (2700 cm-1) that denotes on existence of defect graphene structure. The AFM allowed us to determine a thickness of the film which was 0.6 nm, and RMS of surface roughness was 0.2 nm. Spectroscopic ellipsometry in range of wavelengths from 200 to 1600 nm was used for optical constants (n and k) determination. Reconstraction of the optical constants by Cauchy approach for GL film with thickness 0.6 nm and SiO2 layer with optical parameters, obtained on control sample, shown small changing of k (from 2.3 to 2.2) in the entire region of the wavelengths. Determined value of k is considerably higher than for graphene layers (about 1.5). Refractive index, n, in range from 500 to 1600 nm is changed from 2.2 to 2.6. Different models for optical constants reconstruction have been considered. Photoconductivity spectrum of the GL-SiO2-Si structure was also measured and discussed.

Authors : A. Kouloumpis, E. Thomou, K. Dimos, I. Koutselas, D. Gournis, P. Rudolf
Affiliations : A. Kouloumpis,1,2; E. Thomou,1; K. Dimos,1; I. Koutselas,3; D. Gournis1; P. Rudolf2; 1 Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Ioannina, GR-45110 Ioannina, Greece; 2 Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, University of Groningen, Nijenborgh 4, NL-9747AG Groningen, the Netherlands; 3 Department of Materials Science, University of Patras, GR-26504 Patras, Greece;

Resume : The nanoscopic properties of graphene have attracted a lot of scientific effort due their utiliza-tion as building blocks for the development of new hybrid nanostructures with well-defined di-mensions and behaviour. In fact, graphene sheets can be used as templates for the synthesis of novel intercalated carbon-based materials suitable for various applications among else in gas stor-age, gas/liquid separations, photocatalysis, bioimaging, optoelectronics, nanosensing and biology. In this work, graphene was combined with luminescent carbon-dots (C-dots) to form novel hybrid thin films. Our thin film preparation approach involves a facile and low cost layer-by-layer proce-dure that includes the formation of a hybrid graphene multilayer film hosting luminescent C-dots within its interlayer spacing. This new method, based on combining self-assembly with the Lang-muir-Schaefer technique, uses the graphene nanosheets as a template for the grafting of C-dots moieties in a bi-dimensional array, and allows for perfect layer-by-layer growth with control at the molecular level. Hybrid C-dot-based thin films deposited on hydrophobic substrates were charac-terized by photoluminescence, UV-Vis, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron and Raman spec-troscopies and atomic force microscopy. The results revealed the formation of a hybrid graphene film hosting luminescent C-dots within its interlayer spacing.

Authors : C. Kostagiannakopoulou, G. Sotiriadis, S. Tsantzalis, V. Kostopoulos
Affiliations : C. Kostagiannakopoulou: Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics, University of Patras, University Campus, GR-26504 Rio Patras, Greece G. Sotiriadis: Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics, University of Patras, University Campus, GR-26504 Rio Patras, Greece S. Tsantzalis: Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics, University of Patras, University Campus, GR-26504 Rio Patras, Greece V. Kostopoulos: Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics, University of Patras, University Campus, GR-26504 Rio Patras, Greece

Resume : Last decade researchers have focused on the incorporation of nano-sized particles into the matrix of Fiber Reinforced Polymers (FRPs) in the sense of multi-scale reinforcement in order to develop composites with improved mechanical, electrical and thermal properties with the main purpose of creating multi-functional materials. Graphene nano-species (GNSs) seem to be very promising nano-scaled fillers toward this direction since they combine the 2D effective layered structure of nanoclays with the superior properties of carbon nanotubes. The major advantage of GNSs in comparison with other carbon nano-species is that their addition into the polymer enhances significantly the thermal conductivity of nanocomposites. The objective of this research was to investigate the influence of few layered Graphene Nano-Platelets (GNPs) on the multi-functionality of nanocomposites. According to the results the incorporation of GNPs into the polymers and CFRPs proved beneficial for the development of multi-functional composites. Specifically, 176% and 48% increase of thermal conductivity was achieved in nano-reinforced polymers and nano-modified CFRPs respectively with the addition of 15% wt. GNPs into the epoxy matrix. In addition, graphene reinforced polymers doped with 0.5%wt. GNPs showed 44% higher energy absorption in charpy tests in comparison with reference material. Also, increases of 50% and 25% in fracture energy were observed for interlaminar properties Mode I and Mode II respectively, after the integration of 0.5%wt. GNPs in the matrix of the laminates. Finally, the development of synergistic concepts between GNPs and Carbon NanoTubes enhanced 5 orders of magnitude the electrical conductivity of nano-reinforced polymers.

Authors : C.D. Mendoza, D.G. Larrude, F.L.Freire Jr., M.E.H. Maia da Costa
Affiliations : Departamento de Física - PUC-Rio

Resume : The aim of this work is the synthesis and characterization of single wall carbon nanotubes (SWCN) with phosphorus incorporated. Two temperatures (800 and 850 Celsius degrees) were used to produce the nanotubes in a vacuum chemical vapor deposition (CVD) system using as precursor the solid substance triphenylphosphine without any dilution in liquid. Raman spectroscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) were used to characterize the samples. Raman spectroscopy were employed to show the signature of SWCN and a shift in Raman bands was observed due presence of phosphorus in the structure comparing with a reference sample without phosphorus. This shift can be related to changes in the electronic properties of the material. XPS spectra confirm the presence of phosphorus bonded to carbons atoms showing the phosphorus incorporation in carbon nanotubes.

Authors : (1) Gaurav Nanda (2) Kenji Watanabe (2) Takashi Taniguchi (1) P. F. A. Alkemade
Affiliations : (1) Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, Delft University of Technology, Lorentzweg 1, 2628 CJ Delft, The Netherlands (2) National Institute for Materials Science, 1-1 Namiki, Tsukuba 305-0044, Japan

Resume : Despite its exceptional electrical properties, the absence of a bandgap thwarts the potential applications of graphene in electronic applications. One method for modifying the electrical properties is by cutting graphene into nanoribbons using a focused ion beam. However, collateral damage caused by the ions is inevitable and therefore limits the fabrication of electronic devices. Here we study the extent of the damage in He+-beam-irradiated encapsulated graphene using local probe techniques, i.e. Tip Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (TERS) and Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy (KPFM). Using the local probe techniques, we investigate the extent of He+ induced damage in graphene that is encapsulated between hexagonal boron-nitride (hBN) flakes. Data analysis reveals that the lateral extent of the defected area induced by line-exposures depend on the He+ dose in a monotonic fashion. Increasing the dose from 1×1016 to 5×1018 He+ cm−2 increases the lateral defect migration distance to several tens of nanometers. However, doses greater than 1×1018 He+ cm−2 are required to create an insulating region in the encapsulated graphene. The mean defect distance (LD) is estimated in these regions using the local activation model of Lucchese et al. [1]. We conclude that encapsulation slows down the migration of defects in graphene. These observations indicate that radiation defects in graphene do not simply reflect the original disorder created by the collisions of the primary ions. Instead, the disorder evolves after termination of the collision process; this evolution is strongly influenced by the graphene’s environment [2]. With the ion beam, we fabricate graphene nanoribbon devices with one-dimensional contacts. The temperature-dependent conductance measurements show band gap opening in these nanoribbon devices. [1] M. M. Lucchese et al.; Quantifying ion-induced defects and Raman relaxation length in graphene; Carbon, 2010, 48, pp 1592-1597 [2] Gaurav Nanda et al.; Defect Control and n-Doping of Encapsulated Graphene by Helium-Ion-Beam Irradiation; Nano Lett., 2015, 15, pp 4006–4012

Authors : M. Toure1), B. Berenguier2) L. Ottaviani2), D. Kobor1) M. Pasquinelli2), O. Palais2), L. Nguyen3) M. Portail3), S Chenot3)
Affiliations : 1) Laboratoire de Chimie et de Physique des Matériaux (LCPM), UFR Sciences et Technologies, Université Assane Seck de Ziguinchor, BP 523, Ziguinchor, Sénégal 2) IM2NP (UMR CNRS 7334) – Université Aix-Marseille, Case 231 - 13397 Marseille Cedex 20, France 3) CRHEA (Research Center on Hetero-Epitaxy and Applications) CNRS, Rue Bernard Grégory 06560 Valbonne, Nice, France. E-mail:

Resume : Some high efficiency photovoltaic devices are currently based on the technology of III-V semiconductor compounds and use multispectral conversion to get these high yields. It is in this sense that we propose to study heterojunction solar cells based on a thin layer of silicon carbide (3C-SiC) deposited on silicon (Si). The combination of the qualities of the two materials may be of interest for photovoltaic applications. Indeed, a first study on this type of device was performed, Solar cells made of the 3C-SiC (100) / Si (100) were developed at the Research Center for Heteroepitaxy and its Applications (CRHEA, France) by chemical vapor deposition [1] . The determination of the material optical properties by ellipsometry (VASE) was in perfect agreement with the literature. The resulting spectral response showed an improvement of the UV contribution to the signal [2]. However, our first study showed there was a density of voids in the interfaces SiC / Si affecting cell performance. To limit the voids density at the SiC / Si interface we will produce new cells using the 3C-SiC (111) / Si (111) configuration. This technology also allows thinner SiC layers, that’s why we will present a study of the influence of physical and technological parameters of the device such as the thickness of the SiC layer, aiming at improving the device characteristics. An example of the structure under study is shown in Figure 1 and a preview of the IV characteristic obtained by simulation using the SCAPS software is given in Figure 2. REFERENCES [1] M. Zielinski, M. Portail, T. Chassagne, S. Juillaguet, et H. Peyre, « Nitrogen doping of 3CSiC thin films grown by CVD in a resistively heated horizontal hot-wall reactor », J. Cryst. Growth, vol. 310, no 13, p. 3174‑ 3182, juin 2008.Ref. CHREA [2] M. Touré a2 c1 , B. Berenguier a1 c1 , L. Ottaviani a1 , M. Pasquinelli a1 , O. Palais a1 , P. Di Lauro a1 , M. Portail a3 , S Chenot a3 , T. Wood a1 et D. Kobor a2“ New 3C Silicon Carbide on Silicon Hetero-Junction Solar Cells for UV Collection enhancement” 2014 MRS Spring Meeting.

Authors : Jong Mok Shin, Yong-In Cho, InYeob Na, Ho-Kyun Jang, Jun Hee Choi, Gyu-Tae Kim
Affiliations : School of Electrical Engineering, Korea University, Seoul 136-701

Resume : Paper electronic devices are emerging as a new research topic in accordance with the increasing needs for eco-friendly materials. Generally, the shadow mask is used to pattern the metal contacts of the channel devices on a paper substrate, but it has a limit in reducing the pattern size. On the other hand, the photolithography method frequently used in the conventional substrates can be used for realizing the design beyond the bounds of the shadow mask process. In this work, the multi-layer MoS2 devices on the paper substrate which have a channel length of 3μm were fabricated through the photolithography process. To avoid wetting paper, the photographic papers were used as the base substrates after additional water repellent treatment. However, it was difficult to deposit the liquid material including photoresist by spin coating method since the paper with water-repellent treatment was hydrophobic. Thus, the argon plasma treatment was carried out to change the substrate from hydrophobic to hydrophilic. In the presentation, the device characteristics of MoS2 FETs on paper substrates will be shown.

Authors : Kevin RUBRICE (1,2), Xavier CASTEL (2) , Mohamed HIMDI (2) , Patrick PARNEIX (1)
Affiliations : (1) DCNS Research, 44340 BOUGUENAIS, FRANCE; (2) IETR, UMR-6164/IUT de Saint-Brieuc/Université de Rennes 1, 18 rue Henri Wallon, 22004 SAINT-BRIEUC & 263 avenue du Général Leclerc, 35042 RENNES, FRANCE

Resume : Nowadays lots of materials are elaborated for microwave absorption applications. Carbon-based nanoparticles belong to those materials. Among these, graphene presents some distinctive features for electromagnetic radiation absorption, and thus microwave isolation applications. In this study, the dielectric and microwave absorption characteristics of epoxy resin loaded with graphene are presented from 2 GHz to 18 GHz. The real and imaginary parts of the complex dielectric constant ε* (ε* = ε’+j ε”) are retrieved from a dielectric kit. The microwave reflection and absorption levels of the samples are measured from a home-made free-space bench. The influence of various parameters, such as particle size (3 µm; 6-8 µm and 15 µm) and weight ratio (from 5% to 25%), is investigated and discussed. The sample loaded with the smallest graphene size (3 µm) and the highest weight ratio (25%) exhibits high loss tangent (tand=0.4) and dielectric permittivity ε’=12-14 in the 8-10 GHz frequency range. As expected, this sample also provides the highest absorption level: from 5 dB/cm at 4 GHz to 16 dB/cm at 18 GHz. Filling epoxy resin with the smallest graphene particles (3 µm-size) increases multiple microwave reflections into the composite material, and thus promotes high absorption level at microwaves.

Authors : Luc Lajaunie1, Leela S Panchakarla2, Ashwin Ramasubramaniam3, Reshef Tenne2 and Raul Arenal1,4
Affiliations : 1 Laboratorio de Microscopías Avanzadas, Instituto de Nanociencia de Aragón, Universidad de Zaragoza, 50018 Zaragoza, Spain; 2 Department of Materials and Interfaces, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, 76100 Israel 3 Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Massachusett,, Amherst, Massachusetts 01003, United States 4 ARAID Foundation, 50018 Zaragoza, Spain.

Resume : Misfit layered compounds can be considered as inter-grown materials with a general formula [(MX)1 x]m[TX2]n, where M is rare earths, Pb, Sb, etc; T is Ti, V, Cr, Nb, etc. and X is S, Se. They constitute an heterostructure formed by the stacking of TX2 dichalcogenides layers with MX layers.1 In 2011, nanotubes based on the SnS-SnS2 system were synthetized for the first time in large amounts2. Later, the syntheses were generalized to many other systems. However, making these structures in the nano-size is rather challenging. Most of the misfit nanotubes reported in the earlier reports have wall thickness of more than a few dozen of nanometers. In order to improve the synthesis conditions, detailed structural and chemical analyses at the nanoscale are highly needed. In this work, few layers thick nanotubes based on the TbS-CrS2 system are reported. Their detailed structure and chemical composition are elucidated by different TEM techniques including high-resolution scanning TEM (HR-STEM) and spatially-resolved EELS (SR-EELS). Surprisingly, structural modulation and composition variation along the thin nanotubes axis were observed.3 In light of this new structural and chemical information, a growth mechanism for these nanotubes is proposed. In addition, we will also show how the coupling between HR-STEM, SR-EELS and DFT calculation can shed light not only on the atomic structure of misfit nanotubes but also on their opto-electronic properties.4 1. J. Rouxel, A. Meerschaut, and G. Wiegers, J. Alloys Compd. 229, 144 (1995) 2. G. Radovsky, R. Popovitz-Biro, M. Staiger, K. Gartsman, C. Thomsen, T. Lorenz, G. Seifert, and R. Tenne, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 50, 12316 (2011). 3. L.S. Panchakarla, L. Lajaunie, R. Tenne, R. Arenal. J. Phys. Chem. C (2015), In Press. 4. L.S. Panchakarla, L. Lajaunie, A. Ramasubramaniam, R. Tenne, R. Arenal, In preparation

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Synthesis I : Chanyong Hwang
Authors : Xingyi Wu (1), Guofang Zhong (1), Hongfei Li (1), Lorenzo D'Arsié (1), Hisashi Sugime (1), Santiago Esconjauregui (1), Alex W. Robertson (2), John Robertson (1)
Affiliations : (1) Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, CB3 0FA, United Kingdom; (2) Department of Materials, University of Oxford, Oxford, OX1 3PH, United Kingdom

Resume : Centimeter up to inch-sized single-crystal graphene has been successfully grown by catalytic chemical vapor deposition (CVD) on Cu and other metal substrates. However, previous attempts to grow large domains in graphene have been limited to isolated graphene single crystals rather than as part of an industrially useable continuous film. In this study, we demonstrate the CVD growth of continuous monolayer graphene with millimeter-sized domains within 80 min.[1] We obtain this by electropolishing and mild oxidation of the Cu foil and optimization of the CH4 supply. The Cu oxidation is found to be particularly efficient in drastically reducing the graphene nucleation density, in consistence with published results. However, there has been no adequate explanation for why the surface oxygen suppresses the nucleation density. We show by DFT that the opportunity for the hydrocarbons occupying the active sites on Cu surface is significantly reduced in the presence of the oxygen atoms, due to the differences between their chemisorption energy. In addition, the concentration of H2 in our work has been diluted to well below its lower explosive limit, which enhances the safety of industry-scale graphene-CVD processes. The as-grown graphene has been characterized by charge carrier mobility measurements, scanning electron microscope, electron diffraction study, and Raman mapping. The hole mobility reaches ~5,700 cm2V-1s-1, notably higher than the published results using similarly low concentrations of H2. This work helps improve the scalability and safety of industrial production of high quality graphene. It also deepens understanding of the role of oxygen in the graphene-CVD process. [1] Wu, X., Zhong, G., D'Arsié, L., Sugime, H., Esconjauregui, S., Robertson, A., & Robertson, J. Growth of Continuous Monolayer Graphene with Millimeter-sized Domains Using Industrially Safe Conditions. Accepted by Scientific Reports.

Authors : J. D?browski, G. Lippert, G. Lupina
Affiliations : IHP, Im Technologiepark 25, 15236 Frankfurt (Oder), Germany

Resume : Graphene microelectronics will expectedly complement the mainstream Si technology, CMOS, instead of replacing it. The reason is cost-efficiency, but the available growth methods are not easily CMOS-integrable. Large area graphene that can be grown on Cu or on Ni must be transferred onto Si(001); this is problematical [1]. A process in which graphene grows directly on a Si wafer would be welcome; yet SiC formation makes this hard to realize. An approach bypassing some of these problems is chemical vapor deposition (CVD) on Ge substrates [2-6]. We discuss the results of ab initio density functional theory (DFT) calculations for the interaction between C, H, and Ge during deposition of C2H4 on Ge(001)-p(2×2). Ge dimer vacancies are found to play an important role in the process of graphene nucleation. [1] G. Lupina et al., Residual Metallic Contamination of Transferred CVD Graphene, ACS Nano, 9, 4776 (2015). [2] G. Wang et al. Direct growth of graphene film on Ge substrate. Sci. Rep. 3, 2465 (2013). [3] J. H. Lee et al., Wafer-scale growth of single-crystal monolayer graphene on reusable H-terminated Ge, Science 344, 286 (2014). [4] R. M. Jacobberger et al., Direct oriented growth of armchair graphene nanoribbons on Ge, Nature Comm. 6, 8006 (2015). [5] B. Kiraly et al., Electronic and Mechanical Properties of Graphene-Ge Interfaces Grown by CVD, Nano Lett. 15, 7414 (2015). [6] J. Dabrowski et al., Initial State of Graphene Growth on Ge(001) Surfaces, ECS Trans. 69, 345 (2015).

Authors : J. M. Aguiar-Hualde (1), Y. Magnin (2), H. Amara (1), F. Ducastelle (1), C. Bichara (2)
Affiliations : (1) LEM, ONERA-CNRS, BP 72, F-92322, Châtillon, France; (2) CINaM, Aix-Marseille University and CNRS, Campus de Luminy, Case 913, F-13288, Marseille, France

Resume : Catalytic chemical vapor deposition (CCVD) has long been recognised as the most promising technique for controlled synthesis of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs). However, understanding the nucleation-growth mechanisms of SWNTs remains a very difficult task limiting our ability to control the tube’s structure. In this context, understanding the key role played by carbon solubility in the catalyst particle seeding the nucleation and growth of SWNTs is an essential step towards a better knowledge and control on the growth mechanisms of SWNTs. To go beyond phenomenological approaches, we have performed simulations at atomic scale. Here, we use a carefully assessed tight binding model for nickel and carbon [1] to numerically investigate different aspects of the CCVD synthesis process. Grand canonical Monte Carlo calculations to model metal-carbon systems of the type NiC [1] have shown very accurate results. Among other thing, nanotube growth from Ni nanoparticles was very accurately described [2]. It was also noticed that solubility and wetting properties are important parameters in which regard the growth [3]. In the present work, we plan to expand this model to a more general metal-carbon systems studying the influence of the solubility on the thermodynamics properties metal-carbon nanoparticles along with the growth of carbon nanotubes. By considering metals with different solubilities, we highlight that controlling the level of dissolved carbon in catalytic particles is of key importance to enable nucleation and growth. [1] H. Amara, J.-M. Roussel, C. Bichara, J.-P. Gaspard and F. Ducastelle, Tight-binding potential for atomistic simulations of carbon interacting with transition metals: Application to the Ni-C system, Phys. Rev. B, 73, 014109 (2009) [2] M.-F. C. Fiawoo, A.-M. Bonnot, H. Amara, C. Bichara, J. Thibault-Pénisson and A. Loiseau, Evidence of Correlation between Catalyst Particles and the Single-Wall Carbon Nanotube Diameter: A First Step towards Chirality Control, Phys. Rev. Lett., 108, 195503 (2012) [3] M. Diarra, A. Zappelli, H. Amara, F. Ducastelle and C. Bichara, Importance of Carbon Solubility and Wetting Properties of Nickel Nanoparticles for Single Wall Nanotube Growth, Phys. Rev. Lett., 109, 185501 (2012)

Authors : G. Reza Yazdi 1), T. Iakimov1,3), Ivan. G. Ivanov1), A. Zakharov2), R. Yakimova1,3)
Affiliations : 1) Dep of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Linköping University, SE-58183 Linköping, Sweden 2) Maxlab, Lund University, S-22100 Lund, Sweden 3) Graphensic AB, Linkoping, Sweden

Resume : The aim of the present work is understanding the role of the buffer layer, ambient conditions and growth parameters for attaining a full control on epitaxial graphene growth on SiC to obtain cm scale continuous coverage of ML graphene. To follow the aims a series of graphene samples was grown on Si face of SiC in an inductively heated furnace at a temperature ranging from 1700-1950°C, in vacuum, at argon ambient with different pressure, in Si rich ambient, and at different growth times. Buffer layer is a precursor for graphene formation and can strongly influence its quality; depending on the buffer layer integrity the graphene may contain defects. Graphene formation was analyzed in respect to step bunching and surface decomposition energy. The result showed that the buffer layer halts the step bunching process, which means the surface energy becomes uniform all over the substrate surface after the coverage by a buffer layer. Graphene samples grown at different argon ambient pressure prove that there is an optimal argon pressure yielding a large coverage of ML graphene. The temperature dependence of the buffer layer and ML graphene coverage is sublinear, suggesting that the formation process is surface kinetics limited. We have found that changing environment from C to Si rich resulted in disturbance of the buffer layer formation. Results of such surface manipulation will be presented along with optimal growth conditions for large scale growth of epitaxial graphene on SiC.

Authors : Stephan Hofmann
Affiliations : Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Resume : The commercial potential of 2D materials hinges on the development of growth and integration techniques that are scalable and allow an adequate level of structural control. Chemical vapor deposition (CVD) now dominates the carbon nanotube market and rapid progress is being made to develop it also for the manufacture of graphene and other 2D materials. A key challenge thereby is to increase the level of structural growth selectivity and control. With a focus on diverse applications in the electronics and display industry, we are developing integrated process rationales for these nanomaterials that are informed by a fundamental understanding of the catalytic growth process. This talk will focus on the scalable CVD of monolayer hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) single crystals and our current understanding of the formation mechanisms of such compound 2D material on various catalyst systems [1,2]. Strategies for controlling the number of layers, stoichiometry, and crystal structure, i.e. domain size, connectivity, and orientation, will be compared to graphene CVD [3], and the potential of the direct CVD of various 2D heterostructures discussed. The talk thereby will also outline current challenges for integrated manufacturing and industrial device integration of these 2D materials. 1. Caneva et al., Nano Lett., DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.5b04586 (2016). 2. Caneva et al., Nano Lett. 15, 1867 (2015). 3. Hofmann et al., J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 6, 2714 (2015).

Synthesis II : Stephan Hofmann
Authors : Y. Moon, J. Park, S. Park, Chanyong Hwang, L.P. Biro, L. Tapaszto
Affiliations : Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science, Republic of Korea; Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science, Republic of Korea; Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science, Republic of Korea; Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science, Republic of Korea; Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary; Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary;

Resume : One of the remaining problems for the application of graphene in solid state device is the production of large-area graphene film with low defect density and high uniformity maintaining its crystalline structures. So far, chemical vapor deposition (CVD) is believed to be the most practical method to achieve the above criteria. Although large-area graphene films have been successfully synthesized by this CVD method, their crystallinity probed to be polycrystalline. Recently, it has been reported that wafer-scale single crystalline graphene growth is possible with the hydrogen-terminated Ge(110) substrate(1). We have studied the growth of graphene on hydrogen-terminated Ge(110) surface. Although the alignment of the graphene island is less random than the growth on other substrates, the grain boundary formation was unavoidable. More detailed growth structures will be introduced. One of the candidates among the substrate for graphene growth is h-BN. The successful growth of single crystalline h-BN has been achieved on Cu substrate and further growth of graphene on it will be presented. (1) Jae-Hyun Lee et al., Science 344, 286 (2014)

Authors : Artur Ciesielski and Paolo Samorì
Affiliations : ISIS & icFRC, Université de Strasbourg & CNRS, 8 allée Gaspard Monge, 67000 Strasbourg, France

Resume : Achieving the full control over the production as well as processability of high-quality graphene represents a major challenge with potential interest for numerous applications in opto-electronics, energy, sensing and composites. The outstanding effort dedicated to tackle this challenge in the last decade revealed that certain organic molecules are capable of leveraging the exfoliation of graphite with different efficiencies [1]. Self-assembly of molecular building blocks at the solid/liquid interface relies on a subtle interplay between molecule/molecule, molecule/substrate, molecule/solvent, and solvent/substrate interactions leading to the targeted 2D nanopatterns [2]. The use of small organic molecules such as dispersion-stabilizing agents is expected to promote the exfoliation of graphite when the chosen molecules have a strong affinity for the basal graphitic planes, being stronger than that of the solvent molecules interacting with graphene. A good starting point can be the use of alkanes, which are known to exhibit a high affinity for the surface of graphite/graphene [2]. In this framework, we have demonstrated that by mastering a supramolecular approach it is possible to improve the yield of graphene in liquid-phase exfoliation (LPE) process and produce high-quality graphene flakes from bulk graphite [3]. By using a molecular module possessing high affinity for the graphite surface, high concentration of graphene dispersions can be obtained. In particular, by using phenyloctane or arachidic acid molecules the amount of monolayer graphene increases by 10% and graphene concentration increases even by 50%. The LPE processed graphene dispersion was shown to be stable conductive ink. Moreover, recently we have also demonstrated that it is possible to correlate thermodynamics of molecular physisorption with the yield of LPE of graphene [4]. To attain a fundamental understanding on supramolecular approach for producing graphene dispersions in different organic solvents, we have carried out a comparative study by using fatty acids with increasing the length of the aliphatic chain. Careful analysis revealed a significant increase in the yield of exfoliation with the length of the aliphatic chain. Furthermore, a remarkable increase of single-layer graphene flakes was observed in some cases. Our analysis shows that the shorter the aliphatic chain, the larger the entropic cost of forming a 2D self-assembled monolayer will be. These results suggest that our model could be used to predict the efficiency of supramolecular building blocks as graphene dispersion-stabilizing agents and eventually guide the chemical design of the next generation of exfoliators. Multifunctional materials can be engineered by combining multiple chemical components each one conferring a well-defined function to the ensemble. We will show that the large conformational change associated with the trans-cis photochemical isomerization of alkyl-substituted azobenzenes can be used to harness the sonication-assisted exfoliation of graphite into graphene in solutions of such photochromic molecules acting as dispersion-stabilizing compounds [5]. We will demonstrate reversible photo-modulated current properties in two-terminal devices based on graphene-azobenzene nanocomposites associated to intercalation of the azobenzenes between adjacent graphene layers and the resulting increase in the interlayer distance when (photo)switching from the linear trans-form to the bulky cis-form of the photochromes. Our approach may open perspectives towards the development of new optically controlled memories for light-assisted programming and high-sensitive photosensors [6]. References [1] A. Ciesielski and P. Samorì, Chem. Soc. Rev. 43 (2014) 381. [2] J. P. Rabe and S. Buchholz, Science 253 (1991) 424. [3] A. Ciesielski et al., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 53 (2014) 10355. [4] S. Haar et al., Small 14 (2015) 1691. [5] M. Döbbelin et al., submitted [6] This research was supported by the European Commission through the Graphene Flagship (GA-604391), the FET project UPGRADE (project no. 309056), and the International Center for Frontier Research in Chemistry (icFRC).

Authors : P. Sherrell, A. Braun, S. Meier, C. Mattevi
Affiliations : Department of Materials, Imperial College London; Department of Physics, Imperial College London; Department of Physics, Imperial College London; Department of Materials, Imperial College London

Resume : Free-standing three-dimensional (3D) graphene structures have attracted increasing development due to their promise for a wide range of applications, ranging from bioelectronics to energy storage. The production of 3D graphene networks can be divided into two concurrent strands: formation of aerogels from liquid phase suspensions of graphene oxide, and chemical vapour deposition (CVD) of graphene on 3D metal preformed foams. The development of this second strand of graphene constructs has been limited so far by poor levels of structural control over the metal architectures and large feature size (in the micron or mm range). We have developed free-standing 3D CVD graphene monoliths with features in the sub-micron scale by additive manufacturing design of the metal scaffolds. The metal scaffolds are produced via laser melting of polymer photoresists using a Nanoscribe system, and then coated with nickel. Following removal of the photoresist and CVD graphene growth the nickel can be etched away giving the ultimate realization of a 3D graphene free-standing network. The structural resolution is controlled by the laser power, dwell time, and physical properties of the photoresists. While the walls thickness of the struts can be tuned by controlling the CVD growth conditions. The graphene 3D structures exhibit excellent electrical and mechanical properties determined by structure of the scaffold.

Authors : C. Maddi, T. Tite, V. Barnier, F. Bourquard, S. Reynaud, J. –Y. Michalon, A. S. Loir, K. Wolski, C. Donnet, F. Garrelie
Affiliations : Université de Lyon (France), Laboratoire Hubert Curien (UMR 5516), Université Jean Monnet, 42000 Saint-Étienne, France Laboratoire Georges Friedel (UMR 5307), Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines, 42023 Saint-Etienne, France

Resume : Graphene and doped graphene materials new synthesis routes are an attractive prospective. Especially, nitrogen doping has been an effective way to tailor the properties of graphene and make them attractive in a wide range of potential applications [1]. Recently, pulsed laser deposition of graphene has been shown to be effective in electrochemistry and biosensors applications [2] . This work reports graphene and N-doped graphene synthesis by femtosecond pulsed laser deposition. The nitrogen doping and structural changes have been studied systematically by various characterization techniques. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy has been performed to elucidate the C-N bonding information and N content in doped graphene. Doping of graphene decreased the 2D peak intensity compared to the pure graphene, and Raman mapping confirmed that the doping is homogeneous. The crystalline size (La) of N-doped graphene decreased with doping. The N atoms are evidenced by XPS to mainly pyridinic-N type nitrogen structure, with a N doping content up to 3 at.%. The surface morphology of films was studied by Scanning electron microscopy and Atomic force microscopy. This simple, fast and low temperature approach offers directly pyridinic-type of N bonding with high N content. This type of grown N-doped graphene could be a promising material in electrochemical sensors, electrochemical energy devices, bioelectronics and biosensors applications. References 1. Wang, H., Maiyalagan, T. & Wang, X. Review on Recent Progress in Nitrogen-Doped Graphene: Synthesis, Characterization, and Its Potential Applications. ACS Catal. 2, 781–794 (2012). 2. P. Fortgang et al. Robust electrografting on self-organized 3D graphene electrodes. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces (2015). doi:10.1021/acsami.5b10647

Authors : Fatema Mohamed, Marco Pividori, Maria Peressi
Affiliations : Fatema Mohamed: Department of Physics, University of Trieste, Strada Costiera 11, I-34151 Trieste, Italy; Marco Pividori: Department of Physics, University of Trieste, Strada Costiera 11, I-34151 Trieste, Italy; Maria Peressi: Department of Physics, University of Trieste, Strada Costiera 11, I-34151 Trieste, Italy - IOM-CNR National Simulation Center DEMOCRITOS, Trieste, Italy - Consorzio Interuniversitario Nazionale per la Scienza e la Tecnologia dei Materiali (INSTM), Unità di ricerca di Trieste, Italy

Resume : For most practical applications, metal nanoparticles (NPs) need to be supported on a substrate that can act as a deposition template for growing them in regular arrays. This prevents sintering at high temperatures, a process that would deactivate the catalytic devices. The Moire' pattern due to the small lattice mismatch between graphene and Ir(111) works as an efficient template for the ordered growth of some transition metal NPs. With the help of ab-initio calculations performed for adsorption of monomers and small clusters of Cu, Pt, and Ir, we explain the behavior of different metals, predicting results in agreement with the available experimental findings and identifying the criteria for the suitability of a metal to form ordered nanocluster arrays. Moreover, preliminary results indicate that even materials that do not form cluster superlattices can be grown through the application of cluster seeding using properly chosen metals.

Heterostructures I : Peter Boggild
Authors : Mark C. Hersam
Affiliations : Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University

Resume : Layered two-dimensional (2D) nanomaterials interact primarily via van der Waals bonding, which has created new opportunities for nanoelectronic heterostructures that are not constrained by epitaxial growth. However, it is important to acknowledge that van der Waals interactions are not limited to interplanar interactions in 2D materials. In principle, any passivated, dangling bond-free surface interacts with another via non-covalent forces. Consequently, the emerging layered 2D nanomaterials can be integrated with a diverse range of other materials, including those of different dimensionality, to form van der Waals heterostructures. This talk will explore mixed dimensional combinations of 2D + n-D (n = 0, 1 and 3) materials, thus significantly expanding the van der Waals heterostructure concept. In order to efficiently explore the vast phase space for mixed dimensional heterostructures, our laboratory employs solution-based additive assembly. In particular, constituent nanomaterials (e.g., carbon nanotubes, graphene, transition metal dichalcogenides, black phosphorus, and boron nitride) are isolated in solution, and then deposited into thin films with scalable additive manufacturing methods (e.g., inkjet, gravure, and screen printing). By achieving high levels of nanomaterial monodispersity and printing fidelity, large-area device arrays are incorporated into complex circuits and systems such as static random access memory (SRAM). Furthermore, by integrating multiple nanomaterial inks into heterostructures, unprecedented device function is realized including anti-ambipolar p-n heterojunctions and gate-tunable memristors. In addition to technological implications for nanoelectronics and optoelectronics, this work allows the exploration of several fundamental issues including band alignment, doping, trap states, and charge/energy transfer across previously unexplored mixed dimensional heterointerfaces.

Authors : V. Khranovskyy, I. Shtepliuk, I. Tsiaoussis and R. Yakimova
Affiliations : Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry, and Biology (IFM), 583 81, Linköping, Sweden, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 54621, Thessaloniki, Greece

Resume : Invention of graphene has stimulated research of diverse 2D materials. The most recent trend in materials science is the design of artificial 3D crystals, consisting of separate 2D layers, assembled together (vdW heterostructures - 2D HEX). The presently dominating approach for 2D HEX fabrication is assembling of separate flakes into a stack. While the highly desirable direct growth of 2D HEX can be realized via the van der Waals epitaxy through accurate growth parameters tuning and proper substrate choice. Graphene (Gr), being a dangling bonds free surface can serve as appropriate substrates for vdW epitaxy. We have studied vdW epitaxy of thin metal oxide films (ZnO, Ga2O3) on Gr/SiC. It is revealed, that despite the low growth temperature and large difference in lattice parameters, the films deposited possess advanced crystal properties (i. e. are strain-free, with no in-plane epitaxial relationship and are weakly attached to the substrate). Furthermore, an unusually high ultraviolet and visible photoluminescence was observed from the ZnO/Gr/SiC heterostructures in contrast to identical samples on conventional substrates (Si and SiC). The phenomena observed are explained with the graphene role as a dangling bond free substrate and a back reflector of a Fabry-Perot cavity which is formed at a certain thickness of the ZnO layer. We show evidence that graphene has a strong potential as a substrate for vdW epitaxy of metal oxides, leading to 2D HEX with added functionality.

Authors : Andrea Liscio,1 Konstantinos Kouroupis-Agalou,1 Xavier Diez Betriu,1 Alessandro Kovtun,1 Emanuele Treossi,1 Nicola Maria Pugno,2 Giovanna De Luca,3 Vincenzo Palermo,1
Affiliations : 1 Istituto per la Sintesi Organica e la Fotoreattività-Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (ISOF-CNR), via Gobetti 101, 40129 Bologna, Italy. 2 Univ Trent, Dept Civil Environm & Mech Engn, Lab Bioinspired & Graphene Nanomech, Trento, Italy Fdn Bruno Kessler, Ctr Mat & Microsyst, Trento, Italy Queen Mary Univ London, Sch Engn & Mat Sci, London, England 3 Dipartimento di Scienze chimiche, biologiche, farmaceutiche e ambientali, Università di Messina, Viale Ferdinando Stagno d'Alcontres 31, 98166 Messina, Italy

Resume : One of the main advantage for applications of graphene and related 2D materials is that they can be produced on large scales by liquid phase exfoliation. The exfoliation process shall be considered as a particular fragmentation process, where the 2D character of the exfoliated objects will influence significantly fragmentation dynamics as compared to standard materials. The production of large quantities of 2D materials in solution with well-controlled morphological properties of the nanosheets (i.e. area, lateral size and shape) is not only a technological challenge but also a fundamental one, because several scientific aspects still need to be clarified for a detailed understanding of the fragmentation mechanisms and the control of the final products. Furthermore, it is necessary to develop fast and reliable protocols to measure and analyze a large number of 2D objects and well as to find a set of “robust” parameters to achieve an accurate multi-scale description of the system. Here we show how these problems can be fruitful solved by using a statistical approach. In particular, the study of the distribution of the morphological parameters such as area and shape represents the key-factor i) to understand the physical mechanisms of the fragmentation in liquid,[1] ii) to test the theoretical models and iii) to explore the mechanical and the structural properties of both the starting material and the final fragments.[2] Recently, we developed a fast and automatic procedure based on topographic images to measure, one by one, the exact shape and size of thousands of nanosheets obtained by exfoliation and fragmentation in general.[3] Previously tested on low-dimension materials such as boron nitride flakes, here we used the procedure to monitor the time evolution of the area and the shape distribution of 2D single sheets of graphene oxide (GO) in water during extended sonication treatment (i.e 100 hours). Combining the analysis of images acquired with different techniques such as Fluorescence (FM), Scanning Electron (SEM) and Atomic Scanning Probe (AFM) microscopies, we monitored the distribution of the 2D fragments in the suspension studying the morphological parameters from the millimeter to the nanometer scale. In particular, we showed that the quantitative analysis of the fragments distributions on multi-scale provides to measure the mechanical properties of the GO single sheet such as the Young’s modulus and the fracture strength. Moreover, the analysis of the fragment distributions gives detailed information on the dynamics of the 2D fragmentation providing direct evidence of different regimes given by the interplay of two breaking mechanisms, such as core fragmentation and peripheral erosion. Showing unambiguously the coexistence of different GO sheets, we describe the GO suspensions as a blend of large sheets together with small debris fragments (similar to fulvic oxides), casting a new light on the results reported in the last years on this topic.[4-6] Finally, based on the high-skewed size-distribution of the GO sheets, we propose a new approach to parametrize the polydispersity of the 2D materials. The capability to monitor and to control the morphological and the mechanical properties at nanoscale of large quantities of 2D materials in solution will pave the way towards using these materials as fillers for industrial-scale production of graphene- and 2D-based composites. References [1] D.E. Grady, Int. J. Fract., 163 (2010) 85. [2] H. Yasuyuki. Shock Wave Science and Technology Reference Library, Vol. 3. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, London | Heidelberg, 2009. [3] K. Kouroupis-Agalou et al., Nanoscale, 6 (2014) 5926. [4] J. P. Rourke et al., Angewandte Chemie-International Edition, 50 (2011) 3173. [5] H. R. Thomas et al., Chem Mater, 25 (2013) 3580. [6] I. Rodriguez-Pastor et al., Carbon, 84 (2015) 299. [7] This research was supported by Graphene Flagship (Grant Agreement No. 604391).

Authors : G. Sarau1,2, M. Heilmann2, M. Bashouti2, M. Latzel2,3, and S. Christiansen1,2
Affiliations : 1. Helmholtz Centre Berlin for Materials and Energy, Hahn-Meitner Platz 1, 14109 Berlin, Germany; 2. Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Günther-Scharowsky-Str. 1, 91058 Erlangen, Germany; 3. Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), Institute of Optics, Information and Photonics, Staudtstr. 7/B2, 91058 Erlangen, Germany

Resume : Graphene properties are strongly affected by the underlying substrate making the integration of graphene into commercial devices still challenging. Here, we transfer large area, single-layer CVD graphene on Si (100) and c-plane sapphire substrates followed by the growth of vertically aligned, high crystal and optical quality GaN nanorods on top of graphene using metal-organic vapor phase epitaxy (MOVPE). The contributions of doping and strain induced in graphene by substrates and MOVPE process are separated based on the 2D vs G frequency representation extracted from Mapping Raman Spectroscopy. After the transfer, graphene on sapphire exhibits a lower doping level than graphene on Si, which is attributed to less substrate-induced charge doping. This initially lower doping level enables a higher incorporation of nitrogen atoms in the graphene lattice on sapphire than on Si from the ammonia gas used during GaN epitaxy. Although more nitrogen doping should result in larger compressive strain, graphene on sapphire is less strained because of a smaller difference in the thermal expansion coefficients of graphene and sapphire as compared to silicon. The Raman results are further supported by X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy and electrical measurements, the latter showing a nearly ohmic contact between the highly doped graphene and GaN nanorods. Our work advances the integration of wurtzite GaN on cubic Si using graphene as a lattice matched buffer layer for optical applications.

Authors : Agnieszka Kuc, Teresa Cusati, Gianluca Flori, Thomas Heine
Affiliations : Agnieszka Kuc and Thomas Heine Wilhelm-Ostwald-Institut für Physikalische und Theoretische Chemie, University of Leipzig, Linnéstr. 2, 04103 Leipzig, Germany Teresa Cusati and Gianluca Flori Information Engineering Department, University of Pisa, Via Caruso, 56122 Pisa, Italy

Resume : Transition-metal chalcogenides (TMC) are widely investigated materials for perspective utilisation in nanoelectronic and optoelectronic devices, especially as 2D systems. The prototypical TMC, MoS2, in the forms of mono- and multi-layers is already well-known and its electronic properties are well-understood, with direct band gap characteristic of monolayers, giant spin-orbit coupling in non-centrosymmetric systems, or modulations of these properties using strain or external electric field. However, the plethora of 2D TMC materials is very large and many systems exhibit similarly interesting band structure signatures. Among others, we would like to present our results on MX materials (M = Ga, In; X = S, Se, Te) with honey-comb symmetry, showing e.g. the effect of quantum confinement on the electronic properties of these layered systems.

Authors : Davide Spirito, S. Kudera, V. Miseikis, C. Giansante, C. Coletti, R. Krahne
Affiliations : Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Nanochemistry department and Graphene Labs, Genoa, Italy; Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Nanochemistry department, Genoa, Italy; Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Center for Nanotechnology Innovation and Graphene Labs, Pisa, Italy; Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Center for Biomolecular Nanotechnologies @UNILE, Arnesano, Italy and CNR NANOTEC-Istituto di Nanotecnologia, Lecce, Italy; Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Center for Nanotechnology Innovation and Graphene Labs, Pisa, Italy; Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Nanochemistry department and Graphene Labs, Genoa, Italy

Resume : Hybrid devices based on graphene and sensitizer materials have provided a promising platform to detect light in the infrared, visible and near UV ranges; in particular, the use of colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals (NCs) has given very good results [1]. Here, photoexcited charges in the NCs are transferred to graphene, inducing a sizeable change in its resistivity. Therefore, it is possible to exploit the high absorption in the NCs and high mobility in graphene in a device with high photoconductive gain. However, the relaxation processes of photoexcited charges can be slow and limit high frequency performance of the device. We report on photodetectors based on CVD-graphene field-effect transistors and a thin film of CdS NCs, deposited onto it by spin coating. The spectral response follows the NCs absorption, with high sensitivity in near UV range, and a maximum responsivity of about 40000 A/W. Using a pulsed laser at 349 nm, we could detect ns-pulses up to 2 kHz repetition rate, thus showing that fast relaxation processes are active in parallel to slow mechanisms, and can be exploited for fast detection [2]. We discuss the charge transfer mechanisms from NCs to graphene, as well as the role of surface states and adsorbed molecules. Finally, we discuss the use of different materials to extend the operating wavelength range. [1] G. Konstantatos et al., Nat. Nanotechnol., 7 (2012) 363. [2] D. Spirito et al., J. Phys. Chem. C, 119 (2015) 23859.

Authors : Andrea Cepellotti, Nicola Marzari
Affiliations : Theory and Simulations of Materials (THEOS)
 and National Centre for Computational Design and Discovery of Novel Materials (MARVEL), École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Resume : Phonons are typically regarded as the microscopic excitations responsible for carrying heat flux through a crystal. However, in materials of reduced dimensionality, the action of phonon scattering introduces correlations in the phonon dynamics. As a result, collective phonon excitations arise [1], causing a wealth of complex phenomena that are rarely observed in conventional 3D materials, such as very high thermal conductivity (the highest known conductivities are indeed found in 2D materials), or wave-like heat diffusion, with second sound, hitherto found only in a few exotic materials at cryogenic temperatures, routinely present at room temperature [2]. The correlated phonon dynamics can be rationalised introducing a gas of collective phonon excitations, called relaxons. The thermal conductivity of such relaxon gas is exactly described by the kinetic theory of gases, therefore making it possible to recover an intuitive microscopic interpretation of thermal transport based on mean free paths and relaxation times, without any simplification of the linearised phonon Boltzmann equation. [1] G. Fugallo, A. Cepellotti, et al., Nano Lett. 14, 6109 (2014) [2] A. Cepellotti, et al., Nat. Commun. 6, 6400 (2015)

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Microscopy I : Kazu Suenaga
Authors : J. C. Meyer, J. Kotakoski, C. Mangler, B. Bayer, T. Susi, C. Kramberger-Kaplan, T. Pennycook, V. Skakalova, G. Argentero, A. Mittelberger, S. Hummel, K. Elibol, R. Mirzayev, U. Ludacka, C. Hofer, A. Grill
Affiliations : Faculty of Physics, University of Vienna, Austria

Resume : I will show several recent experiments with 2D materials that have been treated for the generation of defects, synthesized in amorphous form, deformed and strained via local probes, or decorated with molecules. The first part concerns the study of these systems by high-resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy, which reveals structural modifications at the atomic level and also can be used to introduce disorder or even controlled displacements. Among other things, we have studied the transition from a crystalline to an amorphous 2D material, traced the diffusion of a vacancy in graphene, showed a controlled displacement of silicon impurities in graphene and created lateral hetero-structures of ordered and disordered twodimensional carbon. I will also show a new approach to image radiation-sensitive molecular species on graphene, based on distributing the dose over many identical structures, besides sandwiching and using low energies. In the second part, I will discuss a novel approach to study free-standing membranes by dual-probe scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), where two STM tips are brought into contact with the graphene membrane from opposing sides. At the closest point, the two tips are separated only by the thickness of the membrane. The interaction of the two probes across the membrane provides insights to both the membrane properties as well as to the fundamental interactions between the probe and the material.

Authors : Ville Vierimaa, Arkady V. Krasheninnikov, Hannu-Pekka Komsa
Affiliations : Department of Applied Physics, Aalto University, P.O. Box 11100, 00076 Aalto, Finland; Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Institute of Ion Beam Physics and Materials Research, 01328 Dresden, Germany

Resume : The studies of the physical properties of two-dimensional materials, and speficically phosphorene, are currently among the hottest research areas in solid state physics. At the same time, while defects are present in all materials, very little is known about the presence of defects in phosphorene. Defects in other 2D materials have been studied using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), but the electron beam can also produce additional defects. Indeed, while few-layer flakes of the material has been characterized using TEM, monolayer phosphorene has proven more problematic and very little is known about its response to electron irradiation. Using first-principles atomistic simulations, we study production and dynamics of defects in single phosphorene sheets under impacts of energetic electrons, and among other characteristics, assess atom displacement energy. The knowledge of this quantity is important not only for damage minimization during TEM experiments, but also in the context of top-down engineering of phosphorus nanostructures using focused electron beam. To this end, we also consider energetics and the radiation stability of nanoribbon edges down to the limit of single-atom thin phosphorus chains.

Authors : Bernhard C. Bayer1, Adrianus I. Aria2, Reinhard A. Kaindl3, Markus Kratzer4, Wolfgang Waldhauser3, Christian Teichert4, Stephan Hofmann2, Jannik C. Meyer1
Affiliations : 1University of Vienna, Austria, 2University of Cambridge, UK, 3Joanneum Research, Austria, 4University of Leoben, Austria

Resume : The translation of two-dimensional (2D) nanomaterials such as graphene, hexagonal Boron-Nitride (h-BN) or Molybdenum Disulfide (MoS2) into real world applications critically hinges on seamless and industrially scalable integration of the novel 2D materials with a wide range of other established functional non-2D (nano-)materials such as metals, metal-oxides or organic semiconductors. The resulting structural, chemical and electronic interfacing effects remain however largely elusive, in particular on the atomically resolved level. This precludes rational 2D/non-2D integration process design. Here, we show how atomically-resolved scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM), combined with bright-field and dark-field transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques, provides the critically required physical and mechanistic insights: We examine atomic layer deposition (ALD) of the important high-k dielectric HfO2 on chemical vapour deposited (CVD) graphene and identify HfO2 nucleation modes on graphene. We further study - as an alternative to CVD - physical vapour deposited (PVD) MoS2 layers on CVD graphene and evidence electron-beam induced MoS2 crystallisation and the possibility of epitaxial MoS2-graphene integration. Finally, we discuss the use of (S)TEM to study the competing effects of epitaxy and preferential nucleation in the growth of organic semiconductor molecule films on CVD graphene [Appl. Phys. Lett. 106, 103101 (2015)].

Authors : M. K. Kinyanjui 12, P. Knyrim 2, J. Koster 2, T. Lehnert 2, U. Kaiser 2
Affiliations : 1. Helmholtz Insitute Ulm Germany, 2. Central Facility of Electron Microscopy Ulm University Germany

Resume : 2D transition metal dichalcogenides (MX2, M = transition metal e.g Nb, Mo, Ti X= chalcogen e.g S, Te, Se) are of great interest due to some of their unique properties including metal-insulator transitions and charge density waves (CDW) which are often observed as a function of temperature, pressure, and doping.[1] The structure of the charge density wave is very sensitive to crystalline defects and can be destroyed by these defects.[2] Here we report on the interaction of commensurate charge density waves (CCDW) and nearly commensurate charge density waves (NCCDW) with anionic point defects in 1T-TaSe2 and 1T-TaS2 generated by electron beam irradiation. By using atomic resolved high resolution transmission microscopy (HRTEM) we show the loss of CDW long range order as a result of the interaction with S and Se vacancies generated by the electron beam irradiation. We discuss the loss of long range order as a result of the possible interaction between the CDW and the Friedel oscillations arising from the point defects. [1] J. A. Wilson, F. J. Di Salvo, and S. Mahajan, Adv. Phys. 50, 1171 (2001). [2] H. Mutka, L. Zuppiroli, P. Molonie, and J. C. Bourgoin,“Charge-density waves and localization in electron irradiated 1T-TaS2”, Phys. Rev. B 23, pp5030-5037, 1981.

Authors : Adrian Balan1,3, Liangbo Liang2, William Parkin1, Michael Lamparski2, Paul Masih Das1, Carl H. Naylor1, Julio Rodriguez-Manzo1, Matthew Puster1, A. T. Charlie Johnson Jr.1, Vincent Meunier2, Marija Drndic1
Affiliations : 1 Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pennsylvania,Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104, United States; 2Department of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York 12180, United States; 3 CEA Saclay, LICSEN, France

Resume : We present a comprehensive study of the effects of the defects produced by electron irradiation on the electrical and crystalline properties of graphene and MoS2 monolayers. We realized electrical devices from monolayer MoS2 or graphene crystals suspended on a 50nm SiNx membrane. The devices are exposed to electron irradiation inside a 200kV transmission electron microscope (TEM) and we perform in situ conductance measurements[1] and subsequently ex-situ raman cartography. We correlate the damage to the crystalline lattice measured by diffraction with the observed decrease in the conductivity of the devices and the variation in the Raman phonon modes. The change in the diffraction pattern is fitted to a kinematic model. The variation of the phonon modes is fitted to DFT simulations. The evolution of the conductivity with the defect concentration is explained in the percolation theory framework, using a resistance network model. [1] Towards sensitive graphene nanoribbon-nanopore devices by preventing electron beam induced damage. M. Puster, J. A. Rodriguez- Manzo, A. Balan, M. Drndic. ACS Nano,10.1021/nn405112m.

10:00 Coffee break    
Microscopy II : Jannik Meyer
Authors : Kazu Suenaga
Affiliations : National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)

Resume : Properties of low-dimensional material highly depend on its atomic structure with defects and boundaries. Formations and evolutions of atomic defects and boundaries are of general interest for the wide range of researches. Point defects and edge structures of graphene have been intensively studied with atomic precision in the last decade. Here I present some new examples for atomic-scale imaging and spectroscopy of various low-dimensional materials with interrupted periodicities. Nitrogen defects and their chemical dynamics of graphene are now studied at individual atom basis [1]. Defects and phase transitions of single-layered dichalcogenides (MX2) are corroborated in situ [2, 3]. Also dynamic behaviours of various new 1D structures inside carbon nanotubes are investigated [4, 5, 6]. Eventually single atom magnet at graphene atomic defects will be discovered [7]. [1] Y.-C. Lin et al., Nano Letters, 15 (2015) pp.7408-7413 [2] Y.-C. Lin et al., Nature Communications, 6:6736 (2015) [3] Y.-C. Lin,et al., ACS Nano (2015) in press DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.5b04851 [4] R. Senga et al., Nature Materials 13 (2014) pp. 1050-1054 [5] L. Tizei et al., Phys. Rev. Lett., 114 (2015) 197602 [6] R. Senga and K. Suenaga, Nature Communications, (2015) 6:7943 [7] Y.-C. Lin et al., Phys. Rev. Lett., 115 (2015) 206803

Authors : Kenan Elibol, Stefan Hummel, Jani Kotakoski, Bernhard C. Bayer, and Jannik C. Meyer
Affiliations : Faculty of Physics, University of Vienna, Boltzmanngasse 5, 1090 Vienna, Austria

Resume : Deformations of 2D materials such as local strain or bending are a promising way for altering their properties in a spatially well defined pattern. Experiments in our study were carried out on the free-standing 2D materials graphene and Molybdenum disulfide (MoS2). We use local probes of atomic force and scanning tunneling microscopes (AFM, STM) to induce and measure strain, as well as Raman mapping to analyze the strain distribution. For example, a graphene membrane was deformed by an AFM tip and the strain distribution was analyzed by mapping the Raman frequency shifts between the tip and the support frame. Correlations between G and 2D Raman frequencies of FLGs were analyzed in detail for different amount of forces applied by AFM tip. In a separate experiment, we induce and measure deformations via a unique dual-probe STM/AFM where a free-standing membrane can be probed from both sides [1]. In this case, the mechanical cross-talk across the thin membrane provides insights into both the tip-sample interaction as well as into mechanical properties of the membrane. Moreover, scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) reveals local properties of the deformed membrane. References [1] F. R. Eder, J. Kotakoski, K. Holzweber, C. Mangler, V. Skakalova, and J. C. Meyer, Nano Lett. 13, 1934 (2013).

Authors : A. Koós, P. Vancsó, G. Z. Magda, G. Dobrik, Z. Osváth, K. Kertész, L. Tapasztó, C. Hwang, L. P. Biró
Affiliations : A. Koós1, 3; P. Vancsó1, 3; G. Z. Magda1, 3; G. Dobrik1, 3; Z. Osváth1, 3; K. Kertész1, 3; L. Tapasztó1, 3; C. Hwang2, 3; L. P. Biró1, 3 1Institute of Technical Physics and Materials Science, Centre for Energy Research, 1525 Budapest, PO Box 49, Hungary, ( 2Center for Nano-metrology, Division of Industrial Metrology, Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science, 267 Gaejeong-ro, Yuseong-Gu, Daejeon 305-340, Republic of Korea 3Korean-Hungarian Joint Laboratory for Nanosciences (KHJLN), P.O. Box 49, 1525 Budapest, Hungary

Resume : Hybrids of 2D materials are expected to become building blocks of next generation nanoelectronic devices. In order to investigate the properties of graphene - MoS2 hybrids, MoS2 sheets (monolyer to few layers) were grown by chemical vapour deposition (CVD) on highly ordered pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) and MoS2 sheets were covered by CVD grown graphene. We investigated the crystallographic orientation of the nanostructures and determined the preferred relative orientation during the growth. The vertical stacking of the different 2D materials yielded moiré patterns in the atomic resolution images. Topographic artefacts arising from the complex electronic structure caused by stacking were identified in the images taken at positive and negative biases. The electronic properties of these nanohybrids were investigated using Current Imaging Tunneling Spectroscopy. Significant differences were found at MoS2 flake edges and grain boundaries; therefore these features are expected to have a very important influence on the performance of nanoelectronic devices. We have also performed STM nanolithography to cut less than 20 nm wide MoS2 ribbons.

Authors : Ute Kaiser
Affiliations : Ulm University, Central Facility of Electron Microscopy, Group of Electron Microscopy of Materials Science

Resume : Characterization of low-dimensional materials by analytical and aberration-corrected low-voltage high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (AC-LVHRTEM) implies unique challenges and offers unique new possibilities compared to the investigation of three-dimensional materials. In this talk, we discuss these peculiarities for nano-carbons such as functionalized graphene, functionalized carbon nanotubes, and for two-dimensional chalcogenides with potential applications in fields of nano-catalysis and ultra-filtration. The unique challenge for AC-HRTEM of low-Z materials originates from the intrinsically low contrast and sensitivity to radiation damage. We shall present strategies that increase contrast and reduce the damaging effect of the incident electrons. By lowering the acceleration voltage and by correcting chromatic and spherical aberrations, damage resulting from atom displacement is reduced, contrast and resolution are enhanced. We show very first results that atomic resolution at an accelerating voltage of as low as 20kV is still achievable. Moreover, we discuss strategies that reduce damage which originates from radiolysis. The Unique possibilities also enable one to willingly modify the objects by the incident electrons and to study the dynamics of modifications e.g. of crystalline 2D materials to their amorphous counterparts. By means of momentum-resolved electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) in the low-loss region we obtain insight of the properties of high-energy plasmons in layered 2D systems and compare those to the results of ab initio calculations.

12:00 LUNCH    
Networks and composites : Viera Skakalova
Authors : Aurélien Lherbier, Jean-Joseph Adjizian, Simon Dubois, Andrés Rafael Botello-Méndez, Jean-Christophe Charlier
Affiliations : Université catholique de Louvain, Institute of Condensed Matter and Nanosciences, Chemin des étoiles 8, 1348 Louvain-la-neuve, Belgium.

Resume : Two-dimensional (2D) conjugated polymers can exhibit electronic structures analogous to that of graphene with the peculiarity of pi-pi* bands which are fully symmetric and isolated. The suitability of these new materials for electronic applications is analyzed and discussed. In particular, realistic 2D conjugated polymer networks with a structural disorder such as monomer vacancies are investigated. Indeed, during bottom-up synthesis, these irregularities are unavoidable and their impact on the electronic properties is investigated using both ab initio and tight-binding techniques. The tight-binding model is combined with a real space Kubo–Greenwood approach for the prediction of transport characteristics for monomer vacancy concentrations ranging from 0.5% to 2%. As expected, long mean free paths and high mobilities are predicted for low defect densities. At low temperatures and for high defect densities, strong localization phenomena originating from quantum interferences of multiple scattering paths are observed in the close vicinity of the Dirac energy region while the absence of localization effects is predicted away from this region suggesting a sharp mobility transition. These predictions show that 2D conjugated polymer networks are good candidates to pave the way for the ultimate scaling and performances of future molecular nanoelectronic devices.

Authors : Kirill Arapov, Kaarle Jaakkola, Guy Bex, Eric Rubingh, Vladimir Ermolov, Samiul Haque, Henrik Sandberg, Robert Abbel, Gijsbertus de With, Heiner Friedrich
Affiliations : K. Arapov, Prof. Dr. G. de With, Dr. H. Friedrich, Laboratory of Materials and Interface Chemistry, Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, Eindhoven University of Technology, De Zaale, 5612AJ Eindhoven, The Netherlands; K. Jaakkola, Dr. V. Ermolov, Dr. H. Sandberg, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Tietotie 3, Espoo, FI-02044, Finland; G. Bex, E. Rubingh, Dr. R. Abbel, Holst Centre – TNO, High Tech Campus 31, 5656AE, Eindhoven, The Netherlands; Dr. S. Haque, Nokia R&D UK, 21 JJ Thomson Avenue, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0FA, The United Kingdom;

Resume : For printed electronics graphene based-inks have several advantages over metal-based inks such as lower cost, chemical stability and flexibility of final structures. However, as a downside, the conductivity of printed graphene structures is still far from that of printed metal structures requiring extensive post-treatments to achieve a sheet resistances of at least 5 Ω□−1. As a consequence, applications aiming at utilizing graphene conductors should be designed anew on account of the higher sheet resistance. Here, we present the design, fabrication and performance study of graphene screen printed radio-frequency identification devices (RFID) realized on temperature sensitive flexible substrates. We demonstrate printing of graphene RFID antennas using an earlier described highly conductive graphene ink that was prepared by the gelation of highly concentrated graphene dispersions.[1] To achieve sheet resistance of 5 Ω□−1 and lower we utilize a post-treatment of screen-printed graphene structures comprising photonic annealing and subsequent compression rolling[2] leading to mechanically stable, flexible, and bending-fatigue resistant devices with a reading range of up to 4 m.[3] [1] K. Arapov et al., Adv. Funct. Mater. 2015, 10.1002/adfm.201504030. [2] K. Arapov, G. Bex, R. Hendriks, E. Rubingh, R. Abbel, G. de With, H. Friedrich, 2016, submitted [3] K. Arapov, K. Jaakkola, V. Ermolov, G. Bex, E. Rubingh, S. Haque, H. Sandberg, R. Abbel, G. de With, H. Friedrich, 2016, submitted

Authors : Mahdi Ghorbani-Asl1,2, Paul D. Bristowe2 and Krzysztof Koziol2
Affiliations : 1Institute of Ion Beam Physics and Materials Research, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, 01314 Dresden, Germany. 2Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, CB3 0FS, UK.

Resume : Using the density-functional-based tight-binding method in conjunction with the non-equilibrium Green?s function approach, the quantum transport properties of Cu-CNT composites are determined as a function of carbon nanotube (CNT) density, chirality and alignment to the bias potential. The electrical conductance is found to be highest when the axial direction of the CNT is along the transport direction. The results show that the electrostatic potential barrier at the Cu-CNT interface (Figure 1) can reduce the current through the composite compared to pure Cu. The chirality of the CNT does not have a major effect on the conductance at least for the CNT densities considered. The conductance of the composite decreases with CNT number density and increases with overall mass density of the composite as expected. The findings should play an important role in guiding the fabrication of Cu-CNT composites for optimal performance.

Authors : Madhulika Sinha, Ganesh Gollavelli and Yong-Chien Ling*
Affiliations : Madhulika Sinha(a); Ganesh Gollavelli(a); Yong-Chien Ling(a,b)* a) Department of Chemistry, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu 30013, Taiwan b) Institute of NanoEngineering and MicroSystems, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu 30013, Taiwan

Resume : We have developed a new biocompatible nanocomposite material composed of reduced graphene oxide (RGO) and poly acrylic acid (PAA) to achieve RGO functionalized PAA (RGOPAA). The photothermal capability of RGOPAA was demonstrated at 808 and 1064 nm near infrared (NIR) wavelength to kill HeLa cells and S. aureus. RGOPAA exhibits wide range of NIR adsorption in both first (650~950 nm) and second biological window (1000-1300 nm). The photothermal heating curves of RGOPAA showed similar temperature profiles at 808 and 1064 nm wavelength. Confocal laser scanning microscopy images revealed successful internalization of RGOPAA into HeLa cells while the MTT assay and heat shock protein expression studies revealed that the cytotoxicity of HeLa cells was mainly attributed from the heat generation of graphene upon photoirradiation. In addition, the photothermal studies were also demonstrated in the pathogenic bacteria, S. aureus, which revealed excellent killing efficiencies. RGOPAA shows a flat and extended absorption in the NIR I and II window, with superior light absorbing capability, a remarkable light to heat conversion property, excellent mechanical property and thermal conductivity, which protects it from reshaping under laser heat. Overall RGOPAA exhibits excitation wavelength independent photothermal therapy in the NIR region covering both biological windows and can be a robust and economic photothermal reagent to combat against cancer and pathogens.

Authors : Graeme Cunningham, Ryan Enright, Emmet Byrne, Jonathan Coleman
Affiliations : Bell Labs Ireland; CRANN; AMBER; TCD (School of Physics)

Resume : In this work we perform a thermoelectric (TE) material survey of the full family of group VI TMDs (MoS2-WTe2) produced by solution processing methods. Full ZT characterisation (σ, S and κ) has been carried out in the temperature range around room temperature. Whilst recent theoretical studies show such materials may make for promising TE materials, no experimental TE studies exists for this set of materials produced by such an approach previously. In addition to its many well-known existing benefits, solution processing can be particularly beneficial for producing films of TE material as they inherently contain a high interface density; which serves to attenuate the lattice component of the thermal conductivity. Here we have applied size selection methods of the commercial TMD powders dispersed in NMP to remove the smallest flakes which are known to be more prone to oxidation in atmosphere. Films of 100 µm thickness have been formed by vacuum filtration onto PTFE membranes which are then cut into 1 cm2 pieces before being hot pressed at a pressure of 65 kN at 150 oC for 10 minutes, in order to densify the porous networks normally characteristic of solution processed films. This has the added benefit of boosting the obtainable electrical conductivity by a full two orders of magnitude in all cases, concomitantly enhancing the power factor. This work highlights the most promising of this family of solution processed layered materials for thermoelectric applications in their bulk form, in addition to informing which ones may be most suitably combined to make higher ZT nanocomposites in the future.

Authors : P. J. Burke, E.R. Brown, W.-D. Zhang, L. Viveros, D. Neff, N.S. Green, M.L. Norton, P.H.Q. Pham
Affiliations : Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UC, Irvine, CA 92697, USA; Depts. of Physics and Electrical Engineering, Wright State University, Dayton, OH 45435, USA; Department of Chemistry, Marshall University, Huntington, WV 25755, USA

Resume : Using graphene field-effect transistors as our sensing platform, we discuss our findings using GFETS to detect 13-mer ssDNA molecules, simultaneously at DC and 101 GHz. Because these molecules exhibit structure-specific dielectric dispersion and low-energy vibrational resonances, the opportunity to distinguish differences in shape and conformation of complex biomolecules may be achieved using graphene-based devices, which exhibits unique AC coupling in the terahertz (low-energy) frequencies. Although the detection of biological species such as nucleic acids and proteins has been extensively studied by using nanoscale sensors, the task of distinguishing secondary and tertiary structures of these complex molecules remains a technological challenge. We present a baseline experiment marking the differences in sensitivity (signal to noise ratio) of the two measurement methodologies (electrical detection vs mm-wave detection), and comment on areas where improvements could ultimately lead to distinct, structure-based, mm-wave signatures for the detection of ssDNA, DNA orgami, and other complex multi-structured biomolecules.

Authors : Alan B. Kaiser
Affiliations : MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, SCPS, Victoria University of Wellington, P O Box 600, Wellington 6140, New Zealand

Resume : Graphene, like carbon nanotube networks, can be modified to produce a wide variety of properties [1]. The ability to switch charge carriers from electrons to holes suggests that graphene could be useful for thermoelectric applications. We discuss the temperature-dependent thermoelectric properties of freestanding few-layer graphene/polyvinylidene fluoride composite thin films as measured by Corey Hewitt in David Carroll’s group [2]. We also analyze the thermoelectric and conduction properties of carbon nanotube networks and composites to identify the mechanisms occurring in different types of material, and how improved properties might be attained for flexible thermoelectric fabrics [3]. We discuss modelling of how carbon nanotube networks can be prepared with negative thermopower (as measured experimentally[4]) instead of the more usual positive thermopower in order to improve thermoelectric power generation from stacks of alternating thermopowers [3]. We compare the observed electron transport properties to those of other carbon-based materials of different types and investigate the role of disorder. [1] V. Skakalova and A,B. Kaiser (ed.), Graphene: properties, preparation, characterisation and devices (Woodhead/Elsevier), pp 400 (2014). [2] C.A. Hewitt, A.B. Kaiser, S. Roth, M. Craps, R. Czerz and D.L. Carroll, Synthetic Metals 165, 56 (2013). [3] C.A. Hewitt, A.B. Kaiser, S. Roth, M. Craps., R. Czerz and D.L. Carroll, Nano Lett. 12, 1307 (2012). [4] C.A. Hewitt, A.B. Kaiser, S. Roth, M. Craps., R. Czerz and D.L. Carroll, J. Appl. Phys. 114, 083701 (2013).

16:00 Coffee break    
Heterostructures II : Hannu-Pekka Komsa
Authors : (1) Filippo Pizzocchero, (1) Bjarke Sørensen Jessen, (1) Lene Gammelgaard, (1) Jose Caridad, (1) Tim Booth, (2) James Hone, (2) Lei Wang, (1) Andrei Andryieuski, (1) Peter Bøggild
Affiliations : 1. DTU Nanotech - Dept. of Micro and Nanotechnology, Technical University of Denmark, DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark 2. Department of Mechanical Engineering, Columbia University, 10027 New York, USA

Resume : The stacking of 2D materials into van der Waals heterostructures with 1D edge contacts is a versatile platform for the production of high quality devices, where graphene may serve as intermediate contact part between metal and other 2D materials or as the active component. The assembly process requires very high cleanliness of the interfaces and of the metal-graphene contact. We present a technique for the batch fabrication of heterostructures with consistently high performance and yield, supported by a large set of data from 16 mono-, double- and trilayer graphene encapsulated devices. We measured maximum(average) room temperature carrier mobilities of 110000(43000) cm2/Vs, 36000(21000) cm2/Vs and 26000(16000) cm2/Vs, for single, bi- and trilayer, respectively, and 87% of all 230 fabricated contacts functioning. Assembly of the heterostructures at elevated temperatures reduces contamination at the interfaces, allowing even pick-up of electron beam lithography pre-patterned 2D materials, which opens up for exciting, more complex architectures. Recently, dry van der Waals assembly of high quality CVD graphene from commercial copper foil was demonstrated, which comprises an important step towards scalable vdW heterostructures. Compared to commercial foil, our nanometer-smooth copper foils, fabricated via deposition of Cu onto Si wafer templates, strongly reduces graphene nucleation density and represents the ideal interface for atomically flat hBN crystals.

Authors : Shan-Yu Wang, Yan-Sheng Li
Affiliations : Wei-Hung Chiang

Resume : Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) provides high sensitivity and selectivity on molecule detection, making it attractive for biomedical and chemical detections. Generally there are two mechanisms to influence the SERS enhancement: electromagnetic mechanism (EM) created by the metals with surface plasmon resonance (SPR) property and chemical mechanism (CM) due to the charge transfer between the molecule and the substrate. Consequently, the rational design and development of synthetic method to produce nanostructures with controllable EM and CM properties will lead to important advances on both fundamental study and innovative applications for SERS-based biomedical detections. Graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) represent a new structure of carbon nanomaterials which have exceptional physical and chemical properties, making them can be potentially used in the applications of energy, composites, biomedical and electronics. Here we report a controllable synthesis of Ag/GNR composites using a two-step reaction route. First, we synthesized and functionalized GNRs by a facile carbon nanotube chemical unzipping. The functionalization of GNRs could be tuned by controlling reaction conditions (temperature, time, and oxidant concentration), confirming by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy characterizations. Ag NPs can be decorated onto the GNRs surface through a wet-chemical-based redox reaction. In our present experiment, we found that the distribution of Ag NPs can be further controlled by controlling the reaction conditions. Detailed materials characterizations including transmission electron microscopy and UV-Vis spectroscopy show that Ag/GNR composites were successfully synthesized in our experiment. We further systematic studied the Raman response of the Ag/GNR composite using Rhodamine 6G (R6G) as the Raman probe molecules. The result indicates that the Ag/GNR composite shows superior SERS performance with low detection concentration of 10^-8 M of R6G and high enhance factor (EF) of 2.1×10^8.

Authors : Faris Abualnaja, Mariana Hildebrand, Giuseppe Mallia, Nicholas Harrison
Affiliations : Faris Abualnaja (Imperial College London), Mariana Hildebrand (Imperial College London), Giuseppe Mallia (Imperial College London), Nicholas Harrison (Imperial College London)

Resume : Graphene is a two-dimensional material that possesses many unique properties, such as, high thermal conductivity and high electrical conductivity, which make it desirable in electronic devices. Unfortunately, the lack of a bandgap in this material is an obstacle for its exploitation. There is a sustained research effort to develop methods for opening and controlling the bandgap of graphene. A promising approach results from the demonstration that a bandgap can form by applying strain. In this work, we propose a computational analysis of the effects of periodic strains (corrugations) on the properties of graphene using density functional theory (DFT) calculations. To this end, the Quantum Espresso software is adopted using generalised gradient approximation (GGA) to DFT, a plane wave basis set, and Vanderbilt ultrasoft pseudopotentials. In this work, we assume graphene to be corrugated on specific substrates due to fabrication methods found in previous works. Knowing the periodic ripples of the substrates we can construct unique unit cells to help determine required parameters for reliable results (e.g. energy cutoff and k-points). After that, calculations on strained graphene allow us to document trends in band structure and electronic properties. Moreover, we discuss the potential addition of adsorbates on the wrinkled graphene, in order to explore the effects of wrinkling on the chemical and electronic structure. The long term aim of this work is to establish the role that mechanical modifications of graphene can have in making it a flexible and effective material for application in electronic devices.

Authors : P. Kuzhir 1, K. Batrakov 1, S. Maksimenko 1, A. Paddubskaya 2, G.Valusis 2, Rumiana Kotsilkova 3, Tommi Kaplas 4, Yuri Svirko 4, Philippe Lambin 5
Affiliations : 1 Research Institute for Nuclear Problems, Belarusian State University, Belarus 2 Center of Physical Science and technology, Vilnius, Lithuania 3 Open Laboratory on Experimental Micro and Nano Mechanics, Institute of Mechanics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria 4 Institute of Photonics, University of Eastern Finland, Finland 5 Physics Department, University of Namur, Belgium

Resume : Recently, we demonstrated that graphene can provide an efficient far-field shielding against microwave radiations [1] allowing one to achieve up to 50% absorption of the incident radiation, depending on the number of graphene sheets and doping level. Here we discuss different possibilities to enhance graphene/polymer absorption ability in wide frequency range, from microwaves to THz, up to perfect, 100%, absorption. For that substrate of proper thickness and dielectric properties suppoted graphene sample, as well as an optimal incidence angle of electromagnetic radiation can be used. We demonstrate both theoretically [2] and experimentally that the increase of the grain size of the CVD graphene from 20 to 400 microns does not affect the electromagnetic interference shielding performance of graphene/polymer heterostructure. The possibilities to tune electromagnetic response of graphene/polymer sandwich by mechanical strengths and deformations are also addressed in this communication. The work was carried out within the framework of the FP7- FET Flagship 604391 Graphene, and supported by H2020 project 644076 CoExAN, IRSES-2012-318617 FAEMCAR. AP acknowledges FP7 project FP7-316633 POCAONTAS. 1. K. Batrakov et al, Scientific Reports 4, Article number: 7191 (2015) 2. Michaël Lobet et al Nanotechnology 26, 285702 (2015)

Authors : N. Laidani(1), H. Ullah(1, 2), M. K. Safeen(1, 2), F. Rossi(2), R. P. Casero(3), R. Bartali(1), G. Gottardi(1), M. Tripathi(1), G. Speranza (1), L. Crema (1), Alba Centeno(4), Amaia Zurutuza(4).
Affiliations : (1) Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Centro Materiali e Microsistemi, Via Sommarive 18, 38123 Trento, Italy; (2) Dipartimento di Fisica, Università degli Studi di Trento, Via Sommarive 15, 38123 Trento, Italy; (3) Departamento de Física Aplicada, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, C/ Francisco Tomás y Valiente 7, 28049 Madrid, Spain; (4) Graphenea, Tolosa Hiribidea, 76, 20018 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain.

Resume : Recently graphene and graphene-based hybrid materials have attracted much attention due to unique chemical and physical properties. To develop an appropriate understanding of the properties of these hybrid materials, it is necessary to address the material preparation and the structural and defect issues as well as their influence on the performance in a wide range of applications such as photovoltaics, catalysis, optoelectronics, nanoelectronics, energy and hydrogen storage. In this work we studied the interaction of monolayer graphene and graphene nanoplatelets with Nb2O5 and TiO2, by means of X ray photoelectron (XPS) and micro-Raman spectroscopies, Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS). Both oxides were deposited by RF sputtering. In particular, the structural modification and strain induced in graphene during the layer deposition processes as well as the electron properties at the interface between graphene and the metal oxide were investigated. Raman analysis revealed the occurrence of both doping and strain in oxide-decorated graphene, while XPS analysis showed graphene doping evidenced by shifts of the Fermi level correlated with the oxide amount on graphene. The effect of hydrogenation of the Nb2O5-graphene hybrid material was studied as well, by means of RBS, elastic recoil detection analysis and XPS analyses, which showed an hydrogen uptake directly linked to the graphene decoration extent.

Poster session II : Levente Tapaszto
Authors : Dennis Hess, Angelo Bongiorno
Affiliations : School of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia 30332-0100, USA; Department of Chemistry, College of Staten Island (CUNY), Staten Island, 10314 NY, USA

Resume : Understanding the interactions of graphene and chemical additives is crucial to achieve control over chemically modified graphene materials. Here, density functional theory and experiments are used to elucidate the chemical bonding of partially fluorinated graphene. This material includes F-C bonds whose ionicity varies depending upon local concentration and structure. Three bonding states dominate. Single fluorine on graphene forms a semi-ionic bond with a C atom in an sp2 configuration. Fluorine in highly stable domains of poly(carbon fluoride) consist of covalent F-C bonds alternating in ortho position one to another on both side of graphene. Fluorine in regions of poly(tetracarbon fluoride), with F species on one side of graphene in para position one to another, and F-C bonds with a character intermediate between the semi-ionic and covalent. Such variability in chemical bonding could be exploited to tailor fluorinated graphene materials to achieve a variety of properties.

Authors : Weiwei Wu, Jingya Gui, Sai Wei, Zhipeng Xie, Weijiang Xue
Affiliations : State Key Laboratory of New Ceramics and Fine Processing, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, 100084, China

Resume : Graphene is known to have a negative thermal expansion coefficient at cryogenic temperature. The influence of the graphene additive on alumina matrix composites fabricated by colloidal process is reported for the first time. The temperature-dependent increase in hardness is accompanied by a substantial increase in fracture toughness with decreasing temperature from 293 K to 77 K. The optimum composition of graphene is obtained at 1.0 vol% because of the effect of residual stresses, originating from the thermal expansion mismatch between graphene and alumina. The above results could contribute to further study of materials toughened by graphene at cryogenic temperature, which suggested that graphene/alumina composites can be a structural material for cryogenic application.

Authors : Jason Potticary, Simon Hall
Affiliations : University of Bristol, School of Chemistry

Resume : The planar, discoidal polyaromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) coronene has been well characterised. Its disc-shape and planar structure give it high symmetry (point group D6h) which, coupled with the 24 electron π-system of sp2 carbon atoms, makes it an ideal model system for the study of the physical properties of graphene. The use of coronene in this way is due in no small part to the fact that its physical properties under a wide range of conditions are well-known and predictable. One reason for this predictability was the fact that coronene exhibited no polymorphism. It is known that the ubiquitous γ-coronene could be forced into other polymorphs, but only at extremes of pressure. At low temperatures and ambient pressure however, unaccountable changes in luminescence spectra have been observed but not explained. Recently, a previously unknown enantiotropic polymorph of coronene (β-coronene) has been discovered that is stable under ambient conditions. Calculated to be energetically favourable at lower temperatures, this new phase is also shown to be accessible in a crystalline powder at cryogenic temperatures via a structural phase transition. The β polymorph has a greater molecular overlap throughout the π-stack than the γ form, with negligible change in stack distance but a dramatic increase in nearest neighbour angle. Through magnetic and structural characterisations, we show that the discovery of this new polymorph and its spontaneous formation at low temperature fundamentally alters the magnetic susceptibility of this intrinsically diamagnetic molecule. Furthermore, we demonstrate that this explains the previously observed anomalous spectroscopic behaviour.

Authors : Sang Yun Kim, Jeong Yong Lee
Affiliations : Center for Nanomaterials and Chemical Reactions, Institute for Basic Science, Daejeon 305-701, Korea; Department of Material Science, KAIST, Daejeon 305-701, Korea

Resume : In bimetallic nanoparticles, composed of two different metal elements, the particle size and the structure of bimetallic nanoparticles can affect their catalytic properties including activity and selectivity of catalysts. So it is important to understand growth mechanism of bimetallic nanoparticles. The best way to prove growth mechanism of nanostructures is direct observing by in situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM). However, due to most chemical reactions occur in liquid phase, it is difficult to observe by normal method. General TEM is not suitable for observing liquid specimen due to high vacuum environment in a TEM. To overcome this problem, previous studies using several type of liquid cell with silicon nitride viewing window. However, silicon nitride layers with thick thickness and liquid surrounding the sample are main challenges for atomic-level resolution imaging. A novel graphene liquid cell that encapsulating liquid between two layers of graphene is expected that could enable atomic-level resolution observation of liquid specimens including chemical reaction or nucleation and growth due to outstanding characteristics of graphene. Graphene, a one atom thick planar sheet of carbon atoms, can provide a high contrast images in a TEM and sealing any type of material including liquid and gas phase materials because of high flexibility. In this work, in order to observe growth behavior of Au-Pd core-shell nanoparticle, we employed the graphene liquid cell electron microscopy and modified the method of graphene liquid cell fabrication suitable for water-based liquid samples. We prepared graphene liquid cell samples for TEM using few layer graphene sheets instead of monolayer graphene sheets to minimize leakage of liquid. Non-spherical Au nanoparticles were used as seeds to clearly observe change of Au-Pd core-shell nanoparticle shape and to study orientation relationship between Au core and Pd shell. Pd growth solution and Au nanoparticles were directly encapsulated between free-standing few layer graphene sheets to increase the yield of liquid cells. We confirmed water-based Pd growth solution and Au nanoparticles successfully trapped between graphene sheets and observed growth of Pd on Au seed nanoparticles with atomic-level resolution in a TEM. We also demonstrated that growth behavior of Pd shells depend on the shape of Au seed nanoparticles.

Authors : Geonhee Lee1, Du Won Jeong1, Seulki Ji1, Tae Gon Kim1, Sunho Jeong1, Ki-Seok An1, Sun Sook Lee1*, Youngmin Choi1*, Chong-Yun Park2* and Jeong-O Lee1 *
Affiliations : 1Advanced Materials Division, Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology, Daejeon 305-343, Korea 2Department of Physics, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746, Republic of Korea

Resume : Graphene has two-dimensional (2-d) honeycomb structure. Due to the unique properties of graphene (electrical conductivity, optical transparency, thermal conductivity and echanical strength), it has diverse field of applications ranging from electronic devices, sensors, batteries, printable inks, to composite materials etc. Graphene could be produced either by top-down (chemical/mechanical exfoliation) or bottom-up (chemical vapor deposition (CVD)) approaches. Although it is possible to obtain high quality large-area, monolayer graphene with bottom-up CVD process, such process is rather costly to be used for general applications [1]. In case of top-down (chemical exfoliation) produced graphene, industrial scale production is possible, yet further reduction process is mandatory because graphene has oxidized during exfoliation process. Graphene oxide produced with chemical exfoliation could be reduced using thermal annealing, chemical reagent reduction, photo catalyst reduction, and laser scribing etc. Annealing temperature required for thermal annealing is not compatible with flexible devices, and reduction induced by chemical reaction normally involves toxic chemicals [2-3]. In the present work, we show that reduced graphene electrodes could be spontaneously fabricated by exposing stencil mask-covered GO films to Xe lamp irradiation. The process does not involve excess amount of heat; could be performed on flexible substrates including paper filters. Only with flash (order of ~ms) light annealing, C/O ratio of the system increased from ~2.14 to ~116. Electron microscopy analysis, spectroscopy (XPS, Raman analysis), electrical and electrochemical characterization of the electrodes spontaneously formed by flash annealing were performed with irradiation power dependent manner as well.

Authors : Jong Hyuk Park, Hyun Young Hong, Sang-Soo Lee
Affiliations : Photo-Electronic Hybrids Research Center, Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Korea; KU-KIST Graduate School of Converging Science and Technology, Korea University, Korea.

Resume : Surface plasmon polaritions (SPPs) are hybrid photon-electron waves that exist on metallic surfaces. The hybrid nature of SPPs allows control of light in nanoscale dimensions. Thus, exploiting SPPs has led to a great advancement in many areas such as subwavelength waveguides, photovoltaics, and molecular sensors. Silver is one of the most widely studied metals to create and manipulate SPPs. However, the exploitation of silver has been restricted due to the oxidation of the surfaces causing SPP losses during the propagation. Here, we address the oxidation problem of silver surfaces by coating of graphene layers on the surfaces. High-quality graphene layers are synthesized by chemical vapor deposition and then transferred on single-crystalline silver surfaces. The oxygen and water in the surroundings can be effectively blocked by the graphene layers, avoiding the deterioration of silver surfaces. The SPP propagation lengths on the bare and coated silver surfaces are measured and their variation due to the oxidation is examined. The silver surfaces covered with graphene layers exhibit strong resistance to the oxidation without significant decrease in the SPP propagation length while a conventional passivation method using SiO2 layers suffers from an increase in SPP losses. The coating of graphene layers on metal surfaces will therefore provide highly enhanced performance for plasmonic devices.

Authors : Hee Jin Jeong1, Ho Young Kim12, Sooyeon Jeong1, Seung Yol Jeong1, Joong Tark Han1, Kang-Jun Baeg1, Mun Seok Jeong2, Geon-Woong Lee1
Affiliations : 1. Nanocarbon Material Group, Korea Electrotechnology Research Insititute, Changwon 642-120, Republic of Korea; 2. IBS center for Integrated Nanostructure Physics, Institute for Basic Science, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746, Republic of Korea

Resume : Despite the recent progress in the fabrication of field emitters based on graphene nanosheets, their morphological and electrical properties, which affect their degree of field enhancement as well as the electron tunnelling barrier height, should be controlled to allow for better field-emission properties. Here we report a method that allows the synthesis of graphene-based emitters with a high field-enhancement factor and a low work function. The method involves forming monolithic three-dimensional (3D) graphene structures by the freeze-drying of a highly concentrated graphene paste and subsequent work-function engineering by chemical doping. Graphene structures with vertically aligned edges were successfully fabricated by the freeze-drying process. Further, their number density could be controlled by varying the composition of the graphene paste. Al- and Au-doped 3D graphene emitters were fabricated by introducing the corresponding dopant solutions into the graphene sheets. The resulting field-emission characteristics of the resulting emitters are discussed. The synthesized 3D graphene emitters were highly flexible, maintaining their field-emission properties even when bent at large angles. This is attributed to the high crystallinity and emitter density and good chemical stability of the 3D graphene emitters, as well as to the strong interactions between the 3D graphene emitters and the substrate.

Authors : Yu-Chen Chang, Wei-Hung Chiang
Affiliations : Department of Chemical Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology

Resume : Graphene and carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are unique carbon materials with exceptional properties , such as ultrahigh charge carrier mobility[1, 2], gigantic thermal conductivity[3], extremely large surface area[4], exceptional mechanical strength, and flexibility[5], arising from the purely sp2 hybrid carbon structures with abundant delocalized π-electrons[6, 7]. However, pristine carbon nanomaterials, such as graphene, is a zero-band-gap material, making it difficult to be used in many applications required materials with a band gap. There are several methods to modify the properties of carbon nanomaterials, and heteroatom doping has been demonstrated as an effective method to control the band gap in carbon nanomaterials. Recent theoretical and experimental studies have suggested that heteroatom-doped carbon nanomaterials including CNTs and graphenes as novel materials with exceptional properties for applications including nanoelectronics, energy storage[8], fuel cells[9], and electrochemical sensing[10]. However, current synthesis methods of heteroatom-doped carbon nanomaterials usually involve complicated vacuum systems, making it difficult to enable industrial-scale production. Consequently, the development of a controllable synthesis of heteroatom-doped carbon nanomaterials at atmospheric pressure will lead to important advances on both scientific studies and innovation applications. Here we demonstrate an atmospheric-pressure, solution-assisted substitution method to produce heteroatom-doped carbon nanomaterials with varying heteroatoms including boron (B), sulfur (S), nitrogen (N), and phosphorus (P). The heteroatom-doped carbon nanomaterials were produced by heating the mixture of heteroatom precursor and pristine carbon nanomaterials under argon (Ar) atmosphere from 400 to 1200 oC for 1 to 4h at atmospheric pressure. We found that heteroatom concentrations in the nanotubes could be tuned by controlling the reaction temperature and time, confirming by the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Raman characterizations. Detailed XPS characterization indicated that the doping atoms were successfully doped into the sp2 graphene lattice of carbon nanomaterials. The high-resolution XPS (XPS) result reveals several C-X-O (X=B, S, N, P) doping configurations existed in our as-produced samples. The systematic Raman characterization was performed and shown the ratio of the D- and the G- bands (ID/IG) was increased for the as-produced samples, indicating the defect densities due to the doping process can be controlled in our method. Thin-film electrical conductance characterization using four-point probe method suggested the electrical conductances of the as-prepared heteroatom-doped carbon nanomaterials were significantly improved by heteroatom doping, making them useful materials for electrochemical-base applications. Our study provides a methodology to systematically study the physical and chemical properties of heteroatom-doped carbon nanomaterials. It is also noteworthy from a practical point of view that the developed atmospheric-pressure synthesis method is amenable to industrial-scale production since it avoids the need for a vacuum system. Reference [1] A. Javey, J. Guo, Q. Wang, M. Lundstrom, H. Dai, Ballistic carbon nanotube field-effect transistors, nature 424 (2003) 654-657. [2] A.K. Geim, K.S. Novoselov, The rise of graphene, Nature materials 6 (2007) 183-191. [3] S. Berber, Y.-K. Kwon, D. Tománek, Unusually high thermal conductivity of carbon nanotubes, Physical review letters 84 (2000) 4613. [4] A. Peigney, C. Laurent, E. Flahaut, R. Bacsa, A. Rousset, Specific surface area of carbon nanotubes and bundles of carbon nanotubes, Carbon 39 (2001) 507-514. [5] M.-F. Yu, O. Lourie, M.J. Dyer, K. Moloni, T.F. Kelly, R.S. Ruoff, Strength and breaking mechanism of multiwalled carbon nanotubes under tensile load, Science 287 (2000) 637-640. [6] P. Avouris, Graphene: electronic and photonic properties and devices, Nano letters 10 (2010) 4285-4294. [7] S. Gupta, K. Dharamvir, V. Jindal, Elastic moduli of single-walled carbon nanotubes and their ropes, Physical Review B 72 (2005) 165428. [8] J. Han, L.L. Zhang, S. Lee, J. Oh, K.-S. Lee, J.R. Potts, J. Ji, X. Zhao, R.S. Ruoff, S. Park, Generation of B-doped graphene nanoplatelets using a solution process and their supercapacitor applications, ACS nano 7 (2012) 19-26. [9] L. Qu, Y. Liu, J.-B. Baek, L. Dai, Nitrogen-Doped Graphene as Efficient Metal-Free Electrocatalyst for Oxygen Reduction in Fuel Cells, ACS Nano 4 (2010) 1321-1326. [10] Y. Wang, Y. Shao, D.W. Matson, J. Li, Y. Lin, Nitrogen-doped graphene and its application in electrochemical biosensing, ACS nano 4 (2010) 1790-1798.

Authors : Hong Zhang, KB Zhang
Affiliations : Sichuan University, China

Resume : Nobel metal nanoparticles can modify the optical properties of graphene. Here we present a first detailed theoretical analysis of the coherent resonance of quantum plasmon in the graphene-gold cluster hybrid system by performing time dependent density functional theory. This plasmon coherent effect is mainly attributed to the electromagnetic field coupling between the graphene and gold cluster. As a result, the optical response of the hybrid system can be tuned by varying the distance and polarization direction duo to the change in the coupling strength. This investigation provide an improve understanding of plasmon enhancement effect in graphene-based photoelectric device.

Authors : Siham Idrissi, Zineb Edfouf, Imane Berrada, Mohammed Abd-Lefdil, Najib Bendaou, Fouzia Cherkaoui El Moursli
Affiliations : Faculty of Science, Mohammed Vth University of Rabat, Morocco

Resume : Graphene is one of the most promising 2D materials in various technological areas owing to its interesting properties [1]. There have been different synthesis methods to produce graphene. One of the most interesting and easiest syntheses is the Hummers method, which allows obtaining high purity graphene sheets. However this method uses hydrazine as the reducing toxic chemical agent. In this study, we propose a modified, non-toxic Hummers method which involves the oxidation and exfoliation of graphite into graphene oxide, and then reduce it using two different green routes: chemical reduction by glucose and biological reduction by bacteria. It has been recently shown that some bacteria such as Escherichia coli and Bacillus subtilis have been used for this purpose and give interesting results. However, only small concentrations can be reduced with this kind of bacteria [2]. In our study we have chosen to use a newly identified type of halophilic bacteria which allows reducing a higher concentration of graphene. In this paper, will be described the methodology of both types syntheses. The obtained materials have been characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR). Results of both methods will be compared and discussed. [1] Geim, A. K. & Novoselov, K. S. The rise of graphene. Nature Mater. 6, 183–191 (2007). [2] L. Zhong, K. Yun, International journal of Nanomedicine 10, 79– 92 (2015)

Authors : Sung-Jin Park, Minji Park, Kyung-Hwa Yoo
Affiliations : Department of Physics, Yonsei University.

Resume : Graphene is a promising material that has unique properties like high surface-to-volume ratio, low electrical noise, and exceptional transport properties associated with its two-dimensional structure. Adsorption ability and high surface-to-volume ratio of graphene make it attractive as a gas sensing material. However, the absence of a sizeable bandgap in graphene has been a major obstacle for application. To improve the gas-response sensitivity, graphene was doped with hydrogen using hydrogen plasma. The hydrogenated graphene exhibited p-type semiconducting behaviors, implying that the bandgap may be opened by hydrogen doping. In addition, compared to the pristine graphene, the hydrogenated graphene yielded higher sensitivity for NH3 and NO2. Possible origins of enhanced sensitivity are discussed.

Authors : Ji-Hwan Sul¹, Yong Suk Yang¹, Ho-Gyeong Yun¹, Bit-Na Kim¹, Sung-Hoon Hong¹, and In-Kyu You1¹*
Affiliations : Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute, 138, Gajeongno, Yuseong-Gu, Daejeon, Korea

Resume : In the fabrication of active materials for a supercapacitor, the major reduction methods of graphene oxide are thermal reduction, photo-reduction including laser reduction, and chemical reactive reduction. Among them, the photo reduction method(xenon-lamp method) has been focused on an effective reduction method since it has advantages of reducing graphene oxide (GO) within several milliseconds, consuming less energy, and being able to deoxidize GO adhered to any substrates. However, it has a limit in reduction depth of GO and surface roughness after photo-exposed. In this study, we introduced the multi-process of photo and thermal reduction to deoxidize GO with the thickness of more than 20㎛ for supercapacitor electrodes. The GO films were prepared with a doctor blade and reduced by light irradiation for a few milliseconds at room temperature under ambient condition. They are followed by heat treatment and under Ar/H2 3.5% gas condition to deoxidize the bottom of non-reduced GO by a light. The GO and rGO films were analyzed by XPS, XRD, and Raman spectroscopy to find out the chemical properties. The electrical properties of supercapacitors were measured by a 4 point probe and a cyclic voltammetry. The fabrication method combined with photo and thermal reductions is able to offer the possibility to a continuous coating by a roll to roll process.

Authors : Rasim Mirzayev, Andreas Mittelberger, Kimmo Mustonen, Tim Pennycook, Clemens Mangler, Jannik C. Meyer.
Affiliations : Physics of Nanostructured Materials, University of Vienna

Resume : In this study, we investigate a sandwich structure of graphene and fullerenes by aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM). Fullerenes are deposited on a monolayer graphene in a vacuum evaporation chamber. Subsequently, a sandwich structure is obtained by placing another monolayer of graphene on top of deposited fullerenes. Here, we investigate two kinds of samples; fullerenes on a monolayer graphene and fullerenes in a graphene sandwich structure. STEM images show that fullerenes in a sandwich structure are more stable than fullerenes on a monolayer graphene under the electron beam. The fullerenes in a graphene sandwich also show a well-ordered, periodic structure whereas fullerenes on a monolayer graphene without sandwich exhibit more disorder. Different stacking orders of few layer fullerenes are observed and analyzed. This study introduces a new method to obtain monolayers of fullerenes. It also provides a potential imaging technique for the e-beam sensitive two-dimensional molecular structures.

Authors : Toma Susi, Christoph Hofer, Christopher Allen, Angus Kirkland, Jannik Meyer, Jani Kotakoski
Affiliations : University of Vienna, Faculty of Physics, Austria; Department of Materials, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Resume : Graphene is an ideal material for precision studies of electron irradiation. Previously, to model atomic vibrations that activate low-probability processes due to the momentum of a vibrating target nucleus, a 3D Debye model [1] with an out-of-plane Debye temperature derived from phonon calculations [2] was used. We develop a better justified model by considering the partition of kinetic energy due to the thermal occupation of phonon modes derived from DFT. This allows us to provide an accurate estimate for the mean-square velocity, and predict the knock-on cross sections. Comparing these to irradiation measurements of pristine 12C and 13C graphene allows us the assess the accuracy of DFT simulations. The formalism is equally valid for modeling the mean square displacement (MSD) of atoms, which was recently measured for both the in-plane and out-of-plane directions via electron diffraction [3]. We analyze the data by separately considering each phonon mode, allowing us to disentangle their contributions and to clarify how the experiment is limited by crystallite sizes and the coherence of the beam. [1] J.C. Meyer et al., PRL108, 196102 (2012) [2] V.K. Tewary and B. Yang, PRB79, 125416 (2009) [3] C.S. Allen et al., JAP118, 074302 (2015)

Authors : Daniele D’Angelo (a), Maria A. Buccheri (b), Simona Filice (a,c), Enza Fazio (d), Giuseppe Compagnini (c), Massimo Zimbone (b), Roberta Pecoraro (e), Vittorio Privitera (b) and Silvia Scalese (a)
Affiliations : (a) CNR-IMM, Ottava Strada n.5, I-95121 Catania (Italy); (b) CNR-IMM, via S. Sofia n.64, I-95123 Catania (Italy); (c) Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche, Università degli Studi di Catania, viale Andrea Doria 6, I-95125 Catania (Italy); (d) Dipartimento di Scienze Matematiche e Informatiche, Scienze Fisiche e Scienze della Terra, Università degli Studi di Messina, Viale F. Stagno d’Alcontres 31, I-98166 Messina (Italy); (e) Dipartimento di Scienze Biologiche, Geologiche e Ambientali, Università degli Studi di Catania, via Androne 81, I-95124 Catania (Italy);

Resume : The antibacterial activity and possible toxicity of laser-irradiated graphene oxide (iGO) were investigated. Graphene oxide was prepared by the modified Hummers methods and the iGO solutions were prepared by pulsed visible laser-irradiation of the initial GO solution in water. Antibacterial activity was tested on Escherichia coli and showed to be higher for GO irradiated at least for three hours, which seems to be correlated to the resulting morphology of laser treated GO and independent of the kind and amount of oxygen functionalities. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, dynamic light scattering and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) show a reduction of the GO flakes size after the laser irradiation, preserving a considerable content of oxygen at reasonable concentration to make the iGO solutions highly dispersible in water. This effect is essential to have a good interaction between nanomaterials and bacteria in water. SEM images of the bacteria after the exposure to the iGO flakes confirm a membrane damage after interaction with the laser-modified morphology of GO. The efficient antibacterial properties and the absence of toxicity make iGO a promising green option dedicated to water purification application.

Authors : Nicola Black, Viktoryia Shautsova, Stefan A. Maier and Lesley Cohen
Affiliations : Department of Physics, Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College, London SW7 2AZ, UK

Resume : Routes to produce large area graphene are important for application-driven device manufacture. Chemical vapour deposited (CVD) graphene is one such route, but CVD graphene growth is substrate limited and subsequent transfer techniques are required for integration with existing silicon technologies. One area that has potential importance is the use of graphene in biological or chemical sensing, either in terms of graphene-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (GERS) or surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS); the latter when graphene is integrated with metallic nanostructures. The role of substrate preparation for these processes has not been widely studied. In our work CVD graphene is transferred using a standard wet transfer technique onto three different gold nanodisc decorated Si/SiO2 substrates: untreated, oxygen plasma treated, and h-BN coated. Raman spectroscopy as a characterisation technique provides information about purity, number of layers, stress/strain and electrical doping of the graphene. In the vicinity of the gold nanodiscs, Raman peaks are enhanced by SERS, but they can also be shifted due to increased temperature around the concentrated electric fields, and due to doping by the proximity to gold. In this presentation we study the influence of each of these effects by combination of Kelvin probe microscopy and Raman spectroscopy in areas of the samples where the disc arrays are situated and in areas of pristine transferred graphene. Laser induced changes in graphene/substrate morphology can also produce irreversible differences in doping, the implications of which will also be discussed.

Authors : A.I. Savchuk, S.A. Savchuk, V.I. Garasym, K.V. Gryzlyuk
Affiliations : Department of Physics of Semiconductors and Nanostructures, Chernivtsi National University, 2 Kotsubynsky Str., 58012 Chernivtsi, Ukraine

Resume : At present graphene-semiconductor nanocrystal hybrid nanocomposites are considered as one of the promising alternatives as electrode materials in energy devices type of supercapacitors, fuel cells, and solar cells. Another kind of practical applications of graphene-semiconductor nanocrystal hybrids is their using in different sensor devices (gas sensos, biosensors, and water sensors). In this work, we report on synthesis and characterization of graphene-semiconductor nanocrystal hybrid nanostructures. Graphene oxide sheets were prepared by the Hummers method. Among different semiconductor nanomaterials CdS and ZnO nanocrystals as the most studied II-VI compound materials have been chosen. Graphene-CdS nanocrystal hybrids were prepared using a solvothermal technique in which cadmium acetate (CdAc2) applied as the precursor for CdS nanoparticle synthesis. ZnO nanocrystals were synthesized by dissolving of zinc acetate dehydrate (ZnAc2 4H2O) in ethanol with adding of ethanolic sodium hydroxide. ZnO nanoparticle-decorated graphene were fabricated by dissolving of both kinds of solutions with additional sonication. The synthesized graphene based nanocomposites were characterized by transmission electron microscopy, optical absorption and photoluminescence spectroscopy, magneto-optical Faraday rotation measurements.

Authors : Bharti Singh, Bodh Raj Mehta, Xinliang Feng, Klaus Müllen
Affiliations : Bharti Singh : Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany and IIT DELHI, India (Present) ; Bodh Raj Mehta: Department of Physics, IIT DELHI, India Xinliang Feng : Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany Klaus Müllen : Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany

Resume : Graphene the atomically thinnest two-dimensional (2D) layer of hexagonally arranged network of carbon atoms has laid down the foundation of exciting new science in the area of two dimensional layered materials.[1] After the successful implementation of graphene for various device applications due to its unique properties of high carrier mobility, flexibility, mechanical stability, and enhanced catalytic activity, researchers have now started paying more attention to other 2D atomic crystals,[2] such as, isolated mono and few layers of hexagonal boron nitride (hBN), transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDC) (MoS2, WS2, WSe2, MoTe2 and WTe2)[3] and layered metal oxides (MnO2, MoO3, and LaNb2O7).[4] The above families of 2D layered material are mechanically stronger in their monolayer form, because of strong in plane chemical bonds. Moreover, weak van der waals forces which bind them into their bulk structures make their exfoliation into monolayers much easier.[5] The above family of van der waals solids (vdW) which can be thinned down to single and bilayer form by several means heralds the possibility of flexible and transparent electronics. The layer-dependent properties of TMDCs have recently attracted a great deal of attention, and therefore, the development of these 2D heterostructures is an essential step towards realizing flexible electronics for use in multi-functional systems, such as, displays, smart cards and sensor applications. Elastic modulus is a basic parameter that reflects the mechanical properties of materials, and is of vital importance in recent applications of flexible and stretchable electronics and photonics.[6] The 2D crystals have already been employed as key components in flexible devices due to their atomic level thickness and ultrahigh flexibility.[7] However, reports on elastic properties of 2D TMDCs are limited to less-defective, exfoliated MoS2 with widely varying experimental results, while CVD grown 2D TMDCs have not been investigated.[8] In this work, rather than the conventional two step process,[9] we have fabricated large scale single crystalline MoS2 monolayer by one step direct sulphurization of MoO2 powder at 750 0C in CVD furnace. The MoS2 growth was carried out for 90 minutes in order to obtain maximum coverage of the SiO2 substrate. After the growth, the triangular domains are observed on the entire substrate with size varying from the several tens to more than 120 um. Raman, photoluminescence spectroscopy and AFM were used for ascertaining the quality of the synthesized MoS2 layer and it was confirmed that over most of the substrate area, the deposited MoS2 is in monolayer form. In addition to the above structural characterization, electrical characterization of the deposited MoS2 has been carried out in field effect transistor geometry and charge carrier mobilities as high as 1.1 cm2V-1s-1 have been observed. In order to use the monolayer MoS2 film for future flexible and bendable electronics, it is very important to determine the compatibility of the film with flexible substrates. The above necessitates the importance of understanding the mechanical properties of the film.[10] In the present study, high resolution mapping of the mechanical properties of MoS2 has been carried out by the Dimension Icon AFM equipped with Peak Force (QNM) mode. During the scanning process, force-distance curves are collected at every point at the same resolution as for height image and are then analyzed by the system for providing the maps of the multiple mechanical properties. The sensitivity of the photodetector has been determined by carrying out the force-distance spectroscopy of the sapphire substrate. Thermal tuning method was used for ascertaining the spring constant of the AFM tip and was obtained to be around 1.4 N/m. To obtain the reduced elastic Young’s modulus for the sample, Derjaguin–Muller–Toporov (DMT) model has been used,[11] F – Fadh = (4/3) E*. [ R(d – d0)3]1/2 --------- (1) where F – Fadh is the force on the cantilever relative to the adhesion force, R is the tip end radius, and d– d0 is the deformation of the sample. The Elastic modulus of MoS2 will finally be calculated by performing quantitative analysis of the obtained AFM images. The above study, provides an easy way of synthesizing large single crystal of monolayer MoS2 for using it as a active flexible material for varieties of applications, and therefore, could replace the commonly used flexible (e.g. polyimide) substrates, which normally undergo mechanical failure even at very small deformation. The above work on monolayer MoS2 can further be extended to 2D van der waals heterostructures which has the potential of revolutionizing the entire flexible electronic industry. 1. K. S. Novoselov, A. K. Geim, S. V. Morozov, D. Jiang, Y. Zhang, S. V. Dubonos, I. V. Grigorieva and A. A. Firsov, Science 306 (5696), 666-669 (2004). 2. K. S. Novoselov, D. Jiang, F. Schedin, T. J. Booth, V. V. Khotkevich, S. V. Morozov and A. K. Geim, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 102 (30), 10451-10453 (2005). 3. Q. H. Wang, K. Kalantar-Zadeh, A. Kis, J. N. Coleman and M. S. Strano, Nat Nano 7 (11), 699-712 (2012). 4. M. Osada and T. Sasaki, Adv. Mat. 24 (2), 210-228 (2012). 5. V. Nicolosi, M. Chhowalla, M. G. Kanatzidis, M. S. Strano and J. N. Coleman, Science 340 (6139) (2013). 6. J. A. Rogers, T. Someya and Y. Huang, Science 327 (5973), 1603-1607 (2010). 7. J. Pu, Y. Yomogida, K.-K. Liu, L.-J. Li, Y. Iwasa and T. Takenobu, Nano Lett. 12 (8), 4013-4017 (2012). 8. A. Castellanos-Gomez, M. Poot, G. A. Steele, H. S. J. van der Zant, N. Agraït and G. Rubio-Bollinger, Adv. Mat. 24 (6), 772-775 (2012). 9. X. L. Li and Y. D. Li, Chem. Eur. J. 9 (12), 2726-2731 (2003). 10. A. Kis, D. Mihailovic, M. Remskar, A. Mrzel, A. Jesih, I. Piwonski, A. J. Kulik, W. Benoît and L. Forró, Adv. Mat. 15 (9), 733-736 (2003). 11. T. Stifter, O. Marti and B. Bhushan, Phys. Rev. B 62 (20), 13667-13673 (2000).

Authors : Uğur YORULMAZ, Ayberk ÖZDEN, Nihan KOSKU PERKGÖZ, Feridun AY, Cem SEVİK
Affiliations : Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Anadolu University, Eskişehir 26555, Turkey; Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Anadolu University, Eskişehir 26555, Turkey; Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Anadolu University, Eskişehir 26555, Turkey; Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Anadolu University, Eskişehir 26555, Turkey; Department of Mechanical Engineering, Anadolu University, Eskişehir 26555, Turkey;

Resume : MXenes are the new members of two dimensional materials family given with a formula of Mn+1Xn. Due to the nature of liquid exfoliation process, synthesized MXene compounds possess functional groups of H, O, F, and OH, providing new and enhanced functionalities to these compounds, Mn+1Xn(Tm)[1]. We report on a systematic study aiming at identification of stable MXene phases using dynamical and mechanical stability investigation based on first principle calculations, which is of utmost importance considering the recent increase in experimental studies of these materials[2]. We consider the different pristine MXene structures (n=1) with Sc, Zr, Hf, Ti and Mo and their fully surface terminated forms with F and O with the motivation to determine the best candidates for experimental realization. In conjunction with the stability analysis, Raman and IR fingerprints of all the structures are calculated for the first time in the literature. We also predict the electronic properties of selected functionalized MXene structures. In conclusion, we identify that all the pristine structures are dynamically stable and good candidates for experimental realization. Functionalization on the other hand, provides large versatility on the dynamical and mechanical stability of the MXenes. Our analysis clearly shows the possible realization of both metallic and semiconductor stable MXenes structures. [1] M. Naguib et al. Adv. Mater. 2011, 23 (37), 4248. [2] C. Xu et al. Nat. Mater. 14, 1135 (2015)

Authors : Hyoyoung Lee
Affiliations : Centre for Integrated Nanostructure Physics (CINAP), Institute of Basic Science(IBS), Department of Chemistry and Department of Energy Science, Sungkyunkwan University, 2066 Seoburo, Jangan-gu, Suwon, Gyeonggi-do, 440-746, Republic of Korea

Resume : Recently, graphene flakes including graphene oxides (GOs) and reduced graphene oxides (rGOs) have been paid attention mainly due to various kinds of possible applications. Here, we like to briefly introduce how to effectively prepare mass production of the materials and their possible applications such as energy storage devices including supercapacitors and Li ion batteries. For the high performance supercapacitor, to achieve both a high surface area and high pore volume of the electrodes at the same time becomes a crucial issue. We like to report new idea on how to increase the surface area of GO/rGO as well as the pore volume of the non-stacked GO/rGO 3D structure. In addition, for the fast charging and discharging, we like to present novel idea on how to fabricate highly dense and vertically aligned reduced graphene oxide (VArGO) electrodes involving simple hand-rolling and cutting processes of the rolled graphene papers. Finally, we like to also introduce new applications with hetero-atom doped rGO flakes.

Authors : Chris de Weerd1, Yonghun Shin2, Hyoyoung Lee2, Tom Gregorkiewicz1
Affiliations : 1 University of Amsterdam, Institute of Physics 2 Sungkyunkwan University, Department of Chemistry and Department of Energy Science

Resume : Recently, graphene quantum dots (GQDs) have attracted much attention due to their advantageous properties featuring a large surface area, low cytotoxicity and good solubility. They show strong quantum confinement that induces efficient, blue/green photoluminescence (PL), which can be further tuned over the whole visible range. In the report we discuss the optical properties of GQDs synthesized by different processes. Green emitting GQDs are prepared by the oxidative cleavage of graphene oxide to introduce hydroxyl groups in the dots. For blue emitting GQDs, the precursor is subjected to redox reactions under hydrothermal or solvothermal conditions. We observe high-intensity PL emission bands that are tunable over a range of 1.8 – 3.0 eV and that in an ensemble blue-shift with increasing excitation energy. We also investigate the possible intraband transitions using ultrafast transient induced absorption (TIA) spectroscopy. The time-dependent evolution of absorption spectra provides information on inter- and intraband relaxation and recombination processes within the excited states of QDs. This is done by probing intraband transitions of free carriers generated by the pump pulse. We discuss possible implications of these findings for new applications of GQDs for photovoltaic and light emitting devices.

Authors : F. Le Normand1, F. Antoni 1 , F. Aweke1, D. Muller1, S. Zafeiratos2, W. Luo2, T. Heiser1, N. Aziz1, J. Hulik1, P. Pfeiffer3
Affiliations : 1: ICube, MaCEPV, 23 rue du Loess, 67037 Strasbourg France 2: ICPEES, ECPM, 25 rue Becquerel, 67087 Strasbourg Cedex 2, FRANCE 3: ICube/MaCEPV, Pôle API, 300, Boulevard Sébastien Brant: 67412 Illkirch.

Resume : Graphene thin films on Diamond-like carbon (DLC) films have been obtained on Si or transparent substrates like quartz or glass by pulse laser deposition (PLD) of carbon at ambient temperature followed by either thermal annealing performed in Ultra High Vacuum condition up to 1273 K or laser treatment. The surface formation of a graphene-like film on top of the DLC, soon described in Appl. Phys. A, Materials Science & Processing, 71, 433–439 (2000), has been investigated as a function of many parameters of the PLD and post-PLD process (like fluence, DLC thickness, annealing temperature). The roughness of the films was find lower than 1 nm set over a rather large surface area, as checked by atomic-force microscopy and Raman imagery. The formation of graphene films on top of DLC have been characterized by different techniques including X-ray photoemission (XPS), Auger electron (AES) and electron-energy-loss (ELS) spectroscopies, and Raman scattering. Under optimized conditions these films can exhibit high conductivity, transmission and work function performances, so that it can achieve high figure of merit (conductivity of transparency) as transparent conductors.

Authors : Ioannis Nikolaou (a), Hamida Hallil (a), Veronique Conedera (b), Jean-Luc Lachaud (a), Corinne Dejous (a), Dominique Rebière (a)
Affiliations : (a) Univ. Bordeaux, IMS, CNRS UMR 5218, Bordeaux INP, 351 Cours de la libération, F-33405 Talence, France, (b) CNRS-LAAS, 7 Avenue du Colonel Roche, F-31400 Toulouse, France.

Resume : We report for the first time, a novel coating method on Love wave devices, leading the highway for a new generation of acoustic components in plenty of technological applications, especially as environmental sensors. Functional oxide thin films such as Graphene Oxide (GO) layers were deposited by inkjet printing method. Devices with several (1 to 10) layers of GO, between the Inter-Digitated Transducers (IDTs) and over almost the entire top surface of the device, were studied, both experimentally and theoretically with a 3D finite element modeling tool. It was shown that enhanced properties were offered by amalgamating ultra-thin GO films with SiO2 and thus leading to optimized surface acoustic wave propagation. Indeed, SiO2 has been widely chosen in numerous works [1] and plenty of applications [2] as a guiding layer material, since it provides an appropriate surface, chemically more stable than polymer guiding layer materials. Then, the operational frequency was increased and the insertion losses were decreased whilst adding each new layer of GO on SiO2 resulting in an improved guiding layer. Furthermore, due to the exceptional properties of GO and among them the effective surface, it was recently shown [3] that, similar devices have a great potential as vapor detectors, allowing unmatched sensitivities. With such improved GO-on-SiO2 films, this method can meet the requirements of high demanding gas, liquid or biological sensing applications. In addition, inkjet-printed GO also offers an easy way of functionalization by chemically tailoring its properties, which may allow to customize conveniently generic multisensor chips for selectivity purposes. References [1]. Länge, K., Rapp, B. E., & Rapp, M. (2008). Surface acoustic wave biosensors: a review. Analytical and bioanalytical chemistry, 391(5), 1509-1519. [2]. Jakoby, B., & Vellekoop, M. J. (1997). Properties of Love waves: applications in sensors. Smart materials and structures, 6(6), 668. [3]. Nikolaou, I.; Hallil, H.; Dejous, C.; Rebiere, D.; Deligeorgis, G.; Conedera, V., "Inkjet - Printed graphene layer by layer on SAW devices for gas detection applications," in SENSORS, 2015 IEEE , vol., no., pp.1-4, 1-4 Nov. 2015, doi: 10.1109/ICSENS.2015.7370509.

Authors : M.G. Ganchenkova (1), V.A. Borodin(1,2)
Affiliations : (1) NRNU MEPhI, Kashirskoe sh. 31, 115409 Moscow, Russia (2) RRC Kurchatov Institute, Kurchatov Pl., 1, 123182 Moscow, Russia

Resume : A 2D carbon structure called quasi-graphite phase (QGP) has been predicted by first-principles simulations [1]. The structure is a graphene bilayer, linked by parallel rows of 3D hybridized bonds. The structure resembles a 2D package of nanotubes, with the electronic and vibrational properties intermediate between graphitic layers and nanotubes. The structure was suggested to be very resistant to the action of external loads and high temperatures. Here we demonstrate that QGP is a special implementation of a broader class of structures based on graphene stacks interlinked by chemical bonds. We report the effects of strain and temperature on atomic structures, thermal stability and mechanical properties of such systems, including QGP itself. The modeling techniques involve Molecular Dynamics simulations and first principles calculations of cohesive energies of various QGP modifications that differ in the hybridization modes of atoms linking graphene layers. All these modifications have very similar cohesive energy. The transition between the structures is relatively easy and can be achieved e.g. by appropriate elastic loading. However, both the stiffness of QGP modifications and their response to the action of high temperatures are strongly different. This opens a possibility to manipulate the mechanical behavior of QGP layers by varying their strain state. [1] M.G. Ganchenkova et al. Phys.Rev.B, 78, 195421 (2008).

Authors : W. Wei1, E. Pallecchi1, M. Belhaj1, S. Haque2, S. Borini2, A. Zurutuva3, B. Alonso3, A. Centeno3, H. Happy1
Affiliations : 1. Institute of Electronics, Microelectronics and Nanotechnology, CNRS UMR8520, Villeneuve d’Ascq cedex, France 2. Nokia Technologies, 21 JJ Thomson Av., Madingley Rd, Cambridge, CB3 0FA, United Kingdom 3. Graphenea, Avenida de Tolosa, 20018 - Donostia/San Sebastián, Spain

Resume : The potential of graphene field effect transistors (GFETs) for high frequency (HF) electronics has been recently demonstrated by several groups using exfoliated graphene, SiC-based graphene and chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) based graphene [1]. In parallel, graphene is being explored for large scale electronics on flexible substrates via CVD growth on metal foils associated with transfer methods. This progress is driven by the perspective to develop flexible radio frequency electronic. However, the combination of these two properties, namely high speed and flexibility, remains an open challenge. In particular for the viable development of fast and flexible electronic applications in the areas of portable/wearable communicating devices with low power consumption, this combination should be achieved with a source of material and fabrication processes adapted flexible substrate [2-5]. One of the major challenges comes from the fabrication since it is difficult to adapt conventional transistors fabrication processes to thermal limits imposed by the flexible substrates. In this work, we report the development and full characterization of GFETs on a Kapton substrate. The developed process is based on a low-temperature technology utilizing an Aluminum bottom gate with a native oxide on top. The CVD graphene is made by Graphenea, and shows hole mobility of 2500 cm2/V-1s-1 which is extracted from Hall measurement. The contact resistance of 192 ohm.µm is obtained by using pure gold contact. A large number of transistors with different gate length (Lg= 100 nm, 200 nm and 300 nm) and different gate width (W= 12 µm, 24 µm and 50 µm) has been successfully fabricated with high yield (greather than 80%) on Kapton. The DC measurement shows high current density (around 0.5 mA /um, normalized by gate width). The current is limited by the thermal conductivity of the flexible substrate. Using a thermal camera, we observe that when the substrate temperature is above 150°C, device performances begin to decrease. The dynamic characterization is performed by measuring S-parameters from Network Analyzer. The best measured characteristics (without any de-embedding) shows a current gain cut-off frequency (ft) of 39 GHz and a maximum oscillation frequency (fmax) of 13.5 GHz for transistors with 100 nm gate length and 12 µm gate width. This performance corresponds to state of the art for flexible GFETs and is maintained under strain values up to 0.5%. The outstanding results obtained in this work demonstrate that our full fabrication process exhibits great potential for graphene based flexible transistors. Keywords: Graphene, Field effect transistors, flexible, high frequency [1] Schwierz, F. Proc. IEEE 2013, 101, 1567–1584. [2] Sire, C.; et al. Nano Lett. 2012, 12, 1184–1188. [3] Petrone, N.; et al. ACS Nano 2015, 9, 8953–8959. [4] Yeh, C. H.; et al. ACS Nano 2014, 8, 7663–7670. [5] Lee, J.; et al. ACS Nano 2013, 7, 7744–7750.

Authors : M. Menderes ALYÖRÜK
Affiliations : Dumlupınar University Evliya Çelebi Campus Faculty of Education Computer Education and Instructional Technologies Department, 43100 KÜTAHYA/TURKEY

Resume : Piezoelectricity is a unique material property, which enable us to convert mechanical energy into electrical one or vice versa. Two dimensional IIA/IIB-VI group oxides are expected to have great potential due to their non-centrosymmetric structure and intrinsic large band gaps. In order to investigate the piezoelectric properties of monolayer IIA/IIB-VI group oxides (MO where M= Be, Mg, Ca, Sr, Ba, Zn and Cd), density functional perturbation theory (DFPT) and Berry's Phase approximation based calculations were held. e11, piezoelectric stress and d11, piezoelectric strain coefficients were calculated. Increasing and decreasing piezoelectric trends were found for IIA and IIB group oxide structures, respectively, according to row number of the atoms. The results reveal that II-VI family oxide structures are strong candidates for future atomically thin piezoelectric applications.

Authors : L. Parisi (1), I. Deretzis (2) , G.G.N Angilella (3), A. La Magna (2)
Affiliations : (1)INO-CNR BEC Center and Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Trento, Via Sommarive 14, I-38123 Povo, Italy; (2) CNR-IMM Z.I. VIII Strada 5 I- 95121 Catania Italy; (3) Università di Catania, Via Santa Sofia 64, 95125 Catania, Italy, CNR-IMM Z.I. VIII Strada 5 I- 95121 Catania Italy;

Resume : Hydrogenated graphene is an interesting system for both fundamental research and applications. Indeed, the H adatom is an almost ideal resonant scattering centre for graphene electronic systems, acting as a quasi-vacancy in the honeycomb structure of the pz orbitals. As a consequence, the controlled introduction of variable densities of H adatoms in graphene could produce 2D materials with a tailored disorder and new electronic and magnetic properties. However, during the hydrogenation, chemisorbed hydrogen atoms diffuse and interact due to the relatively strong and long-range effective H-H interactions. Therefore, the atomistic configuration and the related electronic states of the resulting material can be strongly modified by the process parameters. We have theoretically studied the electronic properties of hydrogenated graphene using a statistical analysis of a large number of sequential process simulations and non-equilibrium Green Function (NEGF) calculations. The hydrogenation process of graphene is simulated by an ab-initio calibrated Monte Carlo method considering configuration dependent absorption, diffusion and desorption kinetics. Our combined KMLC-NEGF methodology predicts that H atoms reorganize in complex correlated structures and the disorder state critically depends on the process conditions. We demonstrate how conductance distribution, localization features and scaling behavior are correlated to the process parameters.

Authors : Kishan Thodkar 1, Felix Lüönd 3, Frederic Overney 3, Christian Schönenberger 1 2, Blaise Jeanneret 3, Michel Calame 1 2.
Affiliations : 1 Department of Physics, University of Basel, Klingelbergstrasse 82, Basel 4056, Switzerland 2 Swiss Nanoscience Institute, University of Basel, Klingelbergstrasse 82, Basel 4056, Switzerland 3 Federal Institute of Metrology, Lindenweg 50, 3003 Bern-Wabern, Switzerland

Resume : Graphene, a single atom thick material with carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb lattice has been gathering a lot of attention due to its special electrical and mechanical properties [1, 2]. Over the years, Chemical vapor deposition (CVD) of graphene has evolved as an interesting route to produce graphene films over large areas [3, 4]. However, the transfer of large area graphene remains a challenge as it results in polymeric residues and wrinkles. While thermal annealing is routinely performed to reduce polymeric residues, there is a possibility that it can lead to strain, thereby limiting graphene's electrical properties [5]. Here, we show that treating CVD graphene with Hexamethyldisilazane (HMDS) can lead to improved electrical transport characteristics. By performing large area Raman characterization, we observe a downshift of the G and 2D peak positions after HMDS treatment. The electrical transport measurements show a shift in graphene's charge neutrality point (CNP) from a highly p-doped to an almost undoped state with the CNP located close to zero gate voltage after HMDS treatment [6]. References : [1] K.S. Novoselov et al., "A roadmap for graphene", Nature 490, 192-200 (2012). [2] K.S. Novoselov et al., "Electric field effect in atomically thin carbon films" Science 306, 666–669 (2004). [3] A. Reina et al., "Large area, few layer Graphene films on arbitrary substrates by CVD" Nano Lett. 9, 30 (2009). [4] T. Kobayashi et al., "Production of 100m long high quality graphene", Appl. Phys. Lett. 102, 023112 (2013). [5] J. E. Lee, et al., "Optical separation of mechanical strain from charge doping in graphene", Nat. Commun. 3, 1024 (2012). [6] K.Thodkar et al, CPEM 2016 submitted.

Affiliations : IREPA-LASER;ICube CNRS UMR7357 ; ICube UMR7357 ;IREPA-LASER&Université de Strasbourg

Resume : Despite recent market’s interest, direct grown of graphene onto metals is still very difficult to be obtained. However, the advent of a green and direct process of graphene formation on metallic surfaces would be a big technological step. In this work, graphene layers are directly grown on different metals like iron cast, copper and low carbon stainless steel by laser annealing using various carbon sources. The laser treatment heats the surface up to its melting point, leading the carbon atoms to diffuse in the liquid phase regime. During the resolidification step, C atoms are segregated to the surface generating a self-structured graphenic layer. Different carbon sources, deposited by spin coating (graphite particles, graphene nano-pellets and polymers) and various laser sources (pulsed excimer and CW (DPSS) lasers from UV to near IR) are compared in order to optimize the surface properties. Complementary techniques helped to characterize the graphene in the ways of structure (Raman), morphology (SEM), adhesion (scotch tape), electromagnetic properties (Rsheet, Hall effect).In situ temperature measurements are compared to LAX model simulations. The efficiency of each “laser/carbon source” combination in terms of adhesion, structure, electromagnetic and anti-corrosion properties of the generated coating layer is improved by fine matching the characteristics of laser sources (wavelength, scanning speed, overlap and energy levels) to the various metals properties.

Authors : Klaus Morawetz
Affiliations : 1. Münster University of Applied Sciences, Stegerwaldstrasse 39, 48565 Steinfurt, Germany 2. International Institute of Physics (IIP) Av. Odilon Gomes de Lima 1722, 59078-400 Natal, Brazil 3. Max-Planck-Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, 01187 Dresden, Germany

Resume : The quantum kinetic equation for SU(2) symmetric systems is derived with special consideration of spin-orbit coupling in magnetic and electric fields. The theory is applicable for linear and nonlinear intrinsic and extrinsic spin-orbit coupling as well as graphene. The RPA response functions to an electric field are derived for arbitrary magnetic fields and spin-orbit coupling. The coupled density and spin response functions allow to describe dynamical classical, quantum, and anomalous Hall effect as well as spin-Hall effects and its inverse. The collective modes show a splitting due to polarization and/or spin-orbit coupling for neutral impurity scattering. The long-range Coulomb potential of charged impurities are considered and the spin-orbit coupling leads to characteristic modifications of the screening parameter. New high-frequency modes out-of-plane are found. Explicit expressions for the dynamical response and conductivity for relativistic Fermions, Dirac particles and graphene are presented. References: -Quantum kinetic theory of spin-polarized systems in electric and magnetic fields with spin-orbit coupling: I. Kinetic equation and anomalous Hall and spin-Hall effects, PRB 92 (2015) 245425, II. RPA response functions and collective modes, PRB 92 (2015) 245426 -Terahertz out-of-plane resonances due to spin-orbit coupling, Europhysics Letters, 104 (2013) 27005

Authors : Diptiman Dinda, Bikash Kumar Shaw, Shyamal Kumar Saha
Affiliations : Department of materials science, Indian association for the cultivation of science, Jadavpur, Kolkata 700032, India

Resume : In 21th century, heavy metal ion pollution has become a major concern to our civilization. Rapid industrialization increases different toxic heavy metals including mercury in the ground water and contaminates it. Similarly, iodide anion has also very essential role in controlling micro nutrition, neurological and thyroid gland function for human growth. Therefore, selective detection of both mercury (Hg2+ ) and iodide (I–) ion is an important area of research. Among different techniques, fluorescence detection has become very popular due to its simple instrumentation, cost-efficiency, fast and high sensitivity. In the present work, we have functionalized weak emissive GO at the epoxy sites by nucleic acid base thymine through normal SN2 mechanism ensuing a new luminescent material. We have successfully used it to detect Hg2 and I– ions in aqueous medium by fluorescence turn-off-on process. Here, the complete quenching of fluorescence intensity occurs selectively after addition of 40 µM Hg2+ solution and also regained by addition of 80 µM iodide salts in aqueous medium. This material is also very sensitive towards both mercury and iodide ions down to their nano molar concentrations. The density functional theory (DFT) calculations also help us to understand the structural stability and the nature of interactions between fluorophore T–rGO, Hg2+ and I– ions during this ‘turn-off-on’ selective fluorescence sensing.

Authors : Viktoryia Shautsova, Adam Gilbertson, Nicola Black, Stefan A Maier, Lesley Cohen
Affiliations : Imperial College London

Resume : The physical integrity of graphene during transfer and fabrication processes and the long-term stability of graphene devices are key issues that must be resolved in order to make graphene commercially applicable. Improved stability has been attained by encapsulating graphene devices with a protection layer. So far, this method has been widely reported for exfoliated hBN material [1], with limited attention to scalability. In this work, we report a novel hBN-assisted transfer method that enables a polymer-free transfer process and subsequent top encapsulation of large-area CVD-grown graphene. We demonstrate that the CVD hBN layer that is utilized in this transfer technique acts as a buffer layer between the graphene film and supporting polymer layer. We show that the resulting graphene layers possess lower doping concentration, and improved carrier mobilities compared to graphene films produced by conventional transfer methods onto untreated SiO2/Si, SAM-modified and hBN covered SiO2/Si substrates. Moreover, we show that the top hBN layer used in the transfer process acts as an effective top encapsulation resulting in improved stability to ambient exposure. The transfer method is applicable to other CVD-grown 2D materials grown on copper foils, thereby facilitating the preparation of van der Waals heterostructures with controlled doping. [1] L. Wang et al., Science 2013, 342, 614.

Authors : Viktoryia Shautsova, Adam Gilbertson, Themistoklis Sidiropoulos, Stefan A Maier, Lesley Cohen, Rupert Oulton
Affiliations : Imperial College London

Resume : Differential reflection (DR) spectroscopy is a powerful tool to probe energy relaxation of photoexcited carriers and has been applied extensively to investigate the ultrafast dynamics of charge carriers in graphene. Particular interest has been recently devoted to the studies with probe photon energies close to the Fermi energy of graphene, where the sign of the DR signal can be inverted [1]. This effect allows non-invasive determination of the Fermi energy with high accuracy and can be exploited for the development of the novel high speed optoelectronic devices. In this work, we use optical nondegenerate pump-probe measurement to provide an insight into the effects of substrate interactions and doping on the graphene carrier dynamics in the vicinity of the Fermi level. The CVD graphene was transferred on different substrates, namely quartz and Si/SiO2 with varying oxide thickness (native oxide, 90nm and 300 nm). To increase the doping level, the samples were treated using thermal annealing in vacuum and oxygen plasma treatment. The change in the sign of the DR signal is explained in terms of interference effects analysed by transfer-matrix method. [1] Shi, S.-F. et al. Nano Lett. 2014, 14, 1578–1582.

Authors : Kalimuthu Vijayarangamuthu, Je-ah Woo, Young-ho Kim, Ki-Joon Jeon
Affiliations : Department of Environmental Engineering, Inha University, 100 Inha-ro, Nam-gu, Incheon, 402-751, Republic of Korea.

Resume : Graphene has attracted significant interest due to its extraordinary properties and tailoring these properties of graphene is important for next generation electronic, optical, and mechanical applications. Both chemical and physical techniques have been studied for such modification. The physical techniques include confinement of size and varying number of graphene layers. Such physical techniques need highly sophisticated instruments but their reproducibility is poor. Among chemical techniques, surface functionalization is one of the promising method for modifying graphene properties. However, chemical method has inherent limitation in temporospatial distribution of dopant. Atomic force microscope and scanning tunneling microscope are utilized for the control of adatoms locally on the graphene surface. However, in these methods the modifications are restricted to nanoscale level. In this study, we report the synthesis of clean and good quality single layer graphene oxide (SLGO) by thermal oxidization of single layer graphene (SLG). Then, we controlled the coverage of oxygen adatoms in SLGO using physical method via electromigration technique. Raman mapping was utilized to differentiate the graphene and graphene oxide loci in SLGO samples. Finally we demonstrate the implication of adatom migration on the properties of graphene.

Authors : Mehmet Bay, Aydan Yeltik, Nihan Kosku Perkgoz
Affiliations : Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Anadolu University, 26555 Eskisehir, Turkey; Department of Physics and Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, UNAM−Institute of Materials Science and Nanotechnology, Bilkent University, Ankara 06800, Turkey; Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Anadolu University, 26555 Eskisehir, Turkey;

Resume : Two-dimensional (2D) MoS2, a transition metal dichalcogenide, has attracted high interest because of its direct bandgap, different from its bulk form, allowing for various applications in optoelectronics. Also owing to its superior catalytic activity it offers important potential to be used in energy harvesting. In this work, process parameters including deposition duration and temperature effect have been varied using chemical vapor deposition. Different from other reported research studies, SEM results show that single-layer MoS2 flakes do not necessarily grow flat on the surface but rather, they can stay erected and inclined at different angles on the surface. Despite the roughness and the heterogeneity, we observe a strong photoluminescence located around 675 nm. These results potentially point out to gas-phase reactions allowing for monolayer film formation. Process duration and substrate temperature determine the amount of MoO3/MoO2 within the film network and we can shift from a rough surface with MoS2 flakes scattered at different angles to a smoother and more uniform surface composed of monolayer MoS2 formations by changing these process parameters. Controllability of such erect, single-wall MoS2 flakes can be utilized in applications including solar cells, energy storage, catalysis, and sensing where large surface area is of importance to enhance the intended system performance.

Authors : René Petersen, Thomas Garm Pedersen
Affiliations : Department of Physics and Nanotechnology, Aalborg University, DK-9220 Aalborg East, Denmark and Center for Nanostructured Graphene (CNG), DK-9220 Aalborg East, Denmark

Resume : We investigate numerically the Purcell effect in multilayer graphene/PMMA based hyperbolic metamaterials on top of silicon dioxide, and vary the number of graphene sheets while keeping the PMMA thickness constant. A single graphene sheet has practically no effect for thick PMMA layers, except in the limit of zero temperature, causing such structures to be of little practical interest. We find that increasing the number of graphene sheets leads to a notable increase in the Purcell effect also for elevated temperatures as well as a notable effect in the reflection. We model the graphene sheets as coupled multilayer graphene using a tight binding model fully incorporating the effects of the structure anisotropy and the variation of the refractive index throughout the graphene layers. We investigate how doping of the multilayer graphene part manifests itself in the Purcell effect.

Authors : Nedilko S., Borysiuk V., Hizhnyi Yu.
Affiliations : Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Volodymyrska Street 64/13, 01601, Kyiv, Ukraine

Resume : The properties of carbon nano-structured materials, carbon nanotubes (CNTs), thermo-extended graphite (TEG), can be efficiently functionalized by addition of non-carbon components. The N(B)-doped carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are intensively studied at present as components of carbon/oxide composites for various practical applications. Efficient functionalization is possible if peculiarities of chemical bonding between the carbon and oxide components are well understood. Computational modeling of molecular adsorption on the CNT surface is the most suitable research method which can provide this understanding. Molecular oxyanions XO42- (X = Cr, Mo, W) are constituents of a large variety of oxide inorganic compounds which are widely used now as luminescent materials. In the work we consider adsorption of XO42- molecular oxyanions on the surfaces of un-doped and N(B, Al)-doped CNTs and graphene. The DFT-based geometry-optimized calculations of the electronic structure of CNTs with adsorbed oxyanions were carried out by Gaussian 03 program package [1]. Relaxed geometries, binding energies between oxy-anions and adsorbents, energy barriers for desorption, electronic wave-function contours were calculated. Obtained results were analyzed together with experimental data on the luminescence of carbon (MCNT, TEG)/oxide composites. [1] M.J. Frisch, G.W. Trucks, H.B. Schlegel, et al. // Gaussian 03 (Gaussian, Inc., Wallingford, CT, 2003).

Authors : A. Keita1, M. Balestrieri1, E. Durán-Valdeiglesias2, F. Sarti3, N. Caselli3, X. Le Roux2, H. Yang4, E. Cassan2, C. Alonso-Ramos2, V. Bezugly4, F. Biccari3, A. Vinattieri3, G. Cuniberti4, M. Gurioli3, V. Derycke1, L. Vivien2, A. Filoramo1
Affiliations : 1 LICSEN, NIMBE, CEA, CNRS, Université Paris-Saclay, CEA Saclay 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex, France. 2 Université Paris 11, CNRS UMR 8622, Institut d'Electronique Fondamentale (IEF), F-91405 Orsay, France. 3 Department of Physics and LENS, University of Florence, Via Sansone 1, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino, Italy. 4 Technische Universitaet Dresden, Institute for Materials Science, 01062 Dresden, Germany.

Resume : Single-wall carbon nanotubes are known for their exceptional properties, which are expected to give rise to innovative applications. However, SWNTs are produced as a poly-disperse mixture of nanotubes with different lengths, diameters and chiralities. The nanotube population depends on the synthesis parameters and always contains both metallic and semiconducting chiralities. It is highly desirable to be able to selectively extract the nanotubes with the targeted properties. We report an effective polymer-assisted technique for the high-selectivity separation of semiconducting SWNTs with their fundamental optical transition centred at 1550 nm. For applications, the concentration and alignment of the nanotubes are also of great importance. We used a modified evaporative self-assembly approach that can deposit concentrated SWNT with configurations varying from random to highly-oriented networks. We characterize the samples with optical and electrical measurements. The absence of residual metallic single walled carbon nanotubes is proved by absorption measurement and resonant Raman spectroscopy and is confirmed by electrical measurements on nanotube transistors. Asymmetric (Pd and Sc) contacts and local gates are also implemented. We elaborate configurations enabling photo-detection and electroluminescence, which pave the way to exploit s-SWNTs for optoelectronic at telecom wavelengths ranges. This work was funded by the European Union through the FP7 Project CARTOON (Contract FP7 -618025).

Authors : K. Zberecki, M. Wierzbicki, R. Świrkowicz
Affiliations : Warsaw University of Technology, Faculty of Physics, Koszykowa 75, 00-662 Warsaw; Warsaw University of Technology, Faculty of Physics, Koszykowa 75, 00-662 Warsaw; Warsaw University of Technology, Faculty of Physics, Koszykowa 75, 00-662 Warsaw

Resume : Thermoelectric phenomena of novel nanomaterials are currently of a great interest due to a possibility of conversion of thermal energy into electric one at nanoscale. Recently, ultra-thin graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) have been obtained by chemical synthesis [1]. However, these nanostructures appear to be wide-gap semiconductors, which prevents them from being good thermoelectric materials. We demonstrate that this problem may be overcome by structure modification. Calculations show, that the gap can be considerably narrowed. in presence of substitution atoms (N,Al) or by functionalization with chemical groups containing nitrogen and oxygen. Electronic, magnetic and transport properties of modified nanoribbons have been investigated using theoretical methods based on ab-initio calculations and non-equilibrium Green function formalism. Conventional and spin thermoelectric phenomena have been determined for a variety of functionalized or doped nanoribbons. Numerical calculations performed in a wide region of temperatures for GNRs of different atomic structure show that conventional Sc and spin Ss, Seebeck coefficients, and especially the spin efficiency described ZTs, can achieve high values even at room temperatures. Interestingly, the maximum of ZTs only weakly depends on temperature, which makes the system interesting for applications in spintronic devices. [1] J. Cai at. al., Nature vol. 466, 470-474 (2010).

Authors : Jaime Ortún-Palacios 1, Nicolás A. Cordero 1 2 3, Santiago Cuesta-López 1*
Affiliations : 1 ICCRAM. International Research Center in Critical Raw Materials for Advanced Industrial Technologies. University of Burgos, Plaza Misael Bañuelos s/n, 09001 Burgos, Spain; 2 University of Burgos, Physics Department, Burgos, Spain; 3 Carlos I Institute for Theoretical & Computational Physics. University of Granada, Spain; *Correspondence should be addressed to Santiago Cuesta-López; / Nicolás A. Cordero;

Resume : Radioactive environments generate microstructural changes and mechanical properties deterioration in the materials that constitute nuclear reactors. In addition, the presence of trapped helium degrades the behavior of the materials and promotes the embrittlement of these [1]. Therefore, finding a material capable of minimizing the radiation damage is very desirable. Graphene has become one of the most important materials in the field of nanoscience due to its many applications. The reduced thickness, the high mechanical strength and the impermeability for He of this material [2], in addition to its mechanical, thermal and chemical stability, make graphene a potential candidate for the shielding of nuclear reactors against radiation prolonging its shelf life [3]. The present work focuses on the adsorption of helium on graphene. To study the saturation and diffusion of helium on graphene, we have employed density functional theory (DFT). The calculations have been performed with the Quantum Espresso code. In order to study the saturation of He as close as possible to reality, we have added helium atoms successively over the graphene sheet varying their positions, and relaxing the system, with the objective of finding out the atom arrangement with the minimum energy [4]. Moreover, the most favorable diffusion paths of He on graphene have been studied. An electronic structure analysis has been carry out to explain and understand more in detail the results obtained. The conclusions of this work may allow us to consider the possibility of graphene acting as a nanomembrane, for the storage and retention of He, which can be of importance in complex nuclear fusion systems as ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor). References [1] Trinkaus H., Singh B.N., 2003 Helium accumulation in metals during irradiation – where do we stand? J. Nucl. Mater., 323, 229–242 (2003). [2] Leenaerts O., Partoens B., Peeters F.M., Graphene: A perfect nanoballoon, Appl. Phys. Lett., 93, 193107 (2008). [3] Topsakal M., Şahin H., S. Ciraci, Graphene coatings: An efficient protection from oxidation, Phys. Rev. B, 85, 155445 (2012). [4] Buldum A., Tetiker G., First-principles study of graphene-lithium structures for battery applications, J. Appl. Phys., 113, 154312 (2013).

Authors : Jae-Hyun Lee
Affiliations : 1. SKKU Advanced Institute of Nanotechnology, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746, Korea 2. National Graphene Institute, The University of Manchester, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK

Resume : Graphene, a single carbon atom thickness 2D material, has been intensively studied because of its incredible and interesting physical, chemical, and electrical properties. One of the applications of graphene is integration with semiconductor materials to overcome physical and chemical limitation of current semiconductor technology. Lots of research about graphene-semiconductor hybrid systems have been developed. Combining with Si material, for examples, new type of graphene transistor, barristor, was invented.[1] In this presentation, we introduce growth of low dimensional Ge @graphene nanostructures.[2, 3] The Ge, one of the representative semiconductor materials in group IV, is fascinated due to the high electrical conductivity with high carrier mobility. However, it is well known that reliability of Ge is poor due to the unstable oxide layer. In order to resolve it, we synthesized Ge@G nanostructures using conventional CVD process and we confirmed that reliability enhancement of it compared with pure Ge nanostructures. This growth approach serves an important point for future semiconductor-graphene hybrid for nanoelectronic devices applications REFERENCES: [1] Yang et al., “Graphene Barristor, a Triode Device with a Gate-Controlled Schottky Barrier ”, Science, Vol. 336, pp 1140-1143, 2012. [2] Lee et al., “Reliability Enhancement of Germanium Nanowires Using Graphene as a Protective Layer: Aspect of Thermal Stability”, ACS AMI, Vol. 6, pp 5069-5074, 2014. [3] Lee et al., “Wafer-scale growth of single-crystal Monolayer Graphene on Reusable Hydrogen- terminated Germanium”, Science, Vol. 344, pp 286-289, 2014.

Authors : Akshay V. Singhal, R. Jayaganthan and Indranil Lahiri
Affiliations : Centre of Excellence: Nanotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, Uttarakhand, India, 247667.

Resume : Availability of clean and fresh water is becoming a serious challenge. Rapid industrialization, booming global populations and global warming have led to huge stress on ever depleting sources of fresh water. Heavy metal ions like mercury, arsenic, lead, chromium and cadmium; organic matter and high salt concentration are the major contaminants which make water unfit for human utilization. Moreover, high cost and energy inputs render most desalination and waste water treatment processes non-attractive for potable water supply. However, with advancements in carbon nanotechnology the scenario is changing rapidly. Graphene oxide (GO) has an intrinsic hydrophilic nature due to the presence of oxygen containing functional groups in its basal plane. This makes GO a very good absorbent of metal ions and organic matter from water. Further, the wide inter-planar distance between stacked GO layers and the micro-pores in GO act as capillary channels which allow only water molecules to pass through thus desalinating water. Chemical functionalization of GO further improves its absorbance towards selective contaminants. However, independent use of GO as a filter or membrane is not commercially feasible, moreover, GO being partially water soluble keeps on passing into the purified water. Thus, water-soluble GO can be coated on sand to create core-shell granules that find use in filtration columns readily. High temperature heat treatment of these composite granules above 700 °C in inert atmosphere strongly bonds graphitic layers to the silica rich surface. This work focusses on a gravity driven multi-action GO-Sand composite based water filter which can directly provide purified and desalinated potable water without the use of electricity. Firstly, graphitic layers were grown on poly-dispersed sand granules by de-caramelization of cane sugar (a popular di-saccharide) and subsequent heat treatment at 750 °C in Ar atmosphere. Following which these graphene coated granules were activated by sulphuric acid and partially oxidized by nitric acid treatments to obtain GO coated sand granules. Upon segregation, different sizes of granules were used for different layers of the filter. The filter is divided into eight layers having complementary action. First layer is for initial desalination and comprises of non-functionalized coarse GO coated granules. Second to sixth layers are for chromium (IV), cadmium, mercury, lead and arsenic ion removal respectively which contain chemically functionalized or hybrid granules specific to respective ions. Seventh layer is a silver nanoparticle decorated granule layer for disinfection and anti-bacterial action. Lastly, the eighth layer contains very fine granules (~ 100 μm) for removing very finely dispersed organic matter and for final desalination. In the second layer 2, 6 diamino pyridine functionalization was done for Cr(VI) removal from acidic water solution. The extra pyridinic nitrogen lone pair is responsible for this decontamination. Third and fourth layers are thiol functionalized using diazonium chemistry for mercury and cadmium removal. Zero-valent iron nanoparticles are decorated on GO in fifth layer for lead elimination. Lastly, arsenic removal is facilitated by ferric hydroxide cross links developed in the GO layers using hydrogen peroxide. Initial results have shown desalination up to 40% using only the top layer.

Authors : Rahim Jan 1,2, Amir Habib 1, Akhtar Hussain2
Affiliations : 1) School of Chemical and Materials Engineering (SCME), National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Islamabad, Pakistan; 2) Centre for Excellence in Science and Advanced Technologies (CESAT), Islamabad, Pakistan

Resume : Liquid exfoliated hexagonal Boron-Nitride (hBN) is utilized for preparation of polymer composites based on three different sizes of hBN and polyvinylchloride matrices. The range of BN nanosheets volume fraction (Vf) is 0-0.006. The composites show a low levels of improvement in the mechanical character-istics for all three sizes of BN nanosheets. Based on the slope for both Young’s modu-lus and ultimate tensile strength, 0.001 Vf BN-PVC composite is chosen for uniaxial drawing for all sizes of BN. Both polymer and 0.001 Vf BN-PVC composite for all three sizes are strained at various rates ranging from 100-500 %. The Young’s modulus and ultimate tensile strength are increased from 1.5 GPa and 66 MPa to 3GPa and 240 MPa respectively. The huge improvements are credited to the orientation and strain induced delamination of BN nanosheets inside PVC.

Authors : A. Daboussi 1, L. Mandhour 1, and S. Jaziri 1,2
Affiliations : 1 Laboratoire de Physique de la Matière Condensée, Faculté des Sciences de Tunis, Université de Tunis El Manar, Campus Universitaire Tunis, El Manar, 2092 Tunis, Tunisia. 2 Laboratoire de Physique des Matériaux, Faculté des Sciences de Bizerte, Université de Carthage, Jarzouna, 7021 Bizerte, Tunisia.

Resume : We investigate tunneling across non doped twisted bilayer graphene. Femi line in twisted bilayer graphene at zero-energy is transformed into two separated points positioned along the transverse direction of the reciprocal space. We show that this change in the topology of low-energy band-structure affects drastically the zero-energy transmission resonances. We report the appearance for a magic twist parameter of a new kind of transmission resonances: Fabry-Pérot like resonance in addition to the Klein-like resonances characterizing the perfectly Bernal stacked bilayer graphene at zero-energy. This unusual transmission resonance shows a strong dependence on the orientation of the reservoirs interfaces and the twisted bilayer strip.

Authors : L. Mandhour, A. Daboussi
Affiliations : Laboratoire de Physique de la Matière Condensée, Faculté des Sciences de Tunis, Université de Tunis El Manar, Campus Universitaire Tunis, El Manar, 2092 Tunis, Tunisia.

Resume : Two graphene layers generally stack over the common AB or Bernal stacking configuration. Recently, it has been reported that rotationnal stacking defects can occur in natural and synthetic graphene bilayer systems. Here we theoretically investigate how a rotational mismatch between the two layers of a bilayer graphene could affect the quantum transport. Starting from the four-band low-energy Hamiltonian, we report a calculation of the conductivity and the Fano factor F in twisted bilayer graphene within the Landauer-Buttiker approach. Then we discuss the effect of the stacking default and the orientation of the electrodes on the pseudo-diffusive regime (F =1/3) around the Dirac point. We found that the range of energies which this pseudo-diffusive regime holds can be suppressed for a specific stacking default. We show that the pseudo-diffusive transport is related to the interference between the electron and hole states.

Authors : Poonam Benjwal a*, Manish Kumar b, Pankaj Chamoli a and Kamal K. Kar a,b
Affiliations : a Advanced Nanoengineering Materials laboratory, Materials Science Programme, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kanpur-208016, India b Advanced Nanoengineering Materials laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kanpur-208016, India

Resume : Graphene and graphene based materials have attracted a lot of interest due to their unique properties such as large surface area, high adsorption capacity and excellent electron transfer rate, which make them an excellent aspirants for environmental pollutant remediation application. Recently, graphene oxide (GO) has investigated extensively as it comprise of various functional groups, making it highly hydrophilic and water soluble, which makes it applicable for supporting metal oxides particles. The incorporation of metal oxides on GO has become a proficient way to prepare the environment friendly composite, where the metal oxide improves its properties by utilizing the advantage of graphene. In this work, binary/ternary metal oxide (TiO2/Fe3O4) based composite of GO are synthesized for removal of toxic methylene blue (MB) and As(III) from wastewater. The nanocomposites consist the properties of each constituent like, TiO2 nanoparticles degrades the pollutant, rGO provides the pathway to increase the surface area as well as suppress the recombination of charge carriers in TiO2, and Fe3O4, being a magnetic material, increases the adsorption capabilities of rGO towards the heavy metal impurities and also helps in magnetic separation. A systematic study has been done to investigate the photocatalytic activity under visible and UV light irradiation for MB and adsorption of As(III) metal ions by analyzing their adsorption isotherm and adsorption kinetics models, respectively.

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Authors : Klaus Yung-Jane Hsu, Yu-Yang Tsai
Affiliations : Institute of Electronics Engineering, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan

Resume : Traditionally, the detecting dynamic range of a CMOS image sensor could not be wide. Under weak light, the photocurrent output from the Si photodiode (PD) in a pixel is too small and large transimpedance amplification of the signal is necessary. But under strong light, the amplified signal output can be saturated very easily. So, typical CMOS image sensors have poor performance under both weak and strong light conditions. This drawback in dynamic range can be avoided by directly sensing the photovoltage rather than the photocurrent of the PD. Similar to human eyes, the photovoltage bears a natural logarithmic function of light intensity. Thus, the detecting dynamic range can be very wide. It has been shown in literature [1] that, due to the unique energy band structure of graphene, a PD composed of Si and graphene is quite sensitive to weak light when the photovoltage sensing mode is used. The photovoltage responsivity of the Si/graphene PD is as high as 20 MV/W at 10 nW incident light power. Therefore, this PD has good potential in image sensor application, especially for detecting images in dark environment, if it can be integrated into the CMOS technologies. For this purpose, the present work attempts to directly combine a poly-Si/graphene PD and the sensing MOSFET of a pixel to form a single, integrated device which can be called as PD-Oxide-Semiconductor FET (PDOSFET). This integration can make the photovoltage sensing very efficient. The key feature of the new PDOSFET is that a single-layer graphene has been inserted between the gate oxide and the gate poly-Si of a MOSFET. The poly-Si not only is the gate terminal material but also serves as part of the poly-Si/graphene PD on top of the gate oxide. Under illumination, the poly-Si absorbs light energy and generates electron-hole pairs. One type of carriers accumulate in the graphene and a photovoltage is set up across the poly-Si/graphene junction. The channel current of the FET is modulated by the potential of graphene. The FET can be connected as a source follower to directly transmit the photovoltage signal. Experimental PDOSFET samples have been designed, fabricated, and tested. When the light intensity was 49000 lux, the voltage shift on graphene was measured to be 0.8 V. And measurements further showed that the photovoltage does vary logarithmically with light intensity, which facilitates wide detecting dynamic range. The successful demonstration of PDOSFET opens the door of image sensor application for graphene. [1] An, X., Liu, F., Jung, Y. J., & Kar, S. "Tunable graphene–silicon heterojunctions for ultrasensitive photodetection." Nano Letters 13.3 (2013): 909-916.

Authors : Thuc Hue Ly, David J. Perello, Jiong Zhao, Qingming Deng, Hyun Kim, Gang Hee Han, Sang Hoon Chae, Hye Yun Jeong, Young Hee Lee
Affiliations : 1.IBS Center for Integrated Nanostructure Physics (CINAP), Institute for Basic Science, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746, Korea. 2.IFW Dresden, Institute of Solid State Research, P.O. Box 270116, D-01171 Dresden, Germany. 3.Department of Energy Science, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746, Korea.

Resume : In traditional semiconductors, grain boundaries (GBs) are scattering sites for majority carriers and degrade transport via the formation of large electrostatic barriers. Such effects are amplified by the reduced charge screening in low dimensional materials. Two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) including MoS2 are one class of low-dimensional semiconductors that show promise for high-performance electrical and electro-optical applications as well as emerging soft electronics. Large-area monolayer TMDs grown via chemical vapor deposition inevitably possess grain boundaries between randomly oriented grains. However, the electrical transport characteristics of TMD GBs are still under debate, suffering from the large device-to-device mobility variation and poor single-domain carrier mobility, and most importantly, lacking of correlation between the transport property and GB atomic structure. Here, we overcome these difficulties by directly correlating 4-probe transport measurements across single GBs with both high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (TEM) imaging of the measured devices and first-principles calculations. Utilizing an inert-environment fabrication procedure, we observed a unique ? (misorientation angle)-dependent field effect mobility, and unexpectedly, larger ? leads to a higher mobility. The precise boundary locations, orientations, and atomic structures were assessed by TEM. Using the density functional calculations for the ?-dependent band structures, the calculated electrostatic barriers were correlated with experimentally determined barriers so as to provide a clear understanding of the underlying transport dependences of the GBs.

Affiliations : PCMS- CNRS 7504, Universite´ de Strasbourg, France ISIS – CNRS 7006, Universite´ de Strasbourg, France Advanced Materials Division, KRICT Daejeon, South Korea Empa, Dübendorf, Switzerland

Resume : Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) and Rapid Thermal Annealing (RTA) are used to grow graphene and amorphous carbon on pre-patterned Ni electrodes as passivation layers. Chemical and composition analysis confirm that the carbon film strongly reduces the surface oxidation of the Ni. For testing charge injection into a p-type polymer semiconductor, electrical performances measured in three-terminal devices integrating such electrodes as source and drain provide insight into the quality of the interface between ferromagnetic contact and organic semiconductor. RTA-processed electrodes exhibit the lowest interface resistance for hole injection into organic transistor devices, on par with benchmark gold electrodes1. These results indicate that our approach presents an attractive strategy for the fabrication of solution-processed organic devices of potential applicability for spintronics2. 1 D., Braga, et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 2010, 97, 193311. 2 T. Verduci, C.-S. Yang, L. Bernard, G. Lee, S. Boukari, E. Orgiu, P. Samorì, J.-O Lee, B. Doudin, Adv. Mater. Interfaces, Accepted.

Authors : Pere Miró, Agnieszka Kuc, Mahdi Ghorbani-Asl, Thomas Heine
Affiliations : Department of Physics and Earth Sciences, Jacobs University in Bremen, 28759 Bremen, Germany Wilhelm-Ostwald-Institut für Physikalische und Theoretische Chemie, Universität Leipzig, 04103 Leipzig, Germany

Resume : Besides graphene, many more two-dimensional crystals have been discovered or predicted [1-3.] One particularly interesting class are transition metal chalcogenides, whose prototypic material MoS2 serves as true alternative in 2D electronics [4]. It was shown that quantum confinement effects are very strong in these materials [5]. Here, we present a particularly striking example of quantum confinement: We have recently investigated the performance of noble metal dichalcogenides, i.e. PdS2 and PtS2 [6]. The structure of PdS2 is still debated, but if stabilized in T-symmetry, it is semiconducting as monolayer, but conducting as bilayer. This suggests that a field effect transistor can be made of a single material, that is, with T-PdS2 bilayers as electrodes and T-PdS2 monolayers as channel. Such setup has the potential to lower the contact resistant significantly, leading to low-power electronic applications [7]. [1] K.S. Novoselov, D. Jiang, F. Schedin, et al., Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 2005, 102, 10451-10453. [2] V. Nicolosi, M. Chhowalla, M. G. Kanatzidis et al., Science 2013, 340, 1226419-18. [3] P. Miró, M. Audiffred, T. Heine, Chem. Soc. Rev. 2014, 43, 6537-6554. [4] A. Kuc, T. Heine, A. Kis, MRS Bulletin 2015, 40, 577-584. [5] A. Kuc, T. Heine, Chem. Soc. Rev. 2015, 44 2603-2614. [6] P. Miro, M. Ghorbani-Asl, T. Heine, Angew. Chem. Intl. Ed. 2014, 53 3015-3018. [7] M Ghorbani-Asl, A Kuc, P Miró, T Heine, Adv. Mater. 2015, doi: 10.1002/adma.201504274.

10:00 Coffee break    
Electronic properties in nanostructured 2D materials : Thomas Heine
Authors : Amina Kimouche, Mikko M. Ervasti, Robert Drost, Simo Halonen, Ari Harju, Pekka M. Joensuu, Jani Sainio, and Peter Liljeroth
Affiliations : Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland

Resume : Graphene nanostructures have emerged as promising building blocks for nanoelectronic devices. Recent advances in bottom-up synthesis have allowed production of various atomically well-defined structures. Graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) are one example of these. Theory predicts that every third armchair GNR (widths of N=3m+2, where m is an integer) should be nearly metallic with a very small bandgap. Here, we present theoretical and experimental results for the narrowest possible GNR belonging to this family (five carbon atoms wide, N=5) [1]. We study the evolution of the electronic bandgap and orbital structure of GNR segments as a function of their length using low-temperature scanning tunnelling microscopy and density-functional theory calculations. Already GNRs with lengths of 5 nm reach almost metallic behaviour with ~100 meV bandgap. Interestingly, kinks in the GNRs do not strongly modify their electronic structure. Finally, a comparison with a case where many-body effects are seen is made [2]. [1] Amina Kimouche, Mikko M. Ervasti, Robert Drost, Simo Halonen, Ari Harju, Pekka M. Joensuu, Jani Sainio & Peter Liljeroth, “Ultra-narrow metallic armchair graphene nanoribbons”, Nature Communications 6, 10177 (2015). [2] Fabian Schulz, Mari Ijäs, Robert Drost, Sampsa K. Hämäläinen, Ari Harju, Ari P. Seitsonen & Peter Liljeroth, “Many-body transitions in a single molecule visualized by scanning tunnelling microscopy”, Nature Physics 11, 229 (2015).

Authors : Georgios Kopidakis, Aristea Maniadaki, Daphne Davelou , George N. Kioseoglou, Ioannis N. Remediakis
Affiliations : Dept of Materials Science and Technology, University of Crete, Heraklion, Greece

Resume : We present theoretical results for the electronic and dielectric properties of single-layer (2D) semiconducting transition metal dichalcogenides MX2 (M = Mo, W; X = S, Se, Te) under isotropic, uniaxial (along the zigzag and armchair directions), and shear strain. Our Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations show that electronic band gaps decrease while dielectric constants increase for heavier chalcogens X. The direct gaps of equilibrium structures often become indirect under certain types of strain, depending on the material. The effects of strain and of broken symmetry on the band structure are discussed. Gaps reach maximum values at small compressive strains or in equilibrium, and decrease with larger strains. In-plane dielectric constants generally increase with strain, reaching a minimum value at small compressive strains. The out-of-plane constants exhibit a similar behavior under shear strain but under isotropic and uniaxial strain they increase with compression and decrease with tension, thus exhibiting a monotonic beahavior. These DFT results are theoretically explained using only structural parameters and equilibrium dielectric constants [1]. We also discuss nanoribbon (quasi-1D) structures in comparison to the single-layer (2D) and bulk (3D) materials. Besides metallic edge states, our DFT results reveal several interesting electronic and dielectric properties which are interpreted with simple models [2]. Our findings are consistent with available experimental data. [1] A.E. Maniadaki et al, Solid State Commun., 227 (2016) 33. [2] D. Davelou et al., Solid State Commun., 192 (2014) 42.

Authors : P. Vancsó, I. Hagymási, L. Tapasztó
Affiliations : Institute of Technical Physics and Materials Science, Centre for Energy Research, PO Box 49, H-1525 Budapest, Hungary; Institute for Solid State Physics and Optics, Wigner Research Centre for Physics, PO Box 49, H-1525 Budapest, Hungary; Institute of Technical Physics and Materials Science, Centre for Energy Research, PO Box 49, H-1525 Budapest, Hungary

Resume : Graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) with zigzag edge orientation have a magnetic insulating ground state with antiparallel spin orientation between the two edges [1]. However, external conditions like doping and temperature can significantly modify their electronic and magnetic properties. In this work we have performed electronic structure and magnetic ordering calculations on GNRs by applying the mean-field theory for an extended Hubbard Hamiltonian including the effect of temperature and finite doping. Within the framework of this approximation we have investigated the influence of the temperature, carrier density as well as the width and edge orientation of GNRs on their electronic and magnetic properties. We found that ribbons with zigzag edge orientation possess spin polarized edge states with both antiferromagnetic (AF) and ferromagnetic (FM) coupling between opposite edges. The calculations also reveal a strong correlation between the electronic and magnetic properties of zigzag GNRs, AF ribbons displaying semiconducting, while FM ribbons showing metallic behavior in excellent agreement with our experimental findings [2]. Our calculations further reveal that the sharp metal – semiconductor transition does not only happen as a function of ribbon width but also through varying the charge carrier concentration. This finding can be exploited for a novel magnetically mediated switching mechanism in GNR based field-effect transistors. 1. Y.-W. Son, et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 216803 (2006). 2. G. Zs. Magda, et al., Nature 514, 608-611 (2014).

Authors : Topi Korhonen and Pekka Koskinen
Affiliations : NanoScience Center, Department of Physics, University of Jyvaskyla, 40014 Jyväskylä, Finland

Resume : Graphene nanoribbons are prone to in-plane bending even when supported on flat substrates. However, the amount of bending that ribbons can stably withstand remains poorly known. Here, by using molecular dynamics simulations, we study the stability limits of 0.5-1.5 nm wide armchair graphene nanoribbons subject to pure bending. We observe that buckling instability limits maximum curvatures below ~10 deg/nm, which roughly coincides the limit for maximum curvature sustainable by the substrate interactions alone. Both of these stability limits lower when ribbons widen. The results agree with recent experiments and are understood via transparent elasticity models.

Authors : Hakseong Kim, DongHoon Shin, Sang Wook Lee
Affiliations : School of Physics, Konkuk University, Seoul, 05029, Korea

Resume : In this presentation, electro-mechanical and optical properties of suspended graphene structure will be introduced. Micro contact transfer method is applied to realize the suspended grapheme structures. Basic mechanical resonance behaviors were studied by optical interferometry method. Xylophone like suspended graphene ribbon structure was prepared for studying length dependence of mechanical properties. Various mechanical behaviors, such as frequency tuning, non-linearity of graphene structure will be discussed in this presentation. The potential application of the graphene xylophone structure for RF component will be suggested. Our recent result on visible light emission from the suspended graphene ribbon structures will be presented. The mechanical properties before and after light emission of graphene were studied by comparing their resonance behaviors.

12:00 LUNCH    
Applications : Ari Harju
Authors : S. Hu (1,2), M. Lozada-Hidalgo (1), F. C. Wang (3), A. Mischenko (1), O. Marshall, A. N. Grigorenko (1), B. Radha (1), F. Schedin (2), R. R. Nair (1), E. W. Hill (2), D. V. Boukhvalov (4), M. I. Katsnelson (4), R. A. W. Dryfe (5), I. V. Grigorieva (1), H. A. Wu (3), A. K. Geim (1,2).
Affiliations : (1) School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Manchester, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK (2) Manchester Centre for Mesoscience & Nanotechnology, Manchester M13 9PL, UK (3) Chinese Academy of Sciences Key Laboratory of Mechanical Behavior and Design of Materials, Department of Modern Mechanics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230027, China (4) Institute for Molecules and Materials, Radboud University of Nijmegen, 6525 AJ Nijmegen, The Netherlands (5) School of Chemistry, University of Manchester, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK

Resume : Graphene is increasingly explored as a platform for developing novel separation technologies. This interest has arisen because it is a maximally thin membrane that, once perforated with atomic accuracy, may allow ultrafast and highly selective sieving of gases, liquids, dissolved ions and other species of interest. However, a perfect graphene monolayer is impermeable to all atoms and molecules under ambient conditions. The same behavior might reasonably be expected in the case of other atomically thin crystals. Here we report transport and mass spectroscopy measurements which establish that monolayers of graphene and hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) are highly permeable to thermal protons under ambient conditions, whereas no proton transport is detected for thicker crystals such as monolayer molybdenum disulphide, bilayer graphene or multilayer hBN [1]. Further, we show that monolayers of graphene and boron nitride can be used to separate hydrogen ion isotopes. Deuterons permeate through these crystals much slower than protons, resulting in a separation factor of 10 at room temperature [2]. The observed results show that one-atom thick crystals are subatomic selective membranes, turning them into promising candidates for use in many hydrogen-based and isotope separation technologies. References: [1] S. Hu, et al. Proton Transport through One-Atom Thick-Crystals. Nature 516, 227–230 (2014). [2] M. Lozada-Hidalgo, et al. Sieving Hydrogen Isotopes through Two Dimensional Crystals. Science 351, 6268 (2016).

Authors : Jiri Cervenka
Affiliations : Department of Thin Films and Nanostructures, Institute of Physics ASCR, v. v. i., Prague, Czech Republic

Resume : Graphene's two dimensional nature, highly sensitive unique electrical properties and low intrinsic noise characteristics make it a prime candidate for the creation of a new generation of molecular sensors. The long standing target of molecular sensing is to develop sensors with single molecule sensitivity and capability of selective determination of the detected molecules. Although graphene sensors have been demonstrated to be extremely sensitive, their selectivity remains a major problem for their practical use. Here we demonstrate that graphene field-effect transistors (GFETs) are able to measure distinct, coverage dependent, conductance signatures upon adsorption of small organic molecules in vacuum. This method allows for electronic discrimination of individual DNA nucleobases on GFETs, providing a first step towards graphene based electronic DNA sequencing. The existence of molecule specific signatures in electronic transport measurements was verified by independent synchrotron-based X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurements. To get a deeper insight into the origin of the sensing mechanism and molecular recognition in GFET measurements we performed ab initio electronic structure calculations using density functional theory (DFT). The molecular recognition was found to be closely linked with specific noncovalent molecular interactions with graphene. The absorption of molecules resulted in the electronic structure change of graphene which is driven by complex interplay between molecule-graphene and intermolecular interactions, interface dipole moment, charge transfer, work function change and screening effects. These effects open up a range of new opportunities for molecular recognition in electronic sensor devices.

Authors : P. G. Karagiannidis, S. A. Hodge, L. Lombardi, F. Tomarchio, A. Katsounaros, N. Decorde, S. Milana, I. Goykhman, F. Torrisi, A. C. Ferrari
Affiliations : Cambridge Graphene Centre, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB3 0FA, UK

Resume : Graphene has potential for the realization of novel devices, such as printable antennas, touch screens and electrodes in (opto)electronic or storage devices [1-3]. However the current graphene production routes (sonication and high shear-mixer) give low concentrations of few layer graphene (<0.2 mg/ml) [4] and require time consuming centrifugation to remove the non-exfoliated particles [4]. Here we exfoliate graphite in aqueous surfactant solutions (sodium deoxycholate) using a microfluidic processor at a shear rate of 8.6x10^7 s^-1. Using a flow rate of 120 ml/min we get 1 mg/ml single/few layers graphene (20% of single layer) with a production rate of 65 mg/h. This rate, for the same energy input (100 MJ/m^3), starting graphite concentration (50 mg/ml) and volume (~200 ml) is 50% higher than reported values for a high-shear mixer [4] and 1500% times higher than sonication [4]. Unlike sonication or shear mixer, in microfluidization all the material is uniformly exposed to intensive shear, thus the centrifugation step can be avoided and graphene nanoplatelets (GNPs) (mean thickness of 12 nm) can be produced (concentration of 80 mg/ml at a rate of 7.2 g/h). We use these to formulate conductive inks by adjusting the rheology for blade coating or screen printing (viscosity of hundreds of mPas). We employ sodium carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) as a binder and as rheology modifier, reducing the viscosity from 600 mPas at 100 s^-1 to 160 mPas at 1000 s^-1 (thixotropic behaviour) thus making the ink easier to coat or print.The sheet resistance of the films prepared by blade coating is down to 2.2 Ohm/sq for 25 μm thickness, which enables the printed patterns to act as a metal at microwave frequencies. This allows us to fabricate flexible passive radio-frequency identification (RFID) antennas with a read range of 145 cm (865-868 MHz) which is comparable with printed copper or silver RFID tags [5], but more stable than copper, which is prone to oxidation [6], and cheaper than silver [6]. [1] A. C. Ferrari et al. Nanoscale 7, 4598 (2015) [2] F. Bonaccorso et. al. Nature Phot. 4, 611 (2010) [3] F. Bonaccorso, et. al. Science 347, 1246501 (2015) [4] K. R. Paton et al. Nature Materials 13, 624 (2014) [5] K. Koski et al. Int J Adv Manuf Technol 62, 167 (2012) [6] S. Magdassi et al. Materials 3, 4626 (2010)

Authors : A. Keita1, M. Balestrieri1, E. Durán-Valdeiglesias2, F. Sarti3, N. Caselli3, X. Le Roux2, H. Yang4, E. Cassan2, C. Alonso-Ramos2, V. Bezugly4, F. Biccari3, A. Vinattieri3, G. Cuniberti4, M. Gurioli3, V. Derycke1, L. Vivien2, A. Filoramo1
Affiliations : 1 LICSEN, NIMBE, CEA, CNRS, Université Paris-Saclay, CEA Saclay 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex, France; 2 Univ Paris 11, CNRS UMR 8622, Inst. Elect. Fondamentale (IEF), F-91405 Orsay, France; 3 Department of Physics and LENS, University of Florence, Via Sansone 1, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino, Italy; 4 Technische Universitaet Dresden, Institute for Materials Science, 01062 Dresden, Germany;

Resume : Single-wall carbon nanotubes are known for their exceptional properties, which are expected to give rise to innovative applications. However, SWNTs are produced as a poly-disperse mixture of nanotubes with different lengths, diameters and chiralities. The nanotube population depends on the synthesis parameters and always contains both metallic and semiconducting chiralities. It is highly desirable to be able to selectively extract the nanotubes with the targeted properties. We report an effective polymer-assisted technique for the high-selectivity separation of semiconducting SWNTs with their fundamental optical transition centred at 1550 nm. For applications, the concentration and alignment of the nanotubes are also of great importance. We used a modified evaporative self-assembly approach that can deposit concentrated SWNT with configurations varying from random to highly-oriented networks. We characterize the samples with optical and electrical measurements. The absence of residual metallic single walled carbon nanotubes is proved by absorption measurement and resonant Raman spectroscopy and is confirmed by electrical measurements on nanotube transistors. Asymmetric (Pd and Sc) contacts and local gates are also implemented. We elaborate configurations enabling photo-detection and electroluminescence, which pave the way to exploit s-SWNTs for optoelectronic at telecom wavelengths ranges. This work was funded by the European Union through the FP7 Project CARTOON (Contract FP7 -618025).

Authors : Jilei Liu??, Jin Wang?, Jianyi Lin?, Zexiang Shen?
Affiliations : ?Division of Physics and Applied Physics, School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, 637371, Singapore ?Energy Research Institute @NTU (ERI@N), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 639798

Resume : The sharp proliferation of portable electronic and electrical vehicles has promoted increasing demand for high performance power sources that have high energy/power densities and with lightweight, ultrathin, flexible, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly characteristics. One key challenge in flexible electrochemical energy storage devices lies in the development of deformable/flexible electrodes with high energy/power densities. To achieve these, it is essential to increase the areal loading of electroactive materials on truly flexible electrodes supports without scarifying good electric conductivity, and synthesize flexible electrodes with high gravimetric and volumetric energy density. In this work, a new class of 3D graphene foam (GF)/carbon nanotubes (CNTs) hybrid films that with high flexibility and robustness has been developed. These hybrid films are lightweight, ultrathin, highly conductive and have large surface-to-volume ratio. They are ideal current collectors for depositing nanometer-sized active materials without binders or carbon additives toward flexible and high-performance electrochemical energy storage devices, include electrochemical capacitors, lithium/sodium -ion batteries and alkaline-ion batteries.

Authors : Damien Voiry1,$, Raymond Fullon1, Jieun Yang1, Cecilia de Carvalho Castro e Silva1, Rajesh Kappera1, Ibrahim Bozkurt1, Daniel Kaplan2, Maureen J. Lagos1,3,4, Phillip E. Batson1,3,4, Gautam Gupta5, Aditya D. Mohite5, Liang Dong6, Dequan Er6, Vivek Shenoy6, Tewodros Asefa7,8, and Manish Chhowalla1
Affiliations : 1 Materials Science and Engineering, Rutgers University, 607 Taylor Road, Piscataway, New Jersey 08854, USA; 2 US Army RDECOM-ARDEC, Acoustics and Networked Sensors Division, Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey 07806, USA; 3 Department of Physics, Rutgers University, 136 Frelinghuysen Rd, New Jersey 08854, USA; 4 Institute for Advanced Materials, Devices and Nanotechnology, Rutgers University, 607 Taylor Road, New Jersey 08854, USA; 5 MPA-11 Materials Synthesis and Integrated Devices, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545, USA; 6 Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104, United States; 7 Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Rutgers University, 610 Taylor Road, Piscataway, New Jersey 08854, USA; 8 Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Rutgers University, 98 Brett Road, Piscataway, New Jersey 08854, USA; $ Present address: European Membrane Institute, University of Montpellier, Place Eugène Bataillon, Montpellier 34095, France

Resume : The high catalytic activity of metallic MoS2 edges for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) has led to substantial effort in increasing the edge concentration of catalyst materials. The 2H basal plane is less active for HER because it is less conducting and therefore possessing less efficient charge transfer kinetics. We developed novel electrochemical microcells that allow us to measure the activity of individual nanosheets having their edges being alternatively exposed or covered. Thanks to this unique set-up, the catalytic activity of metallic 1T and semiconducting 2H phase MoS2 nanosheets can be directly investigated. We found that catalytic properties of MoS2 are primarily governed by the electrical coupling between the nanosheets and the substrate. The catalytic activity of the basal plane of 2H MoS2, which has been thought to be poorly active, can approach the activity of the metallic edges by engineering the contact resistance of the 2H phase of MoS2 basal plane with overpotential and Tafel slopes values of ~ -0.1 V and 50 mV/dec respectively. Our results provide new insights into the role of contact resistance and charge transport for improving the performance of 2D MoS2 nanosheet catalysts for hydrogen evolution.


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