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2D materials and surfaces: synthesis, characterization and perspectives


Chemical functionalization of 2D materials

Due to their exceptional properties in areas such as electrical, optical, chemical, mechanical, and thermal, 2D materials have garnered significant attention as promising candidates for numerous technological applications. The upcoming symposium will showcase the latest progress in the field of chemical functionalization of 2D materials, with a focus on new chemistries related to 2D materials, and will also explore their relevance to applications such as energy storage, sensing, catalysis, composites, and nanodevices. The symposium will provide an opportunity to discuss the most recent advances in this field, and to connect with other experts in the area for potential collaborations.


The objective of this symposium is to attract experts in the field of chemical functionalization of 2D materials, including chemists, materials scientists, physicists, and industrial partners. The symposium aims to provide a platform for experts to meet, present their latest findings, exchange ideas, and establish connections for potential collaborations, ultimately advancing the field.

The chemical functionalization of 2D materials is a rapidly evolving area of research within the broader field of 2D materials. Chemical functionalization is a powerful method that can prevent 2D materials from aggregating in solvents, thus preserving their large aspect ratio, specific surface area, and enhancing their dispersibility, wettabilty, and processibility. This approach also allows for the tuning of their physicochemical properties and the potential for the creation of new properties. Chemically functionalized 2D materials have shown potential applications in energy conversion and storage, multifunctional nanocomposites, electronics devices, and sensing, among others. For example, chemically functionalized graphene can enhance the interfacial interactions between graphene and polymers to form much stronger nanocomposites.

The symposium will feature invited and oral speakers who will discuss recent developments in the chemical modification of 2D materials, with posters also being presented. The scope of the topics covered will include not only new chemistries related to graphene, but also emerging chemistries of other beyond-graphene 2D materials, such as transition metal dichalcogenides, phosphorene, and MXene. Additionally, the symposium will showcase relevant applications of chemically modified 2D materials as demonstrated by the participants.

Experts from industry working with 2D materials will also be invited to present their findings and perspectives on industrial applications, bridging the gap between academia and industry and exploring opportunities for practical use of chemically functionalized 2D materials.

Lastly, a special issue on the topic of chemical functionalization of 2D materials will be organized in a scientific journal such as Small (Wiley). Participants in the symposium will have an opportunity to publish their latest research in a leading journal.

Hot topics to be covered by the symposium:

The symposium will cover a wide range of hot topics relating to 'chemical functionalization of 2D materials', including, but not limited to:

  • Graphene (including synthetic nanographene)
  • Transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs)
  • Phosphorene
  • MXene
  • Perovskite
  • Boron nitride
  • Other 2D materials
  • Heterostructures
  • Catalysts
  • Energy conversion and storage
  • Sensing
  • Nanodevices
  • Photonics
  • Nanocomposites
  • Membranes



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Symposium organizers
Nazario MARTINUniversidad Complutense de Madrid

Organic Chemistry Department, Chemistry Faculty, 28040 Madrid, Spain
Nikos TAGMATARCHISNational Hellenic Research Foundation

Theoretical and Physical Chemistry Institute, 48 Vassileos Constantinou Avenue, Athens 11635 Greece
Xiaoyan ZHANG (Main organizer)Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology

Kemigården 10, 412 58 Göteborg, Sweden
Zhong-Shuai WUCAS, Dalian

457 Zhongshan Road, Dalian 116023, P. R. China