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2D materials and surfaces: synthesis, characterization and perspectives


Nanocarbons: from synthesis to advanced applications

Nanocarbons form a material family that possesses outstanding and complementary assets. This explains such nanomaterials are currently actively investigated in many fields like biomedicine, catalysis, advanced composites and lubricants, energy, environment, electronics, sensing and quantum technology.


This symposium will provide a state of the art on nanocarbons synthesis (e.g., nanodiamonds, fullerenes, nanotubes, graphene, carbon dots, graphyne) with a special focus on bottom-up strategies that allow a better control of their size, shape, crystalline structure and doping with impurities. The impact of defects like color centers or structural defects on nanocarbon properties will be addressed both experimentally and theoretically. The symposium will also cover the different ex- and in-situ techniques to characterize nanocarbons including the advanced synchrotron-based and in operando techniques. As many applications use nanocarbons dispersed in colloids, colloidal properties and interactions of the different nanocarbons with solvents are important included topics.  

The latest advances in ongoing applications of nanocarbons will be presented during this symposium: biolabeling, biosensing and drug delivery, catalysis, photocatalysis and electrocatalysis, degradation of environmental pollutants, energy storage and conversion, composites and lubricants, electronics, sensing and quantum technologies using color centers in nanodiamonds.

Hot topics to be covered by the symposium:

  • Bottom-up strategies for synthesis of nanocarbons
  • Surface chemistry of nanocarbons
  • Advanced characterization tools like synchrotron-based techniques
  • Colloidal properties
  • Operando experiments
  • Defects in nanocarbons
  • Modelling of nanocarbon synthesis and properties
  • Biomedical imaging and drug delivery using nanocarbons
  • Electrochemical and biochemical sensors
  • Electrocatalysis, photocatalysis, and photoelectrocatalysis
  • Carbon nanomaterials for energy storage and conversion
  • Photoluminescence of nanocarbons
  • Quantum sensors based on color centers in nanodiamonds

Tentative list of invited speakers:

  • O. Shenderova (Adamas Nanotechnology, USA) - Tuning the fluorescence properties of nanodiamonds
  • B. Yang (Jilin University, China) - Carbon Dots: A New Type of Carbon-Based Nanomaterial with Wide Applications
  • S. Sato (Univ. of Tokyo, Japan) - Carbon based integrated molecular structure
  • E. A. Ekimov (Institute for High Pressure Physics, Moscow) - HPHT synthesis of nanodiamonds
  • J. Wrachtrup (Stuttgart University & Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Germany) - Quantum Technology with Functionalized Carbon Nanostructures
  • T. Petit (HZB, Berlin, Germany) - Synchrotron based techniques for characterization of nanocarbons
  • C. Ewels (IMN, France) - Modelling of intrinsic defects in carbon nanomaterials
  • T. Miyake (Waseda Univ., Japan) - Nano-bio electronics with low-dimensional carbon materials
  • H. Peng (Peking University, China) - Graphene films: from lab to industry
  • R. McKendry (UCL, UK) - Quantum nanodiamonds for early diagnosis of disease
  • Sh. Chang (University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia) - Advanced TEM and cryo-EM investigations of nanocarbons colloids
  • C. Wang (Institute of Chemistry, CAS, China) - Biomedicine aspects of Fullerenes
  • R. J. Hamers (Wisconsin University, USA) - Diamond materials for energy applications
  • H. Yan (North Texas University, USA) - Self-Limiting Sub-5 nm Nanodiamonds by Geochemistry-Inspired Synthesis

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Symposium organizers
Akichika KUMATANIThe University of Tokyo

2-11-16, Yayoi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8656, Japan
Hui-Ming CHENGInstitute of Metal Research, CAS

72 Wenhua Road, 110016 Shenyang, P. R. China
Jean-Charles ARNAULT (Main organizer)CEA NIMBE

Centre d'études de Saclay, Bâtiment 522, PC 6, 91191 Gif sur Yvette cedex, France
Nianjun YANGHasselt University

Institute of Materials Research, 3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium