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Surface and Interfaces of Nanocarbons

Due to their particular surface properties, diamond films and nanocarbon materials (nanodiamonds, carbon nanotubes, fullerenes, graphene, and carbon dots) are widely investigated in applications fields for energy storage and conversion as well as nanomedicine. This symposium focuses on the surface and interface properties of these nanocarbon materials in relation with these applications.


Nanostructures of the carbon family (nanodiamonds, carbon nanotubes, fullerenes, graphene, and carbon dots) behave common surface properties which justify their wide use in energy or biomedicine fields. Nevertheless, some surface assets are nanocarbon dependent versus the sp2 or sp3 carbon hybridization. Moreover, for a given nanocarbon, the surface chemistry is often a key which governs its properties in colloids or composites. For example, the electronic surface structure of nanodiamonds can be tuned to confer photocatalytic or radiosensitization properties.

This symposium aims to address surface and interface properties of nanocarbons. This topic includes their surface chemistry and new experimental tools to control it. In addition, the goal is also to illustrate the relationship between specific surface properties of nanocarbons and their applications in the fields of energy and biomedicine.

Surface chemistry includes surface terminations, sequential reactions, immobilization of molecules, genes and drugs, polymer grafting, physical and mechanical properties, simulations, and theory. Special attention will be drawn to the relationship between surface chemical structure and physical properties of carbon materials, and the actual techniques to control the surface chemistry. The structural characterization by spectroscopies and other means is one of the important subjects in this symposium. Advanced new experimental tools to investigate surface and interfaces of nanocarbons, especially reactions at the interface with solvent are concerned.

Hot topics to be covered by the symposium

  • Surface modifications of carbon materials and surface chemistry
  • Interactions between nanocarbons and solvent in colloids
  • Advanced experimental tools for surface and interface characterization of nanocarbons
  • Solution-processed chemistry of carbon materials
  • Theory and simulation in surface chemistry of nanocarbons
  • Adsorption of molecules to carbon surface
  • Surface effects on photoluminescence
  • Hybridized carbon materials
  • Electro- and bio-chemical applications of carbon materials
  • Biomedical applications of nanocarbons
  • Nanocarbons for energy storage and conversion
  • Nanocarbons as non-metal catalysts
  • Carbon material-based sensors

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Symposium organizers

Bâtiment 451, Point Courrier 45, 91191 Gif sur Yvette cedex, France
Naoki KOMATSUKyoto University

Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8501, Japan
Nianjun YANGUniversity of Siegen

Paul-Bonatz-Straße 9-11, 57076 Siegen, Germany
Olga A. SHENDEROVAAdámas Nanotechnologies, Inc.

8100 Brownleigh Dr., S120, Raleigh, NC 27615, USA