Graphene has attracted a great deal of attention because of its unique electronic properties that were praised by the Nobel Prize in 2010. Graphene holds promise to become a material of choice for the next generation of photovoltaic cells, field-effect devices (FED), flexible electronics, advanced composite materials, biosensors and advanced membranes. Raman spectroscopy is an easy and non-destructive method that played a critical role in characterization of graphene materials.
The recent emergence of graphene has generated a world-wide – and highly competitive – scientific enthusiasm, due to the extraordinary properties which are expected from graphene-based nano-objects and their derivatives. Its structural and chemical simplicity makes graphene a very convenient systems for fundamental research and for the development of nano-scale sciences. On the other hand, the numerous variations of the graphene based nano-objects allow a unique variability of properties (transport, mechanical, optical, chemical…) and an unusually high number of potential applications, spanning energy, nanoelectronics, or chemical industry. Graphene is also ideal for chemists who can modify its properties by functionalisation, grafting, adsorption and doping. Investigating graphene clearly requires the involvement of scientists in areas related to physics, chemistry, and materials sciences.
This growing interest, triggered by the numerous potential applications of graphene in future nanotechnology, motivates the creation of an interdisciplinary school on graphene. The school is aimed at PhD students, post-doctoral and young researchers in the first instance. The School is taking place in Cargèse, France from October 12 to October 22, 2010 at the Institut d’Etudes Scientifiques de Cargèse.
An educational webinar from Materials Today is coming soon:
- Topic: Introduction to Raman Spectroscopy as a Characterization Tool for Graphene and Carbon Nanostructures
- When: Tuesday March 9th, 2010
- Time: 16h00 GMT, 11h00 EST
- Duration: 1 hour
Registration is free. Simply, follow this link to reserve your place.