New Frontiers for Graphene: Workshop on Oct. 23-25

October 18, 2017

Researchers from the U.S. and Europe will meet in Arlington, Va. for the US-EU Two-Dimensional (2D) Layered Materials and Devices Workshop during October 23-25, 2017. Co-organized by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the European research initiative Graphene Flagship, this meeting is a platform for discussion of common challenges and opportunities for new collaborations.

This workshop, the third in a series of international workshops between the NSF and the Graphene Flagship, continues the strong tradition of collaboration between the U.S. and Europe.

This year’s Workshop Chair and Co-chair are Prof. James Hwang from Lehigh University and Prof. Alan Seabaugh from the University of Notre Dame respectively. Prof. Vladimir Falko (University of Manchester, UK) is the European Chair.

The program will focus on identifying the similarities between trans-Atlantic GRM (graphene-related materials) research, and on recognizing common challenges where collaboration will significantly advance understanding.

During the meeting, researchers will hear about available support for trans-Atlantic collaborative projects from representatives of various funding agencies, including the NSF, the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research, several other U.S. agencies, and the Graphene Flagship.

The workshop will address research areas of a wide range of non-graphene 2D atomic layers such as phosphorene, transition metal di-chalcogenides, hexagonal boron nitride, tertiary compounds of carbo-nitrides, and complex oxides. Techniques of scalable synthesis of these materials on multiple substrates and control of layer number and defect density will be addressed.

The workshop will bring together leading scientists working on graphene and beyond graphene 2D materials and devices from Europe and the U.S. to help promote future collaborations and address common challenges. It will also bring together program managers and administrators from the two regions to discuss mechanisms that can be put in place to facilitate future joint research programs.

The workshop should positively impact learning in the science and engineering disciplines through personnel exchange programs that are likely to catalyze from, including the bilateral exchange of faculty, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows. It aims to have a significant impact by stimulating potential international partnerships between leading researchers in the U.S. and Europe to discuss broad directions for future research in this highly dynamic and interdisciplinary area.

As indicated by Prof. Hwang, “There have been several projects formally supported by either the NSF through a supplementary program or the Flagship through a mobility program. Some of these collaborators will report their results in this workshop. In addition to fundamental physics, material science and novel devices, this workshop emphasizes the integration of GRMs and silicon, which should facilitate their applications.”

According to Prof. Falko, “The workshop aims to broaden the scope of 2DM research by studying new materials for applications in optoelectronics and creating new 2DM heterostructures. I am aware of two dozen joint papers that GF partners have published in the recent years in collaboration with USA colleagues. We hope that new joint projects will be initiated by the discussions during the meeting.”


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Program Contact
Dimitris Pavlidis, Program Director, Division of Electrical, Communications, and Cyber Systems, and EFRI (Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation) 2-DARE (Two-Dimensional Atomic-layer Research and Engineering) Topic Coordinator
NSF Directorate for Engineering

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