The European Graphene Forum - EGF 2021 topics include:
In addition to the above main conference sessions, the event will host the following focused Symposia / EU projects workshops:
Symposium on Graphene for electronics and optoelectronics
Description: Graphene has gained interest as a promising material in future electronic devices due its high conductance and potential for the flexible modification of its electronic and structural properties. The great interest among the electronic engineering community—both academia and industry—has arisen regarding the exploitation of its extraordinary properties to develop new electronic devices, such as diodes, TFTs, memory devices, and sensors. Has graphene comprehended its full potential? Has the material moved from the field of academic research into the industrial arena?
this symposium will focus on advancements in the fabrication and characterization of different electronic structures. Communications and posters will cover a broad range of possible topics, including fabrication and characterization of graphene and graphene oxide thin films; graphene-based batteries and fuel cells; photovoltaics; graphene for flexible electronics and display; and other new applications and circuits based on graphene and graphene oxide.
Symposium on Graphene-Based Materials for sensing
Description: In the last 15 years, graphene-based materials have had a major contribution to the development of carbon-oriented research. The unique properties of graphene such as high–speed electron mobility at room temperature and high specific surface area along with the abundance of the source material recommend it as an ideal material in the fabrication of electrochemical sensors. However, there are some challenges that must be overcome. One of them is related to the synthesis of single-layer graphene, which is difficult to accomplish without inducing defects and diminishing its electrical conductivity. In addition, single-layer graphene has a strong tendency to form multi-layer graphene or even graphite through π-π stacking interaction in which case other nano-materials (e.g., metal/metal oxide nanoparticles, porphyrins) have to be intercalated.
This symposium will focus on the development of novel methods for graphene-based material synthesis as well as on their applications in the electrochemical detection of various molecules (organic pollutants, heavy metals, cancer biomarkers, pharmaceutical drugs, etc.).
Symposium on Graphene For energy
Description: With the growing threat of energy shortage and global climate crisis, sustainable energy storage and conversion approaches are becoming more significant for both the society and industry. Graphene and low-dimensional materials, featuring unusual physical, chemical, and electrical properties, can potentially exhibit surprising properties and performances on efficient energy storage and conversion, including batteries, supercapacitor, fuel cells, solar cells and other electrochemical devices.
Topics of interest for this symposium include (but are not limited to):
The aim of this symposium is to discuss recent advances in energy storage and conversion, based on graphene or other low-dimensional materials.
Symposium on Graphene for Biological and Biomedical Applications
Description: Graphene, a single layer of carbon atoms in a closely-packed honeycomb two-dimensional structure, is a new kind of carbon nanostructure material that was produced for the first time in 2004. Graphene has been exploited in many applications, and the use of graphene in the biomedical field is rapidly growing. Recent years have seen the explosion of graphene-based materials biomedical research, owing to the captivating physical and chemical properties of this family of nanomaterials, and thousands of scientific papers have been published since 2010, the year of the Geim and Novoselov Graphene Nobel Prize.
The versatile chemistry of graphene-based nanomaterials, including the capability to conjugate with water-soluble and water-insoluble active compounds, DNA, proteins, cells, targeting agents or polymers makes them a desirable nanoplatform for advanced biotechnological applications. Graphene derivates can be designed for drug and gene delivery applications or to realize antibacterial biocompatible scaffolds for the growth and proliferation of human stem cells. The graphene capability to confine light opens the possibility to develop ultrasensitive biosensors and can be applied for therapeutic functions together with imaging capabilities. Since graphene and graphene derivatives are a versatile platform across various biomedical disciplines, in this symposium, we aim to cover areas of promise and identify future challenges.
Symposium on Graphene application in water treatment:
Because water is an invaluable resource and the intelligent use and maintenance of water supplies is one of the most important and crucial challenges that stand before mankind, new material solutions are urgently required in order to obtain more efficient water treatment technologies for removing contaminants (organic and inorganic) or salt. Water pollution is a permanent challenge to be tackled, considering the fact that, according to EPA, each year, almost 2000 new chemicals are introduced worldwide. The whole world may be in great water scarcity after few decades. These are encouraging joint industrial and academic efforts to develop new technologies that are able to remove multi-contamination at sustainable costs to replace the state-of-the-art technology mainly relying on multistep treatments, low-efficiency wide spectrum adsorbents or efficient but selective filters. Graphene-related materials have already revealed their outstanding potential as components of composites or membranes for water treatment and desalination; thus, Graphene-related materials hold great promise in this field when it comes to enhancing the efficacy of conventional technologies or simplifying purification schemes, and they provide a new valuable tool to fight water pollution and desalting water.
The aim of this symposium is to cover all aspects of graphene modification/functionalization and membranes for adsorption and filtration for water treatment, include studies with multidisciplinary input, and offer new methodologies or insights on specific applications.
Workshop on LEAF-2D EU Project: Laser-induced synthesis, processing, and printing of graphene in the framework of the LEAF-2D EU projects
Description: The rapid expansion witnessed in recent years in the field of graphene-based applications has benefited greatly from concurrent advances in various experimental techniques devoted to the growth and processing of layered and two-dimensional materials. However, to harness the full potential of these systems as functional components in modern devices, further non-incremental developments are required in addition to ease of fabrication, high spatial resolution, clear routes for upscaling, low cost and reliability, namely the question of how to position graphene-based pads on and within other electronic and photonic circuitry. The use of lasers, often in the form of ultrashort pulses, provide a relatively simple, precise, and versatile technique to meet several of the open key challenges in graphene technology, as has been amply demonstrated already for novel sensors, (micro)supercapacitors, solar cells, integrated devices (e.g. artificial throat) and many other state-of-the-art applications.
This workshop will highlight the various ways that laser light can be taken advantage of in the fabrication of graphene-based devices, for example by enabling synthesis through suitable precursors, chemical reduction, patterning, ablation, doping, etc. The underlying mechanisms and processes span a wide range of interests, from basic experimental and theoretical research in the multi-scale physics of the interaction between light and matter, to the intriguing chemistry of photo-induced reactions, and all the way up to efficient engineering at system and integrated device level. In particular, the topics of interest include, but are not limited to: