6 September 2021, Online
Nanomaterials Webinar | 2D Materials: From Theory to Applications

The aim of this webinar is to bring together scientists, researchers and companies to attend and share their visions, experiences and recent research developments in the field of 2D materials.

The theme of webinar is “2D materials: from theory to applications”.

The webinar will provide an interdisciplinary platform to discus and debate the most recent theoretical and experimental works in the field of 2D materials.

2 topics will be extensively debated: (i) Electrosynthesis from exfoliated two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides and (ii) Ab initio 2D material design for sustainable applications.

Electrosynthesis from exfoliated two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides

Two dimensional (2D) materials have emerged as platforms for the study of heterogeneous catalysis. Thanks to their reduced dimensionality, their properties can largely be adjusted by modifying the elemental composition, the structural phase and the concentration of atomic vacancies1. Besides, 2D materials have also shown promise as single atoms supports used as catalytic active sites for key reactions including the production of hydrogen, the conversion of CO2 and more recently the nitrogen fixation2. Our research aims to develop strategies for designing nanosheets and to explore their catalytic behavior by combining both in-situ and operando investigations. Through several examples, I will review our practical approaches for engineering exfoliated 2D materials via the phase control, the defect concentration or via the inclusion of individual metal.

Ab initio 2d material design for sustainable applications

The evolution of technologies for environmentally friendly applications is deeply intertwined with research activities on material exploration and design, both in the laboratory and in silico. I will present key examples in which atomistic simulations proved fruitful in explaining and predicting properties of 2d materials for sustainable technologies. Density Functional Theory and many-body perturbation theory were successfully applied to hot fields such as electrocatalysis, with the development of new 2d carbon-based single atom catalysts, photocatalysis, by studying the exciton lifetimes of graphitic carbon nitride, photovoltaics, with the proposal of new ultrathin heterostructures based on transition metal dichalcogenides and, eventually, water treatment, by expanding the studies on porous graphene membranes. From all these examples, it will emerge how theoretical methods can provide valuable results to better interpret and guide the experimental activity.

The webinar will include the following experts:
  • Dr. Mikhael Bechelany, CNRS
  • Dr. Damien Voiry, University of Montpellier
  • Dr. Michele Re Fiorentin, Center for Sustainable Future Technologies - Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

When? 6 September 2021 at 10:00am CEST | 4:00am EDT | 4:00pm CST Asia

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