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Graphene and 2-dimensional Materials – University of Manchester 8 week course

Gain a foundational understanding of the world of 2-dimensional materials, including Graphene. This course provides an overview of this exciting new field of study, starting with the concept of what a 2-dimensional material is, how they are produced, their unique and superlative properties, and the range of potential applications.

This is a general interest course that will appeal to a broad range of audience who have an interest in science and future of graphene and 2-dimensional materials. A good knowledge of general physics and chemistry will aid in understanding the concepts. A deeper knowledge in the areas of materials science and nanotechnology will facilitate deeper understanding and appreciation of the subject material.

Week 1: Introduction

  • What is graphene? Atomic structure and graphene
  • History of graphene
  • Why is graphene a 2-d material?
  • Imaging the structure of graphene
  • Properties of graphene overview

Week 2: Production of graphene and 2-d materials

  • Comparison of production methods
  • Scotch-tape method (micromechanical cleavage)
  • Chemical vapour deposition
  • Solution-exfoliation 1 – graphene and other 2-d materials
  • Solution-exfoliation 2 – graphene oxide
  • Decomposition of silicon carbide
  • Production of graphene nano-ribbons

Week 3: Electronic properties and devices

  • Electronic structure of graphene
  • First graphene device
  • Further graphene devices and evidence of 2-dimensional nature
  • Electronic properties of bilayer graphene
  • Switching graphene OFF

Week 4: Raman spectroscopy

  • Principles of Raman spectroscopy
  • Raman spectrum of graphene
  • Analysis of graphene Raman spectra
  • Raman spectra of other 2-D materials

Week 5: Chemical properties and sensors

  • X-ray photoemission spectroscopy
  • Optical absorption spectroscopy
  • Functionalising graphene
  • Hydrogels and aerogels
  • Liquid cystals
  • Gas and chemical sensors

Week 6: Mechanical properties and applications

  • Measuring mechanical properties
  • Graphene resonators
  • Electromechanical devices
  • Graphene bubbles
  • Graphene composites

Week 7: Graphene membranes

  • GO and rGO membranes
  • Membranes for separation
  • Membranes as barriers
  • Porous membranes
  • Supercapacitor electrodes

Week 8: Biomedical devices and 2-d heterostructures

  • Biocompatibility and biodistribution
  • Scaffolds for tissue engineering
  • Drug and gene delivery
  • Cancer therapy
  • Introduction to 2-d heterostructures
  • 2D heterostructure devices

Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor. For this course, the only requirements participants will need are an internet connection and the time to think about the material presented.

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