TechConnect World 2016
National SBIR/STTR Conference National Innovation Summit & Showcase Nanotech 2016

Few layer two dimensional materials, Graphene & Nanowires: Fundamentals, Advances & Manufacturing

graphene nanotubes nanowires

Sunday, May 22, 2016, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Gaylord National Convention Center, Washington, DC

Technology Focus

Progress in the synthesis of highly crystalline few layer two dimensional materials, nanotubes and nanowires with exceptional and unique properties compared to their bulk counterparts opens up a wide range of applications. The last two decades brought enormous progress in understanding low dimensional nanomaterials such as nanotubes which triggered off research on nanowires, graphene and few layer two dimensional materials. Fast electronics, transparent electrodes, detectors, sensors, actuators and carbon nanocomposites are some among many potential application areas. This workshop will give an overview, include recent findings and focus on all essential aspects in these growing fields.


This workshop will first introduce graphene, two dimensional materials and carbon nanotubes and related carbon nanostructures, their basic properties and characteristics. Second the growth, characterization of carbon nanotubes, graphene and various nanowires including Si, Ge, III-V, II-VI, oxides, nitrides will be discussed. The most relevant synthesis and processing techniques will be presented. The fundamental structural, optical and electronic properties will be considered as a function of the characteristic structural properties such as diameter and length or number of layers. Fundamentally, the same materials in thin film form have been responsible for the revolution we have witnessed in the last 20 years in the areas of microelectronics, photonics, MEMS etc. Safety and health issues will also be discussed. The second part of the workshop will review a wide range of applications of carbon nanotubes, nanowires and graphene which are either in use today, under development or are considered for specific applications in the near future.  

Workshop Contents

1. Overview and Fundamentals
Research activity past and present, discovery of new carbon nanostructures. Graphene and CNT time line, small scale / big surface, between two worlds, property advantage, size range, reality, market size, CNT producing companies. Structure, CNT periodic table, electronic properties, Kataura plot, Geim’s and Novoselov’s work on Graphene.

2. Synthesis and processing
New growth techniques, CNT forest, double wall CNTs, selective growth, aligning tubes, oriented growth, yarns, fibers, micro contact printing, dispersions, printed electronicstwo dimensional materials. Vapor-liquid-solid technique, examples of semiconducting, phase-change, oxide, nitride, metallic and other nanowires

3. Properties
Optical, electrical, mechanical and thermal properties of carbon nanotubes, graphene and semiconducting nanowires, electrons with no effective mass, ballistic conductivity, light emission, light detection, thermal conductivity.

4. Applications and Products
Nanoelectronics, optoelectronics, flexible electronics, energy storage technologies including batteries and supercapacitors, energy generation technologies including solar cells, piezo and thermoelectric devices, chemical sensors, biosensors, X-ray tubes and field emission applications, transparent electrodes, display technology, conductive inks, wires and cables, conductive and reinforced composites, and others.

Workshop Instructors

Meyya MeyyappanMeyya Meyyappan
Chief Scientist for Exploration Technology at the Center for Nanotechnology
NASA Ames Research Center

Wolfgang S. BacsaWolfgang S. Bacsa
University of Toulouse, France


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