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Lecture: Exploring the Synthesis and Applications of Graphene

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Date: Thursday 8 February 2018
Venue: EN101, EN Building, Hawthorn Campus

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Graphene is the ultimate two-dimensional material consisting of a single layer of sp2 hybridized carbon. Due to its unique ability to be solution processed and patterned, graphene oxide (GO) sheets and chemically converted graphene hold promise for applications ranging from sensors to transparent conducting electrodes.

In this lecture, Distinguished Professor Richard B. Kaner will discuss the different approaches to synthesize carbon allotrope, ranging from chemical conversion to vapor phase deposition. He will also explore the challenges of growing graphene, controlling the number of layers, transferring graphene and some exciting uses such as laser scribed graphene for supercapacitors.

About the speaker

Richard Kaner received a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1984 working with Prof. Alan MacDiarmid (Nobel Laureate 2000, deceased). After postdoctoral research at Berkeley, he joined UCLA in 1987, earned tenure in 1991 and became a Distinguished Professor in 2012.

He has published over 350 papers in top peer reviewed journals and holds 29 U.S. patents. According to the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Thomson-Reuters rankings, he is among the world’s most highly cited authors.

Professor Kaner has received awards from the Dreyfus, Fulbright, Guggenheim, Packard and Sloan Foundations along with the Materials Research Society Medal, the Buck-Whitney Research Award, the Tolman Medal and the Award in the Chemistry of Materials from the American Chemical Society for his work on refractory materials including new synthetic routes to ceramics, intercalation compounds, superhard metals, graphene and conducting polymers.

He has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Chemical Society (ACS), the Materials Research Society (MRS) and the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC).

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