Chemistry of 2‑dimensional materials: beyond graphene Faraday Discussion — 16 — 18 March 2020


On behalf of the scientific committee, I extend a warm invitation to you to join us in Cambridge in March 2020 for a Faraday Discussion on the theme of Chemistry of 2‑dimensional materials: beyond graphene. Register here
Faraday Discussions are unique international scientific conferences that focus on rapidly developing areas of chemistry and their interfaces with other scientific disciplines. Many Discussions have become landmarks in their field, and I hope you will join us at this Discussion to make your contribution to this famous series of meetings.
At this Faraday Discussion we aim to explore 2D materials with uniquely programmed physical and chemical properties tailored for technological applications. More detail on the themes of the Discussion can be found below. The topic is intrinsically very interdisciplinary, so will be relevant to scientists from many different communities: physical/​materials chemists, chemical engineers, biomaterial and biomedical scientists, and opto-electronics and photonics researchers.
We’ll be exploring 2D materials with uniquely programmed physical and chemical properties tailored for technological applications. See our full list of themes
Any delegate can contribute to the live discussions, a record of which will be published in the accompanying volume along with the speakers’ research articles. Take advantage of this opportunity to showcase your own latest research alongside leaders in the field. Submit your oral or poster abstract today.
The Cambridge setting for this Discussion will be Downing College, right in the centre of historic Cambridge, and within walking distance of many other University colleges, shops, museums and sightseeing. Cambridge has lots to offer if you wish to extend your stay, with London less than an hour away by train.

Scientific Themes

Graphene has extraordinary chemical and physical properties ensuring its use in opto-electronics, energy and biomedical applications. One of the greatest challenges is to develop and master chemical strategies for other 2D materials such as transition metal dichalcogenides. In nature one can find over 3000 layered compounds with different chemical compositions and structures thereby holding diverse physical properties.
This Faraday Discussion will cover all areas related to other 2D materials’ chemistry spanning from their theoretical/​computational prediction to their synthesis and functionalization yielding 2D and 3D systems with tailor made physical properties — for composites, foams and coatings, membranes, (bio)sensing, (electro- and photo-)catalysis, energy conversion, harvesting and storage, (opto)electronics, nanomedicine and biomaterials.
The Discussion will focus on the following four themes:
2D materials production and generation of functional inks 
In this session we will discuss the methods for the isolation/​production of transition metal dichalcogenides and other non-graphene based 2D materials with ad-hoc physical properties. The discussion will include the functionalization of 2D materials to generate functional inks holding novel or improved physical properties compared to those of the 2D materials itself.
Biomedical applications
In this session we will discuss: a) current state-of-the-art in the development and use of 2D materials in biological applications; b) determine the most advanced applications using 2D material components towards clinical use; c) the unique properties that 2D materials offer for in vivo and in vitro potential applications.
Applications in energy 
In this session we will discuss the controlled functionalization of 2D materials for their use as active components in applications for energy storage (especially batteries and micro-/super-capacitors) and energy generation (solar cells and water splitting).
Applications in opto-electronics 
In this session we will discuss the tuning of the properties of 2D materials for their application in opto-electronics such as field-effect transistors, photodetectors and memory devices.