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Francesco Bonaccorso: Large scale production of 2D crystals and their application in energy

posted 24 Jul 2017, 05:47 by info admin
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Graphene Labs, 16163 Genova, Italy

Liquid-phase exfoliation of layered materials[1] is offering a simple and cost-effective pathway to fabricate various two-dimensional (2D) crystal-based (opto)electronic[2] and energy devices[3], presenting huge integration flexibility compared to conventional methods.[2,3] However, a key requirement for the realization of such applications is the development of industrial-scale, reliable, inexpensive production processes,[1] while providing a balance between ease of fabrication and final material quality with on-demand properties. Here, I will show our scaling up approach for the solution processing of 2D crystal based on wet-jet milling of layered materials. Moreover, I will present an overview of 2D crystals for flexible and printed (opto)electronic and energy applications, from the fabrication of large area electrodes[2] to devices integration.[2,3]

[1] F. Bonaccorso, et. al., Adv. Mater. 28, 6136 (2016).
[2] F. Bonaccorso, et. al., Nature Photonics 4, 611, (2010).
[3] F. Bonaccorso, et. al., Science, 347, 1246501 (2015).

Francesco Bonaccorso gained the PhD from the University of Messina in Italy after working at the Italian National Research Council, the Engineering Department of Cambridge University (UK) and the Department of Physics and Astronomy of Vanderbilt University (USA). In June 2009 he was awarded a Royal Society Newton International Fellowship at Cambridge University, and elected to a Research Fellowship at Hughes Hall, Cambridge, where he also obtained a MA. He is currently leading the processing and prototyping group at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Graphene Labs. He was responsible in defining the ten years scientific and technological roadmap for the European Graphene Flagship. He was featured as 2016 Emerging Investigator by J. Mater. Chem. A. His research interests encompass both the fun-damental understanding and solution processing of novel nanomaterials with on-demand de-signed structures, their spectroscopic characteriza¬tion, incorporation into polymer composites and their technological application in solar and photoelectrochemical cells, lithium-ion batter-ies, light emitting devices and ultrafast lasers. He organized several conferences such as Graphene2015/2016/2017, Graphene Canada, GrapChina 2014/2015/2016, etc., and symposia in MRS, e-MRS. He has several publications in journals such as Science, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Photonics, Chemical Society Reviews, Advanced Materials, Nano Letters, etc. These have been covered by a number of reports in the press.