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C2D 2014 - Main assignment

The purpose of the assignment is to analyse the challenges within a topic of 2D materials research, based on a particular research project. You will meet the researcher him/herself and listen to the presentation at CBH2014, and even have the opportunity to interview him/her on their views and insights in the matter: on his/her own research as well as the research field, on the challenges and bottlenecks, and their honest view of perspectives and impact. 
Our aim with this assignment is to train you in critically analysing research and identifying risks and opportunities, and do "sanity check"... with the added twist of the personal insights from the author him/herself. In short, something fun, exciting and important, that we would enjoy doing ourselves.


  1. First you make your prioritised wishes for topics to work on see bottom of page). We will divide you into groups based on your wishes. While we cannot guarantee that you will get your first prioritisation, we will do our best.
  2. You arrange to meet with your group and prepare some *great* questions for the interview with the researcher. The better and more precise the questions, the better material you get for your report.
  3. You listen to the presentation and make careful notes. 
  4. You arrange with the speaker for a half hour (or so) interview. Be friendly, polite but unafraid to ask for weaknesses, doubts --- what is the real deal? what will be the bottlenecks, and what is there to be done about it? What do you plan to do about it? ... dont be afraid to challenge the researchers, they are challenged like this every day, and in every paper review they receive. That is their job. 
    (PLEASE NOTE: 3 and 4 can be switched, if the presentation is late in the conference).
  5. You "debrief" with your group and share notes, observations, papers and thoughts.
  6. You write the report when you get back. You are very welcome to arrange in the group to give feedback on each others report; its probably a great idea - but you write your own report.
  7. The hand-in deadline is September 15, 2014 - and you hand in on campusnet, as the other assignments.

Report guidelines 

  1. The report is about 6 pages with figures, normal margins (2 cm), pt 11-12, single spacing or so. Appendices and list of references are extra.
  2. You can use any wordprocessor you like,
  3. The first half of the report is focusing on describing the research topic. The second part is about bottlenecks, challenges, different possible solutions, opportunities and finally outlook.
The report is composed of:
  • Front page: title, your names and affiliations, name of researcher and his/her talk, date
3 pages
  • Introduction
    • Why is this important? general motivation. Discussion of its proposed impact/importance for technology & science... but try (!)  to minimise klichés and pompous statements.
    • What needs to be done? main targets of the research field ("to create a bandgap, to make high quality graphene growth, to understand the... )
    • What has been done already? short literature review - the most important paper
  • Goal of the Research Project: Statement of the specific goal targeted (or problem stated) by the Research Project, and the approach chosen to reach it.
  • Methods : discussion of the used methods against alternative routes used in field, compare strengths and weaknesses.
  • Results : main results of Research Project, interpretation, and comparison with competiting results / other literature). You can include the researcher's own view as well as your own.

3 pages

  • Challenges and bottlenecks: here you discuss the main challenges in reaching the specific goals of the Research Project. as wel as the major goals of the field. You are very welcome to include views of the researcher, and to comment on these.
  • Opportunities and workarounds: Here you discuss the options for solving the challenges & removing the bottlenecks. What do you think will work best? Do you agree with the Researcher?


  • List of references and any appendices

It is generally encouraged to keep the report on a high technical level. Dont talk about market shares, sociological development and societys need for this or that -  i.e. try to avoid pompous "proposal language"! Please discuss the science and technology on a scientific / technological basis - as much as possible! Whenever you state something you are not sure about, or something that is an opinion, make this clear. 
If in any doubt as how to implement and follow these guidelines, do not hesitate to ask (peter.boggild@nanotech.dtu.dk or natalie.kostesha@nanotech.dtu.dk).

How to pass the course

- participation all day, all five days of the summer school
- pre-assignment uploaded and accepted (by organisers)
- pre-assignment review uploaded and accepted
- main assignment uploaded and accepted (around sep 24)

Topic selection

Selected talks/researchers - Thursday

11.20    Stephan Hofmann (Cambridge) - Towards an understanding of catalytic, scalable graphene growth
11.50    Arkady Krasheninnikov (Aalto) - Defects in two-dimensional transition-metal dichalcogenides and silica bilayers

Selected talks/researchers - Friday

11.45 Max Lemme (KTH Royal Inst. Tech.) - Graphene Nanoelectronic Devices – It’s not all about Mobility
12.15 Justin Wells (NTNU Trondheim Univ.) - Graphene's overlooked sigma band
13.45 Aravind Vijayaraghavan (Manchester) - Integrating nano-carbons with plasmonic and photonic systems
15.30 Siegfried Eigler (FAU Erlangen)  - Controlled Oxo-Functionalization of Graphite Leading to Graphene and Functionalized Graphene
16.00 David Abergel (Nordita) - The role of spin-orbit coupling in topologically protected interface states in Dirac materials

Please make your prioritisations below

Main assignment: choice of topic