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Tutorial BM06—Future Perspective of 3D Graphene and Beyond

Nov 26, 2017
07:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Hynes, Level 2, Room 209

The tutorial will be covering the basic understandings on the atomic layers based interconnects such as junction chemistry, mechano-chemical properties of some of these interfaces, structural evolution of the junctions, transport through the junction and their importance in various fields.

8:30 am – 9:15 am
Part I: Pulickel M. Ajayan
3D Carbon Nanostructures

One of the key bottlenecks of nanotechnology is the inability to translate the amazing properties of individual nanostructures (e.g., carbon nanotubes, nanoparticles, etc.) to larger scales due to the inability to engineer them with control. We have been pursuing approaches to scalably produce three-dimensional nanostructured materials with control of the interfaces between these individual building blocks. Good control of this building process could yield unique nanostructured materials with tunable density, structure, morphology and properties and could lead to several interesting applications.

9:15 am – 9:45 am   BREAK

9:45 am – 10:25 am
Part II: Mauricio Terrones
3D Carbon Nanostructures and the Infusion Graphitic Planes

Learn about the theoretical and experimental study of the infusion of two graphitic planes in different directions to form seamless structures and the interdisciplinary approach to research and balancing experimentation and modeling. Work on the experimental production of nanomaterials with electron microscopy techniques for analysis is supplemented and enhanced with molecular simulations for predicting the stability and properties of nanostructures. Furthermore, the possibilities of covalent structures with various forms of structured nanomaterials and their interconnects (e.g., nanotubes, graphene, nanoribbons, etc.).

10:25 am – 11:10 am
Part III: Francisco Martin-Martinez
Understanding the Mechanics of Deformation and Failure of Biological Materials

By utilizing a computational materials science approach, the goal is to understand the mechanics of deformation and failure of biology's construction materials at a fundamental level. By incorporating the concepts from structural engineering, materials science and biology, study the core principles that link the fundamental atomistic-scale chemical structures to functional scales by understanding how biological materials achieve superior mechanical properties through the formation of hierarchical structures, via a merger of the concepts of structure and material. Get a general perspective on the graphene interconnects for structurally reinforced structures for applications.

11:10 am – 12:00 pm
Part IV: All Instructors
Open Discussion

A general discussion on the future perspective of 3D graphene and beyond including the unresolved problems in this field, challenges, applied aspects of this area and funding opportunities and requirements.


  • Pulickel M. Ajayan, Rice University
  • Mauricio Terrones, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Francisco Martin-Martinez, Massachusetts Institute of Technology