UC Riverside Professor to lead Graphene Symposium

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Symposium OO: De Novo Graphene, which is part of the 2014 MRS (Materials Research Society) , is set for April 21 to 25

By Sean Nealon on March 31, 2014

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Cengiz Ozkan, a professor of mechanical engineering

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — A University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering professor is the lead organizer of a symposium on graphene research, April 21 to 25 in San Francisco.

Cengiz Ozkan, a professor of mechanical engineering, will be organizing “Symposium OO: De Novo Graphene,” which is part of the 2014 MRS (Materials Research Society)Spring Meeting and Exhibit.

Graphene is a one-atom thick material with remarkable electrical, thermal and mechanical properties. The global research field on graphene has exploded to incorporate numerous diverse applications ranging from nanoelectronics to energy storage devices and to medicine, which can now be fabricated in large scales

Additional two dimensional carbon allotropes, such as graphdiyne and graphyne, and three dimensional hierarchical architectures including graphene-nanotube nanostructures and graphene foam, have emerged and invoke remarkable properties of their own, several of which have been manufactured by Ozkan’s group for applications in energy storage.

The MRS Meeting is expected to draw over 6,000 people. De Novo Graphene is the sixth symposium Ozkan has organized for MRS, and will run for five days to highlight recent breakthroughs in the nucleation and growth mechanisms; electronic, electrochemical, mechanical and thermal properties; manufacturing challenges; characterization and modeling of graphene materials; hierarchical architectures of graphene incorporating tunability and mutability in design, and integration with organic and inorganic materials and devices.

The list of more than 25 invited speakers for De Novo Graphene includes Alexander Balandin, a UC Riverside electrical engineering professor.  Also, a number of UCR graduate students will be attending with contributed talks and poster presentations at the symposium.

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