Special Issue "Synthesis, Structure and Applications of 2D Nanomaterials"

A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 May 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Stefano Agnoli

Department Chemistry Science, University of Padua, Via Marzolo 1, I-35131 Padua, Italy
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Interests: 2D materials; transition metal dichalcogenides; electronic properties; heterogenoeus catalysis; metal organic frameworks; electrocatalysis; green chemistrys, metal organic frameworks, electrocatalysis, green chemistry
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Yanfeng Zhang

Center for Nanochemistry at Peking University; Department of Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering, Peking University, Beijing University
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Interests: Her research interest relates to the controlled growth, accurate characterization and novel property exploration of two dimensional layered materials including graphene, h-BN-graphene heterostructures, and transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) and their heterostructures. Recently, her research interest also turns to the applications of such 2D systems in energy related fields.

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues:

In the last decade, graphene has been the material with the largest impact on materials science. However, it is only a forerunner to the larger family of 2D materials that has gradually made its presence felt in several different disciplines. Today, scientists have at their disposal, an entire zoology of materials with quite different properties, ranging from metals to semiconductors, from atomic crystals to 2D composite layers with complex stoichiometry, and from highly inert compounds to exceptionally active catalysts. This has kindled intense and extremely varied research activities encompassing both fundamental studies and technological applications.

The reason for the undeniable charm of 2D materials can be traced back to their exceptional functional capabilities: The 2D topology imparts them with unusual electronic and optical properties that have yet to be fully investigated and comprehended. Moreover, it is now quite evident that the rational combination of different 2D materials can lead to a new class of artificial solids that exhibit totally new properties, quite different from those of the composing units.

This Special Issue is devoted to the latest advancements in the field of 2D materials, with a special focus on the synthesis methods of novel 2D materials and their nanocomposites, on the advanced characterization of their special electronic, optical and chemical properties, and on the emerging applications in several technological fields encompassing catalysis, microelectronics, sensors, and energy conversion.

This Special Issue is open to original research articles, as well as review articles, that can help to outline the current status of research on 2D materials and its coming future.  

Prof. Dr. Stefano Agnoli
Prof. Dr. Yanfeng Zhang
Guest Editors

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  • Graphene and chemically modified graphenes
  • Transition metal dichalcogenides
  • Silicene, germanene, stannene/silicane and germanane
  • Mxenes
  • Phosphorene
  • 2D topological insulators
  • two dimensional oxides, carbides and nitrides
  • electrochemistry
  • catalysis
  • photoactivity
  • synthesis and functionalization
  • nanocomposites and heterostructures

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Open AccessArticle Raman Enhancement and Photo-Bleaching of Organic Dyes in the Presence of Chemical Vapor Deposition-Grown Graphene
Nanomaterials 2017, 7(10), 337; doi:10.3390/nano7100337
Received: 18 September 2017 / Revised: 10 October 2017 / Accepted: 16 October 2017 / Published: 19 October 2017
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Fluorescent organic dyes photobleach under intense light. Graphene has been shown to improve the photo-stability of organic dyes. In this paper, we investigated the Raman spectroscopy and photo-bleaching kinetics of dyes in the absence/presence of chemical vapor deposition (CVD)-grown graphene. We show that
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Fluorescent organic dyes photobleach under intense light. Graphene has been shown to improve the photo-stability of organic dyes. In this paper, we investigated the Raman spectroscopy and photo-bleaching kinetics of dyes in the absence/presence of chemical vapor deposition (CVD)-grown graphene. We show that graphene enhances the Raman signal of a wide range of dyes. The photo-bleaching of the dyes was reduced when the dyes were in contact with graphene. In contrast, monolayer hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) was much less effective in reducing the photo-bleaching rate of the dyes. We attribute the suppression of photo-bleaching to the energy or electron transfer from dye to graphene. The results highlight the potential of CVD graphene as a substrate for protecting and enhancing Raman response of organic dyes. Full article
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