This one day event brings a series of topical keynote sessions direct to your computer, giving you the flexibility to learn about latest developments in our field from wherever you are in the world. 

Given the ever increasing interest in the New Carbon Era and the prominent stature of our speakers, we are confident that we will attract a large number of delegates.


The New Carbon Era
Because of graphene's exotic electronic properties, theorists are being forced to revist the conceptual basis for the theory of metals. Hence, graphene seems to be unveiling a new era in science and technology with still unseen consequenses.

Speaker: Professor Antonio H Castro Neto, Boston University

The defective Carbon Nanoworld

Atomic scale defects do not simply influence the properties of a given carbon nanomaterial, they often dictate them. This presentation examines typical defects in fullerenes, nanotubes and graphene, both accidental and deliberately introduced through doping or functionalisation. We discuss how defects can be turned to our advantage, allowing tuning and control of both properties and function.

Speaker: Dr Chris Ewels, CNRS, Nantes, France

Sponsor's Address - Electron Backscatter Diffraction

The scanning electron microscope (SEM) and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) are useful tools for imaging and elemental analyses for a wide variety of materials on the micron and sub-micron scales.  AS powerful as these techniques are, they do not provide any crystallographic or grain structure information.  X-ray diffraction can provide some of the information, but on a much larger scale.  Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) is a complimentary structural technique used in the SEM.  This webinar will describe the origin of the sample information, typical hardware, data collection schemes, and results to effectively use EBSD in your lab.

Speaker: Dr Patrick Camus, Product Scientist for EDS, WDS and EBSD, Microanalysis Group, Thermo Fisher Scientific

DNA sequencing

Graphene, a surprisingly robust planar sheet of carbon just one-atom thick, can act as an artificial membrane separating two liquid reservoirs.

By drilling a tiny pore just a few-nanometers in diameter, called a nanopore, in the graphene membrane, they were able to measure exchange of ions through the pore and demonstrated that a long DNA molecule can be pulled through the graphene nanopore just as a thread is pulled through the eye of a needle.

Speaker: Dr Slaven Garaj, Department of Physics, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA

Graphene Oxide: Some New Insights into an Old Material

Graphite oxide sheet, now named as graphene oxide (GO), is the product of chemical exfoliation of graphite that has been known for more than a century. Interest in this old material has been resurged after the discovery of graphene in 2004, as GO is considered to be a promising precursor for bulk production of graphene.  We view GO as an unconventional type of soft material in that it possesses characteristics of polymers, membranes, colloids and amphiphiles. Therefore, it is of both scientific curiosity and technical importance to understand how these atomically thin sheets assemble, how assembly tailors microstructures, and how microstructures impact on the final material properties.

This talk will highlight some of our recent discoveries on the synthesis, processing, characterization and solution properties of GO. I will first discuss the potential fire risk during large scale production of GO and how to mitigate the problem. Next, I will introduce a facile imaging technique, named fluorescence quenching microscopy that allows rapid imaging of GO and other graphene-based sheets on arbitrary substrates (e.g., plastics and glass) and even in solution. Finally, I will discuss a new solution property of GO and its new application in solution processing of insoluble materials

Speaker: Professor Jiaxing Huang, Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University


Microcrystalline diamond and nanocrystalline diamond and medical applications of diamond coatings

Speaker: Professor Roger Narayan, Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, University of North Carolina School of Medicine