Two-dimensional (2D) single atomic crystals or molecular monolayers such as graphene-based sheets have attracted rapidly growing interests in both fundamental science and technology due to their intriguing structures and excellent electronic, mechanical, and thermal properties. They have been shown to be very promising for applications including high-performance nanoelectronics, optoelectronics, composite, energy conversion and storage, thermal management, sensing and advanced electron microscopy, etc.

This symposium aims to highlight breakthroughs, progress, and challenges in the synthesis, processing, structure, and assembly of 2D layered materials, and how these factors affect their properties and applications
Materials synthesis and processing  
-Physical and chemical approaches; top-down and bottom-up
- Control of size, shape, and conformation of the 2D sheets
- Processing and assembly; patterning and integration into device structures
Structure and characterization
- Structure and characterization; microscopy; spectroscopy
- Theory and simulation
 Physical and chemical properties
- Physical properties: optical, electronic, thermal, magnetic, and mechanical properties
- Chemical properties: surface modification; chemical and photochemical reactivity
Electronic and other applications
- Devices: electron and phonon transport
- Thermal management
- Composites, hybrid materials, catalytic, energy, and biological applications
Other topics
- Noncarbon 2D materials; bismuth telluride and other topological insulators
A joint session with Symposium QQ: Carbon Functional Interfaces is being considered.
Also, a tutorial complementing this symposium is tentatively planned. Further information will be included in the MRS Program that will be
available online in January.
Current invited speakers
Pulickel M. Ajayan (Rice Univ.), Ilhan Aksay (Princeton Univ.), Phaedon Avouris (IBM T. J. Watson Research Ctr.), Manish Chhowalla (Rutgers Univ.), Yi Cui (Stanford Univ.) Andrea Ferrari (Univ. of Cambridge, United Kingdom), Suchismita Ghosh (Intel Corp.), Robert Haddon (Univ. of California, Riverside), Mark Hersam (Northwestern Univ.), Richard Kaner (Univ. of California, Los Angeles), Philip Kim (Columbia Univ.), Jun Liu (Pacific
Northwest National Lab), Klaus Müllen (Max-Planck-Inst., Germany), SonBinh Nguyen (Northwestern Univ.), Kostya Novoselov (Manchester Univ., United Kingdom), Elena Obraztsova (General Physics Inst., Russia), Rodney Ruoff (Univ. of Texas-Austin), Michael Shur (Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst.), James Tour (Rice Univ.), Jinlong Yang (Univ. of Science and Technology of China), and Alex Zettl (Univ. of California, Berkeley).
Symposium organisers
Alexander A. Balandin
University of California-Riverside, Dept. of Electrical Engineering,
Rm. 435, Eng. Unit 2, Riverside, CA 92521-0429
Tel 951-827-2351, Fax 951-827-2425,
Andre Geim
University of Manchester, School of Physics and Astronomy,
Schuster Bldg.-2.14, M13 9PL, Manchester, United Kingdom
Tel 44-161-275-4120, Fax 44-865-574-4814,
Jiaxing Huang
Northwestern University, Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering,
Rm. 2036, Cook Hall, 2220 Campus Dr., Evanston, IL 60208
Tel 847-491-5940, Fax 847-491-7820,
Dan Li
Monash University, Dept. of Materials Engineering,
Rm. 143F, Bldg. 19, Clayton 3800, Victoria, Australia
Tel 61-3-9905-9673, Fax 61-3-9905-4940,