Tremendous progress has recently been made in the development of novel nano/meso- structured carbon bulk materials with unique combinations of electronic, optical, chemical, electrochemical, mechanical and thermal properties that derive carbon’s different allotropes – diamond, fullerenes, nanotubes, graphene, and graphene oxides. This symposium will focus on recent progress made in nanocarbon growth mechanisms, synthesis and structural control of nano/meso- structured carbon bulk materials (activated carbon powders, fibers, aerogels, etc), functionalization, interfacial phenomena, and theoretical and computational studies on these carbon materials.

The development of new functional nano/meso- structured carbon bulk materials is driven by recent advancements in synthesis methods ranging sol- gel chemistry to self- assembly of nanocarbon building blocks and chemical vapor deposition based techniques as well as combinations thereof. Doping, activation, and surface functionalization add yet another degree of flexibility to functional material design. The challenge and opportunity is to design carbon bulk materials with controlled 3D architectures at the nano- , meso- , and macro scale, and/or interesting porosity properties. Future progress will crucially depend on further improvements in growth techniques, structural control, surface functionalization, large- scale synthesis, characterization, as well as advancing our theoretical understanding and control of interfacial phenomena. Special focus will be given to structure vs. property correlations, interfacial phenomena, and novel applications including, for example, as electrode materials for supercapacitors, other energy conversion and storage devices and sensing, desalination and structural applications, among others. The symposium will bring together scientists often- separated fields, thus providing a platform to identify new opportunities in science and applications.

Symposium Topics

  • Novel growth techniques of nanocarbon building blocks such as CNTs, graphene, nano- crystalline diamond, graphene oxides, and buckyballs
  • In- situ monitoring of growth processes and interfacial phenomena
  • Synthesis and characterization of nano/meso- structured carbon bulk materials
  • Activated carbon powders and fabrics
  • Carbons with controlled porosity (aerogels, HPC=hierarchical porous carbons, OMC= ordered mesoporous carbons)
  • Activation, doping, surface chemistry, and functionalization of graphitic carbon nanomaterials and amorphous carbons
  • Interfacial properties: From atomistic processes to macroscopic effects
  • Thermal and mechanical properties of carbon nanostructures
  • Catalytic properties of graphene oxides, graphene edges, and nano- diamond structures
  • Novel phenomena of layer, edge and size controlled graphene and atomic structure controlled CNTs
  • Applications of carbon materials in energy conversion and storage, electronics, optics, optoelectronics, photonics, catalysis, purification, sensors, and actuation as well as bio- inspired applications
  • Modeling and theoretical predictions of carbon structures

Invited Speakers

Invited speakers (confirmed) include: Takashi Kyotani (Tohoku University), Anvar Zakhidov (UT Dallas), Brandon Wood (Lawrence Livermore National Lab), Jun Liu (Pacific Northwest National Lab), Vladimir Martis (Surface Measurement Systems), Mohammad Islam (Carnegie Mellon University), Ai Du (Tongji University), Cengiz Ozkan (UC Riverside), Jun Shen (Tongji University), Christian Prehal (Montanuniversität Leoben), Dr. Conchi O. Ania (Instituto Nacional del Carbón-CSIC), Mauricio Terrones (Penn State University), Teresa Centeno (Instituto Nacional del Carbon, Spain), Emilio Muñoz Sandoval (IPICYT), Miguel Robles Perez (Instituto de Energías Renovables-UNAM)