Two-Dimensional Chemistry towards New Graphene Derivatives

Horizon 2020 – ERC Consolidator Grant

Principal Investigator: Prof. Michal Otyepka
Funding: 1,9 million EUR
Implementation period: 01/2016 – 12/2020

The project aims at understanding the chemistry of two-dimensional carbon materials, primarily fluorographene. The main objective is to find the answer to the question of whether there are specific rules for the chemical processes that take place on the graphene surface or on other two-dimensional materials.

Resolving this issue is a precondition for developing different processes for the surface modification of 2D materials and for the preparation of a wide range of novel, superfunctional graphene-derived materials possessing the desired properties. Such properties will enable layering into structures and creating 3D materials for specific applications. These new graphene derivatives could be applied in medical imaging procedures or detecting various biomolecules in blood, urine, or directly in patients’ cells. They could also be exploited in spin electronics, highly efficient non-metal catalysts, or energy storage. Novel non-magnetic 2D materials appear to be very promising.