About 450 delegates took part, more than 400 posters were shown, and the graphene exhibition opened. Graphene Week 2014 really offered great opportunities and lots of new insights. Also, the Graphene Flagship announced that 66 new partners are being invited to join the consortium.
The fifth and final day of the Graphene Week included five research-oriented presentations. Rolf Mülhaupt from Freiburg started the day off by talking about how to print catalysts and supercapacitors using a technology for making high-purity graphite oxide and graphene from graphite. Debdeep Jena from the University of Notre Dame ended just before lunch with a presentation about electronic device applications of graphene and 2D layered materials.
In total, around 450 delegates from 36 countries attended the conference, which of Sweden, Germany and the UK had the largest number of delegates.
Next year’s conference will be held at the University of Manchester in the UK, with Cinzia Casiraghi as the scientific organiser. The conference will take place on June 22-26. The registration and submission dates have yet to be decided.
Why would the University of Manchester like to arrange Graphene Week 2015?
“We feel that with the opening of the National Graphene Institute
(NGI) in 2015, it is appropriate to invite the global research community to one of the top graphene research institutes. The participants will be the first people to see the completed NGI facility and see first-hand the leading edge research that is being undertaken at the University, where we have nearly 200 researchers working across 30 groups,” Cinzia Casiraghi says.
The focus for Graphene Week 2015 will, indeed, be graphene although there will also be some space for other 2D crystals and their heterostructures.
What do you think will be the hottest topics discussed next year?
“It is difficult to predict at this stage: graphene research moves very quickly. I am hoping to see some breaking research on graphene production and the development of real graphene-based products such as flexible displays, batteries and so on,” Cinzia continues.
Here are some videos and pictures from the last day of Graphene Week 2014:Rolf Mülhaupt about his presentationXinliang Feng about his presentationVincenzo Palermo about his presentationMaurizio Prato about his presentationDebdeep Jena about his presentationCinzia Casiraghi about Graphene Week 2015The Graphene Week Conference took place at Chalmers University of Technology on 23-27 June 2014.
Photo: Chalmers / Henrik Sandsjö