VSB-TUO researcher to be a plenary speaker at the 2DMAT2021 conference
VSB – Technical University of Ostrava (VSB-TUO) will be represented at this year's prestigious Global Summit and Expo on Graphene and 2D Materials (2DMAT2021), which takes place in Paris from 23rd to 25th August. The opening plenary lecture will be given by Radek Zbořil from the Centre for Energy and Environmental Technologies at VSB-TUO. The physical chemist is the only representative from Eastern Europe giving a plenary lecture. He will be joined by Konstantin Novoselov, the Nobel Prize winner for the discovery of graphene, and other key players in the world of two-dimensional materials research from the USA, Singapore, Japan, the UK, China and other countries.
“I appreciate the opportunity to open such an important congress with my lecture. I will attempt to review more than ten years of research into the properties and applications of graphene and its derivatives. A significant part of the presentation is devoted to the results achieved at the Nanotechnology Centre at VSB-TUO within the grant research project, EXPRO of the The Czech Science Foundation. For example, I will talk about the use of graphene for the removal of heavy metals from water (ACS Nano 2021) and for the development of antimicrobial composites that prevent the development of bacterial resistance (Advanced Science 2021, Nature Nanotechnology 2018)," said Radek Zbořil. In his lecture he will present the possibilities of covalent functionalisation of graphene for use in industry, magnetism, biomedicine, catalysis, and environmental technologies.
2DMAT2021 is a vital platform for exchanging recent developments and achievements in Graphene and 2D Materials research. The scientific programme consists of plenary lectures, keynote speeches, invited lectures, parallel sessions, as well as poster sessions for young scientists.
The 19 plenary speakers include several representatives from the prestigious list of the world's Highly Cited Researchers, published annually by Clarivate Analytics (US) as well as a number of editors of the world's leading nanomaterials journals.
Graphene is a two-dimensional material consisting of a single layer of carbon atoms that is ten thousand times thinner than a strand of human hair. Graphene has a number of extraordinary properties. It conducts heat better than any other material known to man, and is a better electrical conductor than copper. Given its light weight and unique properties, it is one of the most promising materials for the 21st century. Radek Zbořil has contributed to the development of a number of new materials derived from graphene. For example, he was behind the discovery of the thinnest known insulator, graphene-based non-metallic carbon magnets (ACS Nano 2018, Nature Communications 2017), the first two-dimensional carboxylic acid (ACS Nano 2017) and unique catalysts at the single atom level (Advanced Materials 2019). In addition to two-dimensional materials, he has also contributed to the development of a number of other low-dimensional nanosystems, such as one-dimensional non-metallic conductors (Nature Nanotechnology 2020) or a new class of 0D carbon quantum dots for medical diagnostics and therapeutics (ACS Nano 2021, Advanced Materials 2018).