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Atomic and molecular interactions on graphene and graphene oxide

Friday 2nd December

Department of Physics and Warwick Centre for Analytical Science, University of Warwick

Organiser: Neil Wilson, Gavin Bell and Jeremy Sloan (Physics, Warwick)

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[Sponsored by Warwick Physics Department and the Warwick Centre for Analytical Science]


Background and Purpose

The fascinating and superlative electrical, mechanical and optical properties of graphene have been well documented over the last seven years since its isolation by Geim and Novoselov. Graphene is entirely surface; this presents one of the great challenges and opportunities for its application. Any atomic or molecular species present on the graphene surface can profoundly influence its properties. The interactions with graphene can be essentially non-invasive, such as charge transfer altering the carrier concentration, or significantly disrupt the local electronic and physical structure. The interaction between atomic and molecular species and graphene are thus of fundamental interest. The induced changes are also of technological relevance; for driving self-assembly, understanding environmental effects on graphene devices, device engineering through doping, and chemical sensing. Graphene is also an exceptional support material for inspection of nanomaterials by STM and TEM, and hence provides a platform for the study of atomic and molecular interactions on graphene. The addition of functional groups to graphene, e.g. through the use of graphene oxide or other chemically modified graphenes, adds an extra level of complexity and control. This workshop will explore the possibilities of using high-resolution microscopy and modelling to understand graphene, graphene analogues, and atomic and molecular interactions on graphene at an atomic level.



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Time Title Speaker
Friday 2nd December
10:30-10:50 Coffee and registration  
Morning Chair: Gavin Bell
10:50-11:00 Welcome Neil Wilson
11:00-11:30 Interplay between electronic properties and supramolecular arrangements at metal-organic interfaces Giovanni Costantini
11:30-12:00 Size-selective carbon nanoclusters as precursors to the growth of epitaxial graphene Renald Schaub
12:00-12:30 Organic molecules as precursors and adsorbates on nanostructure graphene Peter Beton
12:30-13:30 Lunch Break  
Afternoon Chair: Jeremy Sloan
13:30-14:00 Interactions of polyoxometalates with carbon nanotubes and surfaces Elena Bichoutskaia
14:00-14:15 The imaging properties of polyoxometalate ions on curved graphene Adam Dyson
14:15-14:30 Edge engineering of graphene nanoribbons Phillip Wagner
14:30-15:00 Carbon nano-containers and nano-reactors Andrei Khlobystov
15:00-15:30 Tea Break  
Early evening Chair: Neil Wilson
15:30-16:00 Molecular adsorption and charge transfer in graphene David Carey
16:00-16:30 Chemical and topological defects in graphene Chris Ewels
16:30-17:00 Discussion  
17:00 Wine and posters for those that can stay  
19:00 Dinner for those that can  



Participation is by invitation only. Please contact if you think this workshop is interesting. Normally, we would be happy to accept self-invitations, but will not be able to pay for any expenses in this case. All members of Warwick Physics (and Chemistry!) are welcome to attend, but please let us know if you will be around for the refreshments so that we can get the numbers correct.

The symposium will start Friday 2nd December 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at the University of Warwick. Note that the university is located at the outskirts of Coventry and not in Warwick. See for travel details and for maps of the central campus. In case you come by car, parking is available for delegates at car park 15 (pick up a blue token from the car park and hand it to the secretaries in Physics).

Name Affiliation Status
1 Jeremy Sloan
Warwick, Physics

  Gavin Bell
Warwick, Physics
  Neil Wilson
Warwick, Physics
  Renald Schaub
St Andrews
5 Peter Beton Nottingham  
  Catherine Bromley St Andrews  
  Giovanni Costantini Warwick, Chemistry  
  Thomas White Warwick, Chemistry  
  Ada Della Pia Warwick, Chemistry  
10 Ben Moreton Warwick, Chemistry  
  Nataliya Kalashnyk Warwick, Chemistry  
  Elena Bichoutskaia Nottingham  
  Phillip Wagner Nantes  
  Chris Ewels Nantes  
15 Andrei Khlobystov Nottingham  
  David Carey Surrey  
  Adam Dyson Warwick, Physics  
  Priyanka Pandey Warwick, Physics  
  Alex Marsden Warwick, Physics  
20 Rob Lazenby
Warwick, Chemistry
  Aleix Guell
Warwick, Chemistry
  Julie Macpherson
Warwick, Chemistry
  Pat Unwin
Warwick, Chemistry
  Jon Rourke
Warwick, Chemistry
25 Helen Thomas
Warwick, Chemistry
  Rudo Roemer
Warwick, Physics
  Volker Keinhorst
Warwick, Physics
Harrison Trewhitt
Warwick, Physics
  Reza Kashtiban
Warwick, Physics
30 Ana Sanchez
Warwick, Physics
  Navaratnarjah Kuganathan Nottingham  
  Adriano Santana Nottingham  
  Eric Faulques CNRS/Nottingham/Warwick  
  Jim Hague Open University  
35 Robin Ball Warwick, Physics  


Venue and Accommodation

The workshop will be held in the new Materials and Analytical Science building (number 37 on the campus map), which is situated between the Physics and Chemistry Departments. To gain access to the building you need a card, either go to the Science concourse that connects Physics and Chemistry, or ask the secretaries (5th floor) in Physics. All talks will be held in the Seminar Room of the Materials and Analytical Science building.

The workshop will start with the registration at the University of Warwick. Note that the university is located at the outskirts of Coventry and not in Warwick. See for travel details and for maps of the central campus. In case you come by car, parking is available for delegates at car park 15.

Accommodation for invited speakers will be provided at (Scarman House) please contact Neil Wilson ( to get this arranged.

Scarman Training & Conference Centre
The University of Warwick
Gibbet Hill Road
Coventry, CV4 7AL UK
Tel: +44 (0) 24 7622 1111
Fax: +44 (0) 24 7652 0362

In case you are self-invited, please call the conference centre directly and arrange your stay.



Neil Wilson
Physics Department
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0)24 76524168

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