Current Research in Nanotechnology

Graphene and More: 2D Nanomaterials with Extraordinary Properties


This special issue is devoted to the ever expanding field of two-dimensional nanomaterials and their potential technological applications. The extraordinary properties of graphene, a monolayer 2D nanomaterial with a honey comb structure of carbon atoms first produced in 2004, has sparked extraordinary flurry in theoretical and experimental studies of related 2D nanomaterials with equally predicted extraordinary properties and the potential of applications in nanoelectronics. The search for graphene-like 2D nanomaterials which, unlike graphene, also possess a non-zero energy band gap, needed for semiconductor devices to perform logic operations, has been propelled by the promise of faster electronic devices with minimized heat energy waste. Representative 2D nanomaterials beyond graphene, such as transition metal chalcogenides (TMDs) and hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN), have attracted tremendous interest. Moreover, the research of elemental 2D nanomaterials is also developing very rapidly. This led to the synthesis of monolayer Silicene in 2012 followed by that of Phosphorene, Germanene and most recently Stanene.

Manuscripts are solicited of theoretical and experimental articles, both review and original research contributions, on the synthesis of free standing or substrate supported monolayer or few-layer 2D nanomaterials and their derivatives, their physical characterization and possible applications in nanoelectronics, optoelectronics, sensing and catalysis, realized or predicted.

Articles discussing methodology, and reviews of the current state of knowledge and possibilities for future research, are especially welcome. Moreover, this issue will publish reviews and research articles. There is no restriction on the length of the papers. Full experimental and methodological details, as applicable, must be provided.

Guest Editors

Georgia PapaefthymiouProfessor, Villanova University, United States
Zhong JinProfessor, Nanjing University, China
Geliang YuResearch Associate, National Graphene Institute, University of Manchester, United Kingdom
Lin ZhouPostdoctorate Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States