The research group "Graphene and Co" : From 1D Nanostructures to 2D Materials
and their Heterostructures : Basics and Application" is both a national research group (GDR 3217) and an international coordination network (GDR-I). This network is the continuation of the former GDR "Graphene and Nanotubes (GNT)"), which has been created by the CNRS in 2009. Its objective is to cross-link research on one dimensional (nanotubes) and two dimensional materials (graphene, transition metal dichalcogenides, boron nitride,...) and their heterostructures. This approach is based on the close structural link existing between all these nanostructures. Thanks to a series of brainstorming workshops, the so-called Lavoisier Discussions, prioritized research topics have been defined :

  1. Synthesis, Procedures for structural characterization and growth modelling
  2. Chemistry, toxicity and biological issues
  3. Photonics and spinvalleytronics
  4. Nanomecanics, nanofluidics, membranes
  5. Emerging properties of 2D materials and their heterostructures
  6. From Materials to functional devices : applications and valorization

At the national scale, the group acts as research centre without wall and gathers more than 50 research teams from CNRS research units, Universities or public organisms such as CEA and Onera. All together, several hundreds of permanent researchers and engineers are involved. At the international scale, partners are scientists of international reputation, from Canada, Belgium, Greece, Spain Germany and United Kingdom, who have played, since 10 years, a major role for developing and federating researches on nanotubes, graphene and 2D materials with the French teams. Recently partners from Russia, Finland and Brazil have joined the partnership.