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 :
Synthesis, Procedures for structural characterization and growth modelling
Chemistry, toxicity and biological issues
Photonics and spinvalleytronics
Nanomecanics, nanofluidics, membranes
Emerging properties of 2D materials and their heterostructures
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.
The objective of the GDR and GDRI "Graphene and co" is to initiate, sustain and cross-link research activity on graphene, other 2D materials and nanotubes conducted by partner laboratories on prioritized topics.
The federative actions within the GDR aim at promoting exchanges between scientists, sharing knowledge and know-how, facilitating the access to instrumental or technical platforms, initiating cooperative research on hot emerging topics, training young researchers and finally disseminating scientific achievements. The GDR organizes platforms such as thematic or strategic workshops, international conferences and topical schools. The GDR also organizes outreach events towards industrial partners to help disseminating innovative findings, devices and processes obtained in partner labs.
The GDR and GDR-I board members contribute to committees of large conferences such as APS or MRS meetings, the NT and Graphene conference series. It supports the participation of young researchers to these events. Finally, the GDR organizes an annual general meeting gathering the entire community in view of sharing achievements and triggering new collaborative projects.