2D materials beyond graphene: synthesis and applications

Robert Vajtai
Lecturer's institute: 
Rice University
21.10.2019 12:00 to 23.10.2019 14:00

Date: 21-23 October 2019, at 12-14 pm (each day),

Place: TS335


The purpose of this course is to provide the student a basic knowledge of a specific group of nanomaterials: atomically thin layers that have unique properties and applications.

In state of the art materials science nanomaterials and nanostructures have an inevitable and strong position; in engineering, these materials just start to appear while in science they are already harvesting most of the interest, places in popular/respected journals and citations.

The structure of the class will follow the below schedule and will consist of an introductory description to the BCN and TMD systems, their structure and applications.

There is no textbook for the course, students will learn how to search and select proper literature and I will provide reading assignments in class from recent literature’s research and review papers.

Topics of classes



Motivations and goals of the course


What is considered 2D in real life v.s. geometry?

Synthesis and properties of graphene

The baseline of the rest of the course; what is that we are going beyond.

A few applications of graphene

As graphene was the first in the 2D family, it is closest to have real-life applications.

BCN materials

Examples of materials from the rich boron-carbon-nitrogen phase diagram.

Transition metal dichalcogenides

MoS2, MoSe2, WS2 are the most popular ones, we meet a few more and their combinations.

2D beyond BCN and TMD materials

Some more, theoretically and experimentally explored atomically thin materials, e.g., oxides.


Short Biography

Robert Vajtai is a Research Professor at the Materials Science and NanoEngineering Department of Rice University. He received his undergraduate and doctor of university degrees in physics and his Ph.D. in solid-state physics from the University of Szeged (formerly Jozsef Attila University), Hungary, in 1986, 1991 and 1997, respectively. From 1987 to 2002 he was a faculty in the Department of Experimental Physics. He was a research fellow of the Swedish Institute in The Ångstrom Laboratory in Uppsala in 1998-1999; as an Eötvös Fellow at the EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1995-1996 and at the Max Planck Institute in Göttingen, Germany in 1993. Before joining Rice in 2008, Vajtai spent eight years at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He was the Laboratory Manager of the nanoparticle generation and the carbon nanotechnology laboratories at the Rensselaer Nanotechnology Center. From 2008 he is a research faculty at Rice.

His research interest include synthesis processing, characterization of nanometals and nanosized oxides, and different forms of nanocarbon: carbon nanotubes, graphene and macroscopic systems designed and built from these building blocks. Application of nanomaterials for building energy storage devices, multifunctional parts of vehicles, sensors and thermal management systems. In these topics he has 23,000 citations for 365 papers, and he edited the Springer Handbook of Nanomaterials.


Last updated: 8.10.2019