About this Research Topic
For the realization of real device applications, scalable synthesis of new functionalized Materials with specific surface functional groups needs to be developed for bandgap tuning and work-function modulation, on-demand of the future device structure. Two-dimensional (2D) materials such as graphene, TMDs (MoS2, WS2, etc.), and Black Phosphorus have received significant worldwide attention in the physics and materials science communities because of its unusual transport properties. However, years of research show that due to their various limitations, new functional materials should be explored and potential application devices should be identified. In this regard, scientists and industrialists have been making strong efforts for the development of new antagonistic functionalities on existing materials as well as developing new 2D advanced materials such as MXene that are capable of fulfilling the device technology demands.
The recent developments in new 2D MXene (Mn+1XnTm) materials have brought a revolution in the 2D materials field and widely studied in energy conversion and storage devices. These 2D materials offer a large variety of chemical compositions compared to graphene and they can exist as 3, 5, or 7 atomic layer-thick compounds with various surface functional groups (-O, -OH, -F, etc). So, again there is an opportunity to work on developing such 2D MXene materials (like Ti2CTx, Ti3CTx, Mo2C, V2CTx, etc.), their quantum dots and hybrids with other nanostructures to utilize in various potential applications. How to design, synthesize, and apply these antagonistic functionalized materials to meet the requirements raised by new device technology remains a challenge.
This Research Topic aims to gather the recent achievements in this fast-developing area to summarize the study of transport and mechanical properties and the applications in new areas, to provide insights and perspectives for future research. Areas of interest could include but are not limited to:
• Development of low-cost, high quality, and large scale production of antagonistically functionalized 2D materials and new 2D materials MXene.
• Investigations of antagonistic functionalities
• Computational Modeling of 2D nanomaterials for advanced device technology
• Energy storage
• Ionic soft actuators (artificial muscles)
• Triboelectric nanogenerators
• Solar Cells and Thermoelectric devices, etc.
• Transparent conducting electrodes and EMI shielding
• Photocatalytic activity
Project led by Dr. Sima Umrao
Keywords: Antagonistic, 2D materials, Devices, MXene, Energy conversion, photo-catalytic materials, Graphene
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