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Phenylene-Bridged Grossly Warped Radical Nanographenes

Project description

Pushing the boundaries of carbon chemistry with ionic nanographene

Graphene, a one-atom-thick layer of carbon atoms arranged in a hexagonal honeycomb lattice, took the research world by storm when it was isolated for the first time in 2004. This accomplishment was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2010. A few short years later, scientists created a new form of graphene, grossly warped nanographene. This wildly distorted non-planar form is produced by the presence of five seven-membered rings and one five-membered ring embedded in the hexagonal lattice of carbon atoms, creating a molecule about one nanometre across. The EU-funded NanoRad project is now investigating a previously unknown form of grossly warped nanographene – grossly warped cationic nanographene. Scientists are exploring the self-assembly mechanisms of these ionic molecules and their potential for optoelectronics and energy storage devices.


Net EU contribution
€ 212 933,76
Stockton Road The Palatine Centre
DH1 3LE Durham
United Kingdom

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North East (England) Tees Valley and Durham Durham CC
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00