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MXene Nanosheets For Future Optoelectronic Devices

Project description

Large-scale preparation of 2D MXenes

A new two-dimensional (2D) transition metal material, MXene, has many potential applications, including for photonic and plasmonic devices. For instance, MXenes have shown optical properties such as broadband absorption and surface plasmon excitations. However, large-scale synthesis and processing of MXenes lags behind other 2D materials. The EU-funded MXTRONICS project will investigate the use of MXenes for optoelectronic memory applications. Specifically, it will develop processes to synthesise new MXenes and doping strategies to functionalise them. The synthesised MXenes will be characterised using advanced microscopy and spectroscopy techniques. The project’s goal is to transform functionalities in terms of large-scale preparation of 2D MXenes. It will make a substantial contribution to one of the EU’s main priorities on developing nanotechnologies and advanced materials.

Objective

MXenes, a new family of transition metal-based 2D materials, have garnered a lot of interest due to their intriguing properties
and potential in many applications. Recently, they have exhibited impressive optical properties such as broadband
absorption and surface plasmon excitations, underlining their potential for photonic and plasmonic devices. At this early
stage of development, large scale synthesis and processing of MXenes is lagging behind other 2D materials, leaving the
opportunities for optoelectronic applications nearly uncharted. Therefore, this project proposes to investigate using MXenes
for optoelectronic memory applications. In particular, the project proposes three main activities that capitalise on the strength
of experienced researcher and the host research group (Prof. Andre Geim) in 2D material synthesis and optoelectronic
devices: (1) development of processes to synthesise new MXenes, (2) development of doping strategies to functionalise MXenes
and (3) development of optoelectronic memory device for image capture, where plasmonic and photosensitivity of MXenes
will be exploited. The synthesised MXenes will be characterised using various advanced microscopy and spectroscopy
techniques. The result of the proposed project will be transformational functionalities with orders of magnitude improvement
in terms of large scale preparation of 2D MXenes with controllable functionalisation and beyond. The success of this project
will make a substantial contribution to one of the European Union main concerns on developing nanotechnologies and
advanced materials. Overall this proposed multidisciplinary project brings benefits to both the applicant and the host
institution (University of Manchester) in terms of mutual knowledge transfer, joint publications, new collaborations
and networking activities and personal career development of the researcher as well as increased public awareness about
research resulting from ambitious outreach program.

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
Net EU contribution
€ 224 933,76
Address
OXFORD ROAD
M13 9PL Manchester
United Kingdom

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Region
North West (England) Greater Manchester Manchester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Total cost
€ 224 933,76