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Direct Separation of Two-Dimensional Materials from the Surface of Liquid Metal Catalysts

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 951943

Status

Grant agreement signed

  • Start date

    1 January 2021

  • End date

    31 December 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.2.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 200 666,25

  • EU contribution

    € 1 999 998

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN

Netherlands

Objective

Two-dimensional materials (2DMs) such as graphene, germanene, h-BN, transition metal dichalcogenides and others are currently amongst the most intensively studied classes of materials that hold great promise for future applications in many technological areas. However, the main hurdle against practical utilization of 2DMs is the lack of effective mass production and transfer techniques of high-quality 2DMs to satisfy the growing demands for scientific and technological applications. The current state-of-the-art synthesis method of 2DMs involves the adsorption of gas-phase precursors on a solid catalyst. This process is slow by nature, inefficient, and environmentally unfriendly. The produced 2DMs are often defective, contaminated, and suffering from very high residual stress, compromising their unique physio-chemical properties for the expected applications. During our ongoing FET-Open project of LMCat, we have studied a radically new synthesis method for growing 2DMs which employed a liquid metal catalyst (LMCat) instead of a solid one. Our recent experimental and theoretical evidence suggests that using LMCats bears the prospect of 2DMs with unprecedented quality and production speed. The major success of this project has motivated us to follow up on this via this industrially oriented proposal with the aim of demonstrating the possibility of continuous graphene production via performing its simultaneous growth and its direct separation from the LMCat. This is to increase the technology readiness level from TRL2 in the current FET-Open project of LMCat to TRL4 at the end of the proposed FET-Proact project of DirectSepa. To tackle the unprecedented challenge of direct separation, a multidisciplinary scientific and technological consortium with ample experience in this due to its past involvement with the FET-Open LMCat project, was put together. Success of the DirectSepa project has the potential to revolutionize the 2DM production market.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN

Address

Rapenburg 70
2311 Ez Leiden

Netherlands

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 146 109

Participants (5)

LEIDEN PROBE MICROSCOPY BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 1 229 966

EUROPEAN SYNCHROTRON RADIATION FACILITY

France

EU Contribution

€ 116 343

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

France

EU Contribution

€ 129 860

PANEPISTIMIO PATRON

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 203 207

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 174 513

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 951943

Status

Grant agreement signed

  • Start date

    1 January 2021

  • End date

    31 December 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.2.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 200 666,25

  • EU contribution

    € 1 999 998

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN

Netherlands