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Development of continuous two-dimensional defect-free materials by liquid-metal catalytic routes

Objective

Two-dimensional materials (2DMs) such as graphene, hexagonal boron nitride, silicene 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 techniques to satisfy the growing qualitative and quantitative demands for scientific and technological applications. The current state-of-the-art synthesis method of 2DMs involves the dissociative adsorption of gas-phase precursors on a solid catalyst. This process is slow by nature, inefficient, and environmentally unfriendly.
Our analysis and recent experimental evidence suggest that using liquid metal catalysts (LMCats) instead of solid ones bears the prospect of a continuous production of 2DMs with unprecedented quality and production speed. However, the current knowledge about the catalytic properties of LMCats is extremely poor, as they had no technological significance in the past. In fact, there exist no well-established experimental facilities, nor theoretical frameworks to study the ongoing chemical reactions on a molten surface at elevated temperatures and under a reactive gas atmosphere.
Our aim is to establish a central lab under supervision/collaboration of several scientific/engineering teams across Europe to develop an instrumentation/methodology capable of studying the ongoing chemical reactions on the molten catalyst, with the goal to open two new lines of research, namely in situ investigations on the catalytic activity of LMCats in general, and unravelling the growth mechanisms of 2DMs on LMCat surfaces in specific. The gained knowledge will be used to establish the first efficient mass production method for 2DMs using the new LMCat technology. This will open up the possibility of exploiting the unique properties of 2DMs on an industrial scale and in every day devices.

Call for proposal

H2020-FETOPEN-2016-2017

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Sub call

H2020-FETOPEN-1-2016-2017

Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN
Net EU contribution
€ 614 875,00
Address
Rapenburg 70
2311 EZ Leiden
Netherlands

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Region
West-Nederland Zuid-Holland Agglomeratie Leiden en Bollenstreek
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (5)

EUROPEAN SYNCHROTRON RADIATION FACILITY
France
Net EU contribution
€ 359 375,00
Address
71 Avenue Des Martyrs
38000 Grenoble

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Region
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Rhône-Alpes Isère
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
LEIDEN PROBE MICROSCOPY BV
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 764 375,00
Address
Kenauweg 21
2331 BA Leiden

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 943 512,50
Address
Arcisstrasse 21
80333 Muenchen

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Region
Bayern Oberbayern München, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
Net EU contribution
€ 389 788,75
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15

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Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
PANEPISTIMIO PATRON
Greece
Net EU contribution
€ 655 016,25
Address
University Campus Rio Patras
265 04 Rio Patras

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Region
Αχαΐα Δυτική Ελλάδα Κεντρική Ελλάδα
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00