Graphene and Related Two-Dimensional Materials


Professor Christoph Stampfer, RWTH Aachen University

Friday, November 17, 2017, 12 noon 1:30pm, RWTH Aachen Guest House

The Lecture

In short, graphene is a two-dimensional atomic crystal made up of carbon atoms arranged in a hexagonal lattice.
Thanks to its unique combination of superior properties, graphene is a credible starting point for new disruptive technologies across a wide range of fields. Graphene is the thinnest material known to man with a thickness of one atom (a million times thinner than a human hair), the strongest compound discovered (between 100-300 times stronger than steel), the lightest material known (with one square meter coming in at around 0.77 milligrams) and flexible.

It is also impermeable to molecules, and is extremely electrically and thermally conductive – graphene enables electrons to flow much faster than silicon and copper. It is also a transparent conductor, combining electrical and optical functionalities in an exceptional way. In addition, related two-dimensional materials exhibiting semiconducting, superconducting and insulating properties have been recently discovered promising a bright future of artificial van-der-Waals solids.

All these makes the vibrant research field of graphene and related two-dimensional (2D) materials a highly interesting and fruitful area of activity for an “Integrated Interdisciplinary University of Technology”. Along this line I will also elaborate on our plans and strategies within the “Aachen Graphene & 2D-Materials Center”.

  Portrait of Christoph Stampfer Copyright: NRW Akademie der Wissenschaften und Künste

The Speaker

Christoph Stampfer, born in 1977, is currently professor at the 2nd Institute of Physics at RWTH Aachen University. His primary interests include graphene and 2D materials research, mesoscopic transport, and micro electromechanical systems. He holds a Dipl.-Ing. degree in Technical Physics from TU Wien and a doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering from ETH Zurich. He was a staff member at the Institute for Micro and Nano Systems of ETH Zurich from 2003 to 2007 and a postdoctoral fellow of the Institute for Solid State Physics (ETH Zurich) from 2007 to 2009.

From 2009 till 2013 he was JARA-FIT Junior Professor at RWTH Aachen University and Forschungszentrum Jülich. He has been awarded with an ERC Starting Grant to work on "Graphene Quantum Electromechanical Systems“ in 2011 and is member of the Young Scientist community of the World Economic Forum (WEF) since 2014.