Intensive Course in Layered Materials and Applications

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Intensive Course in Layered Materials and Applications

Welcome to the Materials' Legoland

Graphene and 2D materials are the rising stars on the horizon of materials science with tremendous potential for many applications. Graphene single layer isolation (in 2004 in Manchester) resulted with the award of Nobel prize in Physics in 2010 in Novoselov and Geim. The rise of graphene research opened the investigation other non carbon 2D materials, such as transition metal chalgogenides (TMDs), MXenes, phosphorene, etc. Besides the enormous surface/volume ratio, critical for many applications where reactions take place on the surface (e.g. catalysis, energy storage, etc), these layered 2D materials offer a wide gamut of exciting properties such as specific bandgaps, original optical and electrical properties, etc. For instance, in electronics, capitalizing on the variety of 2D monolayers now available (and many more to discover), coupled with the established expertise in silicon technology, we will be able to design new devices and heterojunctions using a "lego-approach" of stacking monolayers of differenet properties and bandgaps. We can indeed apply the motto in science that the "sky is the limit" for graphene and 2D nanomaterials.

The launch of Graphene Flagship project, one of the two most ambitious European projects, in 2012 with transformational impact on science, technology, and society overall, triggered a huge research effort in Europe, and not only, regarding graphene & 2D nanomaterials and their related applications. In 2018 - 2021, Graphene Flagship will be focused to transform fundamental research produced in the period 2013 - 2018 into commercial devices and daily life applications; graphene & 2D nanomaterials will be converted into technology products to generate economic growth, new jobs, and new opportunities. The research and industrial interest in these innovative materials & related products have been skyrocketed since its discovery in 2004: The number of published articles has been jumped from 500 in 2004 to 14000 in 2013, almost 40 publications per day, whereas the market of graphene & 2D nanomaterials is projected to reach US$125 million by 2020, driven by promising new applications in the electronics, healthcare, transport, energy storage, composites, and textile industries. Demand in graphene & 2D nanomaterials is projected to explode in the coming years supported by anticipated technology breakthroughs that will enable successful mass production.

The number of Industrial partners engaged in Graphene Flagship has been rose from 1/6 to 1/3 of the consortium constitution.

This means that in a few year's time (within the next five years) the research and Industry will request skillful students and employees to support all this effort and technological priority. In contradiction, there are very few isolated courses or modules in Europe (one postgraduate degree and two – four courses) to provide just a short and not complete introduction of the field, and almost none in China or Israel.

According to the Flagship activities so far, all the partners so far are convinced and have agreed that education support education in graphene & 2D nanomaterials is crucial. GREAT project objectives are to develop activities and produce educational products that will offer complete (from the material, device engineering, applications, and market point of view) and multidisciplinary & innovative education in graphene & 2D nanomaterials

This intensive course envisions providing an introduction to graphene &2D materials and the related applications. Our speakers are distinguished scientists in the topics they will present. We hope that this course will inspire you to follow more modules on the topic and join the world effort to advance the related technology

The school is organized by the CRETE Project, Dr. George Kakavelakis (University of Cambridge) and the Hellenic Mediterranean University Nanomaterials for Emerging Devices Research group 



Organizers of the School


Dr. Konstantinos Petridis

Academic Coordinator of the CRETE Project

 Nanomaterials for Emerging Devices Research Group

Hellenic Mediterranean University, Greece


Dr. George Kakavelakis

Marie-Sklodowska Curie Individual Fellow (LPI-EPFL)
Research Fellow at Wolfson College Cambridge

Cambridge Graphene Centre
University of Cambridge, CB3 0FA

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Nanomaterials for Emerging Devices

Institute of Emerging Technologies, Hellenic Meditteranean University, Greece

Our Lecturers

Their affiliation and their talks are presented below


Dr. Adam Babinski

Professor, University of Warsaw, Poland

Fundamentals of Layered Materials

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Dr. Chiara Trovatello

Postdoctoral Fellow, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Ultrafast Spectroscopy of 2D Materials

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Dr. Ioannis Paradisanos

Postodoctoral Fellow, Quantum Optoelectronics Group, CNRS, France

Excitonic Effects in Layered Materials

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Dr. Beatriz Romero Herrero

Professor, University Juan Carlos, Spain 

Fundamentals of Impedance Spectroscopy

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Anna Ott

Dr. Anna Katharina Ott

Lecturer, University of Exeter, UK

Layered Materials Raman Spectroscopy

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Dr. Prasana Kumar Sahoo

Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, India 

Emerging 2D Lateral Heterostructures: Opportunities and Challenges

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Dr. Ioanna Zergioti

Professor, National Technical University of Athens, Greece 

Laser-Induced Forward Transfer Layered Materials

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Dr. Georgios Kakavelakis

Marie Sklodowska Curie Individual Fellow, University of Cambridge, UK

Organic and Perovskite Layered Material Based Solar Cells

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Dr. Konstantinos Petridis

Associate Professor, Hellenic Mediterranean University, Greece 

Laser Processing in Graphene-Based Organic and Perovskite Solar Cells

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Dr. Antonio Agresti

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy

2D materials for Perovskite Solar Modules

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Dr. Arben Merkoci

Group Leader, ICN2, Spain 

Graphene-based materials for biosensing platforms

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Dr. Andrzej Wysmołek

Professor, University of Warsaw, Poland

Graphene and other 2D materials for spintronics applications

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Dr. Yarjan Abdul Samad

Senior Research Associate, University of Cambridge, UK

Graphene-Based Hybrids and their Applications

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Dr. Alfonso Ruocco

Lecturer, University College London, UK

Integrated photonics: functionalities enabled by novel layered materials

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Siva Bohm

Dr. Sivasambu Bohm

Chief Technology Officer, Cambridge Advanced Materials Innovation Cons. Ltd, UK

Layered Materials Energy Storage Devices for Commercial Products

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Stephen Hodge Versarien PLC

Dr. Stephen Hodge

CTO, Versarien PLC

Liquid Phase Exfoliated Layered Materials 

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Dr. Lanceros-Mendez, Senentxu

Director, Basque Center for materials Applications & Nanostructures

Bilayered Materials Wearable Electronics 

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Yaakov Tischler

Dr. Yaakov Tischler

Associate Professor, Bar Ilan University, Israel

Low-Frequency Raman Spectroscopic Methods
for Characterizing Nanostructured and
Nanoscale Layered Materials

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Dr. Konstantinos Rogdakis

Researcher (Grade C) & the Team Leader of Printed Electronics at the Institute of Emerging Technologies of the Hellenic Mediterranean University (HMU) Research Center, Greece

Up-scalable emerging energy conversion technologies enabled by 2D materials: From miniature power harvesters towards grid-connected energy systems

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Dr. Felice Torrisi

Lecturer, Imperial College London, UK

Printed electronics with Layered and Two-Dimensional Materials

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Juniorprof. Dr. Soavi Giancarlo, Institut für Festkörperphysik, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, aufgenommen am 24.01.2019. Foto: Anne Günther/FSU

Dr. Giancarlo Soavi

Professor, University of Jena, Germany

Nonlinear optics with 2D materials for frequency conversion and gas sensing

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Dr. Katerina Chatzaki

Professor, Democritus University, Greece

How to Write a Journal Paper, How to Review a Journal Paper, and How to Make an Oral Presentation

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Dr. Katerina Zourou

Head of Web2Learn,, Greece

Citizen contributions to open science: examples supported by data visualizations

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Dr. Pilgyu Kang

George Mason University, USA

Micro/Nano Mechanics and Photonics

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Multiplier Event

The CRETE Project Multiplier Event

The CRETE Coordinators - The Agenda

The Objectives and the Outcomes of the CRETE Project

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Dr. George Kakavelakis

University of Cambridge - UK

For the speakers!

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Supported by


The ATHENA European University

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Critical Skills for Electronic Engineers of 2020

An Erasmus Plus Strategic Partnership Project

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HMU International Relations Office


The webinar will be streamed through Zoom. An invitation will be sent to all the registered participants. For any information please contact Dr. Konstantinos Petridis ([email protected])