Tunable graphene-based membranes

Date: 26 June 2019

Venue: Campus Groenenborger, Building U, Room 244 - Groenenborgerlaan 171 - 2020 Antwerpen

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Organization / co-organization: Condensed Matter Theory

Short description: Physics department seminar presented by Prof Rahul Nair from the National Graphene Institute and University of Manchester, UK

About the conference

Permeation through nanometre-pore materials has been attracting unwavering interest due to fundamental differences in governing mechanisms at macroscopic and molecular scales, the importance of water permeation in living systems, and relevance for filtration and separation techniques. Latest advances in the fabrication of artificial channels and membranes using two-dimensional (2D) materials have enabled the prospect of understanding the nanoscale and sub-nm scale permeation behaviour of water and ions extensively. In particular, graphene oxide (GO) membrane containing 2D graphene capillaries shows unique permeation properties such as ultrafast permeation of water and molecular sieving. In my talk, I will discuss our recent results on molecular and ionic permeation properties of GO membranes and its prospect for several applications.

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Short CV of the speaker
Rahul R. Nair is a Professor of Materials Physics at the National Graphene Institute (NGI) and School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science at the University of Manchester and holds a prestigious Royal Society Fellowship and ERC grant. His group is actively engaged in the design and development of 2D materials based membranes and nanofluidic devices for probing fundamental molecular transport at the nanoscale and their potential applications in our daily life. He has published over 50 highly cited peer‐refereed research articles. His awards include a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust, IUPAP Young Scientist Award (2014) from the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics, the Moseley Medal and Prize (2015) from the Institute of Physics, Lee Hsun Lecture Award on Materials Science (2018), from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Philip Leverhulme Prize (2018) from the Leverhulme Trust, and the Creativity prize (2018) from the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water (PSIPW).

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