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06-10-14 Maria O'Brien's paper entitled "Plasma assisted synthesis of WS2 for gas sensing applications" has been published in Chemical Physics Letters. This paper details the production of WS2 thin films using a scalable low-temerature, plasma assisted process and their subsequent usage for the detection of ammonia.



26-09-14 Sinéad Winters, Maria O'Brien and Christian Wirtz all took part in the TCD heat of Thesis in Three. In this competition PhD students explain their thesis in only 3 minutes using just 3 slides. Christian claimed second prize and will now go on to represent CRANN in the finals in The Sugar Club on the 20th of October. Free tickets for the final can be obtained by registering here.



Christian receiving his prize



26-09-14 As part of Discover Research Dublin, ASIN group members gave lab tours to members of the public.



Left to Right: Dr. Nina Berner, Dr. Hye-Young Kim, Conor Cullem, Riley Gatensby, Dr. Toby Hallam.



07-08-14 Duesberg group members feature on Dr. Claudia Backes' (Coleman group) paper entitled "Edge and confinement effects allow in situ measurement of size and thickness of liquid-exfoliated nanosheets" published in Nature Communications.



14-07-14 Congratulations to Germany on their fantastic world cup win but more importantly congratulations to Chanyoung Yim who continued his winning run by topping the Duesberg group world cup prediction game!





10-07-14 Congratulations to Chanyoung Yim who today won a prize for best poster at Flatlands Beyond Graphene. Chanyoung's poster was based on his recent paper in Scientific Reports.




26-06-14 Chanyoung Yim's paper entitled ""Heterojunction Hybrid Devices from Vapor Phase Grown MoS2" has been published in Scientific Reports. THis paper describes a scalable route to the production of a vertically-stacked hybrid photodiode consisting of a thin n-type molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) layer transferred onto p-type silicon.




26-06-14 Hugo Nolan and Niall McEvoy today received commercialisation awards at the CRANN / AMBER quarterly for their submitted invention disclosure form on "Molybdenum Disulfide / Pyrolytic Carbon Hybrid Electrodes".




09-06-14 Upcoming oral presentations - Sinéad Winters is presenting at From Solid State to BioPhysics, Dubrovnik (7-14 june). Prof. Duesberg will be presenting at Graphene Week 2014, Gothenburg (23-27 June). Hugo Nolan and Maria O'Brien will both be presenting at Flatlands Beyond Graphene, Dublin (9-11 July).




09-06-14 Hugo Nolan's paper entitled "Molybdenum disulfide/pyrolytic carbon hybrid electrodes for scalable hydrogen evolution" has been accepted for publication in Nanoscale. This paper details the scalable production of MoS2 based HER catalysts on a pyrolytic carbon platform.




13-05-14 Recent group poster presentations can now be found here.



07-05-14 Dr. Toby Hallam's paper titled "Strain, Bubbles, Dirt and Folds: A Study of Graphene Polymer-Assisted Transfer" has been accepted for publication in Advanced Materials Interfaces. This follows Toby's recent prize-winning poster on the same topic at the International Winterschool on Electronic Properties of Novel Materials (IWEPNM) in Kirchberg. This paper investigates the effects of graphene transfer using various polymers and introduces nitrocellulose based polymers as an attractive alternative to commonly used PMMA.




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Carbon nano-structures appear in many different forms such as fullerenes, nanotubes, graphene, which are confined to zero, one and two dimensions respectively. They are stable at ambient conditions and exhibit exciting physical and chemical properties such as ballistic charge transport, high mechanical strength and the highest thermal transport known to mankind. In our group we focus on fabricating novel devices and concepts to exploit these properties for applications in ICT, bio-chemistry and renewable energy. Novel ICT devices such transistors, sensors and interconnects shall be realized by the integration of carbon nano-structures with state-of-the-art silicon processing techniques available in CRANN. Furthermore, new concepts for energy harvesting and conversion such as in solar cells and fuel cells on the basis of nano-carbons are investigated.


The research group combines top-down structuring techniques with the in-situ synthesis of novel functional nano-structures. The creation of such hybrid structures is aimed at the fabrication of new adaptive devices based on the bottom up growth of nano-materials with unique functionality. Using the hybrid approach the precession and scaling capabilities of silicon structuring technology can be maintained. We utilise state-of the art lithographic structuring and self-assembly techniques to obtain mesoscopic preforms such as AAO to integrate functional nano-materials. In particular, we aim to implement not only graphitic nano-structures such as carbon nanotubes and graphene but also inorganic/metallic nanowires.



Group Photo Oct 2013: Back Row Left to Right: Christian Wirtz, Dr. Nina Berner, Dr. Toby Hallam, Riley Gatensby, Dr. Kangho Lee, Hugo Nolan, Prof Georg Duesberg. Front Row Left to Right: Chanyoung Yim, Ehsan Rezvani, Dr. Niall McEvoy, Maria O'Brien, Dr. Hye-Young Kim. Not Pictured: Sinéad Winters, Dr. Rohit Mishra.