Doctoral College TU-D Unravelling advanced 2D materials
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Opening of the doctoral college

On Wednesday April 5th 2017, the TU-Wien funded doctoral colleges BIO-INTERFACES and TU-D was officially opened! The opening ceremony in the TU-the-sky lounge included a special guest talk by S. G. Louie, as well as brief presentations of the envisioned projects.

Introduction

Low dimensional materials exhibit a plethora of novel phenomena not found in their 3D counterparts: electronic and ionic correlation effects modify their macroscopic properties, making them an ideal scaffold for nanotechnology applications. Their reduced dimensionality yields a competition of bulk and surface effects, offering unrivaled tunability, yet challenging the limits of currently available experimental and theoretical tools. Because 2D systems lie at the crossroads of solid state physics, molecular chemistry, and materials science, the future leaders in nanotechnology require an expertise that transcends the traditional borders between disciplines. To fully harness the potential of these materials requires us to train a new generation of researchers. In TU-D we aim to create a new, research-driven PhD student education program on low dimensional materials, covering the four key areas of nanotechnology: synthesis & materials design, experiment & characterization, theory & modeling, and application potential & prototypes.

Unravelling advanced properties of two-dimensional materials (TU-D)

The mission of TU-D is educating the next generation of leaders in the field of 2D materials in the future state of the art. This will be achieved through a comprehensive PhD program built on collaborative research between the existing world-class expertise available at the TUwien.

The transition from bulk to low-dimensional materials (LDMs) constitutes a paradigm change in materials research. In low dimensions, materials exhibit exotic electronic and optical properties, due to strong electron confinement and correlation effects. Their large surface-to-volume ratio offers new opportunities for modification, making them intrinsically more tunable than bulk materials. They are perfectly suited for applications in electronic and optical devices, energy storage, and catalysis.
With their reduced dimensionality, LDMs stand at the crossroad between solid state physics, chemistry of low dimensional molecular structures and materials science. In TU-D, we bring together a team of world-class scientists and create a coordinated research program focused on the 4 pillars of nanotechnology: E1 Synthesis and materials design, E2 Experiment and characterization, E3 Theory and simulation, and E4 Application potential and prototypes. This sets the stage for a doctoral college to develop technology for people, built on scientific excellence, where students receive a comprehensive education on all aspects of LDMs from leaders in the field.