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Carbon-Metal Oxides Nanocomposites for Energy and Environmental Applications

Speaker: Prof. Nicola Pinna 
Department of Chemistry The Humboldt University in Berlin
Time: 2018-03-14 10:00
Place: ROOM 9004, Hefei National Laboratory Building


  The combination of different nanobuilding blocks in a single heterostructure can lead to materials with improved properties by selecting components with the desired characteristics for a specific application. Carbon-based nanomaterials demonstrated to be highly suitable as support for the elaboration of heterostructures. Atomic layer deposition proved to be a technique of choice for the coating of nanostructured carbon materials. These heterostructures find applications in various areas such as electronics, sensors and energy storage and conversion. Because the chemical inertness of the graphitic carbon inhibits the initiation of ALD film growth, numerous surface functionalization approaches have been investigated in order to provide the required nucleation sites. The different strategies employed for the ALD onto carbon nanotubes, graphene, graphite and other nanostructured carbon materials (e.g. carbon black, fibers) will be described. The peculiarity of ALD for tailoring the chemical, structural and morphological properties of the deposited material will be discussed. Finally, in order to highlight the importance of this class of materials, possible applications in energy storage and conversion, catalysis and gas sensing devices are also reviewed.

  Nicola Pinna studied physical chemistry at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris). He received his Ph.D. in 2001, and in 2002, he moved to the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society (Berlin). In 2003, he joined the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces (Potsdam). In 2005, he moved to the Martin Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg, as an Assistant Professor of Inorganic Chemistry. From March 2006 to June 2012 he was researcher at the Department of Chemistry and CICECO of the University of Aveiro and from September 2009 to June 2012 he was also Assistant Professor at the school of chemical and biological engineering Seoul National University in the framework of the world class university project founded by the National Research Foundation of Korea. In July 2012 he joined the Department of Chemistry of the Humboldt University in Berlin. In 2011 he was ranked among the top 100 materials scientists of the past decade by impact. His research activity is focused on the development of novel routes to nanostructured materials, their characterization, and the study of their physical properties.

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