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LMCat Symposium 2019

Thursday 16 May 2019
Gorlaeus Building
Einsteinweg 55
2333 CC Leiden
GM4.13 seminar room
The LMCat (liquid metal catalysis) project is a multinational research consortium, aiming to study the growth mechanisms of 2D materials on liquid metal catalysts, and the chemo-physical interactions between them. Our current experimental focus is the in situ study of graphene growth on molten copper using synchrotron X-ray scattering, Raman spectroscopy, and optical microscopy techniques. The in situ experiments are supported by theoretical simulations to deepen our understanding of the observed phenomena.
Our 4-year project is now halfway, and it has been a great success so far. In the first year we designed and fabricated a unique reactor which enables us the in situ studies of 2D materials growth on molten copper at 1370 K, under reactive conditions. During the last 6 months we succeeded to verify the presence of graphene on molten copper with all three in situ methods. A myriad of interesting phenomena has already been observed, which are under analysis by our consortium.

To share and disseminate our progress with the international scientific community, we are organizing a 1-day symposium at Leiden University (the Netherlands) on May 16th 2019. Apart from the LMCat consortium members, we have invited several distinguished academic and industrial guests with expertise relevant to the LMCat project, to share the results with and to exchange innovative ideas.
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Dr. Irene Groot (Catalysis and Surface Chemistry, Leiden Institute of Chemistry, Leiden University)
expertise: LMCat coordinator; in situ investigation of catalysis

Dr. Oleg Konovalov (ID10 Beamline, ESRF)
expertise: Synchrotron surface X-ray scattering on liquid phases

Dr. Gilles Renaud (Institute for Nanosciences and Cryogenics)
expertise: Synchrotron X-ray scattering of 2D materials and liquid phases

Prof. Costas Galiotis (Composites and Nanomaterials Institute of Chemical Engineering Sciences, FORTH/University of Patras)
expertise: Raman spectroscopy graphene and CNT growth

Prof. Karsten Reuter (Institute of Theoretical Chemistry, TU Munich)
expertise: Theoretical modeling of materials sciences and catalysis

Dr. Gertjan van Baarle (Leiden Probe Microscopy BV)
expertise: Scientific instrument development


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