2D oxides; transition metal dicalchogenides; catalysis; 3D nanoarchitectures
After the boom of graphene, other 2D purely inorganic materials (e.g. h-BN, layered chalcogenides, oxides, carbides, phosporene, altogether referred as graphene related materials, GRMs) are rapidly gaining a great deal interest for their exceptional properties. In the course of years, the forefront of graphene research has progressed from the simple preparation and characterization of innovative materials toward their use in real applications. On the contrary in the case of GRMs the fundamental science is still largely unexplored and several issues ranging from new physicochemical properties to potential technological applications are intensively investigated. As an example, the functionalization procedures of layered chalcogenides are still in their infancy, and even fewer works have investigated the fascinating topic of the combination of 2D nanosystems with other nano-objects. Despite this fragmentary knowledge, it is undoubtedly recognized that 2D materials have an incredible potential. Some outstanding performances in the field of catalysis, energetics and sensors have already emerged, nonetheless very little is known about the role played by the exposed surface sites and defectivity on functional properties. In these cases, chemically-modified or defect-tailored GRMs are the target and their assembling into specially designed 3D nanoarchitectures (e.g. foams, aerogels, nanocomposites with other nanostructures) is particularly important for developing a new family of materials with improved properties and tailored morphology. In this session we expect high quality inputs on scalable preparation routes and characterization of 2D and 3D organized GRMs, with particular emphasis on the possible contributions that capitalize in this novel field the expertise coming from coordination and covalent chemistry. Presentations reporting on novel 2D or 3D GRMs nanoarchitectures in conjunction with their chemical properties and applications in catalysis, photocatalysis, electrocatalysis are also welcome.