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OO7.01 - Functionalization of Graphene for Efficient Energy Conversion and Storage 
April 22, 2014   3:30pm - 4:00pm

As a building block for carbon materials of all other dimensionalities (such as 0D buckyball, 1D nanotube, 3D graphite), the two-dimensional (2D) single atomic carbon sheet of graphene has emerged as an attractive candidate for energy applications due to its unique structure and properties. Like other materials, however, a graphene-based material that possesses desirable bulk properties rarely features the surface characteristics required for certain specific applications. Therefore, surface functionalization is essential, and researchers have devised various covalent and non-covalent chemistries for making graphene materials with the bulk and surface properties needed for efficient energy conversion and storage. Judicious application of these site-selective reactions to graphene sheets has opened up a rich field of graphene-based energy materials with enhanced performance in energy conversion and storage. In this talk, I will provide some rational concepts for the controlled functionalization of graphene for the development of efficient energy conversion and storage devices (e.g., solar cells, fuel cells, supercapacitors, and batteries), along with an overview on recent progresses in this emerging research area.

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