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Objectives

1. Synthesis and fuctionalization of multi-walled CNTs and fabrication of composite materials on the basis of different forms of nanocarbon, both laboratory made and commercially available

  • to synthesize multi-walled CNTs by two methods: graphite vaporization by electric arc and hydrocarbons decomposition by catalyst metal particles (CVD);
  • to functionalize nanocarbons and to produce thin polymer films of composite materials on the basis of different nanocarbon forms, including laboratory-made and commercially available carbon nanotubes, graphene flakes (platelets), carbon onions, thermal exfoliated graphite, thick graphene, carbon black.

Responsible person: Stefano Bellucci with the help of Galina Dovbeshko

2. Electromagnetic response of pure nanocarbons and nanocarbon-based composites in radio, microwave and THz frequency ranges

  • to develop a consistent theory of the electromagnetic response of composites and regular structures based on different forms of nanocarbons in radio and microwave frequency ranges;
  • to develop a physical ground for the design of a new generation of ultra-light materials with controlled electromagnetic properties based on nanocarbons, including single-walled and multi-walled carbon nanotubes, nanotube bundles, carbon onions, graphene flakes, etc, providing efficient shielding of electromagnetic radiations in a wide spectral range;
  • to test theoretical predictions on peculiar electromagnetic response of CNTs in THz range

Responsible person: Polina Kuzhir

3. Electromagnetic wave interaction with functionalized nanocarbons - radio frequency and microwave responses of saline CNT solutions

  • to determine the physical principles and to develop a model of radio and micro-waves interactions with chemically modified nanocarbons, such as, e.g., boron/nitrogen doped CNTs, functionalized nanocarbons, dressed CNT with a dielectric (polymer) coatings, etc.;
  • to model the electromagnetic response by composites filled with the chemically modified nanocarbons of different types;
  • to understand and study experimentally the peculiarities of the electromagnetic response of carbon nanotubes (pure and functionalized) in saline solutions in radio frequencies and microwave ranges as a model for RF waves and microwaves interaction with living cells.

Responsible person: Jan Macutkevic with the help of Leonid Chernozatonskii

4. Electromagnetics of graphene and graphene-like structures

  • to propose a concept and to develop a theory of smooth tuning of energy levels and conduction band population in graphene and graphene-like structures (bi-graphene, multilayered graphene) in order to formulate the physical principles of tailoring the conductivity and electromagnetic response of graphene structures by external parameters.

Responsible person: Geza Márk with the help of Philippe Lambin