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San Francisco, CA | Sunday, May 24, 2009

Short Course #3
Fullerenes and Carbon Nanotubes
Dirk M. Guldi, Instructor

This course is targeted at chemists, physicists, materials scientists, and engineers with an interest in nanostructured carbon materials—ranging from fullerenes and carbon nanotubes to carbon onions and carbon nanohorns. The aim of this short course is to introduce the student to the chemistry and physics of these novel carbon allotropes. An overview of recent advances in the synthesis, characterization, and physico-chemical properties of nanostructured carbon materials will be presented with particular emphasis on:

  • Fullerene Basics—synthesis and purification, characterization, structures, electronic properties, chemical properties, physico-chemical properties, and functionalization;
  • Fullerene Applications—photovoltaics, implications for medical research, practical applications, and industrial scale up;
  • Carbon Nanotube Basics—structures, growth and purification methods, mechanical properties, electronic properties, optical properties, characterization methods, and chemical properties and modifications;
  • Carbon Nanotube Applications—high-performance materials, field emission devices, nanoscale electronics, and biomedical uses; and
  • Exploration of Novel Carbon Materials—such as carbon onions, carbon nanohorns and quantum-sized carbon dots as promising materials.

To benefit most effectively from this course, registrants should have completed at least their first two years of a bachelor’s program in chemistry, physics or engineering; or have several years of practical experience.


About the Instructor

Dirk M. Guldi graduated from the University of Cologne (Germany) in 1988, from where he received his PhD in 1990. In 1992, after a postdoctoral appointment at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, he took a research position at the Hahn-Meitner-Institute Berlin. After a brief stay as a Feodor-Lynen Stipend (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation) at Syracuse University he joined in 1995 the faculty of the Notre Dame Radiation Laboratory where he was promoted to Associate Scientist in 1996. In 1999 he completed his Habilitation at the University of Leipzig (Germany). Since 2004 he is a chaired Full Professor at the Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen (Germany). He was awarded the Heisenberg-Prize (1999, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft); Grammaticakis-Neumann-Prize (2000, Swiss Society for Photochemistry and Photophysics); JSPS Fellowship (2003, The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science); and JPP-Award (2004, Society of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines).

Dirk M. Guldi is Editor-in-Chief of Fullerenes, Nanotubes and Carbon Nanostructures (since 2001) and a member of the International Advisory Editorial Board of the Journal of Materials Chemistry, Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry (since 2004), Chemical Society Reviews (since 2005), Chemical Physics Letters (since 2007), Energy and Environmental Science (since 2008), and ChemSusChem (since 2008).

Dirk M. Guldi has a track record of more than 300 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals (e.g., Nature Materials, Angewandte Chemie, Accounts of Chemical Research, Journal of the American Chemical Society, etc.). He is an invited keynote speaker on international conferences and has given more than 200 invited talks. Currently he is Vice-Chair of the ECS Fullerenes, Nanotubes, and Carbon Nanostructures Division.  He has co-organised numerous conferences (e.g., Inter-American Photochemical Society Winter Conference) and symposia (e.g., at ECS, the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), the American Chemical Society (ACS), and the International Conference on Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines (ICPP)).


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