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ECS Short Courses


Chicago, IL | Sunday, May 6, 2007

Short Course #1
Nanostructured Carbon Materials
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 is a professor at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Institute for Physical Chemistry, Erlangen, Germany;

Prof. Guldi graduated from the University of Cologne (Germany) in 1988, where he received his PhD in 1990. In 1992, after a postdoctoral appointment at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (USA), 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 the faculty of the Notre Dame Radiation Laboratory in 1995; 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).

Prof. Guldi has published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals such as Nature Materials, Angewandte Chemie, Accounts of Chemical Research, Journal of the American Chemical Society, etc.; and he has more than a dozen book contributions. He was awarded the Heisenberg-Prize (1999, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft); the Grammaticakis-Neumann-Prize (2000, Swiss Society for Photochemistry and Photophysics); a JSPS Fellowship (2003, The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science; and the JPP-Award (2004, Society of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines). He is Editor-in-Chief of Fullerenes, Nanotubes, and Carbon Nanostructures (since 2001); and a member of the International Advisory Editorial Board of Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (since 2003); the Journal of Materials Chemistry (since 2004); and the Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry (since 2004).

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