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Liquid Phase Exfoliation 10th Anniversary Workshop


Liquid Phase Exfoliation 10th Anniversary Workshop

2nd August 2018
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Liquid Phase Exfoliation 10th Anniversary Workshop
Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, 2nd August 2018

brought to you by

  • thomas Swan
  • trinity
  • Nokia
  • SFI
  • erc
  • thomas Swan


In August 2008, we published a paper in Nature Nanotechnology describing a new method to produce defect-free graphene nanosheets in liquids. Dubbed liquid phase exfoliation (LPE), this method used ultrasonic energy to separate few-layer graphene nanosheets from their parent crystal in certain stabilising solvents. We showed that the resultant dispersions could be used for further study or processed into functional structures. Little did we know how far this curiosity-driven, side project would go over the subsequent decade.

Since those humble beginnings, LPE has been extended beyond graphene to produce nanosheets from a host of layered compounds including MoS2, BN, MoO3, Ni(OH)2, phosphorene and many other 2D materials. Exfoliation techniques have been expanded to new, more scalable processes, notably using industrial high shear mixing techniques. A key element to the success of LPE has been that working in liquids allows researchers to apply an array of processing technologies to modify, select and dispense the nanosheets. For example, while in the early days, films were prepared by vacuum filtration, we can now fabricate patterned structures using advanced printing technologies with near-micron precision. These developments have led to breakthroughs in a number of applications areas, notably composites, energy storage devices and electronics.

At this point, it is worthwhile pausing to take stock of what LPE has achieved, where it is today and how best it can be developed into the future. To achieve this, we are organising a 10th anniversary one day workshop to be held in Trinity College Dublin on the 2nd of August 2018.

Prof Jonathan N. Coleman & Prof Valeria Nicolosi



Session 1: 9:15 am – 11:00am

Speaker Institute Talk Title Time
Jonathan Coleman TCD Splitting layers – an overview of LPE 30 Mins
Thomas Heine TU Dresden Two-dimensional Materials in Three Dimensions 30 Mins
Yenny Hernandez Universidad de los Andes Liquid phase exfoliated 2D materials for efficient thermoelectrics 15 Mins
Francesco Bonaccorso IIT High-yield production of 2D crystals by wet-jet milling and applications in energy devices 30 Mins

Session 2: 11:30am – 1:15pm

Speaker Institute Talk Title Time
Yury Gogotsi Drexel University Liquid Phase Exfoliation of 2D Carbides and Nitrides (MXenes) 30 Mins
Vincenzo Palermo Chalmers University Graphene exfoliation for large-scale applications: ideal nanosheets vs. real commercial products 30 Mins
Tawfique Hasan University of Cambridge Ink formulation for large scale inkjet printing of 2D material based devices 15 Mins
Cinzia Casiraghi University of Manchester Water-based 2D inks for fully printed heterostructures 30 Mins

Lunch: 1:15pm - 2:30pm

Session 3: 2:30pm-4:15pm

Speaker Institute Talk Title Time
Andrea Ferrari University of Cambridge Graphene - THE material for future technology 30 Mins
Alan Dalton University of Sussex Assembling Graphene and Related Materials at Interfaces 15 Mins
Claudia Backes University of Heidelberg How to make high quality dispersions 15 Mins
Felice Torrisi University of Cambridge Inkjet-printed 2D material electronics: from LPE to wearable devices 15 Mins
Valeria Nicolosi TCD 10 years down the road… what has LPE enabled us to do so far? 30 Mins

Panel discussion chaired by Harry Swan and with input from Ronan Frizzell of Nokia Bell Labs Ireland followed by closing remarks 4:15pm - 5:00pm

Workshop Information

Poster boards will be provided for attendees to present their research during the lunch/coffee breaks. No abstracts are necessary.

Visiting Dublin

We’ve always known Dublin is a great place to visit but don’t just take our word for it! Recently named as one of National Geographic’s Best Trips 2018, Dublin is described as ‘Europe’s largest village’. Immerse yourself in the sounds of the city, savour the best of local food or take a tour and discover a city steeped in history. World-renowned for our warm welcome and genuine sense of fun, the Irish people’s enviable passion for life makes every occasion worth attending.


Accommodation in Dublin can be expensive during the summer months. It is recommended that participants book accommodation as soon as possible in this regard. Below lists some recommended hotels in Dublin city. Cheaper options may be to stay outside the city center. The DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transport) provides easy accessibility to areas a short distance outside the city, and a station is conveniently located at Trinity’s doorstep. Hotels or Airbnbs on the catered DART line would also be ideal for attending the workshop.

Contact and Social


Contact Jesus Barco Montero, or Carol McCaffrey, for more information.

Venue Address

Paccar Theatre
Science Gallery
Trinity College Dublin
Pearse St. Dublin 2, Ireland

Location (latitude='53.344479' longitude='-6.250506')