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Thursday, 12 March 2015

Luigi Colombo, from Texas Instruments, has visited ICN2

Within the framework of Manuel Cardona Conferences, Luigi Colombo recently came to the ICN2 to offer a talk about 2D materials growth, invited by Prof Stephan Roche. He also visited some of the laboratories of the institute and he talked to us in an exclusive interview conducted by Sebastian Grinschpun.

On Monday March the 9th, Luigi Colombo, a Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas, Texas) Fellow, visited ICN2, invited by Prof Stephan Roche, to give a lecture about 2D materials growth. He is responsible for research and development of new materials and devices for analog and logic applications at Texas Instruments. The speaker has also developed the first CVD graphene process on Cu in collaboration with UT Austin.

The visit started with a tour through ICN2 some of the laboratories and facilities. Prof Roche introduced him to Prof Arben Mercoci’s and Prof Sergio Valenzuela, Group Leaders of the Nanobioelectronics and Biosensors Group and Physics and Engineering of Nanodevices Group respectively. Together they visited the Groups’ facilities, where the ICN2 researchers explained to the speaker their investigations.

After that, the scientific journalist Sebastian Grinschpun interviewed Luigi Colombo to discuss about the challenges and the future of graphene and 2D materials. They discussed about Catalonia’s role in its development and the differences between the research here and abroad. The interview will be available soon through the ICN2 YouTube channel.

As the main part of Mr Colombo’s visit, he gave a talk at ICN2 Seminar Room entitled ‘2D Materials Growth: Prospects and Challenges’. The speaker was introduced to the assistants by Prof Roche. Then, the guest presented the state of the art results of graphene, h-BN, and a few TMD materials and their prospects for future electronic device applications. About ninety people attended the talk which ended with a question time.

At the beginning of the talk, Prof Pablo Ordejón, director of the ICN2, presented the series of conferences called ‘Manuel Cardona Conferences’. Mr Colombos’s lecture was the first of a new line of conferences which will offer the opportunity to interact with some of the most prominent researchers in nanoscience-related fields. At the same time, they are a tribute to Prof Manuel Cardona, a key figure in the history of this Institute.