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Xinliang Feng, Technische Universität Dresden
Exploring New Matters with Soft and Hard Features
Condensed matters are generally classified as hard matters and soft matters. In contrast to soft matters featuring elastic, flexible and amorphous structures based on the self-assembly of macromolecules, biological molecules, liquid crystals and colloidal nanoparticles, hard matters have high crystallinity and rigidity and are mechanically stable as governed by atomic/molecular forces and quantum mechanics. These characteristics are critically important to render hard matters for transporting electron, spin, ion, phonon, etc., which have been largely explored for semiconductors, metals and insulators. In our way toward exploring novel condensed matters with interesting electronic and optoelectronic properties, we are fascinated by a class of organic crystalline materials that have the novel features from both soft- and hard definitions in view of their crystalline structural ordering at the atomic/molecular level and macroscopic flexible behavior. Thus in this lecture, we will especially present our recent efforts on the bottom-up synthetic approaches toward novel 1D nanoribbons and organic 2D materials with structural control at the atomic/molecular level or at the meso-scale. Their fundamental electronic, magnetic and mechanical properties will be discussed.
About Xinliang Feng
Xinliang Feng is a full professor and Head of the Chair of Molecular Functional Materials at Technische Universität Dresden. He has published more than 420 research articles, which have attracted more than 41,000 citations with an h-index of 96 (Google Scholar). Feng has been awarded several prestigious prizes such as the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) Prize for Young Chemists (2009), European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant Award (2012), Journal of Materials Chemistry Lectureship Award (2013), ChemComm Emerging Investigator Lectureship (2014), Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC, 2014), Highly Cited Researcher (Thomson Reuters, 2014–2018), Small Young Innovator Award (2017), Hamburg Science Award (2017), and the EU-40 Materials Prize (2018). He is an Advisory Board member for Advanced Materials, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, ChemNanoMat, Energy Storage Materials, and Small Methods and Chemistry-An Asian Journal. Feng is the Head of the ESF Young Research Group "Graphene Center Dresden" and Working Package Leader of WP Functional Foams & Coatings for the European Commission’s pilot project “Graphene Flagship.”