CE09 - Nanomatériaux et nanotechnologies pour les produits du futur

Graphene quantum dots and nanoribbons for advanced optics – GRANAO

Submission summary

The project “Graphene quantum dots and nanoribbons for advanced optics” (GRANAO) will focus on the development of the chemical synthesis of graphene quantum dots (GQDs) and graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) and their detailed optical characterizations for the next-generation of nano- and quantum optical applications. The properties of the obtained nanographenes will be investigated through experiments at the single object level. To this end, the consortium gathers two groups of chemists and one group of physicists. The main goal will be to synthesize new GQDs and GNRs structures with original electronic and optical properties and to make the link between these properties and their structure. The main challenges of the field are to push the gap of the nanographene towards the near infrared and to be able to add them new functionalities. To address these challenges, we propose to synthesize GQDs with original shapes and to use porphyrins as building blocks to synthesize new GQD and GNRs.

The fabrication of these GQDs and GNRs will be achieved through close collaborations between the German and French chemistry groups. Finally, the nanographenes will be studied by advanced optical experiments. In particular spectroscopy experiments at the single molecule level and as a function of temperature will be used to analyze the quantum states at the origin of the light emission and to relate them to the structure of the object. Likewise, tools of quantum optics such as intensity correlation measurements or optically detected magnetic resonance experiments will be used to investigate the spin physics, as for instance the intersystem crossing between singlet and triplet states. At longer term, the GRANAO project intends to address “on demand” fabrication of well-adapted nanographene materials for particular applications, such as optoelectronics, photonics, and (bio)labelling in bulk scales, as well as a wide range of cutting-edge applications, including quantum emitters for cryptography, telecommunication, and quantum sensing.

Project coordinator

Monsieur Jean-Sébastien LAURET (Laboratoire Aimé Cotton)

The author of this summary is the project coordinator, who is responsible for the content of this summary. The ANR declines any responsibility as for its contents.


LAC Laboratoire Aimé Cotton
NIMBE Nanosciences et innovation pour les matériaux, la biomédecine et l'énergie
Max Planck Society / Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research

Help of the ANR 300,456 euros
Beginning and duration of the scientific project: November 2019 - 36 Months

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