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Nov 19 2019

Why MXenes?

MIE Department Seminar

November 19, 2019

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


1043 ERF


842 W. Taylor St., Chicago, IL 60607

Why MXenes?

Presenter: Michael Barsoum, Distinguished Professor, Drexel University

In this talk I will try to shed light on MXenes – 2D transition metal carbides and nitrides – and why they are such exciting new materials. Despite their relatively young age, over the past couple of years, the number of papers on MXenes has grown exponentially. In 2011, we showed that by simply immersing powders of the layered hexagonal ternary MAX phase in HF, at room temperature, the A-layers were selectively etched to produce 2D materials that we labeled MXenes to emphasize the loss of the A-group element and their 2D nature. The MAX phases - with the general formula, Mn+1AXn, where n = 1 to 3, M is an early transition metal, A is an A-group (mostly IIIA and IVA) element and X is either C and/or N – were put on the map in 1996 also at Drexel University. Currently there are over 30 distinct MXene compositions and structures with new ones being discovered regularly. Unlike hydrophobic graphene, MXenes are hydrophilic and behave as “conductive clays”, or “2D metals”, a hitherto unknown combination. MXenes such as Ti2C, V2C, Nb2C and Ti3C2 can be used as electrode materials in Li or Na-ion batteries and supercapacitors as well as transparent conductive electrodes, with performances in many cases that are quite impressive. The potential of using MXenes in energy storage, as transparent conductive electrodes, EMI shielding, catalysis, electrocatalysis, water treatment, among many other applications will be highlighted. Lastly, the vast compositional and structural space afforded by this new family of 2D materials will be emphasized.

Michel W. Barsoum is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University. He is an internationally recognized leader in the area of MAX phases and their 2D derivatives, MXenes. Most recently he discovered a new mechanism – ripplocations – in the deformation of layered solids. With > 450 refereed publications and a Google h index > 100, his work has been highly cited. He is an International Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, Fellow of the American Ceramic Soc. and the World Academy of Ceramics. In 2020, he will receive the International Ceramics Prize for Basic Science from the World Academy of Ceramics. He is the author of two books, MAX Phases: Properties of Machinable Carbides and Nitrides and Fundamentals of Ceramics, a leading textbook in his field. In 2000, he was awarded a Humboldt-Max Planck Research Award for Senior US Research Scientists. Since 2008 he has been a visiting professor at Linkoping University in Sweden. He spent his last sabbatical year at Imperial College in London and the Grenoble Institute of Technology in France. In 2017, he was a recipient of a Chair of Excellence from the Nanosciences Foundation in Grenoble, France.

Host: Dr. Amin Salehi-Khojin


Prof. Amin Salehi-Khojin

Date posted

Sep 25, 2019

Date updated

Oct 15, 2019