As thin as it gets: Physics of 2D Materials and Heterostructures

Bad Honnef Physics School

Su, 24.07.2022 18:30  –   Fr, 29.07.2022 14:00
Marika Schleberger (U Duisburg-Essen) and Martin Mittendorff (U Duisburg-Essen)
Physikzentrum Bad Honnef
Hauptstr. 5, Hauptstr. 5, 53604 Bad Honnef, Germany

Contact person:
Dr. Victor Gomer (Physikzentrum Bad Honnef),
DPG Association:
Condensed Matter Section (SKM)  


Scientific organizers:
Prof. Dr. Marika Schleberger (Universität Duisburg-Essen) and Prof. Dr. Martin Mittendorff (Universität Duisburg-Essen)

July 24 - 29, 2022, Physikzentrum Bad Honnef, Germany
supported by




Two-dimensional materials and their heterostructures attract a large community of scientists throughout the world. A vast variety of properties, depending on the crystal structure and composition, are feasible: while graphene is characterized by a linear band structure where valence and conduction bands touch in the so-called Dirac points, hexagonal boron nitride is an insulator with a rather large bandgap. Transition metal dichalcogenides or black phosphorus are semiconductors, bridging the gap between graphene and insulating materials. Combining these materials into heterostructures is highly attractive as it can improve the quality, for example, boron nitride is a perfect substrate for graphene, enabling extremely high carrier mobilities even at room temperature. Furthermore, the combination of other 2D materials can lead to properties that couldn’t be achieved in a single material: a heterostructure of transition metal dichalcogenides can host long-lived electron-hole pairs that feature a very long lifetime, making it a promising material system for future quantum processing. Moiré superlattices of bilayer graphene can fundamentally alter the electronic band structure, etc.

This school on 2D materials aims to provide a profound and interdisciplinary overview to Master and Ph.D. students. The lectures focus on synthesis, sample fabrication, properties and characterization of 2D-materials and heterostructures, including insights into some of the most recent advances of research. The 15 speakers will focus on the most relevant topics, including the ones that are probably underrepresented in the standard “physicist’s field of view”, namely biological properties and applications, chemical routes to deterministic assembly of 2D structures, or giving an industrial perspective on this topic.

Lecturers and topics include:

Kick-off talk: Overview and future prospects/developments
Cinzia Casiraghi (Department of Chemistry, University of Manchester)

Evening talk: Outlook and quantum devices
Hanan Herzig Sheinfux (ICFO, Barcelona)

Synthesis, fabrication, and characterization:

  • Paola Barbara (Department of Physics, Georgetown University)
  • Peter Bøggild (Center for Nanostructured Graphene, Technical University of Denmark)
  • Kirill Bolotin (Department of Physics, FU Berlin)
  • Janina Maultzsch (Institute of Condensed Matter Physics, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg)
  • Ursula Wurstbauer (Institute of Physics, WWU Münster)
  • Agnieszka Beata Kuc (Institute of Resource Ecology, HZDR, Dresden)

Properties & Hot topics:

  • Electronic: Antonio Lombardo (Engineering Department, University of Cambridge)
  • Optical: Alexey Chernikov (Department of Physics, Universität Regensburg)
  • Chemical: Kramer Campen (University of Duisburg-Essen)
  • Magnetic: Stefan Blügel (Peter Grünberg Institut, FZ Jülich)
  • Biological: Ester Vazquez Fernandez-Pacheco (Organic Chemistry Division, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha)
  • Risks and safety aspects: Maurizio Prato (University of Trieste, Italy)
  • Industrial perspective: Vincent Bouchiat (Département Nanosciences, Institut Néel, CNRS-Grenoble and CEO Grapheal)

Please contact us if you have any questions

⇒ Schedule

FEES: 200 € full board and lodging (for DPG* members 100 € )
* The German Physical Society (DPG)