Graphene as a constituent of graphite was close to us for almost 500 years. However, it is only in 2005 that A. Geim and K. Novoselov (Nobel Prize in 2010) reported for the first time the obtaining of a nanostructure composed by a single layer of carbon atom. The exceptional electronic properties of graphene make it a very promising material for applications in electronic and renewable energies.
For many applications, one should be able to modify and control precisely the electronic properties of graphene. In this context, we propose to synthesize chemically graphene nanoparticles and study their absorption and photoluminescence properties. We will focus on their solubilty in water in order to study potential applications in biology. This project will be developed in collaboration with Physicists so the candidate will work in a multidisciplinary environment.