International Forum on Graphene in Shenzhen gathers global experts

The 2021 8th International Forum on Graphene in Shenzhen was successfully held from April 8 to 11 at the University Town Conference Center.

The 4-day event was hosted by the Shenzhen Science Technology and Innovation Commission, People's Government of Nanshan District, and co-organized by Tsinghua SIGS, the Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Shenzhen Geim Graphene Center. Academician Cheng Hui-Ming and Prof. Kang Feiyu served as co-chairs of the forum.

Held since 2014, the forum aims to promote the development of graphene based nano-carbon materials and other two-dimensional (2D) materials in China and globally, providing an exchange and cooperation platform for renowned scientists, policy makers, and entrepreneurs in the graphene industry.  

Over 100 scientists and industry figures gave speeches, and almost 1000 representatives from universities, research institutes and companies joined the event. The online broadcast attracted over 10,000 views from China, South Korea, Singapore and other countries and regions.

At the opening ceremony, Tsinghua SIGS Executive Dean Gao Hong said that materials science is one of the graduate school’s key theme areas and has great development prospects. Research of new materials such as graphene will play an important role in Shenzhen’s innovative development, she said.  

Sun Nan, a member of the Party Leadership Group of the Shenzhen Association for Science and Technology expressed hopes for the forum to bring innovative ideas to the city’s development, and for industry and technology leaders to collectively help Shenzhen in its construction as a pilot demonstration zone.  

Wang Youming, Secretary of the Party Leadership Group of the Shenzhen Science Technology and Innovation Commission, emphasized the city's support for the development of graphene and new material industries, and encouraged more graphene companies to settle in Shenzhen.

From left: Gao Hong, Sun Nan, Wang Youming addressing the forum

During the forum, 2010 Physics Nobel Laureate Andre Geim from the University of Manchester and Prof. Konstantin Novoselov from the National University of Singapore, gave plenary lectures titled “Twist-controlled Van der Waals Heterostructures” and “2D Crystals and its Unique Properties”, respectively. Academician Liu Zhongfan from Peking University, Prof. Huang Jiaxing from Northwestern University, Prof. Ren Tian-Ling from Tsinghua University and others were also invited as plenary speakers.

Prof. Liu Zhongfan, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Dean of the Beijing Graphene Research Institute, giving a plenary lecture

Prof. Ren Tian-Ling from Tsinghua giving a plenary lecture

Chairman Cheng Hui-Ming hoped that the forum will continue to grow as an influential international research and cooperation platform for new materials on the occasion of the 110th anniversary of Tsinghua University and the 20th anniversary of Tsinghua SIGS.   

Site of the forum

Graphene technology exhibition and poster display

On April 8, the opening ceremony of Shenzhen's first graphene industrial park was also held, and the Shenzhen Strategic Advisory Expert Committee for Development of Graphene Industry was inaugurated.  

A total of 18 experts were appointed as members of the committee, including Andre Geim, who is a foreign academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), and other CAS academicians including Cheng Hui-Ming, Liu Zhongfan, Yu Dapeng, Xie Yi, and Zheng Quanshui. The industrial park covers an area of 74,000 square meters with a floor area of over 400,000 square meters.

Appointment Ceremony of the Shenzhen Strategic Advisory Expert Committee for Development of Graphene Industry

Shenzhen attaches great importance to the development of the graphene industry. It has previously established the Shenzhen Geim Graphene Center at Tsinghua SIGS, cultivated and introduced a group of influential graphene R&D teams, and strongly supported the transformation and industrialization of graphene achievements.

Photos: Institute of Materials Research 
Editor: Karen Lee