The "Graphene and Nanotubes: science and applications" ("GNT") group is both a national research group (GDR 3217) and an international coordination network (GDRI), which have been created by the CNRS in 2009 and are issued from a previous GDR focused on ‘Nanotubes (1998-2008). Its objective is to cross-link research on nanotubes and on graphene, knowing the close link existing between both nanostructures and to exploit assets of the previous networked researches on nanotubes. Thanks to a series of brainstorming workshops, the so-called Lavoisier Discussions, prioritized research topics have been defined in line with the roadmap objectives to be pursued by the Graphene Flagship: 1) Dirac Matter Physics and Fundamental Science, 2) Synthesis, Procedures for structural characterization and growth modelling, 3) Chemistry, toxicity and medical issues, 4) hybrid structures based on graphene and nanotubes, 5) From Materials to functional devices, 6) 2D materials beyond graphene.
At the national scale, the group acts as research centre without wall and gathers more than 50 research teams from CNRS research units, Universities or public organisms such as CEA and Onera. All together, several hundred of permanent researchers and engineers are involved. At the international scale, partners are scientists of international reputation, from Canada, Belgium, Greece, Spain Germany and United Kingdom, who have played, since 10 years, a major role for developing and federating researches on nanotubes with the French teams. Recently partners from Russia, Finland and Brazil have joined the partnership.
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