Synthetic Chemistry for Carbon Nanomaterials

Course Aim

This course mainly covers the synthetic methods for carbon nanomaterials, including fullerene derivatives, polyphenylenes, nanographenes, and graphene nanoribbons, from the perspectives of organic chemistry. Particular focus will be given on the synthesis of large polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons

Course Description

Learn classical and modern approaches in the organic synthesis of molecular nanocarbons and related compounds, with a focus on large polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons that are also recently called nanographenes. Explore the relationship between their structures and optical, electronic, and magnetic properties along with related analytical techniques. Discover relevant methods in polymer chemistry and surface sciences for synthesis and characterization of graphene nanoribbons and other carbon nanostructures. Discuss the latest developments in the related research areas in class presentations.

Course Contents

The following topics will be covered, focusing on the synthesis and characterization methods and mainly taking examples from the recent literature.

1. Introduction: from polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) chemistry to bottom-up synthesis of carbon nanomaterials
2. Fully-benzenoid PAHs and extension to nanographenes
3. Not-fully-benzenoid PAHs
4. Heteroatom-incorporated PAHs
5. Open-shell PAHs
6. Helical PAHs
7. Polyphenylene polymers and dendrimers
8. From ladder polymers to graphene nanoribbons (GNRs)
9. On-surface synthesis of PAHs and GNRs
10. On-surface synthesis of two-dimensional carbon nanostructures
11. Fullerene derivatives
12. Other carbon nanomaterials


1. In-class exercises throughout the term (20%) 2. Presentation to the class of a related paper of choice from the last five years (40%) 3. Laboratory reports (40%)

Prerequisites or Prior Knowledge

Undergraduate-level knowledge of general chemistry; Advanced-level knowledge of organic chemistry.

Reference Books

Polyarenes I
From Polyphenylenes to Nanographenes and Graphene Nanoribbons
Synthetic Methods for Conjugated Polymers and Carbon Materials

Research Specialties