Graphene is the only two-dimensional (2D) material found in nature. Its unique properties have inspired scientists to explore multidisciplinary approaches to obtain an emerging class of molecular-based, low-dimensional nanomaterials. As Canada Research Chair in Molecular-based Low-dimensional Nanomaterials, Dr. Maryam Ebrahimi is building on nanoscience techniques and theoretical simulations for the hierarchical growth of nanopolymers on surfaces.
She and her research team are using and adapting different solution-based coupling reactions to surfaces to synthesize new 2D polymers with tunable properties. The high chemical and thermal stabilities of the resulting nanomaterials could be promising for biocompatible surfaces and organic semiconductor applications.