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Information für die Wissenschaft Nr. 59 | 16. November 2012
Priority Programme “Graphene“ (SPP 1459)

The Senate of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) has announced the second funding period of the Priority Programme (Schwerpunktprogramm, SPP) entitled “Graphene”. The programme will start its second three-year period in autumn 2013.

Graphene – the strictly two-dimensional, honeycomb lattice of carbon atoms – is a two-dimensional electron gas system (2DEG) with unique properties. With its charge carriers being described as massless, chiral Dirac Fermions, graphene has stimulated fundamental interest. Quantum electrodynamics (QED) phenomena such as Klein tunnelling and Veselago lensing have been predicted and observed for graphene pn-junctions. The robust half-integer quantum Hall effect could be exploited for improved Quantum metrology devices.

On the other hand, with its high room temperature charge carrier mobility graphene is an exciting candidate for novel electronic devices, probably even ballistic-transport-based devices. Band gap engineering by various methods presents a route towards novel devices not possible in other materials. Additional functionalities could be created by contacting graphene with other materials or by chemical functionalisation. Graphene is a prime candidate for spintronics and transparent, fexible electronics. The wide variety of possible applications of graphene goes well beyond the CMOS mainstream. Consequently, the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) lists graphene under the emerging materials with high potential.

The aim of the Priority Programme is to promote the understanding and control of the properties of graphene with the vision to establish a basis for new, graphene-based electronics. Contributions are expected from physics, electrical engineering, materials science, and chemistry. All submitted proposals should address fundamental and/or applied research on at least one of the following topics:

  • theoretical studies of graphene (e.g. electronic and atomic structure of graphene and its interfaces, electronic and phonon transport, spin effects, mechanical and vibrational properties of graphene, nanostructures, device simulations)
  • production of graphene and graphene nanostructures for graphene-based electronic devices
  • characterisation and manipulation of electronic, structural, mechanical, vibrational, and optical properties of graphene
  • understanding and control of the interaction of graphene with underlying substrates, gate materials, and contacts
  • transport studies (e.g. phonon and electron transport, quantum transport, ballistic transport, disorder and correlation effects, low-dimensional structures, spin transport)
  • demonstration of novel devices (e.g. field effect devices, plasmonic devices, single electron transistors)

In order to keep the focus of the Priority Programme sufficiently narrow and to enhance synergies between participants, the proposals must focus on graphene as the active electronic material. Proposals, in which graphene is utilised as a means to modify or probe the properties of other materials, will not be considered. Research related to the following topics will not be part of this programme: bulk graphite; carbon nanotubes; processes for mass production of graphene flakes for application as an additive for other materials such as polymer composites, paints, conducting plastics, printable electronics, etc.; utilisation of graphene as a means to modify and probe properties of other materials. Also excluded are topological insulators and other 2D layered materials like, e.g., BN or transition metal dichalcogenides.

Proposals for the second three-year funding period can be submitted by 31 January 2013 through the DFG’s electronic proposal processing system “elan”. In this system please select “SPP 1459 – Graphene” when submitting your proposal. All proposals must be written in English.

The evaluation workshop is planned for 15/16 April 2013 at the Physikzentrum in Bad Honnef.

Further Information

The DFG’s electronic portal “elan” can be found at:

Proposal guidelines and preparation instructions are outlined in DFG forms 54.01en and 50.05en, part B which can be found on the DFG’s website at:

For further information please refer to the Priority Programme’s webpage:

For scientific enquiries concerning the scope of the programme, please contact the programme coordinator:

For administrative enquiries please contact: