The nanotechnology group led by Professor Gagik Shmavonyan of the Polytechnic University has succeeded in obtaining the layers of the world’s thinnest and at the same time mechanically strongest, material with the greatest electrical and thermal conductivity – graphene and other two-dimensional atomic materials, structures, alloys, and powders, and more recently, to design atomically thick, flexible two-dimensional films and devices with the unconventional, unique nanotechnology that have been developed for the first time in Armenia, at the beginning by hand, and later developed using a prototype of automated equipment.
Having recently participated in the “Program for the establishment of remote laboratories” (ARPI) competition organized by the Science Committee of the RA MESCS, the nanotechnology group was awarded a grant for “Two-Dimensional Semiconductor Surface grinding on various insulating platforms for the next generation of electronics” at the National Polytechnic University of Armenia, developed by the head of the nanotechnology group over five years in cooperation with Professor Theresia Knobloch of the Vienna University of Technology and Professor Tibor Grasser, director of the Microelectronics Institute of the same university and with the nanotechnology patented in Armenia (2013), Spain (2016) and the USA (2021), for the first time in Armenia to make two-dimensional devices: atomic-thick graphene field-effect transistors (a prototype is available), solar cells, sensors etc.
The possibilities to apply new nano-phenomena recently discovered by Professor Shmavonyan in various fields will also be discussed.
Professor Shmavonyan is convinced that the introduction of flexible and smart electronics with atomic thickness in different fields and the application of revolutionary nanotechnologies of new generation of two-dimensional atomic materials in the production of films and devices will contribute to the steep growth of the Armenian economy.
The Nanotechnology Group expressed its willingness to cooperate with both investors and interested scientists in order to commercialize the technology and introduce atomic materials and devices to the global market.