The discovery of graphene by the scientists in Manchester University made a big step toward advances in fundamental science as well as the technology in nano-carbon materials. The scientists in Manchester received the Nobel prize in 2010 for the recognition of significant contribution to the physics society with their graphene research. Their success has driven scientists world-wide to develop various kinds of atomically thin crystals; they are so called 2D materials. In addition to the graphene which is semimetal, hexagonal boron nitride has been discovered recently and is known as a perfect insulator. Transition metal dichalcogenides has also been discovered and known as a semiconductor having huge potential to replace present Si-based electronic devices. With the progress in the material science and thin film fabrication technologies, nowadays 2D materials are receiving tremendous attention from industries for the application to electronics devices, transparent electrodes for solar power, as well as application to catalyst materials. Obviously, the 2D materials are recognized as a one of the most important central issues in nano-science and nanotechnology. Many scientific conferences are organized every year around the world.
With the scope mentioned above, the activities of graphene research have been growing rapidly and expanding to a wide range of areas including both fundamental science and industries, particularly in the Asian region. Given the activity of new material research showing worldwide spread, RPGR has become the premier conference focused on graphene and other novel two-dimensional materials in the Asia-Pacific region and is taking place every year since 2009; Seoul (2009), Singapore (2010), Suwon (2011), Beijing (2012), Tokyo (2013), Taipei (2014), Australia (2015), Korea (2016), Singapore (2017), Guilin(2018).
As the series of Conferences on Recent Progress in Graphene Research, RPGR 2019 will be held in Matsue, Shimane-prefecture, Japan, October 6-10, 2019. This conference aims at discussing and exchanging ideas on graphene research among researchers in academic circles and industries, and working as a catalyst in enhancing graphene research.