Properties of graphene have attracted great attention in the last few years. Single-layer or few-layer graphene-like species of several layered inorganic materials can be prepared by physical and chemical means. In particular, few-layer and single layer metal chalcogenides such as MoS2, MoSe2 and WS2 have been investigated in some detail. Boron nitride also yields such species with interesting features. Specially, noteworthy are the properties of graphene-like species based on entirely new materials such as borocarbonitrides.
Prof. C.N.R. Rao (born on 30 June 1934, Bangalore, India) is the National Research Professor as well as Honorary President and Linus Pauling Research Professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research. He is also an Honorary Professor at the Indian Institute of Science. His main research interests are in solid state and materials chemistry. He is an author of over 1400 research papers and 41 books. He received the M.S. from Banaras, Ph.D. from Purdue, D.Sc. from Mysore universities and has received honoris causa doctorate degrees from 41 universities including Purdue, Bordeaux, Banaras, Delhi, Mysore, IIT Bombay, IIT Kharagpur, Notre Dame, Novosibirsk, Oxford, Stellenbosch, Uppsala, Wales, Wroclaw, Caen, Khartoum, Calcutta, Sri Venkateswara University and Desikottama from Visva-Bharati. Prof. Rao is a Fellow of the Royal Society, London, Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences, U.S.A., Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, French Academy of Sciences, Japan Academy as well as the Polish, Czechoslovakian, Serbian, Slovenian, Brazil, Spanish, Korean and African Academies and the American Philosophical 5ociety. He is a Member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Foreign Member of Academia Europaea and Foreign Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is on the editorial boards of 20 leading professional journals.