The MXenes Synthesis, Tunability and Reactivity (M-STAR) Center for Chemical Innovation aims to demonstrate to the world the exciting possibilities for fundamental and applied chemistry in the burgeoning field of two-dimensional layered metal nitrides and carbides known as MXenes. We envision MXenes as a truly general class of materials to be adapted to any purpose: metals, semiconductors, insulators, superconductors, metamaterials, composites, catalysts, electrodes, electronics and batteries.

In M-STAR, we bring together leaders in nanoscience, inorganic synthesis, soft matter, computational chemistry and energy materials to systematize the study of MXenes, build an armory of powerful and general tools for growing, joining, splitting, repainting, and electrifying them, and ultimately push the frontier in this enormous chemical space. Together, we will also advance science education, broaden participation, and communicate to the public the latest in cutting-edge science.

This work is supported by funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation under Grant Number CHE-2318105 (M-STAR CCI).