MSE Seminar - Professor Pulickel Ajayan - Rice University
Title: Engineering of Nanostructures – 1D, 2D and 3D Architectures
The talk will discuss our recent efforts in engineering nanostructured materials from building blocks that range in size, dimensionality and properties. The idea of engineering nanostructures to build functional materials captures the essence of nanotechnology and the challenges and opportunities in this area will be discussed. One dimensional nanostructures such as carbon nanotubes and the emerging two-dimensional atomic layers as novel building blocks will be considered. The creation of three-dimensional architectures from nanoscale building blocks will lead to new opportunities and the challenges involved in this approach will be highlighted. The talk will focus on engineered nanomaterials as a platform for several applications that include nanocomposites, energy storage, low dimensional devices etc.
Bio sketch: Dr. Ajayan is the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor of Engineering at Rice Univeristy. He is the founding chair of
Professor Ajayan has nearly 20 years of record in the development of nanomaterials for various applications. He has been a pioneer in the research and development of carbon nanotubes and has contributed to this field greatly. He is an experimentalist and has also contributed to research areas of graphene, 2D layered materials, nanocomposites, electrical interconnects, nanostructured materials in energy storage and conversion and energetic materials. He has a strong record in materials characterization, microscopy and spectroscopy.
Professor Ajayan has given nearly 350 invited talks and has published 530 journal papers with over 38,000 citations and an H-Index of 89. He has received numerous awards including the Helmoltz-Humboldt Senior Award (2007), Pan-IIT Academic Excellence Award (2013), and Docteur Honoris Causa Université Catholique de Louvain (2014).
Hosts: Eric Vogel & Karl Jacob