Nanomaterials and Nanodevices

Rice University is often viewed as the cradle of nanoscience and nanotechnology because of the discovery of fullerenes in 1985 and the pioneering studies on carbon nanotubes by the late Professor Richard Smalley starting in the mid-1990s. A large number of Rice Applied Physics faculty continue to make leading contributions in this area, creating new low-dimensional materials and devices for applications in diverse areas of science and engineering.

Core Faculty Members

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Pulickel Ajayan

Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor of Engineering, Department Chair


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Kevin F. Kelly

Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering


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Aditya D. Mohite

Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering | Associate Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering

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James Tour

T. T. and W. F. Chao Professor of Chemistry; Professor of Materials Science & NanoEngineering and Computer Science


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Rafael Verduzco

Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering


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Boris Yakobson

Karl F. Hasselmann Chair of Engineering; Professor of MSNE and Chemistry

Other Faculty Members

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Junichiro Kono

Chair, Applied Physics Program Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor, Materials Science and Nanoengineering Professor, Physics and Astronomy


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Gururaj Naik

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering


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Douglas Natelson

Professor, Department Chair of Physics and Astronomy Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor in Materials Science and NanoEngineering Fellow, Smalley-Curl Institute

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Matteo Pasquali

Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Chair, Department of Chemistry


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Geoff Wehmeyer

Assistant Professor


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Michael S. Wong

Chair and William M. McCardell Professor in Chemical Engineering Professor of Chemistry, Materials Science and NanoEngineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Hanyu Zhu

William Marsh Rice Trustee Chair Assistant Professor