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Monday, April 16, 2018 -
11:00am to 12:00pm
Crow Hall, Room 206
James M. Tour, Dept. of Chemistry, Rice University

Methods for the preparation of graphene will be discussed including single layer structures, single crystals, controlled-growth of stacked graphene, graphene nanoribbons, graphene quantum dots, graphene foams, laser-induced graphene, and 3D printing of graphene foams. Also discussed will be many device structures for renewable energies based upon graphene including batteries, supercapacitors, water splitting to form hydrogen and oxygen, and use as fuel cell electrocatalysts. The use of graphene in biomedical scaffolds will be presented, particularly for the rebuilding of damaged spinal cords and use in treating traumatic brain injury and stroke.

James M. Tour received his Ph.D. in synthetic organic and organometallic chemistry from Purdue University and did postdoctoral work at the University of Wisconsin and Stanford University. After 11 years in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of South Carolina, he joined the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology at Rice University in 1999 where he is presently the T. T. and W. F. Chao Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Computer Science, and Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering. Tour’s scientific research areas include nanoelectronics, graphene electronics, silicon oxide electronics, carbon nanovectors for medical applications, green carbon research for enhanced oil recovery and environmentally friendly oil and gas extraction, graphene photovoltaics, carbon supercapacitors, lithium ion batteries, CO2 capture, water splitting to H2 and O2, water purification, carbon nanotube and graphene synthetic modifications, graphene oxide, carbon composites, hydrogen storage on nanoengineered carbon scaffolds, and synthesis of single-molecule nanomachines which includes molecular motors and nanocars. He was awarded the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award in Polymer Chemistry and the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award in Polymer Chemistry, was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 2009, and inducted into the National Academy of Inventors in 2015.

Tour was named among “The 50 Most Influential Scientists in the World Today” by TheBestSchools.org in 2014; listed in “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” by Thomson Reuters ScienceWatch.com in 2014; and recipient of the Trotter Prize in “Information, Complexity and Inference” in 2014; and was the Lady Davis Visiting Professor, Hebrew University, June, 2014. Tour was named “Scientist of the Year” by R&D Magazine, 2013. He won the Feynman Prize in Experimental Nanotechnology in 2008, the NASA Space Act Award in 2008 for his development of carbon nanotube reinforced elastomers and the Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award from the American Chemical Society for his achievements in organic chemistry in 2007. Tour was the recipient of the George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching in 2007. He also won the Small Times magazine’s Innovator of the Year Award in 2006, the Nanotech Briefs Nano 50 Innovator Award in 2006, the Alan Berman Research Publication Award, Department of the Navy in 2006, the Southern Chemist of the Year Award from the American Chemical Society in 2005 and The Honda Innovation Award for Nanocars in 2005. Tour’s paper on Nanocars was the most highly accessed journal article of all American Chemical Society articles in 2005, and it was listed by LiveScience as the second most influential paper in all of science in 2005.

 Host: Erik Henriksen

Faculty, students, and the general public are invited.




Hosted by: Erik Henriksen

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