Prof. Manish Chhowalla


Manish Chhowalla is a Professor and Associate Chair of the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Rutgers University. He is also the Director of Nanotechnology for Clean Energy NSF IGERT Program and the Donald H Jacobs Chair in Applied Physics (2009 ? 2011). From June 2009 ? July 2010 he was a Professor in the Department of Materials at Imperial College London. He has won the NSF CAREER Award for young scientists as well as the Sigma Xi Outstanding Young Investigator for the Mid Atlantic Region. Before Rutgers, he was a Royal Academy of Engineering Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge after completing his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering there. Prior to his PhD, he worked for Multi-Arc Inc. (now Ion Bond) where he developed one of the first applications of ?amorphous diamond? thin films. His technological interests are in the synthesis and characterization of novel carbon materials and their incorporation into devices for electrical, optical and mechanical applications. Fundamentally, he is interested in understanding the role of disorder in determining material properties. His research topics presently include investigation of the opto-electronic properties of graphene and carbon nanotubes, organic memory and photovoltaic devices, structural properties of boron carbide, and deposition of carbide and nitride thin films. He has over 120 publications with over 6500 citations on these topics and has given > 90 invited/keynote/plenary lectures. He has also served on organizing committees for numerous international conferences.



Chemical exfoliation of layered two-dimensional materials such as graphite and transition metal chalcogenides allow access to large quantities of atomically thin nanosheets that have properties that are distinctly different from their bulk counterparts. Although 2D materials have recently become popular, their fabrication via exfoliation of bulk crystals has been known for decades. For example, Brodie first exfoliated graphite into atomically thin oxidized form of graphene in 1859. In the case of layered transition metal dichalcogenides (LTMDs) such as MoS2, WS2, MoSe2, WSe2, etc., Frindt et al. performed seminal work in the ?70s and ?80s. We have revived these techniques to obtain a wide variety of chemically exfoliated two-dimensional nanosheets and utilized these materials in wide variety of electronic and energy applications. In this presentation, I will highlight some of our key contributions with graphene oxide (GO) and LTMD nanosheets. Specifically, I will present their implementation into large area electronics, strategic implementation into solar cells, and as catalysts.

Wednesday 15th of August, Noon

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