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Rodney S. Ruoff

Dr. Ruoff joined UT Austin in September, 2007, as an endowed chair in the Cockrell School of Engineering. He earned his Ph.D in Chemical Physics from the University of Illinois-Urbana in1988, and was a Fulbright Fellow in 1988-89 with the Max Planck Institute fuer Stroemungsforschung in Goettingen, Germany. Prior to joining UT-Austin, he was the John Evans Professor of Nanoengineering and a Full Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Northwestern University and also the director of the Northwestern University Biologically Inspired Materials Institute from 2002-2007, a NASA URETI Institute also linked to Princeton University, UC-Santa Barbara, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and to a team of researchers working primarily at the NASA Langley Research Center.

Some major research interests include:

  • Global environment and energy
  • Synthesis and properties of materials including nanostructures
  • Synthesis and properties of novel carbon materials (graphene, nanotubes)
  • Fabrication and properties of nanocomposites
  • Nanomanipulation and nanorobotics
  • Instrument development; New tools and methods for the biomedical sciences
  • Technology transition, entrepreneurial activity (Co-founder of Graphene Energy, Inc.; Founder of Nanode, Inc.)

Dr. Ruoff has been editor of the Journal of Nanoengineering and Nanosystems and continues to serve on the editorial board, and is an Editorial Board Member for Composites, Science, and Technology, a Managing Editor and Editorial Board Member of NANO, on the editorial advisory board of Carbon. In addition he has been a Distinguished Chair Visiting Professor at Sung Kyun Kwan University's Advanced Institute of NanoTechnology (SAINT) (2005-2007) and was recently renamed to that position.

Selected Publications

  1. M. F. Yu, O. Lourie, M. J. Dyer, K. Moloni, T. F. Kelly and R. S. Ruoff, "Strength and breaking mechanism of multiwalled carbon nanotubes under tensile load", Science, Vol. 287, (2000), 287, pp. 637-640
  2. M. F. Yu, O. Lourie, M. J. Dyer, K. Moloni, T. F. Kelly and R. S. Ruoff, "Strength and breaking mechanism of multiwalled carbon nanotubes under tensile load", Science, Vol. 287, (2000), 287, pp. 637-640
  3. Li, X. S.; Cai, W. W.; An, J. H.; Kim, S.; Nah, J.; Yang, D. X.; Piner, R. D.; Velamakanni, A.; Jung, I.; Tutuc, E.; Banerjee, S. K.; Colombo, L.; Ruoff, R. S., "Large-area synthesis of high-quality and uniform graphene films on copper foils", Science, Vol. 324, (2009), pp. 1312-1314
  4. Sasha Stankovich, Dmitriy A. Dikin, Geoffrey H. B. Dommett, Kevin M. Kohlhaas, Eric J. Zimney, Eric A. Stach, Richard D. Piner, SonBinh T. Nguyen and Rodney S. Ruoff, "Graphene-based composite materials", Nature, Vol. 42, (2006), 42, pp. 282-285
  5. Dmitriy A. Dikin, Sasha Stankovich, Eric. J. Zimney, Richard D. Piner, Geoffrey H. B. Dommett, Guennadi Evmenenko, SonBinh T. Nguyen & Rodney S. Ruoff, "Preparation and characterization of graphene oxide paper", Nature, (2007), July 26, 2007

Most Recent Publications

  1. Zhao, Xin; Zhang, Lili; Murali, Shanthi; Stoller, Meryl D.; Zhang, Qinghua; Zhu, Yanwu; Ruoff, Rodney S., "Incorporation of Manganese Dioxide within Ultraporous Activated Graphene for High-Performance Electrochemical Capacitors. ," ACS Nano , Vol. 6, (2012), 6, pp. 5404-5412
  2. Zhang, Li Li; Zhao, Xin; Stoller, Meryl D.; Zhu, Yanwu; Ji, Hengxing; Murali, Shanthi; Wu, Yaping; Perales, Stephen; Clevenger, Brandon; Ruoff, Rodney S. , "Highly Conductive and Porous Activated Reduced Graphene Oxide Films for High-Power Supercapacitors. ," Nano Letters, Vol. 12, (2012), pp. 1806-1812
  3. Zhang, Bin; Lee, WiHyoung; Piner, Richard; Kholmanov, Iskandar; Wu, Yaping; Li, Huifeng; Ji, Hengxing; Ruoff, Rodney S. , "Low-Temperature Chemical Vapor Deposition Growth of Graphene from Toluene on Electropolished Copper Foils. ," ACS Nano, Vol. 6, (2012), 3, pp. 2471-2476
  4. Zan, Recep; Muryn, Chris; Bangert, Ursel; Mattocks, Philip; Wincott, Paul; Vaughan, David; Li, Xuesong; Colombo, Luigi; Ruoff, Rodney S.; Hamilton, Bruce; Novoselov, Konstantin S. , "Scanning tunnelling microscopy of suspended graphene.," Nanoscale, Vol. 4, (2012), pp. 3065-3068
  5. Wu, Yaping; Chou, Harry; Ji, Hengxing; Wu, Qingzhi; Chen, Shanshan; Jiang, Wei; Hao, Yufeng; Kang, Junyong; Ren, Yujie; Piner, Richard D.; Ruoff, Rodney S., "Growth Mechanism and Controlled Synthesis of AB-Stacked Bilayer Graphene on CuNi Alloy Foils. ," ACS Nano , (2012)
  6. Suk, Ji Won; Murali, Shanthi; An, Jinho; Ruoff, Rodney S. , "Mechanical measurements of ultra-thin amorphous carbon membranes using scanning atomic force microscopy. ," Carbon, Vol. 50, (2012), pp. 2220-2225
  7. Stoller, Meryl D.; Murali, Shanthi; Quarles, Neil; Zhu, Yanwu; Potts, Jeffrey R.; Zhu, Xianjun; Ha, Hyung-Wook; Ruoff, Rodney S., "Activated graphene as a cathode material for Li-ion hybrid supercapacitors.," Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics , Vol. 14, (2012), pp. 3388-3391
  8. Ruoff, Rodney S. , "Perspective: A means to an end.," Nature, Vol. 483, (2012), 15, pp. S42
  9. Robinson, Z. R.; Tyagi, P.; Murray, T. M.; Ventrice, C. A.; Chen, S. S.; Munson, A.; Magnuson, C. W.; Ruoff, R. S. , J. Vacuum Science And Technology A, Vol. 30, (2012), 1, pp. 011401-1 - 011401-7
  10. Ren, Yujie; Zhu, Chaofu; Cai, Weiwei; Li, Huifeng; Hao, Yufeng; Wu, Yaping; Chen, Shanshan; Wu, Qingzhi; Piner, Richard; Ruoff, Rodney S. , "An improved method for transferring graphene grown by chemical vapor deposition.," Nano, Vol. 7, (2012), 1, pp. 1150001-1 - 1150001-6