Dr. Piner received his Ph.D. from Purdue University, in Solid State Physics in 1990. Since then, he has worked at Appalachian State, Temple, Northwestern, and Washington Universities. He joined the Ruoff group at Washington University in 1998. He moved with Dr. Ruoff from Washington University to Northwestern University in 2000, and then on to the University of Texas at Austin in the Fall of 2007.
Dr. Piner fills many roles within the research group. Since he is the most senior researcher in the group, he mentors junior members on many technical and scientific issues. In addition, he is involved in most group activities from writing grants to publishing research results. In addition to keeping track of the group's large research facilities, Dr. Piner also does his own research, using the group's 3 scanning point probe systems.
For a complete list of publications please see bucky-central.me.utexas.edu.