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Prof. Ruoff awarded 2014 David Turnbull Lectureship

25 Nov 2016 / CMCM

IBS Director of Center for Multidimensional Carbon Materials honored for pioneering research related to carbon materials

The Materials Research Society’s (MRS) David Turnbull Lectureship Award recognizes the career of a scientist who has made outstanding contributions to understanding materials phenomena and properties through research, writing, and lecturing, as exemplified by the late David Turnbull of Harvard University. This year's award will honor Rodney S. Ruoff, Director of the Center for Multidimensional Carbon Materials (CMCM) at the Institute for Basic Science (IBS), and Distinguished Professor at the Ulsan National Institute of Science & Technology (UNIST) for "pioneering discoveries related to carbon materials and their innovative preparation, characterization, and mechanics." The award will be presented at the 2014 MRS Fall Meeting Awards Ceremony in Boston on Wednesday, December 3, and Ruoff will deliver the David Turnbull Lecture on December 4.

Devoting his career to research in carbon-based nanostructures, Ruoff has made numerous fundamental breakthroughs in the chemistry and physics of carbon materials and has shaped the research and practical applications of these materials as they are known today. His contributions created the chemical foundation of virtually all of the processing schemes involving these materials—from dispersions to devices and composites. His early work included extensive studies of fullerenes, and more recently, he has gained an international reputation for his work on graphenes. His extensive studies of the growth of graphene by chemical vapor deposition and graphene oxide in composites and for use in electrical energy storage initiated a large number of similar research studies worldwide.

“I think that the Turnbull prize has been, in part, awarded to me for work that I've done extending back to the early 1990’s." said Ruoff. "I have worked on a variety of carbon materials, like Carbon-60 (fullerenes), carbon nanotubes, carbon nanoparticles that encapsulated and protected metal nanocrystals, diamond—but in unusual forms like diamond nanorods—and some other nanostructures including Boron and metal boride nanotubes and nanoribbons, (the element Boron is adjacent to the element Carbon in the periodic table), and so on. Since 1999, we started publishing on graphene, and I have been fortunate to pioneer many areas of graphene science.” 

Ruoff received his BS degree in chemistry from The University of Texas at Austin (1981) and his PhD degree in chemical physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1988). After completing his studies, he was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Max Planck Institut für Strömungsforschung, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at IBM-Watson Research Laboratory. In 1991, Ruoff joined the Molecular Physics Laboratory at SRI International as a research staff scientist. He was appointed associate professor of physics at Washington University, Missouri, in 1997, and in 2000, he joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Northwestern University, as full professor, where he also directed the Biologically Inspired Materials Institute and was the John Evans Professor of Engineering. From 2007 to 2013, Ruoff served as Cockrell Family Regents Chair at The University of Texas at Austin. He is a Fellow of the Materials Research Society, the American Physical Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Ruoff received the Lee Hsun Lecture Award in 2009, and was Distinguished Chair Visiting Professor (2005–2007) at the Sungkyunkwan University Advanced Institute of NanoTechnology.

“I appreciated being nominated [for the award] and am honored to have been chosen,” Ruoff said. “This is also recognition of the many students and postdocs who have worked in my group, as well as colleagues that I have been fortunate to collaborate with.”


Notes for editors

This press release is based on Materials Research Society’s official press release. For the full text of the release, please see the below October 20, 2014 “Rodney S. Ruoff Awarded 2014 David Turnbull Lectureship”

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