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Ajayan receives NANOSMAT Prize

Pulickel Ajayan, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering and founding chair of materials science and nanoengineering at Rice University, has been chosen to receive the 2016 NANOSMAT Prize, one of the premier awards for contributions to nanoscience and its applications.

A pioneer in the field of carbon nanotubes, Ajayan will receive the honor at the 11th International Conference on Surfaces, Coatings and Nanostructured Materials, to be held Sept. 6–9 in Aveiro, Portugal. His research interests include synthesis and structure-property relations of nanostructures and nanocomposites, materials science and applications of nanomaterials, energy storage and phase stability in nanoscale systems.
 
Ajayan earned a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Northwestern University in 1989, and spent three years as a post-doctoral researcher at NEC Corp. in Japan. After working as a research scientist at the Laboratoire de Physique des Solides, Orsay in France and as an Alexander von Humboldt fellow at the Max-Planck-Institut für Metallforschung, Stuttgart in Germany, Ajayan joined the materials science and engineering faculty at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. He joined the Rice faculty in 2007.

Ajayan has published a book and more than 600 journal papers which, according to Google, have received more than 76,600 citations and an h-index of 127, based on the ISI database.
 
–Patrick Kurp, Engineering Communications