A Quest for New Materials: Superhard Metals, Conducting Polymers and Graphene

6/23/2014; 55 minutes

In his research in organic and materials chemistry, Professor Richard B. Kaner focuses on the design of new high-temperature materials and their synthesis by new chemical methods. He discovered a spectacular new method to make high-temperature ceramics in a few seconds, a process that previously took days or even weeks. His research group has produced more than 100 materials using this method, and he has obtained three patents for the process, with two more pending. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including John Simon Guggenheim, Alfred P. Sloan, and David and Lucile Packard fellowships, as well as premier awards from the American Chemical Society, a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, and UCLA's Distinguished Teaching Award, among many others.
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