Welcome to the homepage of the Ruoff Group!
Our research includes study of the synthesis,
characterization, and application of novel carbon materials,
algae-biodiesel, and new instrument development and use. One
such carbon material is graphene, a two-dimensional lattice of
carbon atoms that has high in-plane stiffness and at small
length scales, strength, high electrical and thermal
conductivity, and holds great promise for electrical energy
storage such as in ultracapacitors and in various device
applications such as sensors. We also study carbon nanotubes,
including in their combination with graphene-based materials,
and in three-dimensional networks. Other work includes the
synthesis and study of properties of hexagonal boron nitride
films, and of the science and engineering issues relevant to
conversion of algae into biofuel. Our research involves many
fields of science and engineering. When it seems appropriate,
we participate in technology transition to benefit society,
such as through formation of companies.
Current and Past Research Partners
Invited Talks and Papers:
Invited Talk on March 14, 2012 - Prof.
Ruoff’s Perspective in the Outlook section of Nature, about
graphene as a precursor to new materials, is
Invited Talk on May 11, 2011 - by Prof.
Ruoff at "Graphene:
The Road to Applications" hosted by the Nature
Publishing Group (Specifically, Nature, Nature
Materials, and Nature
to PDF here)
Invited talk on April 1, 2011 - Prof.
Ruoff's talk at Harvard University. (also presented at
Northeastern University on March 31, 2011, with a few
additional slides inserted).
January 10, 2012 - New Graphene Cools Best
November 21, 2011 - Professor Rodney Ruoff and Dr. Meryl Stoller Receive World Technology Award
March 2, 2011 - Rodney S. Ruoff cited in "Top 100 materials scientists of the decade"
October 26, 2010 - Interview with Dr. Rodney S. Ruoff
September 29, 2010 - Dr. Ruoff's team's paper cited as most downloaded
January 15, 2010 - Ruoff and Team Write Top-Cited Paper in the Journal Carbon