Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
Dr. Ruoff earned his Ph.D. in chemical physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1988. He joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin in September 2007.
Within his broad range of research interests, Ruoff is recognized as a leader in understanding the mechanical and chemical and physical properties of carbon structures, such as carbon nanotubes and graphene. His recent focus includes developing "graphene-based materials." Graphene sheets can be added as a filler to strengthen composite, such as polymer or ceramic or metal composites. His research team: has produced transparent -- but electrically conductive -- thin films with graphene; has used graphene to make ultracapacitors; and is studying graphene for use in thermal management and a variety of other applications.
Graphene and thin graphite; Energy production and storage; Synthesis and physical/chemical properties of nanostructures and composites; Nanomanufacturing.