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Rodney S Ruoff

Rodney Ruoff
Professor and Cockrell Family Regents Chair in Engineering No. 7, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering

Phone: 512-471-4691

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.