Special Interests: chemistry and spectroscopy of transient molecules containing double and triple p-bonds at group 14 elements (C, Si, Ge, Sn), carbenes and their silicon and germanium analogues, small strained metallacycles, reaction mechanisms, matrix isolation spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, molecular structure and bonding, quantum chemical calculations, vacuum pyrolysis and photochemistry, low-temperature chemistry, routes from reactive intermediates to organic/inorganic polymers and ceramics, fluorination and derivatization of fullerenes, polyfullerenes, carbon nanotubes and nanodiamonds for bio-medical and materials engineering applications, synthesis and characterization of carbo-nitride nano- and microscale materials, high pressure/high temperature synthesis and characterization of potentially superhard all-carbon and C3N4 phases, chemistry of materials and nanoscience, design and manufacturing of integrated polymer composites, hydrogen storage materials, nanolubricants, and surface coatings chemistry and technology.
Chemistry of carbon nanomaterials,
nanotubes, nanodiamonds, nano-onions, carbon nitrides, fullerenes, and polyfullerenes, tailored for engineering and bio-medical applications:
biomaterials Analyt. Chem., 2004, 76(22); 6734-6742
coatings J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2005, 127, 3712-3713
Nature, 2005, 434, 580
· nanolubricants Wear, 2005, 259/1-6 pp. 738-743
Total amount - $7,556: PI
02/15/07-02/14/09: CRDF: Synthesis of New Materials From Pristine and Surface-Functionalized Nanoscale Forms of Carbon Under Combined Action of High Pressure, Temperature, Laser and X-ray Radiation
Total amount $61,600: PI.
Total amounts $14,000 (phase I), $6,000 (Option), $75,000 (Phase II): PI
Total Amount - $20,000: PI
Total Amount-$30,000: PI ($26,000 grad student stipend and $4,000 advisors allowance)
10/01/06-9/30/07: NASA Ames Research Center: GSRP. Functionalized single-walled carbon nanotubes in polymer composites and sensors.
Total amount $14,000: PI
01/01/05-04/30/06: Redwood Scientific, Inc./Army Research Office (SBIR Phase II), Evaluation Studies of Chemical Corrosion Resistance of Specialty Materials (metal seals, ceramics and optical windows) to Fluorine Under Elevated Pressures, Total amount - $84,000: PI.
09/01/06 01/02/08 Air Force Research Laboratory/Clarkson Minority Leaders Research and Education Program. Multi-university-Multi-PI Program. Funds to Rice $428,000: Co-PI.
11/01/04-10/31/06: Office of Naval Research N000-14-03-1-0296: R14050 Processing a Glass Fiber Reinforced Vinyl Ester Composite with Nanotube Integration for Enhancement of Z-Axis Properties. Total amount $360,000. Co-PI (E. V. Barrera PI).
02/01/04-06/01/05: Carbon Nanotechnologies Inc., Cutting and Functionalization of Carbon Nanotubes for Incorporation into Polymer Composite Materials.
Total amount $50,000: PI
11/15/03 05/15/04: AFOSR/ SBIR Phase I: Multi-functional nanocomposites with high temperature polymer resin matrices. Total amount $30,000. Co-PI
07/1999 - 04/2000: US Army Research Office, Synthesis and Characterization of Carbo-Nitride Materials, Total amount $60,000: Co-PI
07/1996-07/1999: US Army Research Office, Neutralized Nitrogen Atom Beam Assisted Cryogenic Synthesis of Multi-element Refractory Thin Films, Total amount $200,000: Co-PI
07/1996 - 12/1997: US Army Research Office, UHV Chamber and Analytical Facility for Cryogenic Synthesis and Characterization of Wide Bandgap Nitride Materials, Total amount - $55,000: Co-PI