Our group has worked on nanocomposite materials for over two decades. Carbon nanomaterials dispersed nanocomposites were studied for mechanical, optical, barrier and electrical properties. Present interest also include composites of carbon nanomaterials in polymer matrices, carbon nanotube fiber composites, ceramic/metal – carbon composites, BN and diamond based composites etc. Composites that embed power elements (structure power) as well as sensors (for continuous monitoring) are of interest. We are also pursuing several ideas for composites and coatings that can be designed vis concepts in synthetic biology and optimized through AI/ML efforts.
Important Publications on "Multifunctional composites"
  1. P. M. Ajayan, O. Stephan, C. Colliex, D. Trauth, “Aligned carbon nanotube arrays formed by cutting a polymer resin—nanotube composite”, Science, 265 (5176), 1212-1214 (1994).
  2. L. S. Schadler, S. C. Giannaris, P. M. Ajayan, “Load transfer in carbon nanotube epoxy composites”, Appl. Phys. Lett. 73, 3842–3844 (1198).
  3. P. M. Ajayan, L. S. Schadler, C. Giannaris, A. Rubio, “Single‐walled carbon nanotube–polymer composites: strength and weakness”, Advanced Materials 12 (10), 750-753 (2000).
  4. J. Suhr, N. Koratkar, P. Keblinski, P. Ajayan, “Viscoelasticity in carbon nanotube composites”, Nature materials 4 (2), 134-137 (2005).
  5. P. M. Ajayan, L. S. Schadler, P. V. Braun, “Nanocomposite science and technology”, John Wiley & Sons, (2006).
  6. V. P Veedu, A. Cao, X. Li, K. Ma, C. Soldano, S. Kar, P. M. Ajayan, M. N Ghasemi-Nejhad, “Multifunctional composites using reinforced laminae with carbon-nanotube forests”, Nature materials, 5(6), 457-462 (2006).
  7. Y. J. Jung, S. Kar, S. Talapatra, C. Soldano, G. Viswanathan, X. Li, Z.Yao, F. S. Ou, A. Avadhanula, R. Vajtai, S. Curran, O. Nalamasu, P. M. Ajayan, "Aligned carbon nanotube− polymer hybrid architectures for diverse flexible electronic applications", Nano letters, 6(3), 413-418 (2006).
  8. P. M. Ajayan, J. M Tour, “Nanotube composites”, Nature, 447(7148), 1066-1068(2007).
  9. A. Kumar, P. K. Vemula, P. M. Ajayan, G. John, “Silver-nanoparticle-embedded antimicrobial paints based on vegetable oil”, Nature materials, 7(3), 236-241 (2008).
  10. I. A Kinloch, J. Suhr, J. Lou, R. J Young, P. M. Ajayan, “Composites with carbon nanotubes and graphene: An outlook”, Science, 362(6414), 547-553 (2018).
  11. A. Biswas, R. Xu, J. Christiansen-Salameh, E. Jeong, G. A Alvarez, C. Li, A.B Puthirath, B. Gao, A. Garg, T. Gray, H. Kannan, X. Zhang, J. Elkins, T. S Pieshkov, R. Vajtai, A G. Birdwell, M. R Neupane, B. B Pate, T. Ivanov, E. J Garratt, P. Dai, H. Zhu, Z. Tian, P. M. Ajayan, “Phase Stability of Hexagonal/Cubic Boron Nitride Nanocomposites”, Nano Letters, 23(15), 6927-6936 (2023).