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Dr. Pulickel Ajayan

Group Leader

Dr. Pulickel Ajayan is the leader of the Ajayan Research Group, which is involved in the research of advanced nanomaterials with specific application areas in alternative energy, multifunctional nanocomposites, and electronics/sensor technologies. Ongoing projects focus on the materials science and engineering of several technologies that will impact society in the future. Energy generation and storage, chemical sensors, nanoelectronics, flexible displays, high performance composites, membrane technologies, coatings, and biomedical technologies are some of the areas explored. With several collaborations at Rice and outside the group is involved in a multi-disciplinary team effort with the goal of developing functional nanomaterials for a rich variety of applications. The Ajayan Research Group is committed to changing the world through discoveries and development of new materials.

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Dr. Robert Vajtai

Research Professor

Dr. Robert Vajtai joined Ajayan’s group at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in July 2000 to spend his sabbatical with a NATO-NSF Fellowship. Robert received his M.S. degree in physics and his Ph.D. degree in solid-state physics from the University of Szeged, Hungary, in 1986 and 1997, respectively. From 1987 to 2002 he was a faculty member of the Experimental Physics Department of Szeged University, Hungary. He received the Bolyai Fellowship of the Hungarian Scientific Academy from 1999 to 2000. He also spent sabbatical time as a Fellow of the Swedish Institute in The Ångström Laboratory in Uppsala, Sweden, from 1998 to 1999; as an Eötvös Fellow at the EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland, from 1995 to 1996, and he also visited the Max Planck Institute in Göttingen, Germany in 1993 via the Max Planck Fellowship. Between 2003 and 2008 he was a Laboratory Manager at the Rensselaer Nanotechnology Center, RPI, Troy, NY managing the nanoparticle generation by inert gas deposition and the carbon nanotechnology laboratories. He is currently a Faculty Fellow at Rice University. His work is focused on synthesis and applications of nanomaterials.

Research Scientists

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Dr. Babu Ganguli

Dr. Babu Ganguli joined Ajayan’s group in July 2016. He received a Master of Science (2006) in Chemistry from Central College, Bangalore...

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Dr. Guanhui Gao

Dr. Guanhui Gao Dr. Guanhui Gao (Gigi) was born in Inner Mongolia (Mongolian Minority) and joined Ajayan’s group in April 2019...

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Dr. Ben Jawdat

Dr. Ben Jawdat received his PhD in physics from the University of Houston, where he studied novel Pt-based superconducting ...

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Dr. M.M. Rahman

Dr. M.M. Rahman received his Ph.D. from Cornell University where he studied the structure-property relationship in...

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Dr. Xiang Zhang

Dr. Xiang Zhang joined Ajayan’s group as a Ph.D. student in the Applied Physics Program at Rice University and then as a postdoc and a research scientist in Materials...

Postdoctoral Research Fellows

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Dr. Sohini Bhattacharyya

Dr. Sohini Bhattacharyya obtained her bachelors’ degree in Chemistry from Presidency College, Kolkata in 2012. She completed MS in Materials Sciences from...

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Dr. Ashok K. Meiyazhagan

Dr. Ashok K. Meiyazhagan joined Ajayan’s group in February 2015. He received his PhD degree in Chemistry from the Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI)...

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Dr. Anand B. Puthirath

Dr. Anand B. Puthirath received his PhD in physics from Cochin University of Science Technology (CUSAT), India where he studied the roles of surface plasmons...

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Dr. Soumyabrata Roy

Dr. Soumyabrata Roy joined the Ajayan group at Rice in June 2019. He received his Ph.D. degree in Chemical Science from JNCASR, India,...

Graduate Students

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Aparna Adumbumkulath

Aparna Adumbumkulath graduated from Model Engineering College(CUSAT), India in 2018, with a Bachelors degree in Biomedical engineering. She joined...

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Sathvik Ajay Iyengar

Sathvik joined the Ajayan Research Group as a Ph.D. student in Fall 2020. He has an undergraduate background in materials science engineering and...

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Alec J Ajnsztajn

Alec is from Bernardsville, New Jersey. He graduated from Duke University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Where he worked on both the development...

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Salma Alhashim

Salma Alhashim joined Prof. Ajayan’s Group in spring 2019 as a PhD candidate. Salma received her bachelor’s degree in ...

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Maria Astrid Campos Mata

Astrid Campos is originally from Monterrey, Mexico. She received her bachelor's degree in Industrial Chemistry from Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon...

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Jeremy Daum

Jeremy Daum received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati with minors in Chemistry and German. Before joining Ajayan...

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Jessica M. Gayle

Jessica is from Wichita, Kansas. She received her Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering with a minor in chemistry...

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Vijay Vedhan Jayanthi Harikrishnan

Vijay (VJ) graduated with a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut...

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Harikishan Kannan

Harikishan received his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from SASTRA University, India, followed by his master’s...

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Ali Khater

Ali Khater is a graduate student in the Ajayan 3D Printing group developing novel materials for 3D printing while also enhancing their...

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Jiawei Lai

Jiawei Lai received her bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Hangzhou Dianzi University, Zhejiang China (2014), and her...

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Samuel Castro Pardo

Samuel Castro Pardo received his B.S. in Nanotechnology engineering and chemistry from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores...

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Ved Ojha

Ved Ojha joined the Energy group in Dr. Ajayan's lab in October 2016 as a Master's student, with a research focus on lithium-ion hybrid...

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Onur Sahin

Onur Sahin graduated from Pepperdine University in 2015 with a B.S. in Physics and B.A. in Philosophy. After earning his master’s in...

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Seyed Mohammad Sajadi

Seyed Mohammad Sajadi received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Tehran and his master’s degree in...

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Devashish Salpekar

Devashish Salpekar joined Rice University in Fall of 2015 as a professional master’s student and joined Dr. Ajayan’s group as a PhD...

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Kristen Miller

Kristen Miller Kristen Miller is originally from Austin, TX and received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at...

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Lucas Sassi

Lucas Sassi joined prof Ajayan`s group in Fall of 2017. He received his B.S. in Nanotechology and his M.S. in Nanotechnology Engineering, both...

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Xinting Shuai

Xinting Shuai received his B.S. degree in Material Science and Engineering from the Jiangsu University of Science and Technology (JUST)...

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Sreehari Saju

Sreehari Saju received his BS-MS for the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Thiruvananthapuram, India...

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Jianan Xu

Jianan Xu, received his B.E. degree in Material Science and Engineering from Sichuan University in 2017. He joined the Materials Science and NanoEngineering...

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Chenxi Li

Chenxi Li, Chenxi Li joined Ajayan's group as a professional master student under the Material Science and...

Undergraduate Students

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Nancy Cui

Nancy Cui is an undergraduate student in the class of 2021 at Sid Richardson College. She plans to graduate with a B.S. in Bioengineering...

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Sylvia Jung

Sylvia Jung is an undergraduate student in the class of 2021 at Hanszen College. She plans to graduate with a B.S. in Materials...

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Thea Yan

Thea Yan is an undergraduate student in the class of 2022 at Lovett College. She plans to graduate with a B.S in Material Science...

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Tia Gray

Tia Gray is an undergraduate student in the class of 2021 at Duncan College. She plans to graduate with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering...

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Christian Durante

Christian Durante is an undergraduate student in the class of 2023 at Brown College. He plans to graduate with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He...

High School Students

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Neel Narayan

Neel Narayan joined Professor Ajayan’s group in June of 2018 as a high school student. He is currently part of the 2020 high...

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Riya Narayan

Riya Narayan joined Ajayan’s group in August of 2018 and is currently in the 2022 graduating class of Cypress Ridge High School. Riya...

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Amar Sehgal

Amar Sehgal joined Dr. Ajayan’s group in June of 2019 and is currently in the 2021 graduating class of Glenda Dawson High School...

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Pierre Loch-Temzelides

Pierre Loch-Temzelides joined Professor Ajayan’s group in July of 2018. He is a member of The Kinkaid School’s Class of 2020. Pierre...

Academic Visitors

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Huanhuan Guo

Huanhuan Guo is a Ph.D candidate (supervisor, Prof. Lijie Ci) from SDU & Rice Joint Center for Carbon Nanomaterials,...

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Dr. Francisco C. Robles Hernández

Dr. Francisco C. Robles Hernández has a Bachelor, a Master and a PhD of Science degree in Metallurgy and Materials Science and Engineering. He has...

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Md Abid Shahria Saadi

M.A.S.R. Saadi completed his BS in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), during...

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Dr. Ana Paula de Carvalho Teixeira

Dr. Ana Paula de Carvalho Teixeira joined Prof. Ajayan’s group in December 2019 as an academic visitor. She is a professor in the Department of Chemistry...

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Zhenwei Zhu

Zhenwei Zhu is a Ph.D. candidate from the Department of Physics at Xiamen University. She joined Prof. Ajayan’s group as a visiting...

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Shuo Li

Shuo Li is a Ph.D candidate from SDU and Rice Joint Center for Carbon Nanomaterials, School of Materials Science and Engineering,...