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Smalley Curl Institute
Applied Physics

Speaker: Paul Cherukuri
Executive Director, Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering
Rice University

SCI Seminar: Dr. Paul Cherukuri, Teslaphoresis and the Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube

Friday, April 28, 2017
3:00 PM  to 4:00 PM

337  Space Science Building
Rice University
6100 Main St
Houston, Texas, USA

Please note time change to 3:00 PM This seminar will discuss the phenomena of Teslaphoresis wherein polarizable matter undergoes directed self-assembly at a distance due to the influence of strong radiofrequency force fields transmitted by a Tesla coil. We found that single-walled carbon nanotubes placed within the Teslaphoretic force field polarize, align and rapidly (< 5 s) self-assemble from individual nanotubes (1 nm dia., 500 nm long) into macroscale nanotube wires (1 mm dia., 15 cm long). These long nanotube wires grow at great distances (> 30 cm) from the transmitter and can be used to harvest energy from the Teslaphoretic field in order to remotely power LED circuits. Furthermore, individualized carbon nanotubes in aqueous suspensions self-organize into large-scale, parallel arrays of nanotube wires with high fidelity alignment to the direction of the Teslaphoretic force field. Finally, several potential applications using Teslaphoresis will be discussed including the scalable manufacturing of nanotube fibers, field effect transistors and its role in the emerging field of bioelectronics.

Biography of Paul Cherukuri:
Dr. Cherukuri is the Executive Director of the Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering at Rice University where he is responsible for the development and implementation of cross-disciplinary research, education, and innovation projects between Rice and the Texas Medical Center. Prior to his current role at Rice, he was a senior scientist at Chattem (Sanofi) integral to the rapid R&D of consumer healthcare products and devices. Prior to joining Sanofi, he was a visiting scholar at Harvard University with Prof. George Whitesides and a Research Assistant Professor of Experimental Therapeutics at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. His pioneering work on targeted cancer therapy using radio frequency heating of metal nanoparticles is now in pre-clinical trials. Dr. Cherukuri received his B.S. in physics at the University of Kentucky and his Ph.D. in physical chemistry at Rice University under the supervision of Nobel Laureate, Prof. Richard E. Smalley and R. Bruce Weisman. He is a subject matter expert in nanotechnology, drug development, biomedical devices and technology commercialization. His unique background in the forefront of academic and industry research gives him critical insight to drive innovative solutions into the marketplace.

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