Andrew  Rinzler

Andrew Rinzler

Professor, Department of Physics

University of Florida

Dr. Andrew G. Rinzler is a Professor of Physics at the University of Florida where he also serves as Associate Director of the Center for Condensed Matter Sciences. His research interests have ranged from the development of a microelectrode repair station in a flat panel display production line (while working as a Materials Design Engineer) to fundamental studies of failed laser crystals (providing improved predictive models for candidate tunable laser materials). His fascination with carbon nanotubes began soon after their discovery and led him to an extended (4 year) postdoctoral position in Richard Smalley’s group at Rice University. There he made seminal contributions to nanotube synthesis, purification and applications that contributed substantively to the explosive growth in the field. These are detailed in his 27 publications and 34 patents from that period. Since Joining the University of Florida in 1998 his research has continued its focus on the science and applications of carbon nanotubes. His group was the first to demonstrate that light polarized perpendicular to the nanotube axis is not absorbed (in intra sub-band transitions) and he exploited that feature to develop a Raman spectroscopy based formalism for assaying the degree of orientation in aligned nanotubes samples. His group was the first to develop methods of forming transparent films of pure carbon nanotubes that possess sufficient electrical conductivity to be technologically relevant as transparent electrodes and the first to demonstrate their application in electro-optic devices. His research since then has focused on the further improvement, modification and applications, for such films. He has 75 peer reviewed publications and 10 patents pending for work done at UF. He has served on the editorial board of the Institute of Physics journal Nanotechnology, and in 2006 he served on a multiagency panel that investigated the manufacturing of carbon nanotubes worldwide.

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