Designing Safer Nanomaterials: The Dual Constraints of Performance and Biocompatibility

Robert Hurt

Robert Hurt

Professor, Engineering

Brown University

Professor Hurt received his Ph.D. from M.I.T. in 1987 and before joining Brown held positions in the Central Research and Development Division of Bayer AG in Leverkusen, Germany, and at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, California. During 2002 he was a visiting professor at the University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. He currently serves as Editor of the materials science journal CARBON, and is on the editorial board of Progress in Energy and Combustion Science. He served as Technical Program Chair for the international conference, Carbon2004, and in the same year received the Graffin Lecture Award of the American Carbon Society. Prof. Hurt also received the Silver Medal of the Combustion Institute in Naples, Italy in 1996 and an NSF CAREER Award in the same year. He currently serves as PI on the GAANN training grant “Interdisciplinary Training in the Applicatinos and Implications of Nanotechnology”, and is the Director of Brown’s Institute for Molecular and Nanoscale Innovation. In January 2013 he will become the Editor-in-Chief of the materials science and nanotechnology journal, CARBON.

Professor Hurt’s research focuses on nanomaterials and their applications and implications for human health and the environment. Current research thrusts include the biological response to graphene-family nanomaterials, mechanisms of carbon nanotube uptake and toxicity, nano-silver and nano-copper transformations in the natural environment, safe material design, and the assembly and folding of graphene to make three-dimensional architectures for barrier and encapsulation technologies, and as electrodes for battery and supercapacitor applications.

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