Category: Jasti, Ramesh
In a July 19 article, C&E News reported on the work of Professor Ramesh Jasti and his Group on carbon nano hoops. Cycloparaphenylenes (CPPs) or nanohoops are made from para-linked benzene rings. Stacking of CPPs could be the basis for preparing useful quantities of pure carbon nanotubes. However, CPPs are so difficult to make that they are currently sold commercially for about $100 per milligram. In a remarkable achievement, the Jasti Group have developed a new catalytic method that boosts the yields of eight- and 10-unit nanohoops by two orders of magnitude. As reported in C&E News, this work has implications for nanoelectronics because armchair nanotubes, the type of carbon nanotubes that would be made by nanohoop stacking, are highly prized as conductive nanowires.
Ramesh Jasti joined the BU faculty in 2009. The reported work is part of his laboratories goal of utilizing organic synthesis to probe the physics and theory of carbon nanostructures, with the ultimate goal of developing new applications in nanotechnology. Prior to coming to BU, he was one of the first postdoctoral fellows at the Molecular Foundry—a US Department of Energy nanoscience facility at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. As a highly interdisciplinary scientist, Professor Jasti also has appointments in the Materials Science and Engineering Division, as well as the Center for Nanoscience and Nanobiotechnology.
In June of 2012, the Jasti Research Group hosted a group of students from the Steppingstone Foundation as part of Professor Jasti’s chemistry and nanotechnology outreach commitment. The Steppingstone Foundation is a non-profit organization that develops and implements programs which prepare urban schoolchildren for educational opportunities that lead to college success.
The students learned about the nanoscale world of matter and how nanotechnology research is going to be particularly important for society in the upcoming years. They also viewed a number of demonstrations that illustrated major concepts of chemistry, such as catalysis and the process of dehydration. The demos ended with a bang – literally – as the students saw how a Pringles® Chips can could be turned into a rocket, a live demonstration of how combustion works.
The students also had the chance to participate in hands on activities. In the lab, the kids synthesized Nylon 6-6, while simultaneously learning about polymers and how abundant and important they are to modern society. The students were challenged to a little friendly competition to see who could synthesize the longest piece of Nylon. The group that won produced a piece of nylon that was nearly 10 feet in length!
In its Noteworthy Chemistry page, the American Chemical Society website has highlighted the work of Professor Ramesh Jasti and his Research Group on the blue shift of Cyclo-p-phenylene emissions as a nanohoop size increases.
The emission color of an inorganic semiconductor quantum dot shifts bathochromically with increasing particle size. Similarly, the luminescence color of a linear p-phenylene (LPP) oligomer red-shifts with increasing chain length. [n]Cyclo-p-phenylenes (CPPs) are cyclic forms of LPPs, or “nanohoops”.
The aim of their work is to determine how the emission color of CPPs change with ring size.
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Details about Professor Jasti’s research is available at the Jasti Research Group’s website.
Dr. Jasti has joined our department as an assistant professor. Most recently he held a postdoctoral research associate position with Professor Carolyn Bertozzi (University of California, Berkeley), conducting his research at the Molecular Foundry (The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory). His research has been able to address a longstanding and challenging problem at the interface of organic chemistry and materials science: the synthesis of the basic building blocks of carbon nanotubes. Dr. Jasti’s innovative research has scientific implications not only for Chemistry and Materials Science, but also for Photonics, Physics, and Biomedical research.
Dr. Jasti uses a bottom-up synthetic approach to construct carbon-based nanostructures. His uniquely creative methodology is already receiving national recognition. His paper, “Synthesis, Characterization, and Theory of -, -, and Cycloparaphenylene: Carbon Nanohoop Structures” was recently published the in Journal of the American Chemical Society (J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 17646-17647) and was highlighted in Chemistry & Engineering News (“Nanotube Building Block Created,” December 22, 2008). His research will stimulate new discoveries in organic chemistry and allow for an unparalleled investigation of the relationship between carbon nanotube structures and their physical properties. The synthesis and targeted development of carbon nanotubes holds significant implications for electronic devices and the creation of fluorescent carbon nanostructures and other advanced optical and materials-based technologies.
Dr. Jasti received his doctoral degree in chemistry from the University of California, Irvine. His primary appointment is in Chemistry and he has a secondary appointment in the Boston University Division of Material Science and Engineering. The Division is a strong interdisciplinary program that combines cutting-edge materials research, occurring between Boston University’s College of Engineering, College of Arts and Sciences, and the Medical School.