Assistant Professor Ramesh Jasti (Chemistry, MSE) is one of 126 U.S. and Canadian scientists to receive the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s 2013 Sloan Research Fellowships, which recognize highly accomplished, early-career scientists and scholars with exceptional potential.
“The Sloan Research Fellows are the best of the best among young scientists,” said Dr. Paul L. Joskow, president of the Sloan Foundation, which has issued these awards since 1955. “If you want to know where the next big scientific breakthrough will come from, look to these extraordinary men and women.”
Based at one of 61 colleges and universities and specializing in chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, evolutionary and computational molecular biology, neuroscience, ocean sciences or physics, each fellow receives $50,000 to further his or her research.
Jasti aims to engineer new ways to synthesize well-defined, uniform structures from which carbon nanotubes—extremely thin, hollow cylinders composed of carbon atoms—could be constructed. Because of their unique properties, carbon nanotubes may ultimately be used to enable diverse applications including new solar energy materials, components for faster electronics and single-molecule biosensors. To harness the potential of these nanomaterials, they need to be synthesized in a homogeneous manner, and Jasti’s research group is inventing new methods to achieve this.
Jasti joined Boston University’s Department of Chemistry and Division of Materials Science & Engineering in Fall 2009. He earned his PhD at the University of California, Irvine, in 2006, and served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Molecular Foundry at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.