The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has selected 126 outstanding U.S. and Canadian scientists to receive Sloan Research Fellowships in 2013. The President of the Foundation, Dr. Paul Joskow, considers these Fellows, “the best of the best among young scientists.” Among this year’s recipients is Prof. Ramesh Jasti (Chemistry, MSE) whose work firmly places him in this group.
A central goal of Prof. Jasti’s research is to develop new organic synthesis methods to prepare carbon nanomaterials with high levels of homogeneity. Currently, carbon nanomaterials (e.g. carbon nanotubes and graphene) are prepared by methods that only provide mixtures with varying properties. A significant challenge in nanoscience is to develop syntheses for the preparation of homogenous batches of carbon nanotubes with a predetermined structure/property on demand.
Ramesh has excelled in the production and characterization of carbon nanotube “monomers.” In just three years, he has established himself as the world leader in this area being only one of three individuals capable of producing carbon nanohoop structures. What distinguishes his approach is that is it is highly amenable to production scale quantities and is also size-selective. He has been able to achieve the synthesis of more than gram quantities in single batch production. In the characterization of the nanotube monomers, he has also demonstrated the size-dependent optoelectronic properties of these structures and that some of these monomers organize into carbon nanotube‐like structures in the solid state. His working is leading the way to helping to realize the full potential of these materials in electronics, energy, and sensors applications.
Prof. Jasti joined the Department of Chemistry in Fall 2009 as an Assistant Professor. He carried out his doctoral studies at the University of California, Irvine, in the laboratory of Professor Scott Rychnovsky (2006). Upon completion of his doctoral studies, Ramesh was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Molecular Foundry at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he began pursuing the bottom-up organic synthesis of carbon nanotubes in the laboratory of Carolyn R. Bertozzi, the Foundry’s Director.