Denise Park

Ray Baughman


  • nanotechnology
  • carbon nanotubes
  • artificial muscles
  • energy harvesting and storage
  • highly conducting organic polymers
  • electronic textiles
  • photonic crystals
  • new forms of carbon
  • optical and electronic properties
  • extreme mechanical properties
  • multifunctional materials
  • solid-state reactions
  • electrochemical devices


Katherine Morales

Expert at a Glance

Ray Baughman, Ph.D. School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry and Director of the Alan G. MacDiarmid NanoTech Institute

Dr. Baughman is a pioneer in the field of nanotechnology. Elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2008, he is a prolific inventor and scientist.

His current research focuses in part on developing new technologies for harvesting and storing waste energy; new types of artificial muscles; the fabrication, characterization and application of carbon nanotube sheets and yarns; sensors; new material synthesis; and fundamental structure-properties relationships for materials.

He co-invented the printable indicators that change color due to time and temperature to reflect the shelf life remaining on military “Meals Ready to Eat.” These indicators also help ensure the potency of vaccines and are saving thousands of lives. He holds 58 patents and has more than 290 publications bearing his name.

He received his Ph.D. in materials science from Harvard University.


Updated: February 17, 2010