Prof. Ray Baughman

Professor – Chemistry

Robert A. Welch Distinguished Chair in Chemistry

Director of the Alan G. MacDiarmid NanoTech Institute

Biography

Ray Baughman received a B.S. in Physics from Carnegie Mellon University and a Ph.D. in the Materials Science area from Harvard University. Upon graduation he went to Allied Chemical, which later became AlliedSignal and then Honeywell. In August 2001, he became the Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry and Director of the Alan G. MacDiarmid NanoTech Institute at the University of Texas in Dallas.

He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas, a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the World Innovation Foundation, an Academician of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, an Honorary Professor of three universities in China, and is on editorial and advisory boards of Science, Synthetic Metals, the International Journal of Nanoscience, and the Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.


Achievements

Dr. Ray 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 also co-invented 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 to save lives around the world.

Baughman established the NanoExplorers program, which promotes nanotechnology-based education for the next generation of scientists and is funded by the Robert A. Welch Chair grant.

“One of the reasons I love research is the opportunity it provides to inspire students. Our NanoExplorer high school students and our undergraduate and graduate students become knights of our NanoTech Institute, and use this opportunity to do exciting original research.” Prof. Ray

Baughman named the program after Dr. George A. Jeffrey, a professor at the University of Pittsburgh, who once gave a high school-aged Baughman the chance to study in a lab.

Baughman received a bachelor’s degree in physics from Carnegie Mellon University and a doctorate in the materials science area from Harvard University. Upon graduation he went to Allied Chemical, which later became AlliedSignal and then Honeywell. After 31 years in the industry, he became the Robert A. Welch Professor of Chemistry and director of the NanoTech Institute in 2001.

Ray has 66 US patents and over 300 publications with over 10,500 citations. He has received the Chemical Pioneer Award of the American Institute of Chemists (1995), the Cooperative Research Award in Polymer Science and Engineering (1996), the New Materials Innovation Prize of the Avantex International Forum for Innovative Textiles (2005), Nano 50 Awards from Nanotech Briefs Magazine for Carbon Nanotube Sheets and Yarns (2006) and for Fuel Powered Artificial Muscles (2007), the NanoVic Prize from Australia (2006), the Scientific American Magazine 50 recognition for outstanding technological leadership (2006), Chancellor’s Entrepreneurship and Invention Award (2007), 21 for the 21st Century award (2007), the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award of Carnegie Mellon University (2007), and the Kapitza Metal of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences (2007).


HONORS

  • Member National Academy of Engineering (Elected 2008)
  • Member Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas
  • Foreign Member of Russian Academy of Natural Sciences (Elected 1997)
  • Honorary Professor of Jilin University, China (Elected 2001)
  • Concurrent Professor of Nanjing University, China (Elected 2002)
  • Advisory Professor of Fudan University, China (Elected 2002)
  • Fellow of Amer. Phys. Society, the Royal Soc. of Chemistry, and Amer. Inst. of Chemists
  • Editorial Boards of Science (2000-), Synthetic Metals (1978-07) and Int. J. of Nanosci. (2002-)
  • Editorial Advisory Board of the Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (2002-)
  • Chemical Pioneer Award of the American Institute Of Chemists (1995)
  • Cooperative Research Award in Polymer Science and Engineering (PMSE, ACS, 1996)
  • AlliedSignal Technical Achievement Awards for Time-Temperature Indicators (1988), Polyaniline Compositions and Applications (1994), Sonar Hydrophones (1996)
  • New Materials Innovation Prize, Avantex Intern. Forum for Innovative Textiles (2005)
  • Scientific American 50 List (06), NanoVic Prize (Australia, 06); Nano 50 Awards (06 & 07)
  • CSIRO Metal for Technical Achievement (Australia, 06)
  • Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award of Carnegie Mellon University (2007)
  • Kapitza Metal of Russian Academy of Natural Sciences (2007)
  • Honorary Graffin Lectureship of the American Carbon Society (2009-2010)