Jeremy Mercuri: Inventor Spotlight

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Dr. Jeremy Mercuri, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, has been a part of the Clemson University family since receiving his M.S. in Bioengineering from Clemson in 2006. He continued on to earn his Ph.D., also from Clemson, in Bioengineering in 2011. Prior to joining Clemson as a faculty member, Dr. Mercuri spent a number of years in the medical device and pharmaceutical industries. Most recently, Dr. Mercuri worked as a senior research engineer within Stryker’s Orthobiologies division. He also has previous experience as a research engineer within the biomechanical testing group at Medtronic Spinal and Biologics. 

Dr. Mercuri’s research interests are concentrated in orthopaedic regenerative medicine. His lab, the Laboratory of Orthopaedic Tissue Regeneration and Orthobiologics (OrthO-X Lab), focuses on the development of regenerative medicine technologies that are used to restore the anatomy and physiology of damaged or diseased musculoskeletal tissues. Founded in 2013 by Mercuri, the lab is composed of undergraduate and graduate students who lead projects and work to maintain collaborative relationships with clinicians and medical device industry representatives. 

Mercuri’s innovative research and industry experience has led him to receive 3 patents and has given him the tools and expertise necessary to significantly impact the healthcare industry.  

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Apparao Rao: Inventor Spotlight

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Dr. Apparao Rao is the R. A. Bowen Professor of Physics at Clemson University. A long-time inventor and innovator, Rao received his Ph.D. in condensed matter physics from the University of Kentucky in 1989 prior to serving as a post-doctoral research associate at MIT. His first work as a professor was at the University of Kentucky before he joined Clemson in 2000. During his time at Clemson, Rao has founded and continues to direct the Clemson Nanomaterials Institute (CNI) and serves as the Associate Dean for Discovery for the College of Science. Being a Fellow of the American Physical Society, AAAS, and more recently the National Academy of Inventors, Rao has been awarded with multiple honors.

Rao’s laboratory has explored many different aspects of nanomaterials. At the fundamental level, his team has innovated novel synthesis methods and spectroscopic characterization methods for nanomaterials. Some of the recent applications include triboelectric nanogenerators and electrochemical energy storage devices. These technologies can lead to a greener, more affordable, and sustainable future across the globe. 

Over the past seventeen years, Dr. Rao has served Clemson well. His research and inventions have earned him accolades, while his time directing the CNI has anchored him as a prestigious faculty member and mentor to many future researchers. 

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Mark Roberts: Inventor Spotlight

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Dr. Mark Roberts, Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Clemson University, studies functional polymers and carbon materials with unique electrochemical properties to address important challenges facing energy storage devices. Roberts received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Montana State University in 2002, where he studied the antimicrobial resistance of biofilms using theoretical methods. He graduated from Stanford University with M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in 2005 and 2009 respectively, for his work on developing flexible and water-resistant organic electronic sensors. Prior to joining Clemson, Roberts worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Sandia National Labs, where he developed functional polymers to achieve a range of activity from fast-discharging batteries to CO2capture.

Dr. Roberts leads a research group at Clemson that focuses on tailoring the properties of polymers and carbon nanomaterials in order to understand how molecular structure and functionality influence electrochemical processes. Roberts has significantly impacted the research enterprise while training the next generation of researchers. His work has influenced the development of high-power and high-energy density batteries, electrolytes that make Li-ion batteries safer, and fast charging and discharge flow battery electrodes. He has graduated 4 Ph.D. students and many undergraduate honors students, and he has secured research funding from the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, and 3M. He has co-authored 60 journal articles and book chapters and has been a lead inventor on 7 patents.

Roberts’ game-changing research and experience in his field has allowed him to equip the next generation of researchers with the knowledge and skills needed to impact the scientific community.  

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