Clemson researcher named National Academy of Inventors Fellow

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January 29, 2019

As a member organization with over 4,000 members worldwide, The National Academy of Inventors is dedicated to supporting inventors in academia.  The NAI Fellows program was established to highlight academic inventors who have created novel innovations. The program currently has over 1,060 fellows from 250 universities and governmental and non-profit institutions. Every year, the NAI inducts a robust class of inventors into the Fellows program. In 2018, Clemson University’s very own Dr. Apparao Rao, was named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Joining the ranks of over 1,000 NAI Fellows, Dr. Rao is the third Clemson faculty member to receive this honor.

A long-time inventor and innovator, Dr. Rao received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Kentucky in 1989 prior to serving as a post-doctoral research associate at MIT. During his time at Clemson, he founded (and still directs) the Clemson Nanomaterials Institute. Currently, Dr. Rao serves as the R. A. Bowen Professor of Physics and the associate dean for discovery of the College of Science. In addition to the NAI fellowship, he is also a fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Academy for the Advancement of Science.

While at Clemson, Dr. Rao has made a significant impact on the University research enterprise with his work in nanomaterials. His research has explored many different aspects of nanomaterials with functions ranging from ultra-simple triboelectric nanogenerators (U-TENG) to electrochemical energy storage. These technologies can lead to a greener, more sustainable future. True to the goals of the NAI, Dr. Rao’s technologies have contributed to quality of life and welfare of society.

With the induction of esteemed faculty like Dr. Apparao Rao, the NAI continues to highlight academic inventors whose technologies have bettered the world.  The NAI Fellows together hold over 36,000 issued U.S. patents, which have produced over 9,000 licensed technologies and companies.  Their efforts, technologies, and discoveries have made a positive impact on research and will continue to change the world.

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