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. 

To learn more about Dr. Rao and his research, click here

Showcasing research: The Clemson University Research Symposium (April 16, 2019)

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Dear Colleagues, 

The annual Clemson University Research Symposium represents the culmination of the research endeavors undertaken by Clemson’s diverse body of scholars. Held in May, the Symposium creates an environment where faculty members from across campus can gather to share their research and pursue potential collaboration opportunities. 

A daylong event, the Symposium will include poster and oral presentations from faculty researchers and panel discussions based on various targeted topics suggested by Clemson faculty. Session topics will include: 

  • Ecology, Biodiversity, and Conservation
  • Collaboration for Innovation in Healthcare
  • Interdisciplinary Research with Complex Systems
  • Computational Modeling using Similar or Contrasting Numerical Techniquest to Solve Various Problems
  • Plugging Humans into the Digital World
  • Public Humanities and Public History
  • Linking Laboratory and Field Scale Experiments Examining Water-Energy-Environment Nexus
  • Historic Preservation
  • Addressing the Needs of High-Poverty Youth in Public Schools and Afterschool Programs

The 2019 Research Symposium will be held on May 8 in the Watt Family Innovation Center. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to learn more about the research being done at Clemson and explore opportunities to collaborate with fellow researchers from various scientific disciplines. 

To learn more about the 2019 Clemson University Research Symposium, click here

Best regards, 

Chris

Investing in research: Clemson University core facilities (March 26, 2019)

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Dear Colleagues,

Clemson University is dedicated to providing researchers with resources to pursue their individual research endeavors and advance the University’s research mission. As a result, the growth of the research enterprise has culminated in Clemson’s Carnegie R1 status being confirmed for the next three years. This is a significant achievement and reflects the rich research environment at Clemson. Nowhere is this better represented than the Clemson University core facilities.

The Clemson University core facilities are an integral part of the research infrastructure and  house state-of-the-art advanced technology and high-end instrumentation that can be accessed by Clemson faculty, students, researchers, and industry collaborators. Each facility has unique capabilities and can fulfill a variety of services ranging from microscopy and analytical services to cell sorting, multi-user specimen preparation, plasma etching, and cyberinfrastructure computing.

Recently, new equipment has been added to three of Clemson’s core facilities. The new equipment offered through these facilities are examples of important investments that are being made to improve the research infrastructure at Clemson University. The Vice President for Research offers a variety of support initiatives (R-Initiatives) to encourage the use of these unique resources.  As you work to advance your research, make sure to take advantage of the many resources available to you at Clemson.

For more information on Clemson’s core facilities, click here. To learn more about the VPR R-Initiatives, click here.  

Best regards,

Chris