cfaed Seminar Series
cfaed Seminar Series
Prof. Jiaxing Huang , Northwestern University, USA
Soft Carbon Sheets: Some New Insights into an Old Material
, 15:00 - 16:30
Hempel-Building, Seminar Room HEM 219 , Mommsenstr. 4 , 01069 Dresden
Graphene oxide (GO) sheets are made by exfoliation of graphite using century-old chemical
reactions. Interest in this old material has resurged with the rapid development of graphene,
as GO has been considered to be a promising precursor for bulk production of graphene.
However, GO itself is a very interesting material in its own right. I will share a few curiositydriven
discoveries about GO, leading to new hypotheses and new applications of graphenebased
materials. These include the discovery of GO’s amphiphilicity, its use to construct 2D
nanofluidic channels, the development of aggregation-resistant crumpled graphene balls, a
new form of playdough-like viscoelastic GO, and the application of GO and graphene as a
materials-based solution to a difficult chemical problem in hair dyes.
Jiaxing Huang is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University.
He received his B.S. degree in Chemical Physics from USTC, Ph.D. in Chemistry from UCLA, and
became a Miller Fellow at UC Berkeley before joining Northwestern in 2007. In research, his
group uses chemical principles and tools to discover new materials, advance materials
processing, and make materials innovations for better living. Some recent examples include
carbon based nanomaterials, clay minerals, and novel colloidal particles for energy storage,
water treatments and even safer cosmetics. Through teaching, they aim to develop intuition,
inspire creativity and bring the best out of students and themselves. His work has been
recognized by awards from the National Science Foundation, the Sloan Foundation, the Society
of Manufacturing Engineers, the American Vacuum Society, and the International Aerosol
Research Assembly. He is included in the lists of Highly Cited Researchers (Thompson
Reuters/Clarivate Analytics) and Most Cited Researchers in Materials Science and Engineering
(Elsevier). He is also a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, the JSPS Fellowship from Japan
and the Humboldt Research Award from Germany.