National Graphene Association Announces Addition of Dr. James Tour of Rice University to Advisory Board

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OXFORD, MISSISSIPPI – Renowned graphene scientist, Dr. James Tour of Rice University, has joined the Advisory Board of The National Graphene Association.

Tour is a foremost synthetic organic chemist, specializing in nanotechnology. He is the T. T. and W. F. Chao Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, and Professor of Computer Science at Rice University in Houston, Texas.

Rice University graduate student Yieu Chyan, left, and Professor James Tour. Photo by Jeff Fitlow

Tour’s research lab is one of the leading graphene research groups in the world, with several key technologies first discovered and developed there.  Recently, Tour’s lab announced groundbreaking nanotechnology: a way to write graphene patterns onto food and other materials to quickly embed conductive identification tags and sensors into the products themselves.

The process is an extension of the Tour lab’s contention that anything with the proper carbon content can be turned into graphene. In recent years, the lab has developed and expanded upon its method to make graphene foam by using a commercial laser to transform the top layer of an inexpensive polymer film.

His lab is also working on commercializing two of its other key graphene technologies: laser-induced graphene (or LiG), which enables flexible electronics and water filtration applications, and a 3D CNT / Graphene hybrid material that is very promising for energy applications.

Tour was inducted into the National Academy of Inventors in 2015. He was named among “The 50 most Influential Scientists in the World Today” by in 2014. Tour was named “Scientist of the Year” by R&D Magazine in 2013. He won the ACS Nano Lectureship Award from the American Chemical Society in 2012, and was ranked one of the top 10 chemists in the world over the past decade by Thomson Reuters in 2009. That year, he was also made a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Tour has over 640 research publications and over 120 patents.

The National Graphene Association is the main organization and body in the U.S. advocating and promoting the commercialization of graphene. NGA is focused on addressing critical issues such as policy and standards development that will result in effective integration of graphene and graphene-based materials globally.

The National Graphene Association has assembled a global advisory board of thought leaders and experts from commercial and industrial segments, advanced material and technology companies and corporations, national labs, government agencies, investment firms, standard bodies and academic & research institutions.

Executive Director, Dr. Zina Jarrahi Cinker adds, “The NGA is continuously seeking members to help establish a strong foundation that will serve to further graphene innovation and commercialization throughout the United States and beyond.”


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