Vikas Berry

William H. Honstead professor of chemical engineering

Vikas BerryVikas Berry, William H. Honstead professor of chemical engineering, studies the fundamental properties and applications of materials less than 10 atoms thick.

Berry and his colleagues are the first group to use bio-integrated research with graphene: a carbon nanomaterial only one atom thick. Berry developed a graphene-based detector for DNA, bacteria, cancer markers and viral particles. Berry is also the first to develop a process to synthesize graphene quantum dots of controlled dimensions with applications in energy and semiconductors

He is actively conducting research on understanding the properties of chemically and structurally modified graphene and boron-nitride for field-effect transistors, protective transmission electron microscopy and enhanced-sensors applications. His research findings have been featured in Nature, Science News, Chemical Engineering Progress and other scientific publications.

Berry's fields of research include bio-nanotechnology, materials science, molecular/dielectric devices, sensors and electronic materials. His research is funded by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Defense, industry and K-State.

His work has earned many honors, including the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2011; the Sigma Xi Outstanding Junior Scientist Award in 2010; the Big 12 Fellowship in 2009; and K-State's Faculty Development Award from 2007-2010. He has been invited to present his research at prestigious symposiums at MRS, ECS, ACS, the National University of Singapore, Boston University, Virginia Tech and Brown University, among others.

Berry received his bachelor's degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India, in 1999. He earned his master's degree from the University of Kansas in 2003, followed by his doctorate from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2006.

Berry can be reached at 785-532-5519 or vberry@k-state.edu.