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March 15, 2018

Fan Lecture Series to feature Rice University expert on nanotechnology

Submitted by Mary Rankin

Pulickel M. Ajayan, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson professor of engineering at Rice University in Houston, Texas, will be the featured speaker for the L.T. Fan Lecture Series at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, in 1109 Engineering Hall.

Ajayan, founding chair of the department of materials science and nanoengineering at Rice, will present "Nano-Engineered Materials," where he will discuss challenges and opportunities in the field, with particular reference to engineered nanomaterials that include carbon nanostructures, two-dimensional materials, and several other nanomaterials and hybrids.

A nanotechnology pioneer, Ajayan has published nearly 900 journal articles, with his research in the past two decades focusing on structure-property correlations in nanomaterials.

The L.T. Fan Lectureship in Chemical Engineering was established in 2000 to bring preeminent individuals in chemical engineering or related fields to speak at K-State. The late L.T. Fan was a university distinguished professor, served as head of the department of chemical engineering at K-State for 30 years, launched the doctoral program in the department and is credited with modernizing the chemical engineering curriculum.

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