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IUPUI Physics Researcher Receives National Science Foundation's Prestigious CAREER Grant for Graphene Research


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August 8, 2011

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Yogesh Joglekar, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics in the School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), has received the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) CAREER Award. CAREER Awards are the most prestigious awards granted by the NSF in support of faculty members early in their careers who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and integration of education and research. The award is for $400,000 over a five-year period beginning August 1, 2011.

Joglekar’s research will explore the properties of uniform and crystalline exciton condensation in graphene, which may lead to the ability to better control electrical transport without resistance and coherent light emission. Graphene is a one-atom-thick film of carbon whose strength, flexibility and electrical conductivity have opened up new horizons for pure physics research as well as high-tech applications. Joglekar’s past research on graphene led to his participation in graphene workshops at the highly competitive Aspen Center for Physics and the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics.

“I look forward to re-galvanizing my research in graphene by working closely with my graduate students and postdoctoral fellow,” said Joglekar. He also plans to include high school and undergraduate students in the research, which he has done regularly over the past several years.

“Unlike most people, when Dr. Joglekar thinks about theoretical physics, he also thinks about undergraduates and high school students and how they can contribute to a field usually considered the purview of only the most advanced minds,” said Simon Rhodes, Ph.D., dean of the School of Science. “This most recent research award and the success of his students illustrate his commitment to educating and inspiring the young people who will be the engines of growth and innovation in the 21st century.”

Mark Babbey, a Noblesville, Indiana high-school student who worked with Joglekar last summer and whose research led to a publication in Physical Review A, a top international journal, is one such example. “Working in a real lab, on a real project that had never been attempted before, sparked my interest. This wasn’t a textbook lab exercise that every other physics student had done before; this was research,” said Mark Babbey, who will join IUPUI as a freshman this fall.

Award abstract: http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=1054020


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