Manish Chhowalla is an Associate Professor and the Donald H. Jacobs Chair in Applied Physics at Rutgers University in NJ USA. At Rutgers University he was awarded the NSF CAREER Award for young scientists as well as the Sigma Xi Outstanding Young Investigator for the Mid Atlantic Region. Before Rutgers, he was a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge after completing his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering there. Prior to his PhD, he worked for Multi-Arc Inc. (now Ion Bond) where he developed one of the first applications of “amorphous diamond” thin films. His technological interests are in the synthesis and characterization of novel carbon materials and their incorporation into devices for electrical, optical and mechanical applications. Fundamentally, he is interested in understanding the role of disorder in determining material properties. His research topics presently include investigation of the opto-electronic properties of graphene and carbon nanotubes, organic memory and photovoltaic devices, structural properties of boron carbide, and deposition of carbide and nitride thin films. He has over 100 publications with over 4,700 citations (h-index = 34) on these topics.
He has served on organizing committees for numerous international conferences. Most recently, he is organizing Symposium L at the MRS Fall 2009 Meeting in Boston. The Symposium highlighted recent advances in solution processable electronics using carbon nanomaterials. He also serves on the Advisory Board of companies such Silcan Nanotechnology Inc (Hong Kong) and Graphenea (a start-up company in San Sebastian, Spain).