Ray H. Baughman

Educational Background

  • BS Physics (1964)
    Carnegie Mellon University
  • Ph.D. Materials Science (1971)
    Harvard University

Research Interests

  • R&D activities are on nanotechnology, photonic crystals, sensors and actuators, ferroelectrics, novel forms of carbon (especially carbon nanotubes), and conducting polymers
  • Solid-state reactions, electrochemical processes and devices
  • Materials with unusual mechanical properties
  • Design, synthesis, and application of materials with novel electrical, optical, or magnetic properties

Full Curriculum Vitae

Contact Information

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 972-883-6538
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Ray H. Baughman


Ray Baughman became the Robert A. Welch Professor of Chemistry and Director of the NanoTech Institute at the University of Texas in Dallas in August 2001, after 31 years in industry. He is a Member of The National Academy of Engineering and The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas; a foreign member of the European Academy of Sciences; a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the National Academy of Inventors, and the American Physical Society; an Academician of The Russian Academy of Natural Sciences; an honorary professor of 7 universities in China; and is on editorial or advisory boards of Science and other journals.

Ray has 80 issued US patents and 415 refereed publications, with over 31,200 citations and an H-index of 79. He has received the Chemical Pioneer Award of the American Institute of Chemists (1995), the Cooperative Research Award in Polymer Science and Engineering (1996), the New Materials Innovation Prize of the Avantex International Forum for Innovative Textiles (2005), Nano 50 Awards from Nanotech Briefs Magazine for Carbon Nanotube Sheets and Yarns (2006) and for Fuel Powered Artificial Muscles (2007), the NanoVic Prize from Australia (2006), the Scientific American Magazine 50 recognition for outstanding technological leadership (2006), the CSIRO Metal for Research Achievement (2006), the Chancellor’s Entrepreneurship and Invention Award (2007), the 21 for the 21st Century award (2007), the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award of Carnegie Mellon University (2007), the Kapitza Metal of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences (2007), the Graffin Lectureship of the American Carbon Society (2010), the Tech Titans Award in Education (2011), Time Magazine recognition in 50 Best Inventions of the Year (2011), the SGL Carbon Award of the American Carbon Society (2013), the Tech Titans Technology Inventors Award (2015), the 2015 Inventor Award for Energy Harvesting Materials and Systems, and the R&D 100 Gold Award for Market Disruptor Product (2015).

He was named the Honorable Yang Shixiang Professor of Nankai University and the Honorable Tang Aoqing Professor of Jilin University in 2010 and was listed 30th in the Top 100 Material Scientists of the Decade (2000-2010). The Baughman laboratory was established in his honor in China in 2014 at the Jiangnan Graphene Research Institute in Changzhou.


Selected Publications



Mirage effect from thermally modulated transparent carbon nanotube sheets. Ali E Aliev et al 2011 Nanotechnology 22 435704. (abstract) (full text)

Fuel Powered Artificial Muscles. Ebron, V. H.; Yang, Z.; Seyer, D. S.; Kozlov, M.; Oh, J.; Xie, H.; Razal, J.; Hall, L. J.; Ferraris, J. P.; MacDiarmid, A. G.; Baughman, R. H. NanoTech Institute, The University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX, USA. Science (2006), 311 (5767), 1580 - 1583. (abstract) (full text)

Strong, Transparent, Multifunctional, Carbon Nanotube Sheets. Zhang, Mei; Fang, Shaoli; Zakhidov, Anvar A.; Lee, Sergey B.; Aliev, Ali E.; Williams, Christopher D.; Atkinson, Ken R.; Baughman, Ray H. NanoTech Institute, The University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX, USA. Science (Washington, D.C., USA) (2005), 309(5738), 1215-1219. (abstract) (full text)

Materials science. Playing nature's game with artificial muscles . Baughman Ray H., Science (2005 Apr 1), 308(5718), 63-5. (abstract) (full text)

Multifunctional Carbon Nanotube Yarns by Downsizing an Ancient Technology. Zhang, Mei; Atkinson, Ken R.; Baughman, Ray H.. NanoTech Institute and Department of Chemistry, University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX, USA. Science (Washington, DC, United States) (2004), 306(5700), 1358-1361. (abstract) (full article)

Materials science. Muscles made from metal. Baughman, Ray H.. NanoTech Institute and Department of Chemistry, The University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX, USA. Science (Washington, DC, United States) (2003), 300(5617), 268-269. (abstract) (full text)

Auxetic materials: Avoiding the shrink. Baughman, Ray H. Nature (2003), 425(6959), 667.

Super-tough carbon-nanotube fibers. Dalton, Alan B.; Collins, Steve; Munoz, Edgar; Razal, Joselito M.; Ebron, Von Howard; Ferraris, John P.; Coleman, Jonathan N.; Kim, Bog G.; Baughman, Ray H.. (2003), 423(6941), 703.

Carbon nanotubes--the route toward applications . Baughman Ray H; Zakhidov Anvar A; de Heer Walt A. Science (2002 Aug 2), 297(5582), 787-92.

Carbon nanotube actuators. Baughman, Ray H.; Cui, Changxing; Zakhidov, Anvar A.; Iqbal, Zafar; Barisci, Joseph N.; Spinks, Geoff M.; Wallace, Gordon G.; Mazzoldi, Alberto; De Rossi, danilo; Rinzler, Andrew G.; Jaschinski, Oliver; Roth, Siegmar; Kertesz, Miklos. Science (1999), 284 (5418), 1340-1344.

Direct observations of structural phase transitions in planar crystallized ion plasmas. Mitchell, T. B.; Bollinger, J. J.; Dubin, D. H. E.; Huang, X.-P.; Itano, W. M.; Baughman, R. H.. Science (1998), 282(5392), 1290-1293.

Negative Poisson's ratios as a common feature of cubic metals. Baughman, Ray H.; Shacklette, Justin M.; Zakhidov, Anvar A.; Stafstrom, Sven. Nature (1998), 392(6674), 362-365.

Carbon structures with three-dimensional periodicity at optical wavelengths. Zakhidov, Anvar A.; Baughman, Ray H.; Iqbal, Zafar; Cui, Changxing; Khayyrullin, Ilyas; Dantas, O.; Marti, Jordi; Ralchenko, Victor G. Science (1998), 282 (5390), 897-901.

Materials with negative compressibilities in one or more dimensions. Baughman, Ray H.; Stafstrom, Sven; Cui, Changxing; Dantas, Socrates O. Science (1998), 279 (5356), 1522-1524.

Crystalline networks with unusual predicted mechanical and thermal properties. Baughman, Ray H.; Galvao, Douglas S. Nature (1993), 365 (6448), 735-7.

Updated: June 25, 2012

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