[Pending] Symposium on Nanomaterials for Energy: Atomic Force Microscopy for Energy Applications - A Review

By Arvind Raman

Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

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Atomic Force Microscopy is unique in its ability to measure sub -nanonewton forces arising from a variety physical phenomena between a sharp tip and a sample. In this talk we review the most recent applications of atomic force microscopy to explore and characterize quantitatively the properties of nanostructured materials used in energy applications from polymer photovoltaics to Li-ion batteries to cellulosic nanomaterials relevant for biofuels production. We will summarize some ongoing efforts in our group and suggest some interesting potential opportunities for collaboration in this area.


Arvind Raman Arvind Raman is Associate Professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering and the Birck Nanotechnology Center at Purdue University. He joined Purdue as an Assistant Professor in 2000. Earlier he earned his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley (1999), an MSME from Purdue (1993) and a B. Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (1991). His interests lie in predicting and exploiting nonlinear dynamical phenomena in micro and nanosystems, and in coupled fluid-structural systems. Raman received the NSF CAREER award in 2002, the Purdue Teaching for Tomorrow award (2003), the Discovery in Mechanical Engineering award (2004), the College of Engineering’s Outstanding Young Researcher award (2006), and is currently the BFS Shafer faculty fellow in Mechanical Engineering. He serves as associate editor of the Journal of Fluids and Structures and of the ASME Journal of Applied Mechanics, and as Vice Chair of the Technical Committee on Micro- and Nanosystems in the ASME’s Design Engineering Division.

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  • Arvind Raman (2012), "Symposium on Nanomaterials for Energy: Atomic Force Microscopy for Energy Applications - A Review," http://nanohub.org/resources/13993.

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