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Physics alumnus has been invited to attend this year's Nobel Prize ceremony

Chagaan Baatar (formerly Chagarn Whan), a 1988 Masters Degree graduate from the Physics Department, was honored recently with an invitation to attend this year's Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden. The invitation, extended by physics prize co-winners Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, honors Baatar's key role in promoting research into graphene, single-atom-thickness sheets of carbon atoms that might one day replace computer chips. As program officer for nanoelectronics at the U. S. Office of Naval Research (ONR), Baatar recognized the potential value of graphene to electronics technology and provided critical ONR sponsorship of Geim and Novoselov's work.

In Baatar's view, graphene "has wonderful properties: very high speed, very low power consumption. It has enormous strength. It is actually stronger than stainless steel. It has been reported as the strongest material known to man. It has wonderful thermal properties that conduct heat better than other materials." These ideas are discussed in the 2009 book, Cellular Nanoscale Sensory Wave Computing, co-edited by Baatar.

Chagaan Baatar was born in the Ordos region of Inner Mongolia. He graduated from Inner Mongolia Normal University in 1983 and came to the Unites States in 1986 to attend graduate school in physics at UMass Dartmouth. After receiving his Masters Degree in 1988, Baatar obtained his Ph.D. in 1995 at the University of Maryland. He held research positions at MIT, IBM's T. J. Watson Research Center, and Lucent Technology before taking up his current position at ONR. Baatar lives in northern Virginia with his wife and three children.

Photo Credit;
This image of a single suspended sheet of graphene taken with the TEAM 0.5, at Berkeley Lab's National Center for Electron Microscopy shows individual carbon atoms (yellow) on the honeycomb lattice

Author: "Alan Hirshfeld [Contact]"
Date: 2-11-2010

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