Chair of Scientific Advisory Board

Richard Kaner



Professor Richard B. Kaner focuses on the design of new high-temperature materials & their synthesis by new chemical methods.


Dr. Richard B. Kaner, Ph.D is Chair of Scientific Advisory Board and focuses on the design of new high-temperature materials and their synthesis by new chemical methods. Dr. Richard Kaner filed the world’s first graphene patent – U.S. Patent #6,872,330 – in May 2002, two years prior to the notable graphene work of Nobel laureates Geim and Novoselov. The patent is now held by Nanotech Energy. Dr. Kaner received his PhD in inorganic chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania in 1984, carried out his postdoctoral research at UC Berkeley and joined UCLA in 1987 as an assistant professor. He became a full professor in 1991 and currently holds a joint appointment in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, as well as in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.He has received awards from the Dreyfus, Fulbright, Guggenheim, and Sloan Foundations, as well as the Exxon Fellowship in Solid State Chemistry and the Buck−Whitney Research Award from the American Chemical Society for his work on refractory materials, including new synthetic routes to ceramics, intercalation compounds, superhard materials, graphene, and conducting polymers.

Expertise and Achievements

Dr. Kaner has been continuously honored for his outstanding contributions to the fields of chemistry and biochemistry. He holds over 16 U.S. patents – with 20 more pending – and has published more than 275 papers in major peer-reviewed journals. He is also a member of multiple professional societies, including: Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; Associate Editor for Materials Research Bulletin; member of the American Chemical Society; the Electrochemical Society; and the Materials Research Society.Additionally, Dr. Kaner is involved with outreach programs geared to teaching new scientific concepts to high school teachers. He has served on the board of directors for California NanoSystems Institute.

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