Houston Technology Center Will Honor Professor Pulickel Ajayan – Lifetime Achievement Award in Nanotechnology

The Houston Technology Center announced today it will honor Professor Pulickel Ajayan at the 2016 Celebration of Entrepreneurs Gala. Held annually, this magical evening event will honor local entrepreneurs and celebrate those who have made significant contributions to the Houston community. The event will be held on May 12, 2016 at the Hyatt RegencyHouston.

Pulickel M. Ajayan has been a pioneer in the field of nanotechnology and was involved in early work in the development of carbon nanotubes. He has published more than six hundred papers, earning nearly fifty thousand citations. His work has covered diverse areas of nanomaterials including nanoparticles, nanotubes, 2D materials, nanocomposites and energy storage materials. His work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, and several industrial sponsors and has resulted in a large number of patents and several  startup companies.

Professor Ajayan is presently the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor of Engineering at RiceUniversity in Houston, Texas and the founding chair of the department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering. He is affiliated with several other universities around the world as visiting professor and has given over 350 invited talks at various venues and conferences.

Professor Ajayan is the recipient of awards such as the Spiers memorial award from the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), MRS medal, Alexander von Humboldt-Helmoltz senior award, and several endowed lectures. He is recipient of twoGuinnessbookofworldrecords: one for the creation of the smallest brush and the other for creating the darkest material. He received a Docteur Honoris Causa from the Université Catholique de Louvain in 2014. He has also been recognized as distinguished alumni by his alma mater, Banaras Hindu University and the department of materials science at Northwestern University.

President and CEO Walter Ulrich of the Houston Technology Center congratulates and honors Professor Ajayan as a true entrepreneur, leader and humanitarian. “How is it something so small as nanomaterials can have such a big impact? Dr. Ajayan’s pioneering and award-winning work in all areas of nanotechnology have been the foundation for one breakthrough after another; breakthroughs whose impacts are changing the world and will multiply exponentially in the decades ahead.”

For more information about the Celebration of Entrepreneurs Gala visit www.houstontech.org/gala