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Faculty Scholar Apparao Rao, Ph.D. at  Clemson University, Clemson South Carolina

Apparao M. Rao, Ph.D.

R.A. Bowen Professor
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Clemson Nanomaterials Institute
College of Science

Contact: 864-656-6759 or arao@clemson.edu  

Who is Professor Rao?

Apparao Rao is currently the R. A. Bowen Professor of Physics and a former Associate Dean for Discovery in the College of Science. He is a Fellow of four prestigious societies: the American Physical Society and American Association for the Advancement of Science, National Academy of Inventors, and the Materials Research Society. He received his PhD in physics from University of Kentucky in 1989 and subsequently served as a post-doctoral research associate at MIT until 1991. Later, he joined University of Kentucky as a research assistant professor before coming to Clemson in 2000. His laboratory is dedicated to understanding the atomic, magnetic, electrical, optical, and biophysical/biochemical properties of micro- and nano-structured materials. Rao’s research interests include the characterization and applications of carbon nanotubes, semiconducting nanobelts, nanowires and thermoelectric materials. His group's strength lies in the ability to synthesize several nano-structured materials (using various growth techniques such as electrical arc, chemical vapor deposition and pulsed laser vaporization) and explore the fundamental physics in nanostructured systems (using a wide range of characterization techniques such as Raman scattering, infrared, UV-visible, fluorescence, non-linear optical spectroscopy, harmonic detection of resonance method, atomic force microscopy, electron microscopy and electrical transport measurements). Recently, his team has been developing energy harnessing and energy storage technologies, and he has served as the principle investigator on grants funded by NSF, NASA, SC EPSCoR and industry.

For more information, see his college profile.

How Professor Rao's research is transforming health care

The advancement of nanotechnology applications in many fields such as health care, energy, and transportation relies on the resolution of the potential toxicity of engineered nanomaterials to living organisms and the environment. Rao's research focus at Clemson is to elucidate fundamental interactions between nanomaterials and biomolecules, in addition to developing modalities to generate light deep inside tissue for photochemical sensing/actuation and photodynamic therapy. This research will ultimately help the bench-to-bedside transition of nanomedicine.

Health Research Expertise Keywords

Nanomaterials, Drug Delivery, In-vitro Experimentation, Photochemical Sensing, Photochemical Actuation, Photodynamic Therapy