Professor Hurt received his Ph.D. from M.I.T. in 1987 and before joining Brown held positions in the Central Research and Development Division of Bayer AG in Leverkusen, Germany, and at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, California. He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of the materials science and nanotechnology journal CARBON, and is on the editorial board of Progress in Energy and Combustion Science. He served as Technical Program Chair for the international conference, Carbon2004, and in the same year received the Graffin Lecture Award of the American Carbon Society. Prof. Hurt also received the Silver Medal of the Combustion Institute in Naples, Italy in 1996 and an NSF CAREER Award in the same year. He currently serves as PI on the GAANN training grant "Interdisciplinary Training in the Applicatinos and Implications of Nanotechnology", and was the founding Director of Brown's Institute for Molecular and Nanoscale Innovation. In 2013 he received the Charles E. Pettinos Award for "recent outstanding research accomplishment in the sciene and/or technology of carbon materials"
Professor Hurt's research focuses on nanomaterials and their applications and implications for human health and the environment. Current research thrusts include the biological response to graphene-family nanomaterials, mechanisms of carbon nanotube uptake and toxicity, nano-silver and nano-copper transformations in the natural environment, safe material design, and the assembly and folding of graphene to make three-dimensional architectures for barrier and encapsulation technologies, and as electrodes and catalyst supports.
Y. Qiu, Z. Wang, A. Owens, I. Kulaots, A.B. Kane, R.H. Hurt, “Antioxidant Chemistry of Graphene-Based Materials and its Role in Oxidation Protection Technology”, Nanoscale, 2014, 6, 11744-1175.
Yang Qiu, Fei Guo, Robert Hurt, Indrek Kulaots, “Explosive thermal reduction of graphene oxide-based materials: mechanism and safety implications”, Carbon, 72 215–223 (2014).
Creighton MA, Ohata Y, Miyawaki J, Bose A, Hurt RH, “ Two-Dimensional Materials as Emulsion Stabilizers: Interfacial Thermodynamics and Molecular Barrier Properties”, Langmuir, 30 (13), 3687–3696 (2014).
Rodd A, Creighton M, Vaslet C, Rangel Mendez J, Hurt RH, Kane AB, “Effects of Surface-Engineered Nanoparticle-Based Dispersants for Marine Oil Spills on the Model Organism Artemia franciscana", Envi. Sci. Tech. in press, (2014).
Nicholas Heeder, Abayomi Yussuf, Indrani Chakraborty, Michael P Godfrin, Robert Hurt, Anubhav Tripathi, Arijit Bose, “Fixed-Angle Rotary Shear as a New Method for Tailoring Electro-Mechanical Properties of Templated Graphene-Polymer Composites”, Composites Science and Technology, 2014 in press.
Fei Guo, Megan Creighton, Yantao Chen, Robert Hurt and Indrek Külaots, “Porous Structures in Stacked, Crumpled and Pillared Graphene-Based 3D Materials”, Carbon, 66 476–484 (2014).
N. Heeder, A. Yussuf, F. Guo, I. Chakraborty, M. Godfrin, R. Hurt, A. Tripathi, A. Bose, A. Shukla, “Highly Conductive Graphene-based Segregated Composites Prepared by Particle Templating”, Journal of Materials Science, 49(6) 2567-2570 (2014).
Litza Halla Velazquez, Robert H Hurt, Juan Matos, and Jose Rene Rangel Mendez, “Zirconium-carbon hybrid sorbent for removal of fluoride from water: oxalic acid mediated Zr(IV) assembly and adsorption mechanism”, Environmental Science & Technology, 8 (2), pp 1166–1174 (2014).
Chakraborty I, Bodurtha K, Heeder N, Godfrin M, Tripathi A, Hurt RH, Shukla A, Bose A, “Massive Electrical Conductivity Enhancement of Multilayer Graphene/Polystyrene Composites Using a Non-Conductive Filler” ACS Appl. Materials and Interfaces, in press (2014).
Amartya Mukhopadhyay, Fei Guo, Anton Tokranov, Xingcheng Xiao, Robert H. Hurt, Brian W. Sheldon, “Engineering of graphene layer orientation to attain high rate capability and anisotropic properties in Li ion battery electrodes“, Advanced Functional Materials, 23(19) 2397–2404 (2013).
Megan Creighton, J. Rene Rangel-Mendez, Jiaxing Huang, Agnes Kane, Robert H. Hurt, “Graphene Induced Optical and Adsorptive Artifacts During In Vitro Toxicology Assays,” Small, 9(11) 1921-1927 (2013).
Yantao Chen, Fei Guo, Yang Qiu, Hiroe Hu, Indrek Kulaots, Edward Walsh, Robert H. Hurt, “Encapsulation of Particle Ensembles in Graphene Nanosacks as a New Route to Multifunctional Materials”, ACS Nano, 7 (5) 3744–3753 (2013). DOI: 10.1021/nn3055913.
Li Y, Yuan H, von dem Bussche A, Creighton M, Hurt R, Kane AB, Gao H, Graphene microsheets enter cells through spontaneous membrane penetration at edge asperities and corner sites, Proceedings National Academy Sciences, 110 (30) 12295-12300 (2013).
Bianco A, Cheng HM, Enoki T, Gogotsi Y, Hurt RH, Koratkar N, Kyotani T, Monthioux M, Park CR, Tascon JMD, Zhang J,, “All in the graphene family - a recommended nomenclature for two-dimensional carbon materials” Carbon, 65 1-6 (2013).
Zhongying Wang, Pranita Kabadi, Annette von dem Bussche, Agnes B. Kane, Robert H. Hurt, “Biological and Environmental Transformations of Copper-Based Nanomaterials”, ACS Nano, 7(10) 8715–8727 (2013).
Godfrin, M.; Guo, F.; Chakraborty, I. Heeder, N.; Shukla, A.; Bose, A.; Hurt, R.; Tripathi, A., “Shear Directed Assembly of Graphene Oxide in Aqueous Dispersions into Ordered Arrays", Langmuir, 29 (43) 13162–13167 (2013).
Sanchez V, Jachak A., Hurt R.H., Kane A.B., "Biological Interactions of Graphene-Family Nanomaterials – An Interdisciplinary Review" Chemical Research in Toxicology, 25 (1) 15–34 (2012).
Guo, F. Hurt RH, "Supramolecular Synthesis of Graphenic Mesogenic Materials", Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, 213(10-11) 1164-1174 (2012).
Amartya Mukhopadhyay, Fei Guo, Anton Tokranov, Xingcheng Xiao, Robert H. Hurt, Brian W. Sheldon, "Engineering of graphene layer orientation to attain high rate capability and anisotropic properties in Li ion battery electrodes", in press.
Jingyu Liu, Zhongying Wang, Agnes Kane, Robert H. Hurt, "Chemical Transformations on NanoSilver in Biological Environments", ACS Nano, in press.
Liu J., Katahara J., Coe-Sullivan S., Hurt RH, "Degradation products from consumer nanocomposites – a case study on quantum dot lighting" Envir. Sci. Tech., 46 (6), 3220–3227 (2012).
Chen Y, Guo F, Jachak A, Kim S-P, Datta D, Liu J, Kulaots I, Vaslet C, Jang HD, Huang J, Kane A, Shenoy VB, Hurt RH, "Aerosol Synthesis of Cargo-Filled Graphene Nanosacks ", Nano Letters, 12 (4), 1996–2002 (2012).
Fei Guo, Gregory Silverberg, Shin Bowers, Sang-Pil Kim, Dibakar Datta, Vivek Shenoy, Robert H. Hurt, "Graphene-Based Environmental Barriers," Environ. Sci. Technol., 2012, 46 (14), 7717–7724.
Jachak A., Creighton M., Qiu Y, Kane AB, Hurt RH, "Biological Interactions and Safety of Graphene Materials", MRS Bulletin (invited review), Jan. 2012
Fei Guo, Franklin Kim, Tae Hee Han, Vivek Shenoy, Jiaxing Huang, Robert H. Hurt, "Hydration-Responsive Folding and Unfolding in Graphene Oxide Liquid Crystal Phases," ACS Nano, accepted, Aug 2011.
Jodie R. Pietruska, Xinyuan Liu, Ashley Smith, Kevin McNeil, Paula Weston, Anatoly Zhitkovich, Robert Hurt, Agnes B. Kane, "Bioavailability, intracellular mobilization of nickel, and HIF-1 activation in human lung epithelial cells exposed to metallic nickel and nickel oxide nanoparticles," Toxicological Sciences, accepted 2011.
Jingyu Liu, Kelly Pennell, Robert H. Hurt, "Kinetics and Mechanisms of Nanosilver Oxysulfidation," Environmental Science and Technology, in press. 2011.
Liu, X, Sen S, Liu J, Kulaots I, Geohegan D, Kane A, Puretzky AA, Rouleau CM, More KL, Palmore GTR, Hurt RH, "Antioxidant deactivation on graphenic nanocarbon surfaces", Small, in press.
Vanesa C Sanchez, Paula Weston, Ahiui Yan, Robert H Hurt and Agnes B Kane, "A 3-dimensional in vitro model of epithelioid granulomas induced by high aspect ratio nanomaterials" Particle and Fibre Toxicology, 8:17 2011.
Guo F, Mukhopadhyay A, Sheldon BW, and Hurt RH, "Vertically Aligned Graphene Layer Arrays from Chromonic Liquid Crystal Precursors," Advanced Materials, 23(4) 508–513 (2011)
Shi X, Vom dem Bussche A, Hurt RH, Kane AB, Gao H, "Cell Entry of One-Dimensional Nanomaterials Occurs by Tip Recognition and Rotation" Nature Nanotechnology, accepted Aug. 15, 2011.
Liu J, Sonshine D, Shervani S, Hurt RH, "Controlled Release of Biologically Active Silver from Nanosilver Surfaces," ACS Nano, 4(11) 6903–6913 (2010).
Sarin L, Sanchez V, Yan A, Kane AB, Hurt RH, Selenium-Carbon Bifunctional Nanoparticles for the Treatment of Malignant Mesothelioma," Advanced Materials, in press, 2010 (inside cover feature).
Tran PA, Sarin L, Hurt RH, Webster TJ, "Differential Effects of Nanoselenium Doping on Healthy and Cancerous Osteoblasts in Co-culture on Titanium," Int J Nanomedicine, 5: 351–358 (2010).
Liu J, Hurt RH, "Ion Release Kinetics and Particle Persistence in Aqueous Nano-Silver Colloids," Env. Sci. & Tech., 44:6, 2169–2175 (2010).
Tran PA, Sarin L, Hurt RH, Webster TJ, "Titanium surfaces with adherent selenium nanoclusters as a novel anticancer orthopedic material", Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A, 93A(4) 1417–1428 (2010).
Liu X, Hurt RH, Kane AB., "Biodurability of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Depends on Surface Functionalization,"Carbon, 48:7 1961-1969 (2010).
Hower JC, Senior CL, Suuberg EM, Hurt RH, Wilcox JL, Olson ES, "Mercury capture by native fly ash carbons in coal-fired power plants," Progress in Energy and Combustion Science, in press 2009.
Kothari AK, Konca E, Sheldon BW, Jian K, Xia Z,, Ni W, and Hurt RH, "Mechanical behavior of anodic alumina coatings reinforced with carbon nanofibers", J. Materials Science, 44:22 6020-6027 (2009).
Jakubek L, Marangoudakis S, Raingo J, Liu X, Lipscombe D, Hurt RH, "The inhibition of neuronal calcium-ion channels by trace levels of yttrium released from carbon nanotubes," Biomaterials, 30 (31) 6351-6357 (2009).
|1987||PhD||Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
|1982||BS||Michigan Technological University|
Charles E. Pettinos Award of the American Carbon Society, 2013
Environmental Science and Technology, Excellence in Review Award, 2012
Lee Hsun Research Award, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang
Tau Beta Pi dedicated faculty award, 2010
Inaugural Robert A. Meyer Award of the American Carbon Society
to advisee Xinyuan Liu, 2010
Graffin Lecture Award of the American Carbon Society, 2004-2005
Silver Medal of the Combustion Institute, 1996
National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 1996
Outstanding poster presentation, Gordon Research Conferences
on Hydrocarbon Resources - 2003
Outstanding poster presentation, Gordon Research Conferences
on Hydrocarbon Resources - 2001
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, 1983-1986
Bredekamp Award at Michigan Technological University, 1982
Chevron Scholarship at Michigan Technological University, 1981
|Gao, Huajian||Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Engineering|
|Kane, Agnes||Professor of Medical Science|
|Koski, Kristie||Assistant Professor of Chemistry|
|Palmore, G Tayhas||Professor of Engineering, Professor of Chemistry|
|Tripathi, Anubhav||Professor of Engineering, Professor of Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology and Biotechnology, Director of Biomedical Engineering|
|Wong, Ian||Assistant Professor of Engineering, Assistant Professor of Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology and Biotechnology|
Director, Brown GAANN Training Grant on the Applications and Implications of Nanotechnology
Associate Director, Brown NIH Superfund Research Program
American Chemical Society, member
Materials Research Society, member
Banyan Environmental, scientific founder
NanoTox, Scientific Advisory Board
Progress in Energy and Combustion Science, journal board member
|BIOL 2920D - Environmental Technologies and Human Health|
|CHEM 2010 - Advanced Thermodynamics|
|ENGN 2730 - Advanced Thermodynamics I|
|ENGN 2920D - Environmental Technologies and Human Health|