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Mauricio Terrones

Mauricio Terrones

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  • Professor of Physics, Chemistry and Materials Science & Engineering
205A Osmond
Email: mut11 [ AT ] psu [ DOT ] edu
Phone: (814) 865-0343


  1. Iberian-American University (B.S. Engineering Physics, Summa Cum Laude), 1992
  2. University of Sussex (Ph.D., Chemical Physics), 1997


Condensed Matter Physics
  • Theoretical
  • Experimental

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2012
  • Somiya Award for International Collaboration for work on Carbon Nanostructure Materials, 2009
  • Japan Carbon Award for Innovative Research in Doped Nanotube Synthesis and Applications, 2008
  • Scopus Prize for an outstanding performance in publishing a great number of papers in prestigious international journals and a high number of independent citations as a scientist, 2007
  • Fernando Alba Medal awarded for outstanding contributions in experimental Physics, 2007
  • TWAS Prize in Engineering Science for outstanding scientific contributions in the synthesis and characterization of doped nanotube structures, 2005
  • UNESCO-Javed Huasain Prize for Young Scientists, 2001
  • Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, 1999

Selected Publications

Publications in 2013

  1. T. Fujimori, A. Morelos-Gomez, Z. Zhu, H. Muramatsu, R. Futamura, K. Urita, M. Terrones, T. Hayashi, M. Endo, S.-Young Hong, Y-C. Choi, D. Tománek, K. Kaneko.(2013) “Conducting Linear Chains of Sulfur inside Carbon Nanotubes”. Nature Communications 4, 2162. doi:10.1038/ncomms3162.

  2. A. Berkdemir, H. R. Gutiérrez, A. R. Botello-Méndez, N. Perea-López, A. L. Elías, C.-I. Chia, B. Wang, V. H. Crespi, F. López-Urías, J.-C. Charlier, H. Terrones, M. Terrones (2013). “Identification of individual and few layers of WS2 using Raman Spectroscopy”. Nature Scientific Reports 3, 1755. DOI: 10.1038/srep01755.

  3. S.Z. Butler, S. M. Hollen, L. Cao, Y. Cui, J.A. Gupta, H. R. Gutierrez, T.F. Heinz, S.S. Hong, J. Huang, A. Ismach, E. Johnston-Halperin, M. Kuno, V.V. Plashnitsa, R.D. Robinson, R.S. Ruoff, S. Salahuddin, J. Shan, L. Shi, M.G. Spencer, M. Terrones, W. Windl, J.E. Goldberger (2013) “Progress, Challenges, and Opportunities in Two-Dimensional Materials Beyond Graphene”. ACS Nano 7, 2898-2926   

  4. N.R. Pradhan, D. Rhodes, Q. Zhang, S. Talapatra, M. Terrones, P.M. Ajayan, L. Balicas. (2013). “Intrinsic carrier mobility of multi-layered MoS2 field-effect transistors on SiO2”. Applied Physics Letters 102, 123105.

  5. R. Cruz-Silva, A. Morelos-Gomez, S. Vega-Diaz, F. Tristan-Lopez, A.L. Elias, N. Perea-Lopez, H. Muramatsu, T. Hayashi, K. Fujisawa, K.A. Kim, M. Endo, M. Terrones.(2013) “Formation of Nitrogen-Doped Graphene Nanoribbons via Chemical Unzipping”. ACS Nano 7, 2192-2204.

  6. E. Cruz-Silva, X. Jia, H. Terrones, B.G. Sumpter, M. Terrones, M.S. Dresselhaus, V. Meunier. (2013) “Edge-Edge Interactions in Stacked Graphene Nanoplatelets” ACS Nano 7, 2834-2841.

  7. H. Terrones, F. Lopez-Urias, M. Terrones (2013). “Novel hetero-layered materials with tunable direct band gaps by sandwiching different metal disulfides and diselenides”. Nature Scientific Reports 3, 1549. DOI: 10.1038/srep01549.

  8. A. L. Elías, N. Perea-López, A. Castro-Beltrán, A. Berkdemir, R. Lv, S. Feng, A. Long, T. Hayashi, Y. A. Kim, M. Endo, H. R. Gutiérrez, N. R. Pradhan, L. Balicas, T. E. Mallouk, F. López-Urías, H. Terrones, M. Terrones (2013). “Controlled Synthesis and Transfer of Large Area WS2 Sheets: From Single-Layer to Few-Layers”. ACS Nano, in press. DOI: 10.1021/nn400971k.

  9. Ramírez. C., Vega-Diaz, S.F., Morelos-Gómez, A., Figueiredo, F.M., Terrones, M., Osendi, M.I., Belmonte, M., Miranzo, P. (2013). “Synthesis of conducting graphene/Si3N4 composites by spark plasma sintering”. Carbon 57, 425-432.

  10. N. Perea-López, A. L. Elías, A. Berkdemir, A. Castro-Beltrán, H. R. Gutiérrez, S. Feng, R. Lv, T. Hayashi, F. López-Urías, S. Ghosh, B. Muchharla, S. Talapatra, H. Terrones, M. Terrones (2013). “Photosensor Device Base don Few-Layered WS2 Films”. Advanced Functional Materials 23, 5511-5517. [internal cover issue]

  11. C. Shan, W. Zhao, X. L. Lu, D. J. O’Brien, Y. Li, Z. Cao, A. L. Elías, R. Cruz-Silva, M. Terrones, B. Wei, J. Suhr (2013). “Three-Dimensional Nitrogen-Doped Multiwall Carbon Nanotube Sponges with Tunable Properties”. Nano Letters 13, 5514-5520.

  12. H. Bi, K. Yin, X. Xie, J. Ji, S. Wan, L. Sun, M. Terrones, M. S. Dresselhaus (2013). “Ultrahigh humidity sensitivity of graphene oxide”. Scientific Reports 3, 2714.

  13. P. Miranzo, C. Ramírez, B. Román-Manso, L. Garzón, H. R. Gutiérrez, M. Terrones, C. Ocal, M. Isabel Osendi, M. Belmonte (2013). “In situ processing of electrically conducting graphene/SiC nanocomposites”. Journal of the European Ceramic Society 33, 1665-1674.

  14. J. Ortiz-Medina, M. L. García-Betancourt, X. Jia, R. Martínez-Gordillo, M. A. Pelagio-Flores, D. Swanson, A. L. Elías, H. R. Gutiérrez, E. Gracia-Espino, V. Meunier, J. Owens, B. G. Sumpter, E. Cruz-Silva, F. J. Rodríguez-Macías, F. López-Urías, E. Muñoz-Sandoval, M. S. Dresselhaus, H. Terrones, M. Terrones (2013). “Nitrogen-Doped Graphitic Nanoribbons: Synthesis, Characterization and Transport”. Advanced Functional Materials 23, 3755-3762. [internal cover issue]

  15. H. R. Gutiérrez, N. Perea-López, A. L. Elías, A. Berkdemir, B. Wang, R. Lv, F. López-Urías, V. H. Crespi, H. Terrones, M. Terrones (2013). “Extraordinary Room-Temperature Photoluminescence in Triangular WS2 Monolayers”. Nano Letters 13, 3447-3454. [cover issue]

  16. M. S. Dresselhaus, M. Terrones (2013). “Carbon-Based Nanomaterials From a Historical Perspective”. Proceedings if the IEEE 101, 1522-1235.

  17. N. I. Kovtyukhova, Y. Wang, R. Lv, M. Terrones, V. H. Crespi, T. E. Mallouk (2013). “Reversible Intercalation of Hexagonal Boron Nitride with Bronsted Acids”. Journal of the American Chemical Society 135, 8372-8381.

  18. T. Hayashi, T. C. O’Connor, K. Higashiyama, K. Nishi, K. Fujisawa, H. Muramatsu, Y. A. Kim, B. G. Sumpter, V. Meunier, M. Terrones, M. Endo (2013). “A reversible strain-induced electrical conductivity in cup-stacked carbon nanotubes”. Nanoscale 5, 10212-10218.

Selected Publications

  1. Terrones, M. (2009). "Unzipped Nanotubes." Nature 458, 845-846.
  2. Jia, X., Hofmann, M., Meunier, V., Sumpter, B.G., Campos-Delgado, J., Romo-Herrera, J.M., Kong, J., Terrones, M., Dresselhaus, M.S. (2009). "Controlled Formation of Sharp Zigzag and Armchair Edges in Graphitic Nanoribbons". Science 323, 1701-1705.
  3. Rodriguez-Manzo, J.A., Banhart, F., Terrones, M., Terrones, H., Grobert, N., Ajayan, P.M., Sumpter, B.G., Meuniere, V., Wang, M., Bando, Y., Goberg, D. (2009). "Heterojunctions between metals and carbon nanotubes as ultimate nanocontacts." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) 106, 4591-4595.
  4. Campos-Delgado, J., Romo-Herrera, J.M., Jia, X., Cullen, D.A., Muramatsu, H., Kim, Y.A., Hayashi, T., Ren, Z.F., Smith, D.J., Okuno, Y., Ohba, T., Kanoh, H., Keneko, K., Endo, M., Terrones, H., Dresselhaus, M.S., and Terrones, M. "Bulk Production of a New Form of sp2 Carbon: Crystalline Graphene Nanoribbons." Nano Letters 8, 2773-2778.
  5. Terrones, M., Souza-Hilho, A.B., Rao, A.M. (2008). "Doped Carbon Nanotubes: Synthesis, Characterization, and Applications." In Carbon Nanotubes (eds: A. Jorio, G. Dresselhause, M.S. Dresselhaus, Springer), Topics of Applied Physics 111, 531-566.
  6. Elias, A.L., Carrero-Sánchez, Terrones, H., Endo, M., Laclette, J.P., Terrones, M. (2007) "Viability studies of Pure carbon- and Nitrogen-doped nanotubes with Entamoeba hystolytica: From Amoebicidal to Biocompatible Structures". Small, 3, 1723-1729.
  7. Rodríguez-Manzo, J.A., Terrones, M., Terrones, H., Kroto, H.W., Sun, L., Banhart, F. (2007) "In-situ nucleation of carbon nanotubes by the injection of carbon atoms into metal particles". Nature Nanotechnology 2, 307-311.
  8. Terrones, M., Romo-Herrera, J.M., Cruz-Silva, E., López-Urías, F., Muñoz-Sandoval, E., Velásquez-Salazar, J.J., Terrones, H., Bando, Y., Golberg, D. (2007) "Pure and doped BN nanotubes". Materials Today 10, 30-38.
  9. Endo, Y.A., Muramatsu, H., Kim, Y.A., Hayashi, T., Terrones, M., Dresselhaus, M. (2005) "Buckypaper of Coaxial Nanotubes". Nature 433, 476.
  10. Terrones, M., Jorio, A., Endo, M., Rao, A.M., Kim, Y.A., Hayashi, T., Terrones, H., Charlier, J.C., Dresselhaus, G., Dresselhaus, M.S. (2004) "New Directions of Nanotube Science: Properties, Characterization and Applications of B- and N-doped systems". Materials Today Magazine 7, 30-45.

Research Interests

  • 2-Dimensional nanomaterials
  • Nanomaterials applications and devices
  • Nanostructures synthesis
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