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Chemist shares nano research with PSU faculty

Bradley Fahlman, a professor in the College of Science and Technology at Central Michigan University, will deliver a presentation to faculty at Pittsburg State University on Friday, Nov. 31, about his work with graphene nanostructures. Fahlman’s talk, at 3 p.m. in 102 Yates Hall, is part of PSU’s Distinguished Polymer Lecture Series.

Bradley Fahlman, a professor in the College of Science and Technology at Central Michigan University, will deliver a presentation to faculty at Pittsburg State University on Friday, Nov. 31, about his work with graphene nanostructures. Fahlman’s talk, at 3 p.m. in 102 Yates Hall, is part of PSU’s Distinguished Polymer Lecture Series.

Fahlman has been recognized for his research on nanoparticles, including graphene. Graphene is pure carbon in the form of extremely thin sheets, a material that has great potential in a wide variety of applications. First produced just a decade ago, graphene is flexible, almost transparent, much stronger than steel and efficiently conducts heat and electricity.

In his talk to PSU faculty, Fahlman will describe his research on the electrical performance of graphene oxide and the potential of these materials to improve the capacity and life of Lithium-ion batteries without increasing costs.

In addition to meetings with individual faculty in chemistry, plastics engineering technology and with researchers at the Kansas Polymer Research Center, Fahlman will address Thursday’s meeting of the American Chemical Society on the PSU campus. There he will speak on the need for a “contextual-based” chemistry curriculum for high school students.

Fahlman holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Regina (Canada) and a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Rice University.

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