(Center for the Mechanical Control of Chemistry, Texas, USA)
Dr. James Batteas is the D. Wayne Goodman Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University (TAMU). He earned a B.S. in Chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin in 1990 and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley in 1995. He is an expert in materials chemistry of surfaces and interfaces, with research activities spanning a broad range of fundamental surface and interfacial phenomena. These include studies of charge transport in organic molecular assemblies on surfaces, measured by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and modeled by density functional theory (DFT), nanoparticle catalysis, plasmonics, tribology, “smart” surfaces, and self-organizing nanoscale materials for device applications in optoelectronics and chemical sensing. His research in tribology focuses on the bridge between chemistry and mechanics, were his lab conducts atomic force microscopy (AFM) studies of atomic scale friction and wear of oxides and 2D nanomaterials. He had recently extended this work into fundamental studies of mechanochemistry and directs the new NSF Center for the Mechanical Control of Chemistry. He has been recognized twice by TAMU for excellence in teaching, receiving Association of Former students Distinguished Teaching awards at both the college and university levels. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2012 and is an Editorial Board Member of RSC Advances and sits on the Editorial Advisory Board of ACS Central Science.