Dr. Yakobson is the Karl F. Hasselmann Chair in Engineering. Dr. Yakobson holds a joint appointment between the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering and the Department of Chemistry. In 2008, Yakobson received a Nano 50 Award from the science magazine, Nanotech Briefs, for his innovation in nanotechnology, and in 2009, the Department of Energy R&D Award. He received his Ph.D. in 1982 from the Russian Academy of Sciences. Dr. Yakobson is an editorial board member of the Journal of Nanoparticle Research and a member of the American Physical Society and the Electrochemical Society.
Karl F. Hasselmann was a pioneer in offshore oil and gas exploration and a philanthropist. Hasselmann was a close friends with Malcolm Lovett Sr., Chairman of the Rice Board of Trustees from 1967-1972.
Dr. Yakobson's research interests are in theory and modeling of structure, kinetics, and properties of materials derived from macroscopic and fundamental molecular interactions. He has done ground-breaking work on the physical properties of nanotubes, in particular their electro-mechanics, and recently with graphene and graphane.
- B. I. Yakobson, and K. V. Bets, “Single-chirality nanotube synthesis by guided evolutionary selection”, Sci. Adv. 8, eadd462 (2022)
- Y. Huang, T. Altalhi, B. I. Yakobson, and E. S. Penev, “Nucleobase-Bonded Graphene Nanoribbon Junctions: Electron Transport from First Principles”, ACS Nano 16, 16736–16743 (2022)
- B. Deng, P. A. Advincula, D. X. Luong, J. Zhou, B. Zhang, Z. Wang, E. A McHugh, J. Chen, R. A. Carter, C. Kittrell, J. Lou, Y. Zhao, B. I. Yakobson, Y. Zhao, and J. M. Tour, “High-surface-area corundum nanoparticles by resistive hotspot-induced phase transformation”, Nat. Commun. 13, 5027 (2022)
- S. Gupta, H. Yu, and B. I. Yakobson, “Designing 1D correlated-electron states by non-Euclidean topography of 2D monolayers”, Nat. Commun. 13, 3103 (2022)
- J. Lei, Y. Xie, A. Kutana, K. V. Bets, and B. I. Yakobson, “Salt-Assisted MoS2 Growth: Molecular Mechanisms from the First Principles”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 144, 7497–7503 (2022)
- H. Yu, A. Kutana, and B. I. Yakobson, “Electron Optics and Valley Hall Effect of Undulated Graphene”, Nano Lett. 22 (2022) DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.2c00103
- C. Zhang, Z. Wang, J. Lei, L. Ma, B. I. Yakobson, and J. M. Tour, “Atomic Molybdenum for Synthesis of Ammonia with 50% Faradic Efficiency”, Small 18, 2106327 (2022)
- X. Liu, M. Rahn, Q. Ruan, B. I. Yakobson, and M. C Hersam, “Probing borophene oxidation at the atomic scale”, Nanotechnology (2022) DOI: 10.1088/1361-6528/ac56bd
- Iu. A. Melchakova, T. G. Tenev, N. V. Vitanov, O. N. Tchaikovskay, L. A. Chernozatonskii, B. I. Yakobson, and P. V. Avramov, “Extreme structure and spontaneous lift of spin degeneracy in doped perforated bilayer graphenes”, Carbon 192, 61–70 (2022)
- N. Gupta, E. S. Penev, and B. I. Yakobson, “Polycrystalline morphology and mechanical strength of nanotube fibers”, NPJ Comput. Mater. 8, 15 (2022)
- Y. Xu, P. Zhang, X. Xuan, M. Xue, Z. Zhang, W. Guo, and B. I. Yakobson, “Borophane Polymorphs”, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 13, 1107–1113 (2022)
- Q.-K. Li, A. Kutana, E. S. Penev, and B. I. Yakobson, “Iron corrosion in the “inert” supercritical CO2, ab initio dynamics insights: How impurities matter”, Matter 5, 751–762 (2022)
- A. Kutana, T. Altalhi, Q. Ruan, J.-J. Zhang, E. S. Penev, and B. I. Yakobson, “Stability and electronic properties of gallenene”, Nanoscale Adv. (2022) DOI: 10.1039/D1NA00553G
- X. Liu, Q. Li, Q. Ruan, M. S. Rahn, B. I. Yakobson, and M. C. Hersam, “Borophene synthesis beyond the single-atomic-layer limit”, Nat. Mater. 21, 35–40 (2022)
- B. Deng, Z. Wang, W. Chen, J. T. Li, D. X. Luong, R. A. Carter, G. Gao, B. I. Yakobson, Y. Zhao, and J. M. Tour, “Phase controlled synthesis of transition metal carbide nanocrystals by ultrafast flash Joule heating”, Nat. Commun. 13, 262 (2022)