About us

The R. Hurt laboratory at Brown focuses on the creation of 3D nanomaterial architectures and new nano-enabled technologies.  We also study the potential adverse effects of emerging 2D nanomaterials on human health and the environment and work to identify safe design rules rooted in fundamental materials chemistry and physics that will enable their successful development and commercialization.   PI Robert Hurt and a diverse team of staff and student researchers at Brown University represent 6 countries and diverse backgrounds in chemistry and engineering.  We specialize in work on graphene-based materials, inorganic 2D materials, and metallic nanoparticles, and seek to understand the complex problems that arise at the interface between synthetic nanomaterials and natural and living systems. 


















Front row (left to right): Zhongying Wang, Guilherme Lenz e Silva, Megan Creighton, Robbie Peterutti, Yantao Chen, Indrek Kulaots, Naser Mahfouz, Xiaoshu Lv, Collin Felten, Zach Saleeba, Yang Qiu.

Back row (left to right): Germara Villalongo, Robert Hurt, Ursa Major, Ann Brasacchio, Ruben Spitz-Steinberg, Finn van Krieken

Recent News

  • Our newest article in ACS Nano: "3D Graphene-Based Microbarriers for Controlling Release and Reactivity in Colloidal Liquid Phases"
  • Read our recent editorial review:  "Carbon Science in 2016: Status, Challenges, and Perspectives"
  • Po-Yen Chen joins the group as a David Hibbitt post-doctoral fellow
  • Our NIEHS "Superfund" center on environmental health renewed for 5 years.  Read more...
  • Yang Qiu and Zhongying Wang successfully defend their PhD theses, fall 2015
  • Collaboration with I. Wong lab. on wrinkled graphene films for directing cell alignment. Read article...
  • On the road in 2015: "Modern Approaches to the Atomic-Level Design of Functional Carbon
    Materials" - opening keynote lecture at the 2015 International Electrochemical Society Topical Meeting in Angra dos Reis, Brazil;  Plenary lecture at the First Meeting of the Mexican Carbon Society, San Louis Potosi, "Case Studies in the Environmental Transformations of Non-Equilibrium Nanomaterials" -  keynote lecture at the 2015 ACS Fall National Meeting in Boston; and "Soft Matter Behavior of Atomically Thin Carbon Forms" - keynote at the 2015 Materials Research Society Meeting, Boston

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