Professor Richard Kaner


Adjunct Professor

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School of Engineering

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Professor Richard Kaner


  • 1984 – Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • 1980 – A.B. (Hons), Brown University, Providence

Employment history

With the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

  • 1993 onwards – Professor of Chemistry
  • 2002 onwards – Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
  • 1997 to 2000 – Vice-Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • 1991 to 1993 – Associate Professor of Chemistry
  • 1987 to 1991 – Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Other professional positions

  • 2007 to 2009 – Associate Director, California NanoSystems Institute
  • 1984 to 1986 – Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley (Advisor: Neil Bartlett)
  • 1980 to 1984 – Graduate Research Fellow, Department of Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (Advisor: Alan G. MacDiarmid, Nobel Laureate, 2000)
  • 1976 to 1980 – Undergraduate Research Associate, Department of Chemistry, Brown University, Providence, RI (Advisor: Aaron Wold)

Research activities

Adj. Prof. Kaner’s research is carried out at the Kaner Laboratory at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Collaborative research is undertaken with RMIT University researchers in Nanotechnology Enabled Devices and Sensors. Core research activities include:

  • Solid State Chemical Synthesis/Characterization
  • Rapid Metathesis Routes to Refractory Materials including Ultra-incompressible, Superhard Borides
  • Conducting Polymers: Nanofibers, Sensors, Flash Welding/Actuators
  • Graphene, Carbon Nanoscrolls, and Composites

Professional memberships

  • American Chemical Society (Fellow)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Associate Editor, Materials Research Bulletin
  • The Electrochemical Society
  • The Materials Research Society

Awards and honours

Received over 25 awards and fellowships.

Prominent awards include:

  • UCLA Gold Shield Faculty Prize (2002-2004)
  • American Chemical Society Buck Whitney Research Award
  • Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar
  • National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow
  • Packard Fellow (1989-1994)
  • Australian-American Fulbright Fellow
  • Guggenheim Fellow; Sloan Fellow
  • American Chemical Society Exxon Fellowship in Solid State Chemistry

Publications (as of September 2010)

3 book chapters, 222 journal articles, 33 conference proceedings, 6 other publications, and 27 patents.

Full list of publications can be found in the Kaner Laboratory website.

Most significant and highly cited publications include:

  • D. Li, M. B. Muller, S. Gilje, R. B. Kaner, and G. G. Wallace, “Processable Aqueous Dispersions of Graphene Nanosheets,” Nature Nanotechnology 3 101-105 (2008)
  • L. M. Viculis, J. J. Mack, and R. B. Kaner, "A Chemical Route to Carbon Nanoscrolls," Science 299 1361-1361 (2003)
  • J. X. Huang, S. Virji, B. H. Weiller, and R. B. Kaner, “Polyaniline Nanofibers: Facile Synthesis and Chemical Sensors,” Journal of the American Chemical Society 125 314-315 (2003)
  • M. R. Anderson, B. R. Mattes, H. Reiss, and R. B. Kaner, “Conjugated Polymer-Films for Gas Separations,” Science 252 1412-1415 (1991)
  • K. Holczer, O. Klein, S. M. Huang, R. B. Kaner, K. J. Fu, R. L. Whetten, and F. Diederich, “Alkali-Fulleride Superconductors - Synthesis, Composition, and Diamagnetic Shielding,” Science 252 1154-1157 (1991).