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Professor Mohammed F. Islam  

Professor Mohammad F. Islam

Associate Research Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Ph.D., Lehigh University

Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Wean Hall 3305
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890

Phone: (412) 268-8999
Fax: (412) 268-7596

Professor Islam's Group Web Site


Mohammad F. Islam received his Ph.D. in Physics from Lehigh University in 2000 focusing on aggregation and adsorption behavior of polyelectrolytes. He then moved to the department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania in 2002 as a postdoctoral fellow. There he worked on colloidal systems and carbon nanotubes. He joined Carnegie Mellon faculty in Fall 2005. Islam has received National Science Foundation CAREER award (2007), Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship (2007), Kavli Frontiers Fellowship (2008), and CIT George Tallman Ladd Research Award (2008).

Research Interests

We experimentally investigate the microscopic structure and dynamics of synthetic and biological soft matter to better understand traditional concepts such as phase transitions, self-assembly and the relationship between microscopic structure and macroscopic properties. We also apply our expertise in soft matter to challenges in nanoscience to answer fundamental scientific questions.

In our group, we employ both soft- and nanomaterials approaches to engineer multifunctional materials with tailored optical, electrical, thermal and mechanical properties. These unique materials have diverse applications in areas such as photonics, fuel cells, supercapacitors, drug delivery vessels, scaffolds for tissue engineering, etc. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of our research, we closely collaborate with researchers from other fields including physics, chemistry and biomedical engineering.

For examples of past work and a list of ongoing projects, see our group web page.

Selected Publications

K. H. Kim, Y. Oh, and M. F. Islam, “Graphene Coating Makes Carbon Nanotube Aerogels Superelastic and Resistant to Fatigue”, Nature Nanotechnology DOI:10.1038/NNANO.2012.118 (2012).       
K. H. Kim, Y. Oh, and M. F. Islam, “Mechanical and Thermal Management Characteristics of Ultrahigh Surface Area Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Aerogels”, Advanced Functional Materials DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201201055 (2012).
S. N. Schiffres, K. H. Kim, L. Hu, A. J. H. McGaughey, M. F. Islam, J. A. Malen, “Thermal Transport and Gas Diffusion in Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Aerogels”, Advanced Functional Materials DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201201285 (2012).
B. D. Holt, K. N. Dahl, and M. F. Islam, “Cells Uptake and Recover from Protein Stabilized Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes with Two Distinct Rates”, ACS Nano 6, 3481 (2012).
B.D. Holt, K.N. Dahl, and M.F. Islam, “Quantification of Uptake and Localization of Bovine Serum Albumin Stabilized Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes into Different Human Cell Types”, Small 7, 2348 (2011).
K.H. Kim, M. Vural, and M.F. Islam, “Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Aerogel-Based Elastic Conductors”, Advanced Materials 23, 2865 (2011).       
D. Kaya, N. L. Green, C. E. Maloney, and M. F. Islam, “Normal Modes and Density of States of Disordered Colloidal Solids”, Science 329, 656 (2010).       
B. D. Holt, P. A. Short, A. D. Rape, Yu-li Wang, M. F. Islam, and K. N. Dahl, “Carbon Nanotube Reorganize Actin Structures in Cells and ex vivo”, ACS Nano 4, 4872 (2010).       

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