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Gary Beall - Texas State University

Gary Beall

Gary Beall - Texas State University


Tarleton Alumnus


Short Bio

Dr. Gary W. Beall (Texas State University, College of Sciences) has a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Baylor University. Dr. Beall’s first job out of graduate school was at Oak Ridge National Laboratory where he conducted research on the environmental fate of actinides originating from the civilian nuclear fuel cycle. He then moved to industry for 21 years during which he served as researcher, group leader, technical director, and vice president for a number of different companies and also founded his own company, National Nanomaterials Inc. The central theme of the research conducted during this period was applications of surface modified clay nanoparticles in paint, cosmetics, grease, pharmaceuticals, cat litter, water treatment, and polymers. He has over 60 publications in refereed journals and 48 US patents in his name. Dr. Beall co-edited the first book written on polymer/clay nanocomposites in 2000 and just published the second on the subject in 2011 coauthored with Dr. Clois Powell. Dr. Beall is well known for his work on nanoparticles (especially smectic type of nanoparticles) and their surface modification and application in a multitude of application areas. He is currently Full Professor in the department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Formosa Endowed Chair, Director of the Center for Nanophase Research, Associate Director of the Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization program, and Associate Dean of Research and Commercialization for the College of Science at Texas State University. Dr. Beall is also currently serving as an Adjunct Professor at Lamar University in the department of Chemical Engineering, science advisor and adjunct professor for Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, and Distinquished adjunct professor for King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabi.

Invited Talk

Title: The 2-D World of Chemistry: Graphene and Other Interesting Materials

Abstract: As recently as 2004 theorist predicted that 2-D materials would not be stable. This view was turned on its ear by the discovery of graphene by researchers in England. Graphene is a single layer of graphite. It exhibits the highest electron mobility at room temperature of any material, thermal conductivity approaching diamond, and the highest tensile strength of any material ever measured. Details of these properties and the methods of producing graphene will be presented. This discovery prompted a worldwide research race to study graphenes properties but also ways to produce graphene cheaply. In this talk a method developed at Texas State will be described that produces graphene at lower cost than any other process. This method also produces graphenes that are functionalized at the edges allowing a host of new chemistries to be performed. Several applications of the graphene will also be presented. In addition a new 2-D material based upon transition metal cyanides has been developed in my laboratory. The talk will also discuss some of the unique properties of this new material.