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Humberto Terrones
Humberto Terrones

Rayleigh Endowed Chair Professor of Physics




Ph.D., Crystallography and Solid State Physics, University of London (Birkbeck. Thesis Advisor: Alan L. Mackay), UK.

B.S., Engineering Physics, Iberoamericana University, Mexico.

Career Highlights:

In 1991 Humberto Terrones and Alan Mackay were the first in introducing the concept of curvature in graphite and graphene proposing graphitic structures with negative Gaussian curvature called Schwarzites. Later, these ideas were implemented to understand defects in 2-D graphitic systems and extended to transition metal dichalcogenides. He is a member of the World Academy of Sciences for the Advancement of Science in Developing Countries (TWAS) and the Mexican Academy of Sciences. He is recipient of the Mexican Academy of Sciences Prize 2000 in Exact Sciences and the UNAM 2000 prize for Young Scientists. After a postdoctoral stay at the University of Cambridge (UK), he has held research positions in Mexico and the USA and has been invited professor in Belgium (UCL), Brazil (UFC), Japan (Shinshu), ORNL (USA), Penn State University (USA) and Sussex University (UK).

Research Interests:

Theory, characterization and synthesis of 2-D layered nanostructures and porous materials, beyond graphene. In particular, studying the electronic and optical properties, structural stability, complexity, defects and transport. Prof. Terrones has authored/co-authored around 207 peer reviewed scientific papers (>10,500 citations, Hirsch Index=57).

Selected Publications:

1.- Terrones, H., Lopez-Urias, F., Terrones, M., “Novel hetero-layered materials with tunable direct band gaps by sandwiching different metal disulfides and diselenides,” Scientific Reports, 3, 1549, DOI:10.1038/srep01549 (2013).

2.- Berkdemir, A., Gutierrez, H.R., Botello-Mendez, A.R., Perea-Lopez, N.,Elias, A.L., Chia,Ch., Wang, B., Crespi, V,H., Lopez-Urias, F., Charlier, J.C., Terrones, H., Terrones, M., “Identification of individual and few layers of WS2 using Raman Spectroscopy,” Scientific Reports, 3, 1755, DOI:10.1038/srep01755, (2013).

3.- Gutierrez, H. R., Perea-Lopez, N.,Elias, A.L., Berkdemyr, A.,Wang, B., LV, R., Lopez-Urias, F., Crespi, V.H., Terrones, H., Terrones, M. “Extraordinary Room-Temperature Photoluminescence in Triangular WS2 Monolayers.” Nano Letters, 13, No. 8, 3447-3454 (2013,) published on line 29 November 2012, DOI: 10.1021/nl3026357.

4.- Terrones, H., Lv, R., Terrones, M., Dresselhaus, M.S., “The Role of defects and doping in 2-D graphene sheets and 1 D nanoribbons,” Reports on Progress in Physics, 75, 062501 (2012).

5.- Lv, Ruitao, Li, Q., Botello-Mendez, R.A., Hayashi, T., Wan, B., Berkdemir, A., Hao, Q., Elias, A.L., Cruz-Silva, R., Gutierrez, H.R., Kim, Y, A., Muramatsu, H., Zhu, J., Endo, M.,Terrones, H., Charlier, J.C., Pan, M., Terrones, M., “Nitrogen-doped graphene: beyond single substitution and enhanced molecular sensing,” Scientific Reports, 2, 586; DOI:10.1038/srep00586 (2012).

6.- Botello-Mendez, A.R., Declerck, X., Terrones, M., Terrones, H., Charlier, J.C., “One-dimensional extended lines of divacancy defects in grapheme”,  Nanoscale3, No. 7, 2868-2872 (2011).

7.- Terrones, M., Botello-Mendez, A, R., Campos-Delgado, J., Lopez-Urias, F., Vega-Cantu, Y., Rodriguez-Macias, F, J., Elias, A.L., Munoz-Sandoval, E., Cano-Marquez, A.G., Charlier, J.C., Terrones, H., “Graphene and graphite nanoribbons: morphology, properties, synthesis, defects and applications,” Nano Today, 5, 351-371 (2010).

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