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Anirudha V. Sumant

Group Leader - Nanofabrication and Devices/Materials Scientist, Nanoscience


Current research interests include superlubricity, nucleation and growth mechanisms of CVD-diamond, graphene and CNT, micro- and nanoscale tribology, electronic and mechanical properties of carbon-based materials. Special interest in field emission, and fabrication of energy efficient MEMS/NEMS devices. 


Ph.D., University of Pune, India

Awards and Honors:

  • TEDx Speaker
  • 2018 National Innovation Award from Techconnect on Portable Ultrananocrystalline Diamond based Field Emission Electron Sources for Linear Accelerators
  • Pacesetter Award, Argonne National Laboratory, 2018
  • Top 100 finalist Chicago Innovation Award 2017
  • Pinnacle of Education Award from Board of Governors for Argonne National Laboratory for teaching youth nanotechnology and developing Next Gen STEM Kit
  • 2017 National Innovation Award from TechConnect on developing wafer-scale method to grow single and multilayer graphene on dielectric substrate in 1 min
  • 2016 National Innovation Award from TechConnect on developing graphene-nanodiamond based solution to achieve superlubricity
  • 2014 R&D 100 Award for the development of NanofabLab…in a Box
  • 2014 NASA Tech Brief Magazine Award for NanofabLab…in a Box.
  • 2013 R&D 100 Award for the development of Miraj Diamond Platform
  • 2013 R&D Award for the development of Nanocrystalline diamond Coating for Microdrill
  • 2011 R&D 100 Award for the development of Integrated RF MEMS Switch/CMOS Device based on Ultrananocrystalline Diamond       
  • Advisory Board Member, National Graphene Association
  • Editorial Advisory Board Member Applied Physics Letters (Term 2019-2022)

Selected Publications: 

  • Shikai Deng, Anirudha V. Sumant and Vikas Berry, Nano Today, 22, 14-35 (2018), https://​doi​.org/​10​.​1016​/​j​.​n​a​n​t​o​d​.​2018​.​07.001,Strain engineering in two-dimensional nanomaterials beyond graphene”
  • Diana Berman, Badri Narayanan, Mathew Cherukara, Subramanian Sankaranarayanan , Ali Erdemir , Alexander Zinovev, and Anirudha V. Sumant, Nature Communications, 9, 1164 (2018), | https://10.1038/s41467-018-03549, Operando Tribochemical Formation of Onion-Like-Carbon Leads to Macroscale Superlubricity”
  • Diana Berman, Ali Erdemir, and Anirudha V. Sumant, ACS Nano, 12, 3, 2122 (2018), https://0.1021/acsnano.7b09046, Approaches for Achieving Superlubricity in Two-Dimensional Materials”
  • Diana Berman, Sanket A. Deshmukh, Badri Narayanan, Subramanian K. R. S. Sankaranarayanan, Zhong Yan, Alexander A. Balandin, Alexander Zinovev, Daniel Rosenmann and Anirudha V. Sumant, Nature Communications, 7:12099, 12099 (2016), https://10.1038/ncomms12099, Metal-induced rapid transformation of diamond into single and multilayer graphene on wafer scale”
  • D. Berman, S. A. Deshmukh, S. Sankaranarayanan, A. Erdemir, and Anirudha. V. Sumant, Science, 348, 1118-1122, (2015), ” Macroscale Superlubricity Enabled by Graphene Nanoscroll Formation” https://10.1126/science.1262024