Manish Chhowalla

Professor & Associate Department Chair

Materials Science and Engineering

Office Hours: By appointment
Website: Nanomaterials Group


Manish Chhowalla is a Professor and Associate Chair of the Materials Science and Engineering Department, and former Director of the Institute for Advanced Materials, Devices and Nanotechnology at Rutgers University. From June 2009 – July 2010, he was a Professor in the Department of Materials at Imperial College London. Before joining Rutgers University in 2002 as an Assistant Professor, Professor Chhowalla was a Royal Academy of Engineering Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge after completing his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering there. Prior to his PhD, he worked for Multi-Arc Inc. (now Ion Bond) where he developed one of the first applications of “amorphous diamond” thin films.
He is a Fellow of the Materials Research Society (MRS),  of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and of the Institute of Physics. He is currently an Editor at ACS Nano and was the founding Editor in Chief of Applied Materials Today. His current interests are in the fundamental studies of 2D materials.


Professor Chhowalla's teaching responsibilities during the 2017-2018 academic year are:

  • Fall 2017:           Photonic, Electronic and Magnetic Applications of Nanostructures and Nanomaterials, 14:635:322
  • Spring 2018:      Materials Processing, 14:635:204



Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Cambridge, UK, 1998
B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 1992



  1. Materials Research Society (2016)
  2. Institute of Physics, Fellow (2015)
  3. Society of Chemistry, Fellow (2014)
  4. Donald H Jacobs Chair in Applied Physics (Jan 1, 2009 – Dec 31, 2012).      
  5. UK Royal Society’s Wolfson Merit Award.
  6. U.S. National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award for Young Investigators (April 2006)
  7. Sigma Xi Outstanding Young Investigator for the Mid-Atlantic Region (2006).
  8. The Rutgers University Board of Trustees Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence (2007).
  9. Rutgers University Merit Award from 2003 – 2009.
  10. Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship, University of Cambridge (2001 – 2003).
  11. Wolfson College (University of Cambridge) Junior and Senior Research Fellow
  12. Cambridge University Newton Trust Scholarship
  13. Member of Sigma Xi Scientific Honor Society since 2003. 

Professional Affiliations

  • American Ceramic Society
  • Materials Research Society
  • American Physical Society
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Sigma Xi (Treasurer, Rutgers University Chapter)

Selected Publications

  • “Carbon and oxygen interactions during reduction of chemically derived graphene oxide” A K Bagri, C. Mattevi, M Acik, Y Chabal, M Chhowalla, V Shenoy, Nature Chemistry, In Press.
  • “Solution-processable graphene oxide as an efficient hole transport layer in polymer solar cells” hao-Sian Li, Kun-Hua Tu, Chih-Cheng Lin, Chun-Wei Chen and Manish Chhowalla, ACS Nano, Publication Date (Web): May 19, 2010, DOI: 10.1021/nn100551j
  • “Chemically derived graphene oxide: Towards large area electronics and opto-electronics” G Eda and M Chhowalla, An Invited Review in Advanced Materials, Published Online: Apr 28 2010 4:16PM, DOI: 10.1002/adma.200903689
  • “Graphene and mobile ions: All plastic solution processed light emitting devices” P Matyba, H Yamaguchi, G Eda, M Chhowalla, L Edman and N D Robinson, ACS Nano, 4, 637 – 642 (2010).
  • “Highly uniform 300mm wafer scale deposition of single and multilayered chemically derived graphene thin films” H Yamaguchi, G Eda, C Mattevi and M Chhowalla, ACS Nano 4, 524 – 528 (2010).
  • “Blue photoluminescence from chemically derived graphene oxide” G Eda, Y Y Lin, C Mattevi, H Yamaguchi, H A Chen, I S Chen, C W Chen, M Chhowalla, Advanced Materials, Published online Nov 9, 2009, DOI: 10.1002/adma.200901996.
  • “Evolution of electrical, chemical and structural properties of transparent and conducting chemically derived graphene thin films” Cecilia Mattevi, Goki Eda, Stefano Agnoli, Steve Miller, K. Andre Mkhoyan, Ozgur Celik, Daniel Mastrogiovanni, Gaetano Granozzi, Eric Garfunkel, and Manish Chhowalla, Advanced Functional Materials 19, 2577 – 2583 (2009).
  • “Atomic and electronic structure of graphene oxide” K A Mkhoyan, A W Countryman, J Silcox, D A Stewart, G Eda, C Mattevi, S Miller and M Chhowalla, Nano Letters 9, 1058 – 1063 (2009).
  • “Graphene based composite thin films for electronics” G Eda and M Chhowalla, Nano Letters 9, 814 – 818 (2009).
  • Large-area ultrathin films of reduced graphene oxide as a transparent and flexible electronic material” G Eda, G Fanchini and M Chhowalla, Nature Nanotechnology 3, 270 – 274 (2008).