OXFORD, MS — One of the world’s leading futurists, the Chancellor of The University of Mississippi and an internationally recognized chief scientist have joined the advisory board of the National Graphene Association.
The recent additions to the advisory board of some 35 industry business leaders from a dozen countries are: Vito Di Bari, Italian-born author of “The Neofuturistic City Manifesto”; Dr. Jeffrey Vitter, computer scientist and chancellor of The University of Mississippi; and Dr. Lawrence Drzal, cofounder and chief scientist of the graphene production company XG Sciences and distinguished professor at Michigan State University.
Discovered in 2004, graphene is a single atom thick, two-dimensional structure that is one million times thinner than a human hair. It is a form of carbon, which is one of the most abundant elements in the world. It has been called the ‘wonder material’ as it offers an unrivalled combination of tensile, electrical, thermal and optical properties.
The National Graphene Association (NGA) brings together current and future graphene stakeholders to help further the commercialization of graphene in the United States. By assembling entrepreneurs, companies, researchers, developers and suppliers, investors, venture capitalists and government agencies, the association drives innovation and promotes and facilitates the commercialization of graphene products and technologies through a premier networking and information platform.
Di Bari, who now resides in Miami, has served in executive positions with UNESCO and as Scientific Director of innovation laboratory LabNext in Milan, a futuristic vision of arts, architecture, and urbanism in “The Neofuturistic City Manifesto.” Dr. Vitter is widely published and, prior to becoming the Chancellor at the University of Mississippi, served in senior executive positions at Kansas State University, Texas A&M, Duke and Purdue. He has also been elected a Fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Dr. Drzal is one of the leading scientists in the world working with graphene research and production. He is also a university distinguished professor in the Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Department in the College of Engineering at Michigan State University. During his career he’s given over 500 presentations, both at national and international conferences. He’s also published over 300 research papers, and been awarded 24 patents.
“We are extraordinarily proud to have these outstanding leaders join the Advisory Board of the National Graphene Association. Their commitment reflects the great potential this newly discovered material holds for our world,” said Dr. Ed Meek, founder of the NGA.
“I first learned of graphene eight years ago from Vito di Bari who was addressing a large group of international journalists at The University of Mississippi,” Dr. Meek said. “His vision of a graphene future was captivating and resulted in the formation of the NGA”
The NGA will be holding its inaugural Graphene Innovation Summit and Expo in Nashville October 29-31 of this year.
“The Graphene Innovation Summit will be the first US conference dedicated solely to the commercialization of graphene,” said Dr. Zina Jarrahi Cinker the Executive Director of the NGA. “With this conference, our goal is to create a different networking and knowledge sharing experience to address the palpable issues in the commercialization journey for graphene.”
For more information, or to attend or exhibit, visit the NGA website
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