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My research work is in the area of synthesis and characterization of carbon nanomaterials (carbon nanotubes, large fullerenes and graphite). To take up the burning energy challenge, I have also worked on coal and charcoal. During my Masterís project at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), India, I worked on fabrication and characterization of BZT thin films using pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique (J. Appl. Phys., 101, 034106, 2007).  At Rice University, I have worked on functionalization and characterization of carbon nanomaterials. Recently, I have synthesized functionalized carbon nanotubes, large fullerenes and graphite (Chem. Mater. 2008, 20, 7339; Chem. Mater. 2008, 20, 5513; J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 5414; highlighted in Science, 320, 290, 2008; Synthetic Metals, 158, 506, 2008; J. Phys. Chem. C, 111, 17928, 2007; J. Phys. Chem. B, 110, 24812, 2006) for various application purposes.  I have also designed synthetic schemes to solubilize coal, charcoal (submitted Carbon, 2009) and drive the metal assisted polymerization on the surface of coal producing novel nanofuel having part coal; part petroleum (to be submitted Angewande chemie Int. Ed., 2009). In addition, I have conducted experiments to chemically exfoliate graphite to graphene and solubilize them in common organic solvents (submitted Carbon, 2009) and water (to be submitted Nano Letters, 2009). I have also worked as an ESG internship fellow at Halliburton Inc., Duncan, Oklahoma, in summer 2008. I have filed one patent on my graduate research and one on my internship work with Halliburton.