Mr. Anirudha Sumant


Qualification - Ph.D


About -

(Electronic Science), University of Pune 1998, M.Sc. (Electronic Science), University of Pune 1993

Materials Scientist at Center for Nanoscale Materials, Argonne National Laboratory.


Current Status:

Dr. Anirudha Sumant is a Materials Scientist at Center for Nanoscale Materials, Argonne National Laboratory and leading the research on nanocarbon materials including CVD-diamond, carbon nanotube, graphene as well as other 2D materials.

He is a leading expert on energy-efficient systems based on nanocarbon materials. His recent work on demonstrating superlubricity (near zero friction) at engineering scale opened a new era in solid lubrication technology and is expected to revolutionize the existing lubricant industry.

He has more than 25 years of research experience in the synthesis, characterization and developing applications of carbon based materials. His main research interests include electronic, mechanical and tribological properties of carbon based materials and other 2D materials, surface chemistry, micro/ nano-scale tribology, and micro-nanofabrication.

He is the author and co-author of more than 120 peer reviewed journal/proceedings publications, 2 book chapters, and has 23 granted patents, 15 pending.

The list of his awards include :


  • Diamond proves to be useful material for growing Graphene
  • Four R&D 100 awards, NASA Tech Brief Magazine Award, and
  • Three TechConnect National Innovation Awards.
  • He is the first researcher in the history Argonne National Laboratory to receive two R&D 100 awards for two different technologies in the same year.

    He recently co-developed a nanotechnology educational kit “Next Gen STEM kit” for high school students in collaboration with United Scientific Supplies Inc. which is now available to high schools across the nation, that gives students introduction to nanotechnology and first-hand nanofabrication experience right in the their classroom. He was recognized by Pinnacle of Education Award from Board of Governors of UChicago/Argonne LLC for this achievement.

Privious Mentoring Experience -

He has presented his research via numerous invited/plenary/keynote talks as well as through TEDx talk. His research in diamond and graphene materials helped in the formation of several start-up companies and development of various products, which are in the market today. He is a member of Materials Research Society, Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers and American Vacuum Society.

Important Link:

Research in the News:
* TEDx Talk on Superlubricity: Near-zero friction from nanodiamonds
*Generation of long-lasting superlubricity at the macroscale
*Slippery when dry
*Nanodiamonds are forever
*Argonne’s TechConnect hat trick
*Tribology and Lubrication Technology Magazine Interview
*Nanotechnology moves from Cleanroom to Classroom
*Turning Diamond into Graphene Leads To Top Industry Award
*Argonne-developed technology for producing graphene wins TechConnect National Innovation Award (
*Diamond proves useful material for growing graphene
*Argonne-developed technology for achieving superlubricity wins 2016 TechConnect National Innovation Award (
*Slip sliding away: Graphene and diamonds prove a slippery combination
*Slippery when Dry (
*Researchers fight friction and wear with one-atom-thick graphene (
*DOE commits more than $1.7 million to help commercialize promising Argonne-associated energy technologies(
*Graphene layers dramatically reduce wear and friction on sliding steel surfaces
*Flexible, transparent thin film transistors raise hopes for flexible screens
*Argonne wins three R&D 100 awards (
*Argonne claims four 2013 R&D 100 Awards (
*The brilliance of diamonds (
*Diamond brightens the performance of electronic devices (
*Thin diamond films provide new material for micro-machines
*Scientists carve nanowires out of ultrananocrystalline diamond thin films
*Highlight: Mechanical energy dissipation in ultrananocrystalline diamond microresonators
*Heavier Hydrogen On The Atomic Scale Reduces Friction

Major Acheivements & 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
  • Senior Editor of IEEE-eNano
  • Advisor to editorial board of journal Applied Physics Letters
  • Advisory Board Member, National Graphene Association
  • Listed in Who’s Who in America 62nd edition 2008.
  • K. Bhalla Award by Indian Physics Association for Best Research Student in Physics 1997.