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Jacob Rabinow Applied Research Award

Award Winner: John Lehman


The Jacob Rabinow Applied Research Award, first presented in 1975, is granted for outstanding achievements in the practical application of the results of scientific engineering research.


Dr. John Lehman is recognized for pioneering research in the field of carbon nanotubes, leading to the world's most versatile detectors for accurate optical power measurements.

Working closely with leading CNT foundries, Dr. Lehman has developed innovative low-temperature methods for growing vertically aligned CNT arrays (VANTAs) on a wide variety of substrates without damage to those substrates. With these VANTA structures, Dr. Lehman has achieved the world's darkest optical detector with near unity absorption over an unprecedented broad wavelength range. Customers for NIST VANTA coatings include academia, other NMIs, as well as private companies.

Related Publications:

  1. K. Hurst, A. Dillon, J. Blackburn, J. H. Lehman, "Toward rapid and inexpensive identification of bulk carbon nanotubes." App Phys Lett 88, pp. 143122-1-143122-3, (2006).
  2. J.H. Lehman, M. Terrones, E. Mansfield, K.E. Hurst, and V. Meunier, "Evaluating the characteristics of multiwall carbon nanotubes." Carbon 49, pp. 2581-2602 (2011).
  3. J. H. Lehman, A. Sanders, L. Hanssen, B. Wilthan, J. Zeng, C. Jensen, "Very black infrared detector from vertically aligned carbon nanotubes and electric-field poling of lithium tantalate." Nano Lett 10 pp. 3261-3266 (2010).


Award Date: December 11, 2013

Campus: Boulder

Awarding Organization: NIST

Awarding Organization Contact Name: NIST

Organization Phone: 303-497-4384