Richard Kaner

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Richard B. Kaner
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania Ph.D (1984)
AwardsTolman Award (2009)
Scientific career
FieldsInorganic Chemistry

Richard B. Kaner is a synthetic inorganic chemist, whose work spans across many areas of expertise. He is well known for his research in the fields of conductive polymers (polyaniline), superhard materials and carbon compounds, such as fullerenes and graphene.[1] Richard Kaner holds a joint appointment in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry[2] as well as the Department of Material Science and Engineering at UCLA.[3]

Richard Kaner is involved with outreach programs geared to teaching new scientific concepts to high school teachers as well as making online videos. He has served on the board of directors for California NanoSystems Institute.[4] Richard Kaner is the 2009 recipient of the Tolman Award from the Southern California Section of the American Chemical Society[5] medal and has been appointed as an adjunct professor at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology,[6] in Australia.


  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2015)
  • ACS Award in the Chemistry of Materials (2012)
  • ACS Tolman medal (2010)
  • UCLA Gold Shield Faculty Prize (2002-2004)
  • Eka-Granules Lecturer University of Tasmania
  • Visiting Professor University of Wollongong
  • American Chemical Society Buck Whitney Research Award
  • Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar
  • National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator
  • American Chemical Society Member
  • Electrochemical Society Member
  • Materials Research Bulletin Associate Editor
  • Materials Research Society Member
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow
  • Packard Fellow (1989-1994)
  • Australian-American Fulbright Fellow
  • Guggenheim Fellow ; Sloan Fellow
  • American Chemical Society Exxon Fellowship in Solid State Chemistry


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