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  • Brian Holloway Joins Luna Innovations
Aug 2006
Brian Holloway, PhD, recently joined Luna Innovation Inc.'s nanoWorks division in Danville, Va., as director of contract research. Luna, based in Blacksburg, develops molecular and sensing technology. Holloway is formerly a tenured associate professor in the Department of Applied Science at The College of William and Mary, where his research group patented carbon nanosheets, a new two-dimensional nanostructure of carbon that has potential uses in sensors, fuel cells, batteries and medical devices. His group authored more than 10 papers on the nanosheets, including one that appeared in the Journal of Chemical Physics (May 21, 2006), a publication of the American Institute of Physics. Throughout his career, Holloway has been actively involved in developing faster and cheaper ways to produce carbon nanotubes. In collaboration with NASA's Langley Research Center, his team used Jefferson Lab's (the US Department of Energy's national laboratory for nuclear physics research) free-electron laser to explore the fundamental science of how and why nanotubes form. With three patents related to nanotechnology, Holloway specializes in the synthesis of new materials and characterization of thin films, surfaces and interfaces. He has been a principal investigator on externally funded research projects valued at more than $8.2 million. Luna's nanoWorks division also includes Robert P. Lenk, PhD, president; Stephen R. Wilson, PhD, chief scientific officer; and Kenneth L. Walker, PhD, executive vice president.

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