'Curious Conversations' podcast: Roop Mahajan talks about the power of international collaborations
Roop Mahajan joined Virginia Tech’s “Curious Conversations” to chat about the value of international collaborations to research and innovation as well as how they’ve contributed to his work advancing the “wonder material” graphene.
Three takeaways from the conversation
Mahajan believes bringing together people with different perspectives cultivates better questions and creates important intersections of ideas and experiences that accelerate innovation.
Virginia Tech India is headquartered in Chennai, which is a city on the Bay of Bengal in eastern India. Mahajan said it’s often referred to as the “Detroit of India” because of its proximity to industry.
Graphene generated from graphite costs about $450 a gram, and about 70 percent of the world’s graphite comes from China. Mahajan and his team are exploring coal as a most cost-effective and environmentally friendly starting point for the “wonder material.”
About the podcast
"Curious Conversations" is a series of free-flowing conversations with Virginia Tech researchers that take place at the intersection of world-class research and everyday life. Produced and hosted by Virginia Tech writer and editor Travis Williams, university researchers share their expertise and motivations as well as the practical applications of their work in a format that more closely resembles chats at a cookout than classroom lectures. New episodes are shared each Tuesday.