Dr. Valery N. Khabashesku
Dr. Valery N. Khabashesku

Research Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Office Location: N42G, Engineering Building 1
Phone: 713-743-8955   |   Fax: 713-743-4323
Email: valery [at] uh [dot] edu


M. Sc. (Summa Cum Laude): Chemistry, Moscow State University, Russia
Doctorate degree: PhD Organic Chemistry, Zelinsky Institute of Organic Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, (1980)
Professoriate degree: D.Sc.Chemistry, Zelinsky Institute of Organic Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, (1998)

Research Interests: 

chemistry and spectroscopy of molecules containing double and triple p-bonds at group 14 elements (C, Si, Ge, Sn), carbenes and their silicon and germanium analogues, small strained metallacycles, reaction mechanisms, matrix isolation spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, molecular structure and bonding, quantum chemical calculations, vacuum pyrolysis, CVD, and photochemistry, low-temperature chemistry, routes from reactive intermediates to organic/inorganic polymers and ceramics, fluorination and derivatization of fullerenes, polyfullerenes, carbon nanotubes, nanofibers, nano-onions, nanodiamonds and graphene for bio-medical and materials engineering applications, synthesis and characterization of carbo-nitride thin films and nano- and microscale powders, high pressure/high temperature synthesis and characterization of diamond and heterodiamond C3N4 and B-C-N phases, phase transformations under high pressures, degradation chemistry of materials, design of integrated polymer composites, organic-inorganic hybrids and coatings, lubricants, and surface chemistry.

Current Research

Chemistry of carbon nanomaterials, nanotubes, nanodiamonds, nano-onions, graphene, carbon nitrides, fullerenes, and polyfullerenes, tailored for engineering and bio-medical applications:





  • Nano Lett. 2003, 3, 1107-1113
  • Adv. Funct. Mater, 2004, 14, 643-648
  • Chem. Mater, 2006, 18, 906-913


  • Analyt. Chem., 2004, 76(22); 6734-6742


  • J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2005, 127, 3712-3713
  • Nature, 2005, 434, 580



  • Wear, 2005, 259/1-6 pp. 738-743

Awards & Honors: 

Science Direct TOP 25 Hottest Article: "Functionalized carbon nanotubes and nanodiamonds for engineering and biomedical applications," Diamond and Related Materials, 2005, Vol. 14, Issue 3-7, Pages 859-866. Khabashesku, V.N.; Margrave, J.L; Barrera, E.V. http://top25.sciencedirect.com/?journal_id=09259635
ESI Most Cited Papers in the field (top 1%) – for articles in Nano Letters and Acc.Chem. Res., 2005
ISI Fast Breaking Paper – most cited paper in Chemistry - for review article published in Accounts of Chemical Research, Feb. 2004
Marquis Who’s Who in America, Biography included in 2004 - 2008 issues
R&D Magazine 100 Award for “Fluoronanotubes” - as a member of development team, 2003
State Prize of Russia Laureate (the highest nation’s civilian honor, formerly Lenin Prize) in Science and Engineering. Awarded by President of Russia, 2003
US National Academy of Science Visiting Scientist and Lecturer scholarship, 1990-1991
Zelinsky Institute of Organic Chemistry - Senior Researcher of the Year Award
Zelinsky Institute of Organic Chemistry - First Prize for the best Senior Investigator research work of the year
Medal of the Academy of Sciences of the U.S.S.R. for the best work in chemistry, physical chemistry, chemical physics and chemical technology
Zelinsky Institute of Organic Chemistry - First Prize for the best research work of the year at the contest of Young Investigators
Mendeleev Chemical Society of the USSR - First Prize for the best work of Young Investigator
Honor’s / Summa Cum Laude Diploma (M.Sc.) in Chemistry from Moscow State University

Professional Activities: 

Associate Editor: Research Letters in Nanotechnology

Associate Editor: Journal of Nanotechnology

Associate Editor: Lubricants

Guest Editor for “New Diamond Age” special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).

Selected Publications

  1. Abebe Endale Mengesha, Tao Zhang, Karin Gaudenz, Christopher Seidel, Valery Khabashesku, James Murowchick, and Bi-Botti Celestin Youan,

    Assessment of the Cellular Responses to Functionalized Nanodiamonds. J. Envir. Sci. Technology, in press.

    , 2011
  2. D. Chakravarthi, V. N. Khabashesku, R. Vaidyanathan, J. Blaine, S.Yarlagadda, D.Roseman, Q.Zeng and E.V. Barrera,

    Carbon fiber - bismaleimide composites filled with nickel coated single walled carbon nanotubes for lightning strike protection. Adv. Funct. Mater., 21(13), 2527-2533

    , 2011
  3. Michael D. Clark, Luke S. Walker, Viktor G. Hadjiev, Valery Khabashesku, Erica L.Corral, Ramanan Krishnamoorti,

    Fast Sol-gel Preparation of Silicon Carbide – Silicon Oxycarbide Nanocomposites, J. Amer. Ceram. Soc., 2011, 1-9, DOI: 10.1111/j.1551-2916. 4707.x

    , 2011
  4. Michael D. Clark, Luke S. Walker, Viktor G. Hadjiev, Valery Khabashesku, Erica L.Corral, Ramanan Krishnamoorti,

    Polymer Precursor Based Preparation of Carbon Nanotube - Silicon Carbide Nanocomposites.  J. Amer. Ceram. Soc., accepted on October 8.

    , 2011
  5. Naidu V. Seetala, Gabriel Burks, Danny Hubbard, Alex Trochez, Valery N. Khabashesku,

    Physical Properties of Aliphatic and Aromatic Polyurea-Nanoclay Composites. 241st ACS National Meeting & Exposition, March 27-31, 2011, Anaheim, California. Preprints

    , 2011
  6. O. V. Kuznetsov, A. Cole, M. X. Pulikkathara, and V. N. Khabashesku,

    Sidewall Alkylcarboxylation of Carbon Nanotubes Through Reactions of Fluoronanotubes With Functional Free Radical Initiators. Russ. Chem. Bull., N10, in press.

    , 2011
  7. V.A.Davydov, A.A.Shiryaev, A.V. Rakhmanina, V.P. Filonenko, A.V. Vasil'ev, C.Autret, V.N.Agafonov, V.N.Khabashesku,

    Transformations of polyhedral carbon nanoparticles under high pressures and temperatures, Carbon, 49, 2389-2401

    , 2011
  8. V.A.Davydov, A.V. Rakhmanina, V.N.Agafonov, V.N. Khabashesku,

    Synergistic Effect of Fluorine and Hydrogen on Processes of Graphite and Diamond Formation from Fluorographite-Naphthalene Mixtures at High Pressures.  J. Phys. Chem. C, 115 (43), pp 21000–21008

    , 2011
  9. V.N. Khabashesku,

    alent functionalization of carbon nanotubes: synthesis, properties and applications of fluorinated derivatives. Russ. Chem. Reviews. 2011, 80 (8), 739-760 (Russ.); 80 (8) 705 -725 (Engl.)

    , 2011
  10. Yogeeswaran Ganesan, Cheng Peng, Lijie Ci, Valery Khabashesku, Pulickel M. Ajayan, Jun Lou,

    Effect of Sidewall Fluorination on the Mechanical Properties of Catalytically Grown Multi-Wall Carbon Nanotubes. MRS Spring Meeting Proceedings

    , 2011
  11. O. V. Kuznetsov, M. X. Pulikkathara, R.F. M. Lobo, V. N. Khabashesku,

    Solubilization of Nanocarbons, Nanotubes, Nano-Onions and Nanodiamonds Through Covalent Functionalization with Sucrose.  Russ. Chem. Bull., 2010, 59(8) , 1462-1472 (Russ);  Russ. Chem. Bull., Int. Ed., 59(8),1495-1505 (Engl.)

    , 2010
  12. V.P. Filonenko, V.A. Davydov, I.P. Zibrov, V.N. Agafonov, V.N. Khabashesku,

    High pressure synthesis of new heterodiamond phase,  Diamond Relat. Mater., 19, 541–544.

    , 2010
  13. Betty Catalina Rostro, Scott Selinger, Nancy Rosenberg, Valery N. Khabashesku, and Enrique V. Barrera,

    Self-assembled fibrillar carbon nanotube heat transfer gels with enhanced thermal conductivities, in " Graphene and Graphite Materials " Ed. by  H.E.Chen,  ISBN: 978-1-60692-666-6.  Series: Materials Science and Technologies. Nova Science Publishers, Inc. NY

    , 2009
  14. J. Li, Y. Lu, M. X. Pulikkathara, O.V.Kuznetsov, V. N. Khabashesku, R. T. Wilkins, P. J. Boul, E. D. Sosa, K. Turner, M. J. O’Rourke, P. Moloney , S, Arepalli, L. Yowell,

    Single Wall Carbon Nanotube Response to Proton Radiation. J.Phys.Chem. C, 113, 14467–14473.

    , 2009
  15. M.X.Pulikkathara, O.V.Kuznetsov, I.R.G.Peralta, X.Wei, V.N.Khabashesku,

    Medium density polyethylene composites with functionalized carbon nanotubes. Nanotechnology, 20, 195602 (13pp)

    , 2009
  16. P. V. Zinin, L.-C. Ming, S. K. Sharma, V.N. Khabashesku, X. R. Liu, S. M. Hong,S. Endo, T. Acosta,

    Raman Spectroscopy of graphitic C3N4 phase. Chem. Phys. Lett., 472, 69–73.

    , 2009
  17. V.А. Davydov, А.А. Shiryaev, А.V. Rakhmanina, V.P. Filonenko, А.L. Vasil’ev, C. Autret, V.N.Agafonov, V.N. Khabashesku,

    Polyhedral nanosize carbon particles at high pressures and temperatures. JETP Letters, pp. 763–767.

    , 2009
  18. A. Oki, L. Adams, V. Khabashesku, Y. Edigin, P. Biney, Z. Luo,

    Dispersion of Aminoalkylsilyl Ester or Amine Alkyl-Phosphonic Acid Sidewall Functionalized Carbon Nanotubes in Silica Using Sol-Gel Processing, Mater. Lett., 62, 918-922.

    , 2008
  19. A. Oki, L. Adams, Z. Luo, E. Osayamen, P. Biney, V. Khabashesku,

    Functionalization of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes with N-[3-(Trimethoxysilyl)propyl]ethylenediamine and its Cobalt Complex, J. Phys. Chem. Solids, 69, 1194-1198.

    , 2008
  20. Hassan Mahfuz, Mohammad Hasan, Vinod Dhanak,Graham Beamson, Justin Stewart, Vijaya Rangari, XinWei, Valery Khabashesku and Shaik Jeelani,

    Reinforcement of nylon 6 with functionalized silica nanoparticles for enhanced tensile strength and modulus, Nanotechnology, 19, 445702 (7pp)

    , 2008
  21. Jun Zhang, Lei Zhang,Valery N. Khabashesku, Andrew R. Barron, Kevin F. Kelly,

    Self-assembly of Sidewall Functionalized Single-walled Carbon Nanotubes Investigated by STM, J. Phys. Chem. C, 112(32), 12321-12325

    , 2008
  22. Lu, H., Goldman, J., Ding, F., Sun, Y., Khabashesku V., Yakobson, B. and Lou, J.,

    Friction and Adhesion Properties of Vertically Aligned Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotube Arrays and Fluoro-Nanodiamond Films, Carbon, 46, 1294

    , 2008
  23. M. X. Pulikkathara, V.N. Khabashesku,

    Covalent Sidewall Functionalization of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes by Amino Acids. Izvestia Akad Nauk. Ser. Khim. 2008, 57, N5, 1035-1043 (Russ.); Russ. Chem. Bull. 57, N5, 1054-1062 (Engl.)

    , 2008
  24. Merlyn Pulikkathara, Oleksandr Kuznetsov, Valery Khabashesku,

    Sidewall Covalent Functionalization of Single-Walled carbon Nanotubes Through Reactions of Fluoronanotubes with Urea, Thiourea, and Guanidine, Chem. Mater., 20, 2685-2695

    , 2008
  25. V. K. Rangari, M.Yousuf, S. Jeelani, M. X. Pulikkathara, V. N. Khabashesku,

    Alignment of carbon nanotubes and reinforcing effects in Nylon-6 polymer composite fibers. Nanotechnology, 19, No 24 (18 June 2008) 245703 (9pp)

    , 2008
  26. V. N. Khabashesku*, O. V. Kuznetsov, M.X. Pulikkathara,

    Carbon Nanotubes: Fluorinated Derivatives. Book Chapter in Nanomaterials: Inorganic and Bioinorganic Perspectives. Ed. C.M. Lukehart and R.A. Scott, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, ISBN: 978-0-470-51644-7,  856 p

    , 2008
  27. V. P. Filonenko, V. N. Khabashesku, V. A. Davydov, I. P. Zibrov, V. N. Agafonov,

    Synthesis of New Cubic Phase in the B-C-N System, Inorganic Materials (Russ.), Vol. 44, No. 4, 395–400

    , 2008
  28. V.P.Filonenko, V.N.Khabashesku, V.A.Davydov, A.V.Rakhmanina, I.P.Zibrov, V.N. Agafonov,

    Perspectives for Synthesis of New Diamond-Like Phases in the B-C-N System. High Pressure Physics and Technology, V.18 (4), 129-137 (Russ.)

    , 2008

Journal Papers / Refereed Journal Publications

  1. K. P. Meletov; I. O. Bashkin; V. V. Shestakov; A. V. Krestinin; V. A. Davydov; M. X. Pulikkathara; V. N. Khabashesku; J. Arvanitidis; D. Christofilos; G. A. Kourouklis,

    Raman Study of Hydrogenated and Fluorinated Single-walled Carbon Nanotubes, Fullerenes, Nanotubes and Carbon Nanostructures, Vol. 16,  Iss. 5 & 6, pp. 322-329

    , 2008



  1. Method for functionalizing carbon nanotubes utilizing peroxides. Khabashesku, Valery N.; Peng, Haiqing; Margrave, John L.; Billups, Wilbur Edward; Ying, Yunming. U.S. Patent No. 7,976,816
    Date: 07/12/2011
  2. Fluorinated Nanodiamond as a Precursor for Solid Substrate Surface Coating Using Wet Chemistry, Valery N. Khabashesku, Yu Liu, Naomi J. Halas, US Patent 7,858,186
    Date: 12/28/2010
  3. Functionalization of nanodiamond powder through fluorination and subsequent derivatization reactions. Khabashesku, Valery N.; Liu, Yu; Margrave, John L.; Margrave, US Patent No 7,820,130 B2
    Date: 10/26/2010
  4. METHOD OF PRODUCING DIAMOND POWDER AND DOPED DIAMONDS V.A.Davydov, A.V. Rakhmanina, V.N. Khabashesku, Priority: US 61/371,104 (PENDING)
    Date: 08/05/2010
  5. Method for functionalizing carbon nanotubes utilizing peroxides. Khabashesku, Valery N.; Peng, Haiqing; Margrave, John L.; Billups, Wilbur Edward; Ying, Yunming. US Patent No 7,740,826 B2. Division of U.S. Patent No 7,125,533 B2.
    Date: 06/22/2010
  6. Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites Containing Functionalized Carbon Nanotubes, Zhu Jiang, Khabashesku Valery N., Peng Haiqing, Barrera Enrique V., Margrave John L., Margrave Mary Lou, United States Patent Application 20100143701 (PENDING)
    Date: 06/10/2010
  7. Methods for Preparing Carbon Nanotube/Polymer Composites Using Free Radical Precursors, V. N. Khabashesku, D. McIntosh, E. V. Barrera, Pena-Paras L. United States Patent Application 20100113696 (PENDING)
    Date: 05/06/2010
  8. Sidewall and end functionalization of carbon nanotubes with hydroxyl-terminated moieties. Khabashesku, Valery N.; Zhang, Lei, Margrave, John L. US Patent No 7,632,481
    Date: 12/15/2009
  9. Fabrication of carbon nanotube reinforced epoxy polymer composites using functionalized carbon nanotubes. Khabashesku, Valery N.; Zhu, Jiang; Peng, Haiqing; Barrera, Enrique V.; Margrave, John L. PCT Int. Appl. (2005), 75 pp. CODEN: PIXXD2 WO 2005028174 A2 20050331 CAN 142:337460 AN 2005:283413; US Patent No.7,601,421 B2.
    Date: 10/13/2009
  10. Organoclay-Polyurea Nanocomposites with Advanced Mechanical Properties, Valery N. Khabashesku, Ramanan Krishnamoorti, Baburaj Eranezhuth. Provisional Patent application filed. (PENDING)
    Date: 10/01/2009
  11. Condensation Polymers Having Covalently Bound Carbon Nanotubes, Valery N. Khabashesku, US Patent Application 20090124747, PCT filed. (PENDING)
    Date: 10/14/2008
  12. Polyol functionalized water soluble carbon nanostructures, Valery N. Khabashesku, Oleksandr Kuznetsov, Rui F. M. Lobo, Patent application filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office (PENDING)
    Date: 07/23/2008
  13. Method for Preparation of New Superhard B-C-N Material. Valery N Khabashesku, Vladimir P. Filonenko, Valery A. Davydov, United States Patent Application 20100143230; PCT filed. (PENDING)
    Date: 01/29/2008
  14. Polymer Composites Mechanically Reinforced with Long Chain Alkyl and Urea Functionalized Nanotubes. V. N. Khabashesku, M. X. Pulikkathara, US Patent Appl. N 20100234503. PCT Filed. (PENDING)
    Date: 08/10/2007
  15. Carbon Nanotube Reinforced Thermoplastic Polymer Composites Achieved Through Benzoyl Peroxide Initiated Interfacial Bonding to Polymer Matrix, V. N. Khabashesku, D. McIntosh, E. V. Barrera, L Pena-Paras. United States Patent Application 20070099792. (PENDING)
    Date: 05/03/2007
  16. Method for functionalizing carbon nanotubes utilizing peroxides. Khabashesku, Valery N.; Peng, Haiqing; Margrave, John L.; Billups, Wilbur Edward; Ying, Yunming. U.S. Patent No 7,125,533 B2
    Date: 10/24/2006
  17. Fluorination of Polymeric C60. Z. Gu, V. N. Khabashesku, J. L. Margrave, V.A. Davydov, L. S. Kashevarova, A. V. Rakhmanina. US Patent No 7,122,710 B2
    Date: 10/17/2006
  18. Sidewall Functionalization of Single-Wall Carbon Nanotubes Through C-N Bond Forming Substitutions of Fluoronanotubes V. N. Khabashesku, J. L. Margrave, J. Stevens and G. A. Derrien, Internat. Pat. N 200660171874
    Date: 08/03/2006
  19. Sidewall functionalization of carbon nanotubes with organosilanes for polymer composites, advanced polymer composites and their manufacture. Barrera, Enrique V.; Zhu, Jiang; Khabashesku, Valery N.; Margrave, John L.; Kim, Jong Dae. PCT Int. Appl. (2005), 65 pp. CODEN: PIXXD2 WO 2005012171 A2 20050210 CAN 142:177803 AN 2005:120834. (PENDING)
    Date: 02/10/2005
  20. Nanotube-Amino Acids And Methods for Preparing Same V. N. Khabashesku, H. Peng, J. L. Margrave, (WO/2005/070828), International Patent Application No.: PCT/US2005/001310. Priority Data: 60/537,982 21.01.2004 US. (PENDING)
    Date: 01/18/2005
  21. Powder Synthesis and Characterization of Amorphous Carbon Nitride, a-C3N4. V. N. Khabashesku, J. L. Margrave, J. L. Zimmerman. US Patent No. 6,428,762 B. Issued on Aug. 6, 2002.
    Date: 08/06/2002