Benji Maruyama currently works in the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory. He leads research on the synthesis and processing science of carbon nanotubes. He is also the point of contact for carbon materials for the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate. He serves as technical lead for the RX Electrochemical Energy Storage Materials program. His background and interests include carbon materials, carbon, polymer and metal matrix composites, imaging of complex 3D microstructures and combinatorial experimentation. He is currently involved in the study of growth termination mechanisms for carbon nanotubes, nanostructured materials for battery electrodes, in-situ experimentation and catalyst development.