RPI Engineering
Ravishankar Sundararaman

Ravishankar Sundararaman

Assistant Professor

Research Interests: computational material science, electronic properties, nanomaterials, solid-liquid interfaces, electrochemistry, plasmonics, photonics, energy conversion and storage applications, computational methods and open-source software


Postdoctoral fellow, Joint Center for Artifical Photosynthesis, California Institute of Technology and Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, 2013-2016 Ph.D. Physics, Cornell University, 2013 M.Sc. Physics, IIT Kanpur, 2007


  • • A. Brown, R. Sundararaman, P. Narang, W.A. Goddard III and H.A. Atwater, “Ab initio phonon coupling and optical response of hot electrons in plasmonic metals”, Phys. Rev. B 91, 075120 (2016)
  • • P. Narang, R. Sundararaman, A. Jermyn, W.A. Goddard III and H.A. Atwater, “Cubic Nonlinearity Driven Up-Conversion in High-Field Plasmonic Hot Carrier Systems”, J. Phys. Chem. C, Article ASAP (2016)
  • • K. Schwarz, B. Xu, Y. Yan and R. Sundararaman, “Partial oxidation of step-bound water leads to anomalous pH effects on metal electrode step-edges”, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 18, 16216 (2016)
  • • P. Narang, R. Sundararaman and H.A. Atwater, “Plasmonic hot carrier dynamics in solid-state and chemical systems for energy conversion”, Nanophotonics 5, 96 (2016)
  • • H. Xiao, T. Cheng, W.A. Goddard III and R. Sundararaman, “Mechanistic Explanation of the pH Dependence and Onset Potentials for Hydrocarbon Products from Electrochemical Reduction of CO on Cu (111)”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 138, 483 (2016)
  • • A. Brown, R. Sundararaman, P. Narang, W.A. Goddard III and H.A. Atwater, “Non-Radiative Plasmon Decay and Hot Carrier Dynamics: Effects of Phonons, Surfaces and Geometry”, ACS Nano, 10, 957 (2016)
  • • Y. Ping, R. Sundararaman and W.A. Goddard III, “Solvation effects on the band edge positions of photocatalysts from first principles”, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 17 30499 (2015)
  • • K.A. Schwarz, R. Sundararaman, T.P. Moffat and T. Allison, “Formic acid oxidation on platinum: a simple mechanistic study”, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 17 20805 (2015)
  • • K.A. Schwarz, R. Sundararaman and T.A. Arias, “Computationally efficient dielectric calculations of molecular crystals”, J. Chem. Phys. 142, 214101 (2015)
  • • R. Sundararaman and W.A. Goddard III, “The charge-asymmetric nonlocally-determined local-electric (CANDLE) solvation model”, J. Chem. Phys. 142, 064107 (2015)
  • • R. Sundararaman, K.A. Schwarz, K. Letchworth-Weaver and T.A. Arias, “Spicing up continuum solvation models with SaLSA: The spherically-averaged liquid susceptibility ansatz”, J. Chem. Phys. 142, 054102 (2015)
  • • R. Sundararaman, P. Narang, A. Jermyn, W.A. Goddard III and H.A. Atwater, “Theoretical predictions for hot-carrier generation from surface plasmon decay”, Nat. Comm. 5, 5788 (2014)