Ravishankar Sundararaman

Associate Professor, Priti and Mukesh Chatter '82 Career Development Chair
Materials Science and Engineering

Ravishankar Sundararaman is an Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and Priti and Mukesh Chatter '82 Career Development Chair, at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He received a Ph.D. in Physics from Cornell University in 2013, and was a postdoctoral fellow in the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis at Caltech till 2016. His research group develops combined quantum-classical simulations facilitating first-principles materials design for electrochemical, plasmonic and nano-electronic applications, and leads the development of the JDFTx open-source software for such calculations. He is the recipient of the AIME Robert Lansing Hardy Award in 2020.


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

Focus Area

Research Interests: computational material science, electronic properties, nanomaterials, solid-liquid interfaces, electrochemistry, plasmonics, photonics, energy conversion and storage applications, Emphasis on collaboratively developing new theoretical and computational methods in open-source software

Selected Scholarly Works

P. Gupta, L. S. Schadler and R. Sundararaman, “Dielectric properties of polymer nanocomposite interphases from electrostatic force microscopy using machine learning”, Mater. Charact. 173, 110909 (2021)

A. Habib, H. Vijayamohanan, C. K. Ullal and R. Sundararaman, “Coupled Electromagnetic and Reaction Kinetics Simulation of Super-Resolution Interference Lithography”, J. Phys. Chem. B 124, 7717 (2020)

G. Tagliabue, J. S. DuChene, M. Abdellah, A. Habib, D. J. Gosztola, Y. Hattori, W.-H. Cheng, K. Zheng, S. E. Canton, R. Sundararaman, J. Sa and H. A. Atwater, “Ultrafast hot-hole injection modifies hot-electron dynamics in Au/p-GaN heterostructures”, Nature Mater. 19, 1312 (2020)

J. Xu, A. Habib, S. Kumar, F. Wu, R. Sundararaman and Y. Ping, “Spin-phonon relaxation from a universal ab initio density-matrix approach”, Nature Commun. 11, 2780 (2020)

K. Schwarz and R. Sundararaman, “The electrochemical interface in first-principles calculations”, Surf. Sci. Rep. 75, 100492 (2020)

D. Wang and R. Sundararaman, “Layer dependence of defect charge transition levels in two-dimensional materials”, Phys. Rev. B 101, 054103 (2020)

A. Shandilya, L. S. Schadler and R. Sundararaman, “First-principles identification of localized trap states in polymer nanocomposite interfaces”, J. Mater. Research 35, 931 (2020)

C. K. Ullal, J. Shi and R. Sundararaman, “Electron mobility in graphene without invoking the Dirac equation”, Am. J. Phys. 87, 291 (2019)

M. Chandra, G. Kataria, D. Sahdev and R. Sundararaman, “Hydrodynamic and ballistic AC transport in two-dimensional Fermi liquids”, Phys. Rev. B 99, 165409 (2019)

A. Habib, F. Florio and R. Sundararaman, “Hot carrier dynamics in plasmonic transition metal nitrides”, J. Opt. 20, 064001 (2018)

R. Sundararaman, K. Letchworth-Weaver, K. A. Schwarz, D. Gunceler, Y. Ozhabes and T.A. Arias, “JDFTx: software for joint density-functional theory”, SoftwareX 6, 278 (2017)