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Vinayak P. Dravid

Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

Abraham Harris Professor

Director, Northwestern University Atomic and Nanoscale Characterization (NUANCE) Center

Contact

2220 Campus Drive
Cook Hall 2036; Office - Cook 1133 (*enter at Cook 1131)
Evanston, IL 60208

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Website

The VPD Group


Centers

Northwestern University Atomic and Nanoscale Characterization (NUANCE) Center

Departments

Materials Science and Engineering


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Education

Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

B.S. Metallurgical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India


Research Interests

There is no doubt that properties and performance of materials are dictated by complex atomic and nanoscale features and phenomena. Our research is geared towards not only their understanding but manipulation as well. Such phenomena include nanostructured materials, especially inorganic/organic hybrids, and various defects in materials.

On one front, we are investigating the synthesis, patterning and characterization of nanostructured materials such as metal/alloy nanocrystals, biomolecular nanopatterns (DNA/proteins), interfaces between inorganic nanostructures and biomolecules, etc. These structures possess unique and novel morphologies and chemistry, and their electronic structure alsdepends on size and shape. We are exploring applications of such structures, including drug delivery, bio-diagnostics and bio-chem sensing.

We are also involved in atomic-scale structure-property relationship for internal interfaces, domains and mosaics. In a large number of material systems, such as electroceramics, semiconductors, superlattices, and structural composites, the property and performance of the bulk material are intimately connected to the structure, chemistry, and electronic structure of interfaces.

The philosophy of our approach is based on sound fundamental foundation of complex phenomena, liberal use of advanced instrumentation and techniques and quest for proof-of-concepts for devices as well.


Significant Recognition

  • Lee Hsun Research Fellowship: Chinese Academy of Sciences (2012)
  • IIT Bombay Distinguished Alumnus Award (2012)
  • Materials Research Society of India (MRSI) Honorary Member (2011)
  • American Assoc. for Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow (2010)
  • Materials Research Society (MRS) Fellow
  • Election to Faculty Honor Roll: NU Associated Student Government (2008-2010)
  • Microscopy Society of America (MSA) Fellowship (2009)
  • Richard M. Fulrath Award (2008)
  • 6th McBain Memorial Award, NCL, India (2007)
  • First McCormick Faculty Excellence Award (2006)
  • American Ceramic Society Fellow (2003)
  • Teacher of the Year (2001-2)
  • NIH Sabbatical Faculty Fellow (2001-2)
  • ASM-IIM Visiting Faculty Fellow (2001)
  • Distinguished Alumni Service Award, IIT Bombay, India (2001)
  • Kurt Heinrich Award, Microbeam Analysis Society, 1998
  • R. L. Coble Award for Young Scholars, American Ceramic Society (ACerS), 1998
  • Burton Medal, Microscopy Society of America (MSA), 1996
  • IBM Faculty Development Award, 1995
  • Exxon Foundation Fellowship, 1995
  • NSF Young Investigator Award, 1993–98

Selected Publications

  • Dravid, Vinayak P.; Chou, Stanley S.; Prasad, Pottumarthi V.; Jaiswal, Manish K.; De, Mrinmoy, “Thermoresponsive magnetic hydrogels as theranostic nanoconstructs”, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, (2014)
  • Dravid, Vinayak P.; Late, Dattatray J.; Shirodkar, Sharmila N.; Waghmare, Umesh V.; Rao, C.N.R., “Thermal expansion, anharmonicity and temperature-dependent Raman spectra of single- and few-layer MoSe 2 and WSe 2”, ChemPhysChem, (2014)
  • Dravid, Vinayak P.; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G.; Zhao, Li-Dong, “The panoscopic approach to high performance thermoelectrics”, Energy and Environmental Science, (2014)
  • Dravid, Vinayak P.; Zhao, Li-Dong; Uher, Ctirad; et al.; Lo, Shih-Han, “High thermoelectric performance of p-type SnTe via a synergistic band engineering and nanostructuring approach”, Journal of the American Chemical Society, (2014)
  • Seidman, David N.; Hogan, Timothy P.; et al.; Korkosz, Rachel J.; Chasapis, Thomas C., “High ZT in p-type (PbTe) 1-2x (PbSe) x (PbS) x thermoelectric materials”, Journal of the American Chemical Society, (2014)
  • Dravid, Vinayak P.; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G.; Zhao, Li-Dong; Hao, Shiqiang; Chen, Chang-Qiang, “Theoretical prediction and experimental confirmation of unusual ternary ordered semiconductor compounds in Sr-Pb-S system”, Journal of the American Chemical Society, (2014)
  • Dravid, Vinayak P.; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G.; Zhao, Li-Dong; Uher, Ctirad; Wolverton, C., “Ultralow thermal conductivity and high thermoelectric figure of merit in SnSe crystals”, Nature, (2014)
  • Dravid, Vinayak P.; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G.; Uher, Ctirad; Chasapis, Thomas C.; Lo, Shih-Han, “Contrasting role of antimony and bismuth dopants on the thermoelectric performance of lead selenide”, Nature Communications, (2014)