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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


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

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Northwestern University Atomic and Nanoscale Characterization (NUANCE) Center


Materials Science and Engineering

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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

Significant Professional Service

  • Corporate & International Outreach/Entrepreneurial Activities Committee: Chemistry of Life Processes Institute (CLP) NU
  • Co-Organizer: Conference on Advanced Materials (ICAM), Brazil
  • Co-Founder, Board Member and Chair Scientific Advisory Committe: NanoSonix, Inc.
  • International Advisory Committee: Global Indian Scientists and Technocrats Convention (GIST)
  • Board of Directors: Joint Research Center between Nile University, Egypt and Northwestern
  • Board Member: NanoInk Scientific Advisory Board
  • Founding member: Faculty Academic Network (FAN)
  • Board of Directors: IIT Bombay Heritage Fund (US alumni association for IITB)
  • Founding member: International Institute for Nanotechnology (IIN)
  • Professional memberships: ACerS, MRS, MSA, MAS, APS, ACS, AAAS, IEEE, ASME, ASEE, ASM/TMS
  • Reviewer/Editor of special issues: APL, PRL, JACerS, Nature, Science, Acta Mater., JMR, JECS, Nano Letters
  • Reviewer/panelist for: NSF, DOE and DOD
  • Editor, Journal of Materials Research, MRS Flagship journal
  • Editor, Microscopy & Microanalysis, MSA Flagship Journal
  • Editorial board, Journal of Microscopy, Journal of Materials Research
  • Editorial Board, Current Opinion in Solid State and Materials Science

Selected Publications

  • Vikas Nandwana, Soo Ryoon Ryoo, Shanthi Kanthala, Mrinmoy De, Stanley S. Chou, Pottumarthi V. Prasad, Vinayak P. Dravid, “Engineered Theranostic Magnetic Nanostructures”, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, (2016)
  • Guennadi Evmenenko, Timothy T. Fister, D. Bruce Buchholz, Qianqian Li, Kan Sheng Chen, Jinsong Wu, Vinayak P. Dravid, Mark C. Hersam, Paul Fenter, Michael J. Bedzyk, “Morphological Evolution of Multilayer Ni/NiO Thin Film Electrodes during Lithiation”, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, (2016)
  • Hongnan Ma, Jing He, Ding Bang Xiong, Jinsong Wu, Qianqian Li, Vinayak Dravid, Yufeng Zhao, “Nickel Cobalt Hydroxide @Reduced Graphene Oxide Hybrid Nanolayers for High Performance Asymmetric Supercapacitors with Remarkable Cycling Stability”, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, (2016)
  • Mohammad M. Shahjamali, Yong Zhou, Negin Zaraee, Can Xue, Jinsong Wu, Nicolas Large, C. Michael McGuirk, Freddy Boey, Vinayak Dravid, Zhifeng Cui, George C. Schatz, Chad A. Mirkin, “Ag-Ag2S Hybrid Nanoprisms”, ACS Nano, (2016)
  • Jeffrey D. Cain, Fengyuan Shi, Jinsong Wu, Vinayak P. Dravid, “Growth Mechanism of Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Monolayers”, ACS Nano, (2016)
  • Benjamin D. Myers, Qing Yuan Lin, Huanxin Wu, Erik Luijten, Chad A. Mirkin, Vinayak P. Dravid, “Size-Selective Nanoparticle Assembly on Substrates by DNA Density Patterning”, ACS Nano, (2016)
  • Baozhou Zhao, Xiaoji Xie, Shuilin Xu, Yue Pan, Bingxiao Yang, Shaohong Guo, Tian Wei, Haiquan Su, Haibo Wang, Xinqi Chen, Vinayak P. Dravid, Ling Huang, Wei Huang, “From ScOOH to Sc2O3”, Advanced Materials, (2016)
  • Aiming Yan, Yi Hua, Vinayak P. Dravid, “Locally enhanced surface plasmons and modulated "hot-spots" in nanoporous gold patterns on atomically thin MoS2 with a comparison to SiO2 substrate”, Applied Physics Letters, (2016)