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February 25, 2010
SEAS News Office

Shriram Ramanathan Wins Prestigious NSF CAREER Award

HUCE faculty associate Shriram Ramanathan, assistant professor of materials science in the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), has won a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The honor is considered one of the most prestigious for up-and-coming researchers in science and engineering.

The $400,000 CAREER Award will support Ramanathan's work on the understanding of photon-oxide interactions to explore how active point defects in oxides can be controlled through photo-excitation and how this may affect functional properties of relevance to energy conversion.

Research in Ramanathan's group is primarily focused on oxide thin films and nanostructures with emphasis on how processing affects properties.

Specific investigations include developing a mechanistic understanding of initial stages of oxidation and corrosion of metals and oxygen incorporation into oxides under photon irradiation.

Potential applications of the work include electronic devices, solar and hydrogen energy conversion, and sensors.

In addition, Ramanathan is one of the founders of SiEnergy Systems. The venture is a privately-held startup company formed by Allied Minds, Inc. to commercialize low-cost, low-temperature versatile SOFCs and is based on proprietary micro solid oxide fuel cell device technologies he originally developed.

Ramanathan received a B.Tech. in Metallurgical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (Madras); an M.S. in Materials Engineering from the University of Houston; and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University. Prior to coming to Harvard, he was a researcher at the Intel Corporation from 2002 to 2005.


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