Curriculum Vitae: Ravishankar Sundararaman

Address: Materials Science and Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY 12180
Office: MRC 208B, Phone: (518)276-6757, Email: sundar@rpi.edu
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Professional appointments

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2016-present).

  • Postdoctoral fellow, Joint Center for Artifical Photosynthesis, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and California Institute of Technology (2013-2016).

Education

  • Ph.D. Physics, Cornell University (August 2013).

  • B.Sc. + M.Sc. Physics, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (June 2007).

Awards and fellowships

  • Materials Postdoc Fellowship, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (2013-2015).

  • Best poster at the 24th annual workshop on Electronic Structure methods (2012).

  • Cornell Graduate School Fellowship (2007-08).

  • President’s Gold Medal in IIT Kanpur (2007).

  • Gold Medal at the 33rd International Physics Olympiad (2002)

  • Gold Medal at the Indian National Physics Olympiad (2001 & 2002)

  • KVPY fellowship of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India (2000-2007)

Publications

2017

  • O. Lozan, R. Sundararaman, B. Ea-Kim, J.-M. Rampnoux, P. Narang, S. Dilhaire and P. Lalanne, “Increased rise time of electron temperature during adiabatic plasmon focusing”, Nature Commun. 8, 1656 (2017)

  • 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) (Preprint: arXiv:1708.03621)

  • B. de Nijs, F. Benz, S. J. Barrow, D. O. Sigle, R. Chikkaraddy, A. Palma, C. Carnegie, M. Kamp, R. Sundararaman, P. Narang, O. A. Scherman and J. J. Baumberg, “Plasmonic tunnel junctions for single-molecule redox chemistry”, Nature Commun. 8, 998 (2017)

  • R. Sundararaman, M. C. Figueiredo, M. T. M. Koper and K. A. Schwarz, “Electrochemical Capacitance of CO-terminated Pt(111) is Dominated by CO-Solvent Gap”, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 8, 5344 (2017) (Preprint: arXiv:1709.09210)

  • G. T. Papadakis, P. Narang, R. Sundararaman, N. Rivera, H. Buljan, N. Engheta and M. Soljacic, “Ultra-light Å-scale Optimal Optical Reflectors”, ACS Photonics, accepted (2017) (Preprint: arXiv:1707.06717)

  • L. Blumenthal, J. M. Kahk, R. Sundararaman, P. Tangney and J. Lischner, “Energy level alignment at semiconductor-water interfaces from atomistic and continuum solvation models”, RSC Advances 7, 43660 (2017)

  • S. Choudhury, Z. Tu, S. Stalin, D. Vu, K. Fawole, D. Gunceler, R. Sundararaman and L. Archer, “Electroless Formation of Hybrid Lithium Anodes for Fast Interfacial Ion Transport”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 56, 13070 (2017)

  • E. Cortes, W. Xie, J. Cambiasso, A. Jermyn, R. Sundararaman, P. Narang, S. Schlucker and S. A. Maier, “Plasmonic hot electron transport drives nano-localized chemistry”, Nature Commun. 8, 14880 (2017) (Preprint: arXiv:1607.05657)

  • P. Narang, L. Zhao, S. Claybrook and R. Sundararaman, “Effects of Interlayer Coupling on Hot Carrier Dynamics in Graphene-Derived van der Waals Heterostructures”, Adv. Opt. Mater. 5, 1600914 (2017) (Preprint: arXiv:1612.08196)

  • R. Sundararaman, W. A. Goddard III and T. A. Arias, “Grand canonical electronic density-functional theory: Algorithms and applications to electrochemistry”, J. Chem. Phys. 146, 114104 (2017) (Preprint: arXiv:1701.04490)

  • R. Sundararaman and Y. Ping, “First-principles electrostatic potentials for reliable alignment at interfaces and defects”, J. Chem. Phys. 146, 104109 (2017) (Preprint: arXiv:1612.01671)

  • R. Sundararaman and K. Schwarz, “Evaluating continuum solvation models for the electrode-electrolyte interface: Challenges and strategies for improvement”, J. Chem. Phys. 146, 084111 (2017) (Preprint: arXiv:1612.00931)

  • A. Brown, R. Sundararaman, P. Narang, A. M. Schwartzberg, W.A. Goddard III and H.A. Atwater, “Experimental and Ab initio Ultrafast Carrier Dynamics in Plasmonic Nanoparticles”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 118, 087401 (2017) (Preprint: arXiv:1608.03309)

2016

  • 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) (Preprint: arXiv:1602.00625)

  • 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 120, 21056 (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)

2015

2014

  • R. Sundararaman, P. Narang, A. Jermyn, W.A. Goddard III and H.A. Atwater, “Theoretical predictions for hot-carrier generation from surface plasmon decay”, Nature Commun. 5, 5788 (2014)

  • R. Sundararaman, D. Gunceler and T.A. Arias, “Weighted-density functionals for cavity formation and dispersion energies in continuum solvation models”, J. Chem. Phys. 141, 134105 (2014) (Preprint: arXiv:1407.4011)

  • R. Sundararaman, K. Letchworth-Weaver and T.A. Arias, “A recipe for free-energy functionals of polarizable molecular fluids”, J. Chem. Phys. 140, 144504 (2014) (Preprint: arXiv:1402.3237)

  • M.E. Holtz, Y. Yu, D. Gunceler, J. Gao, R. Sundararaman, K.A Schwarz, T.A. Arias, H.D. Abruna and D.A. Muller, “Nanoscale Imaging of Lithium Ion Distribution During In Situ Operation of Battery Electrode and Electrolyte”, Nano Lett. 14, 1453 (2014) (Preprint: arXiv:1311.6490)

  • K. Matthew, R. Sundararaman, K. Letchworth-Weaver, T.A. Arias and R. Hennig, “Implicit solvation model for density-functional study of nanocrystal surfaces and reaction pathways”, J. Chem. Phys. 140, 084106 (2014)

  • R. Sundararaman and T.A. Arias, “Efficient classical density-functional theories of rigid-molecular fluids and a simplified free energy functional for liquid water”, Comp. Phys. Comm. 185, 818 (2014) (Preprint: arXiv:1302.0026)

2013

  • R. Sundararaman and T.A. Arias, “Ideal regularization of the Coulomb singularity in exact exchange by Wigner-Seitz truncated interactions: towards chemical accuracy in non-trivial systems”, Phys. Rev. B 87, 165122 (2013) (Preprint: arXiv:1302.6204)

  • D. Gunceler, K. Letchworth-Weaver, R. Sundararaman, K.A. Schwarz and T.A. Arias, “The importance of nonlinear fluid response in joint density-functional theory studies of battery systems”, Mod. Sim. Mat. Sci. Eng. 21, 074005 (2013) (Preprint: arXiv:1301.6189)

2012

Till 2011

Invited talks

  • “First-principles methods for modeling electrochemical processes”, 254th ACS National Meeting, Washington DC (August 21, 2017)

  • “Plasmonic hot carriers: Towards material design”, ACS 2017 Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting, Hershey, Pennsylvania (June 5, 2017)

  • “Material design for plasmonic and hot-carrier devices”, Pacific Rim Conference on Ceramic and Glass Technology (PACRIM 12), Waikoloa, Hawaii (May 23, 2017)

  • “After the plasmon: designing materials to exploit non-equilibrium carriers”, MRS Spring Meeting 2017, Phoenix (April 20, 2017)

  • “Leaving the collective: plasmonics from a hot electron’s point of view”, International Center for Theoretical Sciences, Bengaluru, India (Dec 9, 2016)

  • “Density-functional methods for electrochemistry and hot carrier dynamics”, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India (Dec 5, 2016)

  • “Leaving the collective: plasmonics from a hot electron’s point of view”, Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi, India (Nov 30, 2016)

  • “Density-functional methods for electrochemistry and hot carrier dynamics”, Department of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, India (Nov 28, 2016)

  • “Leaving the collective: plasmonics from a hot electron’s point of view”, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India (Nov 21, 2016)

  • “Plasmonic hot carrier dynamics: electronic structure perspectives”, Workshop on physics of light-matter interactions and excited state dynamics, NG Next Basic Research Laboratory, Northrop Grumman corporation, Redondo Beach (Oct 26, 2016)

  • “Electron interactions with liquids and light in nano-engineered energy conversion systems”, Center for Nanoscale Materials, Argonne National Laboratory (Feb 24, 2016)

  • “Electron interactions with liquids and light in nano-engineered energy conversion systems”, Department of Materials Science, University of Wisconsin, Madison (Feb 22, 2016)

  • “First principles electrochemistry using joint density functional theory and continuum solvation methods”, CAMS workshop on “Enabling Methods for Materials Innovation from Quantum to Mesoscale”, University of Florida, Gainesville (June 4, 2015)

  • “Liquids, electrochemistry and plasmonics: from electronic structure to properties at the mesoscale”, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Penn State, University Park (April 14, 2015)

  • “Continuum solvation from joint density functional theory”, Chemistry department, University of California, Riverside (Nov 10, 2014)

  • “Nonlocal polarizable continuum models from joint density functional theory”, 25th annual workshop on Electronic Structure methods, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg (June 14, 2013)

  • “Accurate free energy functionals of liquid water for the Joint Density Functional description of solvated electronic systems”, Theoretical chemistry division, Bhabha atomic research center, Mumbai, India (Aug 8, 2011)