ram seshadri group: functional inorganic materials
our research at the interface of physics, chemistry, and materials science, is focused on the crystal chemistry, and crystal-structure — property relations in functional inorganic materials, both bulk and nano. The functions of interest to us include phosphors, magnetics, thermoelectrics, ferroics, photovoltaics, and redox-activity (for battery applications). A unifying theme in almost every aspect of our work is the compositional tuning of the properties of extended solids through solid solution; sometimes referred to (by us) as the game of x, as, for example, in La2-xSrxCuO4. Please select the research and publications page from the menu above to find out more.
Graduate students, Postdocs, and Junior Specialists, July 2016: L—R: Leo Lamontagne, Mandi Buffon, Dr. Geneva Laurita, Ram, Jonathon Bechtel,1 Molleigh Preefer, Joshua Bocarsly,2 Michael Knight, Doug Fabini, Emily Levin,3 Brian Barraza, Dr. Vicky Doan-Nguyen, Hayden Evans, Clayton Cozzan, Dr. Jason Grebenkemper,2 and Megan Butala. 1 also in the Van der Ven group; 2 also in the Wilson group; 3 also in the Pollock group.
For an archive of group pictures since 2005, please see: here (large file)
Poster describing some group activities and products (April 2015) PDF (6MB)events, happenings, tutorials:
At the 2016 Gordon Research Conference on Solid State Chemistry in New London, NH, July 2016, with current and former group members. L to R: Dr. Katharine Page (ORNL), Ram, Dr. Michael Gaultois (Cambridge), Dr. Srinivasa Thimmaiah (Ames Lab), Prof. Efrain Rodriguez (UMD), Prof. James Neilson (CSU), Dr. Kimberly See (UIUC), Prof. Jakoah Brgoch (University of Houston), Dr. Geneva Laurita, Prof. Brent Melot (USC), Dr. Christina Birkel (TU Darmstadt), Abbey Neer (Melot Group), Prof. Taylor Sparks (Utah), Leo Lamontagne, Prof. Daniel Shoemaker (UIUC). Thanks to Dr. Birgit Schwenzer (NSF) for taking this photograph.
Andrew McGuan's website with useful python scripts developed for the group.
Preparing Figures for presentations and publication: A talk given November 2014.
A short guide to using LaTeX for scholarly publication, with the bonus of some random thoughts on paper-writing.
Oxides 2014: Workshop and mini-school August 2014 at UCSB. Group Photo
Taking the leap: Preparing for a career in academia — A compilaton of talking points
Craig Hawker and Ram Seshadri, August 6, 2013, 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm, ESB 1001
Former undergraduate intern Stephanie Moffit, now a graduate students in the Materials program at Northwestern, was profiled in the Fall 2012 issue of Convergence, the magazine of science and engineering at UCSB.
Ram speaking at the 2012 NSF IGERT annual meeting (Video) on the topic of solid state lighting.
Here is a short YouTube clip of Ram describing the general goals of the research being carried out, and why UCSB is nice (in addition to the climate and the location).
The Journal of Materials Chemistry has a blog that recently (2012) profiled Ram.
ICMR Summer School (August 2012) on Inorganic Materials for Energy Conversion and Storage: Posting of the PDF files of available talks.
ICMR Summer School (August 2012) on Inorganic Materials for Energy Conversion and Storage: Web
Summer Symposium on Chemistry and Physics of Functional Materials, Tuesday July 26th, 2011.
NSF-sponsored workshop on Materials by Design, March 17th to 19th, 2011.
Research Ethics (2 h seminar for graduate students, organized by the UCSB Office of Research): PDF
UCSB Materials Colloquium April 16, 2010: Phosphors and Catalysts
Preparing figures for publications and presentations: PDF
Superconductivity talk to summer interns, June 2009: 5.6 M PDF file
Ecole Polytechnique Tutorial, January 2009 15 M PDF file
ICMR-ICMS Summer School, Bangalore, December 2008 Characterizing oxides with low cation substitution (PDF)
Nanomagnetism (PDF) tutorial talk at the ICMR-ICYS Summer School in Tsukuba, July 26, 2007.
Glassmaking: Daniel Shoemaker demonstrating borate glassmaking, and Srini Thimmaiah demonstrating working with vitreous silica. This was for schoolteachers from SB county.
Magnetism, an Old Phenomena with New Suprises: Watch Ram on UC TV (YouTube). This is a nearly hour-long recording.
since July 2015, Ram has been serving as an Associate Editor of Chemistry of Materials.
support for our work comes from the National Science Foundation's Division of Materials Research, and from the Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences. In addition, we are supported by the UCSB Solid State Lighting and Energy Electronics Center and the Mitsubishi Chemical Center for Advanced Materials.
contact:Ram Seshadri, Professor
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Room 3008 Materials Research Laboratory
University of California, Santa Barbara CA 93106-5121
Phone: (805) 893 6129 Fax: (805) 893 8797
email: email@example.com web: http://www.mrl.ucsb.edu/~seshadri
Phone: (805) 893 5366 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
fair use policy:
Please see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_use. Starting from when the group was in Bangalore (1999—2002), we have made a number of resources — particularly those associated with the teaching of materials science — freely available on our website(s). Please feel free to make use of this material. However, please retain the original attributions, especially when images are re-used. Also, if you use the contents of this website in any significant way for teaching or mentoring, do drop Ram a note.