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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, phptovoltaics, 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.

Group, Sept. 2015

L—R: Leo Lamontagne, Claudia Göbel (visiting from LMU, Munich), Ram, Dr. Geneva Laurita, Douglas Fabini, Michael Knight, Sara Smock, Emily Levin, Hayden Evans, Brian Barazza, Dr. Vicky Doan-Nguyen, Jason Douglas, Joshua Bocarsly, Molleigh Preefer, Jonathon Bechtel, Clayton Cozzan, and Megan Butala. Not in picture: Mandi Buffon, Shiri Arnon, Christina Garcia, Catrina Wilson. [Undergraduates in italics]

For an archive of group pictures since 2005, please see: here (large file)

Ram's CV PDF and publications PDF

Poster describing some group activities and products (April 2015) PDF (6MB)

events, happenings, tutorials:

At the NASSC, Talahassee, 2015

At the 2015 North American Solid State Chemistry Conference in Talahassee, FL, May 2015, with current and former group members and friends. L to R: Prof. Daniel Shoemaker (UIUC), Prof. Eric Toberer (Mines), Leo Lamontagne, Prof. Jakoah Bgroch (U. Houston), Clayton Cozzan, Megan Butala, Prof. Efrain Rodriguez (UMD), Dr. Katharine Page (ORNL), Ram, Prof. Sophia Hayes (Washington University, UCSB PhD with Eckert/Stucky). Thanks to Prof. Danny Fredrickson for taking this photograph (along with 65 others).

At the GRC Solid State Chemistry, 2014

At the 2014 GRC on Solid State Chemistry. L to R standing: Ram, Galen Stucky, Brent melot (USC), Eric Toberer (Colorado School of Mines), Jakoah Brgoch (University fo Houston). L to R, sitting: Jason Douglas, Michael Gaultois, Christina Birkel (TU Darmstadt), Daniel Shoemaker (UIUC), James Neilson (Colorado State), Efrain Rodriguez (Univerity of Maryland, College Park). Click for higher resolution.

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

2013 ICMR Summer School on Materials in 3D: Modeling and Imaging at Multiple Length Scales: PDF Flier and Website for applications.

2013 NSF Materials Genome Initiative Workshop, February 21 and 22, 2013. Here is a write-up in the American Ceramics Society Bulletin.

Primer and Lecture by Professor Roger Pynn of IU on neutron scattering. And here is the same Primer in Korean.

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

Summer School on Preparative Strategies in Solid State and Materials Chemistry: PDF and Web

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)

RET, Summer 2008: John Gonzalez and Keri Santos build levitating vehicles + PDF + movie

UCSB-MPG Workshop on Inorganic Materials for Energy Conversion, Storage and Conservation, February 2008

International Workshop on Synthesis of Functional Oxide Materials, August 2007 (Group Pic)

Nanomagnetism (PDF) tutorial talk at the ICMR-ICYS Summer School in Tsukuba, July 26, 2007.

Fall MRS 2006, Symposium QQ: Solid State Chemistry of Inorganic Materials

FestSchrift Symposium for Tony Cheetham, April 6 and 7, 2006

ICMR Summer School: Porous Materials, July 31 to August 12, 2006

ICMR Summer School: Topics in Biomaterials, August 7 to August 20, 2005

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.

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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.


Ram Seshadri, Professor
Materials Department
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: seshadri@mrl.ucsb.edu web: http://www.mrl.ucsb.edu/~seshadri


Joanne McNie
Phone: (805) 893 5366 email: jmcnie@engineering.ucsb.edu

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.