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. In addition to our traditional focus on magnetism, polar materials, and porosity, we find ourselves increasingly contributing to materials for heterogeneous catalysis and for applications in solid state lighting (semiconductors, phosphors ...) We also extensively research functional (particularly oxide) nanomaterials. 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.
L—R: Claudia Göbel (visiting from LMU, Munich), Dr. Geneva Laurita-Planckis, Margaret Lumley, Ram, Mandi Buffon, Sara Smock, Claire-Alice Hébert, Michael Knight, Douglas Fabini, Clayton Cozzan, Hayden Evans, Jaye Harada, Jonathon Bechtel, Jason Douglas, Christina Garcia, Michael Gaultois, Demetrious Lloyd, Dr. Anna Lehner, Leo Lamontagne, and Megan Butala. [Undergraduates in italics]
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 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 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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org web: http://www.mrl.ucsb.edu/~seshadri
Phone: (805) 893 5366 email: email@example.com
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.