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 and postdoctoral fellows, February 2017: L—R: (Humans) Ram, leo Lamontagne, Kira Wyckoff, Douglas Fabini, Brian Barraza, Nicole Michenfelder-Schauser, Emily Levin, Dr. Jason Grebenkemper, Jonathon Bechtel, Dr. Vicky Doan-Nguyen, Dr. Geneva Laurita, Megan Butala, Malinda Buffon, Clayton Cozzan, Molleigh Preefer, and Hayden Evans; (Canines) Kamia and Pixie. Not in picture: Emily Schueller.
Interns, February 2017 (L to R): Ram, Catrina Wilson, Michael Brady, Mitchell Koerner, Shiri Arnon, Shahryar Mooraj, Ramsey Issa, Jessica Andrews, Christina Garcia, Nicholas O'Dea, and Margaux Everingham.
Some current and former group members and friends at the 2017 NASSCC, held at the Corwin Pavillian at UC Santa Barbara: Left to right: Franziska Schröder, Ram, Emily Levin, Clayton Cozzan, Brent Melot, Emily Schueller, Mitchell Koerner, Joshua Bocarsly, Geneva Laurita, Douglas Fabini, Jason Grebenkemper, Lucy Darago, Jonathon Bechtel, Molleigh Preefer, Adam Jaffe, Jason Douglas, Stephanie Moffitt, Daniel Shoemaker, Katharine Page, Christina Birkel, Nicole Michenfelder-Schauser, Eric Toberer, Srinivasa Thimmaiah, Abby Neer, Efrain Rodriguez, and Jamie Neilson.
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:
The 2017 North American Solid State Chemistry Conference was held at UC Santa Barbara, August 16th through 19th, hosted by the Seshadri research group. Here is the high-resolution photograph of the entire group.
Preparing Figures for presentations and publication: A talk given July 2017.
Andrew McGuan's website with useful python scripts developed
for the group.
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 profiled Ram in 2012.
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 2008, Ram has been serving as a Member of the Editorial Committee of Annual Reviews of Materials Research.
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.