Education

Ph.D., Engineering
University of Cambridge

M.S., Process Engineering
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich)

B.Tech., Chemical Engineering
National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli

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Piran Kidambi

Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering


Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering


Research Focus

My research leverages the intersection between i) in-situ metrology, ii) process engineering and iii) material science to enable bottom-up novel materials design and synthesis for energy, novel membrane, electronics, catalysis, metrology and healthcare applications. The key scientific questions in my field relate to understanding mechanisms for atomistic control during nanomaterial synthesis, while the engineering challenges center around developing scalable production processes and interfacing nanomaterials into functional systems to realize functional applications.  

We are actively looking for talented graduate students and post-docs to join the group in Fall 2017.

Select publications:

  1. Kidambi P.R., Boutilier M.S., Jang D., Wang L., Kim J. and Karnik R., “Selective nanoscale mass transport across atomically thin single crystalline graphene membranes” Advanced Materials (2017) DOI: 10.1002/adma.201605896
  2. Kidambi P.R., Weijtens C., Robertson J.R., Hofmann S. and Meyer J., ‘’Multifunctional oxides for integrated manufacturing compatible doping and patterning of graphene electrodes for organic electronics’’ Applied Physics Letters.(2015) DOI: 10.1063/1.4908292
  3. Xi K., Kidambi P.R., Chen R., Gao C., Peng. X, Ducati C., Hofmann S. and Kumar R.V., ‘’ Binder free three-dimensional sulphur/few-layer graphene foam cathode with enhanced high-rate capability for rechargeable lithium sulphur batteries’’, Nanoscale. (2014) DOI: 10.1039/C4NR00326H.
  4. Kidambi P.R., Blume R., Kling J., Wagner J.B., Baehtz C., Weatherup R.S., Schloegl R., Bayer B.C. and Hofmann S., ‘’In-situ observations during chemical vapor deposition of hexagonal boron nitride on polycrystalline copper’’, Chemistry of Materials. (2014) DOI: 10.1021/cm502603n.
  5. Kidambi P.R., Bayer B.C., Blume R., Wang Z., Willinger M., Baehtz C., Weatherup R.S., Schloegl R., and  Hofmann S., ‘’Observing graphene grow: Catalyst-graphene interactions during scalable graphene growth on polycrystalline copper’’, Nano Letters. (2013) DOI: 10.1021/nl4023572.
  6. Butt H., Kidambi P.R., ⃰ Dlubak B., Montelongo Y., Palani A., Amaratunga G.A.J., Hofmann S., Wilkinson T.D., ‘’Visible diffraction from graphene and its application in holograms’’, Advanced Optical Materials. (2013) DOI: 10.1002/adom.201300320.
  7. Kidambi P.R., Ducati C., Dlubak B., Gardiner D., Weatherup R.S., Martin M.B., Seneor P., Coles H., and Hofmann S., ‘’The parameter space of graphene CVD on polycrystalline Cu’’, Journal of Physical Chemistry C. (2012) DOI: 10.1021/jp303597m.
  8. Kidambi P.R., Bayer B.C., Weatherup R.S., Ochs R., Ducati C, Szabó D.V. and Hofmann S., ‘’Hafnia nanoparticles – a model system for graphene growth on a dielectric’’, Physica Status Solidi – Rapid Research Letters. (2011) DOI: 10.1002/pssr.201100155.
  9. Kidambi P.R., Cleeton J.P.E., Scott S.A., Dennis J.S., and Bohn C.D., ‘’The interaction of iron oxide with alumina in a composite oxygen carrier during the production of hydrogen by chemical looping’’, Energy and Fuels. (2011) DOI: 10.1021/ef200859d.
  10. Cornel J., Kidambi P.R. and Mazzotti M. “Precipitation and transformation of the three polymorphs of D-mannitol” Industrial Engineering and Chemistry Research. (2010) DOI: 10.1021/ie9019616.
  11. Teleki A., Suter M., Kidambi P.R., Ergeneman O., Krumeich F., Nelson B.J., and Pratsinis S.E., “Hermetically coated superparamagnetic Fe2O3 particles with SiO2 nanofilms”, Chemistry of Materials. (2009) DOI: 10.1021/cm803153m.


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