Dr. Satheesh Krishnamurthy Fellow of Royal Scoeity of Chemistry (FRSC) and Chair Professor of Energy Technology at the School of Engineering and Innovation, STEM at The Open University. He is also vice president of Indian chamber of Youth Entrerepneurs (indiancye.org) Prior to joining the faculty in 2012, he was a Research Fellow at Dublin City University (2008-2012) and Trinity College Dublin, Ireland between (2004- 2008) and he received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 2004. He is currently reviewer of high impact factor journals such as Physical Review B, Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology.
Research in the Krishnamurthy’s lab is primarily funded through grants from the European Union, Indo-Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, which is focused on commercializing low cost commercial viable nanomaterials, devices for energy harvesting and storage. In recent years, Dr. Krishnamurthy has received the Overseas Research Scholarship Award for doing PhD (2001-2004). He was invited by former president of India Dr. A.P.J Kalam in the year 2007 to discuss about Nano initiatives in India and societal impacts. Dr. Krishnamurthy’s work on gold nitride, entitled Scientists create substitute for gold, came as special issue in BBC. Dr. Krishnamurthy also represented Ireland in Eu-India research and Innovation Forum and led several delegations to India to forge tangible scientific and Innovation partnership with India.
Dr. Satheesh Krishnamurthy is a material and surface scientist, involved in preparation and characterisation of various nanostructured films and metal nitrides and oxides for electronics, optical and Energy applications. His research focuses on the materials science and engineering of several technologies that will impact our society in the future. He is currently working on a multidisciplinary research team.
He uses various synchrotron-based photoemission, x-ray emission, x-ray absorption and x-ray excited optical luminescence to study the electronic and optical properties of carbon, silicon and graphene nano structures and bulk films. He uses/used the following synchrotron light sources:
He is committed to changing the world through discoveries and developing the science and technology by bottom up approach.
He has produced 40 international journal publications of high scientific impact journals such as Nature Nanotechnology, Advanced Materials etc., he has 2 international patents and 2 more pending approval. He has delivered 25 invited talks at several international conferences and has delivered Inspirational Lecture series for school students.
.International workshop on Energy and Environment, Higher Education Innovation Fund, The Open University, UK, £ 8000, Conference Chair, In collaboration with International Development SRA, Supported by Royal Academy of Engineering, European union Erasmus plus and Newton Fund, 2017
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Nanoenergy Harvesting, Irish PV and Wind, Ireland, March 2012
Nanoenergy Harvesting and cutting edge Characterisation for devices, Aditya Birla Group, Corporate Office, Mumbai, India, February 2012
Surface Characterisation of Nanomaterials for coating applications, British Petroleum, UK, August 2011
Plasma processing of thin films and surface characterisation, Element 6, (De Beers Group of Company, Berkshire, UK, May 2011
X-ray spectroscopic investigation of metal nitrides, Diamond UK, May 2009
Academic/Invited talk at conferences
Invited guest lecture for MPhil students on Nanotechnology, Societal and Ethical Challenges, University of Cambridge, September, 2013
Nanomaterials and commercialisation challenges: Blue sky to reality- Hindustan University, India, August 2013
Sustainable Energy Development- from James Bond 007 to reality, Engineers Ireland Week, Dublin, Ireland, March 2013
Inspiring Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology, TERI University, India, February 2013
Intelligent Nanomaterials for Energy storage and harvesting, Cambridge Material Society, UK, January 2013
Low cost fabrication of Nanomaterials through PECVD and the Soft X‐ray spectroscopy a powerful tool to probe nanstructured systems at IEEE, International conference on Nanoelectronics, Singapore, December 2012
Soft X-ray spectroscopy and its advantages and applications, International Conference on Recent Trends in Advanced Materials, VIT, VELLORE, February 2012
Semiconducting Nanoparticles and surface effects on Energy Applications, NANOMEET, Anna University, February, 2012
Nanomaterials, processing and Energy Harvesting, Central for Power Research Institute, Bangalore, February 2012
Nanotechnology Shaken but not Stirred- Revolution of Endless Possibilities, East point Engineering College, Bangalore, February 2012
Soft X-ray Spectroscopy – A powerful tool to probe Nanostructured systems, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, DCU IIT Madras workshop, September 2011
Soft X-ray Spectroscopy – A powerful tool to probe Nanostructured systems, Centre for Nanoscience and Engineering, IISc, DCU-IISc workshop, September 2011
Nanotechnology- Revolution of Endless Possibilities at Dayananda Sagar College, Bangalore, Dec 2010
3rd Bangalore Nano- Dec 2010 (http://www.bangalorenano.in/nano_2010/speakers-profile.html#satheesh)
Inspirational Lecture Programme for Youth at IISc auditorium- Bangalore Nano in Bangalore 8th Dec 2010, along with Prof Sir Richard Friend, Prof Anthony Cheetam, Prof Dunbar Birnie and Mr. Stephen Bill.
Exploring the origin of ferromagnetism in Dilute Ferromagnetic oxides and novel nanostructure metal nitrides – International Conference on Fundamentals and Applications of Nanoscience and technology – Jadavpur University, India- Dec 2010
Understanding the Electronic and Optical properties of micro-Nano systems through various spectroscopes and optical techniques- International Conference on Multifunctional Materials- Banaras Hindu University- Dec 2010
Soft X-ray spectroscopy –An effective probe to characterise Nanostructure materials- National Conference on Experimental Tools for Material Science, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India – Dec 2010
Pulsed Laser Deposition of ZnO and field emission properties, INSPIRE, Ireland, June 2010
X-ray spectroscopy and its applications to Nan systems- Nano materials Processing Laboratory Lecture series, Dublin City University, Ireland- September 2010
Plenary talk on “ Nanotechnology – The Revolution of Endless Possibilities” at Recent Trends in Advanced Materials conference, NIT, Karnataka, India – Feb 2010
Lecture on “Nanomaterials and its applications”, SRM University, India Jan 2010
Gold Nitride hard and super strong material, MAX-Lab, Sweden, 2009
Prof Vasudev Aatre, former Director of Defence Research Development Organisation, India, invited me to give a lecture series for undergraduate and schoolteachers in the area of nanomaterials August 2008.
Gold Nitride harder than gold, what next “Advanced nanomaterials” IIT Bombay 2008.
Nanomaterials for Energy Devices, University of Madras, India, in December 2006.
alk on “Electronic and optical properties of nanostructure materials”, University of Aberystwyth, UK, June 2006.
X-ray spectroscopy a powerful to investigate Nanostructure materials at R. K. M. Vivekananda College, University of Madras, India.
Mr. Avishek Dey (Post doct)
Miss Paheli Ghosh (PhD Student)
Mr. Gauthaman Chandrabose (PhD Student)
Mr. Manan Mehta (PhD student
Prof Franco Amado, Postdoc
Ms Lily He (Visiting student from Dublin City University)
Miss Emer Duffy (Visiting student from University of Auckland)
The research in our laboratory is focused on understanding and controlling surface and interfacial materials chemistry and applying this knowledge to a range of problems in semiconductor processing, nanotechnology, and sustainable energy. The role of interfaces becomes increasingly important as system dimensions are scaled downward. For example, most electronic and optoelectronic devices are undergoing rapid scaling, with lengths moving into the nanometer range and the surface to volume ratio becoming very large. The function of many next-generation electronic and nanoscale devices will therefore depend critically on the ability to control and modify the properties of their interfaces. One of the examples are Graphene see below
For example Graphene and fucntionalised graphene represent a promising photovoltaic technology and supercapactior. The original design includes a monolayer of graphene and functionalized graphene surfaces adsorbed on a high-porosity conducting transparent electrode (the electron transporter) surrounded by an iodine electrolyte solution (the hole conductor).
(Figure shows the representation of low cost flexible solar cells)
Functionlaised graphene surfaces/ dopant predicted to give half of the sheet resistance. The flexible organic solar cells, which will fabricated on a plastic or Zenor substrate, retained a power conversion efficiency of 2.5–2.6%, regardless of the bending conditions, even up to a bending radius of 5.2 mm. The resultant systems are characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), atomic force microscopy (AFM), UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy, and synchrotron methods, and by solar cell testing techniques including photoluminescence quenching and current-voltage measurements.
|Copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) is one of the most promising absorber technologies for thin film photovoltaics, and variations on CIGS solar cells are currently being manufactured by several solar cell companies. Sunlight is absorbed in the CIGS layer, and the charge is extracted and transported through the buffer layer before being collected by the electrodes. The most promising buffer layer is a very thin layer of cadmium sulfide deposited via chemical bath deposition; however, due to health concerns involved with cadmium, other materials are being studied for buffer layers, and plasma enchanced chemical vapour depositon is one most promising alternatives for depositing these thin layers of n-type semiconductors. We are currently looking at new materials and methods for the buffer layer deposition in CIGS photovoltaics via PECVD and understanding the surface and interface effects through various spectroscopic techniques…|
T213: Energy and Sustainability
T356 : Engineering Small World
Previous teaching at Dublin City University
EE 535 Renewable Energy Systems Technology and Economics
Dr. Vin Dhanak, Liverpool University, UK
Prof Jinghua Guo, Advanced Light Source, Berkeley, California, US
Dr. Amit K. Chakraborty, NIT Durgapur, India
Prof Andrea Ferrrai, University of Cambridge, UK
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|Lead||01/Apr/2017||30/Nov/2019||Royal Academy of Engineering|
As water becomes a limiting resource in densely populated regions of the world, effective treatment of industrial wastewater not only becomes necessary for safe recycling of the resource but also is essential for the survival of the industry. The textile industry consumes about 140 L of water / kg of finished product, and dying is one of the most polluting of the chain of activities it conducts. The current treatment methods for textile wastewater involve sedimentation, biological treatment and various tertiary treatments like reverse osmosis, ultra-filtration or nano-filtration to remove the various contaminants and making water safe for reuse or disposal into water bodies. These processes consequently generate voluminous sludge for disposal and hazardous membrane rejects. To overcome these expensive processes and hazardous waste generation we have explored the possibility of employing a plant-microbe system (Mohanapriya et al., under review). The salient advantage of this process is its low power requirement and elimination of toxic byproducts from breakdown of aromatic compounds present in textile mill effluents. The proposed project will address the following questions to develop a comprehensive solution to the textile mill wastewater treatment: a. can we use a photocatalytic process to quickly decolorize azodyes in high concentration in waste streams? b. can we develop an integrated system to detoxify and depollute the wastewater? c. what are the mechanistic basis for such a treatment process? d. how do we translate these findings for the benefit of the industry? The collaborators bring in their unique expertise for solving these problems. The beneficiaries will be the textile processing industries, the participating academic institutions for the range of experiences on offer for their faculty and students, and the industrial partner to reach out to and expand its customer base with new and effective solutions.
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|Lead||13/Mar/2017||30/Nov/2017||Royal Academy of Engineering|
Over the last few decades, the applications of photovoltaic systems have grown rapidly and they are on their way to become a major energy source for India and Europe. Over the past few years the installed capacity increased 200 to 400% in Asia and Europe.. The year 2016 was another one for the books for solar photovoltaic (PV) technology, as it has experienced remarkable growth over the past decade and is on the way to becoming a mature and mainstream source of electricity. For the second year in a row, in 2017 PVs were the top new source of electricity generation in the European Union. The capacity of the systems installed during this year is sufficient to cover the annual power supply needs of over 40 million European and Asian households. Each year these PV installations save more than 36 million tons of CO2. It is thus argued that reducing the EU's and Asias current rate of fossil-fuel combustion can be assisted greatly by introducing coherent, comprehensive and coordinated energy education policies. PVs continue to prove their ability to compete in the energy sector as a mainstream power generation source. However, even if the most pessimistic scenario is taken into account, PVs will continue to increase their share of the energy mix in Europe and around the world, becoming a reliable source of clean, safe and ceaseless renewable energy for all. It has been suggested that education on solar systems must be one of the priorities of the energy policy, to promote the solar energy applications for sustainable development. It is impossible to successfully promote solar systems without appropriately educated people who will be involved in their design, sizing, and installation. The main part of a PV system is the PV panel itself, as it is the part responsible for the conversion of solar energy to electricity. Thus, the theory of PV panels has been included in the curriculum of most educational institutes with an engineering course. However, it is well known how important the role of hands-on experience is in engineering education and hence, the theoretical study should be combined with experimentation in order for the students to be able to apply the theory of a specific device in actual conditions. Nowadays, the traditional approach of educational sessions in real laboratories is changing, with the virtual and remote laboratories gaining ground. This is attributed to the rapid developments and adoption of computer, internet and control technologies. A remote laboratory offers the ability to perform an extensive set of educational experiments under real conditions through the internet and within a very short time. At the same time, the student can have a live view of the systems through a web camera, offering him/her a sense of personal presence in the place where the experiment takes place. This project suggests the development of an open access remote PV laboratory for educational purposes. The remote PV laboratory, which will consist of specialized PV equipment, sensors, monitoring and control hardware, will be installed outdoors at the facilities of the OU, and allowing the users from India to perform real-world tests and experiments with photovoltaic panels over the internet, in real time. The system should be accessible by everyone on the planet with an internet access . It also should be accompanied by appropriate educational material, for several target groups, such as students, postgraduates, professionals and educators, allowing it to be used by a broad variety of users directly. The design should also be modular, to be easy to modify and or upgrade.
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