Dr. Varadharajan Srinivasan

Physical Chemistry

  • Designation : Assistant Professor
  • Phone : +91 755 269 1315, 669 1315
  • Email : vardha@iiserb.ac.in
  • Fax : +91 755 669 2392
Academic Details

Assistant Professor (February 2010-), Department of Chemistry Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhopal, India.

Post-doc (Sep. 2009-Dec. 2009) Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.

Post-Doc (Jan. 2007-Aug. 2009) University of California, Berkeley, CA.

Ph.D. Chemistry (2001- 2006) Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.

Profile Details

    Electronic, optical and structural properties of materials for renewable energy conversion and storage such as solar cells and fuels.

    Chemical and physical phenomena at the nanoscale.

    Electronic structure at solid surfaces and interfaces.

    Electronic and structural phase transitions in the solid state.

    Excited state dynamics in photochemical systems.


    • A. Jha, , D. Chakraborty, V. Srinivasan and J. Dasgupta, "Photoinduced Charge Transfer in Solvated Anthraquinones is Facilitated by Low-frequency Ring Deformations" J. Phys. Chem. B 117, 12276 (2013).

    • E. Ertekin, V. Srinivasan, J. Ravichandran, P. B. Rossen, W. Siemons, A. Majumdar, R. Ramesh, and J. C. Grossman, "Interplay between Intrinsic Defects, Doping and Free Carrier Concentration in Perovskite Oxide Thin Films", Phys. Rev. B 85, 195460 (2012).

    • J. Morrone, V. Srinivasan, Daniel Sebastiani, and Roberto Car, "The ProtonMomentum Distribution in Water: An Open Path Integral Molecular Dynamics Study", J.Chem. Phys. 126, 234504 (2007).

    • V. Srinivasan, Giancarlo Cicero, and Jeffrey C. Grossman, "Adsorption-induced surface stresses in alkanethiolate-Au self-assembled monolayers" Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 185504 (2008).

    • J. Cao, E. Ertekin, V. Srinivasan, W. Fan, S. Huang, H. Zheng, J. W. L. Yim,D. R. Khanal, D. F. Ogletree, J. C. Grossman, and J. Wu, "Strain engineering andone-dimensional organization of metal-insulator domains in single crystal VO2 beams" Nature Nanotechnology 4, 732 (2009).

    • Y. Kanai, V. Srinivasan, J. C. Grossman, S. K. Meier, and P. C. Vollhardt, "Mechanism of Thermal Reversal of the (Fulvalene)tetracabonyldiruthenium Photoisomerization: Toward Molecular Solar-Thermal Energy Storage" Angewandte Chemie International Edition 49, 8926 (2010).

    • Cho, L. Berbil-Bautista, I. V. Pechenezhskiy, N. Levy, S. K. Meier, V. Srinivasan, Y. Kanai, J. C. Grossman, K. P. C. Vollhardt, and M. F. Crommie, "Single-Molecule-Resolved Structural Changes Induced by Temperature and Light in Surface-Bound Organometallic Molecules Designed for Energy Storage" ACS Nano 5, 3701 (2011).

    • V. Srinivasan , and D. Sebastiani, "The Isotope-Effect in the Phase Transition of KH2PO4: New Insights from ab-initio Path-Integral Simulations" J. Phys. Chem. C 115, 12631 (2011).

    • K. Börjesson, D. Ćoso, V. Gray, J. C. Grossman, J. Guan, C. B. Harris, N. Hertkorn, Z. Hou, Y.Kanai, D. Lee, J. P. Lomont, A. Majumdar, S. K. Meier, K. Moth-Poulsen, R. L. Myrabo, S. C. Nguyen, R. A. Segalman, V. Srinivasan, W. B. Tolman, N. Vinokurov, K. P. C. Vollhardt, and T. W. Weidman, "Exploring the Potential of Fulvalene Dimetals as Platforms for Molecular Solar Thermal Energy Storage: Computations, Syntheses, Structures, Kinetics, and Catalysis", Chem. Eur. J. 20, 15587 (2014).