NANOSTRUCTURED MATERIALS & DEVICES
After receiving his doctorate from the University of Maryland at College Park, Nikhil Koratkar joined the faculty of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in January 2001 as an Assistant Professor. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2006 and to Full Professor in 2009. In 2011, Koratkar was also appointed a Full Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Rensselaer. In 2012, Koratkar was appointed the John A. Clark and Edward T. Crossan Chair Professor in Engineering at RPI.
Professor Koratkar is a winner of the NSF CAREER Award (2003), AHS Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Award (2004), RPI Early Career Award (2005) and the Electrochemical Society's SES Young investigator Award (2009). He has published a book on graphene in composite materials and over 110 journal papers, including 4 papers with the Nature Publishing Group (1 in Nature, 2 in Nature Materials & 1 in Scientific Reports). Koratkar's papers have been cited over 3,300 times (H-index of 31). He has obtained ~$8 Million in research grants from several agencies including NSF, NYSERDA, ONR, ARO, AEC and Industry. In September 2010, Koratkar was appointed Editor of CARBON (Elsevier).
Koratkar's group synthesizes a variety of nanoscale structures (graphene, graphene oxide, carbon nanotubes, metal and silicon nanorods, nano-beams, nano-springs etc.) using techniques such as chemical vapor deposition and oblique angle deposition. In recent years Koratkar's research has focused on the study of these nanomaterials for energy and sustainability. The nexus between energy, sustainability and nanotechnology is an area that shows potential for great scientific and technological advances.