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 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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 130 journal papers. His publications include one in Nature, two in Nature Materials, two in Nature Communications, four in Nano Letters, six in Advanced materials, nine in ACS Nano and seven in Small. Koratkar's papers have been cited over 5000 times (H-index of 40). 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, transition metal dichalcogenides, metal and silicon nanowires 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.

Selected Publications

Selected Media Hits

NATURE: Carbon nanotubes
for gas sensing
NATURE (Research Highlight)
NATURE MATERIALS: Wetting transparency
of Graphene
NATURE Asia-Pacific
NATURE MATERIALS: Energy dissipation
in nano-composites
National Science Foundation
NATURE COMMUNICATIONS: Mechanical properties
of defective graphene sheets
metal in porous graphene networks
ACS NANO: Graphene nano-composites
NANO LETTERS: High power Li-ion batteries
featuring Silicon nano-scoop anodes
SMALL: Band gap engineering in graphene
USA Today
ADVANCED MATERIALS: Graphene coating
with controllable wetting properties
US News and World Report
ACS NANO: PL Spectra of defective MoS2/WS2 MSNBC
ACS NANO: Wetting of MoS2 and WS2 nanosheets Reuters
ACS NANO: Graphene ceramic compositesNew York Times
ACS NANO: Graphene anodes for Li-ion batteries