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), RPI James M. Tien '66 Early Career Award (2005), the Electrochemical Society's SES Young investigator Award (2009), American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) Gustus L. Larson Memorial Award (2015), IIT-Bombay Distinguished Alumnus Award (2019) and the RPI William H. Wiley 1866 Distinguished Faculty Award (2021). In 2016, Koratkar was elected a Fellow of the ASME. He has published a book on graphene as an additive in composite materials and over 225 archival journal papers and 5 Patents (>26,000 Citations, H-Index = 76). His publications include one in Science, one in Nature, one in PNAS, three in Nature Materials, four in Nature Communications, ten in Advanced Materials, fifteen in ACS Nano, six in Nano Letters, eight in Advanced Functional Materials and eight in Small. In 2018, Clarivate Analytics named him in their highly cited researchers list (top 1% by citations). Koratkar has obtained over $11 Million in research grants from several agencies including NSF, NYSERDA, ONR, ARO, AEC and Industry. In 2010, Koratkar was appointed Editor of CARBON (Elsevier).

Professor Koratkar's research has focused on the synthesis, characterization, and application of nanostructured materials. This includes graphene, carbon nanotubes, transition metal dichalcogenides, hexagonal boron nitride, phosphorene, tellurene, perovskites as well as metal and silicon nanostructures produced by a variety of techniques such as mechanical exfoliation, chemical vapor deposition, and oblique angle sputter and e-beam deposition. He is studying the fundamental mechanical, electrical, thermal and optical properties of these one-dimensional (1D) and two-dimensional (2D) materials and developing a variety of composites, coating and energy storage device applications of these low dimensional materials. He also serves on the advisory board of a start-up aimed at commercializing next-generation energy storage solutions.

Selected Publications

Selected Media Hits

SCIENCE: Healing of dendrites
in a Lithium-metal battery
Popular Science
NATURE: Carbon nanotubes
for gas sensing
NATURE (Research Highlight)
PNAS: Potassium-metal battery
Popular Mechanics
NATURE MATERIALS: Wetting transparency
of graphene
National Science Foundation
NATURE MATERIALS: Energy dissipation
in nano-composites
National Science Foundation
NATURE MATERIALS: 2D gallium nitride
NATURE COMMUNICATIONS: Mechanical properties
of defective graphene sheets
metal in porous graphene networks
New York Times
cathodes for Li-ion batteries
The Indian Express
metal meshes
US News and World Report