Materials, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Ram Seshadri


Ram Seshadri’s research encompasses a number of areas in the chemistry of inorganic materials, including new ways of preparing materials, seeking clues from nature on how to make new high-performance materials,  magnetism in inorganic solids, chemical patterning of inorganic materials on large (micrometer) length scales, and finally, using first principles electronic structure calculations to predict new material properties. In addition to his focus on magnetism, polar materials, and porosity, Seshadri is increasingly contributing to materials for heterogeneous catalysis and for applications in solid-state lighting (semiconductors, phosphors , etc.). He also extensively researches functional (particularly oxide) nanomaterials.


Interdisciplinary Center for Wide Bandgap Semiconductors, Member
Solid-State Lighting & Energy Center, Member
Chemcial Life Cycle Collaborative, Member


After four years as a post-doctoral fellow in France and Germany, he joined the faculty of the Indian Institute of Science in 1999. He moved to the Materials Department at UC Santa Barbara in 2002 as an Assistant Professor, was promoted to Associate Professor in 2006, and to Professor in 2008. Since 2007, he has also had a dual appointment in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and in 2009, he became the Associate Director of UCSB’s Material Research Laboratory.  Seshadri has served as visiting fellow or professor at a number of institutions in Europe including Trinity College, Cambridge, UK; Ecole Polytechnique and Université de Versailles in France; and Universitat at Mainz, Germany.


2005 American Chemical Society ExxonMobil Solid State Chemistry Faculty Fellowship
2005 NSF CAREER Award
2010 Royal Society of Chemistry Fellow


MS: Indian Institute of Science
PhD: Indian Institute of Science

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