CEMS Seminar Series - Dr. Jayakanth Ravichandran

CEMS Seminar Series - Dr. Jayakanth Ravichandran

Dr. Jayakanth Ravichandran, Assistant Professor, Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Southern California

Seminar title: "Quasi-1D Hexagonal Chalcogenides: A Novel Material Platform for Photonic and Electronic Functionalities"


Perovskite Chalcogenides are a new class of semiconductors with very high absorption coefficient, giant optical anisotropy and tunable band gaps in the visible to infrared energies. In this talk, I will  briefly summarize advances made both in my research group and in the research community on the theory, synthesis of these materials and understanding their physical properties. Among these materials, I will discuss the unconventional properties of quasi-1D hexagonal chalcogenides with face shared transition metal – chalcogen octahedra. First, I will outline the large linear optical anisotropy in these materials in terms of birefringence, dichroism, and linear dichroism conversion properties in the mid- to long-wave infrared energies. Second, I will elucidate our efforts to understand electronic transitions arising from the quasi-1D structure, how these observations can lead to novel electronic phenomena and applications. Finally, I will provide a general outlook for future studies and the electronic and photonic applications of these exciting new class of materials.


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Jayakanth Ravichandran is an Assistant Professor in the Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science with courtesy appointment in Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Southern California. He received his Ph.D. degree from University of California, Berkeley in 2011. He performed post-doctoral research at Columbia University and briefly at Harvard University, before joining the current position. His research interests are in materials design, synthesis, characterization, and physical properties of complex materials for electronic, photonic, and energy applications. His honors include the 2020 TMS Young Leader Professional Development Award, 2020 Orange County Engineering Council Outstanding Engineering Merit Award, and 2017 Early Career Scholar in Materials Science by the Journal of Materials Research.


Start date
Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, 1:25 p.m.

3-180 Keller Hall

200 Union St SE

Minneapolis, MN 55455