Aravind Kumar Chandiran

Assistant Professor

Chemical Engineering ,

2018-present: Asst. Professor, Solar Fuels Division - Indian Solar Energy Harnessing Center, IIT-M   

2017-present: Adjunct Faculty, National Center for Catalysis Research (NCCR), IIT-M

2016-present: Assistant Professor

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Research Areas

  • Solar cells 

  • Solar water splitting

  • Carbon dioxide reduction 

  • Photoconductivity 

  • Oxide semiconductors 

  • Solar energy research

Selected Journal Publications

  • Khatun, N; Dey, S; Appadurai, T; Chandiran, A K; Roy, S C: Enhanced H2evolution through water splitting using TiO2/ultrathin g-C3N4: A type II heterojunction photocatalyst fabricated by in situ thermal exfoliation. Applied Physics Letters, 119 (9), 2021, ISSN: 00036951. (Type: Journal Article)

  • Appadurai, T; Chaure, S; Mala, M; Chandiran, A K: Role of Copper in Enhancing Visible Light Absorption in Cs2Ag(Bi, In, Sb)Cl6Halide Double-Perovskite Materials. Energy and Fuels, 35 (14), pp. 11479-11487, 2021, ISSN: 08870624. (Type: Journal Article)

  • Manipulation of parity and polarization through structural distortion in light-emitting halide double perovskites  T. Appadurai, R. Kashikar, P. Sikarwar, S. Antharjanam, BRK Nanda, and A.K. Chandiran,Communications Materials (Nature), 2021, vol. 2, p. 68

  • Jayaraman, J P; Hamdan, M; Velpula, M; Kaisare, N S; Chandiran, A K: BiVO4/Cs2PtI6Vacancy-Ordered Halide Perovskite Heterojunction for Panchromatic Light Harvesting and Enhanced Charge Separation in Photoelectrochemical Water Oxidation. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 13 (14), pp. 16267-16278, 2021, ISSN: 19448244. (Type: Journal Article)

Research Projects

  • Thin-film Photoelectrochemical Solar cells

  • Thin-film Solid-state Solar cells

  • Solar Fuels - Water Splitting & CO2 reduction

  • Role of Atomic Layer Deposition in Dye-sensitized Solar Cell, Apr 2010 - Mar 2014, Associated with Swiss Federal Institute of Technology


  • White Light Emission From Single Semiconductor Material Based On Trivalent Mixed Halide Double Perovskites Aravind Kumar Chandiran, A. Tamilselvan and Poonam SikarwarIndian Patent, Application No. 201941046554 PCT Application No. PCT/IN2020/ 050951

  • Semiconductor electrode comprising a blocking layer.A. K. Chandiran, Md. K. Nazeeruddin & M. Grätzel.WO/2013/084029, International Application No.:PCT/IB2011/055550, Publication Date: 13.06.2013.

  • Design and working method of Battery Lifetime Analysis equipment and Safety Testing- Rig (BLAST-r) Gunjan Kapadia, Indraja Thrivikram Koneri, and Aravind Kumar Chandiran IDF 2365

  • Design of ultrafast recharging, anode swappable zinc-air (ASZA) cell, and mechanically stable twin-layered gas diffusion layer fabrication Gunjan Kapadia, Akhil Kongara, and Aravind Kumar ChandiranIDF 2292


Awards & Recognitions

  • 2021-Technology Translation Award by DST-SERB for development of white light emitters

  • 2016-Investigatorship Award – Finalist A*STAR (Singapore)

  • 2014-Early Postdoc Mobility Fellowship Swiss National Science Foundation

  • 2014-‘Best Paper Award’ Cambridge Nanotech/Ultratech (USA) ALD

  • American Chemical Society - Energy & Fuels ‘Rising Stars’  

  • NASI Young Scientist Platinum Jubilee Award (The National Academy of Sciences, India),

  • INSA Medal for Young Scientists (Indian National Science Academy) 

  • 2013- ‘Prime Special’ Award For Best Teaching EPFL-Oct 

  • 2007-Best Outgoing Student Award All India Rubber Industries Association 

  • 2007-Erasmus Mundus Fellowship European Commission 

  • 2007-Anna University Gold Medal Anna University