Dr. Sudarshan Nrayanan
Assistant Professor
Department of Sustainable Energy Engineering
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Short Bio

Welcome to the Energy Materials, Characterization, and Device Engineering Group page in the Department of Sustainable Energy Engineering at IIT Kanpur.

Our focus is on engineering materials and interfaces for:

  • Energy Storage (primarily solid-state batteries),
  • Multi-layer spectrally-selective thin film coatings, and
  • Building-integrated photovoltaics.

Through advanced ex-situ, in-situ and operando characterization techniques, we also try to understand microstructural, chemical, and electrochemical evolution in the bulk and at interfaces.


  • Aug 2009 - Aug 2014 M.S., Ph.D. Materials Science, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA.

  • Aug 2005 - Jul 2009 B.Tech. Engineering Physics, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) - Madras, Chennai India.

Career Summary

A materials scientist with 10+ years of combined academic and industry research experience in thin film coatings, transparent conductors, and battery materials for applications ranging from architectural glazings, automotive windshields, to optoelectronic devices and solid-state batteries. I am passionate about synergizing complementary advances in renewable energy generation and energy storage solutions for a sustainable energy future