Prof. Kannan Ramaswamy  

Department of Physics

Energy Sustainability and Energy materials, Magneto – optical effects in ferrofluids: Physics and applications, Magneto-plasmonics for sensing applications, Renewable energy with a focus on photovoltaics, Interaction of light with metallic nanostructures (Nanoplasmonics), Pedagogical techniques to teach fundamental undergraduate physics courses
Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani
Hyderabad Campus
Jawahar Nagar, Kapra Mandal
Dist.-Medchal-500 078
Telangana, India
Ph.D: Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
M.Sc: Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
B. Sc: Maharaja's College, Ernakulam, Cochin
Pre-degree: St. Paul's College, Kalamassery, Cochin
School education: FACT Eastern School and FACT High School, Udyogamandal, Aluva 
His doctoral thesis under the guidance of Prof. J. Ramarishna focused on the investigation of dynamics in dipolar glasses using proton NMR. After completing his Ph.D. he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel for two years. At Weizmann he investigated dynamics in discotic liquid crystals using solid state NMR techniques under the guidance of Prof. Zeev Luz (late). He moved to Washington-University in St. Loius, USA from Weizmann and he worked under the guidance of  Prof. Sophia Hayes for five years on the application of optically polarized NMR techniques in semi-insulating GaAs.  In 2008 he joined BITS-Pilani, Hyderabad Campus as a faculty and he has been working at BITS since then. At BITS, he has been working on problems related to the interaction of light with matter. As a part of his efforts, he has completed two DST-SERB projects in the area of  magneto – plasmonics and the application of photon upconversion in improving the efficiency in ferroelectric photovoltaic materials. He developed a magneto-optical rotation measurement system along with a private company (Holmarc Ltd, Kerala) as a part of the DST project. This facility is also being used by other researchers from the country. He was also a part of the team who developed cleanroom facility at BITS-Pilani, Hyderabad Campus. Currently, he leads the Photovoltaics research team at the Materials Center for Sustainable Energy and Environment (McSEE) where the focus is to identify new solar cell materials with higher efficiencies than silicon and also develop techniques to improve the photovoltaic efficiency of existing solar cell materials. His group is also involved in the investigations of solar cells materials for underwater applications. This work is being carried out in collaboration with Prof. Sanket Goel's group at BITS-Pilani, Hyderabad Campus.