Dr. K. Ananthanarayanan

M.Sc, Ph.D

Research Associate Professor

Born in Mumbai, India, I earned my B.Sc (Honors) degree and M.Sc degree in Chemistry from the Sri Sathya Sai University, India. I conducted my graduate studies at the National Centre for Ultrafast Process, India, earning a Ph.D. in Chemistry in the year 2007. My Ph.D. thesis was focused on the encapsulation of organic dyes and titanium dioxide semiconductor nanoparticles in mesoporous host materials and their characterisation, photophysics and photosensitisation studies. I then joined NanoCore, National University of Singapore where I worked as a Research Scientist starting work on development of novel mesoporous electrode materials for Dye-Sensitised Solar Cells (DSSCs) and Lithium Ion Batteries (LIBs). My work at NanoCore resulted in papers in various high impact factor journals including a cover page article in the journal Energy and Environmental Science. Since 2009, I held a position as Research Scientist at the Organic (Plastic) Solar Cells Cluster, Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) where I was responsible for the establishment of Organic solar cell laboratory. From 2013 till June 2016 I held a position as Deputy Head and Senior Research Scientist in the same organisation (SERIS). I joined  SRM Research Institute and Department of Chemistry as an Associate Professor in July 2016. Some of my key research contributions/highlights are as follows:

Established the organic solar cell laboratory at Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) in class 100K clean room with an area of 200 m2 and supervised graduate students.

  • Design and development of very-low-cost passivation/anti-reflective coating layers for high efficiency and highly stable silicon solar cells layers via novel liquid-based coatings by a variety of non-vacuum methods. (Product development for Industry) Cover page article in the journal Energy & Environmental Science with an impact factor of 25.42 and the work is cited as high impact research article in the journal Energy & Environmental Science (
  • Project based on U.S. Patent No: US 8,968,931 B2: The National Research Foundation (NRF) of Singapore funded a one year project (S$ 243000) for the team to develop the material for powering electric vehicles in collaboration with E-One Moli (third largest battery manufacturer in Taiwan). This project involved the mass production of mesoporous TiO2 and its commercialization as an anode material for Lithium ion battery application.
  • Developed for the first time a novel “pseudo bi-layer” architecture for organic solar cells: Efficiency of the device improved by 40% when compared with traditional device architecture.
  • Design and synthesis of structurally well-defined mesoporous materials through soft-template methodology [U.S. Patent No: US 8,968,931 B2, U.S. Patent Application No. 13/817,929,Micro. Meso. Mater 2009, Energy &Environmental Science 2010 and Mater. Chem. Phys 2011] 

 My current research is focused on,

  • Development of novel device architecture for high efficiency organic solar cells
  • Development of novel transition metal oxides as inter facial layers for highly stable organic solar cells
  • Development of highly stable perovskite, organic/perovskite tandem solar cells. 

  • Flexible solar cells for low power electronics
  • Organic solar cells
  • Organic-inorganic hybrid solar cells (Perovskite solar cells)
  • Development of anti-reflection layers and passivation layers for silicon solar cells using low temperature solution process


Research Group:

  • Looking for bright young and motivated students (undergraduate and postgraduate level) who are passionate towards topics like material chemistry, renewable energy  and nanotechnology

Selected publications

  • “All-in-one solar cell: Solution processed, efficient, stable and light-soaking free diketopyrrolopyrrole based small molecule inverted organic solar cells with novel interfacial layers”
  • Lim Fang Jeng, KrishnamoorthyAnanthanarayanan* and Ho Ghim Wei Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, 150 (2016) 19.(*Corresponding author). Impact Factor: 4.732 
  • “Addressing the light-soaking issue in inverted organic solar cells using chemical bath deposited fluorinated TiOx electron transport layer” Lim Fang Jeng, Set Ying Ting, KrishnamoorthyAnanthanarayanan, Jianyong Ouyang,Joachim Luther and Ho Ghim Wei Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 3 (2015) 314. Impact Factor: 8.262
  • “Device stability and light-soaking characteristics of high efficiency benzodithiophene-thienothiophenecopolymer based inverted organic solar cells with F-TiOx electron transport layer” Lim Fang Jeng, KrishnamoorthyAnanthanarayananand Ho Ghim Wei ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 7 (2015) 12119. Impact Factor: 7.145  
  • “Influence of novel fluorosurfactant modified PEDOT:PSS hole transport layer on the performance of inverted organic solar cells” Lim Fang Jeng, KrishnamoorthyAnanthanarayanan, Joachim Luther and Ho Ghim Wei
  • Journal of Materials Chemistry, 22 (2012) 25057.Impact Factor: 6.626 
  • “Origin of hole selectivity and the role of defects in low temperature solution-processed molybdenum oxide interfacial layer for organic solar cells” Kim Hai Wong, KrishnamoorthyAnanthanarayanan, Joachim Luther and Palani Balaya Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 116 (2012) 16346.Impact Factor: 4.509 
  • “P3HT based solution-processed pseudo bi-layer organic solar cell with enhanced performance” LNSA Thummalakunta,Chian Haw Yong, KrishnamoorthyAnanthanarayanan*& Joachim Luther. Organic Electronics, 13 (2012) 2008.(*Corresponding author). Impact Factor: 3.471 
  • “Enhanced photocurrent and stability of organic solar cells using solution-based NiO interfacial layer” Kim Hai Wong, KrishnamoorthyAnanthanarayanan, Marc Daniel Heinemann, Joachim Luther, Palani Balaya. Solar Energy, 86 (2012) 3190. Impact Factor: 3.469 
  • “Analysis of a Device Model for Organic Pseudo-Bilayer Solar Cells” Zhang Teng, Erik Birgersson, KrishnamoorthyAnanthanarayanan, Yong Chian Haw, L. N. S. A. Thummalakunta, and Joachim Luther Journal of Applied Physics,112 (2012) 084511. Impact Factor: 2.101 
  • “Formation and Characterisation of Solution Processed “Pseudo-Bilayer” Organic Solar cells” Marc Daniel Heinemann, KrishnamoorthyAnanthanarayanan*, LNSA Thummalakunta, Chian Haw Yong & Joachim Luther. 'Green' The International Journal of Sustainable Energy Conversion and Storage,1 (2011) 291.(*Corresponding author). 
  • “Solid State Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell with TiO2/NiO Hetero-junction: Effect of Particle Size and Layer Thickness on the Photovoltaic performance” Kim Hai Wong, KrishnamoorthyAnanthanarayanan, Satyanarayana Reddy Gajjela and Palani Balaya. Materials Chemistry and Physics, 125 (2011) 553. Impact Factor: 2.101 
  • “Synthesis of mesoporous titanium dioxide by soft template approach: Characterisation and Application in Dye Sensitised Solar Cells”Satyanarayana Reddy Gajjela+, KrishnamoorthyAnanthanarayanan+, Christopher Yap, Michael Gratzel and Palani Balaya. Energy & Environmental Science, 3 (2010) 838. (+ authors contributed equally). Impact Factor: 25.427 
  • “Mesoporous TiO2 with high packing density for superior Lithium storage” KuppanSaravanan, KrishnamoorthyAnanthanarayanan and Palani Balaya. Energy & Environmental Science, 3 (2010) 939.COVER PAGE ARTICLE.Impact Factor: 25.427. Highlighted as High impact battery research article in Energy & Environmental Science, 30 May 2012

Patents Filed/ Published/ Obtained : 

  • “Crystalline Mesoporous Titanium Dioxide and the Use Thereof in Electrochemical Devices” KrishnamoorthyAnanthanarayanan, KuppanSaravanan, and Palani Balaya, U.S. Patent No: US 8,968,931 B2 dated 03.03.2015. 
  • “Mesoporous Metal Phosphate Materials for Energy Storage Application” KrishnamoorthyAnanthanarayanan, KuppanSaravanan, Lee Hwang Sheng and Palani Balaya U.S. Patent Application No: US 20130143123 Al dated 06.06.2013

 Papers Presented:

  • Delivered/ presented more than 25 papers in the form of invited talks/oral presentation and poster presentation in international conferences

  • CY 104 - Material Technology
  • CY 102 - Principles of Environmental Science

Candidates who are interested to do Ph.D / Master Thesis/ Final Year Project may contact me in the following address:

Dr. K. Ananthanarayanan
Research Associate Professor,
Research Institute & Department of Chemistry,
University Building - 1313,
SRM University, Kattankulathur - 603203,
Kancheepuram District, Tamil Nadu, India