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Dr. Sreejith Karthikeyan


Research Assistant Professor

Dr. Sreejith Karthikeyan joined at SRM University, Kattankulathur in June 2016 as Research Assistant Professor in Department of Physics and Nanotechnology. He has received Overseas Research Student Award Scheme (ORSAS) Fellowship from Higher Education Funding Council for England for his Postgraduate Research (PhD) at The University of Salford. He completed his PhDin the year 2011. After obtaining a PhD degree in 2011, he started his research career as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Minnesota. There he worked on monolithically integrated multi-junction solar cells. He then joined at Sultan Qaboos University, Oman in 2015 as a visiting faculty for one year.His research interests are in the development of thin films for energy harvesting and gas sensor device applications.  He is interested in low temperature deposition methods for flexible solar cells and other applications. 


  • PhD. Physics, Materials and Physics Research Centre, University of Salford, UK, 2011
  • M.Sc. Physics, School of Pure and Applied Physics, Mahatma Gandhi University, India, 2006
  • B.Sc. Applied Physics, Calicut University, India, 2004

Professional Positions 

  • Research Assistant Professor at Research Institute and Department of Physics and Nanotechnology, SRM University, Kattankulathur, Tamilnadu, India (06/2016- Present)
  • Visiting Faculty, College of Science and Engineering, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman (09/2015-05/2016).
  • Postdoctoral Associate  at Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Minnesota on – Monolithically integrated tandem CIGS solar cells (06/2012 – 09/2015)
  • Visiting Student  at Raman Research Institute, Bangalore, Karnataka, India on In-situ stress relaxation of aqueous suspensions of synthetic clay (01/2007 – 04/2007)
  • Project Student at University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, Andrapradesh, India on Plasmonic effect of  thermally evaporated ultra-thin Ag and Au films (09/2006-11/2006)
  • Summer Research Student at Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Research (JNCASR) Bangalore, India on in-situ growth and plasmon characteristics of Au and Ag films deposited using liquid-liquid Interface method (04/2006-06/2006)

Awards, Fellowships & Recognitions 

  • Post-doctoral fellowship from Initiative for Renewable Energy & the Environment – University of Minnesota, June 2012  - September 2015
  • Research grant awarded for Interface analysis of Mo/CuInSe2 for improving the performance of solar cells using neutron reflectometry from Institut Laue-Langevin, France,  November 2011
  • Best student poster award at College of Science & Technology - Research Showcase Conference, University of Salford, UK, June 2011
  • Best student poster award at Faculty of Science, Engineering & Environment Celebration of Research Conference, University of Salford, UK, June 2010
  • Overseas Research Student Award Scheme (ORSAS) Fellowship from Higher Education Funding Council for England for Postgraduate Research at The University of Salford, UK (2007 – 2011)
  • Visiting Student Fellowship from Raman Research Institute Bangalore, India - 2007 (January-April)  
  • First Rank for M.Sc. Physics, Mahatma Gandhi University, India - 2006  
  • Summer Research Fellowship from Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Research India - 2006 (April-June)


  •  Vacuum system design and optimization for various applications
  •  Low temperature ion-assisted sputtering methods for thin film deposition
  •  Thin films solar cell fabrication and testing
  •  2D material synthesis and applications



  • Dr. Sreejith Karthikeyan

Research Fellows

  • To be updated

Project Students

  • Singdha T.T (MSc)


  • Yong-hua Zhang, Sreejith Karthikeyan,Jian Zhang.Polymer-Sandwich Ultra-Thin Silicon(100) Platform for Flexible Electronics, Chinese Physics Letters, 2016, Vol. 33   Issue (06): 066201
  • JieZhu,HaechanPark,Jun-Yang Chen,Hu Zhang, Sreejith Karthikeyan, Nathaniel Wende, Stephen A. Campbell,MatthewDawber, Du Xu, Mo Li,Jian-Ping Wang,XiaojiaWang, Revealing the Origins of 3D Anisotropic Thermal Conductivities of Black Phosphorus. Advanced Electronic Materials,2016 accepted [Back Cover]
  • Yong-hua Zhang, Stephen A Campbell, Liyuan Zhang, Sreejith Karthikeyan, Sandwich structure based on back-side etching silicon (100) wafers for flexible electronic technology, , Microsystem Technologies, November 2015, pp 1-5,
  • Sreejith Karthikeyan, Arthur E Hill, Richard D Pilkington, The deposition of low temperature sputtered In2O3 films using pulsed dc magnetron sputtering from a powder target, Thin Solid Films, 555; pp.140-144 (2014) -
  • Stephen Campbell, Forrest Johnson, Sreejith Karthikeyan, Sang-Ho Song, Richard Liptak and Brian Benton, Sputtered Metal Oxide Broken Gap Junctions,(2014), ECS Trans, 61(2); pp 363-372,
  • P. SuchismitaBehera, Desapogu Rajesh, Sreejith Karthikeyan, C.S. Sunandana and D. Bharathi Mohan, Study of quasi-amorphous to nanocrystalline phase transition in thermally evaporated CuInS2 thin films, Journal of Materials Research, (2014), 29; 542-555 - 
  • Nisha R., K. N. Madhusoodanan, Sreejith Karthikeyan, Arthur E. Hill, and Richard D. Pilkington, NO2 Gas Sensing Properties of In2O3 Thin Films Prepared by Pulsed D.C Magnetron Sputtering Technique, Energy Environ. Focus (2013)2; 157-162 -  
  • Sreejith Karthikeyan, Arthur E Hill, Richard D Pilkington,Nano-structured features of pulsed d.c magnetron sputtered Mo films for photovoltaic application, Thin Solid Films (2011) 520 (1); 266-271 -
  • P. SuchismitaBehera, Desapogu Rajesh, Sreejith Karthikeyan, C.S. Sunandana and D. Bharathi Mohan, Single Phase Formation of CuInS2 Nanoparticles: Structural, Morphological, Thermal Studies with Annealing Effect,IOSR-Journal of Applied Physics, (2013), 4(6);6-12
  • J.S. Cowpe, R.D. Moorehead, J.S. Astin, D. Moser, S. Karthikeyan, G. Crofts,S.H Kilcoyne, R.D. Pilkington. Hardness determination of bio-ceramics using laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy, SpectrochimicaActa B,(2011) 66; pp.290 -294 -
  • Sreejith Karthikeyan, Arthur E Hill , Richard D Pilkington,John S Cowpe, Joerg Hisek, Darren M Bagnall,Single step deposition method for nearly stoichiometric CuInSe2thinfilms, Thin Solid Films, 519; pp.3107 -3112 (2011) - 
  • Sreejith Karthikeyan, Arthur E Hill , John S Cowpe, Richard D Pilkington. The influence of operating parameters on pulsed D.C. magnetron sputtering plasma, Vacuum, (2010)85; pp.634-638.
  • Bharathi Mohan, D., K. Sreejith, and C.S. Sunandana. Surface plasmon–exciton transition in ultra-thin silver and silver iodide films.Applied Physics B: Lasers and Optics, 2007. 89(1): pp. 59-63. -


Academic Year 2016-2017

  • M.Sc. Physics:Electronic Devices and Applications (PPY15104)
  • M.Sc. Physics: Thinfilm Technology  (PPY15E53)

PhD opportunities
One or two positions available to work on the development of flexible thin film solar cells. Interested candidates with master’s degree in Physics or related discipline can contact me for further information.


Dr. Sreejith Karthikeyan
Research Assistant Professor
Room # 1313, Office R-37, Central Library Building
SRM University, Kattankulathur 603 203.
Phone: (91) 7358593601