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Piran Kidambi

Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering


My research leverages the intersection between i) in-situ metrology, ii) process engineering and iii) material science to enable bottom-up novel materials design and synthesis for energy, novel membrane, electronics, catalysis, metrology and healthcare applications. The key scientific questions in my field relate to understanding mechanisms for atomistic control during nanomaterial synthesis, while the engineering challenges center around developing scalable production processes and interfacing nanomaterials into functional systems to realize applications.


• ORAU Ralph E. Powe award, 2018
• Lindemann Trust Fellowship, 2014-2015
• Elizabeth Mabel Burnett prize, 2014
• 1st prize in ABTA 2014 Doctoral Research Award, Engineering Sciences Division, 2014
• Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Award, 2010-2014
• Willi Studer prize, 2010

Selected Publications:

A Scalable Route to Nanoporous Large-Area Atomically Thin Graphene Membranes by Roll-to-Roll Chemical Vapor Deposition and Polymer Support Casting. Kidambi, PR; Mariappan, DD; Dee, NT; Vyatskikh, A; Zhang, S; Karnik, R; Hart, AJ, ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES, 10, 10369-10378 , (2018) View Abstract

Facile Fabrication of Large-Area Atomically Thin Membranes by Direct Synthesis of Graphene with Nanoscale Porosity. Kidambi, PR; Nguyen, GD; Zhang, S; Chen, Q; Kong, D; Warner, J; Li, AP; Karnik, R, ADVANCED MATERIALS, 30, 1804977 , (2018) View Abstract

State-of-the-Art and Future Prospects for Atomically Thin Membranes from 2D Materials. Prozorovska, L; Kidambi, PR, ADVANCED MATERIALS, 30, 1801179 , (2018) View Abstract

Nanoporous Atomically Thin Graphene Membranes for Desalting and Dialysis Applications. Kidambi, PR; Jang, D; Idrobo, JC; Boutilier, MSH; Wang, LD; Kong, J; Karnik, R, ADVANCED MATERIALS, 29, 1700277 , (2017) View Abstract

Selective Nanoscale Mass Transport across Atomically Thin Single Crystalline Graphene Membranes. Kidambi, PR; Boutilier, MSH; Wang, L; Jang, D; Kim, J; Karnik, R, ADVANCED MATERIALS, 29, 1605896 , (2017) View Abstract