Prasanna V. Balachandran


Professional Preparation

B.E. Metallurgical Engineering                       PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, India (2007) 
Ph.D. Materials Science & Engineering       Iowa State University, Ames, IA, USA (2011)  
Postdoctoral Researcher                                 Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA (2012-2014)
Postdoctoral Researcher                                 Los Alamos National Laboratory , Los Alamos, NM, USA (2014-2017)


Assistant Professor                                        University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA (2017-present)

Awards & Recognitions

Finalist in Rising Star in Computational Materials Science (2019).
NSF Summer Institute Fellowship to attend the Materials Genome short course (2013).
Research Excellence Award recognizing "best of the best" PhD Thesis, Iowa State University (Fall 2011).

    Postdoctoral Fellows

    • Kyungtae Lee


      Name (last, first) : Lee, Kyungtae
      Hometown: Busan, South Korea 
      Currently pursuing: Postdoctoral Research (started on Fall 2020)
      Degree: Ph.D.
      Institution: Pennsylvania State University 
      Major: Chemical Engineering
      Favorite element: Rhodium (Rh) 
      Favorite structure: Face Centered Cubic (FCC) 
      Favorite vim/emacs command: o
      Research interests (two lines max): High-throughput computational materials design using DFT methods and machine learning
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    Graduate Students

    • Timothy Q. Hartnett


      Name (last, first) : Hartnett, Timothy Q.
      Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah 
      Currently pursuing: Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering (started on Fall 2018)
      Degree: Bachelor of Science 
      Institution: University of Utah 
      Major: Physical Chemistry 
      Favorite element: Lead (Pb) 
      Favorite structure: Face Centered Cubic (FCC) with a Body Centered Cubic (BCC) sublattice 
      Favorite vim/emacs command: C-h
      Research interests (two lines max): Simplifying novel material development by integrating machine learning algorithms into computational material science, namely density functional theory (DFT).

    • Mukil V. Ayyasamy


      Name (last, first) : Ayyasamy, Mukil V. 
      Hometown: Chennai, India 
      Currently pursuing: Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering (started on Fall 2018)
      Degree: Master of Science
      Institution: Indian Institute of Technology, Madras 
      Major: Mechanical Engineering 
      Favorite element: Nickel (Ni) 
      Favorite space group: Fm$\bar{3}$m (no. 225) 
      Favorite structure: Face Centered Cubic (FCC) 
      Favorite vim/emacs command: C-x 3 
      Research interests (two lines max): Relating molecular structures to macroscopic properties using DFT and machine learning.

    • Roberto J. Herrera del Valle


      Name (last, first) : Herrera del Valle, Roberto J. 
      Hometown: Naguabo, Puerto Rico 
      Currently pursuing: Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering (started on Fall 2020)
      Degree: Bachelor of Science 
      Institution: The University of Puerto Rico at Cayey
      Major: Biology with a Mathematics Minor
      Favorite element: Zinc (Zn) 
      Favorite structure: Simple Cubic 
      Favorite vim/emacs command: rm 
      Research interests (two lines max): Understanding and exploring materials manufacturing parameters through the use of machine learning

    • Ankita Biswas


      Name (last, first) : Biswas, Ankita 
      Hometown: Kolkata, India 
      Currently pursuing: Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering (will join in Spring 2021)
      Degree: MSc
      Institution: Ruhr-Universitat Bochum
      Major: Computational Materials Science
      Favorite element: Carbon (C) 
      Favorite structure: Body-centered Tetragonal 
      Favorite vim/emacs command: ?
      Research interests (two lines max): Combination of electronic structure methods with applications of data science in novel materials and manufacturing process design

    • Undergraduate Students

      • Brendan Whalen
      • Rohan Taneja
      • Conor Frymire
      • Melody Su


    • Post-doctoral Fellows:

      Dr. Shruba Gangopadhyay (Sep 2018 to Dec 2019), Applied Materials


    • Undergraduate Students:

      • Victoria Nilsson
      • Rahim Zaman
      • Shivank Shukla