Prasanna V. Balachandran


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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)

Appointment(s)

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

Awards & Recognitions

Research Excellent Award, University of VIrginia (2020).
DARPA Young Faculty Award (2020).
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

      ktlee20@virginia.edu


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      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
      Google Scholar pagehttps://scholar.google.com/citations?user=TT-EFy4AAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao

    Graduate Students

    • Timothy Q. Hartnett

      tqh8pn@virginia.edu


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      Name (last, first) : Hartnett, Timothy Q.
      Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah 
      Currently pursuing: Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering (started 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

      ma9kd@virginia.edu


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      Name (last, first) : Ayyasamy, Mukil V. 
      Hometown: Chennai, India 
      Currently pursuing: Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering (started 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

      rjh6tug@virginia.edu


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      Name (last, first) : Herrera del Valle, Roberto J. 
      Hometown: Naguabo, Puerto Rico 
      Currently pursuing: Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering (started 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

      ab8ky@virginia.edu


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      Name (last, first) : Biswas, Ankita 
      Hometown: Kolkata, India 
      Currently pursuing: Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering (started Spring 2021)
      Degree: Master of Science (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

    • Shunshun Liu

      ejf5wk@virginia.edu


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      Name (last, first): Liu, Shunshun
      Hometown: Wuhan, China
      Currently pursuing: Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering (started Spring 2021)
      Degree: Master of Science
      Institution: University of Pennsylvania
      Major: Materials Science & Engineering
      Favorite element: Molybdenum (Mo)
      Favorite structure: BCC 
      Favorite vim/emacs command: q
      Research interests (two lines max): Physics-informed machine learning and its application in materials design

    • Ryan Grimes

      qjj4ej@virginia.edu


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      Name (last, first): Grimes, Ryan
      Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland
      Currently pursuing: Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering (started Summer 2021)
      Degree: Bachelor of Science
      Institution: University of Maryland, Baltimore County
      Major: Chemistry (B.S.), Mathematics (B.A.)
      Favorite element: Lithium (Li)
      Favorite structure: Base-Centered Orthorhombic 
      Favorite vim/emacs command: M-x replace-string
      Research interests (two lines max): Electronic structure methods (density functional theory and many-body perturbation theory) and machine learning informed materials design

    • Undergraduate Students


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

    Alumni

    • Post-doctoral Fellows:


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

       

    • Undergraduate Students:


      • Victoria Nilsson
      • Rahim Zaman
      • Shivank Shukla