Academic Profile

Asst. Prof. Kedar Hippalgaonkar is a joint appointee with the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and as a Senior Scientist at the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) at the Agency for Science Technology and Research (A*STAR). He is leading the Accelerated Materials Development for Manufacturing (AMDM) program from 2018-2023 focusing on the development of new materials, processes and optimization using Machine Learning, AI and high-throughput computations and experiments in electronic and plasmonic materials and polymers. He is also leading the Pharos Program on Hybrid (inorganic-organic) thermoelectrics for ambient applications from 2016-2020.

He has published over 50 research papers, and was nominated as a Journal of Materials Chemistry Emerging Investigator in 2019. He was recognized as a Science and Technology for Society Young Leader in Kyoto in 2015. For his outstanding graduate research, he was awarded the Materials Research Society Silver Medal in 2014. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Distinction) from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University in 2003 and obtained his Doctor of Philosophy from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley in 2014. While pursuing his doctoral studies, he conducted research on fundamentals of heat, charge and light in solid state materials.
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Asst Prof Kedar Hippalgaonkar
Nanyang Assistant Professor (NRF), School of Materials Science & Engineering
Assistant Professor, School of Materials Science & Engineering

Asst. Prof. Hippalgaonkar’s interests are in designing functional materials, especially for energy applications. He has fundamental knowledge in solid state physics, 1D (nanowires), 2D (TMDCs) as well as inorganic-organic (hybrid) materials. His approach to materials by design is built on creating and utilizing materials data by high-performance computing and high-throughput experiments to synthesize and characterize materials for optical and electronic properties. Specifically, he is leading projects on the application of high-throughput experimentation, optimization and machine learning on industry and academic projects on batteries, thermoelectrics and catalysis. In addition, he is interested in the use of material descriptors, machine learning and data science for materials discovery. His background is in transport properties of materials specifically in understanding their thermal, optical and thermoelectric properties. He is keen on developing tools such as process optimization, design of experiments and materials and process fingerprinting from materials development to device applications.
  • Core of Accelerated Materials Development

  • Ferroelectric Aluminum Scandium Nitride (Al1-xScxN) Thin Films and Devices for mm-Wave and Edge Computing

  • Materials by Design

  • Rational design of halide perovskite-based quantum dots for photonic applications (DesperQD)

  • Theory guided Accelerated Discovery of printable P-type transparent conductors

  • Thermoelectric Materials by Design: Understanding and Extrapolating from Non-Equilibrium Charge and Heat Transport
  • Madhavkrishnan Lakshminarayanan, Rajdeep Dutta, D. V. Maheswar Repaka, Senthilnath Jayavelu, Wei Lin Leong & Kedar Hippalgaonkar. (2021). "Comparing data driven and physics inspired models for hopping transport in organic field effect transistors". Scientific Reports, 11, 23621.

  • Yee-Fun Lim, Chee Koon Ng, US Vaitesswar, Kedar Hippalgaonkar. (2021). "Extrapolative Bayesian Optimization with Gaussian Process and Neural Network Ensemble Surrogate Models". Advanced Intelligent Systems, 2100101.

  • Yang Bai, Kedar Hippalgaonkar, Reiner Sebastian Sprick. (2021). "Organic materials as photocatalysts for water splitting". Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 9, 16222.

  • Tianqi Deng, Jose Recatalà-Gómez, Masato Ohnishi, Repaka DV Maheswar, Pawan Kumar, Ady Suwardi, Anas Abutaha, Iris Nandhakumar, Kanishka Biswas, Michael Brian Sullivan, Gang Wu, Junichiro Shiomi, Shuo-Wang Yang, Kedar Hippalgaonkar. (2021). "Electronic transport descriptors for the rapid screening of thermoelectric materials", Materials Horizons, 8, 2463-2474.

  • Zhuangchai Lai, Qiyuan He, Thu Ha Tran, DV Maheswar Repaka, Dong-Dong Zhou, Ying Sun, Shibo Xi, Yongxin Li, Apoorva Chaturvedi, Chaoliang Tan, Bo Chen, Gwang-Hyeon Nam, Bing Li, Chongyi Ling, Wei Zhai, Zhenyu Shi, Dianyi Hu, Vinay Sharma, Zhaoning Hu, Ye Chen, Zhicheng Zhang, Yifu Yu, Xiao Renshaw Wang, Raju V Ramanujan, Yanming Ma, Kedar Hippalgaonkar, Hua Zhang. (2021). "Metastable 1T′-phase group VIB transition metal dichalcogenide crystals", Nature Materials, 20, 1113–1120.

  • Anas Abutaha, Pawan Kumar, Erol Yildirim, Wen Shi, Shuo-Wang Yang, Gang Wu, Kedar Hippalgaonkar. (2020). “Correlating charge and thermoelectric transport to paracrystallinity in conducting polymers”, Nature Communications, 11, 1737.

  • Jose Recatala-Gomez, Hong Kuan Ng, Pawan Kumar, Ady Suwardi, Minrui Zheng, Mohamed Asbahi, Sudhiranjan Tripathy, Iris Nandhakumar, Mohammad SM Saifullah, Kedar Hippalgaonkar. (2020). “Thermoelectric Properties of Substoichiometric Electron Beam Patterned Bismuth Sulfide”. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 12, 30, 33647–33655.

  • Jose Recatala-Gomez, Ady Suwardi, Iris Nandhakumar, Anas Abutaha, Kedar Hippalgaonkar. (2020). “Toward Accelerated Thermoelectric Materials and Process Discovery”. ACS Applied Energy Materials, 3, 3, 2240-2257.

  • Wen Shi, Tianqi Deng, Gang Wu, Kedar Hippalgaonkar, Jian‐Sheng Wang, Shuo‐Wang Yang. (2019). "Unprecedented Enhancement of Thermoelectric Power Factor Induced by Pressure in Small‐Molecule Organic Semiconductors", Advanced Materials, 31, 26, 1901956.

  • Jeffrey J Urban, Akanksha K Menon, Zhiting Tian, Anubhav Jain, Kedar Hippalgaonkar. (2019). “New horizons in thermoelectric materials: Correlated electrons, organic transport, machine learning, and more”, Journal of Applied Physics, 125, 180902.

  • Hong Kuan Ng, Anas Abutaha, Damien Voiry, Ivan Verzhbitskiy, Yongqing Cai, Gang Zhang, Yi Liu, Jing Wu, Manish Chhowalla, Goki Eda, Kedar Hippalgaonkar. (2019). “Effects Of Structural Phase Transition On Thermoelectric Performance in Lithium-Intercalated Molybdenum Disulfide (LixMoS2)”, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 11, 13, 12184–12189.

  • Tianqi Deng, Xue Yong, Wen Shi, Chee Kwan Gan, Wu Li, Kedar Hippalgaonkar, Jin‐Cheng Zheng, Xiaobai Wang, Shuo‐Wang Yang, Jian‐Sheng Wang, Gang Wu. (2019). "2D Single‐Layer π‐Conjugated Nickel Bis (dithiolene) Complex: A Good‐Electron‐Poor‐Phonon Thermoelectric Material", Advanced Electronic Materials, 5, 4, 1800892.