Subramanian Ramachandran, Part-time Lecturer

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Location: UW1-391
Phone: 425-352-3746


I am an experimental condensed matter physicist interested in understanding the physical properties, specifically in the context of phenomena observed in materials for renewable energy applications. The applications I am interested in include hydrogen storage in metals, thermoelectric materials, and materials for photovoltaic applications. Depending on the system being studied, the measurement techniques employed may include gas absorption at high pressures, electrical measurements in the presence of a thermal gradient, electrical measurements in the presence of broad spectrum lights or measurements at cryogenic temperatures.


Condensed Matter – experimental, specifically interested in studying the thermodynamics of gas adsorption on solid surfaces employing low temperature techniques to explore surface adsorption energy, surface phases and phase transitions. Such studies offer insight into gas-solid interaction in heterogeneous catalysis and gas physisorption/ chemisorption in solids. Of secondary interest is modeling gas-solid interaction using Zacros, a computational chemistry software.


University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
Ph.D. Physics

Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
M.S. Physics

Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India
Master of Technology—Cryogenic Engineering

Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India
M.S. Physics
Bachelor of Engineering—Chemical Engineering

Teaching Interests

  • Experimental Physics
  • General Physics
  • Electrical Circuits
  • Thermal Physics