Aruna Ivaturi

Dr, EPSRC Fellow, Chancellor's Fellow and Senior Lecturer, B.Sc(Hon) Physics, M.Sc Physics, PhD Physics

  • United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Projects are available in the following areas: 1) Emerging PV technologies (Perovskite Solar Cells, DSSC, Organic Solar Cells), 2) Energy storage (Supercapacitors), 3) Photocatalysis (water/air remediation and CO2 reduction), 4) Electrochemical Sensors and 5) Piezo- Triboelectric Generators.
Self funded students are encouraged to directly contact Dr. Aruna Ivaturi (

Personal profile

Personal Statement

I am EPSRC Fellow, Chancellor’s Fellow and Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) leading the Smart Materials Research and Device Technology (SMaRDT) Group at Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry, University of Strathclyde. I am Strathclyde's Energy Sub-Theme (Photovoltaics) coordinator. I am one of the founding PI of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Sustainable Practices of Research in Energy (C-INSPRE) , a new and innovative interdisciplinary Strathclyde Centre for Doctoral Training (SCDT) that links all four faculties of the University of Strathclyde. C-INSPRE is Strathclyde's first 'Energy CDT'

I have made important scientific and technological contributions – for example, switchable coatings for energy saving windows, materials and devices for sensing technologies, solar energy conversion, solar photocatalyst and dye-sensitised electrochromic devices. Over the last years my main research focus has been in the development of novel materials and devices for solar energy conversion especially the emerging new PV technologies (Spectral conversion, Dye sensitised and Perovskite solar cells). Recently, I have been awarded the EPSRC Fellowship (funding of ~ £1.1 Million) to develop the challenging field of Elastic Perovskite PV research in the UK.

The principal research interests of my (SMaRDT) group lie in the synthesis of nanomaterials, development, fabrication and optimisation of devices based on them for energy, environment and healthcare sectors. Please see under the Research (Research Interests) section for further details.

 If you are an outstanding and enthusiastic individual interested  in PhD/Post-doc or in short term (e.g ERASMUS, Commonwealth etc) projects in the SMaRDT group to contribute to the challenging sectors mentioned under the Research Areas (and key words) then please send in your CV.

Research Interests

Smart Materials Research and Device Technology (SMaRDT) Group is presently working on multidisciplinary projects in the following sectors:

a) Energy (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, EPSRC funded project)Elastic Perovskite Solar Cells, in collaborations with industry (Shadow Robots, G24 Power, NSG Pilkington and Dupont Teijin Films) and academia [University of Edinburgh, Oxford University and Johannes Kepler University]

b) Environment (UK-India Education and Research Initiative, UKIERI funded project)Biosorbants and Photocatalysts for Waste Water Remediation in collaboration with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati, India and Waste Water Treatment Plant IIT Guwahati.

c) Healthcare (Royal Academy of Engineering, RAE funded project): Wearable Glucose Sensors in collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Science Malaysia and University of Namibia and University Hospital at University of Sciences Malaysia.

  If you are an outstanding and enthusiastic individual interested  in PhD/Post-doc in the SMaRDT group to contribute to these challenging sectors (and Research Areas mentioned) then please send in your CV and publications. 

  Dr. Aruna Ivaturi has strong track record of getting funding via fellowships. If you are interested in applying for a fellowship (doctoral/postdoctoral) to work in SMaRDT group, then please drop an email. Information about the various postdoc fellowship opportunities can be found via following links:


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Science, Structural, Optical and Electrical properties of Gadolinium nanoparticle layers for hydrogen induced switchable mirrors, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

Award Date: 6 Aug 2006

Master in Science, Miranda House College, University of Delhi

Award Date: 1 Jul 1999

Bachelor of Science, Maitreyi College, University of Delhi

Award Date: 1 Jul 1997

External positions

Member of Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC)

Member of EPSRC Peer Review Associate College

Member of Materials Research Society (MRS)

Member of Scottish Institute for Solar Energy Research (SISER)


  • Nanomaterials Synthesis for Energy and Environmental Sectors
  • Emerging Photovoltaics (Perovskite Solar Cells, Dye-Sensitised Solar Cells, Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Solar Cells etc)
  • Spectral/Color Converters (Up-conversion, Down-conversion, Down-shifting)
  • Smart Windows (Gasochromic and Electrochromic)
  • Sensors (Gas-sensors)
  • Energy Storage
  • Water Purification (Photocatalysis)


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