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Advanced Materials for Optoelectronics


CNST@PoliMi Milano



Full name: Srinivasa Maruthi AJAY RAM SRIMATH KANDADA.
Born in 1986 in Tirupathi, India.
Nationality: Indian

Research Interests:

  • Photo-excitation dynamics in lead halide perovskites.
  • Advanced non-linear optical spectroscopy of semiconductors.

Technical Expertise:

  • Ultrafast pump-probe spectroscopy.
  • Time resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy/microscopy.
  • Electric field modulation spectroscopy.

Reseach Employment:

  • Oct 2016-Present: Post-doctoral Researcher, Universite de Montreal, Canada                           (funded by Marie Sklodowska Curie Individual (Global) fellowship)
  • May 2013 - Sept 2016: Post-doctoral Researcher, CNST, IIT@Milano, Italy
  • Feb 2010- March 2012: Marie-Curie Early Stage Researcher, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Jan- Feb 2012: Visiting student, University of Sheffield, UK.
  • May-Dec 2009: Junior Research Fellow, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, India.
  • April-June 2008: Summer Intern, National University of Singapore, Singapore


  • 2010 - 2013: PhD in Physics from Politecnico di Milano. (Thesis: Ultrafast dynamics in Molecular Agrregates and Interfaces)
  • 2007 - 2009: Masters in Physics from Sri Sathya Sai University, India. (CGPA: 5.00/5.00; Thesis: FDTD simulation of light confinement in Silver nano-cylinders).

Selected Publications

Book Chapters:

1. A. R. S. Kandada, V. D’Innocenzo, G. Lanzani and A. Petrozza. Photophysics of hybrid perovskites, Unconventional thin film photovoltaics: pp. 107-140. Royal Society Chemistry (2016).

2. G. Lanzani, A. R. Srimath Kandada, D. Fazzi, Ultrafast Investigation of energy and charge transfer in a prototypical photovoltaic blend,  Ultrafast Dynamics in Molecules, Nanostructures and Interfaces : pp. 253-271. World Scientific (2014) (doi: 10.1142/9789814556927_0014).


Peer-reviewed Journals:

27. J.Shamsi, A. Abdelhady, S. Accornero, M. P. Arciniegas, L. Goldoni, A. R. S. Kandada, A. Petrozza, L. Manna. N-Methylformamide as a source of methylammonium ions in the synthesis of lead halide perovskite nanocrystals and bulk crystals, ACS Energy Lett. 1, 1042-1048 (2016).

26. A. R. S. Kandada, S. Neutzner, V. D’Innocenzo, F. Tassone, M. Gandini, Q. A. Akkerman, M. Prato, L. Manna, A. Petrozza and G. Lanzani, Non-linear carrier interactions in lead halide perovskites and the role of defects, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 138, 13604-13611 (2016)

25. T. Leijtens, G. Eperon, A. J. Barker, G. Grancini, W. Zhang, J. M. Ball, A. R. S. Kandada, H. J. Snaith and A. Petrozza, Carrier trapping and recombination: the role of defect physics in enhancing the open circuit voltage of metal halide perovskite solar cells, Energy. Environ. Sci. 9, 3472-3481 (2016).

24. A. R. S. Kandada and A. Petrozza. Research update: Luminescence in lead halide perovskites, APL Mater. 4, 091506 (2016).

23. S. G. Motti, M. Gandini, A. J. Barker, J. Ball, A. R. Srimath Kandada and A. Petrozza, Photo induced trap states in lead halide semiconductors, ACS Energy Letters, DOI: 10.1021/acsenergylett.6b00355 (2016).

22.  S.Neutzner, A. R. Srimath Kandada, G. Lanzani and A. Petrozza. A dual phase architecture for efficient amplified spontaneous emission in lead iodide perovskites, J. Mater. Chem. C. 4, 4630-4633 (2016).

21. A. R. Srimath Kandada and A. Petrozza. Photophysics of hybrid lead halide perovskites: The role of microstructure, Acc. Chem. Res. 49, 536-544 (2016).

20. Q. A. Akkerman, S. G. Motti, A. R. Srimath Kandada, E. Mosconi, V. D’Innocenzo, G. Bertoni, S. Marras, B. A. Kamino, L. Miranda, F. De Angelis, A. Petrozza, M. Prato, L. Manna. Colloidal Cesium Lead Halide Perovskite Nanoplatelets with Monolayer-Level Thickness Control by a Solution Synthesis Approach, J. Am. Chem. Soc , 138, 1010-1016 (2016).

19. T. Leijtans, A. R. Srimath Kandada*, G. Eperon, G. Grancini, V. D'Innocenzo, J. Ball, S. Stranks, H. J. Snaith and A. Petrozza, Modulating the electron-hole interaction in a hybrid lead halide perovskite with an electric field, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 137 (49), 15451-15459 (2015).

18. M. De Bastiani, G. Dell’Erba, M. Gandin , V. D’Innocenzo, S. Neutzner, A. R. Srimath Kandada, G. Grancini, M. Binda, M. Prato, J. M. Ball, M. Caironi,  and A. Petrozza,  Ion Migration and the Role of Preconditioning Cycles in the Stabilization of the J – V Characteristics of Inverted Hybrid Perovskite Solar Cells, Adv. Energy. Mater. 6, 1501453 (2016).

17. G. Grancini, V. D'Innocenzo, E. R. Dohner, N. Martino, A. R. Srimath Kandada, E. Mosconi, F. De Angelis, H. I. Karunadasa, E. T. Hoke, A. Petrozza. CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite single crystals: surface photophysics and their interaction with the environment. Chem. Sci., 6, 7305-7310 (2015).

16. J. P. C. Baena, L. Steier, W. Tress, M. Saliba, S. Neutzner, T. Matsui, F. Giordano, T. J. Jacobsson, A. R. Srimath Kandada, S. M. Zakeeruddin, A. Petrozza, A. Abate, M. K. Nazeeruddin, M. Grätzel, A. Hagfeldt. Highly efficient planar perovskite solar cells through band alignment engineering. Energy. Environ. Sci.,8, 2928-2934 (2015).

15. Giulia Grancini*, Ajay Ram Srimath Kandada*, Jarvist Frost, Alex Barker, Michele De Bastiani, Marina Gandini, Guglielmo Lanzani, Aron Walsh and Annamaria Petrozza (*equal contribution), Role of microstructure in the electron–hole interaction of hybrid lead halide perovskites, Nature Photonics 9(10), 695 (2015).

14. Chen Tao, Stefanie Neutzner, Letizia Colella, Sergio Marras, Ajay Ram Srimath Kandada, Michele De Bastiani, Giuseppina Pace, Liberato Manna, Mario Caironi, Chiara Bertarelli, Annamaria Petrozza, 17.6% steady state efficiency in low temperature processed planar perovskite solar cells, Energy. Environ. Sci., 8(8), pp 2365 - 2370 (2015).

13. Valerio D’Innocenzo, Ajay Ram Srimath Kandada*, Michele De Bastiani, Marina Gandini, Annamaria Petrozza, Tuning the light emission properties by band gap engineering in hybrid lead-halide perovskite, J. Am. Chem. Soc 136 (51), pp 17730–17733 (2014).

12. Ajay Ram Srimath Kandada, Annamaria Petrozza and Guglielmo Lanzani, Ultrafast dissociation of triplets in pentacene induced by an electric field, Phys. Rev. B 90, 075310 (2014).

11. Antonio Abate, Miquel Planells, Derek J Hollman, Samuel D Stranks, Annamaria Petrozza, Ajay Ram Srimath Kandada, Yana Vaynzof, Sandeep K Pathak, Neil Robertson, Henry J Snaith, An organic donor-free dye with enhanced open-circuit voltage in solid-state sensitized solar cells. Adv. Ener. Mater. DOI: 10.1002/aenm.201400166 (2014).

10. Valerio D’Innocenzo, Giulia Grancini, Marcelo JP Alcocer, Ajay Ram Srimath Kandada, Samuel D Stranks, Michael M Lee, Guglielmo Lanzani, Henry J Snaith, Annamaria Petrozza. Excitons versus free charges in organo-lead tri-halide Perovskites. Nature Communications DOI:10.1038/ncomms4586(2014).

9. A. R. Srimath Kandada, S. Guarnera, F. Tassone, G. Lanzani and A. Petrozza. Charge generation at Polymer/Metal Oxide Interface: from molecular scale dynamics to mesoscopic effects. Adv. Func. Mater, 24, 3094; DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201303689 (2014).

8. I. Kriegel, A. Wisnet, A. R. Srimath Kandada, F. Scotognella, F. Tassone, C. Scheu, H. Zhang, A.O.Govorov, J. Rodríguez-Fernández and J.Feldmann. Cation exchange synthesis and optoelectronic properties of type II CdTe-Cu2-xTe nano-heterostructures. J. Mater. Chem. C, DOI: 10.1039/C3TC32049A (2014).

7. G. Della Valle, F. Scotognella, A. R. Srimath Kandada, M. Zavelani-Rossi, H. Li, M. Conforti, S. Longhi, L. Manna, G. Lanzani and F. Tassone. Ultrafast Optical Mapping of Nonlinear Plasmon Dynamics in Cu2−xSe Nanoparticles. J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 4, 3337-3344(2013).

6. A. R. Srimath Kandada, G. Grancini, A. Petrozza, S. Perissinotto, D. Fazzi, S. S. K. Raavi and G. Lanzani. Ultrafast Energy Transfer in Ultrathin Donor/Acceptor Blend. Sci. Rep. 3, 2073; DOI:10.1038/srep02073 (2013).

5. A. R. Srimath Kandada, S. Fantacci, S. Guarnera, D. Polli, G.Lanzani, F. De Angelis and A. Petrozza. Role of Hot Singlet Excited States in Charge Generation at the BlackDye/TiO2 InterfaceACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 5 (10), pp 4334–4339 DOI10.1021/am400530v(2013).

4. F. Scotognella, G. DellaValle, A. R. Srimath Kandada, M. ZavelaniRossi, S. Longhi, G. Lanzani and F. Tassone. Plasmonics in heavily doped semiconductor nano crystals. Eur Phys J. B, 86, 154. DOI: 10.1140/epjb/e2013-40039-x(2013)

3. F. Scotognella, G. Della Valle, A. R. Srimath Kandada, D. Dorfs, M. Zavelani-Rossi, M. Conforti, K. Miszta, et al.. Plasmon dynamics in colloidal Cu₂-xSe nanocrystals. Nano letters, 11(11), 4711–7  DOI:10.1021/nl202390s  (2011)

2. C. Sciascia, R. Castagna, M. Dekermenjian, R. Martel, A. R. Srimath Kandada, F. Di Fonzo, A. Bianco, et al.. Light-Controlled Resistance Modulation in a Photochromic Diarylethene–Carbon Nanotube Blend. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 116(36),  9483–19489. (2012) doi:10.1021/jp212231j

1. S. Perissinotto, M. Garbugli, D. Fazzi, C. Bertarelli, M. Carvelli, A. R. Srimath Kandada ,Z. Yue, K.S. Wong and G.Lanzani. Optical Modulation of Amplied Emission in a Polyuorene-Diarylethene Blend. ChemPhysChem, 12(18),3619-3623(2011).



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