Nikhil Koratkar



Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Ph.D., University of Maryland at College Park
M.S., University of Maryland at College Park
B.S., Indian Institute of Technology


Nikhil Koratkar received his B.Tech degree from IIT-Bombay in 1995, followed my MS and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1998 and 2000. He joined the faculty of RPI in 2001 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2006. In 2011, Koratkar was promoted to Full Professor. His research interests lie in the development and characterization of advanced nanostructured materials and devices. He has published his work in top journals such as Nature, Nature Materials, Advanced Materials, Nano Letters, Applied Physics Letters and Small to name a few. He is a recipient of the US National Science Foundation's faculty CAREER development award and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Early Career Award. He is also an Associate Editor of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Letters journal.   

Koratkar's research is focussed on the development of advanced nanostructured materials and devices. These include nano-composites with enhanced energy dissipation, fracture and fatigue properties as well as in-built self-diagnostics, health monitoring and healing functionalities. Other work includes development of nanotube membranes for micro-filtration as well as development of nanostructured superhydrophobic surfaces for low friction/drag coating and self-cleaning functionality. Koratkar's lab is also patterning nanostructured catalyst electrode architectures for energy storage and energy conversion applications. He has published a book on graphene in composite materials and has over 110 journal papers.    

Research Interests

  • Nanostructured materials and devices
  • Nano-composites
  • Nano-tube membranes for micro-filtration
  • Nanostructured catalyst electrode architectures


  • NSF (CAREER) Award, 2004
  • RPI Early Career Award, 2005
  • SES Young Investigator Award from ECS, 2009


Nikhil Koratkar

Materials Research Center, Jonssen Engineering 4009
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th Street
Troy, New York 12180

Office: (518) 276-2630
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