Nitin P. Padture Director of the Institute for Molecular and Nanoscale Innovation, Professor of Engineering

Nitin P. Padture joined Brown University in January 2012 as Professor in the School of Engineering, and he was appointed Director of Brown’s Institute for Molecular and Nanoscale Innovation  (IMNI) in January 2014.  He was recently awarded the Otis E. Randall University Professor endowed chair at Brown, effective 2017. Previously, Padture was College of Engineering Distinguished Professor at the Ohio State University (OSU) in Columbus, and also the founding Director of the NSF-funded Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at OSU.  He received B.Tech. in Metallurgical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (1985), M.S. in Ceramic Engineering from Alfred University (1987), and Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering from Lehigh University (1991). Padture was a postdoctoral fellow at NIST (Gaithersburg, MD) for about 3 years, before joining the University of Connecticut (UConn, Storrs) faculty in January 1995 as Assistant Professor.  He became Associate Professor in 1998 and Professor in 2003.  Padture served as Interim Department Head at UConn for one year before moving to OSU in January 2005.

Padture's research and teaching interests are in advanced ceramics and nanomaterials.  His research has been funded by NSF, ONR, DoE, AFOSR, DARPA, ARO, Government of Spain, State of Ohio, private foundations, and industry. Padture has published over 180 publications, which have been cited over 12,300 times (Google Scholarh-index 60). He is a co-inventor of four awarded patents, and he has delivered over 195 invited/keynote/plenary talks in the US and abroad.

Contact:   Tel. (401)863-2859


Brown Affiliations

Research Areas

scholarly work

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research overview

Padture’s research interests are in the broad areas of synthesis/processing, characterization, and properties/performance of advanced ceramics and nanomaterials used in applications ranging from jet engines to solar cells to nanodevices. Specifically, he has active research in:


1. Tailoring of advanced structural ceramics, composites, and coatings:

            - Thermal barrier coatings and environmental barrier coatings

            - Ceramic/carbon nanotubes composites

            - Ultra-high temperature ceramic composites


2. Synthesis, characterization, device fabrication, and properties of functional nanomaterials, including graphene and perovskites:


- Novel solid-state solar cells

            - Graphene-based devices


This research has been funded by NSF, ONR, DoE, AFOSR, DARPA, ARO, Government of Spain, State of Ohio, private foundations, and industry. Padture has published over 180 publications, which have been cited over 12,000 times (Google Scholar;  h-index 60).  He is a co-inventor on four awarded patents, and he has delivered over 195 invited/keynote/plenary talks in the US and abroad.

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research statement

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funded research

N.P. Padture (PI), J. Huang (co-PI), and six other faculty participants; "Low-Cost, High-Efficiency Solar Cells for the Coming Clean Energy Revolution;" NSF; $4,000,000; 48 months.

N.P. Padture (PI), Y. Zhou (co-PI); “Grain-Boundary Engineering in Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Perovskites;" ONR; $450,000; 36 months.

N.P. Padture (PI); “Ceramics Science of Novel Solid-State Solar Cells;" NSF; $550,000; 48 months.

N.P. Padture (PI); “Studies of Hostile-Environment Degradation and its Mitigation in Ceramic Coatings for Gas-Turbine Engines;" ONR; $300,000; 36 months.

N.P. Padture (PI); “Research and Education in Ceramic Nanocomposites;" II-VI Foundation; $285,000; 36 months.

N.P. Padture (PI); "Durable, Multifunctional, Thermal Barrier Coatings for Marine Gas Turbines;" ONR-STTR (subcontract from ReliaCoat LLC); $48,000; 11 months.

B.W. Sheldon (PI) and N.P. Padture (co-PI); “Understanding and Controlling Toughening in Carbon Nanotube Reinforced Ceramics;" DoE-BES; $515,000; 36 months.