Otis Everett Randall University Professor of Engineering


Nitin P. Padture is the Otis E. Randall University Professor in the School of Engineering (Materials Science) at Brown University, and founding Director of the Initiative for Sustainable Energy (ISE). 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 the National Institute of Standards and Technology (Gaithersburg, MD) for 3 years, before joining the University of Connecticut (UConn) 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 the Ohio State University (OSU) in January 2005. At OSU he was College of Engineering Distinguished Professor, and also founding Director of the NSF-funded Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC). He moved to Brown University in January 2012, and most recently he served as Director of Brown's Institute for Molecular and Nanoscale Innovation for about eight years. 

Padture's research interests are in advanced ceramics and nanomaterials, for applications ranging from solar photovoltaics to jet engines for renewable energy and energy efficiency. His research has been funded by NSF, DOE, ONR, AFOSR, ARO, DARPA, DOEdu, state governments, private foundations, and industry.

Padture's teaching interests include: Introductory Materials Science & Engineering; Mechanical Behavior of Materials; and Introductory Composite Materials.

Padture has authored or co-authored 280 publications, including 8 awarded patents, which have been cited over 35,000 times total (Google Scholarh-index 97). Padture has delivered 270 invited/ keynote/ plenary talks and seminars in the US and abroad. (Please see CV for complete lists.)

A Fellow of the American Ceramic Society, Padture has received that society's Roland B. Snow, Robert L. Coble, and Richard M. Fulrath awards. He is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Materials Research Society (MRS). Padture is the recipient of the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Award, and he received both the Distinguished Service Award and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from his alma mater, IIT-Bombay. Recently he was awarded the Brown University Presidential Faculty Award.

Padture is Editor of the international journals Acta Materialia and Scripta Materialia.

Research Group Website

Contact: nitin_padture@brown.edu   Tel. (401)863-2859

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On the Web

  • Brown launches new initiative to galvanize research in sustainable energy technology
  • PV Magazine (Lead-Free Solar Cells)
  • Padture awarded $1.5 million grant from Department of Energy
  • PV Magazine (Reliable Solar Cells)
  • Boston Globe: To mitigate climate change, Brown launches initiative to develop new sustainable energy solutions
  • Cracks in Perovskite Films for Solar Cells Easily Healed, Study Finds
  • NASA to launch new Brown student satellite
  • Nitin Padture to deliver Presidential Faculty Award Lecture
  • ‘Molecular glue’ makes perovskite solar cells dramatically more reliable over time
  • Presidential Faculty Award Lecture (recording)
  • Researchers Make Next-Generation, High-Toughness Battery Component
  • Research Group Website
  • PV Magazine (Flexible Solar Cells)
  • Padture elected 2023 MRS Fellow
  • Google Scholar Profile
  • LinkedIn Profile
  • Brown University to Lead Four-Million Dollar Solar Cell Research Grant
  • Flipping a Chemical Switch Helps Perovskite Solar Cells Beat the Heat
  • Brown Professor Investigating Possible Breakthrough in Solar Energy -- Providence Journal
  • Researchers Discover New Lead-Free Perovskite Material for Solar Cells
  • Brown Researchers Aim to Revolutionize Solar Energy -- ABC6 News
  • A New Method for Making Perovskite Solar Cells
  • White House Chronicles Interview about Graphene
  • BBC News
  • Ceramic Coatings May Protect Jet Engines from Volcanic Ash
  • Ohio State Awarded Prestigious Materials Research Center
  • Fake Diamonds Help Jet Engines Take the Heat
  • PV Magazine
  • Researchers Find Better Way to Manufacture Fast Computer Chips
  • Financial Times
  • Washington Post
  • R.I. Colleges Partner to Study Promising Solar Tech -- ecoRI News
  • Forbes