Krishnan Raja

Krishnan Raja, Ph.D.

Office: McClure Hall, Room 407A
Phone: 208-885-6325
Email: ksraja@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: C/O Materials Science and Engineering
P.O Box 443024
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3024

College of Engineering
Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering
Assistant Professor

Campus Locations: Moscow
With UI Since 2011

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Energy Conversion Materials
    • Energy Storage Materials
    • Nuclear Materials
    • Electrochemical Synthesis of Nanomaterials
  • Biography
    Prior to joining the University of Idaho, Dr. Raja held research faculty positions in the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, and the University of Nevada, Reno.

    Before moving to the U.S.A, he conducted research on environmental degradation of pressure boundary components of light water nuclear reactors in Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan for more than three years.

    Dr. Raja has about four years of industrial research experience, where he developed welding consumables for surface modification of engineering components used in oil, cement, steel and construction industries for very high wear and corrosion resistance.
  • Selected Publications
    • K. S. Raja, Y. Smith, N. Konadamudi, M. Misra, V. Subramanian, “CO2 photoreduction in the liquid phase over Pd-supported on TiO2 nanotube and bismuth titanate photocatalysts” accepted for publication, Electrochemical and Solid State Letters, ESL-10-2141, 2011. 
    • R. Rangaraju, K. S. Raja, A. Panday, M. Misra. “ Low Cost Photo Electrocatalyst based on Nanoporous Oxide of Mild Steel” Journal of Physics D: Appl. Phys. 43 (2010) 445301 
    • K. S. Raja, M. Misra, ‘Ordered arrays of Ti-Mn oxide for high capacity Li-ion battery” ECS Transactions, 33 (29) 31 (2011) 
    • T. Gandhi, K. S. Raja, M. Misra, “Room temperature electrodeposition of aluminum antimonide compound semiconductor” Electrochimica Acta 53 (2008) 7331-7337. 
    • S. Rahman, G. Priyadarshan, K. S. Raja, C. Nesbitt, M. Misra, “Characterization of high temperature deformation behavior of INCONEL 690 using scanning Kelvin probe force microscopy” Mechanics of Materials 41 (2009) 261-267 
    • K. S. Raja, M. Misra, K. Paramguru, “Formation of Self-Ordered Nanotubular Structure of Anodic Oxide Layer on Titanium” Electrochimica Acta, 51 (2005) 154-165. (Cited as one of the top 25 most cited papers published in Electrochmica Acta between 2005-09) 
    • R. Rangaraju, Ashwin Panday, K. S. Raja, M. Misra, “Photocatlytic water splitting behavior of iron oxide nanostructures prepared by anodization” Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 42 (2009) 135303. (Included as one of the highlights of papers published in 2009 in the Journal of Physics D)
  • Research Projects

    Common thread in all focus areas is: Electrochemistry/Electrochemical Engineering

    Energy Conversion Materials

    • Transition metal oxide nanotubes for light-to-electricity and light-to-hydrogen conversion
    • Conversion of CO2 to useful hydrocarbons using solar light
    • Charge transport mechanism across QD/Substrate interface
    • Coherency effect during light-matter interaction

    Energy Storage Materials

    • Nanotubular materials for rechargeable battery applications (host materials for intercalation of Li, Na, Mg, Al ions)
    • Large storage batteries based on high temperature molten salts
    • Nanomaterials for supercapacitors
    • Hydrogen storage materials

    Nuclear Materials 

    • Electrochemistry of molten salt reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel
    • Creep/Oxidation interaction
    • Environmental degradation of structural materials in ultra-super critical water

    Electrochemical Synthesis of Nanomaterials

    • Synthesis of ordered arrays of oxide nanotubes
    • Compound semiconductor nanowire arrays
    • High entropy alloy nanowires
  • Awards and Honors
    • DARPA Young Faculty Award, 2012