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Ramamoorthy Ramesh

materials scientist/photovoltaics expert: Materials Sciences Division

Media contact: Julie Chao,, (510) 486-6491


Ramamoorthy Ramesh is an innovative materials scientist making advances in photovoltaics. He understands what it will take to capture the power of the sun, from economic, manufacturing, materials and other perspectives.

He has extensive experience in the use of advanced characterization techniques to understand high technology materials and in the science and technology of complex materials. He is known internationally for his work with “multiferroics,” materials that possess two or more of the primary ferroic properties, (e.g., ferroelectric, ferromagnetic, or ferroelastic). His current research interests include thermoelectric and photovoltaic energy conversion in complex oxide heterostructures.

He is also a professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Physics at the University of California, Berkeley.

Awards and Memberships

  • 2007 MRS David Turnbull Lectureship Award

  • 2005  APS David Adler Lectureship Award

  • 2001 Fellow of American Physics  Society

  • 2001 Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist Prize


Ph.D., Materials Science, University of California, Berkeley, 1987


Ramesh speaks at Science at the Theater, April 26, 2010 (starts at 3:50).

last updated: 2010-10-15 10:15:57