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Assistant Professor Kedar Hippalgaonkar

Phone: (+65) 6513 8166
Office: N4.1-02-01
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Current Research Interests

Dr. Hippalgaonkar’s interests are in designing functional materials, especially for energy applications. He has fundamental knowledge in solid state physics, 1D (nanowires), 2D (TMDCs) as well as inorganic-organic (hybrid) materials. His approach to materials by design is built on creating and utilizing materials data by high-performance computing and high-throughput experiments to synthesize and characterize materials for optical and electronic properties.  In addition, machine learning and data science can potentially be used for materials discovery. His background is in transport properties of materials specifically in understanding their thermal, optical and thermoelectric properties. He is keen on developing tools such as process optimization, design of experiments and materials and process fingerprinting from materials development to device applications.

Keywords - Materials by design, high-performance computing, high-throughput experiments, energy materials, nanoscale heat and charge transport.

Biographical Information

Dr. Kedar Hippalgaonkar is a joint appointee with the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and as a Senior Scientist at the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) at the Agency for Science Technology and Research (A*STAR).  He is leading the Accelerated Materials Development for Manufacturing (AMDM) program from 2018-2023 focusing on the development of new materials, processes and optimization using Machine Learning, AI and high-throughput computations and experiments in electronic and plasmonic materials and polymers. He is also leading the Pharos Program on Hybrid (inorganic-organic) thermoelectrics for ambient applications from 2016-2020. 

He has published over 50 research papers, and was nominated as a Journal of Materials Chemistry Emerging Investigator in 2019. He was recognized as a Science and Technology for Society Young Leader in Kyoto in 2015. For his outstanding graduate research, he was awarded the Materials Research Society Silver Medal in 2014.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Distinction) from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University in 2003 and obtained his Doctor of Philosophy from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley in 2014. While pursuing his doctoral studies, he conducted research on fundamentals of heat, charge and light in solid state materials.


  • MS0003 Introduction to Data Science and Artificial Intelligence
  • MS7059 Nanoscale Heat and Energy Transfer

Selected Publications

1. Unprecedented Enhancement of Thermoelectric Power Factor Induced by Pressure in Small‐Molecule Organic Semiconductors, Wen Shi, Tianqi Deng, Gang Wu, Kedar Hippalgaonkar#, JS Wang, Shuo-Wang Yang#, Advanced Materials 31 (36), 1901956 (2019)

2. New horizons in thermoelectric materials: Correlated electrons, organic transport, machine learning, and more, Jeff J Urban#, Akanksha Menon, Z Tian, A Jain, Kedar Hippalgaonkar, Journal of Applied Physics, 125 (18), 180902 (2019)

3. Effects of structural phase transition on thermoelectric performance in lithium-intercalated Molybdenum Disulfide (LixMoS2), Ng Hong Kuan*, A Abutaha*, Goki Eda#, Kedar Hippalgaonkar#, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 11 (13), 12184 (2019)

4.  2D Single Layer piconjugated Nickel Bis (dithiolene) Complex: A Good-Electron-Poor-Phonon Thermoelectric Material, Tianqi Deng, Xue Yong, Wen Shi, Chee Kwan Gan, Wu Li, Kedar Hippalgaonkar, Jin‐Cheng Zheng, Xiaobai Wang, Shuo‐Wang Yang, Jian‐Sheng Wang, Gang Wu#, Advanced Electronic Materials, 5(4), 1800892 (2019)

5. Full‐Parameter Omnidirectional Thermal Metadevices of Anisotropic Geometry”, Tiancheng Han, …, Kedar Hippalgaonkar, Cheng Wei Qiu#, Advanced Materials, 30 (49), 1804019 (2018)

6. “Accelerating Materials Development via Automation, Machine Learning, and High-Performance Computing”, Juan Pablo Correa-Baena, Kedar Hippalgaonkar, Jeroen van Duren, Shaffiq Jaffer, Vijay R Chandrasekhar, Vladan Stevanovic, Cyrus Wadia, Supratik Guha, Tonio Buonassisi, Joule 2, 1-11 (2018)

7. “Polymer morphology and interfacial charge transfer dominates over energy-dependent scattering in organic-inorganic hybrid thermoelectrics”, Pawan Kumar*, Edmond Zaia*, …, Jeffrey Urban#, Kedar Hippalgaonkar#,
Nature Communications, 9 (1), 5347 (2018)

8. “Anomalously low electronic thermal conductivity in metallic vanadium dioxide”, Sangwook Lee*, Kedar Hippalgaonkar*, Fan Yang*, Jiawang Hong*, Changhyun Ko,  Joonki Suh, Kai Liu, Kevin Wang, Jeffrey J. Urban, Xiang Zhang, Chris Dames, Sean A. Hartnoll, Olivier Delaire, Junqiao Wu, Science 355, 6323, 371 (2017)

9. “Ultralow Thermal Conductivity of Single‐Crystalline Porous Silicon Nanowires”, Yunshan Zhao, Lina Yang, Lingyu Kong, Mui Hoon Nai, Dan Liu, Jing Wu, Yi Liu, Sing Yang Chiam, Wai Kin Chim, Chwee Teck Lim, Baowen Li, John TL Thong#, Kedar Hippalgaonkar#, Advanced Functional Materials 27, 20 (2017)

10. “Thermal Conductance of the 2D MoS2/h-BN and graphene/h-BN Interfaces”, Yi Liu, Zhun-Yong Ong, Jing Wu, Yunshan Zhao, Kenji Watanabe, Takashi Taniguchi, Dongzhi Chi, Gang Zhang, John TL Thong*, Cheng-Wei Qiu#, Kedar Hippalgaonkar#, Scientific Reports 7, 43886 (2017)

11. “High Thermoelectric Powerfactor in 2D Crystals of MoS2”, Kedar Hippalgaonkar*, Ying Wang*, Yu Ye*, Hanyu Zhu, Yuan Wang, Joel Moore, Xiang Zhang, Physical Review B 95, 115407 (2017)

12. “Multifunctional 0D–2D Ni2P Nanocrystals–Black Phosphorus Heterostructure”, Zhong-Zhen Luo, Yu Zhang, Chaohua Zhang, Hui Teng Tan, Zhong Li, Anas Abutaha, Xing-Long Wu, Qihua Xiong, Khiam Aik Khor, Kedar Hippalgaonkar, Jianwei Xu, Huey Hoon Hng#, Qingyu Yan#, Advanced Energy Materials 7, 2 (2016)

13. “Anisotropic in-plane thermal conductivity of black phosphorus nanoribbons at temperatures higher than 100K”, Sangwook Lee, Fan Yang, Joonki Suh, Sijie Yang, Yeonbae Lee, Hwan Sung Choe, Aslihan Suslu, Yabin Chen, Changhyun Ko, Joonsuk Park, Kai Liu, Jingbo Li, Kedar Hippalgaonkar, Sefaattin Tongay, Jeffrey Urban, Junqiao Wu#, Nature Communications, 6, 8573 (2015)