Brief Bio

Prior to joining IIT Madras I worked for 2 years at Intel Corp. in Oregon, USA as a Module Engineer. Before that I did my post doc at Johns Hopkins University and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). My PhD was from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Research Interests

Drying mediated assembly of nanoparticles

Phase transformations in metallic mutliayer systems

Nanocalorimetry - measurement of reaction enthalpies at rapid heating rates

Students interested in working on these topics can email or call me.

Courses

Odd semester July-Nov 2013 - Materials Characterisation*

Some selected publications

1. P. Swaminathan, M.D. Grapes, K. Woll, S.C. Barron, D.A. LaVan, and T.P. Weihs, "Studying exothermic reactions in the Ni-Al system at rapid heating rates using a nanocalorimeter", J. Appl. Phys. 113, 143509 (2013) http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4799628

2. P. Swaminathan, D.A. LaVan, and T.P. Weihs, "Dynamics of solidification in Al thin films measured using a nanocalorimeter", J. Appl. Phys. 110, 113519 (2011) http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.3668128

3. P. Swaminathan, B.G. Burke, A.E. Holness, B. Wilthan, L. Hanssen, T.P. Weihs, and D.A. LaVan, "Optical calibration for nanocalorimeter measurements", Thermochimica Acta 522, 60 (2011) http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tca.2011.03.006

4. P. Swaminathan, S. Sivaramakrishnan, J.S. Palmer, and J.H. Weaver, "Size dependence of nanoparticle dissolution in a matrix: Gold in bismuth", Phys. Rev. B 79, 144113 (2009) http://link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevB.79.144113

5. P. Swaminathan, J.S. Palmer, and J.H. Weaver, "Competition between particle formation and burrowing: Gold on bismuth", Phys. Rev. B 78, 115416 (2008) http://link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevB.78.115416

6. P. Swaminathan, R.A. Rosenberg, G.K. Shenoy, J.S. Palmer, and J.H. Weaver, "Induced magnetism in Cu nanoparticles embedded in Co", Appl. Phys. Lett. 91, 202506 (2007) http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.2806236

7. P. Swaminathan, V.N. Antonov, J.A.N.T. Soares, J.S. Palmer, and J.H. Weaver, "Cd-based II-VI semiconductor nanostructures produced by buffer-layer-assisted growth: Structural evolution and photoluminescence", Phys. Rev. B 73, 125430 (2006) http://link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevB.73.125430

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