Dr Ravi Biroju PhD

Dr Ravi Biroju

School of Physics and Astronomy
Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellow

Contact details

Nanoscale Physics Research Laboratory (NPRL)
School of Physics and Astronomy
Physics East Building
B15 2TT

Dr Ravi K. Biroju is a Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellow at the School of Physics and Astronomy. His research interests are two dimensional (2D) nanomaterials and van der Waals solids for energy and catalysis.


  • PhD in Nanotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, 2016
  • MSc in Physics, Osmania University, 2009
  • BSc (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry), Osmania University, 2004
  • BEd (Physical & Mathematical Sciences), Osmania University, 2005


Ravi Kumar Biroju qualified with a Masters degree in Physics at the Osmania University, Hyderabad, India in 2009.

He did his PhD thesis at the Centre for Nanotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India studying on the topic ‘Chemical Vapour Deposited (CVD) growth of two dimensional (2D) nanomaterials, 2D van der Waal solids for photoconductive and photocatalysis applications’.

He placed as a post-doctoral research fellow in Tata Institute of Fundamental Research Hyderabad (TIFR-H) with Dr. T. N. Narayanan’s research group, immediately after his PhD. He was awarded National Postdoctoral fellowship, Science and Education Research Board, India in 2017. Ravi also received  "Top Cited Author Award (India) from IOP Publishing, UK" on one of his articles "Catalyst free growth of ZnO nanowires on graphene and graphene oxide and its enhanced photoluminescence and photoresponse." This has been in the Top 1% of the most-cited papers from India in the field of Materials published across the whole IOP Publishing portfolio in the past three years (2015 to 2017), using citations recorded in Web of Science.

He is currently working as a Marie-Sklodowska-Curie (MSC) research fellow at the Nanoscale Physics Research Laboratory (NPRL) with Dr Wolfgang Theis.


Research themes

1. Two Dimensional (2D) Nano materials

(a) Production of 2D Materials
(b) 2D Functional Nanomaterials
(c) Defect Engineering      

2. vander Waals Heterostructures

3. Graphene Plasmonics

4. Semiconductor Nanowires

5. Optoelectronics

6. Photocatalysis and Photo(electro)catalysis

 Research Activity

Engineered Two Dimensional (2D) Nanomaterials for Energy and Catalysis

Research on 2D nanomaterials is rising in all branches of science and engineering after the discovery of graphene [Nobel prize in 2010, UK]. Considerable attention is focused on new candidate 2D materials by modifying materials structurally or engineering target architectures to achieve desired physicochemical properties. There are several strategies to develop 2D materials to overcome current limitations and raise the enhanced device performance to new levels in many energy and catalysis related applications.3-4 It is important to understand the underlying mechanisms of these strategies to gain fundamental insights into engineered layered nanomaterials design into achieving tailored properties. Lot of Experimental and Theoretical implications are in progress on engineering of 2D nanomaterials and their significant effects in catalysis technologies.

For more details, please visit:  https://sites.google.com/site/birojuravi31/


  1. Rahul Sharma, Ravi K. BirojuOfer Sinai, Hagai Cohen, Krishna Rani Sahoo, Vlada Artel, Hadas Alon, Adi Levi, A. Subrahmanyam, Wolfgang Theis, Doron Naveh, and Tharangattu N. Narayanan "Vapour Transport Deposition of Fluorographene Oxide Films and Electro-Optical Device Applications" (Appl Mater Today 13 (2018) 1-9, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apmt.2018.08.015)
  2. Kamal Kumar Pal, Sreekanth Narayanaru, Ravi K. Biroju, Alexander J Pattison, Tharanagattu N. Narayanan, Daniel Escalera-López, Neil Vaughan Rees, Wolfgang Theis and P. K. Giri "Strongly Enhanced Visible Light Photoelectrocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution Reaction in n-doped MoS2 /TiO2 Heterojunction by Selective Decoration of Platinum Nanoparticles at the MoS2 Edge Sites" (J. Mater. Chem. A, 2018,6, 22681-22696)

  3. Kamal Kumar Pal, Sreekanth Narayanaru, Ravi K. Biroju, T. N. Narayanan and P. K. Giri “Solar Light-Driven Photoelectrocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution and Dye Degradation by Metal-free Few-layer MoSNanoflower/TiO2(B) Nanobelts Heterostructures” (Sol. Energy Mater Sol. 2018, 185, 364-374).
  4. Ravi K. Biroju, Deya Das, Rahul Sharma, Shubhadeep Pal, Larionette P. L. Mawlong, Kapil Bhorkar, Abhishek K. Singh, P. K. Giri, Tharangattu N. Narayanan “Hydrogen Evolution Reaction Activity of Graphene–MoS2 van der Waals Heterostructures” (ACSEnergy Lett. 2017, 2, 1355–1361). ‘Among the most read articles in the past month’
  5. Ravi K. Biroju; Shubhadeep Pal.; Rahul Sharma.; P. K. Giri.; Tharangattu N. Narayanan "Stacking Sequence Dependent Photo-Electrocatalytic Performance of CVD Grown MoS2/Graphene Van Der Waals Solids” (Nanotechnology 2017, 28, 085101).  Appeared IOP LAB TALKS ‘Atomic Layer Sequence Influences Catalysis’
  6. Pal, S.; Sahoo, M.; Veettil, V. T.; Tadi, K. K.; Ghosh, A.; Satyam, P.; Ravi K. Biroju; Ajayan, P. M.; Nayak, S. K.; Narayanan, T. N., Covalently Connected Carbon Nanotubes as Electrocatalysts for Hydrogen Evolution Reaction through Band Engineering” (ACS Catalysis 2017,2676-2684).
  7. Ravi K. Biroju and P. K. Giri, Defect Enhanced Efficient Physical Functionalization of Graphene with Gold Nanoparticles Probed by Resonance Raman Spectroscopy. (J. Phys. Chem. C 2014, 118 (25),13833-13843).
  8. Ravi K. Biroju and P. K. Giri; Dhara, S.; Imakita, K.; Fujii, M. Graphene-Assisted Controlled Growth of Highly Aligned ZnO Nanorods and Nanoribbons: Growth Mechanism and Photoluminescence Properties. (ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2013, 6 (1),377-387).