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Ramamoorthy Ramesh is an internationally recognized leader in materials science and physics, with applications to energy. As vice president for research, Ramesh oversees Rice's internal and external research ventures. He partners with Rice’s senior leadership — together with deans, faculty and staff — to bolster the university’s research infrastructure and works to propel productivity and impact to new heights.

Prior to joining Rice, Ramesh held a number of leadership positions University of California at Berkeley, including the Purnendu Chatterjee Chair in Energy Technologies, director of the Berkeley Nanoscience and Nanoengineering Institute, founding director of the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, deputy director of science and technology at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and associate laboratory director at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. 

On the SunShot Initiative, Ramesh worked under former energy secretary and Nobel laureate Steven Chu to lead a $300 million-a-year initiative aimed at bringing the cost of solar electricity down to grid parity, without the assistance of federal or state subsidies. He set the science and technology agenda, established the funding priorities and oversaw the solar research and development activities at the U.S. national laboratories. The program has been lauded for bringing solar electricity into large-scale deployment around the world.

In his role at Oak Ridge, Ramesh oversaw one of the nation’s largest research and development programs in materials and physical sciences, energy and engineering, computational sciences, biological and environmental science, neutron science and global security. The laboratory’s annual research portfolio at the time was about $1.5 billion.

Ramesh earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Madras University, a bachelor’s degree in metallurgy from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, and a master’s and Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from UC Berkeley. 

Prior to returning to Berkeley in 2004, Ramesh was a member of the technical staff at Bell Communications Research, and served as an associate professor, professor and eventually distinguished University Professor in materials science and engineering at the University of Maryland.

Ramesh has more than 600 publications and 98,000-plus citations. He has given more than 300 invited/plenary/keynote talks and received many honors. 


1987: Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

1985: M.S. in Materials Science & Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

1983: B.E. in Metallurgy, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

1980: B.S. in Chemistry, Madras University

Recent Patent Applications

US-11296708-B2 "Low power ferroelectric based majority logic gate adder"

US-10998025-B2 "High-density low voltage non-volatile differential memory bit-cell with shared plate-line"

US-11025254-B1 "Linear input and non-linear output threshold logic gate"

Societies & Organizations

Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Member, Indian National Academy of Engineering

Fellow, National Academy of Inventors

Member, Indian National Science Academy

Foreign Member, Royal Society of London

Member, U.S. National Academy of Engineering

Fellow, Materials Research Society

Fellow, American Physical Society

Honors & Awards

2022: Europhysics Prize in Condensed Matter Physics, European Physical Society

2018: Magnetism Prize and Neel Medal, International Union of Pure and Applied Physics

2018: Fred Kavli Distinguished Lectureship in Materials Science, Materials Research Society

2014: Thomson-Reuters Citation Laureate in Physics

2014: Bardeen Award, Minerals, Metals, & Materials Society

2010: McGroddy New Materials Prize, American Physical Society

2007: David Turnbull Lectureship Prize, Materials Research Society

2005: Adler Lectureship, American Physical Society

2001: Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist Prize


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