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Krishna Chaitanya Pitike

Research Work

Currently pursuing a PhD in Material Science Engineering. Our research group uses density functional theory (DFT) approaches to predict the structural and electronic properties of Ferroelectric materials.  My work focuses particularly on the study of SnTiO3 (bulk and thin film systems) as an alternate to toxic Pb based ferroelectrics.

More Information on the work is here.



4. Cosgriff, M. P., Chen, P., Lee, S. S., Lee, H. J., Kuna, L., Pitike, K. C., … & Evans, P. G. (2015). Nanosecond Phase Transition Dynamics in Compressively Strained Epitaxial BiFeO3. Advanced Electronic Materials.

3. Hong, W., & Pitike, K. C. (2015). Modeling breakdown-resistant composite dielectrics. Procedia IUTAM, 12, 73-82.

2. K. C. Pitike, W. D. Parker, L. Louis, and S. M. Nakhmanson, First-principles studies of lone-pair-induced distortions in epitaxial phases of perovskite SnTiO3 and PbTiO3. Phys. Rev. B 91, 035112 (2015); DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.91.035112.

1. K. C. Pitike and W. Hong, Phase-field model for dielectric breakdown in solids, J. Appl. Phys. 115, 044101 (2014); DOI: 10.1063/1.4862929.


Previous Work Experience

  1. Teaching Assistant – MSE 4001 at the University of Connecticut (spring 2014)
  2. Teaching Assistant – PHYS 112L at the Iowa State University (spring 2013)
  3. Junior Manager – Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (Nov 2011 – Jul 2012)
  4. Project Engineer – Hindustan Zinc Limited (Oct 2008 – Nov 2011)

Previous Institutes

  1. Iowa State University, Ames
  2. Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, India – B.Tech., 2008

Home Town

Mahabubnagar, Andhra Pradesh, India


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