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Pratik Dholabhai

Assistant Professor
School of Physics and Astronomy
College of Science
Program Faculty, School of Chemistry and Materials Science

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84 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623

Pratik Dholabhai

Assistant Professor
School of Physics and Astronomy
College of Science
Program Faculty, School of Chemistry and Materials Science

Education

BS, MS, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda (India); MS, Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington

Bio

Dr. Dholabhai received his B.S. in Physics and M.S. in Nuclear Physics from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda (India), and his M.S. in Physics and Ph.D. in Physics & Applied Physics from University of Texas at Arlington. After completing graduate studies, he worked at Arizona State University (2.5 years), Brookhaven National Laboratory (2 years), Los Alamos National Laboratory (4 years), and University of Colorado Boulder (6 months) before joining the School of Physics and Astronomy in Fall 2017.

Research area: Computational Condensed Matter Physics, Computational Materials Science, Materials Chemistry

Dr. Dholabhai's expertise is in the application of atomistic simulation methods such as density functional theory and molecular dynamics, and the development of kinetic Monte Carlo methods to study and design diverse materials. His research focuses on integrating fundamental physics, materials science, and chemistry in conjunction with state-of-the-art computational tools to investigate materials for wide range of applications. He leverages fundamentally different, yet complementary atomistic simulation methods to elucidate the underlying mechanisms that control the properties of materials, and lead to nanoscale materials design. His recent work entails the study of basic structure-property relationships at heterointerfaces, grain boundaries, surfaces, and solids of complex ceramic oxides, which have important applications in next-generation energy technologies such as fuel cells, batteries, catalysis, nuclear materials, etc. A vital aspect of his work is to comprehend the thermodynamics and kinetics of defects, and their interaction with structural anomalies.

Currently Teaching

PHYS-377
3 Credits
This course introduces students to advanced methods for using computers to model the behavior of physical systems. Topics will include numerical solutions to differential equations such as heat transfer, planetary motion, and shock waves, the Monte Carlo approach to problems with large domains, tradeoffs between efficiency and precision, minimization and maximization of functions, and the statistical modeling of data.
MTSE-790
1 - 9 Credits
Dissertation research by the candidate for an appropriate topic as arranged between the candidate and the research advisor.
PHYS-440
3 Credits
This course is an introduction to the principles of classical thermodynamics and its statistical basis, including: equations of state, the first and second laws of thermodynamics, microscopic basis of entropy, temperature and thermal equilibrium, thermodynamic potentials, applications of thermodynamics, kinetic theory of gases, and Boltzmann and quantum statistics.

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Journal Paper
Dholabhai, Pratik P., Enrique Martinez, and Blas P. Uberuaga. "Influence of Chemistry and Misfit Dislocation Structure on Dopant Segregation at Complex Oxide Heterointerfaces." Advanced Theory and Simulations 2. (2019): 1800095. Web.
Dholabhai, Pratik P. and Blas P. Uberuaga. "Beyond Coherent Oxide Heterostructures: Atomic-Scale Structure of Misfit Dislocations." Advanced Theory and Simulations 2. (2019): 1900078. Web.
Dholabhai, Pratik P. "Atomic-scale Structure of Misfit Dislocations in CeO2/MgO Heterostructures and Thermodynamic Stability of Dopant–defect Complexes at the Heterointerface." Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 21. 37 (2019): 20878. Web.
Proshchenko, Vitaly S., et al. "Heat and Charge Transport in Bulk Semiconductors with Interstitial Defects." Physical Review B 99. (2019): 14207. Web.
Uberuaga, Blas P., et al. "Semicoherent Oxide Heterointerfaces: Structure, Properties, and Implications." APL Materials 7. (2019): 100904. Web.
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Dholabhai, Pratik P., et al. "Multi-scale Framework for Predicting Mechanical Properties in High Entropy Alloys." 1st World Congress on High Entropy Alloys. The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS). Seattle, Washington. 17 Nov. 2019. Conference Presentation.
Santos, Zackary and Pratik P. Dholabhai. "Stability of Defects at MoS2/InAs Hybrid Heterostructures." APS March Meeting. American Physical Society. Boston, MA. 4 Mar. 2019. Conference Presentation.
Dholabhai, Pratik P. "Atomic-scale Structure and Stability of Dopant-defect Complexes at Misfit Dislocations in Complex Oxide Heterostructures." 148th TMS Annual Meeting and Exhibition. The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS). San Antonio, TX. 10 Mar. 2019. Conference Presentation.
Uberuaga, Blas P., et al. "Defect Interactions with Semi-Coherent Interfaces in Ionic Materials." 148th TMS Annual Meeting and Exhibition. The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS). San Antonio, TX. 11 Mar. 2019. Conference Presentation.
Dholabhai, Pratik P., Yongfeng Zhang, and Jeffery A. Aguiar. "Developing a Combinatorial Modeling Approach to Multiscale Modeling and Predictions for High Entropy Alloy Design." 5th World Congress on Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME 2019). The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS). Indianapolis, IN. 22 Jul. 2019. Conference Presentation.