BS, MS, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda (India); MS, Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington
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 the 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 applying 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 a 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 comprehending the thermodynamics and kinetics of defects and their interaction with structural anomalies.
In the News
March 5, 2021
RIT’s Pratik Dholabhai earns NSF CAREER Award to study materials in solid oxide fuel cells
Assistant Professor Pratik Dholabhai from RIT’s School of Physics and Astronomy received an NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award and grant for his five-year project to conduct fundamental physics research on complex materials in solid oxide fuel cells.
September 13, 2019
RIT researcher publishes paper explaining the atomic-scale structure of misfit dislocations
A paper was recently published in Advanced Theory and Simulations by Pratik Dholabhai, Assistant Professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy at RIT.