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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


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 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

1 - 9 Credits
Dissertation research by the candidate for an appropriate topic as arranged between the candidate and the research advisor.
1 - 4 Credits
This course is a faculty-directed tutorial of appropriate topics that are not part of the formal curriculum. The level of study is appropriate for a masters-level student.
4 Credits
This is a course in calculus-based physics for science and engineering majors. Topics include kinematics, planar motion, Newton's Laws, gravitation, work and energy, momentum and impulse, conservation laws, systems of particles, rotational motion, static equilibrium, mechanical oscillations and waves, and data presentation/analysis. The course is taught in a workshop format that integrates the material traditionally found in separate lecture and laboratory courses.
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.