Dr Aruna Ivaturi

Senior Lecturer

Pure and Applied Chemistry

Personal statement

I am EPSRC Fellow, Chancellor’s Fellow and Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) leading the Smart Materials Research and Device Technology (SMaRDT) Group at Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry, University of Strathclyde. I am Strathclyde's Energy Sub-Theme (Photovoltaics) coordinator. I am one of the founding PI of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Sustainable Practices of Research in Energy (C-INSPRE) , a new and innovative interdisciplinary Strathclyde Centre for Doctoral Training (SCDT) that links all four faculties of the University of Strathclyde. C-INSPRE is Strathclyde's first 'Energy CDT'

I have made important scientific and technological contributions – for example, switchable coatings for energy saving windows, materials and devices for sensing technologies, solar energy conversion, solar photocatalyst and dye-sensitised electrochromic devices. Over the last years my main research focus has been in the development of novel materials and devices for solar energy conversion especially the emerging new PV technologies (Spectral conversion, Dye sensitised and Perovskite solar cells). Recently, I have been awarded the EPSRC Fellowship (funding of ~ £1.1 Million) to develop the challenging field of Elastic Perovskite PV research in the UK.

The principal research interests of my (SMaRDT) group lie in the synthesis of nanomaterials, development, fabrication and optimisation of devices based on them for energy, environment and healthcare sectors. Please see under the Research (Research Interests) section for further details.

 If you are an outstanding and enthusiastic individual interested  in PhD/Post-doc or in short term (e.g ERASMUS, Commonwealth etc) projects in the SMaRDT group to contribute to the challenging sectors mentioned under the Research Areas (and key words) then please send in your CV.


Mesocrystal TiO2 films : in-situ topotactic transformation and application in dye-sensitised solar cells
Lei Bingyu, Valluvar Oli Arivazhagan, Ivaturi Aruna, Robertson Neil
Sustainable Energy and Fuels Vol 6, pp. 502-511 (2021)
Understanding the dopant induced effects on SFX-MeOTAD for perovskite solar cells : a spectroscopic and computational investigation
Gunn Fraser, Ghosh Paheli, Maciejczyk Michal, Cameron Joseph, Nordlund Dennis, Krishnamurthy Satheesh, Tuttle Tell, Skabara Peter, Robertson Neil, Ivaturi Aruna
Journal of Materials Chemistry C Vol 9, pp. 16226-16239 (2021)
Sustainable Impact by Design
Essex Jane, Wellisch Gaston, Galbraith Allison, Egea Alvarez Agusti, Cunningham Margaret Rose, Giovelli Noemi, Ivaturi Aruna, Li Rui, Maddock Christie, Somorin Tosin, Yue Hong, Hendry Pauline, Hendry Martyn, Essex Will, Caccavale Elio, Johnson Michael Pierre
ETP Review of Innovation and Opportunity in the Scottish Solar Energy Sector
Gul Mehreen, Harrison Gareth, Holmes Ryan, Ivaturi Aruna, Reynolds Steve, Skabara Peter, Thomson Camilla, Zysman-Coman Eli, Lo Gloria, Dalziel Cara, King Josh, Robertson Neil, Jain Sneh, Williams Stephen-Mark
Efficient hole transport material formed by atmospheric pressure plasma functionalization of Spiro-OMeTAD
Ghosh Paheli, Ivaturi Aruna, Bhattacharya Debabrata, Bowen James, Nixon Tony, Kowal Jan, Braithwaite Nicholas St J, Krishnamurthy Satheesh
Materials Today Chemistry Vol 17 (2020)
Carbon-based adsorbents from naturally available Bermuda grasses : removal of TDS and arsenic ions
Chini Mrinmoy Kumar, Purohit Smruti, Bheemaraju Amarnath, Chakraborty Tanmoyendu, Singh Kishan Pal, Ivaturi Aruna, Satapathi Soumitra
ChemistrySelect Vol 5, pp. 7571-7580 (2020)

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Research interests

Smart Materials Research and Device Technology (SMaRDT) Group is presently working on multidisciplinary projects in the following sectors:

a) Energy (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, EPSRC funded project)Elastic Perovskite Solar Cells, in collaborations with industry (Shadow Robots, G24 Power, NSG Pilkington and Dupont Teijin Films) and academia [University of Edinburgh, Oxford University and Johannes Kepler University]

b) Environment (UK-India Education and Research Initiative, UKIERI funded project)Biosorbants and Photocatalysts for Waste Water Remediation in collaboration with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati, India and Waste Water Treatment Plant IIT Guwahati.

c) Healthcare (Royal Academy of Engineering, RAE funded project): Wearable Glucose Sensors in collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Science Malaysia and University of Namibia and University Hospital at University of Sciences Malaysia.

  If you are an outstanding and enthusiastic individual interested  in PhD/Post-doc in the SMaRDT group to contribute to these challenging sectors (and Research Areas mentioned) then please send in your CV and publications. 

  Dr. Aruna Ivaturi has strong track record of getting funding via fellowships. If you are interested in applying for a fellowship (doctoral/postdoctoral) to work in SMaRDT group, then please drop an email. Information about the various postdoc fellowship opportunities can be found via following links:


Professional activities

Metal Halide Perovskites - A Potential Game Changer for Optical Wireless Communications
Printable Supercapacitors from Biomass Feedstock
Invited speaker
International Conference on Thin Films & Nanotechnology:Knowledge, Leadership, & Commercialization (ICTN-KLC)
Working across boundaries: ScotCHEM's women in science
NECEM Photophysics for Energy Materials Conference
Research Roundtable - Solar Energy UK and SuperSolar Hub

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Sustainable impact by design: a pilot study of effective STEM dissemination for hard-to-reach audiences
Gonzalez-Longo, Cristina (Co-investigator) Essex, Jane (Principal Investigator) Hendry, Martyn (Co-investigator) Cunningham, Margaret Rose (Co-investigator) Giovelli, Noemi (Post Grad Student) Ivaturi, Aruna (Co-investigator) Li, Rui (Co-investigator) Maddock, Christie (Co-investigator) Somorin, Tosin (Co-investigator) Yue, Hong (Co-investigator) Egea Alvarez, Agusti (Co-investigator)
STEM Equals + RKES funded project
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2023
Sustainable impact by design: a pilot study of effective STEM dissemination for hard-to-reach audiences
Essex, Jane (Principal Investigator) Gonzalez-Longo, Cristina (Co-investigator) Li, Rui (Co-investigator) Somorin, Tosin (Co-investigator) Hendry, Martyn (Co-investigator) Yue, Hong (Co-investigator) Maddock, Christie (Co-investigator) Ivaturi, Aruna (Co-investigator) Egea Alvarez, Agusti (Co-investigator) Cunningham, Margaret Rose (Co-investigator)
STEM Equals and RKES funding £10,000
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2021
Visible light photocatalysis for remediation of crude oil contaminated water
Ivaturi, Aruna (Principal Investigator) OGOH-ORCH, Blessing (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2021
Printable Supercapacitors from Biomass Feedstock
Ivaturi, Aruna (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2021
Doctoral Training Partnership 2020-2021 University of Strathclyde | Nicholson, Stefan
Ivaturi, Aruna (Principal Investigator) Martin, Robert (Co-investigator) Nicholson, Stefan (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 01-Jan-2024
Photocatalytic treatment of crude oil contaminants in water
Ivaturi, Aruna (Principal Investigator) OGOH-ORCH, Blessing (Post Grad Student)
Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) Scholarship £69,050.0
01-Jan-2020 - 01-Jan-2023

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