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.

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Activated carbon utilization from corn derivatives for high energy density flexible supercapacitors
Reddygunta Kiran Kumar Reddy, Beresford Rachael, Šiller Lidija, Berlouis Leonard, Ivaturi Aruna
Energy and Fuels (2023)
Visible light active BiOI/TiO2 heterojunction photocatalyst for remediation of crude oil contaminated water
Ogoh-Orch Blessing, Keating Patricia, Ivaturi Aruna
ACS Omega (2023)
Introduction to "Shaping the future using thin films and nanotechnology"
Ivaturi Aruna, Varghese Oomman
Materials Advances Vol 4, pp. 2522-2523 (2023)
Investigation on guanidinium bromide incorporation in methylammonium lead iodide for enhanced efficiency and stability of perovskite solar cells
Gandhi Mano Balaji, Valluvar Oli Arivazhagan, Nicholson Stefan, Adelt Milan, Martin Robert, Chen Yu, Sridharan Moorthy Babu, Ivaturi Aruna
Solar Energy Vol 253, pp. 1-8 (2023)
Scalable slot-die coated flexible supercapacitors from upcycled PET face shields
Reddygunta Kiran Kumar Reddy, Callander Andrew, Šiller Lidija, Faulds (She/Her) Karen, Berlouis Leonard, Ivaturi Aruna
RSC Advances (2022)
Near-ultraviolet indoor black light-harvesting perovskite solar cells
Valluvar Oli Arivazhagan, Li Zinuo, Chen Yu, Ivaturi Aruna
ACS Applied Energy Materials Vol 5, pp. 14669-14679 (2022)

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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

Recycling light and wastes for sustainable energy generation and storage
Invited speaker
International Conference on Thin films and Nanotechnology - Knowledge, Leadership and Commercialisation (ICTN-KLC)
RAEng Frontiers symposium Digital Futures: Infrastructure for Equity, Inclusivity, Sustainability
17th Photovoltaics Science, Applications and Technology (PVSAT-17) & SuperSolar Conference
Indoor black light harvesting perovskite solar cells with power outputs approaching 1mW/cm2
“Emergence of a new-era of near-UV indoor light Harvesting” - Black Light Harvesting Perovskite Solar Cells
Invited speaker

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EPSRC IAA Impact Development Fund
Ivaturi, Aruna (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 31-Jan-2025
EPSRC IAA - Bridging the Gap
Ivaturi, Aruna (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 31-Jan-2025
EPSRC Core equipment - Benchtop X-Ray Diffractometer
Neagu, Dragos (Principal Investigator) Hamilton, Andrea (Co-investigator) Craig, Gavin (Co-investigator) Ivaturi, Aruna (Co-investigator) Zhang, Xiaolei (Co-investigator) Inglezakis, Vasileios (Co-investigator) Fletcher, Ashleigh (Co-investigator) Roy, Sudipta (Co-investigator) Massabuau, Fabien (Co-investigator) Rahimi, Salaheddin (Co-investigator) Steedman, Andrew (Co-investigator)
The project aThe instrument is a Benchtop X-Ray Diffractometer, which is a device that can analyse the structure and composition of various materials. It can provide data on crystal and molecular structure, phase identification and quantification, and crystallite size and strain. It is suitable for a wide range of inorganic and organic materials in different forms, such as powders, films, or solids. The instrument is compact, fast, easy to use, and low-cost, making it ideal for routine and high-throughput analysis. It can support research in many fields, such as materials science, engineering, chemistry, energy, and healthcare.
The instrument was acquired through an EPSRC Core Equipment fund, with an internally allocated £64k from the University of Strathclyde
NERC 'Discipline Hopping for Discovery Science' - 'Upcycling Plastic Waste for Screen-printable Electrochemical Supercapacitors'
Ivaturi, Aruna (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2023
EPSRC Core Equipment - PL&TRPL system
Ivaturi, Aruna (Principal Investigator)
FLS1000-DD-stm Steady State, Phosphorescence Lifetime and Fluorescence
Lifetime Spectrometer with supercontinuum laser
18-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2023
European Crucible Seed funding 'Biodegradable Wearable Wireless Peizoelectric Nanosensors for personalised Motor-neuro rehabilitation'
Ivaturi, Aruna (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 30-Jan-2023

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Dr Aruna Ivaturi
Senior Lecturer
Pure and Applied Chemistry

Email: aruna.ivaturi@strath.ac.uk
Tel: 548 4398