Mathan Kumar Eswaran

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellow


Research Interests

My research work is primarily focused on first-principles investigation of hybrid materials for application in solar cells and Pt-less catalysts for CO2 conversion and exploring the properties of carbon-based allotrope for energy storage applications.

Selected Publications

  • Mechanical Reliability of Fullerene/Tin Oxide Interfaces in Monolithic Perovskite/Silicon Tandem Cells, Michele De Bastiani,* Giovanni Armaroli, Rawan Jalmood, Laura Ferlauto, Xiaole Li, Ran Tao, George T. Harrison, Mathan Kumar Eswaran, Randi Azmi, Maxime Babics, Anand S. Subbiah, Erkan Aydin, Thomas G. Allen, Craig Combe, Tobias Cramer, Derya Baran, Udo Schwingenschlögl, Gilles Lubineau, Daniela Cavalcoli, and Stefaan De Wolf*, ACS Energy Letter 7, 827−833, (2022)
  • Concurrent cationic and anionic perovskite defect passivation enables 27.4% perovskite/ silicon tandems with suppression of halide segregation, Furkan H. Isikgor, Francesco Furlan, Jiang Liu, Esma Ugur, Mathan Kumar Eswaran, Anand S. Subbiah, Emre Yengel, Michele De Bastiani, George T. Harrison, Shynggys Zhumagali, Calvyn T. Howells, Erkan Aydin, Mingcong Wang, Nicola Gasparini, Thomas G. Allen, Atteq ur Rehman, Emmanuel Van Kerschaver, Derya Baran, Iain McCulloch, Thomas D. Anthopoulos, Udo Schwingenschlogl, Frederic Laquai, and Stefaan De Wolf*, Joule, 5, 1566-1586, (2021)
  • Scaling-up perovskite solar cells on hydrophobic surfaces, Furkan H. Isikgor†, Anand S. Subbiah1†, Mathan Kumar Eswaran, Calvyn T. Howells, Aslihan Babayigit, Michele De Bastiani, Emre Yengel, Jiang Liu, Francesco Furlan, George T. Harrison, Shynggys Zhumagali, Jafar I. Khan, Frédéric Laquai, Thomas D. Anthopoulos, Iain McCulloch, Udo Schwingenschlögl, and Stefaan De Wolf *, Nano Energy, 81, 105633, (2021)
  • Sustained Solar-Powered Electrocatalytic H2 Production by Seawater Splitting Using Two-Dimensional Vanadium Disulfide, Paulraj Gnanasekara, Mathan Kumar Eswaran, Gayathri Palanichamy, Tien Khee Ng, Udo Schwingenschlögl, Boon S. Ooi and Jeganathan Kulanthaivel*, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 9, 8572–8580, (2021)
  • B2H6 splitting on catalytic surfaces and role of BH3 towards hydrogen spillover, E. S. Erakulan#, Mathan Kumar Eswaran #, Puru Jena, Ranjit Thapa*, Journal of Power Sources, 455, 227973, (2020). (# same contribution)
  • Screening based approach and dehydrogenation kinetics for MgH2: Guide to find suitable dopant using first-principles approach, Mathan Kumar Eswaran, A. Rajkamal and Ranjit Thapa*, Scientific Reports, 7, 15550, (2017)
  • First principles guide to tune h-BN nanostructures as superior light-element-based hydrogen storage materials: role of the bond exchange spillover mechanism, Mathan Kumar Eswaran, S. Sinthika and Ranjit Thapa*, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 3, 304-313, (2015)


  • Ph.D., Physics, SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, 2013-2018
  • M.Sc., Physics, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India, 2011-2013
  • B.Sc., Physics, Ayya Nadar Janaki Ammal College, Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu, India, 2011-2013

Professional Profile

  • 2018-2019: Postdoctoral fellow, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
  • 2019-present: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

Research Interests Keywords

Perovskites CO2 conversion Hydrogen Evolution Reaction Hydrogen Storage Gas Sensing