Professor Prabhakar R. Bandaru


Address: Room 258, Engineering 2

Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

9500 Gilman Drive, Mailcode 0411

La Jolla, CA 92093-0411


Phone: (858) 534 – 5325 (Office), (858) 822-4775 (Lab.) (858) 534-2437 (Lab.)

Fax: (858) 534 – 5698



Prab Bandaru is presently a Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department, at U.C. San Diego.  He is also affiliated to the Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Nanoengineering departments at UCSD. His research group is mainly interested in topics related to electrochemical energy storage, control of thermal energy, and fluid flow at the nanoscale. The basis of the underlying investigations is materials physics and chemistry, invoking the electrical, optical, and thermal properties of materials at the mesoscopic and microscopic levels.  The group investigates various applications which include information processing and storage and sensors.


Significant honors:

- specifically cited for achievements in Nano-electronics, 2006


Work history and background:

Subsequent to undergraduate study at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, Prab Bandaru received his Ph.D. at UC, Berkeley, with a graduate thesis in the thermodynamics of magneto-optical materials, under the supervision of Prof. Tim Sands (Materials Science) and Prof. Alan Portis (Physics). He later studied ferroelectric materials for non-volatile random access memories (NV-RAMs) in the Silicon Valley (Applied Materials Inc., Santa Clara). Prior to his arrival as an Assistant Professor at UC, San Diego, Prab Bandaru was a post-doctoral fellow in the Electrical Engineering department at UC, Los Angeles, with Prof. Eli Yablonovitch, where he studied nano-fabrication techniques, low temperature solid state science, and Si-Ge nanophotonics.