Athavan Nadarajah

Headshot of AthavanPostdoctoral Scholar
Department of Chemistry, University of Oregon


Ph.D. in Applied Physics, Portland State University, 2012
M.S. in Physics, Portland State University, 2007
B.S. (Honors) in Physics, University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka, 2004

Honors and Awards

Physics Outstanding Research First Place Award for Columbia-Willamette Chapter of Sigma Xi 7th Annual Student Research Symposium, Portland State University, 2011.
Applied Physics and Engineering Outstanding Research Second Place Award for Columbia-Willamette Chapter of Sigma Xi 5th Annual Student Research Symposi um, Portland State University, 2009.
Sir Arunachalam Mahadeva Memorial Prize for the Best Performance in the Physics Honors Degree, 2004.
Mahapola Higher Education Merit Fellowship, Best Physical Science Student, University of Jaffna, 1999-2003.

Recent Publications

  1. A. Nadarajah, M. Z. B. Wu, K. Archila, M. G. Kast, A. M. Smith, D. A. Keszler, J. F. Wager, and S. W. Boettcher. “Electrochemical Synthesis of In-Ga-Zn Oxyhydroxide Nanoscale Clusters as an Aqueous Precursor for Solution-Processed Amorphous Transparent IGZO Thin films” ACS Appl. Mater. Inter., 2014 (in near submission).
  2. M. G. Kast, L. J. Enman, N. J. Gurnon, A. Nadarajah, and S. W. Boettcher. “Solution-Deposited F:SnO2/TiO2 as a Base-Stable Protective Layer and Antireflective Coating for Microtextured Buried-Junction H2-evolving Si Photocathodes”, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2014, 6 (24), pp 22830–22837.
  3. M. E. Carnes, C. C. Knutson, A. Nadarajah, M. N. Jackson Jr., A. F. Oliveri, K. M. Norelli, B. M. Crockett, S. R. Bauers, H. A. Moreno-Luna, B. N. Taber, D. J. Pacheco, J. Z. Olson, K. R. Brevick C. E. Sheehan, D. W. Johnson, and S. W. Boettcher. “Electrochemical synthesis of flat-[Ga13−xInx3-OH)6(μ-OH)18(H2O)24(NO3)15] clusters as aqueous precursors for solution-processed semiconductors” J. Mater. Chem. C, 2, 8492-8496, 2014.
  4. A. Nadarajah, M. Carnes, M. Kast, D. Johnson, and S. Boettcher "Aqueous solution processing of F-doped SnO2 transparent conducting oxide films using a reactive tin(II) hydroxide nitrate nanoscale cluster" Chemistry of Materials, 25, 4080, 2013.
  5. A. Nadarajah and R. Könenkamp “Intrinsic defects, impurities and doping in ZnO nanorods grown at low temperature” Applied Physics A: Materials Science & Processing, 110 (2), 453, 2013.

Activities and Professional Development

Graduate Intern, Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, 2008
Physics Assistant Lecturer, University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka, 2004

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