Dr. Raghu Chatanathodi
Dr. Raghu Chatanathodi


Office Address:

PH206, Computational Materials Science Lab, Department of Physics NIT Calicut Calicut 673601 Kerala

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+91 495 2285104

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  • Ph.D. : Indian Institute of Science (2001)

  • M.Sc. (Physics) : University of Hyderabad (1995)

  • Educational Qualifications

    • Ph.D. : Indian Institute of Science (2001)

    • M.Sc. (Physics) : University of Hyderabad (1995)


    Journal Publications

    1. Shanavas Yoosuf, Rajeena Chennikkad, Raseen Nanakkal, Anju Rajan, Raghu Chatanathodi, Narayanan Kuthirummal, Shalina Begum Tharayil, "A facile method for the preparation of non-metal doped nanotitania featuring visible-region photocatalytic performance", Mater. Sci. Engg. B 294, 116497 (2023)

    2. Aparna M.P. and Raghu Chatanathodi, "Oxygen Reduction and Hydrogen Evolution Reactions on zigzag ReS2 Nanoribbons", App. Surf. Sci. 618, 156677 (2023)

    3. N. Puthiyottil, S. Kanakkayil, N. P. Pillai, A. R., S.K. Parambath, R G. Krishnamurthy, R. Chatanathodi, M. M. Menamparambath, “In-situ engineering of Au-Ag alloy embedded PEDOT nanohybrids at a solvent/non-solvent interface for the electrochemical enzyme-free detection of histamine”, J. Mater. Chem. B 11, 1144 (2023)

    4. P. Divya, G. Anagha, Bijoy Nharangatt, Raghu Chatanathodi, H. Sabrin, N. Nourin, K. H. Fausia, K. Padmakumar, Deepthi Jose and K. Sandeep, "Anion Exchange Reaction of CsPbBr3 Perovskite Nanocrystals: Affinity of Halide Ion Matters", ChemistrySelect 48, e202203868 (2022)

    5. Bijoy N and Raghu Chatanathodi, "Electronic properties and Magnetism of CrCl3 Nanoribbons", J. Magn. Magn. Mater. 564, 170105 (2022)

    6. Resmi V. Nair, Muhammed Fasil Puthiyaparambath, Raghu Chatanathodi, Lakshmi V. Nair and Ramapurath S. Jayasree, "A nanoarchitecture of a gold cluster conjugated gold nanorod hybrid system and its application in fluorescence imaging and plasmonic photothermal therapy", Nanoscale 14, 13561 (2022)

    7. K. Nubla, Muhammed Fasil P, Raghu Chatanathodi and N. Sandhyarani, "Experimental and Theoretical Investigation on the ORR activity of AgVO3", Mater. Chem. Front. 6, 2042 (2022)

    8. Lakshmikanth K G, Muhammed Fasil P and Raghu Chatanathodi, "Possibility of Chemisorption for Benzene on stepped surface of coinage metals", Surface Science 722, 122084 (2022)

    9. Aparna M.P. and Raghu Chatanathodi, "Density Functional Theory calculations of the Stability, Electronic Structure, and Magnetism of ReS2 Nanoribbons: An emerging material for Electrocatalytic Reactions", ACS App. Nano. Mater. 5, 2385 (2022)

    10. P. R. Rasha, N. A. Ramalakshmi, M. F. Puthiyaparambath, G Rajanikant, R. Chathanathodi, M. M. Menamparambath, "Nickel Cobaltite/Multi-walled Carbon Nanotube Flexible Sensor for the Electrochemical Detection of Dopamine Released by Human Neural Cells", J. Mater. Chem. C 10, 3048 (2022)

    11. Lakshmikanth K G, Muhammed Fasil P, Anoop S and Raghu Chatanathodi, "Adsorption of benzene on defective Pt surfaces: A DFT study", Surface Science 716, 121959 (2022)

    12. Bijoy N and Raghu Chatanathodi, "Adsorption and Spin Polarization of Pyridine on Fe/W(110) Interface: A DFT Study", Comp. Mater. Sci. 199, 110734 (2021)

    13. Daughty John, Bijoy N, Srihari Madhav Kastaur and Raghu Chatanathodi, "Blue Phosphorene Nanosheets with Point Defects: Electronic Structure and Hydrogen Storage Capability", App. Surf. Sci. 551, 149363 (2021)

    14. Daughty John, Bijoy N and Raghu Chatanathodi, “Stabilizing honeycomb borophene by metal decoration: a computational study”, J. Mater. Chem. C 7, 11493 (2019)

    15. Thulasi Radhakrishnan, Aparna M.P., Raghu Chatanathodi, N. Sandhyarani, "Amorphous Rhenium Disulfide Nanosheets: A Methanol-Tolerant Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Catalyst for Oxygen Reduction Reaction", ACS App. Nano. Mater. 2, 4480 (2019)

    16. Lakshmikanth K. G, Ishak Kundappaden and Raghu Chatanathodi, " A DFT study of CO adsorption on Pt (111) using van der Waals functionals", Surface Science 681, 143 (2019)

    17. Daughty John and Raghu Chatanathodi, "Hydrogen adsorption on alkali metal decorated blue phosphorene nanosheets", App. Surf. Sci. 465, 440 (2019)

    18. Saju K. John, Daughty John, N. Bijoy, Raghu Chatanathodi and Aji A. Anappara, "Magnesium diboride: An effective light-to-heat conversion material in solid-state", Appl. Phys. Lett. 111, 033901 (2017)

    19. K. G. Lakshmikanth, P. K. Ayishabi and Raghu Chatanathodi, "Ab initio DFT studies of adsorption characteristics of benzene on close-packed surfaces of transition metals", Comp. Matr. Sci. 137, 10 (2017)

    20. P. K. Ayishabi and Raghu Chatanathodi, "Adsorption of benzene on low index surfaces of platinum in the presence of van der Waals interactions", Surf. Sci.  664, 8 (2017)

    21. P. K. Ayishabi, K. G. Lakshmikanth and Raghu Chatanathodi, “Chemisorption of benzene on Pt (111) surface: A DFT study with van der Waals interaction”, Chem.  Phys. Lett.  637, 182 (2015)

    Journal Publications (Ph.D research period)

    1. C. Raghu, Y. Anusooya and S. Ramasesha, ``Density-Matrix Renormalization-Group study of low-lying excitations of Polyacene within a Pariser-Parr-Pople model'', Phys. Rev. B 66, 035116 (2002).

    2. C. Raghu, Y. Anusooya and S. Ramasesha, ``Structural and electronic instabilities in polyacenes: Density-matrix renormalization-group study of a long-range interacting model'', Phys. Rev. B 65, 155204 (2002).

    3. I. Rudra, C. Raghu, S. Ramasesha, ``Exchange interaction in binuclear complexes with rare-earth and copper ions: A many-body model study'', Phys. Rev. B 65, 224411 (2002).

    4. C. Raghu, Indranil Rudra, S. Ramasesha and Diptiman Sen, ``Properties of low-lying states in some high nuclearity Mn, Fe and V clusters: Exact Heisenberg Model Studies'', Phys. Rev. B 64, 0644191 (2001)

    5. C. Raghu, Indranil Rudra, S. Ramasesha and Diptiman Sen, `` Evaluation of Low Energy Effective Hamiltonian Techniques for Coupled Spin Triangles'', Phys. Rev. B 62, 9484, (2000).

    6. C. Meneghini, R. Cimino, S. Pascarelli, S. Mobilio, C. Raghu and D. D. Sarma, ``Temperature Dependence of Non-Debye Disorder in Doped Manganites'', Phys. Rev. B 56, 3520 (1997).

    Professional Experience

    • Professor, NIT Calicut (2020 onwards)

    • Associate Professor, NIT Calicut (2009 -2020)

    • Assistant Professor, NIT Calicut (2006-2009)

    • Research Engineer, GE Global Research, Bangalore (2004-2006)

    • Post-doctoral Fellow, Arizona State University, Tempe (2002-2004)

    Current Courses

    • PH6308   Electromagnetic Theory - II  M.Sc. II sem

    • PH1091D Physics Lab (B.Tech I year)

    Previous Courses

    • Quantum Mechanics and Applied Quantum Mechanics  (B.Tech.)

    • Electromagnetic Theory - I & II (M.Sc.)

    • Quantum Mechanics-I & II (M.Sc.) and Quantum Mechanics (B.Tech.)


    Research Area : 

    Computational Modeling of Materials, Electronic structure computation using DFT, Surfaces and interfaces, Electrochemical catalysts, Energy materials, Magnetism, Strongly correlated electrons, Model Hamiltonian based computations.

    Research Funding: 

    4. “Computational Modelling of Transition Metal Oxides as Electrochemical Catalysts”, DST-SERB-CRG, 2022-2025; PI: Dr. Raghu Chatanathodi, Amount: 34 lakhs, Status: on-going.

    3. “Computational investigations on the mechanism of formation of MoSâ‚‚ tribofilm from MoDTC and its degradation with ageing of oil". PI: Dr. Deepthi Jose, Providence College, Calicut; Mentor: Dr. Raghu Chatanathodi, DST-TARE scheme (2019-2022), Amount: 7.5  lakhs, Status: Completed

    2. “Electronic Structure Studies of Adsorption of Unsaturated Hydrocarbons on Metal Catalysts”, CSIR, 2012-2015; PI: Dr. Raghu Chatanathodi, Amount: 19 lakhs, Status: Completed.

    ​1. “Electronic Structure of semiconductors and conjugated organic molecules”, NIT Calicut Faculty Research Grant, 2009-2012, PI: Dr. Raghu Chatanathodi, Amount: 5 lakhs, Status: Completed

    Research Facilites: 

    Single node 96 core intel processor (4) based HPC server, supermicro processor based servers, workstations, VASP for Electronic Structure Computation, VNL for visualization.


    Research Group (Computational Materials Science Lab) :  Four research scholars are currently working in this group:

    1. Aparna M P (Full-time Scholar) : DFT based modeling of ORR and HER in ReS2 nanostructures.

    2. Muhammed Fasil P P (Full-time Scholar) : DFT based modeling of ORR in transition metal oxides

    3. Anju Rajan (Full-time scholar) : DFT based modeling of ORR/HER in Janus 2D materials

    4. Athira V (Full-time scholar) : DFT based electronic structure computation & materials modeling


    Ph.Ds completed:

    1. Dr. Ayshabi P. K. (Assistant Professor, K M M Government Women’s College, Kannur)  : Electronic Structure Studies of Adsorption of Aromatic Molecules on Low Index Platinum Surfaces, 2017

    2. Dr. Lakshmikanth K. G. (Assistant Professor, Maharajas College, Ernakulam): Computational Studies of Molecular Adsorption on Transition Metal Surfaces: The role of van der Waals interaction, 2019

    3. Dr. Daughty John (Assistant Professor, MAMO college, Mukkam) :  Computational Studies on Electronic Structure of Borophene and Phosphorene and Hydrogen Storage Capabilities of Phosphorene, 2019

    4. Dr. Bijoy N (Post Doctoral Fellow, SNBNCBS) :  Computational modeling of organic molecule-ferromagnetic metal interface and electronic structure and magnetism of low dimensional chromium trihalides, 2022

    • Gordon, III; Clarence L. (Glenville, NY), Venugopal; Manoharan (Bangalore, IN), Mishra; Debasish (Clifton Park, NY), Chatanathodi; Raghu (Calicut, IN), Bossi; Richard Henry (Renton, WA), Hutchinson; Michael Craig (Kent, WA), "Radiographic inspection system and method", US Patent No. 7,653,175, January 26, 2010.