Short CV/Education and training

  • 1998 – 2001
    BSc with Honours in Physics, First Class Presidency College, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India

  • 2001 – 2004
    MS in Physics, Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India

  • 2004 – 2008
    PhD in Physics, Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India

  • 2008 – 2011
    Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge

  • 2012 – 2015
    Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow, Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy, University of Cambridge

  • Since 2015
    University Lecturer, Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy, University of Cambridge

Selected publications

  • R.A. Whiter, V. Narayan & S. Kar-Narayan, "A scalable nanogenerator based on piezoelectric polymer nanowires with high energy conversion efficiency", Advanced Energy Materials DOI: 10.1002/aenm.201400519 (2014)

  • X. Moya, S. Kar-Narayan & N.D. Mathur, "Caloric effects near ferroic phase transitions", Nature Materials 13, 439 (2014)

  • S. Crossley, R.A.Whiter & S. Kar-Narayan, "Polymer-based nano-piezoelectric generators for energy harvesting applications", Materials Science and Technology 30, 1613 (2014)

  • S. Kar-Narayan et.al, “Direct electrocaloric measurements of a multilayer capacitor using scanning thermal microscopy and infra-red imaging”, Appl. Phys. Lett. 102, 032903 (2013)



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • ERC Starting Grant (PI): Polymer-based piezoelectric nanogenerators for energy harvesting (NANOGEN)

  • Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship (PI): Electrocaloric effects in ferroelectrics

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Panel member – Royal Society International Exchanges Committee, UK

Media coverage

  • "Special Report: Small power, big impact", Horizon2020 projects (2015)

  • "Future of Energy", BBC Radio 5 (2014)

Additional qualifications

  • Director of Studies (Physical Sciences), Homerton College, Cambridge University


Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • 2 children born in 2010 and 2013


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