Avinash Vikatakavi

Short Bio

I am Avinash Vikatakavi, a passionate and enthusiastic experimental physicist. I have been in a journey of exploring Physics experimentally at nanoscale since past few years. I am currently doing my PhD at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia and holding research grant from CNR, Modena (Italy). I am highly motivated to achieve not only my career and personal goals but also take part in contributing to the development of the world around me.

Research Interests

My research interests are focused on investigating and understanding deeply the properties of thin-films especially metal modified Ceria films due to their extensive applications. I am currently focusing on studying materials which have the possible capacity to replace noble metals in the applications such as fuel cells. Among them Ceria has been one of the important one due to its ability to store and release oxygen at ease. Recently I have been studying the metal modified Ceria as a model system, which can replace platinum base electrode materials in low-temperature fuel cells. However, I would like to further extend my work to study and find new innovative materials which have properties similar to that of noble metals to partially or completely reduce the usage of them in both fuel cells and solar cells.


Selected Recent Projects

Selected Publications

  1. Pelli Cresi, J. S., Principi, E., Spurio, E., Catone, D., O’Keeffe, P., Turchini, S., ... and Luches, P. "Ultrafast Dynamics of Plasmon-Mediated Charge Transfer in Ag@ CeO2 Studied by Free Electron Laser Time-Resolved X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy". Nano letters21 (4), 1729-1734 (2021). DOI:10.1021/acs.nanolett.0c04547
  2. D'Addato, S., Vikatakavi, A., Spadaro, M. C., Valeri, S., and Pasquali, L. "Physical Synthesis and Study of Ag@ CaF2 Core@ Shell Nanoparticles: Morphology and Tuning of Optical Properties". physica status solidi (b)256(7), 1800507 (2019). DOI:10.1002/pssb.201800507