We are a research group affiliated to the Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at University of Southern California. Our laboratories are situated at Vivian Hall of Engineering (Rooms 713, 719). We are interested in the rational design and synthesis of novel complex materials such as oxides, chalcogenides etc. Typically, the materials of interest tend to be either ternary or quaternary in composition. Our research interests also encompass studying artificial materials structures such as heterostructures, superlattices, and devices made from such materials for applications in energy and electronics. Our research program has thematic relevance to the ancient research area of “alchemy”. According to wikipedia: “Alchemy is a philosophical and protoscientific tradition practiced throughout Egypt and Eurasia which aimed to purify, mature, and perfect certain objects.” In the same spirit, but not in the process, we pursue rational strategies to develop novel thermodynamically stable natural materials and metastable artificial materials to realize interesting (physical, and chemical) phenomena and technologically useful devices. Please visit the research and publications page to learn more about our group and what we do. If you have any specific questions, please feel free to contact the principal investigator by email (jayakanr-AT-usc-dot-edu).