Rohit Ramanathan

Ph.D. Candidate

Voorhees Research Group
ONR MURI: Understanding  Corrosion in 4D
Office: Cook 4028


Northwestern University - Evanston, IL
Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering
Sept. 2015 - present

Cornell University - Ithaca, NY
B.S. magna cum laude with Honors in Materials Science and Engineering
Aug. 2011 - May 2015

Research Interests:

Rohit is interested in developing theories and using computer simulations to understand microstructure formation and evolution in materials. His work is focused on understanding the early stages of oxidation and corrosion of alloys as part of the ONR MURI "Understanding Corrosion in 4D".

Rohit's work involves understanding the phenomenon of passivity of metals due to the formation of thin oxide film on their surfaces. Of particular interest is understanding how the passive state can break down locally, leading to harmful pitting corrosion of the underlying metal. He studies these phenomena by developing and refining defect models for the growth of passive oxide films, and using linear stability analyses to study pitting breakdown.


1. R. Ramanathan and P.W. Voorhees, "Morphological Stability of Steady-State Passive Oxide Films," Electrochim. Acta In Press (2019).

2. S. Honrao, B.E. Anthonio, R. Ramanathan, J.J. Gabriel, and R.G. Hennig, "Machine learning of ab-initio energy landscapes for crystal structure predictions," Comp. Mater. Sci. 158 (2019).

3. R. Ramanathan, G. Ramalingam, J.H. Perepezko, P. Reinke, and P.W. Voorhees, "Evolution of NiO Island Size Distributions During the Oxidation of a Ni-5Cr Alloy: Experiment and Modeling," ACS Appl. Mater. Interf. 10(10) (2018).

4. A.K. Singh, B.C. Revard, R. Ramanathan, M. Ashton, F. Tavazza, and R.G. Hennig, "Genetic algorithm prediction of two-dimensional group-IV dioxides for dielectrics," Phys. Rev. B95(15), 155426 (2017).


  1. CIRTL Associate
  2. Teaching Assistant: MATSCI 408 (NU, 2017 and 2018), MSE 3110 (Cornell, 2014)
  3. Searle Center Teaching Certificate Program (NU, 2017-2018)
  4. New TA Conference Workshop Facilitator (NU, 2017, 2018)
  5. Searle Center Teaching Consultant (NU, 2017-present)
  6. AEW Workshop Facilitator for CS 1112 (Cornell, 2013-2015)
  7. Collaborative Learning Group Leader for MATH 1910 (Cornell, 2014)
  8. Peer Tutor for CS1112, MATH 1920, PHYS 1112, and PHYS 2213 (Cornell, 2012-2105)