Ramesh Adhikari

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Ramesh Adhikari

Assistant Professor of Physics & Astronomy

Department/Office Information

Physics and Astronomy
321 Ho Science Center

Ph.D. in Physics (2016) University of Massachusetts Amherst

M.S. in Physics (2014) University of Massachusetts Amherst

B.A. in Physics & Mathematics (2011) Berea College

Courses taught at Colgate:

Courses Taught


FSEM 133/CORE S194: Electrons & Our Civilization Fall 2021, 2022

PHYS 233: Introductory Electricity & Magnetism

Fall - 2020, 2021, 2022

PHYS 334: Speical Relativity & Introduction to Quantum Mechanics

Spring - 2021, 2022, 2023

PHYS 432: Electromagnetism

Spring - 2021, 2022, 2023

PHYS 410: Advanced Topics & Experiments

Fall - 2020, 2022


Bio-derived materials, electronics, conducting polymers and biomaterials, charge transport mechanism.

(Undergraduate student authors are underlined. R.Y. Adhikari as the corresponding author is indicated by *. Google Scholar Profile)


  1. D. Chamria, C. Alpha, R.Y. Adhikari*. "Phenylalanine-assisted conductivity enhancement in PEDOT:PSS films", ACS Omega, 8, 8 (2023). Link
  2. K.P. Williams, N. Hann-Deschaine, D. Chamria, H.T. Benz and R.Y. Adhikari*. "Facile fabrication of triboelectric nanogenerators based on paper and natural rubber as low-cost bio-derived materials", Discover Materials, 3, 1 (2023). Link
  3. N.G. Hallfors, D. Maksimovski, I.A.H. Farhat, M.A. Jaoude, A.R. Devarajan, K. Liao, M. Ismail, H. Pade, R.Y. Adhikari and A.F. Isakovic. "Layered tunable graphene oxide-nylon composite heterostructures for wearable electrocardiogram", Applied Physics Letters, 122, 013701 (2023). Link
  4. R.Y. Adhikari* and J.J. Pujols. ” Highly rigid & transparent supramolecular fibrils of tyrosine”, Nano Select, 1, 2022. Link
  5. R.Y. Adhikari*, N.E. Harmon and K. P. Williams. “Pristine leaf-based electrochemical resistive switching device”, Applied Materials Today, 24, 2021. Link
  6. R. Hudson, R.Y. Adhikari, M.T. Tuominen, I. Hanzu, M. Wilkening, S. Thayumanavan and J. L. Katz. “Evaluation of carboxylic, phosphonic and sulfonic acid protogenic moieties on tunable poly(metaphenylene oxide) ionomer scaffolds”, Journal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry, 22 (57), 2209-2213, 2019. Link
  7. R.Y. Adhikari*, J. Terrell, J. Targos, K.A. Huffman, H. Wang and J. Cradlebaugh. “Electrical Characterization of Leaf-based Wires & Supercapacitors”, RSC Advances, 9, 27289-27293, 2019. Link
  8. W.B. Lane and R.Y. Adhikari. “Evaluating the presence of response-shift bias in the CLASS with a two-pass survey”, Physics Education Research (PER) Conference Proceedings, DOI: 10.1119/perc.2018.pr.Lane (2018). Link
  9. D.J.F. Walker, R. Y. Adhikari , D.E. Holmes, J.E. Ward, T. L. Woodard, K. P. Nevin and D. R. Lovley ‘Electrically conductive pili from pilin genes of phylogenetically diverse microorganisms’, The ISME Journal, 12, 48-58 (2018). Link
  10. Y. Tan, R. Y. Adhikari , Nikhil S. Malvankar, J.E. Ward, T. L. Woodard, K. P. Nevin and D. R. Lovley ‘Expressing the Geobacter metallireducens PilA in Geobacter sulfurreducens Yields Pili with Exceptional Conductivity’, mBio, 8, 1 e02203-16 (2017). Link
  11. Y. Tan#, R. Y. Adhikari#, N. S. Malvankar, S. Pi, J. E. Ward, T. L. Woodard, K. P. Nevin, Q. Xia, M. T. Tuominen and D. R. Lovley ‘Synthetic Biological Protein Nanowires with High Conductivity’, Small, 12, 4481-4485, 2016. Link (# Co-first authors.)
  12. Y. Tan, R. Y. Adhikari, N. S. Malvankar, J. E. Ward, K. P. Nevin, T. L. Woodard, J. A. Smith, O. L. Snoeyenbos-West, A. E. Franks, M. T. Tuominen and D. R. Lovley ‘The Low Conductivity of Geobacter uraniireducens Pili Suggests a Diversity of Extracellular Electron Transfer Mechanisms in the Genus Geobacter’, Frontiers in Microbiology, 7 (980), 2016. Link
  13. R.Y. Adhikari, N.S. Malvankar, M. T. Tuominen and D.R. Lovley ‘Conductivity of individual Geobacter pili’, RSC Advances, 6, 8354-8357, 2016. Link 
  14. T. C. Bayram, N. Orbey, R.Y. Adhikari and M. T. Tuominen ‘Fluoropolymer Based Formulations as Protective Coatings in Oil/Gas Pipelines’, Progress in Organic Coatings, 88, 2015. Link
  15. M. Bag, L. A. Renna, R.Y. Adhikari, S. Karak, F. Liu, P. M. Lahti, T. P. Russell, M. T. Tuominen and D. Venkataraman ‘Kinetics of Ion Transport in Perovskite Active Layers and its Implications for Active Layer Stability’, Journal of the Americal Chemical Society (JACS), 137 (40), 2015. Link
  16. K. K. Yee, Y. L. Wong, M. Zha, R.Y. Adhikari, M. T. Tuominen, J. Hec and Z. Xu ‘Room-Temperature Acetylene Hydration by a Hg(II)-laced Metal-Organic Framework’, Chemical Communications, doi: 10.1039/c5cc03943f, 2015. Link
  17. S. Malkowski, R.Y. Adhikari, J. Boissevain, C. Daurer, B.W. Filippone, B. Hona, B. Plaster, D. Woods and H. Yan ‘Overlap Technique for End-Cap Seals on Cylindrical Magnetic Shields’, IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, 1(49), 2013. Link
  18. S. Malkowski, R. Adhikari, B.Hona, C. Mattie, D. Woods, H. Yan and B. Plaster ‘Technique for High Axial Shielding Factor Performance of Large-scale, Thin, Open-ended, Cylindrical Metglas Magnetic Shields’, Review of Scientific Instruments, 7(82), 2011. Link


External Grants

  1. PI - National Science Foundation - NSF ($199,834) August, 2022 - 2025 , Directorate for Engineering (ENG), Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS)Project: RUI: Leaf as a Biodegradable Material for Electronic Components
  2. PI - The Eppley Foundation for Research ($24,850) September, 2018 - August 2019, Project: Developing Plant-based Electronics


Major Internal Grants

  1. Picker Research Fellowship ($9,989) June 2023 - August 2024, Project: Charge Transport in Aromatic Amino Acid-based Structures and Their Application in Chemical Sensing



  1. Arthur Quinton TA Award, University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA - 2016.
  2. Waldemar Noll Prize in Physics, Berea College, KY - 2011.
  3. Lilli Brann Scholarship in Physical Sciences, Berea College, KY - 2010