Kartick Tarafder


Associate Professor & Head of the Department

Date of Joining at NITK: 

Friday, July 3, 2015

Professional Experience: 

Assistant Professor: BITS-Pilani Hyderabad (2013-2015)
Post-Doc1: Department of Physics and Astronomy, Uppsala University, Sweden (2008-2011)
Post-Doc2: Materials Science Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, California, USA(2011-2013)

Contact Details




+91-824-2474000 Extn. 3927


Academic Background

M.Sc in Applied Mathematics (1st class First), Calcutta University (2001-2003)
PhD : Theoretical condensed matter physics, S. N. Bose National Centre for Basics Sciences, Kolkata (2003-2008)

Areas of Interest

• Semiconductor multi-layers, quantum dots for solar cell application
• Inorganic/organic spintronics
• Electronic structure calculations, phase stability, magnetic, optical and magneto optical properties in disordered alloys.
• Quantum materials and Topological insulators
• First principles studies on high-Tc superconductors.

Significant Projects

* “Atomistic Modeling of Metal Organic Compunds: Towards molecular spintronics “ from DST-SERB
* Erasmus Mundus Action 2, NAMASTE India-Project grant for Indo-EU exchange program
* “Development and characterization of Advances solar cells” from the Vision Group on Science and Technology, Govt of Karnataka, INDIA (VGST )

Supervision of Ph.D

5 (completed)

  • Dr. Indukuru Ramesh Reddy ( PDF@South Korea),
  • Dr. Sruthi T (PDF @ USA),
  • Dr. Sulakshana Shenoy (PDF @ JAPAN with JSPS)
  • Dr. Nayana Devaraj ( PDF@ IISC )
  • Dr. Subhasmita Ray (PDF @ Prague, Czech Republic.)

4( On going)

Significant Publications

Ananthram K S, Suneetha N, and Kartick Tarafder* “First Principles Studies of Topological Insulating Behavior in Lanthanum-Monopnictides and their Heterostructures” Advanced Theory and Simulations 2024, 7(2) 2300586  [IF: 4.105 ]

* Sauvik Saha, KS Ananthram, Nahid Hassan, Ajay Ugale, Kartick Tarafder, Nirmalya Ballav “Ag Nanoparticles-Induced Metallic Conductivity in Thin Films of 2D Metal–Organic Framework Cu3(HHTP)2 Nano Lett. 2023, 23, 20, 9326–9332 [IF: 10.8]

* Umashis Bhoi, Subhasmita Ray, Sujit Bhand, Pranay Ninawe, Debashree Roy, Shammi Rana, Kartick Tarafder, Nirmalya Ballav;  Distal Synergistic Effect in Bimetal–Organic Framework for Superior Catalytic Water Oxidation ACS Energy Lett.2023, 8, 4465–4473 [IF: 23.99]

Pooja Sindhu, K. S. Ananthram, Anil Jain, Kartick Tarafder & Nirmalya Ballav “ Insulator-to-metal-like transition in thin films of a biological metal-organic framework” Nature Communications 2023, Vol 14, page: 2857 [IF: 17.69 ]

* Pooja Sindhu, KS Ananthram, Anil Jain, Kartick Tarafder, Nirmalya Ballav “Charge-transfer interface of insulating metal-organic frameworks with metallic conduction” Nature Communications, Volume :13 Issue: 1 Pages:1-10 (2022) [IF: 17.69 ]

* Subhasmita Ray and Kartick Tarafder* “Investigation of CdSe and ZnSe as Potential Back Surface Field Layers for CdTe‐Based Solar Cells: A Study from First Principles Calculations” Advanced Theory and Simulations 2023, Vol:6, page: 2200718

* Nayana Devaraj and Kartick Tarafder* “Spin-Transport through Van der Waals Heterojunctions Based on 2D-Ferromagnet and Transition Metal Dichalcogenides: A Study from First-Principles Calculations” Advanced theory and simulations (2022) [IF: 4.105 ]

* Nayana Devaraj, Kartick Tarafder*, “Large magnetoresistance in a Co/MoS2/Graphene/MoS2/Co magnetic tunnel junction” Physical Review B Vol-103(16) Pages-165407 (2021) [IF: 4.036]

* Indukuru Ramesh Reddy, Peter M. Oppeneer and Kartick Tarafder*. “Pressure-driven structural and spin-state transition in a Hofmann clathrate coordination polymer” Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials Vol. 524, Pages 167637 (2021) [IF: 2.683 ]

* Sulakshana Shenoy and Kartick Tarafder*. “Enhanced photocatalytic efficiency of layered CdS/CdSe heterostructures: Insights from first-principles electronic structure calculations.” Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, vol:32(27), page:275501, (2020) [IF: 2.333 ]

* Sruthi T and Kartick Tarafder*. “Route to achieving enhanced quantum capacitance in functionalized graphene-based supercapacitor electrodes.” Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter,vol: 31(47), page:475502, 2019. [IF: 2.333 ]

* Indukuru Ramesh Reddy, Peter M Oppeneer, and Kartick Tarafder*. “Route to achieving giant magnetoelectric coupling in BaTiO3/Sr2CoO3F perovskite heterostructures.” Physical Review B, vol: 98(14), page:140401, (2018).  [IF: 5.1]

* Kartick Tarafder, Yogesh Surendranath, Jacob H Olshansky, A Paul Alivisatos, and Lin-Wang Wang. “Hole transfer dynamics from a cdse/cds quantum rod to a tethered ferrocene derivative.” Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol:136(13), page:5121–5131, (2014).  [IF: 15.0]

* Kartick Tarafder, S Kanungo, Peter M Oppeneer, and T Saha-Dasgupta. “Pressure andtemperature control of spin-switchable metal-organic coordination polymers from ab initio calculations.” Physical review letters, vol: 109(7), page:077203, (2012).  [IF: 9.16]

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• Gold Medal in M.Sc (Applied Mathematics, Calcutta university)(2003)

• Swedish Institute Scholarship (2006)

• Carl Trygger foundation fellowship for post doctoral research in Sweden (2008)


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Dr. Kartick Tarafder, Associate Professor and Head
Department of Physics, NITK, Surathkal
P. O. Srinivasnagar, Mangalore - 575 025
Karnataka, India.

  • Hot line: +91-0824-2473052

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