Arun Kumar Mannodi Kanakkithodi

Arun Kumar Mannodi Kanakkithodi

Assistant Professor of Materials Engineering

Contact Information

School of Materials Engineering
Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering
701 West Stadium Avenue
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2045

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Research Interests

Arun’s research involves using first principles computational modeling, machine learning, and materials informatics to drive the design of new materials for energy-relevant applications. The primary methods used in his group are quantum mechanics-based density functional theory and regression/classification techniques based on neural networks, ridge regression and random forests. His research deals with large materials datasets relevant for solar cells and related optoelectronics, and using state-of-the-art data science approaches to create useful models and online design tools.


  • Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, University of Connecticut, 2017.
  • Bachelor of Technology, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, 2012.

Employment History

  • Assistant Professor, School of Materials Engineering, Purdue University, 2020-Present.
  • Postdoctoral Associate, Center for Nanoscale Materials, Argonne National Laboratory, 2017-2020.


  • MSE 597, Introduction to Computational Materials Modeling

Postdoctoral Scholars

Prince Gollapalli - Visiting Scholar