Anirudh Sharma, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellows

​​Postdoctoral Fellow in Baran group

Research Interests

​I am interested in applying nanotechnology and surface science to solve socially relevant problems. My current research is focused on solar cells and thermoelectrics.

Selected Publications

  • A Nonionic Alcohol Soluble Polymer Cathode Interlayer Enables Efficient Organic and Perovskite Solar Cells. 
    Anirudh Sharma, Saumya Singh, Xin Song, Diego Rosas Villalva, Joel Troughton, Daniel Corzo, Levent Toppare, Gorkem Gunbas*, Bob C. Schroeder* and Derya Baran*                                                                                                      Chemistry of Materials, (2021)
  • Probing the Relationship between Molecular Structures, Thermal Transitions, and Morphology in Polymer Semiconductors Using a Woven Glass-Mesh-Based DMTA Technique
    Anirudh Sharma, Xun Pan, Jonas Bjuggren, Desta Gedefaw, Xiofeng Xu, Renee Kroon, Ergang Wang, Jonathan A Campbell, David A. Lewis and Mats R. Andersson*
    Chemistry of Materials, (2019)
  • Insights into the oxidant/polymer interfacial growth of vapour phase polymerized PEDOT thin films. 
    Anirudh Sharma, Gunther G. Andersson, Jonathan Rivnay, Jason F. Alvino, Gregory F. Metha, M...
    Advanced Materials Interfaces, 2018, vol. 5, 1800594., (2018)
  • Environmentally friendly preparation of nanoparticles for organic photovoltaics. 
    Xun Pan, Anirudh Sharma, Desta Gedefaw, Renee Kroon, Amaia Diaz de Zerio, Natalie P. Holme...
    Organic Electronics, 2018, vol. 59, pp. 432-440., (2018)
  • Facile synthesis of an efficient and robust cathode interface material for polymer solar cells. 
    Jonas Mattiasson Bjuggren, Anirudh Sharma, Desta Gedefaw, Sait Elmas, Caroline Pan, Bradle...
    ACS Applied Energy Materials, 2018, vol. 1, pp. 7130-7139., (2018)
  • Unraveling the thermomechanical properties of bulk hetero-junction blends in polymer solar cells. 
    Anirudh Sharma, Xun Pan, Jonathan Campbell, Mats R. Andersson and David A. Lewis.
    Macromolecules, 2017, vol. 50, pp. 3347-3354., (2017)
  • Poly(4-vinylpyridine), A new interface layer for inverted organic solar cells. 
    Anirudh Sharma, Renee Kroon, David A. Lewis, Gunther Andersson, and Mats R. Andersson.
    ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 2017, vol. 9, pp. 10929-10936., (2017)
  • Two-in-one: cathode modification and improved solar cell blend stability through addition of modified fullerenes. 
    Zandra George, Yuxin Xia, Anirudh Sharma, Camilla Lindqvist, Gunther Andersson, Olle Ingan...
    Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2016, vol. 4, pp. 2663-2669., (2016)
  • Electronic and chemical properties of ZnO in inverted organic photovoltaic devices. 
    Anirudh Sharma, Joseph B. Franklin, Birendra Singh, Gunther G. Andersson, David A. Lewis.
    Organic Electronics, 2015, vol. 24, pp. 131-136., (2015)
  • Invisible high workfunction materials on heterogeneous interfaces 
    Anirudh Sharma, Rüdiger Berger, Gunther Andersson, David A. Lewis.
    Applied Surface Science, 2015, vol. 327, pp. 22-26., (2015)
  • Role of humidity on indium and tin migration in organic photovoltaic devices. 
    Anirudh Sharma, Gunther Andersson and David Lewis.
    Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 2011, vol. 13, pp. 4381-4387., (2011)


  • ​Ph.D., Physics/Nanotechnology, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia, 2015
  • Master of Nanotechnology, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia, 2010
  • B.Sc., Physics (hons), University of Delhi, NewDelhi, India, 2008

Professional Profile

  • ​2019- now : Postdoctoral fellow, Kaust, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2018-2019: Postdoctoral fellow, University of Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France
  • 2017-2018: Postdoctoral fellow, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia
  • 2015-2017: Postdoctoral fellow, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia


  • ​Vice-Chancellor’s Prize for Doctoral Thesis Excellence, Flinders University 2015.
  • Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPIP) Visiting Research Fellowship 2013.
  • Flinders University Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Finalist 2012.

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​KAUST Solar Center (KSC)
  • Division of Physical Science and Engineering (PSE)

Research Interests Keywords

organic solar cells Interfacial energetics morphology thermomechanical properties of conjugated polymers flexible electronics