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Nagarjuna Gavvalapalli

Associate Professor

Department of Chemistry and 

Institute for Soft Matter Synthesis and Metrology

Georgetown University


Assistant Professor, Georgetown University, 2016-2022

Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2012 - 2016

Advisor: Prof. Jeffrey S. Moore

Ph. D. University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2012

Advisor: Prof. D. Venkataraman

M. Sc., University of Hyderabad, 2006

B. Sc., Andhra Loyola College, 2004



Nag was born and grew-up in Vijayawada, a beautiful city on the banks of Krishna River in the southern part of India, a place renowned for spicy food. He attended school and college education in Vijayawada. He attended Andhra Loyoala College, where his interest in chemistry was kindled, and earned his Bachelors of Science degree. Subsequently, Nag got masters in chemistry from the University of Hyderabad and later worked as a research assistant with Prof. Krishna P. Kaliappan at the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay. Wishing to pursue his interest in organic materials and solving energy related problems, he attended graduate school at University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he worked with Prof. D. Venkataraman. His graduate research was focused on developing pi-conjugated polymers and nanoparticles for organic electronics, solar cells and sensors. Nag later joined Prof. Jeffrey Moore's research group at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, wherein he developed redox active macromolecular architectures for energy storage applications. Nag currently holds a joint position in Chemistry and Institute for Soft Matter Synthesis and Metrology  at Georgetown university.


Besides having fun doing research, Nag loves to play cricket, watch movies, and cook.


Department of Chemistry

Georgetown University

37th and O Streets, NW

Washington, DC 20057


Tel: 202-687-0693



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