Dr Siva Karuturi

Dr. Siva Kartuuri is currently working jointly in the Research School of Engineering and Research School of Physics. His research interests lie primarily in the areas of materials synthesis and device fabrication with extensive experience in photoelectrodes, solar cells, catalyst synthesis, and integrated systems for direct solar hydrogen generation. He received a PhD degree from Nanyang Technological University in Materials Science and Engineering in 2013. He worked briefly as a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Photovoltaics & Renewable Energy Engineering at the University of New South Wales before moving to ANU in 2014. 

Siva was a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award Fellow during 2015-2018. He was also a recipient of Australia-China Young Scientists Exchange Programme Award from the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, and Australia–India Strategic Research Fund Early- and Mid-Career Fellowship from the Australian Academy of Science. At ANU, he has established laboratory facilities for hydrogen research and has been involved in the training and supervision of 4 postdoctoral fellows, 8 PhD students, and several Masters by research and Honours students. 

Siva has been awarded a total grant funding of over $4M AUD as a chief investigator from the Australian Research Council (ARC) and Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). He collaborates extensively with industry and universities in Australia and overseas.

Research Grant Funding

2018 – “Improving Efficiency, Durability and Cost-effectiveness of III-V Semiconductors for Direct Water Electrolysis", funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency; Chief Investigators: Chennupati Jagadish, Siva Karuturi and Hark Hoe Tan.

2018 – “Low-Cost Perovskite/Silicon Semiconductors Integrated with Earth Abundant Catalysts for Efficient Solar Hydrogen Generation” funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency; Chief Investigators: Kylie Catchpole, Siva Karuturi, Fiona Beck, Xianjue Chen and Chuan Zhao.

2017 – "Advanced High-Efficiency Silicon Solar Cells Employing Innovative Atomic Scale Engineered Surface and Contact Passivation Layers, funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency; Chief Investigators: Bram Hoex, Siva Karuturi and Yimao Wan.

2015 – “Solar Hydrogen Generation from Rust: Rational Design of Nanostructured Photoanodes” funded by the Australian Research Council; Chief Investigator: Siva Karuturi.

PhD Student Supervision

- Mr. Farid Attar (ongoing) – Design and Fabrication of Solar-to-Hydrogen Cells - Primary Supervisor

- Mr. Bikesh Gupta (ongoing) - Thin Flexible Semiconductors for Solar Energy Conversion - Primary Supervisor

- Mr. Joshua Soo (ongoing) - Fabrication of Nanostructured III-V Semiconductor Photoelectrodes - Primary Supervisor

- Mr. Joshua Butson (ongoing) - Integrated III-V Photoelectrodes for Direct Solar-to-Hydrogen Production - Primary Supervisor

- Ms. Astha Sharma (ongoing) - Perovskite/Si Tandems for Solar Hydrogen Generation - Secondary Supervisor

- Ms. Rowena Yew (ongoing) - Metal Oxides and Oxynitrides for Photoelectrochemical Energy Conversion - Primary Supervisor

- Mr. Parvathala Reddy Narangari (completed) - Top-down Nanowire Fabrication for Solar Energy Conversion Devices - Primary Supervisor

- Mr. Guanyu Liu (completed) - Porous Semiconductors for Photoelectrochemical Hydrogen Generation- Secondary Supervisor

  • Guest lecturer (2020) – Optoelectronics and Integrated Optics (PHYS8017), the Australian National University.
  • Guest lecturer (2019) – Optoelectronics and Integrated Optics (PHYS8017), the Australian National University.
  • Tutor (2011) – Statistical Process Control, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
  • Tutor (2012) – Material Characterisation Techniques, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
  • Lab demonstrator (2006) – Chemical Reaction Engineering & Heat Transfer, Indian Institute of Technology – Madras, India.


  • Solar-driven electrochemical energy conversion

  • Semiconductor material development

  • Electrocatalyst synthesis and characterisation

  • Solar cells with selective contacts

Refereed Journal Publications


  1. Haijiao Lu, Julie Tournet, Kamran Dastafkan, Yun Liu, Yun Hau Ng, Siva Karuturi*, Chuan Zhao*, Zongyou Yin*, “Noble-Metal-Free Multi-Component Nanointegration for Sustainable Energy Conversion”, Chemical Reviews 2021, accepted.

  2. Yonghwan Lee*, Bikesh Gupta, Hark Hoe Tan, Chennupati Jagadish, Jihun Oh and Siva Karuturi*, “Thin Silicon Photoanodes via Crack-Assisted Layer Exfoliation for Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting”, iScience: Cell Press 2021, accepted.
  3. Doudou Zhang, Minyong Du, Pengpeng Wang, Hui Wang, Wenwen Shi, Yuying Gao, Siva Karuturi, Kylie Catchpole, Jian Zhang, Fengtao Fan, Jingying Shi,* and Shengzhong Liu*, “First Hole-Storage Enhanced a-Si Photocathodesfor Efficient Hydrogen Production”, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2021, accepted.

  4. Doudou Zhang,* Joshua Zheyan Soo, Hark Hoe Tan, Chennupati Jagadish, Kylie Catchpole and Siva Karuturi*, "Earth-Abundant Amorphous Electrocatalysts for Electrochemical Hydrogen Production: A Review”, Advanced Energy and Sustainability Research 2021, 2000071.


  1. Rowena Yew, Hark Hoe Tan, Chennupati Jagadish and Siva Karuturi*, “3D ordered macroporous TiO2- TaOxNy heterostructure for photoelectrochemical water splitting”, The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2020, 124, 44, 24135–24144.

  2. Wenjie Wang, Jian He*, Lun Cai, Zilei Wang, Hao Lin, Siva Karuturi, Pingqi Gao, Wenzhong Shen*, “Solution-Processed Electron-Selective Contacts Enabling 21.8% Efficiency Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells”, Solar RRL 2020, accepted.

  3. Yonghwan Lee,* Hark Hoe Tan, Chennupati Jagadish, and Siva Karuturi*, Controlled Cracking for Large-Area Thin Film Exfoliation: Working Principles, Status, and Prospects”, ACS Applied Electronic Materials 2021, 2021, 3, 145−162.

  4. Linjuan Wang, Siva Karuturi, Ling Zan*, “SnS2-In2S3 core-shell p-n heterojunctions with enhanced Cr6+ reduction under visible-light irradiation”, Applied Surface Science 2020, 148063.

  5. Jian He*, Wenjie Wang, Lun Cai, Hao Lin, Zilei Wang, Siva Karuturi, and Pingqi Gao, Stable Electron-Selective Contacts for Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells Enabling Efficiency over 21.6%Advanced Functional Materials 2020, 2005554.

  6. Wenke WangSandra Elizabeth SajiSiva Karuturi*, Hong ZhengGuodong MengYonghong Cheng & Zongyou Yin*, “NIR-plasmon-enhanced Systems for Energy Conversion and Environmental Remediation”, Chemical Research in Chinese Universities 2020, 36, 1000–1005.

  7. Tingwen Zhao, Yuan Wang, Siva Karuturi, Kylie Catchpole, Zhang Qiang, Chuan Zhao*, Design and operando/in situ characterization of precious-metal-free electrocatalysts for alkaline water splittingCarbon Energy 2020, 1-32.

  8. Yonghwan Lee*, Inseok Yang, Hark Hoe Tan, Chennupati Jagadish and Siva Karuturi*, Monocrystalline InP Thin Films with Tunable Surface Morphology and Energy BandgapACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2020, 12, 32, 36380–36388.

  9. Siva Karuturi*, Heping Shen,* Astha Sharma, Fiona J. Beck, Purushothaman Varadhan, The Duong, Parvathala Reddy Narangari, Doudou Zhang, Yimao Wan, Jr-Hau He, Hark Hoe Tan, Chennupati Jagadish and Kylie Catchpole, Over 17% Efficiency StandAlone Solar Water Splitting Enabled by PerovskiteSilicon Tandem AbsorbersAdvanced Energy Materials 2020, 2000772. (Journal Cover)

  10. Doudou Zhang, Yuexian Cao, Siva Karuturi, Minyong Du, Mingyao Liu, Chaowei Xue, Ruotian Chen, Pengpeng Wang, Jian Zhang*, Jingying Shi*, and Shengzhong Frank Liu*, Enabling Unassisted Solar Water Splitting by Single-Junction Amorphous Silicon PhotoelectrodesACS Applied Energy Materials 2020, 3, 5, 4629–4637.

  11. Guanyu Liu,* Siva Karuturi,* Hongjun Chen, Dunwei Wang, Joel W. Ager, Alexandr N. Simonov, and Antonio Tricoli*, Enhancement of the Photoelectrochemical Water Oxidation by Perovskite BiFeO3 via Structural EngineeringSolar Energy 2020, 202, 198-203.

  12. Julie Tournet, Yonghwan Lee, Siva Karuturi*, Hark Hoe Tan, and Chennupati Jagadish, III–V Semiconductor Materials for Solar Hydrogen Production: Status and ProspectsACS Energy Letters 2020, 5, 2, 611-622.


  1. Jennifer Wong-Leung, Inseok Yang, Ziyuan Li, Siva Karuturi, Lan Fu, Hark Hoe Tan and Chennupati Jagadish, Engineering III-V semiconductor nanowires for device applicationsAdvanced Materials 2019, 1904359.

  2. Parvathala Reddy Narangari, Siva Karuturi*, Yiliang Wan, Jennifer Wong Leung, Kaushal Vora, Mykhaylo Lysevych, Yimao Wan, H. H. Tan, C. Jagadish and S. Mokkapati*, Ultrathin Ta2Oelectron-selective contacts for high efficiency InP solar cellsNanoscale 2019, 11 (15), 7497-7505.

  3. Joshua Butson*, Siva Karuturi*, Parvathala Reddy Narangari, Mykhaylo Lysevych, Jennifer Wong-Leung, Hark Hoe Tan, Chennupati Jagadish, Narrow Bandgap InGaAsP for Photoelectrochemical Solar Water SplittingACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2019, 11, 28.

  4. Jian He, Md. Anower Hossain, Hao Lin, Wenjie Wang, Siva Karuturi, Bram Hoex, Jichun Ye, Pingqi Gao, James Bullock, Yimao Wan, 15% Efficiency Ultrathin Silicon Solar Cells with Fluorine-Doped Titanium Oxide and Chemically Tailored Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):Poly(styrenesulfonate) as Asymmetric HeterocontactACS Nano 2019, 136 6356-6362.

  5. Rowena Yew*, Siva Karuturi*, Parvathala Reddy Narangari, Hark Hoe Tan, and Chennupati Jagadish, Exploiting surface defects in TiO2 for enhanced photoelectrochemical water splittingOptics Express 2019, 27, 2, 761-773.

  6. Nandini Patra, Siva Karuturi, Nilesh J. Vasa, D .Nakamura, M. Higashihat, Vipul Singh and A. Palani, Influence of Ni, Ti and NiTi alloy nanoparticles on hydrothermally grown ZnO nanowires for photoluminescence enhancementJournal of Alloys and Compounds 2019, 770, 5,1119-1129.


  1. Guanyu Liu, Siva Karuturi, Hongjun Chen, Leone Spiccia, Hark Hoe Tan, Chennupati Jagadish, Dunwei Wang, Alexandr N. Simonov and Antonio Tricoli*, Tuning the Morphology and Structure of Disordered Hematite Photoanodes for Improved Water Oxidation: a Physical and Chemical Synergistic ApproachNano Energy, 2018, 53, pp 745-752.

  2. Siva Karuturi*, Heping Shen, The Duong, Parvathala Reddy Narangari, Rowena Yew, Jennifer Wong-Leung, Kylie Catchpole, Hark Hoe Tan, and Chennupati Jagadish, Perovskite Photovoltaic Integrated CdS/TiO2 Photoanode for Unbiased Photoelectrochemical Hydrogen GenerationACS Applied Material & Interfaces, 2018, 10 (28), pp 23766–23773.

  3. Siva Karuturi*, Rowena Yew, Parvathala Reddy Narangari, Jennifer Wong-Leung, Li Li, Kaushal Vora, Hark Hoe Tan and Chennupati Jagadish, CdS/TiOphotoanodes via solution ion transfer method for highly efficient solar hydrogen generationNano Futures 2018, 2 (1), 015004.

  4. Heping Shen, The Duong, Jun Peng, Daniel Jacobs, Nandi Wu, Junbo Gong, Yiliang Wu, Siva Karuturi, Xiao Fu, Klaus Weber, Xudong Xiao, Thomas P. White, Kylie Catchpole, Mechanically-stacked Perovskite/CIGS Tandem Solar Cells with Efficiency of 23.9% and Reduced Oxygen SensitivityEnergy and Environmental Science 2018, 11, 394-406.

  5. Joshua Butson, Parvathala Reddy Narangari, Siva Karuturi, Rowena Yew, Mykhaylo Lysevych, Hark Hoe Tan, and Chennupati Jagadish, Photoelectrochemical Studies of InGaN/GaN MQW PhotoanodesNanotechnology 2018 29 045403.

  6. Yimao Wan, Siva Krishna Karuturi, Chris Samundsett, James Bullock, Mark Hettick, Di Yan, Jun Peng, Parvathala Reddy Narangari, Sudha Mokkapati, Hark Hoe Tan, Chennupati Jagadish, Ali Javey, and Andres Cuevas, Tantalum oxide electron-selective heterocontacts for silicon photovoltaics and photoelectrochemical water reductionACS Energy Letters, 2018, 3 (1), pp 125–131. (Equal-First Author)

Before 2018

  1. Parvathala Reddy Narangari, Siva Karuturi*, Mykhaylo Lysevych, Hark Hoe Tan, and Chennupati Jagadish, Improved Photoelectrochemical Performance of GaN Nanopillar PhotoanodesNanotechnology, 2017, 28 (15), 154001.

  2. Heping Shen, Daniel A. Jacobs, Yiliang Wu, The Duong, Jun Peng, Xiaoming Wen, Xiao Fu, Siva Karuturi, Thomas P. White, Klaus Weber, and Kylie R. Catchpole, Inverted Hysteresis in CH3NH3PbI3 Solar Cells: Role of Stoichiometry and Band AlignmentThe Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 2017, 8 (12), pp 2672–2680.

  3. Guanyu Liu, Siva Karuturi, Alexandr N. Simonov, Monika Fekete, Hongjun Chen, Noushin Nasiri, Nhien H. Le, N Parvathala Reddy, Mykhaylo Lysevych, Thomas R. Gengenbach, Adrian Lowe, Hark Hoe Tan, Chennupati Jagadish, Leone Spicciac and Antonio Tricoli, Robust Sub-Monolayers of Co3O4 Nano-Islands: a Highly Transparent Morphology for Efficient Water Oxidation CatalysisAdvanced Energy Materials, 2016, 6, 1600697.

  4. Neeti Gupta, Santosh Shrestha, Binesh Puthen Vettil, Hongze Xia, Siva Karuturi, Gavin Conibeer, Synthesis of Nano-Crystalline Germanium Carbide using Radio Frequency Magnetron SputteringThin Solid Films 2015, 592, 162-166.

  5. Wenbin Niu, Xianglin Li, Siva Karuturi, Derrick Wenhui Fam, Hongjin Fan, Santosh Shrestha, Lydia Helena Wong, and Alfred Iing Yoong Tok, Application of Atomic Layer Deposition in Solar CellsNanotechnology 2014, 26, 064001.

  6. Siva Karuturi, Lijun Liu, Liap Tat Su, Wenbin Niu, and Alfred Iing Yoong Tok, Atomic Layer Deposition of Inverse Opals for Solar Cell ApplicationsAdvanced Materials Research 2013, 789, 3-7.

  7. Liap Tat Su, Siva Karuturi, Jingshan Luo, Lijun Liu, Xinfeng Liu, Jun Guo, Tze Chien Sum, Renren Deng, Hong Jin Fan, Xiaogang Liu, and Alfred Iing Yoong Tok, Photon Upconversion in Heteronanostructured Photoanodes for Enhanced Near-Infrared Light HarvestingAdvanced Materials 2013, 25, 1603-1607. (Equal-First Author)

  8. Monan Liu, Xianglin Li, Siva Karuturi, Alfred Iing Yoong Tok, Hong Jin Fan, Atomic Layer Deposition for Nanofabrication and Interface EngineeringNanoscale 2012, 4(5), 1522.

  9. Siva Karuturi, Jingshan Luo, Chuanwei Cheng, Lijun Liu, Liap Tat Su, Hong Jin Fan, and Alfred Iing Yoong Tok, Three-dimensional Ordered Hierarchical Nanobushes Photoanode for Highly Efficient Photoelectrochemical CellsAdvanced Materials 2012, 24(30), 4157-62.

  10. Jingshan Luo, Siva Karuturi, Lijun Liu, Liap Tat Su, Hong Jin Fan, and Alfred Iing Yoong Tok, Homogeneous Photosensitization of Complex TiO2 Nanostructures for Efficient Solar Energy ConversionScientific Reports 2012, 2, 451. (Equal-First Author)

  11. Siva Karuturi, Chuanwei Cheng, Lijun Liu, Liap Tat Su, and Hong Jin Fan, Alfred Iing Yoong Tok, Inverse Opals Coupled with Nanowires as Photoelectrochemical AnodeNano Energy 2012, 1(2), 322. (Cover Page)

  12. Liap Tat Su, Jun Ye, Siva Karuturi, Lijun Liu, Yang Zhao, Jun Guo and Alfred I. Y. Tok, High index, reactive facets controlled synthesis of one-dimensional single crystalline rare earth hydroxide nanobeltsCrystEngComm 2011, 13, 5367.

  13. Lijun Liu, Siva Karuturi, Liap Tat Su and Alfred Iing Yoong Tok, Electrochromic Photonic Crystals with Versatile Color TunabilityElectrochemistry Communications 2011, 11, 1163.

  14. Chuanwei Cheng, Siva Karuturi, Lijun Liu, Jinping Liu, Hongxing Li, Liap Tat Su, Alfred Iing Yoong Tok, and Hong Jin Fan, Quantum dots sensitized TiOinverse opal for photoelectrochemical water splittingSmall 2011, 8 (1), 37-42. (Equal-First Author) (Cover Page)

  15. Siva Karuturi, Lijun Liu, Alongkarn Chutinan, Liap Tat Su, Taw Kuei Chan, Thomas Osipowicz, Nazir P. Kherani, Alfred Iing Yoong Tok, Gradient inverse opal photonic crystals via spatially controlled template replication of self-assembled opalsNanoscale 2011, 3, 4951-4954.

  16. Lijun Liu, Siva Karuturi, Liap Tat Su and Alfred Iing Yoong Tok, TiO2 inverse-opal electrode fabricated by atomic layer deposition for dye-sensitized solar cell applicationsEnergy and Environmental Science 2011, 4, 209-215.

  17. Siva Karuturi, Lijun Liu, Liap Tat Su, Yang Zhao, Hong Jin Fan, Xiaochen Ge, Sailing He, and Alfred Tok Iing Yoong, Kinetics of Stop-Flow Atomic Layer Deposition for High Aspect Ratio Template Filling through Photonic Band Gap MeasurementsThe Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2010, 114, 14843-14848.

Book Chapters

  1. Rowena Yew, Siva Karuturi, Hark Hoe Tan and Chennupati Jagadish, “Template assisted fabrication of photoelectrodes”, Semiconductors and Semimetals, chapter 8, 97, 289-313, academic press.


  1. “Method of depositing gradient films on a substrate surface by atomic layer deposition”, US Provisional Patent 61/450,724.

  2. “Electrochromic photonic crystals with versatile colour tunability”, US provisional patent 61/571, 150.

  3. “Method of photosensitization based on atomic layer deposition and ion exchange reaction for solar energy harvesting applications”, Technology Disclosure, TD/191/11, Nanyang Technological University.


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