Ravindra Shinde

Ravindra Shinde

Research Scientist

University of Twente, The Netherlands
प्रतिपच्चंद्रलेखेव वर्धिष्णुर्विश्ववंदिता शाहसुनोः शिवस्यैषा मुद्रा भद्राय राजते.

I am a theoretical and computational condensed matter physicist and quantum chemist. I am currently working as a research scientist in the TREX-CoE at the University of Twente, the Netherlands. My research focuses on achieving the Exascale computational performance for obtaining true chemical accuracy.

I have 10 years of total research experience, with six years in scientific code development. I have theoretically formulated new methodologies and implemented them in leading open source codes. I have authored 16 research articles, one book, and peer-reviewed 26 manuscripts.

I combine atomistic modeling, both at the electronic (quantum) and atomic levels, in my research. I am excited and passionate about developing new ways to solve novel problems in materials science and chemistry in silico to accelerate scientific discovery.

In the free time, I do trekking, cycling, painting, sketching, and gardening.

  • Ph.D. in Physics, 2014

    Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, India

  • M.Sc. in Physics, 2009

    Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, India

Research Interests
  • Exascale Scientific Computing
  • Method Development
  • Quantum Chemistry
  • Computational Materials Science
  • Computational Physics


University of Twente
Research Scientist
Jan 2021 – Present Enschede, The Netherlands

Responsibilities include:

  • Code development for exascale scientific computing
  • Modernizing legacy codes and continuous integration
University of California, Riverside
Postdoctoral Researcher
Jan 2019 – Dec 2020 California, USA

I derived the mathematical formulation of the self-interaction corrections to the density functional theory for periodic and molecular systems; also implemented the theory in the open source code suite GPAW.

Performed ab initio molecular dynamics simulations for the degradation of hazardous pollutants PFAS. This work was highlighted by phys.org, Chemistry World and other news portals.

Formulated and implemented a Gaussian laser pulse in GPAW code to do time-dependent density functional calculations to study the dissociation of hazardous molecules using the intense ultrafast laser.

Indian Institute of Science
National Postdoctoral Researcher
May 2016 – May 2018 Bangalore, India

I investigated the ultrafast electron dynamics in 2D materials and quasi-2D heterostructures using TDDFT.

Guided a subgroup to compute quasiparticle optical spectra and exciton energies in 2D heterostructures.

Led another subgroup to computationally discover topologically exotic materials and investigated the pressure-induced topological phase transition.

Independently worked on machine learning for quantum chemical methods.

Shivaji University
Assistant Professor in Physics
Jan 2016 – May 2016 Kolhapur, India
Under this a semester-long contract position, I taught “Properties of Nanomaterials” to the 3rd year B.S-M.S integrated degree students. I also supervised nanomaterials laboratory sessions and conducted a summer course on scientific computing. I Heavily emphasized on formative assessments and peer involvement.
Universidad del Pais Vasco
Postdoctoral Researcher
Oct 2014 – Oct 2015 San Sebastian, Spain

During this postdoctoral stint, I worked as a code developer for the gnu-licensed TDDFT code – OCTOPUS.

Implemented the non-orthogonal lattice vectors functionality and a utility to port the supercell band structures to the band-unfolding code.

Computed linear optical absorption spectra of solids using meta-GGA functionals.


Best Poster Award 2nd Prize
Best Presentation Award
Best Presentation Award
National Postdoctoral Research grant and Fellowship
All India Rank 73, Percentile 98.6
Summer Research Fellowship at SINP, Kolkata
3rd rank in the university
Secured 88.5% and ranked 3rd among all streams of B.Sc.
Summer Research Fellowship at TIFR, Mumbai
Top of the Top award
First prize in a Mathematics Quiz
Shivaji University Merit Scholarship (2003, 2004, 2005)


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