People

Kannan M. Krishnan

Professor
Materials Science & Engineering

Adjunct Professor
Physics

Biography

Kannan M. Krishnan obtained his B. Tech (Mech. Eng.) from IIT Kanpur and Ph.D. (Materials Science; Minor in Physics & Mathematics) from UC, Berkeley. After graduation in 1984, he held various scientific and teaching positions at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UC, Berkeley, before joining the University of Washington, in 2001, as the Campbell Chair Professor of Materials Sciences & Engineering and Adjunct Professor of Physics. He has held visiting appointments in all six continents including the Hitachi Central Research Laboratory (Japan), Tohoku University, University Klinikum-Eppendorf, Hamburg, University of Sao Paolo, University of Western Australia, University of Alexandria (Egypt), and the Indian Institute of Science.

Prof. Krishnan’s current research focus is broadly on two major, inter-related themes:
  • Bioengineering at the intersection of Magnetism, Materials and Medicine focusing on diagnostics, imaging and therapy, with translational research and commercialization activities.
  • Materials Engineering & Condensed Matter Physics with emphasis on nanoscale magnetic and transport (both charge and spin) phenomena in reduced dimensions, including their inter-coupling and structure-property correlations at relevant length scales, to develop paradigms for materials and devices in the context of information (storage, processing and logic) and energy technologies.
Prof. Krishnan is widely recognized for research, teaching, mentoring and entrepreneurship. He has received numerous awards:
  • Alexander von Humboldt Career Research Award (2016)
  • TMS/FMD Distinguished Scientist/Engineer Award (2015)
  • IEEE Donald G. Fink Prize (2012)
  • Fulbright Specialist Award (2010)
  • IEEE Magnetics Society Distinguished Lecturer Award (2009)
  • Guggenheim Fellowship (2004)
  • Rockefeller Bellagio Fellowship (2008)
  • Burton Medal (Microscopy Society of America, 1992)
  • JSPS Senior Scientist Fellowship (2002)
  • UW College of Engineering Outstanding Educator Award (UW, 2004)
  • An appointment as the Professor-at-large (University of Western Australia, 2006-8)
  • Nomination as the UW candidate for the AAAS Mentor award (2009).

Based on his teaching and scholarship, his comprehensive 820-page single author book, entitled “Fundamentals and Applications of Magnetic Materials,” was published by Oxford University Press in 2016.

He is an elected Member of the Washington State Academy of Science, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Physical Society, the Institute of Physics (London) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Krishnan has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Materials Science, Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, Acta Materialia, Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, IEEE Magnetics Letters, and Medical Physics.

His service activities are extensive and include:

  • UW College of Engineering Promotion and Tenure Council (2001-5)
  • UW Common Book selection committee (2010)
  • IEEE Magnetics Society Administrative Committee (2011-3)
  • Fetzer Institute Advisory Council on the Engineering Professions (2011-3)

In 2010, along with two former graduate students, he has founded a start-up company, LodeSpin Labs, presently developing tailored magnetic carriers for a range of biomedical applications.

CV - complete: https://mse.washington.edu/files/people/faculty/docs/kannan-krishnan-CV-Complete-17Sept2017.pdf

CV - short version: https://mse.washington.edu/files/people/faculty/docs/kannan-krishnan-CV-Short-17Sept2017.pdf 


Education

  • Ph.D., Materials Science & Engineering (Physics & Mathematics - Minors) UC, Berkeley, 1984
  • M.S., Materials Science, State University of New York, Stony Brook, 1980
  • B. Tech., Mechanical Engineering, IIT Kanpur, India, 1978

Previous appointments

  • University Klinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany, visiting appointment. August, 2016 & 2017.
  • University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, visiting appointment. June/July, 2016 & 2017.
  • Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Brahm Prakash Visiting Chair, January, 2016.

Research Statement

Prof. Krishnan’s current research focus is broadly on two major, inter-related themes:

  • Materials Science & Engineering and Condensed Matter Physics with emphasis on nanoscale magnetic and transport (both charge and spin) phenomena in reduced dimensions, including their inter-coupling and structure-property correlations at relevant length scales, to develop new paradigms for materials and devices in the context of information (storage, processing and logic) and energy technologies.
  • Bioengineering at the intersection of Magnetism, Materials and Medicine focusing on diagnostics, imaging and therapy, with appropriate translational research and commercialization activities.

All this work is vertically integrated from the underlying science to their engineering and medical applications.

Current projects

Quantitative in vivo analysis of the biodistribution and metabolism of iron oxide nanoparticle formulations tailored for translational medical imaging

PI: Kannan M. Krishnan, NIH-RO3, 2017-9

Exchange-coupled metamaterials: fabrication, structure-property relations and applications

PI: Kannan M. Krishnan, NSF/MMN (2016-20)

Virtual Brain Electrode (VIBE) for imaging neuronal activity

Co-I: Kannan M. Krishnan, NIH-R24 (2015-18)

Select publications

  1. Kannan M. Krishnan, Fundamentals and Applications of Magnetic Materials, Oxford University Press (2016). For further details, see https://global.oup.com/academic/product/fundamentals-and-applications-of-magnetic-materials-9780199570447?q=9780199570447&lang=en&cc=us
  2. Matthias Graeser, Tobias Knopp, Patryk Szwargulski, Thomas Friedrich, Anselm von Gladiss, Michael Kaul, Kannan M. Krishnan, Harald Ittrich, Gerhard Adam, and Thorsten M. Buzug, “Towards Picogram Detection of Superparamagnetic Iron-Oxide Particles Using a Gradiometric Receive Coil”, Scientific Reports, in press DOI:10.1038/s41598-017-06992-5
  3. Peter Ludewig, Nadine Gdaniec , Jan Sedlaci2, Nils Daniel Forkert, Patryk Szwargulski, Matthias Graeser3, Gerhard Adam, Michael Gerhard Kaul, Kannan M. Krishnan, R. Matthew Ferguson, Amit P. Khandhar, Piotr Walczak, Jens Fiehler, Götz Thomalla, Christian Gerloff, Tobias Knopp, and Tim Magnus, “Magnetic particle imaging for real-time perfusion imaging in acute stroke”, ACS Nano (in press)
  4. E. Y. Yu, M. Bishop, B. Zheng, R. M. Ferguson, A.P. Khandhar, S.J. Kemp, Kannan M. Krishnan, P. W. Goodwill and S. M. Conolly, “Magnetic particle imaging: a novel in vivo imaging platform for cancer detection” , Nano Letters 17, 1648 (2017)
  5. Amit Khandhar, Paul Keselman, Scott Kemp, R. M. Ferguson, P. Goodwill, S. Conolly and Kannan M. Krishnan, “An optimized blood pool tracer, LS-008, for pre-clinical Magnetic Particle Imaging”, Nanoscale 9,1299 (2017)
  6. Zheng Li and Kannan M. Krishnan, “Misalignment-free clocking mechanism for 3-input MQCA full adder”, Jour. Appl. Phys. 121, 023908 (2017)
  7. Scott J. Kemp, R.M. Ferguson, A.P. Khandhar and Kannan M. Krishnan, “Monodisperse magnetite nanoparticles with near ideal saturation magnetization, RSC Advances, 6, 77452 (2016).
  8. Sonu Gandhi, Hamed Arami and Kannan M. Krishnan, “Detection of cancer specific proteases using magnetic relaxation of peptide-conjugated nanoparticles in biological environment”, Nanoletters 16, 3668 (2016)
  9. Wei Zhang and Kannan M. Krishnan, “Epitaxial exchange-bias systems: from fundamentals to spin-orbitronics”, Materials Science & Engineering – R: Reports 105, 1-20 (2016)
  10. Y. Bao, T. Wen, A.C. Samia, A.P. Khandhar, and Kannan M. Krishnan, “Magnetic Nanoparticles: Materials Engineering and Emerging Applications in Lithography and Biomedicine”, Jour Mater. Sci. , 51, 513-553 (2016)
  11. Hamed Arami, Amit Khandhar, Denny Liggitt and Kannan M. Krishnan, “In vivo delivery, pharmacokinetics, biodistribution, and toxicity of iron oxide nanoparticles”, Chem. Soc. Rev. 44, 8576 (2015)
  12. Zheng Li, Wei Zhang and Kannan M. Krishnan, “Large-area patterning of sub-100 nm L10 FePt dots array”, AIP Advances. 5, 087165 (2015)
  13. Ryan Hufschmid, Hamed Arami, R. M. Ferguson, Marcela Gonzales, Eric Teeman, L. Brush, N. Browning and Kannan M. Krishnan, “Synthesis of phase-pure iron oxide nanoparticles by thermal decomposition”, Nanoscale 7, 11142 – 11154 (2015)
  14. R.M. Ferguson, A.P. Khandhar, H. Arami, E.U. Saritas, L.R. Croft, P.W. Goodwill, A. Halkola, J. Rahmer, J. Borgert, S.M. Conolly and Kannan M. Krishnan, Magnetic Particle Imaging with Safe, Tailored Iron Oxide Nanoparticle Tracers. IEEE Trans. Med. Imag. 34, 1077 (2015)
  15. Yumu Takeno, Yasukazu Murakami, Takeshi Sato,Toshiaki Tanigaki, Hyun Soon Park, Daisuke Shindo, R. Matthew Ferguson, and Kannan M. Krishnan, “Morphology and magnetic flux distribution in superparamagnetic, single-crystalline Fe3O4 nanoparticle rings”, Appl. Phys. Lett. 105, 183102 (2014)
  16. Michael Gould, Russell Barbour, Nicole Thomas, Hamed Arami, Kannan M. Krishnan, Kai-Mei Fu, “Room-temperature detection of single 20 nm super-paramagnetic nanoparticles with an imaging magnetometer”, Applied Phys. Lett 105, 072406 (2014)
  17. Wei Zhang and Kannan M. Krishnan, “Epitaxial patterning of thin films: conventional lithographies and beyond”, Jour. Micromech. & Microeng. 24, 093001 (2014)

Honors & awards

  • Alexander von Humboldt Career Research Award, Germany (2016)
  • Brahm Prakash Distinguished Visiting Chair, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India (2015/6)
  • Distinguished Scientist/Engineer Award, The Metals, Mining and Materials Society, 2015
  • Donald G. Fink Prize, Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE), 2012
  • The Distinguished Scientist Lecture, National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi, India.
  • Fulbright Specialist Award, 2010
  • IEEE Magnetics Society Distinguished Lecturer Award, 2009
  • Rockefeller Bellagio Fellowship, 2008
  • Professor-at-large, University of Western Australia, 2006-8
  • John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, 2004
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Senior Scientist Fellowship, 2002
  • Eli Franklin Burton Medal, Microscopy Society of America, 1992
  • UW College of Engineering Outstanding Educator Award, 2004
  • Exceptional Teaching Award, University of California, Berkeley, Materials Research Society, 1996
  • Hitachi Senior Scientist Fellowship, Hitachi Central Research Laboratory, Tokyo, Japan (1993)