Richard Fernandes

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy
  • Liquid and Plastic Crystals
  • Phase Transitions
  • Instrumentation
  • Science Education


Richard is a faculty with the School of Arts and Sciences.

He was a Research Associate at the University of Louisville and subsequently worked at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore till 1990.

In 1990, he teamed up with a group of interested educators and co-founded Centre For Learning, an alternative” school in Bangalore where he designed, developed and implemented laboratory based curricula for learning Physics.

He has also explored his entrepreneurial skills and has designed and executed a wide range of automation projects for industries and research laboratories primarily in the area of supervisory control, data acquisition and robotic positioning systems.

He is a strong believer in the dictum that Physics is best learnt by doing” and enjoys building experimental apparatus from material found in scrap yards or cannibalized from discarded instruments. He rejects the black box” approach to experiments.


  • Electronics II


    All about microcontrollers, now ubiquitous in the modern world.