Group Members

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Principal Investigator

Dr. Mukesh Kumar

Dr. Mukesh Kumar is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Ropar, Punjab, India. In 2010, he earned his Ph.D. in Physics from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi for his research on numerous aspects of transparent conducting oxide nanostructures. He then moved to South Dakota State University, SD, USA in Feb 2010 for his post-doctoral research where he worked to develop novel scanning probe microscopy facilities for nanoscale charge transport in organic solar cell materials. Since Dec 2011, Dr. Kumar was working with Colorado School of Mines and National Center for Photovoltaics, National Renewal Energy Laboratory, Colorado, USA for the development of reliable and flexible thin films for next generation flexible solar cells and cathode materials for lithium ion batteries. Before joining at IIT Ropar, Dr. Kumar was working for Hysitron Inc., USA. Recently he received young scientist research award from DAE-BRNS and Bhaskara Advanced Solar Energy Fellowship under Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF).

Education

Ph.D., Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India (2010)
M. Tech., Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India (2005)

Work Experience

  • Associate Professor, Department of Physics, IIT Ropar, Punjab, India (Jan 2020- Present)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, IIT Ropar, Punjab, India (Dec 2013- Dec 2019)
  • Application Engineer-II, Hysitron Inc., Minneapolis, MN, USA (August 2013-Nov 2013)
  • Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO, USA (Dec 2011-August 2013)
  • Post-doctoral Research Fellow, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD, USA (Feb 2010- Dec 2011)

Post-Doctoral Fellows

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Dr. Anupam Ghosh

Dr. Anupam Ghosh completed his M. Sc. (specialisation: Radiophysics and Electronics) and Ph. D. in Physics from the University of Burdwan and National Institute of Technology (NIT) Durgapur, respectively. He has qualified many National level examinations such as NET, GATE and JEST. He has joined the Functional and Renewable Energy Materials Laboratory (FREM Lab), Department of Physics at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Ropar in 2021 as a post-doctoral research fellow. He has published 22 journal papers, attended many international/ national conferences and published reputed conference proceedings and book chapters.

Research Interests:

  • Synthesis of nanomaterials, thin film (2-D) deposition, fabrication of nanowires/ nanorods (1-D), and quantum dots (0-D) using various bottom-up approaches including chemical synthesis and physical vapour deposition techniques.
  • Fabrication of optoelectronic devices, memristors, biosensors, UV photodetectors, Schottky, heterojunction diodes, solar cells etc. using low dimensional systems.
  • Performance analysis of nanomaterials and semiconductor devices.

Ph.D Scholars

Kulwinder Kaur

Kulwinder Kaur

Kulwinder Kaur is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Physics at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Ropar. She received her M.Tech degree in Solid State Materials from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi. Before this, she has received M.sc (Hons.) Physics degree from Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar.

Research Interests:

  • CZTS solar cell fabrication

  • Combinatorial growth of CZTS absorber

  • Photon management in CZTS solar cell device

Nisika

Nisika

Nisika is a Ph.D. scholar in the Department of Physics at IIT Ropar. She received her Master’s degree in physics from Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra in 2015. She received her Bachelor’s degree in computer science in 2013.

Research Interests:

  • Stack layer growth of CZTS absorber layer
  • Interface engineering in CZTS solar cell

  • To study the effect of doping in CZTS absorber

Riya Wadhwa

Riya Wadhwa

Riya Wadhwa has joined as a research scholar in the Department of Physics at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Ropar in the year 2018. She has received her B.Sc and M.Sc degree from CCS University, Meerut.

Research Interests:

  • Synthesis and characterization of 2D heterostructures
  • Optoelectronics application of 2D heterostructures

Damanpreet Kaur

Damanpreet Kaur

Damanpreet Kaur has joined as a research scholar in the Department of Physics at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Ropar in the year 2019. She has completed her B.Sc.(Honours School) and M.Sc.(Honours School) degree from Department of Physics, Panjab University, Chandigarh.

Research Interests:

  • Solar blind photodetector
  • High performance sensors

Gaurav Bassi

Gaurav Bassi

Gaurav Bassi has recently joined as a research scholar in the Department of Physics at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Ropar. He has completed his B.Sc. (Non-med) from SN College, Banga, district SBS Nagar, under Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar and M.Sc. (Physics) from SGGS (Sri Guru Gobind Singh) Khalsa College, Mahilpur, District Hoshiarpur under Punjab University, Chandigarh.

Research Interests:

  • Growth and characterization of TMDCs especially PtSe2
  • NIR photodetector devices

Shivani

Shivani has recently joined as a research scholar in the Department of Physics at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Ropar. She has completed her B.Sc. from Hindu Girls College, Sonipat, Haryana in 2017 and M.Sc. (Physics) from Department of Physics, MDU, Rohtak, Haryana in 2019.

Research Interests:

  • Gallium oxide based power electronic devices

Puja

Puja has recently joined as a research scholar in the Department of Physics at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Ropar in 2021. She has completed her B.Sc. from Gramin Mahila Mahavidyalaya , Sikar, under Rajasthan University and M.Sc. from Mody University of Science and Technology , Laxmangarh , Sikar, Rajasthan.

Research Interests:

  • Perovskite Solar Cells

Master’s Student

Pralay Chanda

Solar-Blind Photodetectors

Alumni

Dr. Naveen Kumar

Dr. Naveen Kumar

Current Affiliation:-      Post-Doctoral Fellow
Photoelectric and Energy Device Application Laboratory (PEDAL)
Department of Electrical Engineering
Incheon National University
119 Academy Rd. Yeonsu Incheon 22012, South Korea

Naveen Kumar joined the group in 2014 and played a pivotal role in the establishment of the lab. He received his doctoral degree in 2019 in the field of transparent conducting oxides.

Dr. Kanika Arora

Dr. Kanika Arora

Current Affiliation:-      Post-Doctoral Fellow
Extreme Environment Microsystems Laboratory (XLab)
Aeronautics and Astronautics Department
Stanford University
Stanford, CA, 94305, USA

Kanika Arora joined the group in 2015 and helped establish wide-band gap semiconductors in the lab. She received her doctoral degree in 2021 in the field of gallium oxide based solar-blind photodetectors.

Dr. Abhay V. Agrawal

Current Affiliation:-      Post-Doctoral Fellow
Department of Physics
Chalmers University of Technology
Gothenburg, Sweden

Abhay V. Agrawal joined the group in 2015 and helped establish 2D materials in the lab. He received his doctoral degree in 2021 in the field of MoS2 based gas sensors and photodetectors.

Mohit Sood

Mohit Sood was a Postgraduate student at IIT Ropar. He had joined the FREM group for his M.Sc project in the year 2016-2017. His prime area of research is earth-abundant Cu-Zn-Sn-S solar cells.

Currently, he is a research scholar at the University of Luxembourg. He is currently working in the area of photovoltaics.

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