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. He has received his M.Tech. degree in Solid State Materials and Ph.D degree in Physics on the numerous aspects of nanomaterials growth and their applications as sensors from IIT Delhi. He worked at South Dakota State University, SD, USA (Feb 2010 – Dec 2011) to develop novel scanning probe microscopy facilities for nanoscale charge transport in organic solar cell and semiconductor materials. He has also worked (Dec 2011 – July 2013) at Colorado School of Mines and National Renewable Energy Laboratory, CO, 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., MN, USA. He has received Bhaskara Advanced Solar Energy Fellowship-2015 to work at South Dakota State University, USA; Young Scientist Research Award – 2015 by Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences, Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Gov. of India; DAE-Young Achiever Award-2019 by Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences, Gov. of India and Faculty Research and Innovation Award 2019 by IIT Ropar. Recently, he was awarded with prestigious Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowships-2020 to work at Syracuse University, NY, USA. He is also Editorial Board member of Nano Express, IOP. Dr. Kumar is a selected member of Indian National Young Academy of Sciences and The National Academy of Sciences India. He has published more than 60 research articles in peer reviewed journals. His research interests are focused on 2D materials, Thin Films, Nanostructures, Solar cells, and broadband Photodetectors.

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

Dr. Rajeev Ray

Dr. Rajeev Ray has joined the Functional and Renewable Energy Materials Laboratory (FREM Lab), Department of Physics at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Ropar in 2023 as a post-doctoral research fellow. He has completed his Masters in Material Science and Nanotechnology from NIT Kurukshetra, India  and Ph.D. in Semiconductor and optoelectronics devices from Indian Institute of Technology Mandi. He has published 11 journal papers, attended many international/ national conferences, and published reputed conference proceedings and book chapters.

Research Interests:

  • Perovskite solar cells, Photodetectors, Memory devicesNanoelectronics, Semiconductor Device fabrication and characterization.

  • Ultrafast Spectroscopy/ photonics

  • Synthesis and Characterizations of Nanomaterials (Metal oxides, 2D materials, perovskite, quantum dots) for application in semiconductor devices

Email: dr.rajeevrayiit@gmail.com

Ph.D Scholars

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

Rohit Dahiya

Rohit has recently joined as a research scholar in the Department of Physics at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Ropar in 2022. He has completed his B.Sc. Physics (Honours) from Pt. Nekiram Sharma Govt College Rohtak (MDU), Haryana and M.Sc. from Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology, Hisar, Haryana.

Research Interests:

  • 2D Materials and Heterojunctions for Photodetector Applications

Master’s Student

Seema Khoja

Enhancing the performance of Ga2O3 based Solar Blind Photodetector

Shreya Jaisal

TMDCs based 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.

Kulwinder Kaur

Dr. Kulwinder Kaur

Current Affiliation:-      Post-Doctoral Fellow
Laboratory for Photovoltaics (LPV)
Department of Physics and Material Science (DPHyMS)
University of Luxembourg
41, Rue du Brill
L-4422 Belvaux

Kulwinder kaur joined the group in 2016 and helped establish CZTS Solar Cell Fabrication in the lab. She received her doctoral degree in 2022 in the field of CZTS Solar Cell.

Nisika

Dr. Nisika

Current Affiliation:-      Post-Doctoral Fellow

Nisika joined the group in 2017 and helped establish CZTS Solar Cell Fabrication. He received his doctoral degree in 2022 in the field of Interface engineering in CZTS solar cell.

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Dr. Anupam Ghosh

Current Affiliation:-  National Post-Doctoral Fellow (NPDF)
Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, West Bengal, India.

Dr. Anupam Ghosh joined FREM group, Department of Physics, IIT Ropar in January 2021 as a post-doctoral research fellow. He played a vital role in the team and published more than 7 journal papers during his tenure at IIT Ropar. He completed his postdoctoral studies at IIT Ropar in 2022. His current research interests are focussed on synthesis of 2-D, 1-D, and 0-D nanomaterials, study the corresponding optoelectronic devices, memristors, biosensors, UV photodetectors, Schottky, heterojunction diodes, solar cells etc.

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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