Group Members

Principal Investigator

Dr. Mukesh Kumar

Dr. Mukesh Kumar is an Assistant 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).


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

Work Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, IIT Ropar, Punjab, India (Dec 2013- Present)

  • 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)
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Ph.D Scholars

Naveen Kumar

Naveen kumar is a Seniar Research Fellow in Department of Physics at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Ropar. He joins the Functional and Renewable Energy Materials Laboratory (FREM Lab.) in 2014 and start working efficiently. He receives his M.Sc.and B.Sc. degree in physics from University of Delhi.

Research Interests:

  • Development of Indium free TCO’s
  • High mobility TCO’s
  • Flexible TCO’s and devices

Kanika Arora

Kanika Arora is a research scholar in the Department of Physics atIndian Institute of Technology (IIT) Ropar, India. She received her MSc. in Physics from C.C.S University in 2015. She received her BSc. in Physical Science from Delhi University in2013.

Research Interests:

  • Growth and characterization of solar blind photodetector
  • Development of Thermally stable and high performance device

Abhay V. Agrawal

He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in physics from Aligarh Muslim University. Later in 2016, he joinedDr. Mukesh Kumar group to work as junior research fellow. He is working efficiently in field of 2D materials.

Research Interests:

  • Synthesis and characterization of MoS2
  • Study of electrical and optical properties of MoS2
  • MoS2 Gas sensing Application

Kulwinder Kaur

Kulwinder Kaur is a Ph.D student in Department of Physics at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Ropar. She received her M.Tech degree in Solid State Materials from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi. Before this she has received (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 is a PhD 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 has recently joined as a research scholar in the Department of Physics at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Ropar. She has received her B.Sc and M.Sc degree from CCS University, Meerut.

Research Interests:

  • To synthesis and characterization of 2D heterostructures
  • Optoelectronics application of 2D heterostructures

Master’s Student

Pooja Yadav

High-power electronics

Atul Singh

TMDC based PD


Solar-blind PD


Mohit Sood

Mohit Sood was Post graduate student in IIT Ropar. He had joined 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 University of Luxembourg. He is currently working in the area of photovoltaics.