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Professional Experiences:

Fall 2014- Present: Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, Berkeley with Prof. Junqiao Wu.

Fall 2014- Present: Affiliate in the Materials Science Division (MSD) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Berkeley, CA.


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) (2010-2014)

School of Materials Engineering and Birck Nanotechnology Center
Purdue University,
1205 W. State Street, West Lafayette,
Indiana, US-47906.

Project Title: Thermal and Thermoelectric Properties of Nitride Metal/Semiconductor Superlattices

Thesis Advisor:   Prof. Timothy D. Sands
Virginia Tech.
210 Burruss Hall
800 Drillfield Dr.
Blacksburg, VA, 24061
Phone: 540-231-6231

Master of Science (MS) in Materials Science and Engineering-( 2007-2010)

Chemistry and Physics of Materials Science Unit (CPMU)
Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR)
Jakkur, Bangalore 560064 India: 2007-2010.

Project Title: Theoretical Modelling of Nanostructured (Hf, Zr)N/(Sc, Y)N metal/semiconductor superlattices for Thermoelectric  Energy conversion— May 2010.

Thesis Advisor:   Prof. Umesh V. Waghmare
Theoretical Sciences Unit
Jawaharlal Nehru Center of Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR)
Bangalore, India

Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.) in Physics (Major)- (2004-2007)

Department of Physics
Jadavpur University
Rani-Rashmoini Road, Jadavpur
Kolkata 700032.India: 2004-2007.

Research Projects: 

1. Project Title: “Exploration of functional nitride-based metal/semiconductor superlattices for applications as thermoelectric and plasmonic materials”. Co-PIs: Bivas Saha (UC Berkeley) and Magnus Garbrecht (LinkÖping University). The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT) Research Initiation Grant, $12,500 for the two Co-PIs. Awarded, March 2017.

2. Project Title: “Novel materials for hot-electron-based solar-energy harvesting devices: Titanium nitride-based metal/semiconductor heterostructures and superlattices with plasmonic properties”. PI: Magnus Garbrecht (LinkÖping University), Co-PI: Bivas Saha (UC Berkeley), Participating Researchers: Lars Hultman ((LinkÖping University) and Tim Sands (Virginia Tech). The Swedish Research Council Research Project Grant, Natural and Engineering Sciences (Under review from April 4th, 2017).

Summer Research Intern Project: 

Project Title:  Spin-wave theory studies of 2-d ferrimagnetic systems.
Project Adviser: Prof. Swapan K. Pati
Theoretical Sciences Unit
JNCASR India Summer-2008

Awards and Fellowships

1. Purdue University College of Engineering (CoE) Prospective Future Faculty Workshop Travel Award, March 2015.
2. Purdue University College of Engineering (CoE) Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award in Materials Engineering for 2014.
3. Materials Research Society Fall 2013 award for “among the very best” presentation in the symposium-T.
4. Discovery Park Graduate Student Ambassador Award, 2012. Purdue University, August 2013.
5. Best Poster Award, SIGMA XI Graduate Student Research Awards Competition; Purdue University 2013.
6. Birck Nanotechnology Center Graduate Student Ambassador Award, 2012. Purdue University, August 2012.
7. Best Poster Award, Symposium on Nanomaterial for Energy, Burton. D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship, Purdue University, April 2012.
8. Research Assistantship award from Purdue University, 2010-2014.
9. Networks for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN) Summer School Travel Award. Purdue University, 2010. ($1800.00).
10. Institute of Complex Adaptive Matter Travel Grant for Materials Research Society Spring. Meeting, San Francisco, California, USA, April 5-9, 2010 ($2000.00).
11. Best Poster Award, Winter School on Chemistry and Physics of Material. 30th November December JNCASR, Bangalore, 2009.
12. M.S. Student fellowship award from JNCASR, 2007-2010.

Teaching Experiences

1.Teaching Assistant-for-MSE-235-Fall-2013: Materials Properties Laboratory; School of Materials Engineering; Purdue University. (An overall rating of 4.8 out of 5 for MSE- 23500-002 class, and 4.2 out of 5 for the MSE-23500-003 class; judged by the students.)

2. Teaching Assistant-for-MSE-230-Fall-2011: Structure and Properties of Materials; School of Materials Engineering; Purdue University. (An overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 for MSE- 230-003 recitation class, and 4.4 out of 5 for the MSE-230-008 recitation class; judged by the students.)

Journal Reviewer

Journal of Applied Physics, Measurement (Elsevier), Chemistry of Materials, Science of Advanced Materials, Energy Conversion and Management, Physica Status Solidi A: Applications and Basic Research, Superlattices and Microstructures, IEEE transactions of Nanotechnology, Journal of Materials Science.

Professional Experience

1. Reviewer: UC Berkeley and Center of Energy Efficient Electronics and Sciences (E3S) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program 2015.
2. Member: American Physical Society (APS), 2014-Cont.
3. Member: Research Awareness Sub-committee: Nanotechnology Students Advisory Council, Birck Nanotechnology Center, Purdue University, 2013-2014.
4. Member of Materials Research Society of USA, 2010-Cont.
5. Ambassador: Discovery Park, Purdue University, 2012-2013.
6. Ambassador: Birck Nanotechnology Center, Purdue University. 2011-2012.
7. Member: Activities Committee: Nanodays, Birck Nanotechnology Center, 2012.
8. Chair: Poster Organizing Committee: Symposium on Nanomaterial for Energy, Burton. D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship, Purdue University, April 2012.

Student Mentorship

1. Jane Edgington. Summer undergraduate student at Berkeley from University of Maryland for E3S summer research. Summer 2016.
2. Andrew Cook. Summer undergraduate student at Berkeley from University of Maryland for E3S summer research. Summer 2015.
3. Jonathan Comparan. Undergraduate Student in the School of Materials Engineering, Purdue University 2013-2014. (Currently an undergraduate student at Purdue University.)
4. Nelson Yaw Dzade, From African University of Science and Technology, visiting JNCASR for Masters Research Thesis 2009-2010. (Currently a Ph.D. Student in University College London, UK)
5. Jagaran Acharya. Summer Research Undergraduate Intern in JNCASR from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. Summer 2008. (Currently a Ph.D Student at Kansas University, US).

Major Press Coverage

1. Media response to our paper “Epitaxial superlattices with titanium nitride as a plasmonic component for optical hyperbolic metamaterials”-

As “Advances brings hyperbolic metamaterials' closer to reality”
I. Purdue News, May 12, 2014
II. Imperial Valley News, May 12, 2014
III. World News, May 12, 2014
IV. R&D magazine, May 12, 2014
V. BioPortfolio, May 12, 2014 VI. Nanowerk news, May 14, 2014
VII. Science Daily, May 14, 2014 VIII. Physics News, May 14, 2014
IX. Science Newsline, May 14, 2014
X. New 'metamaterial' practical for optical advances, Science Daily, May 12, 2014 XI.
Hyperbolic Metamaterials Advance Practical Applications, PHOTONICS.com, May 14, 2014.

2. Purdue Materials Engineering News on our paper “Development of epitaxial AlxSc1-xN for artificially structured metal/semiconductor superlattice metamaterials”.

Online Presentations

1. MRS OnDemand: 2014 Best Poster Nominee Presentations, “Pseudomorphic Stabilization of Cubic AlxSc1-xN with High Al Concentration and Large Critical Thickness on (001) MgO Substrates with TiN as Seed Layer.” Link: http://www.prolibraries.com/mrs/?select=session&sessionID=2909