Dr Ishu Sharma – Associate Professor
Dr Ishu is a focused researcher and has authored nearly seventy research publications in journals of international repute (more than 25 are SCI), book chapters and Conferences, having 700 plus Scopus citations. She is a Referee in international peer-reviewed journals; Elsevier, American Institute of Physics, Taylor and Francis, Wiley, IOP (UK). She received a Research achievement award in Oct 2019 and has been a member of the Journal Editorial board.
Her research area includes Experimental condensed matter physics, Synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials, quantum dots (especially II-VI, IV-VI semiconductors), Synthesis of Chalcogenide Glasses by melt quenching technique, thin film deposition coating techniques: thermal evaporation, ultrasonic spray pyrolysis and spin coating technique, Characterization techniques including XRD, FT-IR, DSC/DTA, AFM, UV-Vis-NIR and temperature dependent electrical measurements. Currently, she is working on solar energy harvesting using desert sand.
Current Aims and Findings
The semiconductor industry is always defined to develop next-generation materials. In this perspective Chalcogenide glasses (ChG) and their dimensionality is the focus of her current research. Their exclusive properties and functionalities make them promising materials for photonics and many commercial applications.
Study of ChG for optical properties like optical band gap and refractive index are the backbones while considering them for applications. They can be moulded into lenses or drawn into fibres and are potential lenses for infrared cameras, waveguides; use with lasers, optical switches, chemical and temperature sensing and phase change memories.
Her study is focussed on the compositional dependence of the chalcogenide system viz. characterization of amorphous thin films, and study of tunable properties i.e. optical and photoconductive response.
Metallic doped Ge–Te/Se amorphous films have a noble prospect in the applications of nonlinear optical devices and might be used for high-speed communication fibre. Over silicon, these glasses show a faster response to non-linearity. Chalcogenide-based systems lead to an increase in the nonlinear refractive index, almost 10^3 times that of fused silica. Large nonlinearities would allow small, compact, low power devices for telecommunications.
She has worked on the physical and optical parameters of metallic doped Ge-Se, Ge-Se-Te chalcogen system and published papers in Elsevier and Springer, and co-authored with students. She is also working on solar energy harvesting using desert sand and has filed two patents, out of those one is published.
She has also published one paper co-authored with a Student where they worked on the Enhancing the traditional solar still using nano-particle doped sand and the work was published in the American Institute of Physics. She has also completed one project on the Design and development of an integrated solar dryer and compost system using nanoparticle-embedded sand.
Dr Dinesh Chand – Associate Professor
Dr Dinesh is a solution chemistry researcher and has authored more than fifty research articles in journals of international repute and Conferences, having 500 plus Scopus citations. He is a reviewer for many international peer-reviewed journals. He received a Research achievement award in 2020 from the Indian scientific Organisation and has been a member of the Journal Editorial board.
His research interests include thermodynamic, physicochemical, and acoustical studies of molecular interactions in binary and ternary solvent systems and solute-solvent interactions in solutions containing aromatic hydrocarbons/monomers/ electrolytes/ amino acids/surfactants by using physical properties such as density, viscosity, sound speed, refractive index, conductance, etc., their excess functions and other derived parameters from these properties. He is particularly interested in Intermolecular interactions of Binary or Ternary Mixtures.
His study is focused on the physicochemical studies of binary mixtures containing alkanes, aromatic hydrocarbons, and higher alkanols. An Insight into solute-solute and solute-solvent interactions of semicarbazide hydrochloride in aqueous-D-glucose/D-sucrose solutions at different temperatures shows good compatibility between multicomponent systems. He has worked on the theoretical properties of different binary/ternary systems and published many papers in SCI journals. He has filed two patents and published one paper co-authored with a Student who worked on Nanotechnology in Iron Deficiency Anemia.
His research has the potential to make significant contributions to the field of biophysical chemistry and Physicochemical studies of non-electrolyte multicomponent systems.
Dr Asha Anish Madhavan – Associate Professor
Dr Asha Anish Madhavan is an experienced and highly motivated Researcher with a demonstrated history of working in the development of novel nanomaterials for various applications like energy generation, energy storage, water treatment and forensic science.
She has authored nearly forty five research publications in journals of international repute (more than 35 are Scopus indexed), book chapters and Conferences, having more than 650 Scopus citations. She had widely published in leading journals including Journal of Materials Chemistry A, Chemical engineering journal, Journal of biomedical nanotechnology, IEEE Transactions on Device and Materials Reliability, RSC advances etc.
Her paper titled “Effect of surface nanomorphology and interfacial galvanic coupling of PEDOT-Titanium counter electrodes on the stability of dye-sensitized solar cell” was selected as the Best paper publication by Materials Research Society of India in the year 2013. IBAE 2019 Awards presented by GISR foundation and American College of Dubai honored her as Scientist of the year. She is a member of the Editorial Board and Organizing Committee of various International Conferences and a Reviewer of various reputed international journals.
Her research area includes synthesis of nanomaterials with different morphologies including 2D materials like graphene, transition metal dichalcogenides. Currently, she is working on the development of nanocomposites for the electrode modification of supercapacitors, thermal energy storage systems using Phase change materials, water treatment and Latent finger print development. By facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration, she was able to achieve the highest standards of quality across the portfolio which includes research and development.