Department of Physics and Astronomy


Principle Investigator

Principal Investigator
1076 Malott

Postdoctoral Associates

Research Associate
Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, 2009
Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Science, Shengyang, China
Chemistry, materials and physics science of nanomaterials, nanocomposites, and multifunctional thin films; e.g., design, fabrication, chemical functionalization, and applications of graphene and carbon nanotube research, and their interaction research with related non-carbon nanostructures.


Research Interests:
(1) Renewable and Emerging Nanomaterials Synthesis and Application in Photoelectric Device;
(2) Semiconductor Photoelectronics (Photodetectors,Solar Cells)
B086 Malott, 1251 Wescoe Hall Dr.
Lawrence, KS 66045-758;
Phone: 785-864-5151

Visiting Scholars

Interests: (1) Flux pinning by APCs  in high temperature superconductor thin film.
(2) design, synthesis and characterization of epitaxial thin films materials for iron-based superconductor.

Malott Hall B082

My research work involves investigating the optical response of graphene, decorated with metal NPs, field effect transistors with ferroelectric PLZT as the back gate.


My research mainly focus on the thin film deposition and characterization. I am also interested in the interfacial effect between ionic fluid and Graphene and the electrical characteristics of ionic fluid and PLZT double gated GFET devices.

Graduate Students

I completed MS in physics from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. My research interest primary focus on the deposition of thin film and characterization. I am interested in energy storage devices especially solid state super-capacitors for efficient and fast energy storage using pulsed laser deposition (PLD). My main area of focus is in designing magnetic tunneling junction (MTJ) and its characterization. 

My work focuses on growing zinc oxide nanowires on graphene for applications in optoelectronics through a seedless low-temperature solution based fabrication method. We aim to optimize these zinc oxide nanowire arrays grown on graphene through this fabrication method by varying fabrication parameters.  

My research project aims to improve the tunnel barriers in Josephson Junctions (JJ) in order to improve the coherence time of the Junctions.

My research focuses on:

The synthesis of high quality two-dimensional (2D) materials and their heterostructures, (primarily focus on graphene and Molybdenum disulfide MoS2) using Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) technique, also the characterization of these materials and their applications.

Since my high school, I was fascinated with the scientific wonder. I was always curious to know what things happen, why things happen, and how things happen.This motivated me to study the Physics and finally brought in the field of superconducting thin films fabrication and characterization. My current project primarily focuses on controllable self assembly of nanostructured Artificial Pinning Centers (APCs) in high temperature superconductor, YaBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO), epitaxial thin film.

Graduate Research Assistant, Graduate Teaching Assistant
Malott Hall B090

Research Interests:

2D materials and their applications to new technology, nano-scale devices, surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy

Current Research:

Surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy sensitivity analysis of Au nanoparticle/graphene/Si/SiO2substrate using R6G.


 I am currently involved in fabricating a sensitive and stable strain sensor. Piezoelectric material (ZnO-NW) is primarily used to detect the strain for our device.

Undergraduate Students

No current undergraduate researchers

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