Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson SC (2008)
M.S. Materials Science and Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson SC (2004)
B.E Govt. College of Engineering, Pune India (2002)
I am working with Prof. Pfefferle on the development of novel nanomaterials and nanocomposites for electronics, catalysis and energy applications since Sept. 2009. My thesis work focused on the synthesis of n-doped isolated single-wall carbon nanotubes for nanoelectronic devices and MEMS based chemical sensors using silicon microcantilevers for active sensing of toxic gases, hydrogen isotopes and detection of pressure and radiation implementing a fully electrical platform.
Currently I am designing new nanomaterial composition and form with low-cost, scalable, green processes for advanced materials and smart coatings. This includes semiconductor nanomaterials in 0D, 1D, and 3D form with multifunctional properties. The ability to control structural and chemical characteristics offer opportunities to engineer novel functional materials with desired functionalities replacing the use of expensive and toxic elements without compromising the performance. For example, bismuth chlcogenide based self-assembled nanostructures on different length scales for photocatalytic and photoconductivity applications and carbon nanotubes-based nanocomposites for integration into solar cells and thermoelectric devices.