Dr. Mukesh Kumar

Assistant Professor
Department of Physics


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). 

Areas of Research

• Organic and Inorganic thin film photovoltaics
• Nanoscale charge transport in solar cells materials
• Combinatorial TCO thin film growth and characterization
• Flexible nanostructures/thin film
• Photovoltaic materials
• Mechanical reliability of materials
• Nanomaterials for energy and environment
• Hazardous gas/chemical sensors


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)

Selected Publications/Patents

• Evidence for Anisotropic Mechanical Behavior and Nanoscale Chemical Heterogeneity in Cycled LiCoO2, D. R. Diercks M. Musselman, A. Morgenstern, T. Wilson, Mukesh Kumar, K. Smith, M. Kawase, B. P. Gorman, M. Eberhart, and C. E. Packard, Journal of The Electrochemical Society, 161, F3039 (2014)
• Optimized low residual stress and high electrical conductivity in amorphous indium zinc oxide films, Mukesh Kumar, T. Gennett, J. J. Berry, J. D. Perkins, D. S. Ginley and C. E. Packard, APPLIED SURFACE SCIENCE 283 65-73 (2013).
• Mechanism of the enhancement of electrical conductivity of nanocrystalline silicon due to hydrogen plasma treatment, P. Dutta, Mukesh Kumar, Monika Rathi, S. P. Ahrenkiel, S. Paul, D. Galipeau and V. Bommisetty JOURNAL OF NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY 13 6711-6720 (2013).
• Electron beam induced real time rocket-type propulsion effect in indium metal filled indium oxide nanotubes, Mukesh Kumar, V. N. Singh, B. R. Mehta, N. Koratkar and J. P. Singh MATERIALS LETTER 68 47-50 (2012).
• Tunable growth of indium oxide from nanoflute to indium filled nanotubes, Mukesh Kumar, V. N. Singh, B. R. Mehta and J. P. Singh JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C 116 5450-5455 (2012).
• Retardation of liquid indium flow in indium oxide nanotubes, Mukesh Kumar, V. N. Singh, J. P. Singh and B. R. Mehta JOURNAL OF PHYSICS CHEMISTRY C 114 2891-2895 (2010).
• Tunable synthesis of indium oxide octahedrons, nanowires and tubular nanoarrow structures under oxidizing and reducing ambient, Mukesh Kumar, V. N. Singh, B. R. Mehta and J. P. Singh NANOTECHNOLOGY 20 23608 (2009).
• The role of stoichiometry of indium and oxygen on gas sensing properties of indium oxide nanostructures, Mukesh Kumar, V. N. Singh, J. P. Singh and B. R. Mehta Applied Physics Letter 96, 123114 (2010).
• Investigating the role of hydrogen in indium oxide tubular nanostructures as a donor or oxygen vacancy passivation center, Mukesh Kumar, R. Chatterjee, S. Milikisiyants, A. Kanjilal, M. Voelskow, D. Grambole, K. V. Lakshmi and J. P. Singh APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS 95 013102 (2009).
• “On the origin of photoluminescence in indium oxide octahedron structures, Mukesh Kumar, V. N. Singh, F. Singh, K. V. Lakshmi, B. R. Mehta and J. P. Singh Applied Physics Letters 92 171907 (2008)

Other Information

* Awarded with Bhaskara Advanced Solar Energy (BASE) Fellowship by DST and Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (2015)

* Nature news India, January 2012: Research article published in Nature news “Rocket like Nanotube” http://www.nature.com/nindia/2012/120113/full/nindia.2012.2.html

* Reviewer of Carbon, Elsevier · Reviewer of Nanotechnology, Institute of Physics · Reviewer of Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, Institute of Physics · Reviewer of Journal of Applied Physics, American Institute of Physics

* Member: Materials Research Society, USA Since 2010

 * Member: American Physical Society, USA since 2014

* Life time member: Materials Research Society of India, Since 2014