Dr. Rakesh Kumar

Assistant Professor

Department of Physics


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Dr. Rakesh Kumar is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics. In 2006, he received his Ph.D. degree from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, where he worked on superconductivity and magnetism. Thereafter he joined Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai as a Visiting Fellow, where he continued his research work on magnetic materials. In 2007, he moved to University of Peirre and Marie Curie, Paris, France to work on graphene and other two dimensional layered materials like InSe, NbSe2, BSCCO superconductors and Bismuth. He worked on fabrication as well as electrical characterization of Field Effect Transistors (FETs). His current research interests are in fabrication of nanodevices from graphene and other low dimensional materials and the involved nanophysics, specially their strongly correlated electrons behaviors in the low dimensional systems.

Areas of Research

Graphene and other low dimensional materials
Field Effect Transistors (FETs) of low dimensional materials
Study of strongly correlated electron behaviors in low dimensional materials as a function of electrostatic field as well as thickness
Magnetotransport studies in high pulsed magnetic field
Magnetic thin films
Superconductivity and magnetism in HTSC
Colossal Magnetoresistant (CMR) Materials
Double perovskite materials


Ph.D., Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, 2006
M.Sc., Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, 2000
B.Sc., Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, 1998

Work Experience

Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Ropar, May 2010-present
Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Physics, Bhubneswar, 2009-2010
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Peirre and Marie Curie, Paris, France, 2007-2009
Visiting Fellow, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, 2006-2007

Selected Publications/Patents

1. Anodic Bonded Graphene Adrian Balan, Rakesh Kumar, Mohamed Boukhicha, Olivier Beyssac, Jean-Claude Bouillard, Dario Taverna, William Sacks, Massimiliano Marangolo, Emanuelle Lacaze, Walter Escoffier, Jean-Marie Poumirol and Abhay Shukla Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics (accepted, online August 2010)
2. Graphene made easy: High quality, large area samples Abhay Shukla, Rakesh Kumar, Javed Mazher and Adrian Balan Solid State Communications 149 (2009) 718
3. Magnetization and heat capacity studies of double perovskite compounds Ba2SmRuO6 and Ba2DyRuO6 Rakesh Kumar, C. V. Tomy, P. L. Paulose, R. Nagarajan, and S. K. Malik, Physica B 404 (2009) 2369
4. Investigation of magnetic interactions in Ba2EuRu1-xCuxO6 through magnetization and 151Eu Mössbauer studies Rakesh Kumar, C. V. Tomy, P. L. Paulose and R. Nagarajan, J. Appl. Phys. 97 (2005) 10A907