Dr. Mukesh Kumar

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Dr. Mukesh Kumar
Associate Professor
Department of Physics Personal research page (www.fremgroup.in)

Dr. Mukesh Kumar is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Ropar, Punjab, India. He did his M.Tech. in Solid State Materials from Department of Physics, IIT Delhi. In 2010, he earned his Ph.D. in Physics from IIT Delhi for his research on numerous aspects of transparent conducting oxide nanostructures. He then worked as a postdoctoral fellow at South Dakota State University and National Renewable Energy Laboratory from 2010 to 2013 on nanoscale charge transport of organic solar cells and development of reliable and flexible thin films for next generation flexible optoelectronic devices. Before joining IIT Ropar, Dr. Kumar was working for Hysitron Inc., USA.

Dr. Kumar established Functional and Renewable Energy Materials laboratory (www.fremgroup.in) at IIT Ropar. The main objective of the research team is to work on renewable and clean energy materials for societal needs. His team is working on earth-abundant Cu-Zn-Sn-S material for next-generation cost-effective solar cells, development of hazardous gas sensors and broadband photodetectors. For clean environment they are working on sensors as it is an integral part of all modern devices. In their lab they are developing new 2-D nanomaterials for fast and selective sensor applications. Recently, they have developed cost-effective and zero-powered solar-blind photodetectors, effective only in the solar-blind region < 280 nm, that is an order of magnitude cheaper and better in performance than the current state-of-the-art solar-blind photodetectors available in the market. This type of photodetector has application for missile tracking and solar explorations.

Recently Dr. Kumar has received Young Scientist Research Award from Department of Atomic Energy, Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences; Bhaskara Advanced Solar Energy Fellowship from Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF); Young Achievers Award from Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Gov. of India; and Faculty Research and Innovation Award (early career category) 2019 from IIT Ropar. Recently, he was selected as a member of Indian National Young Academy of Science (INYAS) and The National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI). He was also the recipient of Research Foundation Fellowship to work as a visiting faculty, Binghamton University, SUNY, New York in 2017.  


Areas of Research: 
• Photodetectors
• TMDC materials
• 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: 
Associate Professor, Department of Physics, IIT Ropar, Punjab (Dec 2019-Present)
Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, IIT Ropar, Punjab, India (Dec 2013- Dec 2019)
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)
ost-doctoral Research Fellow, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD, USA (Feb 2010- Dec 2011)
Selected Publications/Patents: 
• K. Arora, D. P. Singh, P. Fischer and Mukesh Kumar "Spectrally Selective and Highly Sensitive UV Photodetection with UV‐A,C Band Specific Polarity Switching in Silver Plasmonic Nanoparticle Enhanced Gallium Oxide Thin‐Film" Advanced Optical Materials ( https://doi.org/10.1002/adom.202000212)
• Nisika, Kulwinder Kaur, Kanika and Mukesh Kumar “Energy level alignment and nanoscale investigation of a-TiO2/Cu-Zn-Sn-S interface for alternative electron transport layer in earth abundant Cu-Zn-Sn-S solar cells” Journal of Applied Physics, 2019, 126, 193104
• Naveen Kumar, Kanika Arora and Mukesh Kumar “High performance, flexible and room temperature grown amorphous Ga2O3 solar-blind photodetector with amorphous Indium-Zinc-Oxide transparent conducting electrodes” Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 2019, 52, 335103
• Kulwinder Kaur, Kanika Arora, Bahrami Behzad, Qiquan Qiao and Mukesh Kumar "Nanoscale charge transport and local surface potential distribution to probe defect passivation in Ag doped Cu2ZnSnS4 absorbing layer" Nanotechnology 2018, 30, 065706.
• K. Arora, N. Goel, M. Kumar and Mukesh Kumar “Ultra-high-performance of Self-Powered -Ga2O3 Thin Film Solar-blind Photodetector Grown on Cost-Effective Si Substrate using High-Temperature Seed Layer” ACS Photonics 2018, 5, 2391
• A. V. Agrawal, N. Kumar, S. Venkatesan, A. Zakhidov, C. Manspeaker Zhuan Zhu, FC R Hernandez, J. Bao and Mukesh Kumar “Controlled Growth of MoS2 Flakes from In-Plane to Edge-Enriched 3-D Network and Their Surface Energy Studies” ACS Applied NanoMaterials 2018, 1, 2356
• A. V. Agrawal, R. Kumar, S. Venkatesan, A. Zakhidov, G. Yang, J. Bao, M. Kumar and Mukesh Kumar “Photo-activated mixed in-plane and edge-enriched p-type MoS2 flakes based NO2 sensor working at room temperature” ACS Sensor 2018, 3, 998
• Kulwinder Kaur, Mohit Sood, Naveen Kumar, Heydar Honaryar Nazari, Ganesh Sainadh Gudavalli, Tara P. Dhakal and Mukesh Kumar “Critical role of Zn/Sn ratio to enhance Cu-Zn-Sn-S solar cell efficiency by suppressing detrimental Cu2-xS secondary phase” Solar Energy Mat. & Solar Cells 2018, 179, 22.
• N. Kumara, A. Dubeyb, B. Bahramib, S. Venkatesanc, Q. Qiaob, Mukesh Kumar “Origin of high carrier mobility and low residual stress in RF superimposed DC sputtered Al doped ZnO thin film for next generation flexible devices” Applied Surface Science 2018, 436, 477-488
• A. V. Agarwal, R. Kumar, S. Venkatesan, A. Zakhidov, Z. Zhu, J. Bao, Mahesh Kumar and Mukesh Kumar “Fast detection and low power hydrogen sensor using edge-oriented vertically aligned 3-D network of MoS2 flakes at room temperature” Applied Physics Letters, 2017, 111, 093102
• Naveen Kumar, T. M. Wilkinson, C. E. Packard, Mukesh Kumar “Design of low surface roughness-low residual stress-high optoelectronic merit a-IZO thin films for flexible OLEDs” Journal of Applied Physics 2016, 119, 225303.
• Mukesh Kumar, A. Dubey, N. Adhikari, S. Venkatesan and Q. Qiao “Strategic review of secondary phases, defects and defect-complexes in kesterite CZTS–Se solar cells” Energy & Environmental Science, 2015, 8, 3134
• Mukesh Kumar, A. Dubey, K. Mamun Reza, N. Adhikari, Q. Qiao and V. Bommisetty “Origin of photogenerated carrier recombination at the metal–active layer interface in polymer solar cells”, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 2015, 17, 27690
• Mukesh Kumar, R. Chatterjee, S. Milikisiyants, A. Kanjilal, M. Voelskow, D. Grambole, K. V. Lakshmi and J. P. Singh “Investigating the role of hydrogen in indium oxide tubular nanostructures as a donor or oxygen vacancy passivation center” Applied Physics Letters 2009, 95, 13102
• Mukesh Kumar, V. N. Singh, F. Singh, K. V. Lakshmi, B. R. Mehta and J. P. Singh “On the origin of photoluminescence in indium oxide octahedron structures” Applied Physics Letters 2008, 92, 171907.
Other Information: 

2019                Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowship, US-India Education Foundation (USIEF)

2019                Faculty Research and Innovation Award, IIT Ropar, India

2019                Selected as a member, The National Academy of Sciences India (NASI, www.nasi.org.in)

2018                Young Achiever Award, Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences, Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Gov. of India

2018                Selected as a member, Indian National Young Academy of Sciences, India (INYAS,www.insaindia.res.in)

2018                Research highlighted in global news,



2017                Summer Visiting faculty, Rice University, Houston, USA

2017                Summer Visiting faculty, State University of New York, Binghamton, USA

2015                Recipient of Bhaskara Advanced Solar Energy Fellowship, Indo-US Sciences and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) and Department of Science and Technology, India

2015                Young Scientist Research Award, Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences, Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Gov. of India

2015                Contribution and outstanding reviewer certificate from Elsevier, ACS etc

2012                Nature News India,


Rocket like Nanotubes; Nature news India