Dr Rakesh Kumar
Dr. Rakesh Kumar
Associate Professor & Head of the Department
223, TC


Dr. Rakesh Kumar is an Associate 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.

Area of Research

Condensed matter Physics (theory/experiment)


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

Work Experience

  • Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Ropar, March 2020- Present
  • Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Ropar, May 2010-2020
  • 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


Our T-GraMS laboratory is working on experimental and theoretical condensed Matter Physics. We are working on two dimensional and three-dimensional materials for investigating its interesting Physics towards its applications. Research works are being carried out on topological materials, perovskite materials, two-dimensional materials, magnetic materials and superconducting materials. In brief, our research works are focused for investigating (a) how the topological phase transition can affect the XMR effects (b) Effect of interlayers couplings on the electronic properties in magnetic and superconducting two-dimensional materials (c) Tuning the electronic properties of 2D materials (d) Application of two-dimensional materials in flexible electronics and Gas-sensing and (e) study of superconductivity and magnetism in HTSC and layered 2D materials. 

Group Member

  • Payal Wadhwa (Phd student) 
  • Anita Yadav (Phd student) 
  • Mukesh Pandey (Phd student) 
  • Sahil Dani (Phd student) 
  • Prarena (Phd student) 

Lab Facility


1. Signature of non-trivial band topology in LaAs/LaBi hetrostructure
Payal Wadhwa, T. J. Dhilip Kumar, Alok Shukla, Dr. Rakesh Kumar
J. Phys.: Condensed Matter 32, 395703
1. Defect induced magnetism in monolayer HfSe2: An ab initio studies
Anita Yadav, Shailesh Kumar, M. Manoharan, and , Dr. Rakesh Kumar
Applied Surface Science 491, 517

2. First principles investigation of topological phase in XMR material TmSb under hydrostatic pressure
Payal Wadhwa, Shailesh Kumar, Alok Shukla, and , Dr. Rakesh Kumar
J. Phys.: Condensed Matter 31, 335401
1. Bandgap tunability in a one dimensional system
Payal Wadhwa, Shailesh Kumar, T. J. Dhilip Kumar, Alok Shukla, and , Dr. Rakesh Kumar
Condensed Matter 3, 34

2. Effect of edge defects on band structure of zigzag graphene nanoribbons
Payal Wadhwa, Shailesh Kumar, T.J. Dhilip Kumar, Alok Shukla, and, Dr. Rakesh Kumar
J. Appl. Phys.  123, 161416
1. Origin of multiple band gap values in single width nanoribbons
Deepika, Shailesh Kumar, Alok Shukla , Dr. Rakesh Kumar
Scientific Reports  6, 36168
1. Edge configurational effect on band gaps in graphene nanoribbons
Deepika, T. J. Dhilip Kumar, Alok Shukla, and , Dr. Rakesh Kumar
Phys. Rev. B 91, 115428

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