Dr Kailash Jena
Dr. Kailash Chandra Jena
Associate Professor
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Dr. Jena joined the Department of Physics as an Assistant Professor on 31st of December, 2013.  His research expertise is in the field of nonlinear sum-frequency generation (SFG) vibrational spectroscopy and its application to probe the molecular structure various biomolecules and their interactions with interfacial water molecules at air/water and solid/water interfaces. He received his Ph.D. degree in 2008 from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, under the mentorship of Prof. Prem B. Bisht and Prof. S. Kasiviswanathan. During his Ph.D. program, he studied the nonlinear optical properties and relaxation processes of organic molecules by using the laser-induced transient grating technique. He joined Prof. Dennis Hore's group in 2007 as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Victoria, Canada studied interfacial water structure at solid / water interfaces using SFG vibrational spectroscopy. In 2011, he joined Prof. Sylvie Roke's group at Max-Planck Institute for Intelligent System, Germany and subsequently moved to EPFL, Switzerland worked on SFG scattering spectroscopy to probe formation and characterization of model membrane systems at the water / nanoscopic oil droplet interfaces.

Area of Research

Nonlinear Laser Spectroscopy, Air/Water Interface, Radiation Pressure and Liquid Jet


  • Ph.D., Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India (2008)
  • M. Sc. (Physics Major), Ravenshaw University, Cuttack, Odisha, India (2001)
  • B.Sc. (Physics Major), Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India (1998)

Work Experience

  • Associate Professor, Department of Physics, IIT Ropar, Punjab, India (April 2022 - Present)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, IIT Ropar, India (December, 2013 – March 2022)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Bioengineering, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland (May, 2011- October, 2013)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Max-Planck Institute for Intelligent System, Stuttgart, Germany (January, 2011 – May 2011)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Victoria, Canada (December, 2007 – September, 2010)

Other Information

Administrative Experience (IIT Ropar)

  • Warden (Mercury and Jupiter Hostels, IIT Roar)
  • Chairperson (Sports Committee, IIT Ropar)
  • Chairperson (GATE-IIT Ropar)
  • Vice-Chairperson (CRF-IIT Ropar)
  • Institute Representative (GATE-2021)
  • Institute Representative (GATE-2020)
  • IIT Counseling Activity (JEE-Advance, 2019)
  • Institute Representative (JEE-Advance, 2018)
  • Observer (JEE-Main, 2015)


Our research interest is highly interdisciplinary in nature covering many subjects in Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Material Science and Engineering. The main objective of our research group at IIT Ropar is to explore the interfacial structure of molecules at various interfaces. By keeping this in mind, we probe planar interfaces (air / liquid, solid / liquid, liquid / liquid) with the presence of various important biological macromolecules. We implement state-of-the-art nonlinear laser spectroscopic tool to extract a detailed molecular level information about the molecules residing at the interface and their influence on the pristine interfacial water structure. We keep our priorities on fields like protein-protein interaction, nanomaterial for sensing application, drug-polymer interaction, binding of DNA with polymer nanocomposites, specific ion effects, nano-bio mimicking systems, laser induced microjet formation, understanding fundamentals of evaporation, self-assembly of molecules. We use surface specific sum frequency generation vibration spectroscopy supplemented by ATR-FTIR spectroscopy and microscopy, Langmuir-Blodgett Trough to probe the mentioned molecular systems.

Group Member

Ph.D. Student Supervision (IIT Ropar)

  • Ms. Bhawna Rana (July, 2016) (Ph. D., In Progress) (Thesis to be submitted soon)
  • Ms. Harsharan Kaur (July, 2016) (Ph. D., In Progress) (Thesis to be submitted soon)
  • Ms. Sarbjeet Kaur (January, 2017) (Ph.D., In progress)
  • Mr. Sagar Shayer Yaar (July, 2020) (Ph. D., In progress)
  • Mr. Rakhshit (January, 2021) (Ph. D., In progress)
  • Rakshit Singh Patwal (July, 2021) (Ph. D., In Progress)
  • Tuhina Parvin Sultana (January, 2022) (Ph. D., In Progress)
  • Meenu Rani (July, 2022) (Ph. D., In Progress)
  • Sitara Khan Teli (July, 2022) (Ph. D., In Progress)
  • Yagya Raj Subedi (July, 2022) (Ph. D., In Progress) (International Student)

Past Members:

  • Dr. Shilpi Chaudhary (July, 2016) (National Post Doctoral Fellow) (Asst. Prof., PEC (Deemed to be University)
  • Dr. Deepak Tomar (2019, Ph.D., Completed) (Postdoc, Tohoku University, Japan)
  • Dr. Monica (July, 2021) (Ph. D., Completed) (Postdoc, KTH, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden)
  • Dr. Harpreet Kaur (December, 2021) (Ph. D., Completed) (University of Victoria, Canada)
  • Ms. Akanksha Arora (Project Student, 2020) (Ph.D. Student, PRL, Ahmedabad) 

Lab Facility

Sum-frequency Generation Vibrational Spectrometer

ATR-FTIR Spectrometer and Microscope

Infrared Reflection Absorption Spectroscopy (IRRAS) Setup (Developed Inhouse)

Langmuir–Blodgett Trough (Surface Tension Measurement)

Zetesizer and Zeta Potential Analyzer

Picosecond and Nano Second Laser Based Liquid Jet Setup (Developed Inhouse)

Time-Resolved Interferromtery Setup (Developed Inhouse)


1. Investigation of Water Evaporation Process at Air/Water Interface using Hofmeister Ions
Bhawna Rana, David J. Fairhurst, Dr. Kailash Chandra Jena, Kailash C. Jena, 
J.Am.Chem.Soc.  144, 17832−17840

2. Elucidating the molecular structure of hydrophobically-modified polyethylenimine nanoparticles and its potential implication for DNA binding
Harsharan Kaur, Meenakshi Verma, Sarabjeet Kaur, Bhawna Rana, Narinder Singh, Dr. Kailash Chandra Jena
Langmuir (Accepted)

3. Hydrolysis and Condensation of Tetraethyl Orthosilicate at the Air-Aqueous Interface: Implications for Silica Nanoparticle Formation
Harpreet Kaur, Shilpi Chaudhary, Harsharan Kaur, Monika Chaudhary , Dr. Kailash Chandra Jena
ACS Applied Nano Materials 5, 411-422
1. Probing the Bovine Hemoglobin Adsorption and its Influence on Interfacial Water Structure at Air/Water Interface
Shilpi Chaudhary, Harsharan Kaur, Harpreet Kaur, Bhawna Rana, Deepak Tomar , Dr. Kailash Chandra Jena
Applied Spectroscopy, 1-13

2. Elucidating the Molecular Mechanism of Drug−Polymer Interplay in a Polymeric Supersaturated System of Rifaximin
Ridhima Singh, Vaibhav Thorat, Harpreet Kaur, Ikjot Sodhi, Sanjaya K. Samal, Dr. Kailash Chandra Jena, Abhay T. Sangamwar
Mol. Pharmaceutics 18, 1604

3. Fundamentals of ATR-FTIR Spectroscopy and Its Role for Probing In-Situ Molecular-Level Interactions
Harsharan Kaur, Bhawna Rana, Deepak Tomar, Sarabjeet Kaur, Dr. Kailash Chandra Jena
Progress in Optical Science and Photonics, Springer Book chapter “Modern Techniques of Spectroscopy: Basics, Instrumentation and Applications”, Springer Nature Publications 13, 3-38

5. Explicating the molecular level drug-polymer interactions at the interface of supersaturated solution of the model drug: Albendazole
Prachi Joshi, Prabhakar Mallepogu, Harpreet Kaur, Ridhima Singh, Ikjot Sodhi, Sanjaya K. Samal, Kailash C. Jena, Abhay T. Sangamwar, Dr. Kailash Chandra Jena
European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences

2. Multifunctional Receptor with Tunable Selectivity: A Comparative Recognition Profile of Organic Nanoparticles with Carbon Dots
Gaganpreet Kaur, Harpreet Kaur, Amanpreet Singh, Monika Chaudhary, Navneet Kaur, Narinder Singh, and , Dr. Kailash Chandra Jena
Chemistry - An Asian Journal 15, 2160

5. IL@CQDs catalyzed Active Ester Rearrangement for Detection and Removal of Cyanide Ions
Monika Chaudhary, Meenakshi Verma, Pushap Raj, Dr. Kailash Chandra Jena, Narinder Singh, 
Analyst  145, 3948

2. Sum Frequency Generation Vibrational Spectroscopy: A Nonlinear Optical Tool to Probe the Polymer Interfaces
Harpreet Kaur, Deepak Tomar, Harsharan Kaur, Bhawna Rana, Shilpi Chaudhary, Dr. Kailash Chandra Jena
Springer Book chapter as Proceeding of “Advances in Spectroscopy: Molecules to Materials”, Springer, Nature Publications 236, 39-55

3. Probing the Influence of Polyvinylpyrrolidone Polymer on the Interfacial Water Structure at Air/Water Interface using Nonlinear Optical Vibrational Spectroscopy
Bhawna Rana, Harpreet Kaur, Dr. Kailash Chandra Jena
KIRAN: A Bulletin of the Indian Laser Association 31, 1-7

4. ATR-FTIR Spectroscopy and its Relevance to Probe the Molecular Level Interactions between Amino Acids and Metal-Oxide Nanoparticles at Solid/Aqueous Interface
Deepak Tomar, Harpreet Kaur, Harsharan Kaur, Bhawna Rana, Krutika Talegaonkar, Vivek Maharana, Dr. Kailash Chandra Jena
Springer Book chapter as Proceeding of “Advances in Spectroscopy: Molecules to Materials”, Springer, Nature Publications 236, 3-21
1. Sum frequency and second harmonic generation from the surface of a liquid microjet
Nikolay Smolentsev, Yixing Chen, , Dr. Kailash Chandra Jena, , Matthew A. Brown, and Sylvie Roke, 
J. Chem. Phys. 141, 18C524

Open Position


Teaching Engagement (IIT Ropar)

  • Mathematical Physics for Engineers (PH456, UG)
  • Mathematical Physics (PH412, PG)
  • Physics for Engineers (PH101, UG)
  • Classical and Mathematical Physics (PH601, Ph. D.)
  • Classical Mechanics (PH103, UG)
  • Lasers and Nonlinear Optics (PH459, UG)
  • Laser Physics (PH614, PG)
  • Experimental Methods (PH512, UG and PG)
  • Medical Device and Equipment (BML 607, M. Tech.)
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics (PH423, PG)