Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering / Carnegie Mellon University (2016)
B.Tech. Mechanical Engineering / Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India (2011)
I received my Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in Mechanical Engineering under the co-advisement of Jonathan Malen and Alan McGaughey. My work focused on experimental and computational (atomistic) studies of nano-scale thermal transport in organic-inorganic hybrid materials for their application in thermoelectrics, light emitting diodes, and electronic devices. Using an alkane-based self-assembled monolayer junctions having metal substrates, we showed how vibrational properties of the substrates, quality of surface contact within the junction, and inter-molecular cooperation could be exploited to tailor the thermal properties of the junctions. Before this, my undergraduate research at IIT Kharagpur focussed on computational fluid dynamics studies of the deposition behavior of aerosol particles in the human lung.
My current research focusses on understanding the interaction of ionic liquids with a conducting polymer (PEDOT:PSS) using experimental techniques. This will help us in understanding their role in modifying thermoelectric properties of these composite materials for their potential use in future thermoelectrics.