Dhananjay Kumar

Department of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering,
North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC, 27411
PH: (336) 256-1151 ext. 2242
Fax: (336) 256-1153
E-mail: dkumar@ncat.edu

Ph.D. (1994) Physical Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and Tata Institute of Fundament Research, Bombay.
Dissertation Title: “Electrical, structural and Chemical properties of Pulsed Laser Deposited YBa2Cu3O7-x Thin Films” (Advisor: R. Pinto)
M.S. (1988) Physical Chemistry, Magadh University, Bodh Gaya.
B.Sc. (1985)Chemistry (Honors.), Bhagalpur University, Bhagalpur.

2007- present -Associate Professor and ORNL Joint Faculty, Department of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering, North Carolina A & T State University, Greensboro.
2004-2007 -Assistant Professor and ORNL Joint Faculty, Department of Mechanical Engineering, North Carolina A & T State University, Greensboro
2001-2003 -Senior Research Scientist, Center for Advanced Materials and Smart Structures, North Carolina A & T State University, Greensboro.
Research Scientist, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of
Florida, Gainesville.
1996 – 2000 - Research Associate, Department of Physics, Morgan State University.
1995 – 1996 - Visiting Research Faculty, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, North
1995 - Carolina State University, Raleigh
1994 - Research Associate, Solid State Chemistry Unit, IISc., Bangalore.

2008 - Organizer of the 2nd biggest symposium of 2008 MRS Spring Meeting in san Francisco (more than 20 invited speakers and over 200 contributed papers from all over the world)
2007 - North Carolina A&T State University Outstanding Young Investigator Award
2005 - Editor of a Peer Reviewed MRS Symposium Proceedings and organizer of a symposium on “Magnetic nanoparticles and nanowires” MRS Spring Meeting, March 26-April 1, 2005, San Francisco (Vol. 928 E, Warrendale, 2006).
2005 - NCAT College of Engineering Outstanding Young Investigator Award
2004 - Editor of a Peer Reviewed MRS Symposium Proceedings and organizer of a symposium on “Integration Challenges in next-generation oxide based nano-electronics” MRS Spring Meeting, April 12-16, 2004, San Francisco (Vol. 811, Warrendale, 2004).
2000 - Editor of a Peer Reviewed MRS Symposium Proceedings and organizer of symposium on “Laser solid interactions for materials processing” MRS Spring Meeting, April 24-28,
2000 - San Francisco (Vol. 617, Warrendale, 2001)
1997 - Chief Guest Editor of the “Journal of Electronic Materials” (November Issue)
1995 - Served on a panel to select postdoctoral fellow to Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC.
1992-1994 -  DST National superconducting Fellowship.
 1990-1992 - CSIR Senior Research Fellowship.
  • Materials Research Society
  • American Physical Society
  • The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society
Research Interest:
  • Thin film deposition and processing, Nanophase materials, Electronic materials,Magnetoresistance, Superconductivity, Device applications, Laser ablation, Sputtering, Thermal & e-beam evaporation, Phosphor and Flat panel displays, Ferroelectrics and dielectrics, Nanocomposites, etc.
Teaching Interest:
  • Fundamentals of thin film growth, Advanced materials processing, Nanotechnology, Magnetism and magnetic materials, Structural characterization techniques, Atomic structure, Chemical Kinetics, Phase diagram, Electrochemistry, Thermodynamics, etc.
Invited Lectures/Seminars and Plenary Talks:
  • “Self-assembly of magnetic nano particles in amorphous and crystalline matrices,” 10th International Conference on Advanced Materials, Bangalore, October 8-13, 2007. (Invited)
  • “Nanoscale magnetic properties of self-assembled Ni particles in single and multilayered structures,” TMS Annual Meeting, Orlando, 2007. (Invited)
  •  “Self-assembled nanostructured magnetic and superconducting materials and their application,” University of South Carolina Nano-Retreat, Pisgah Forest, May 20-21, 2006. (Invited)
  • “Pulsed laser assisted processing and properties of multifunctional nanostructured materials,” International Conference of Computational and Composite Engineering and Sciences, Madras, December 1-6, 2005, Indian Institute of Technology, (Invited).
  • “Science and Technology of nanomagnetic and superconducting thin films” TMS Annual Meeting, March 14-18, 2005, San Francisco. (Invited)
  •  “Nanoscale magnetic properties of self-assembled Ni and Fe particles in amorphous and crystalline matrices”, European MRS Meeting, Strasbourg, France, June 18-21, 2002. (Invited).
  • “Tunable magnetic properties of nanoscale magnetic dots in ceramic matrix”, Symposium P, MRS Fall Meeting, November 27-December 1, 2000, Boston. (Invited).
  •  “Synthesis, characterization and properties of self-assembled magnetic nanoparticles”, International Workshop on Photonic and semiconductor Devices, New Delhi, India, December 10-14, 2001. (Plenary).
MS, Ph.D. Students:
  • Talisha Haywood, Ph.D. (Current) Adero Page, MS (2007), Nichole Herndon, MS (2007) Alok Gupta, MS, (2006), S. Viswanathan, MS, (2006), M. Khan, Ph.D. (2006), Jermaine Bradley, MS, 2005, S. Dana, MS (2005).
  1. Oh, Sang Ho; van Benthem, Klaus; Molina, Sergio I.; Borisevich, Albina Y.; Luo, Weidong; Werner, Peter; Zakharov, Nikolai D.; Kumar, Dhananjay; Pantelides, Sokrates T.; Pennycook, Stephen J., “Point Defect Configurations of Supersaturated Au Atoms Inside Si Nanowires.,” Nano Letters 8, 1016-1019 (2008)
  2. Abiade, J.T.; Miao, G.X.; Gupta, A.; Gapud, A.A.; Kumar, D.; “Structural and magnetic properties of selfassembled nickel nanoparticles in a yttria stabilized zirconia matrix,” Thin Solid Films, 516, 2082-2086 (2008).
  3. Herndon, N.; Oh, S.H.; Pai, D.; Sankar, J.; Pennycook, S.J.; Kumar, D.; “Effect of spacer layer thickness on magnetic interactions in self-assembled single domain iron nanoparticles,” J. Appl. Phys. 103 07D515 (2008).
  4. Viswanathan, S.K.; Gapud, A.A.; Varela, M.; Abiade, J.T.; Christen, D.K.; S. J. Pennycook, S.J.; Kumar, D.; “Enhancement of critical current density of YBa2Cu3O7-thin films by self-assembly of Y2O3 nanoparticulates,” Thin Solid Films 515, 6452 (2007).
  5. Oh, S.H.; Haywood, T.; Varela, M.; Lupini, A.R.; Pennycook, S.J.; and Kumar, D.; “Micro structural evolution of CeO2 nano-island films and its influence on physical properties of CeO2/ YBa2Cu3O7- multilayers,” Micros. Microanal. 13, 98 (2007).
UNDERGRADUATE PUBLICATIONS (* Undergraduate student):
  1. Bethany Spencer*, Tolga Aytug, David Christen, Dhananjay Kumar, “Growth of MgO Buffer Layers for the Enhancement of Coated Conductors,” 8/9/2005, Poster Session, ORNL.
  2. Brandon Killian*, D. Kumar, David K Christen, “Measurement and Analysis of Transport Properties of High-Tc Superconducting Films,” 8/9/2005, Poster Session, ORNL.
  3. Aarti Sarin*, Vikram Verma, R. Venkatraman, and D. Kumar, “Magnetic properties of bimetallic Fe-Co nanoparticles self assembled in TiN thin film matrix by pulsed laser deposition,” Manuscript under preparation.
  4. Aditi Bhattacharjee*, Vikram Verma, D. Kumar, “Fabrication and Characterization of Gold/Nickel/Gold nanostructures by pulsed laser deposition method,” Manuscript under preparation.