Post Doctoral Fellows

1. Dr Aparna P.
Dr. Aparna initially joined the group to work on a SERB-SUPRA funded project on light-matter interactions. She did her PhD from IIT Mumbai and MSc from University of Hyderabad. She is currently working on the different aspects of light matter interactions, particularly related to that of spin-Hall effect of light. She works with Dr Rajalakshmi and Dr. Narayanan.

2. Dr. Pallavi Thakur
Pallavi did her M.Sc. at Himachal Pradesh University, India and joined 2015 at TIFR as a PhD student. She worked on the development of metal-air batteries of different types and could successfully establishes certain methodologies for the improvement of performance of Li-O2 and Zn-O2 batteries. She successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis and got degree in January 2023.

Ph.D. Students

1. Janmeyjay Panda

He joined TNN’s laboratory in 2020 December and he is working with TNN and Dr. G. Rajalakshmi. Janmeyjay is working on the different aspects of Opto-Spin Properties of Transition Metal Dichalcogenides.

2. Amar Kumar

He joined TNN’s laboratory in 2021 May and he is working on the various aspects of metal ion batteries and their operando diagnostics methods.

3. Amogh K. Ravi

He is working with Pabitra Nayak and T N Narayanan, and working towards various aspects of pervoskite structures and their heterostructures. He joined the group in 2021 June.

4. Nandita Mohandas

Nandita is working on different aspects of electrolyte engineering in electrocatalysis. After her project B, she joined the group in 2022 March where she will be working on both experimental and theoretical aspects of electrolyte enginerring.

5. Dipak Maity

Dipak has joined the group for PhD after his project A and project B rotations (April 2022). He is working on materials for Opto-Spintronics and their different aspects of light-matter interactions.

6. Subhra Ranjita Pattanayak

Subhra did M.Sc. from Ravenshaw University, Odisha. In 2020, she joined TIFR, Mumbai as a Ph.D student. She registered for Ph.D with TNN after completing her Project A and Project B at TIFR Mumbai. Her research areas include electrocatalysis and energy storage. She is working on different aspects of metal air batteries aiming for novel optimised systems.

Project/Junior/Senior Research Fellows

Anagandula Shravani
Ms. Shravani after her B.Tech in Electrical Engineering, worked at NCL Pune and IISc Bangalore as an Electron Microscopy supporting staff. Shravani joined TNN’s group in March 2019 where she is working on electron microscope based research.

Project Students:

Rayantan Sadhukan (Project B, Chemistry (2022 July-))
Preeti Yadav (Project A &B, Physics (2022 June -))
Som Sekhar Sharma (Project A, Physics (2022 July – ))
M R Jishnu Seshadri (M.Tech. Student NIT Trichi (2021 September-2022 May))
Dipak Maity (Project A, Physics) (2021 August-2022 February)
Nandita Mohandas (Project B, Chemistry) (2021 August-2022 February)
Amogh Ravi (Project A and B, Chemistry) (2020 March – 2021 January)
Amar Kumar (Project A and B, Chemistry) (2020 August – 2021 January)
Pallavi Thakur (Project B, Chemistry) (2017 June -2018 January)
Anku Guha (Project B, Chemistry) (2017 June – 2018 January)
Krishna Rani Sahoo (Project A, Physics) (2017 June – 2018 February)
Avijit Maiti (Project B, Chemistry) (2016 August -2017 January)
Shashank Yadav (Project B, Physics) (2016, February – July)
Rahul S (Project A, Physics) (2016, January-August)
Ritabrata Thakur (Project B, Physics) (2016, January-July)
Bhanu Prasad Bhowmik (Project B, Physics) (2016 January-July)
Sumit Bawari (Project A, Chemistry) (2016, January-July) (M.Sc. Project, 2017 Feb.-2018 Feb.)
Sudeshna Patra (Project A, Chemistry) (2015, January-July)
Sourabh (Project A, Chemistry) (2015, January-July)
Pappu Acharya (Project A, Physics) (2015, January-July)
Rahul (Project A, Physics) (2015, January-July)
Shubhadeep Pal (Project B, Physics) (2014, December-June)

Summer Students:

Ms. Aadya Menon (Integrated MSc Project: December 2022 – School of Photonics, Cochin University of Science and Technology, India)
Mr. Sreekanth Anil (M.Sc. Physics Project: January 2023 – , Cochin University of Science and Technology, India)
Ms. Shayanee Mandal (B.Tech. (Short Project): December 15-2022 – January 2023. Chemical Engineering, Delhi Technological University)
Sreelakshmi K B (M.Sc. Project: December 2019 – April 2020, Master Student at VIT, Vellore)
Sree Bhadra (TIFR Summer Fellow, Amritha Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore, India, May-July 2019)
Anila K. T. (N.S.S. College Ottapalam, Palakkad, Kerala, 2018 December, 2018 April-May)
Sona Shaju (Mercy College, Palakkad, Kerala, 2019 April-May)
Aiswarya Anand (Vyasa College, Wadakkanchery, Kerala, 2019 March -May)
Alina Gigi (Vyasa College, Wadakkanchery, Kerala, 2019 March -May)
Radhika Krishna (IISER Thiruvananthapuram, VSRP- KVPY Fellow, 2018 June – August)
Saurav Pal (IISER Kolkata, INSPIRE Fellow, 2018 May-July)
Veena & Athira (Govt. Victoria College, Palakkad, 2018 April-June)
Archana S (TIFR Summer Student, CSIR-CECRI, Karaikudi, 2017 May – June)
Indulekha N. (TIFR Summer Student, IISER, TVM, 2016, May-July 2016)
Ritika Mary Paul (IASc Summer Student, St. Joseph’s College, Bangalore, 2016 April-June)
Sreeraj P. (Govt. Victoria College, Palakkad, 2016, April-June)
Preethi S. Mathew (TIFR Summer Student, IISER, TVM, 2015, May-July)
Narayan Kunchur (NIT, Calicut, 2015 May-July, 2016 May-July)
Anish H. Verma (TIFR Summer student, UPES, Dehradun, 2015 May-July)

Visiting Students/Scientists:

Ms. Arya Sohan (Ph.D. Student at University of Hyderabad (2022 March-)
Ms. Syama Lenus (Ph.D. Student @ Xi’an Jiaotong University, China, (2021 September-))
Mr. Khorsed Alam (Ph.D. Student @ Harish Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad)
Mr. K. P. Akshay Kumar (Past: 2019 March – 2019 August: Present Ph.D. Student of Prof. Martin Pumera, Charles University, Czech Republic)
Ms. Anugraha A (Amritha Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore, India, 2018 January – April)
Mr. Stelbin Peter Figerez (CUSAT, 2017 Dec. – 2018 February) [B. Tech. Project]
Ms. Swati Siwach (IIT Mandi, 2017 December -2018 February)
Mr. Thoufeeq S. (CUSAT, Kerala, 2017 August)
Prof. Anil Palve (Mahatma Phule College, 2015, May, November)
Dr. Sathyavathi Ravulapalli (Visiting Post-Doctoral Fellow, 2015 August-November)
Mr. Agnish Dev Prusty (Visiting Student from IIT Bhubaneswar (Presently at NCBS, Bangalore), India, 2015, 2016)


1. Dr. Shubhadeep Pal [Past: Ph.D. Student 2015 January – 2019 August] (Present: Postdoctoral Fellow at Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium (with Prof. Alexandru Vlad)
2. Dr. Sudeshna Patra [Past: Ph.D. Student 2015 August – 2019 November & Post-Doctoral Fellow: 2019 November – August 2020 ] (Present:Post-Doctoral Fellow at Leibniz University, Germany with Prof. Richard Hankerings – Rauschenbach)
3. Dr. Sumit Bawari [Past: Ph.D. Student August 2018 to November 2021 & M. Sc. Student August 2016 to July 2018. 2021 November, 2021 November -2022 March Postdoctoral Fellow, TIFR-H. Present: Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Manchester, UK (with Prof Rahul R Nair)]
4. Dr. Rahul Sharma [ Ph.D. Student 2016 January – 2022 February] (Present: Postdoctoral Fellow with Prof. M. Venkata Kamalakar at Department of Physics and Astronomy, Uppsala University, Sweden)]
5. Dr. Anku Guha[ Ph.D. Student 2017 January – 2022 June] (Present: Postdoctoral Fellow with Prof. Pelayo Garcia De Arquer, ICFO, Barcelona Spain)]
6. Dr. Krishna Rani Sahoo [ Ph.D. Student 2017 January – 2022 August] (Present: Postdoctoral Fellow with Prof. Rudolf Bratschitsch, University of Munster, Germany)]

Mr. Rajan Jain (Junior Research Fellow, 2021 March -2022 August; Currently at University of Colorado Boulder as a Ph.D. Student)
Dr. Sai Smruti Samantaray (Post-Doctoral Fellow, 2021 March -2022 August)
Mr. Ashique Lal (JRF DST-SUPRA Project, 2021 August – 2022 March, Present: van Hoff Institute for Molecular Science, Amsterdam)
Mr. Stelbin Peter Figerez [Past: JRF 2019-2021]
Ms. Anugraha A. [Past: JRF 2018-2020 ] (Present: Scientific Officer B (Project) TIFR-Hyderabad)
Dr. Kiran. K. Tadi [Past: Postdoc 2015-2016 and in 2019] (Present: Assistant Professor, Vellore Institute of Technology, Chennai Campus, India)
Dr. Pankaj Kumar Rastogi[Past: PostDoc 2017 May – 2019 August] (Present: Assistant Professor (Research), GLA University, Mathura, UP, India)
Dr. Munaiah Yeddala [Past: PostDoc 2018 March – 2019 August] (Present: PostDoc at Wayne state University, USA (Prof. Leela Arava))
Dr. Sreekanth N. [Past: PostDoc 2017 April – 2018 August] (Present: JST CREST Fellow Tokyo Institute of Technology (Prof. Takeo Yamaguchi, Japan))
Mr. Bhaskar Soman [Past: JRF 2017 August – 2018 June] (Present: Ph.D. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA)
Dr. Anand B. Puthirath [Past: PostDoc 2016 July – 2017 November] (Present: Indo-USA SERB Postdoc. Fellow, Prof. Ajayan’s Laboratory, Rice University, USA)
Dr. Ravi K Biroju [Past: PostDoc 2016 March – 2017 August] (Present: Assistant Professor, KL University, Hyderabad)
Dr.Vineesh T V [Past: Ph.D./PostDoc 2014 January – 2017 August] (Present: Post-Doc (PBC Fellow): Bar-Ilan University, Israel)
Dr. Kiran Kumar Tadi [Past: Post-Doc 2015 January – 2016 July] (Present: Post-Doc: Hebrew University, Israel)
Dr. P. M. Sudeep [Past: Post-Doc, 2015 Jan- August] (Present: Post-Doctoral Fellow, Dr. Tobin Filleter, University of Toronto, Canada)
Dr. Santosh Bikkarolla [Past: Short Term Post-Doc, 2015 August – 2016 February] (Present: Post-Doctoral Fellow, Chalmers University, Sweden )
Mr. Kapil K. Bhorkar [Project Assistant 2015 August-2016 May] (Present (Marie-Sklowdowska-Curie ESR fellow): Ph.D. Student , University of Patras (Forth-Ice/HT), Greece)
Mr. Suhail Mubarak[Past: Short term fellow] (Present: Ph.D. student, Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)