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Saroj Nayak
Saroj Nayak  IGERT

Professor of Physics


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Ph.D., Physical Science, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, 1995.

Career Highlights:

Nayak graduated from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India in 1995, with a Ph.D. degree in physical science. Before joining the faculty at Rensselaer in 2000 Nayak was a Princeton Materials Institute Jr. Fellow at Princeton University.

Research Interests:

Nayak’s research interests lie at the interface of physics, chemistry and engineering, with principle areas of focus on the study of atomic and electronic structures of matters using ab initio electronic structure calculation methods with classical and quantum molecular dynamics simulations and Monte Carlo methods. The two major recent focuses of Nayak’s research are: study of nanostructured materials and simulations of biological molecules using electronic structure methods.

Selected Publications:

1. N. Kharche and S. K. Nayak, Quasiparticle Band Gap Engineering of Graphene and Graphone on Hexagonal Boron Nitride Substrate, Nano Lett. 11, 5274 (2011).

2. J. Giedt, A. Skinner, and S. K. Nayak, Effects of flavor-symmetry violation from staggered fermion lattice simulations of graphene, Phys. Rev. B, 83, 045420 (2011).

3. S. Sahoo, S. Husale, S. Karna, S. K. Nayak and P. M. Ajayan, Controlled Assembly of Ag Nanoparticles and Carbon Nanotube Hybrid Structures for Biosensing, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 133, 4005 (2011).

4. J. B. Thomas, E. B. Watson, F. S. Spear, P. T. Shemella, S. K. Nayak, and A. Lanzirotti, TitaniQ under pressure: the effect of pressure and temperature on the solubility of Ti in quartz, , Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology 160, 743 (2010).

5. Y. Zhang, X-P Peng, Y. Chen, J. Chen, A. Curioni, W. Andreoni, S. K. Nayak and X.- C. Zhang, A first Principle Study of Terahertz (THz) Spectra of Acephate, Chem. Phys. Letts. 452, 59 (2008).

6. Gandhi, M. Lane, Y. Zhou, A. P. Singh, S. Nayak, U. Tisch, M. Eizenberg, G. Ramnath,  Annealing Induced Interfacial Toughening using a molecular monolayer, Nature, 447, 299 (2007).

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