Nanostructures such as nanorods, nanowires and nanosprings are building blocks of future nanomachines and have potential applications in nanosensors and nanodevices. However, the controlled synthesis of nanostructures and the measurements of magnetic, mechanical and electrical properties of an individual nanostrcuture are challenging. One of the methods to grow these nanostructures is glancing angle deposition (GLAD) technique, which is relatively straightforward and allows a single step fabrication of nanorods and other desired geometry. This is a physical vapor deposition in which flux arrives at a large oblique incidence angle
(> 80°) from the substrate normal while the substrate is rotating. This results in the formation of isolated nanorods by the self-shadowing mechanisms. Our current research interest includes SERS, nanomechanics, CO2 conversion, nanogenerators, graphene based sensors and actuators, wetting properties of thin films, oil-water separation, clean air and many more. Interested students are welcome to contact me for Ph.D. Postdoc/Project scientist applicants may please look on the website for possible vacancies.