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RAJRATAN  BASU

The United States Naval Academy, Department of Physics
572c Holloway Road, Annapolis, MD 21402

Email: basu@usna.edu
Office: (410) 293-6664, Chauvenet Hall 296
Lab: (410) 293-6684, Chauvenet Hall 030

Education:

  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Massachusetts (2005 - 2010)
    • Ph.D., Physics;  Dissertation: "Dielectric Studies of Nanostructures and Directed self-assembled Nanomaterials in Nematic Liquid Crystals"
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur  (2003 - 2005)
    • M.Sc., Physics;  Thesis: "Fabrication and characterizations of porous silicon and porous alumina by two-step anodization technique"
  • Presidency College, Calcutta  (2000 - 2003)
    • B.Sc., Physics

Research Areas:

  • Interactions between softmatter and nanomaterials
  • Directed self-assembly of nanomaterials (e.g. carbon nanotubes, quantum dots, nanorods etc.) in liquid crystalline media
  • Development of novel NEMS, nano-switches, and nano-electromechanical memory functions using nanoparticle-doped liquid crystals
  • Chirality (chirality transfer in liquid crystals from various substrates and nano materials)
  • Order-disorder phenomena in liquid crystals
  • Liquid crystal phases and phase transitions

Professional Experience:

  • Assistant Professor, U.S. Naval Academy (Aug 2012 - Present)
  • Post Doctoral Scholar, Case Western Reserve University (May 2010 - July 2012)

Research Grants:

  • Office of Naval Research, Division 312: Electronics, Sensors and Network Research, 2014; award # N0001414WX20791
  • Office of Naval Research through the Naval Academy Research Council, 2014; award # N001614WX30023
  • Office of Naval Research through the Naval Academy Research Council, 2013; award # N001613WX20992

Recognitions:

  • Research featured on the Journal Cover of Liquid Crystal (# 97, 199 (2012)), February 2012 issue.
  • Outstanding PhD Dissertation Award, The Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, WPI chapter; April, 2010.
  • First Prize in ‘Science’ category in the University at the Annual Graduate Research Achievement Day (GRAD) - 2009, WPI; April, 2009.
  • Second Prize in poster competition at the Nanomanufacturing Summit 2009, NSF - National Nanomanufacturing Network Annual Meeting, Boston, MA; May, 2009. 
  • Selected as one of the most experienced and excellent Teaching Assistants (TAs) in the University to mentor the new TAs, WPI; August, 2009.
  • The Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, elected associate member; May, 2009.
  • Best Teaching Assistant Award (based on student evaluations) for the academic year of 2007-2008, Department of Physics, WPI; May, 2008. 

Professional Affiliation and Service:

  • Reviewer: Applied Physics Letters, Journal of Applied Physics, Liquid Crystals, Physical Review E, Physical Review B, Crystals, Indian Journal of Physics.
  • Scientific affiliation: American Physical Society, Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society (induction).

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