- 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 characterization of porous silicon and porous alumina by two-step anodization technique"
- Presidency College, Calcutta (2000 - 2003)
- B.Sc., Physics
- Associate Professor, U.S. Naval Academy (2017 - present)
- Assistant Professor, U.S. Naval Academy (2012 - 2017)
- Post Doctoral Scholar, Case Western Reserve University (May 2010 - July 2012)
- Interactions between
- 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 nanomaterials)
- Order-disorder phenomena in liquid crystals
- Liquid crystal phases and phase transitions
Awards and Recognitions:
- 2019 recipient of the “Class of 1951 Civilian Faculty Excellence in Research Award" at USNA, 2019.
- Department of Physics elected Research Professor of the Year 2017 and Department of Physics nominee for the Class of 1951 Research Excellence Award – Honorable Mention (USNA), 2017.
- Invited article published in the prestigious U.K. based journal Liquid Crystal to celebrate the journal’s 30th anniversary, Oct. - Dec.
- Research featured on the Journal Cover of Liquid Crystal (# 97, 199 (2012)), February 2012 issue.
- Outstanding Ph.D. 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 the 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.
- Office of Naval Research, Division 312: Electronics Sensors and Network Research, "Fabrication and characterization of graphene/h-BN liquid crystal cell for enhanced electro-optic properties", 2019; award # N0001419WX01219.
- Office of Naval Research, Division 332: Nano-engineered Materials, "Enhanced Electro-Optic Properties", 2019; award # N0001419WX01126.
- Office of Naval Research, Division 312: Electronics Sensors and Network Research, "Fabrication and characterization of graphene/h-BN liquid crystal cell for enhanced electro-optic properties", 2018; award # N0001418WX01842.
- Office of Naval Research (Co-PI with Dr. Peter Brereton), UMBC-USNA Cyber Innovation Grant, "Optically networked semiconductor spin qubits via liquid crystal mediated ordering", 2018, 2019, 2020; award # N0001418WX01543, N0001419WX00566.
- Office of Naval Research through the Naval Academy Research Council: Senior NARC, 2018.
- Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP), (Co-PI with Hatem Elbidweihy, Brian Donovan, Ronald Warzoha), "A novel graphene characterization suite for understanding magnetic, electrical, thermal, and optical responses from the atomic to micro-scale levels", 2018; Award # N0001418WX01305.
- Office of Naval Research Electronic Warfare S&T Discovery and Invention Program (Co-I; Collaboration with Naval Research Lab, PI Dr. Christopher Spillmann), "Refractive Non-Mechanical Beam Steering in the Mid-wavelength and long-wavelength infrared", 2015, 2016, 2017; award # N0001416WX00216.
- Office of Naval Research (Co-PI with Dr. Peter Brereton), UMBC-USNA Cyber Innovation Grant, "A hybrid semiconductor-soft matter device as a route to a scalable, self-assembled spin register for optical quantum error correction", 2015, 2016, 2017; award # N0001415WX01534, N0001416WX01530, N0001417WX01519.
- Office of Naval Research, Division 312: Electronic 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.
Professional Affiliation and Service:
- Editorial Board Member: Crystals (ISSN 2073-4352, http://www.mdpi.com/journal/crystals); Section Liquid Crystals, http://www.mdpi.com/journal/crystals/sectioneditors/liquid_crystals
- Reviewer: Applied Physics Letters, Journal of Applied Physics, Liquid Crystals, Physical Review E, ACS Nano, Nanoscale, Carbon, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Crystals, RSC Advances, MRS Advances, Optical Materials Express, Physica E: Low-dimensional Systems and Nanostructures, Soft Materials, The Journal of Physical Chemistry, Indian Journal of Physics.
Scientific affiliation: American Physical Society, Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society (induction).
Latest News and Media Releases:
Press release: "2D hexagonal-BN serves as a high-transmittance alignment layer in liquid crystal cells": MRS Bulletin News, 5th March 2019. Reference: Opt. Express 27, 282(2019).
Prof. Basu is the 2019 recipient of the “Class of 1951 Civilian Faculty Excellence in Research Award". See USNA News Center for more!
Press release: "Scientists use transparent graphene electrodes to cleanse ionic impurities in liquid crystal displays (LCDs)": Nano Werk Nanotech Spotlight series, 24th October 2017. Reference: Appl. Phys. Lett. 111, 161905 (2017).
Press release: "Using graphene as transparent electrodes and alignment layers for liquid crystal devices": Nano Werk Nanotech Spotlight series, 11 July 2017. Reference: Phys. Rev. E 96, 012702 (2017).
Dr. Basu was promoted to Associate Professor, March 28, 2017. http://usnatrident.blogspot.com/2017/03/
Press release: "Connecting two electrodes by liquid crystal-guided carbon nanotube wires": Nano Werk Nanotech Spotlight series, 1st November 2016. Reference: J. Appl. Phys. Lett. 120, 164309 (2016).
Press release: "Nano-electromechanical rotation of graphene in a liquid crystal platform": Nano Werk Nanotech Spotlight series, 25th May 2015. Reference: Appl. Phys. Lett. 106, 201909 (2015).
Press release: “Cleansing the ionic impurities in LCDs with nanoparticles": Nano Werk Nanotech Spotlight series, 16th October 2014. Reference: Appl. Phys. Lett. 105, 151905 (2014).
Dr. Rajratan Basu
The U.S. Naval Academy
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