Physics MTU


The Group 2012

2012 (L-R): Jiajie Zhu, Xiaoliang Zhong, Dr. Rodrigo Amorim and Saikat Mukhopadhyay


Dr. Miguel Blanco Universidad de Oviedo, Spain

Miguel Blanco Dr. Blanco received his Ph.D in Solid State Quantum Chemistry from the University of Oviedo in 1997. He joined Dr. Pandey's group in 1999 as a Post Doctoral fellow, under the framework of a long term reciprocal collaboration with the Quantum Chemistry Group of the Universidad de Oviedo. In 2000, he became a Professor of Physical Chemistry at Oviedo, and now he is continuing the collaborative research with MTU, funded by NATO and the Spanish Education Ministry.

Dr. Aurora Costales Universidad de Oviedo, Spain

Aurora Costles Dr. Costales received her MS (1995) and Ph.D (1998) in Quantum Chemistry from the University of Oviedo. She joined Dr. Pandey's group from July to November of 1999 as a Post Doctoral researcher, and rejoined the group in July 2001 with a Post Doctoral fellowship awarded to her by the Spanish Education Ministry. At Oviedo, she is a Research Associate in the Quantum Chemistry Group, and she has also served as Associate Professor during several academic terms in Oviedo.

Dr. Sanjeev Gupta Michigan Tech University, USA

Sanjeev Gupta Dr. Sanjeev Gupta received his Ph.D in Condensed Material Physics from the M. K. Bhavnagar University, Bhavnagar, India in 2010, and spent time as a postdoctoral researcher at the Universita di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy and Department of Physics, M. K. Bhavnagar University, Gujarat, India. He joined Dr. Pandey's group in 2012 as a Post Doctoral fellow, under the framework of Nehru-Fulbright Post-doc Fellowship. His current projects involve studying the electronic, structural properties & Nano-bio hybrid systems using ab-initio methods. Gupta will help design advanced materials that can be future building blocks for solar cells, batteries, and photonic and optoelectronic devices.

Dr. Dilip Kanhere University of Pune, India

Dilip Kanhere Dr. Kanhere received his Ph.D (1976) from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and is the Director of Center for Modeling and Simulations in Pune University, India. His doctoral work pertained to band structure calculations of electron momentum density in some transition metals and was an associate member of ICTP (1990-97).

Dr. Roberto Orlando University of Torino, Italy

Roberto Orlando Ab initio study of the electronic structure and properties of perfect and defective crystals with periodic boundary conditions includes the implementation of a computer program (CRYSTAL) and the application of the method to problems of physical and chemical interest such as the investigation of elastic, dielectric and magnetic properties of materials, the calculation of vibrational spectra, catalysis and reactivities.

Dr. Ralph Scheicher University of Uppsala, Sweden

Ralph Scheicher A native of Germany, Dr. Ralph Scheicher received his undergraduate education in physics from the University of Wuerzburg, Germany, before transferring to the State University of New York at Albany in 1998. He received his MS (1999) and PhD (2004) there as a student of Prof. Tara Prasad Das. In the Fall of 1999 he took a one-semester leave to attend the Graduate School for Advanced Studies in Tsukuba, Japan and to work with Prof. Kanetada Nagamine at the KEK research institute. During Aug 2004 - Aug 2005, he did post doctoral work in the Condensed Matter Theory group of Prof. Rajeev Ahuja at Uppsala University, Sweden, funded by the EXC!TING network.

Dr. Mingsu Si Lanzhou University, China

Mingsu Si Dr. Si is an associate professor in Lanzhou University, China. His research interests include first-principles electronic structure calculations, spin dynamics in femtosecond ferromagnetism, and electron/spin transport in molecular wire junctions.

Dr. John Vail University of Manitoba, Canada

John Vail Point defects in solids affect or determine technological properties in many materials. In his research, Dr. Vail aims for predictive accuracy for optical, mechanical, chemical, electronic, spin resonance and transport properties in computations and theoretical study in insulators. His principal current project is for point defect properties in aluminum nitride.

Dr. Loredana Valenzano Michigan Tech University, USA

Loredana Valenzano Dr. Valenzano took her Masters degree in Physics in 1999 at the University of Torino and PhD in 2003 from University of Southampton working on the non-adiabatic properties of H2+ and its isotopomers.

She then worked as a postdoc in the University of Leiden (2003 - 2005) and the University of Torino (2005 - 2010). Dr. Valenzano joined Michigan Tech in July 2010 to work as Assistant Research Scientist and Instructor and is involved in the computational studies of energetic materials and boron nanotubes.

Graduate Students

  • Chunhui Liu
    Chunhui obtained his M S in Chemistry from Lanzhou University, P. R. China in 2000 and joined Dr. Pandey's group in September 2007. His interests are in understanding the physics of nanoparticle toxicity.

  • Saikat Mukhopadhyay
    Saikat obtained his M S in Physics from University of Pune, India in 2005. He continued research (quantum chemical calculations of electron transfer probability in organic solids) for a couple years in NCL, India. He joined to Dr. Pandey's group in Fall 2007. His current projects involve studying the electronic structure and properties of metal oxides & metal clusters using ab-initio methods.

  • Xiaoliang Zhong
    Xiaoliang obtained his M.S in Physics from Lanzhou University, P. R. China in 2007 and joined Dr. Pandey's group in September 2007. His interests are electronic transitons based on first-principle simulations.


  • Haiying He Ph.D / 2009
    Electron Transport In Molecular Systems

  • Gowtham Ph.D / 2007
    Development of A High Performance Parallel Computing Platform and Its Use in the Study of Nanostructures: Clusters, Sheets and Tubes

  • Kah Chun Lau Ph.D / 2007
    First-Principles Studies of Boron Nanostructures : Clusters, Sheets and Nanotubes

  • Huitian Jiang Ph.D / 2003
    Theoretical Study of Scintillating Flouride Crystals - Methodolgy and Application

  • Anil Kandalam Ph.D / 2002
    Electronic Structure Calculations of Group III Nitride Clusters

  • Kai-hua Xiang Ph.D / 1999
    A Theoretical Study of Structural and Electronic Properties of H-silsesquioxanes

  • Suresh Sampath Ph.D / 1998 (Co-Advisor : J. C. Cordaro)
    Synthesis and Study of Oxide Spinels

  • Peter Zapol Ph.D / 1998
    Calculations of Bulk and Defect Properties in Binary and Ternary Semiconductors

  • Manoj Rathor M.S / 1996 (Co-Advisor : M. Krishnamurthy)
    Electrical Characterization of MBE Grown Ge1-xCx Thin Films

  • Michael T Ulmor Ph.D / 1996 (Co-Advisor : D. J. Keeble)
    A Positron Annihilation Investigation of Open Volume Defects in GaAs Grown by Molecular Beam Epitaxy

  • Sundar Veliah Ph.D / 1996
    Density Functional Theory Calculations of Metal Oxide Clusters

  • Amin Sutjianto Ph.D / 1995 (Co-Advisor : S. W. Tam)
    Study of Dissociative Hydrogen Adsorption on Lithium Oxide Terraces and Steps

  • Upendra Puntambekar M. S / 1995 (Co-Advisor : S. Seidel)
    Simulation of Point-Defects in Magnesium Sulfide

  • Xiaoyang Yang Ph.D / 1993
    Structures and Stability of Alkali Fluoride Micro-Clusters

  • Sanjay Sood M. S / 1992
    Ab Initio Hartree-Fock Calculations of Structural and Electronic Properties of Magnesium Sulphide and Magnesium Selenide

  • Xiaoyang Yang M. S / 1991
    Hartree-Fock and Monte Carlo Simulation of Alkali Halide Clusters