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Dr. E. Senthil Kumar

Ph.D (IIT Madras, Chennai, India)

Research Assistant Professor


Dr. Senthil Kumar joined Department of Physics and Nanotechnology in April 2016. He received his Ph.D in physics from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, India. He was a postdoctoral fellow in Simon Fraser University, Canada where he worked on the precise control of dopant impurities in II-VI semiconductor nanowires using advanced tools like Metalorganic Chemical Vapor Deposition (MOCVD), Optical spectroscopy at liquid-He temperatures (4 K) and nanoprobe experiments. He was awarded a Brain-Korea 21 (BK-21) fellowship and worked as Research Professor in Yonsei University, South Korea where he developed strain engineering techniques to improve the flexibility of TCO thin films on polymer substrates for flexible electronic applications. He is a recipient of many awards including DAAD scholarship, DST-JSPS visiting student fellowship,IIT Madras research fellowship, and merit award for first rank in M. Sc physics.

Dr. Senthil’s current research focuses on Van der Waals heterostructures based on transition metal dichacogenide (TMDC) 2D crystals such as MoS2, MoSe2, WS2, WSe2 etc., for optoelectronic applications. The goal of his research group is to create large-area atomically sharp van der Waals epitaxial heterostructures of TMDC-based 2D crystals that can lead to new functionality enabled LEDs with high quantum efficiency. These atomically thin heterostructures not only can lead to high performance new-concept devices, but also would offer a great platform for understanding the fundamental physics associated with interface-phenomena. His group is also interested in developing flexible transparent conducting thin films for photovoltaic applications.

Recent News!!!

Congratulations Nitin for the recent publication in The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters !!! (https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpclett.1c01795)

Congratulations Vijaykumar for the recently published article in Applied Physics Letters !!! (https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0022790)


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August 2017: Advacned CVD system for 2D layers growth from Graphene Square has arrived!!!

March 2017: Sakthi Lavanya joined NEEM group as JRF for DST-SERB sponsered project.

December 2016: Mr. Nitin Babu Shinde joined 2DML Group for his doctroal studies.

October 2016: Dr. Senthilkumar received “Early Career Research Award” from DST-SERB with a grant of Rs ~ 48.23 lakhs for a period of three years.


Broad area of research: Materials Physics

The following topoics are current focus of interest:

CVD/MOCVD based growth of 2D Materials:

  • Transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD) 2D crystals: (Mos2, MoSe2, WS2 and WSe2)
  • Van der Waals epitaxial heterostructures

Epitaxial Thin Filmns growth 

  • Epitaxial growth of semiconductor Thinfilms and  nanowires via Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD)
  • Transparent conducting oxides for solar cells
  • Transparent Conducting thin films on polymer substrates for flexible electronics

Semiconductor Spectroscopy

  • Impurity Bound exciton Physics - Low temperature PL Spectroscopy
  • Raman Spectroscopy 

Transport Properties      

  • Electrical transport properites of 2D TMDs based Field Effect Transistors (FETs)
  • Electrical transport properties of Thin Films 


Research Facilities:

Advanced Gas-phase Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) for 2D TMDs growth:


Group leader

Dr. E. Senthil Kumar

Postdoctoral fellows and Research associates


Ph.D/M.Tech/M.Sc graduate research fellows

  • Nitin Babu Shinde (Ph.D candidate, CSIR_SRF)
  • Abhishek Singh (Ph.D candidate)
  • Kalaiarasan M (Ph.D candidate)
  • Vijaykumar M (Ph.D candidate)
  • Jayaseelan V (Ph.D candidate)
  • Swetha Chandran (Ph.D candidate)

B. Tech students

  • Tamalsaha (B.Tech Nanotechnology)
  • Tanisha Biswas (B. Tech Nanotechnology)








  • 2021
  • Nitin Babu Shinde, Beo Deul Ryu, Chang-Hee Hong,  Bellarmine Francis, S.Chandramohan and Senthil Kumar Eswaran*, Nucleation Control and Excellent Optical Properties of Atomically Thin WS2 Thin Films Processed via Gas-phase Chemical Vapor Deposition, Applied Surface Science (2021) (In Press).
  • V. Jayaseelan, R. K. Kalaiezhily, K. Kamalabharathi, M. Navaneethan and Senthil Kumar Eswaran*, In situ X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy study: Effect of inert Ar sputter etching on the core level spectra of the CVD grown trilayer MoS2 thin films, J. Mater. Sci: Materials in Electronics (2021) (In Press).
  • T Manimozhi, S Kavirajan, S Harish, J Archana, K Kamala Bharathi, Senthil Kumar Eswaran, M Navaneethan, Anharmonicity and low-thermal conductivity in the multi-phase composition of Cu3Bi0. 75Sb0.25S3, Materials Letters (2021). (In press)
  • Nitin Babu Shinde and Senthil Kumar Eswaran*, Davydov Splitting, Double-Resonance Raman Scattering, and Disorder-Induced Second-Order Processes in Chemical Vapor Deposited MoS2 Thin Films, The J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 12, 6197 (2021).
  • G Jagadish Kumar, Senthil Kumar Eswaran, M Navaneethan, K Kamala Bharathi, Exchange bias, magnetic, and dielectric properties of La2FeMnO6 nanoparticles, J. Mater Sci: Materials in Electronics (2021) (In press).
  • S Udhayakumar, G Jagadish Kumar, Senthil Kumar Eswaran, M Navaneethan, K Kamala Bharathi, Temperature and Frequency Dependent Dielectric and Conductivity Properties of Sr Doped LiFe5O8, Materials Letters (2021) (In press).
  • G Jagadish Kumar, M Sarathbavan, Senthil Kumar Eswaran, M Navaneethan, K Kamala Bharathi, Structural, chemical and low-temperature magnetic properties of lead-Free 0.6 NiFe2O4-0.4 Na0. 5Bi0. 5TiO3 magnetoelectric composite, J. Mater Sci: Materials in Electronics (2021) (In press).
  • F Bellarmine, Senthil Kumar Eswaran*, Ramanjaneyulu Mannam, MS Ramachandra Rao, Size-dependent whispering gallery modes in Au-coated ZnO microrods,  J. Mater Sci: Materials in Electronics (2021) (In press).
  • Vijaykumar Murugan, Kalaiarasan Meghanathan, Nitin Babu Shinde and Senthil Kumar Eswaran*, Strain-mediated unusual bandgap bowing in continuous composition tuned monolayer Mo1-xWxS2 ternary alloys, Appl. Phys. Lett. 118, 013102 (2021).
  • Magnertic anomalies, chemical properties and magnertic properties at wide temperature range (15-1000K) in LiSrxFe5-xO8 (x=0, 0.025, 0.05), S. Udhayakumar, G. jagadish Kumar, Senthil Kumar Eswaran, M. navaneethan, K. Kamalabharathi, J. Alloys. Compound. 859, 158290 (2021).
  • 2020
  • Nitin B. Shinde, S. D. Ryu, M. Kalaiarasan, B. Francis, C. H. Hong, S. Chandramohan, Senthil Kumar Eswaran*, Large-scale Atomically Thin Monolayer 2H-MoS2 Field Effect Transistors, ACS Appl Nano Mater. 3, 7371 (2020).
  • M. Hegde, F. Mohammadbeigi, T. Kure, Senthil Kumar Eswaran, M. R. Wagner, A. Hoffmann and S. P. Watkins, Triple group-V donors in ZnO, J. Appl. Phys. 127, 075705 (2019).
  • 2019
  • Nitin B. Shinde, B. Francis, M. S. Ramachandra Rao, B. D. Ryu, S. Chandramohan and Senthil Kumar Eswaran*, Rapid wafer-scale fabrication with layer-by-layer thickness control of atolically thin MoS2 films, APL Materials, 7, 081113 (2019).  
  • F. Belarmine, E. Senthil Kumar, R. Mannam, and M. S. Ramachandra Rao, Observation of ultraviolet whispering gallery modes in ZnMgO microrods, Journal of Luminescence, 210, 404 (2019).
  • 2018:
  • S.P Watkins, F. Mohammadbeigi, K. Stirling and E. Senthil Kumar, Identification of the shallow donot state in Sb doped ZnO by photoluminescence excitation spectroscopy, J. Appl. Phys. 124, 195701 (2018).
  • F. Bellarmine, E. Senthil Kumar* and M. S. Ramachandra Rao*, Effect of substrate on the structural transformation and optical properties of Zn1-xMgxO thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition, Scripta Materialia, 146, 196 (2018).
  • 2017:
  • Shima Alagha, Sebastian Heedt, Daniel Vakulov, Faezeh Mohammadbeigi, E Senthil Kumar, Thomas Schaepers, Dieter Isheim, Simon P Watkins, Karen L Kavanagh, Electrical properties of lightly Ga doped ZnO Nanowires,  Semicond. Sci. Technol. 32, 125010 (2017).
  • F. Mohammedbeigi, Thomas Kure, Gordon Callsen, E. Senthil Kumar, M. R. Wagner, A. Hoffmanm and S. Watkins, Influence of carbon doping and Hydrogen co-doping on acceptor related optical transitions in ZnO Nanowires, Semicond. Sci. Technol. 32, 045017 (2017).
  • Ramanjaneyulu Mannam, E. Senthil Kumar, D.M. Priyadarshini, F. Bellarmine, Nandita DasGupta, M.S. Ramachandra Rao, Enhanced photoluminescence and heterojunction characteristics of pulsed laser deposited ZnO nanostructures, Appl. Surf. Sci. 418, 335 (2017).
  • Ramanjaneyulu Mannam, E. Senthil Kumar, Nandita DasGupta, M.S. Ramachandra Rao, Reversible p-type conductivity in H passivated nitrogen and phosphorous codoped ZnO thin films using rapid thermal annealing, Appl. Surf. Sci. 400, 312 (2017).
  • 2016:
  • R. Mannam, F. Bellarmine, E. Senthil Kumar, N. DasGupta and M. S. Ramachandra Rao, Polarity control and enhanced luminescence characteristics of semi-polar ZnO nanostructures grown on non-polar MgO substrates, RSC advances, 6, 93125 (2016).
  • Jun Sik Kim*, Senthil Kumar Eswaran*, Oh Hyeon Kwon, Sung Hyun Lee, Sung Jun Han, Joo Hong Lee and Yong Soo Cho, Enhanced Luminescence Characteristics of Remote Yellow Silicate Phosphors Printed on Nanoscale Surface-Roughened Glass Substrates for White Light-Emitting Diodes, Adv. Opt. Mater. 4, 976 (2016) (* equal contribution)
  • E. Senthil Kumar, F. Mohammadbeigi, L. A. Boatner and S. P. Watkins, High-resolution photoluminescence spectroscopy of Sn doped ZnO single crystals, J. Lumin. 176, 47 (2016). 
  • 2015:
  • Hong Rak Choi, Senthil Kumar Eswaran, Seung Min Lee and Yong Soo Cho, Enhanced fracture resistance in flexible ZnO:Al thin films in situ sputtered on bent polymer substrates, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 7, 17569 (2015). 
  • E. Senthil Kumar, F. Bellarmine, R. Mannam and M. S. Ramachandra Rao, Tunable optical properties of multiphase ZnO-V2O5 polycrystalline powders, Scr. Mater. 108, 48 (2015). 
  • Hong Rak Choi, Senthil Kumar Eswaran and Yong Soo Cho,Pre-stress driven improvement in fracture behavior of in situ sputtered zinc oxide thin films on stretched polymer substrates, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 7, 14654 (2015) 
  • RamanjaneyuluMannam, Senthil Kumar Eswaran, NanditaDasGupta and M. S. Ramachandra Rao, Zn vacancy induced violet emission in phosphorous and nitrogen codoped ZnO thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition, Appl. Surf. Sci. 347, 96, (2015).
  • 2014:
  • F. Mohammadbeigi, E. Senthil Kumar, S. Alagha, I. Anderson and S. P. Watkins, ‘ Carbon related donor bound exciton transitions in ZnO nanowires’, J. App. Phys. 116, 053516 (2014). 
  • E. Senthil Kumar, ManeeshChandran, F. Bellarmine, R. Mannam, D. Nakamura, M. Higashihata, T. Okada and M. S. Ramachandra Rao, ‘Formation of one-dimensional ZnO nanowires from screw dislocation driven two-dimensional hexagonal stacking on diamond substrate using nanoparticle assisted pulsed laser deposition’, J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys.47, 034016 (2014). 
  • 2013:
  • Lorenzo Mino, Diego Gianolio, FabrizioBardelli, Carmelo Prestipino, E. Senthil Kumar, F. Bellarmine, M. Ramanjaneyulu, Carlo Lamberti and M. S. Ramachandra Rao,EXAFS and XANES investigation of (Li, Ni) codoped ZnO thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition’, J. Phys.: Condens. Mater. 25, 385402 (2013). 
  • E. Senthil Kumar, F. Mohammadbeigi , S. Alagha , Z. W. Deng , I. P. Anderson and S. P. Watkins, ‘Optical evidence for donor behavior of Sb in ZnO nanowires’, Appl. Phys. Lett. 102, 132105 (2013). 
  • E. Senthil Kumar, I. P. Anderson, Z. Deng, F. Mohammadbeigi , S. Alagha , T. Wintschel, D. Huang and S. P. Watkins, ‘Effect of group-III donors on high-resolution photoluminescence and morphology of ZnO nanowires grown by metal organic vapor phase epitaxy’, Semicond. Sci. Technol. 28, 045014 (2013). 
  • 2012:
  • K. Balamurugan, E. Senthil Kumar, B. Ramachandran, S. Venkatesh, N. Harish kumar, M. S. Ramachandra Rao and P. N. Santhosh, ‘Dielectric resonance and magnetic properties of Fe-3% doped BaSnO3 thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition’, J. Appl. Phys. 111, 074107 (2012). 
  • 2011:
  • E. Senthil Kumar, Jyotirmoychatterjee, N. Rama, NanditaDasgupta and M. S. Ramachandra Rao, ‘A Codoping Route to Realize Low Resistive and Stable p-type Conduction in (Li,Ni):ZnO Thin Films Grown by Pulsed Laser Deposition’, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 3, 1974 (2011). 
  • M. Kovendhan, D.Paul Joseph, E. Senthil Kumar, A.Sendilkumar, P.Manimuthu, S.Sambasivam, C. Venkateswaran and R.Mohan, ‘Structural transition and blue emission in textured and highly transparent spray deposited Li doped WO3 thin films’, Appl. Surf. Sci. 257, 8127 (2011). 
  • 2010:
  • E. Senthil Kumar, S. Venkatesh and M. S. Ramachandra Rao, ‘Oxygen vacancy controlled tunable magnetic and electrical transport properties of (Li, Ni) codoped ZnO thin films, Appl. Phys. Lett.96, 232504 (2010).
  • Shubra Singh, E. Senthil Kumar and M. S. Ramachandra Rao, ‘Microstructural Study of Assorted ZnO Nanostructures: Nanocombs, Nanocones and Microspheres’, J. Nanosci. Nanotechnol. 10, 2458 (2010).
  •  E. Senthil Kumar, JyothirmoyChaterjee, Shubra Singh, NanditaDasgupta and M. S. Ramachandra Rao, ‘Thin film growth, electrical transport and ohmic contact studies of p-ZnO’, IEEE Xplore, 995 (2010).
  • 2009:
  •  E. Senthil Kumar, S. Ravichandra Reddy and M. S. Ramachandra Rao, ‘Synthesis of Novel ZnO Hexagonal Nanocones by Direct Thermal Evaporation Method’, J. Nanosci.Nanotechnol. 9, 5307 (2009).
  • Shubra Singh, E. Senthil Kumar, M. Kottaisamy and M. S. ramachandra Rao, ‘ZnO and Formation Mechanism of ZnOnanobrushes’, AIP conf. Proc. 1276, 37 (2009). 
  • 2008:
  • Shubra Singh, E. Senthil Kumar and M. S. Ramachandra Rao, ‘Microstructural, optical and electrical properties of Cr doped ZnO’, Scr Mater 58, 866 (2008). 

2016 Odd semester (June-Nov)

  • Batch: B.Tech Nanotechnology (IIIrd semester)
  • Course title: Fundamentals of Solid state Engineering

2017 Even semester (Jan-Apr)

  • Batch: B.Tech Nanotechnology (IVthsemester)
  • Course title: Design, synthesis and characterization of nanoscale materials


Postdoctoral positions:

                                           Looking for interested candidates with Ph.D in Physics/Materials Science/Nanotechnology.

Directly contanct me with your CV. 

Ph.D Students

None at this time.

M.Sc/M. Tech and B. Tech students

  • One or two positions for M. Tech major project
  • None for M. Sc at this moment
  • Minor projects available for B.Tech students
  • Interested candidates can directly contact the group leader

For contact:
Dr. E. Senthil Kumar
Research Assistant Professor 
Department of Physics and Nanotechnology
Nanotechnology Research Center (NRC)

RRP 625, 6th Floor, Sir C. V. Raman Research Park
SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University), Kattankulathur -603203.
Email: senthile2@srmist.edu.in
Phone: 04427417190, Mobile: +919843915660