Menka Jain

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Associate Professor Ph.D., University of Puerto Rico (2004)

Department of Physics
2152 Hillside Road, U-3046
Storrs, CT 06269-3046
Phone: (860) 486 4090
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Research Interests

Dr. Jain’s current research interests are in the science and engineering of various interesting functional metal-oxide materials (such as dielectric, ferroelectric, ferromagnetic, multiferroic, magnetoelectric, thermoelectric). Applications of these materials in a variety of devices require good understanding of the material and fine tuning of their specific properties required for a particular application. Generally, processing conditions, strain, composition, dopants, structure, microstructure, etc. affect the physical properties of these materials. Artificially engineered multilayered, nanocomposite, and heterostructured films of such materials are of great interest due to their novel properties. Other studies include the role of defects, grain boundaries, dopants, artificial multilayers, etc. on the electronic, magnetic and magnetotransport properties of the manganites, double perovskites, and cobaltites.

Awards & Honors

2006 & 2008 Recipient of Award of Excellence from the group leader of the Superconductivity Technology Center of MPA Division in Los Alamos National Laboratory
2005 Received Director’s Funded Postdoctoral Fellowship in Los Alamos National Laboratory
2003-2004 Recipient of the National Science Foundation (NSF)-EPSCoR graduate fellowship
2001-2003 Recipient of NSF Fellowship
2002 Awarded second prize, “The Ceramograhic competition of The American Ceramic Society”, at the annual meeting of ACerS, St. Louis
2001 Honor student award for being among the top five percent of graduate students of the University of Puerto Rico
2001 First prize winner of the poster presentation competition at the NASA/DoD sponsored Ferroelectric Workshop, Puerto Rico
1997 Recipient of the “Smt. Shyam Lata Nigam Memorial Scholarship award” for securing the highest marks in all the colleges in master degree, Christ Church College, Kanpur, India

Recent Publications

“Magnetic and Magnetocaloric Properties of Bulk DyCrO3,” A. McDannald, L. Kuna, and M. Jain, Journal of Applied Physics, 114, (2013) 113904. “Long-Range Magnetic Ordering in Bulk Tb1-xMxMnO3 (M = Ca, Sr),” M. Staruch and M. Jain, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 25 (2013) 296005. “Magnetoelectric Coupling in Solution Derived 3-0 Type PbZr0.52Ti0.48O3:xCoFe2O4 Nanocomposite Films,” A. McDannald, M. Staruch, G. Sreenivasulu, C. Cantoni, G. Srinivasan, and M. Jain, Applied Physics Letters, 102 (2013) 122905. “Effects of Holmium Substitution on Multiferroic Properties in Tb0.67Ho0.33MnO3,” M. Staruch, G. Lawes, A. Kumarasiri, L. F. Cotica, and M. Jain, Applied Physics Letters, 102 (2013) 062908. “Structural and Magnetic Properties of Multiferroic Bulk TbMnO3,” M. Staruch, D. Violette, and M. Jain, Materials Chemistry and Physics, 139 (2013) 897. “Systematic Study of Magnetotransport Properties and Enhanced Low-Field Magnetoresistance in Thin Films of La0.67Sr0.33MnO3 + Mg(O),” M. Staruch, C. Cantoni, and M. Jain, Applied Physics Letters, 102 (2013) 062416. “Synthesis and Characterization of Iron Substituted Hydroxyapatite via a Simple Ion-Exchange Procedure,” E. Kramer, A. Morey-Oppenheim, M. Staruch, S. Suib, M. Jain, J. Budnick, and M. Wei, J. Materials Science, 48, (2013) 665. “ZnO/LSMO Nanocomposites for Energy Harvesting,” R. Kinner, A-M. Azad, G. Srinivasan, G. Sreenivasulu, and M. Jain, Smart Nanosystems in Engineering and Medicine, 2 (2012). “Surface Contributions to the Alternating Current and Direct Current Magnetic Properties of Oleic Acid Coated CoFe2O4 Nanoparticles,” A. McDannald, M. Staruch, and M. Jain, J. Appl. Physics,112, (2012) 123916. “Effect of Mn Doping on the Properties of Sol-Gel Derived Pb0.3Sr0.7TiO3 Thin Films,” M. Staruch, K. Cil, H. Silva, J. Xiong, Q.X. Jia, and M. Jain, Integrated Ferroelectrics, (2012).