Dr Kishan Menghrajani
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
My zeal for research towards Plasmonics sprung up by taking up project at VIT University. In my first year of M.Tech, I worked on a project,“FDTD based simulation of surface plasmon resonance nano-lithography“ under the guidance of Dr. Gargi Raina and Dr. J. P. Raina. I used FDTD Lumerical solutions software to simulate the different dimensions and materials, which are the causes for variations in the surface Plasmon phenomena.
Later, I did my final year project at “Plasmonics and Metamaterial” group, Electrical Department, IIT Madras under the guidance of Dr. Ananth Krishnan. There, I worked on “Experimental study of Localized Surface Plasmon Resonances”. I observed SP [Surface Plasmon] ring in the Back Focal plane [Fourier plane] of the inverted microscope at the interface of metal-dielectric and I also observed LSPR [Localized Surface Plasmon Resonance] in the Back focal plane at the interface of metal nanoparticle on gold thin film.
After completing my Masters, I continued my research in the field of photonics and I was working with Professor Murugesan Venkatapathi at "Computational Photonics Lab", Indian Institute of Science (IISc) as a project associate. I worked on optical properties of chiral plasmonics and metamaterial nano-structures.
I did my PhD under Professor Bill Barnes and professor Geoff Nash in the Centre for Doctoral Training(CDT) in Metamaterials at University of Exeter, and my PhD project was entitled 'Strong Coupling of Molecular Vibrational Resonances’.
I am currently working as Postdoctrol Research Fellow under Professor Bill Barnes on a collaborative project with the Chemistry Department at Sheffield University, to explore the use of strong coupling of pigment molecules. This post-doc project is sponsored by The Leverhulme Trust.