Swastik Kar

Assistant Professor Email: s.kar@neu.edu Phone: 617.373.2956


Ph.D., Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, 2004

Area(s) of Expertise

Experimental Nanophysics

Research Interests

Prof. Kar’s interests lie in fundamental and applied research of graphene and related materials. Graphene is an exotic, single-atom-thick, perfectly two-dimensional, pure sp2-bonded allotrope of carbon with exceptionally high carrier mobility, mechanical strength, and thermal conductivity. Due to its unique gapless band-structure and low-energy linear dispersion E(k) = υFħ|k|, charge carriers in graphene are massless relativistic Dirac Fermions that demonstrate spectacular quantum properties such an anomalous quantum Hall effect, the Klein paradox, and a breakdown of the adiabatic Born-Oppenheimer approximation. Graphene also shows extraordinary optical and molecular interaction phenomena, resulting in a rich spectrum of novel 2D physics. At the same time, with its conductance being susceptible to modulation under a gate voltage, by photons, or by doping, and with a number of large-scale fabrication techniques becoming available, graphene is the world’s thinnest (single-atom-thick) transistor, photodetector, and molecular sensor.

The research group of Prof. Kar will look at exciting new directions related to the electronic and optical properties of graphene-based nanostructures. Topics of interest include:

  • Electronic Transport
  • Nanoelectric devices
  • Engineered optics
  • Electrochemical energy storage
  • molecular sensing
  • Photovoltaics

In addition to graphene, Professor Kar is also interested in other nanomaterials such as metal nanoparticles, nanowires, nanotubes, fullerenes etc., and issues related to metal-insulator transitions, nanoscale magnetism and superconductivity. In particular, an ongoing project is related to the development of next generation nanoscale interconnects for gigascale integration using parallel architectures of single- and multi-wall carbon nanotubes (NSF funded).

Prof. Kar has a strong commitment to collaborative and multidisciplinary research in nanoscience and nanotechnology, and is always open to new and interesting frontiers of research in a multitude of disciplines.

Lab Website



204 Dana Research Center

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An inter­dis­ci­pli­nary team of researchers led by North­eastern Uni­ver­sity has devel­oped a novel method for con­trol­lably con­structing pre­cise inter-​​nanotube junc­tions and a variety of nanocarbon struc­tures in carbon nan­otube arrays.

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