Menka Jain

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Menka Jain

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

Institute of Materials Science
25 King Hill Road, Storrs, CT 06269
Office: 1008
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 magneto-caloric properties of HoCrO3 tuned by selective rare-earth doping, S. Yin, M.S. Seehra, C.J. Guild, S.L. Suib, N. Poudel, B. Lorenz, and M. Jain, Physical Review B, 95, 184421 (2017).

Particle size dependence of the magnetic and magneto-caloric properties of HoCrO3, S. Yin, T. Sauyet, M. S. Seehra, and M. Jain, J. Applied Physics, 121, 063902 (2017).

Switchable 3-0 Magnetoelectric Nanocomposite Thin Film with High Coupling, A. McDannald, L. Ye, C. Cantoni, G. Sreenivasulu, B. D. Huey, and M. Jain, Nanoscale, 9 (2017) 3246.

Magnetic properties of pure and Fe doped HoCrO3 thin films fabricated via a solution route, S. Yin, T. Sauyet, C. Guild, S. L. Suib, and M. Jain, J. Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, 428 (2017) 313. DOI: 10.1016/j.jmmm.2016.12.021

An efficient organic solvent-free solution-processing strategy for high-mobility metal chalcogenide film growth, J. Zhao, I. Jeon, Q. Yi, M. Jain, M. H. Rummeli, P. Song, Y. Matsuo, and G. Zou, Green Chemistry, 19 (2017) 946. DOI: 10.1039/c6gc02489k  

Modulated magneto-thermal response of La0.85Sr0.15MnO3 and (Ni0.6Cu0.2Zn0.2)Fe2Ocomposites for thermal energy harvesters, H. C. Song, D. Maurya, J. Chun, Y. Zhou, M.E. Song, D. Gray, N. K. Yamoah, D. Kumar,  A. McDannald, M. Jain, and S. Priya, Energy Harvesting and Systems, 4 (2017) 57.

Enhancement in magnetocaloric properties of holmium chromite by gadolinium substitution, S. Yin and M. Jain, Journal of Applied Physics, 120 (2016) 043906.

Relationship between the ferromagnetic phase and the magnetoelectric coupling in hot pressed Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 based particulate composites, F. L. Zabotto, R. R. G. Paranhos, M. Jain, A. J. Gualdi, A. J. A. Oliveira, J. A. Eiras, and D.Garcia, Integrated Ferroelectrics, 174 (2016) 121.