Shantanu Mishra is a postdoctoral researcher at IBM Research - Zurich since February 2021, where he works in the Atom/molecule manipulation laboratory led by Dr. Leo Gross. His research interests at IBM center around synthesis, imaging and electronic structure characterization of single molecules on insulating thin films using low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy and atomic force microscopy.
Shantanu received his PhD with distinction in experimental condensed matter physics from the University of Zurich in Switzerland in April 2020, while working at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Roman Fasel and Dr. Pascal Ruffieux. The focus of his doctoral research was on the investigation of pure carbon-based magnetism in polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and graphene nanoribbons using scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy. Additionally, he also studied a range of surface-confined chemical reactions using synchrotron X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Between May 2020 to January 2021, Shantanu was a postdoctoral researcher at EMPA, where he investigated emergent quantum spin liquid phases in hydrocarbon spin chains and lattices.
Shantanu earned his joint Master's degrees in Applied and Engineering Physics from the Technical University of Munich in Germany (2014) and in Materials Science from the University of Montpellier in France (2015), under the international Erasmus Mundus graduate programme in Materials Science. For his Master's thesis, he worked at the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland, studying the interplay of structural complexity and magnetism in non-stoichiometric rare-earth nickelates using neutron scattering and SQUID magnetometry. Earlier, he received his Bachelor's degree in Engineering Physics from the National Institute of Technology, Calicut in India.
For his doctoral research, Shantanu was awarded the EMPA Research Award (2019), Swiss Nanotechnology PhD Award (2020) and the IBM-Swiss Physical Society Award in Condensed Matter Physics (2020).