I am a postdoctoral researcher at IBM Research - Zurich since February 2021, where I work in the Atom and molecule manipulation laboratory led by Leo Gross. My research interests at IBM center around synthesis, imaging, electronic structure characterization and charge-state control of single molecules on insulating thin films using low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy and atomic force microscopy.
I received my PhD with distinction in experimental condensed matter physics from the University of Zurich, Switzerland in April 2020, while working at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) under the supervision of Roman Fasel and Pascal Ruffieux. The focus of my doctoral research was on the investigation of pure carbon-based magnetism in polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, polymers and graphene nanoribbons using scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy. Additionally, I also studied atomistic mechanisms of chemical reactions on surfaces using synchrotron X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Between April 2020 to January 2021, I was a postdoctoral researcher at Empa, where I investigated the emergence of strongly-correlated phases in hydrocarbon spin chains and lattices.
I hold Master's degrees in Applied and Engineering Physics from the Technical University of Munich, Germany (2014) and in Materials Science from the University of Montpellier, France (2015), under the international Erasmus Mundus Masters in Materials Science. For my Master's thesis, I worked at the Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland, studying the interplay of structural complexity and magnetism in non-stoichiometric praseodymium nickel oxide single crystals using neutron scattering and SQUID magnetometry. Earlier, I received my Bachelor's degree in Engineering Physics from the National Institute of Technology in Calicut, India.
I have received several awards and fellowships, among them the ZEISS Nanotechnology PhD Award from the Swiss Micro- and Nanotechnology Network (2020), IBM-Swiss Physical Society Award in Condensed Matter Physics (2020), Empa Research Award (2019), European Commission Graduate Fellowship (2013) and the Science Academies' Research Fellowship in Physics from the Indian Academy of Sciences, Indian National Science Academy and National Academy of Sciences India (2012).