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Abhimanyu Singh Rana, PhD

Associate Professor


School of Engineering and Technology


Applied Sciences

Position (additional roles)

Coordinator of Centre for Advanced Materials and Devices (CAMD)

Short Summary

Dr Abhimanyu Singh Rana is currently an Associate Professor in physics and coordinator of center for advanced materials and devices (CAMD) at BML Munjal University. He did his PhD in Experimental Physics from University of Pune in the year 2012, while working at CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory, India with Prof. Satishchandra Ogale. His PhD research was mainly focused on studying quantum tunneling and resistance switching properties in spintronic materials & devices. Thereafter, he moved for his postdoctoral research at National University of Singapore (2012-2014), subsequently at the University of Twente (2015-2017) through selection by prestigious funding agency (NWO/FOM) in the Netherlands. During postdoctoral research, he led projects on the growth of thin films and nanomaterials using physical vapor depositions, nano- and microfabrication of devices and characterization. He visited USA, Australia, Singapore, China, Netherlands, Italy and Luxembourg for different scientific assignments and conferences.

Subjects Taught

  • Emerging Materials Science & Applications (EMSA)
  • Solar Energy
  • Flexible Electronics
  • Quantum Matter & Technologies


  • Graduation In: BSc. (Physics)
  • Graduation From: CCS University, Meerut
  • Graduation Year: 2002
  • Post Graduation In: MSc (Physics)
  • Post Graduation From: Gurukula Kangri University, Haridwar
  • Post Graduation Year: 2004
  • Doctorate In: Physics (Device Physics)
  • Doctorate From: University of Pune & CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory, Pune
  • Doctorate Year: 2012


From – To (Year) Designation & Organization Core Competency Additinal Exp. Details
April 2020 – Present Associate Professor at BML Munjal University, India Research on low dimensional materials, coatings, Li-Ion battery
Teaching & Mentoring
Coordinator of Center for Advanced Materials & Devices, Member Research Advisory Board, Member IQAC, Member of curriculum development of BTech (Engineering Sciences) programme
2017-2020 Assistant Professor at BML Munjal University, India Research on low dimensional materials, coatings, Li-Ion battery
Teaching & Mentoring
Coordinator of Center for Advanced Materials & Devices, Member Research Advisory Board, Member IQAC, Member of curriculum development of BTech (Engineering Sciences) programme
2019 Visiting Scientist at University of Twente, The Netherlands Research on memristors
2015-2017 Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Twente & NWO, The Netherlands Research on Oxide Electronics & Quantum Transport
Teaching & Mentoring
Coordinator of joint project on Oxide Electronics having members from many Dutch universities and abroad
2012-2014 Postdoctoral Fellow at National University of Singapore, Singapore Research on Oxide Electronics and Nano-bio interactions with surfaces Incharge of Surface Characterization and Optical Laboratories
2011 Visiting Fellow at University of New South Wales, Australia Research on multiferroic heterostructures
2009-2012 PhD Researcher at CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory, India Research on Spintronics and resistance switching properties on magnetic oxides Training & Mentoring on Scanning Probe Microscopy
2005-2008 Research Fellow at DRDO-Defence Institute of Advanced Technology, India Research on Nanotechnology & Scanning tunneling microscopy

Professional Body Associations

  • Member of American Physical Society
  • Member of American Chemical Society
  • Member of Materials Research Society

Research Publications

  • Oxide Electronics
  • Spintronics
  • Neuromorphic Devices
  • Solar Energy
  • Solid State Batteries

Professional Certifications and Skills

  • “How to write projects” by NWO, The Netherlands
  • “Early Business Development” by University of Twente, Netherlands
  • “Blended Learning” by MIT World Peace University, Pune (India)
  • “CEP course on Foundations and Defence Applications of Nanotechnology” by DRDO, Pune (India)
  • “Physics of Semiconductor Devices” by IIT Bombay
  • “Internal Host Lab Experiments” on Thermal Plasma Reactor by University of Pune, BARC, India & ICTP (Italy)

Key Publications

  • A Rana, C. Li, G. Koster, H. Hilgenkamp, Resistive switching studies in VO2 thin films, Scientific Reports 10, 3293 (2020) [Impact Factor ~ 4.12, Q1]
  • P T P Le, K Hofhuis, A Rana, M Huijben, H Hilgenkamp, G Rijnders, A Elshof, G Koster, N Gauquelin, G Lumbeeck, C S-Langeheine, H Popescu, F Fortuna, S Smit, X H Verbeek, G A-Kanoutas, S Mishra, I Vakivskyi, H A Durr, M S Golden, Tailoring Vanadium Dioxide Film Orientation Using Nanosheets: a Combined Microscopy, Diffraction, Transport, and Soft X-Ray in Transmission Study, Advanced Functional Materials, 30, 1900028 (2020) [Impact Factor ~ 15.6, Q1]
  • K A. Bogle*, X Cheng A. Rana* and N. Valanoor Role of Interfacial Trapped Bismuth on Resistive Switching in Epitaxial TiO2 Nanostructures, ACS Applied Nano Materials 3, 1706 (2020)
  • A. Rana, A. Patra, M. Annamalai, A. Srivastava, S. Ghosh, K. Stoerzinger, Y. Lee, P. Pattader, N. Satyanarayana, K. Gopinadhan, M. Dykas, K. Poddar, S. Saha, T. Sarkar, B. Kumar, C. Bhatia, L. Giordano, Y. S-Horn, T. Venkatesan, Correlation of nanoscale behavior of forces and macroscale surface wettability, Nanoscale 8, 15597 (2016) [Impact Factor ~ 7, Q1]
  • A Rana, H. Lu, K. Bogle, Q. Zhang, R. Vasudevan, V. Thakare, A. Gruverman, S. Ogale, N. Valanoor, Scaling behavior of the resistive switching in epitaxial bismuth ferrite heterostructures, Advanced Functional Materials 24, 3962 (2014) [Impact Factor ~ 15.6, Q1]
  • A. Rana, K. Bogle, O. Game, S. Patil, N. Valanoor, S. Ogale, Nanoscale modulation of electronic states across unit cell steps on the surface of an epitaxial colossal magnetoresistance manganite film, Applied Physics Letters 96, 263108 (2010) [Impact Factor ~ 3.5, Q1]
  • G. Lakhotiya*, N. Belsare, S. Arbuj, B. Kale, A. Rana*, Enhanced performance of PTB7-Th: PCBM based active layer in ternary organic solar cell, RSC Advances 9, 7457 (2019) [Impact Factor ~ 3, Q1]
  • Q Zhang, A Rana, N Valanoor, Electrode dependency of resistive switching in chemical solution deposition derived BiFeO3 thin films, ACS Appl. Electron. Mater. 1, 154 (2019)
  • G. Lakhotiya, S. Bajaj, A. Nayak, P. Tekade, D. Pradhana, A. Rana*, Enhanced catalytic activity without the use of an external light source using microwave synthesized CuO nanopetals, Beilstein J. Nanotechnol. 8, 1167 (2017) [Impact Factor ~ 3, Q1]
  • K. Gopinadhan, B. Kumar, N. Palina, M. Motapathula, I. Pallecchi, T. P. Sarkar, Y. Zhihua, J. Q. Chen, A. Annadi, A. Rana, A. Srivastava, D. M, J. Chen, Ariando, S. Dhar, A. Rusydi and T. Venkatesan, Effect of Nb and Ta Substitution on Donor Electron Transport and Ultrafast Carrier Dynamics in Anatase TiO2 Thin Films J. of Mater. Chem. C 3, 6329 (2015) [Impact Factor ~ 6, Q1]
  • V. Thakare, G. Xing, H. Peng, A. Rana, O. Game, P. Kumar#, A. Banpurkar, Y. Kolekar, K. Ghosh, T. Wu, D. Sarma, S. Ogale, High sensitivity low field magnetically gated resistive switching in CoFe2O4/La0.66Sr0.34MnO3 heterostructure, Applied Physics Letters, 100, 172412 ([Impact Factor ~ 3.5, Q1]
  • G. Kumaraswamy, N. Surve, R. Mathew, A. Rana, S. Jha, N. Bulakh, A. Nisal, T. Ajithkumar, Rajamohanan, R. Ratnagiri,Lamellar Melting, Not Crystal Motion, Results in Softening of Polyoxymethylene on Heating, Macromolecules 45, 5967 [Impact Factor ~ 6, Q1]’
  • D. Mhamane, W. Fawzy, A. Rana, M. Dubey, C. Rode, B. Lefez, B. Hannoyer, S. Ogale, From Graphite Oxide to Highly Water Dispersible Functionalized Graphene by Single Step Plant Extract Induced De-oxygenation, Green Chemistry 13, 1990 [Impact Factor ~ 9, Q1]
  • V. Dhas, S. Muduli , S. Agarkar, A. Rana, B. Hannoyer, R. Banerjee, S. Ogale, Enhanced efficiency of Dye Sensitized Solar Cells using High Surface Area Thin Anatase TiO2 Nanoleaves, Solar Energy 85, 1213 (2011) [Impact Factor ~ 4.4, Q1]

Professional Distinctions

  • Reviewer of high rank journals like Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing), Applied Physics Letters, Journal of Applied Physics, ACS Applied Electronic Materials, Journal of Materials Chemistry B, RSC Advances, Organic Electronics, Vacuum, Elsevier
  • Visited Singapore, Netherlands, USA, Switzerland, Italy, Luxembourg, Germany and China for various scientific assignments and conferences.
  • BMU Excellence in Research Award (2019) by BML Munjal University, India
  • Postdoctoral fellowship through selection by prestigious funding agency FOM (Currently NOW), The Netherlands
  • Secured Junior & Senior Research Fellowship by DRDO
  • Developed coatings for automobile applications.

Key Research Projects

  • Diffusion barrier coatings for automotive engine applications, Rockman Industries, Hero Group
  • Diverse Multilayer Optical Coating for Optical Instrumentation

Extracurricular Activity


  • Low Dimensional Functional Materials for Energy Storage Applications, Seed grant sponsored by BML Munjal University, amount Rs. 5 Lakhs as Principle Investigator (PI)
  • Development of Thermal Diffusion Barrier coatings for Cam chain Pins sponsored by Rockman Industries (Hero Groups), amount Rs. 17.5 Lakhs as Co-PI
  • Design, development and implementation of a course on Thin film Technology and Surface Engineering for Human Resource Development and Research with a focus on sensors and applications for Automobile industry, sponsored by Royal Academy of Engineering (UK), amount £ 50,000 as Co-PI