Through this website I wish to introduce myself to the employers, collaborators, friends and people engaged in improving the quality of life. I hope this website will provide essential information about my expertise, skills and future goals. I am looking forward to invest my future in doing research and teaching. Information is being organized under following subheadings.


1.      Biography

2.       News and updates
3.       Publications

3.     Research

·  Past research topics.

·  List of publications.

·  Research skills                     

4.      Teaching


  • Pawan Tyagi, “Multilayer edge molecular electronic devices- a highlight review paper” J. Mater. Chem., Vol. 21, 4733-4742 (2011).
  • Pawan Tyagi “Ultrathin TaOx based photovoltaic device” Thin Solid Films, Vol. 519,2355-2361 (2011)
  • S. J. Papadakis, J. A. Hoffmann, D. Deglau, A. Chen, Pawan Tyagi, D. H. Gracias “Assembly of ordered nanowire arrays and quantitative analysis of motion under dielectrophoresis”, Nanoscale, 3, 1059-1065 (2011).
  • Pawan Tyagi, D. Postetter, D. Saragnese, M. Mirski and D. H. Gracias, “Patternable nanowire sensor for electrochemical recording of dopamine. Analytical Chemistry Vol. 81, 9979 (2009)http://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/ac901744s

Covered in news and research highlight: Nanowiring for neurons Anal. Chem. Vol. 82, (2010), 2 http://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/ac9025913

  • J. S. Randhawa, M.D. Keung, Pawan Tyagi, D.H. Gracias, “Reversible actuation of microstructures by surface-chemical modification of thin-film bilayers” Advanced Materials Vol. 22, 407 (2010) (http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/adma.200902337) - [Highlighted on the journal cover]
  • Pawan Tyagi, D. Postetter, D Saragnese, S. Papadakis and D.H. Gracias, “Electrochemically grown rough textured nanowires”J. Nanoparticle Res., Vol.12, 1065 (2010)
  • Pawan Tyagi and B.J. Hinds “Mechanism of ultrathin tunnel barrier failure due to mechanical stress induced nano-sized hillocks and voids” J. Vac. Sci. Technol. B, 28(3), 517-521 (2010).
  • Pawan Tyagi, “Molecular spin devices: current understanding and new territories-a review and perspective” NANO, Vol. 4 (9), 325-338(2009). [Highlighted on NANO Journal’s front cover]
  • Pawan Tyagi, N. Bassik, T. Leong, J.H Cho, B. Benson, D.H. Gracias, “Self-assembly based on chromium / copper bilayers”, J. Microelectromechamical Sys. Vol. 4, 784, (2009).
  • Pawan Tyagi, D.F. Li, S. Holmes and B.J. Hinds, “Fabrication of molecular electrodes on the exposed edge of metal-insulator-metal structure,” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 129, 4929-38 (2007). http://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/ja065789d
  • B. Hu, N. Chopra, Pawan Tyagi, B.J. Hinds, “Selective lateral ZnO nanowire growth by surface diffusion on nm-scale patterned alumina on silicon” in press (J. Mater. Res.)
  • Pawan Tyagi, “Dye sensitized solar cell working as a rechargeable lithium ion battery” (*Perspective article under review –Journal of Solar Energy Engineering)

Peer reviewed conference papers

  • Pawan Tyagi, B.J. Hinds, D.F. Li, S. Holmes, “Fabrication of stable molecular electrode using patterned edge of a metal/insulator/metal junction” In proceedings  of Sixth IEEE conference on Nanotechnology, IEEE-NANO 2006. Volume 1, 17-20 June 2006, 70 – 73 (2006).
  • Pawan Tyagi, B.J. Hinds, D.F. Li, S. Holmes, “Insulator film thickness to fix the spacing between electrodes to molecular length scale” IEEE International Conference on Nano/Micro Engineered and Molecular Systems, NEMS '07. (ISI-indexed available on web of science) (2007).
  • J.A. Hoffman, J.A. Miragliotta, J. Wang, Pawan Tyagi, T. Maddanimath, D.H. Gracias and S.J. Papadakis Scanning surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) of chemical agent simulants on templated Au-Ag nanowire substrates Proc. of SPIE  7318: D1-10(2009).


20011-present   Assistant Professor University of the District of Cloumbia

                                    (School of Engineering and Applied Sciences)


Research: Renewable Energy, Bioengineering, Nanoscale Electronics and Spintronics Devices


2010-2011             Adjunct professor  Johns Hopkins University, USA


Courses: [1] AS 424  Wind Energy: Science Technology and Policy

                      [2] AS 425 Solar Energy: Science Technology and Policy

                      [3] EN 500 Engineering Innovation  


20010-2011             Visiting   University of the District of Cloumbia

                                        Professor (School of Engineering and Applied Sciences)


Courses: [1] Photovoltaic Cells and Solar Thermal Energy Conversion

                      [2] Fuel Cells Fundamentals and Technologies

                      [3] Design of Energy Conversion Systems [Renewable] 

                      [4] Applied Thermodynamics and Energy Conversions

                           [Electrochemistry based Energy Storage and Production] 



2008-2010            Postdoc  Johns Hopkins University, USA

                                      Chem. & Biomol. Eng.

Research topics: Exposed p-n junction solar cells, 3D selfassembly microstructures for biological applications, Nano-neurosensor.


 2002-2008         PhD        University of Kentucky, USA.

                                                        Chem. & Mat. Eng. [GPA 4/4]

Dissertation:Fabrication and Characterization of Molecular Spintronics Devices”. ( Minor degree in Physics)


2000-2002           MS         Indian Istitute of Technology, Kanpur (IITK), India.

                                                      Materials Science. Eng. [GPA 9.3/10]

Dissertation: Photoluminescence and Rutherford Backscattering Studies of Electrochemically Passivated GaAs   


1998-2000     Industrial job, ( Certified quality control engineer and researcher for titanium alloys) Mishra Dhatu Nigam Ltd.,(MIDHANI), India Industry website: http://www.midhani.gov.in/

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