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Campbell Hall 345
(205) 934-0340

Research and Teaching Interests: Quantum/nanoscale Physics; Design, Simulation, and Fabrication of Nanostructured Electronic Materials for Energy and Optoelectronic Applications; Advanced Optical Microscopy; Ultrafast Time-resolved Spectroscopy

Office Hours: By appointment

Education:

  • B.S., Berea College, Physics and Mathematics (Magna cum Laude)
  • Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, Nanofabrication and advanced optical spectroscopy of hybrid phase-change/plasmonic systems
  • Goldhaber Fellow, Brookhaven National Laboratory (CFN)

I am originally from Mauritius, an island nation in the Indian Ocean. In 2004 I move to the United States to pursue my undergraduate studies at Berea College, graduating with bachelor degrees in Physics and Mathematics. After a research internship at IBM Almaden Center, I became interested in optics and the physics of phase-change materials for its potential applications in modulators and memory devices. I joined Vanderbilt University in 2008; under the tutelage of Professor Richard Haglund I conducted my doctoral work on designing, 3D-simulation, nanofabrication, and ultrafast optical characterization of hybrid nanosystems that combined plasmonic metamaterial elements with vanadium dioxide — a phase-change material that can undergo an insulator-to-metal transition in less than one millionth of one millionth of a second (a picosecond).

Research Opportunity

I am currently accepting Masters and Ph.D. students to conduct research in my group. Undergraduates seeking to gain experience in the field of optics and nanotechnology are welcome as well; research projects will vary based on past experience and can span a semester to a full academic year. Please visit the group website and email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

After earning my Ph.D. in 2012, I joined Brookhaven National Laboratory as a Goldhaber Fellow, working with Dr. Matthew Sfeir at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials. There, my research aimed at understanding microscopic processes that occur on ultrafast timescale and are critical to determining the overall efficiency of energy-to-fuel conversion. Building advanced time-resolved optical experiments that probed these microscopic interactions of nanostructures during device operation, that is in situ, was my major accomplishment.

In 2016, I joined the Physics faculty of UAB and currently manage the Laboratory for Advanced Materials and Photophysics. My research group focuses on the design, fabrication, and advanced optical characterization of nanoarchitectured systems for optoelectronic and energy applications. Simulating the optical response of these novel hybrid nanostructures using full-field 3D electromagnetic solvers is also an integral part of my group’s research.