Pawan Kumar Kulriya
Grant Category: Fulbright-Nehru Postdoctoral Research Fellowships
Project Title: Studies on the nano-crystalline A2B2O7 pyrochlore under high temperature ion irradiation
Field of Study: Energy Studies
Home Institution: Inter-University Accelerator Centre, New Delhi, Delhi
Host Institution: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY  
Grant Start Month: September, 2015
Duration of Grant: Twelve months

Pawan Kumar Kulriya
Brief Bio:

Dr. Pawan Kulriya is currently working in the materials science group at the Inter-university Accelerator Centre (IUAC), New Delhi. He holds a PhD in Physics and an MTech in solid state materials from the Indian Institute of Technology–Delhi, and an MSc in physics from the University of Rajasthan, Jaipur. His doctorate work investigated the origin of ferromagnetism in non-magnetic materials at nano-dimensions through a novel approach of studying the evolution of magnetic properties by intentionally creating defects. He has also set up an in-situ X-ray diffraction facility in the superconducting linear accelerator beamline at IUAC. Dr. Kulriya has published more than 75 research papers in leading international academic journals and delivered seminars at a number of ion beam institutions in Japan, Germany, France, Spain, and Italy. He has been awarded a Junior Research Fellowship and Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering Fellowship in physical sciences. He is also the recipient of the prestigious Fast Track Young Scientist Project by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. He is also a member of National Academy of Sciences, India.

Dr. Kulriya's Fulbright-Nehru research project is related to basic understandings of radiation interaction with nano-structured materials including size effects and microstructure controls that enable nanotechnology in the design of advanced radiation resistance materials. This work will impact public reactions to nuclear energy and protect the environment from radioactive waste.