Smita Chaturvedi
Grant Category: Fulbright-Nehru Academic & Professional Excellence Award (Research - Flex)
Project Title: IoT Energy Crisis: Multiferroic/Magnetoelectric Nanomaterials and Heterostructures for Ultralow Energy Devices
Field of Study: Energy Studies
Home Institution: Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune, Maharashtra
Host Institution: Oakland University, Rochester, MI  
Grant Start Month: November, 2018
Duration of Grant: Four months

Smita Chaturvedi
Brief Bio:

Dr. Smita Chaturvedi received her PhD in physics from Rani Durgavati University, Jabalpur, India in 2003. She is currently a project scientist at the Department of Physics at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune. Dr. Chaturvedi has been a research associate at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) and an honorary research associate at Oakland University, Michigan. She has received the DST Women Scientist Award twice. She is a full member of the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World, and has authored about 15 articles, including research papers and conference proceedings.

Dr. Chaturvedi is an experimental condensed matter physicist working towards the realization of multiferroic/multifunctional materials. Her work is primarily focused on ferromagnetic and ferroelectric nanoparticles and nanocomposites and understanding the responsible mechanism due to the change in structure, size, and morphology.

Dr. Chaturvedi’s Fulbright-Nehru research project focuses on the problem of energy dissipation in microchips, which in turn restricts device scaling. She proposes that successfully paired ferroelectric and ferromagnetic materials at near–room temperatures are one of the very few possible solutions to this issue. Her study holds a very significant role in the context of IoT not only for India and the U.S., but globally, since these materials can then be utilized to realize ultra-low power microprocessors, storage devices, and next-generation electronics.