Welcome to Sensors and Self-powered Devices Laboratory

Currently my group research is focused on developing advanced engineering devices by utilizing a combined interface between concepts of physics and smart engineering designs. We mainly employ underlying physics of 0D, 1D and 2D materials.

Lab-facilities for controlling the material design parameters and micro fabrication of nano and micro device systems are developed and currently being utilized for multiple applications ranging from devices for chemical sensors at large scale, smart actuators, micro supercapacitors, advanced bolometer and photodetector.

We microfabricate gas sensors exploiting the interfaces between metal-semiconductor and semiconductor-semiconductor interfaces. We develop self-powered systems for energy efficient devices without requiring any external bias voltage. We have developed electrochemical capacitors to store energy while devices are illuminated with the light. Small scale interfaces have a wide scope to develop novel devices for various engineering applications. The group works on various challenging problems for a great societal impacts:

  1. Development of novel sensing platform from opto-electronic interactions.
  2. Gas sensing and molecular switching for non-volatile memory devices.
  3. Suspended microstructures for bolometer.
  4. Thermally stable pressure sensors from carbon nanotubes and graphene.
  5. Electrochemical energy storage systems.
  6. Development of self-powered detection and energy storage systems.
  7. Mechanically compressible structures for high impact damping systems.
  8. Quantum detection system.


News / Events


Prof. Abha Misra received the prestigious “BPCL Innovation Awards 2023”. Click here for details.


Article “Gate field induced extraordinary energy storage in MoS2-graphene based ultramicro-electrochemical capacitor” received a world-wide media attention.


Pankaj, Raman Postdoctoral Fellow, joined department of Science and Technology as a Scientist.


Sumana, successfully defended her thesis

Research positions openings, please click “Opportunities” for more information


Rahul defended his thesis, congratulations!


Featured Publications

  • Mahapatra, A. D.; Kumar, S.; Chauhan, P.; Mondal, A.; Sutradhar, A.; Misra, A., “”Large Area Graphene-MXene Quantum Dots Based High Performance Photochargeable Supercapacitor”,  ACS Applied Energy Materials (Accepted 2024). 
  • Krishnakumar, V. P.; Mahapatra, A. D.; Panwar, V.; Mondal, A.; Kumar, C. Kumar, P.; Misra, A., “Semiconductor-Nanoparticle-Anchored Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes for a Bolometer”, Langmuir, 2024, 40, 11023. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.langmuir.4c00393
  • Panwar, V.; Dey, M.; Sharma, P.; Karthick, S.; Nandi, S.; Tripathi, R.; Mondal, A.; Makineni, S. K.; Shukla, A.; Singh, A.; Misra, A. “Ultrahigh photo-responsivity and detectivity in two-dimensional bismuth sulphide photodetector for Vis-NIR radiation”, Small, 2024, 2309428. https://doi.org/10.1002/smll.202309428.
  • Kumar, S.; Mondal, A.; Panwar, V.; Chauhan, P. S.; Shekhawat, R.; Misra, A. “ Highly Efficient Photo Rechargeable Supercapacitor based on Ambipolar Interface of Graphitic Carbon Nitride and MXene”, Batteries & Supercaps, (Accepted 2023) https://doi.org/10.1002/batt.202300393
  • Mahapatra, A. D.; Kumar, S.; Sutradhar, A.; Sahoo, S.; Misra, A. “ZnO/CdS based high performance broadband photo-chargeable flexible supercapacitor” Electrochimica Acta, 2024, 474,1 143507 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.electacta.2023.143507
  • Chauhan, P.S.; Sen, Ria; Kumar, Sumana; Panwar, V.; Misra, A. “Role of graded microstructure and electrolyte distribution in electrochemical capacitance of compressible three-dimensional carbon nanotubes-polymer foam based supercapacitor” Electrochimica Acta 2023, 461 142595. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.electacta.2023.142595
  • Panwar, Vinod; Chauhan, Pankaj; Kumar, Sumana; Tripathi, Rahul; Misra, Abha, “Gate field induced extraordinary energy storage in MoS2-graphene based ultramicro-electrochemical capacitor”, ACS Energy Lett. 2023, 8, 3, 1510–1519. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsenergylett.2c02476
  • Kumar, S.; Mukherjee, A.; Telpande , swanand; Mohapatra, A.; Kumar, Praveen; Misra, Abha, Role of electrode-edge in optically sensitive three-dimensional carbon foam-MoS2 based high-performance microsupercapacitor, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2023,11, 4963-4976. https://doi.org/10.1039/D2TA09002C
  • Nandi, S.; Panwar, V.; Misra, Abha, Metal-carbon nanotube composite for wavelength-selective bolometer with improved characteristics, Journal of Applied Physics, 2023, 133, 043104; https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0129993.
  • Nandi, S.; Misra, Abha, Carbon nanotube-based uncooled bolometers: advances and progress. ACS Materials Lett. 2023, 5, 1, 249–274. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsmaterialslett.2c00680
  • Chauhan, P.S.; Kumar, S.; Mondal, A.; Sharma, P.; Parekh, M.; Rao A.M.; Misra, Abha, Stacked vanadium pentoxide-zinc oxide interface for optically-chargeable supercapacitors, J. Mater. Chem. A, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2023,11, 95-107. https://doi.org/10.1039/D2TA06790K
  • Panwar, V.; Nandi, S.; Majumder, M.; Misra, Abha, Self-powered ZnO based pyro-phototronic photodetectors: Impact of heterointerfaces and parametric studies, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2022, 10, 12487-12510. https://doi.org/10.1039/D2TC02030K
  • Kumar, S.; Nandi, S.; Mishra, V.; Shukla, A.; Misra, Abha, Anomalous electrochemical capacitance in Mott insulator titanium sesquioxide, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2022,10, 7314-7325. https://doi.org/10.1039/D1TA10262A
  • Tripathi, R.; Bhattacharyya, P.; Nandi, S.; Shukla, A.; Misra, Abha, Molecular switching operation in gate constricted interface of MoS2 and hBN heterostructure, Applied Materials Today  2021, 23, 100999. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apmt.2021.100999
  • Nandi S.; Kumar S.; Misra, Abha, Zinc oxide heterostructures: advances in devices from self-powered photodetectors to self-charging supercapacitors, Mater. Adv., 2021,2, 6768-6799.  https://doi.org/10.1039/D1MA00670C
  • Tripathi, Rahul; Misra, Abha, A Novel Approach Towards Molecular Memory Device in Gate Tunable Structure of MoS2-graphene, Nano Research , 2021, 14, 177-184. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12274-020-3063-7
  • Ghosh, R.; Misra, Abha, Carbon nanotube based hierarchical paper structure for ultra-high electrothermal actuation in large humidity range, ACS Appl. Electron. Mater. 2021, 3, 3, 1260–1267. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsaelm.0c01069
  • Kumar, S.; Misra, Abha, Three-dimensional Carbon Foam-Metal Oxides based Asymmetric Electrodes for High-performance Solid-state Micro-Supercapacitor, Nanoscale, 2021,13, 19453-19465, https://doi.org/10.1039/D1NR02833B
  • Tripathi, Rahul; Bhattacharyya, Pritam; Shukla, Alok; Misra, Abha, Role of defect-induced interfacial states in molecular sensing: Ultrahigh sensitive region for molecular interaction,Physical Rev. Applied, 2020, 14, 054014.https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevApplied.14.054014
  • Nandi S.; Tripathi, R.; Adhikary, G. D.; Kumar, P.; Misra, Abha Ultrahigh Infrared Photoresponse in Titanium Sesquioxide at Mott-insulator Transition, Advanced Materials Interfaces, 2020, 7, 2001091.https://doi.org/10.1002/admi.202001091
  • Kumar, Sumana; Telpande, swanand; Manikandan, Veera; Kumar, Praveen; Misra, Abha, Novel Electrode Geometry for High Performance CF/Fe2O3 based Planar Solid State Micro-electrochemical Capacitor,  Nanoscale, 2020,12, 19438-19449. https://doi.org/10.1039/D0NR04410E
  • Ghosh, Rituparna; Misra, Abha, Tailored Viscoelasticity of Polymer Cellular Structure through Nanoscale Entanglement of Carbon Nanotubes, Nanoscale Adv., 2020,2, 5375-5383. https://doi.org/10.1039/D0NA00333F
  • Mukherjee, A.; Reddy, S. K.; Boruah, B. D.; Misra, A. Influence of charge traps in carbon nanodots on gas interaction. Nanotechnology, 2017, 28, 135206. https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6528/aa5fbc
  • Misra; J. R. Raney; A. C. Craig; L. De Nardo; C. Daraio, “Synthesis and characterization of carbon nanotube-polymer multilayer structures”, ACS Nano, 2011, 5, 7713. https://doi.org/10.1021/nn202262j
  • Misra; J. Giri; C. Daraio, “Hydrogen evolution on hydrophobic aligned carbon nanotubes arrays”, ACS Nano, 2009, 3, 3903. https://doi.org/10.1021/nn900878d
  • Misra; J. R. Greer; C. Daraio, “Strain rate effects in the mechanical response of polymer anchored carbon nanotube foams” Advanced Materials, 2008, 20, 1. https://doi.org/10.1002/adma.200801997
  • Misra, C. Daraio “Carbon nanotube-sharp magnetic tips and carbon nanotube-soldering irons”, Advanced Materials, 2008, 20, 5. https://doi.org/10.1002/adma.200801893
  • Misra; P. K. Tyagi; P. Rai; J. Ghatak; P. V. Satyam; D. S. Misra, “Axial Buckling of nickel encapsulated multiwalled carbon nanotubes with 100 MeV Au7+ ion irradiation”, Phys. Rev. B., 2007, 76, 014108. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.76.014108
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