Department of Physics

Indian Institute Of Technology Madras , Chennai

What it takes to make graphene magnetic

Speaker : Dr Ranjit Nanda, IITM


Abstract :

It is well known to many of us that pristine graphene is a two dimensional zero-band gap material with Dirac states arising out of π interactions between the p-electrons. In addition, according to the conventional theories of magnetism, this s and p electron system is not expected to produce local spin moments. In fact, it is a diamagnetic material. However, to utilize graphene in spin based electronic devices, the first step is to induce unpaired spins in it through external means and the second step is to create long-range ordering of these spins. In this talk, with the aid of ab initio electronic structure calculations, we will discuss how transition metal dopants, intentional vacancies and intercalated elements can assist us in realizing a magnetic graphene. In the final leg of the talk, we will look at the challenges ahead in experimentally synthesizing magnetic graphene.


Ranjit Nanda is an associate professor at the department of Physics, IIT Madras. He studied in Cuttack and Mumbai, obtaining Master’s degree in Physics from Ravenshaw College and Ph D in Physics from IIT Bombay. After working as a postdoctoral fellow at University of Missouri, USA, he has been at IIT Madras since 2011. Ranjit’s research interest lies in the area of electronic and magnetic structure of crystalline solids and materials modelling.

Key Speaker Dr Ranjit Nanda, IITM
Guests None
Place CLT
Start Time 5:00 PM
Finish Time 6:00 PM
External Link None