Nirup Bandaru

PhD student
Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer EngineeringNirup

 I am a PhD student in the HiPSEC group and from Electrical Engineering Department working under the supervision of Dr. Ravhi S. Kumar (Research Associate Professor Department of Physics & Astronomy, UNLV) and Dr. Rama Venkat (Dean of College of Engineering, UNLV).


Dissertation: Studying structural stability of Transition Metal Dichalcogenides (TMDs) such as MoS2, MoSe2, WS2, and WSe2 under high pressure and high temperature. Also, building and testing a three gun sputtering system for depositing metallic thin films. Experiments primarily include high pressure in-situ high XRD experiments at APS, coupled with off line high pressure Raman spectroscopy and high temperature powder XRD at UNLV. Also, I have been working on building and testing three gun sputtering system, for deposition of metallic thin films (~ 50 – 200 nm thick films) using Argon plasma. Other experimental experience includes the following: SEM, EDAX, FESEM, XPS.


Selected Publications:


    • Nirup Bandaru, Ravhi .S. Kumar, Daniel Sneed, Oliver Tschauner, Jason Baker, Daniel Antonio, Thomas Hartmann, Yusheng Zhao, Rama Venkat, Effect of Pressure and Temperature on Structural Stability of MoS2, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2014, 118 (6), pp 3230–3235.
    • Nirup Bandaru, Ravhi .S. Kumar, Oliver Tschauner, Jason Baker, Thomas Hartmann, Yusheng Zhao, Rama Venkat, Structural Stability of WS2 under High Pressure, International Journal of Modern Physics B vol. 28 (2014) 1450168 (10).
    • Synthesis, structure and electronic properties of phase change material Sb55Se45, Ravhi S. Kumar, Nirup Bandaru, Andrew Cornelius and Rama Venkat, International SAMPE Symposium and Exhibition (Proceedings) 2008