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Dr. Mahua Biswas

Assistant Professor
Compttve Research Arts & Sci
Moulton Hall - MLT 301b
  • About
  • Research


Dr. Biswas joined ISU in Fall 2020. She completed her Ph.D degree in experimental physics from Dublin City University, Ireland in 2010. Before joing ISU she worked as an assistant professor at Missouri State University and worked as a post-doctoral research appointee at Argonne National Laboratory.

Current Courses

390.020Computational Research In Physics

105.001Fundamentals Of Physics

105.002Fundamentals Of Physics

105.003Fundamentals Of Physics

105.004Fundamentals Of Physics

105.005Fundamentals Of Physics

299.020Independent Honor Study

287.020Independent Study

490.019Research In Chemistry

290.020Research In Physics

307.001Seminar In Physics

Teaching Interests & Areas

Introductory Physics
Experimental Physics

Research Interests & Areas

Current research interest of Biswas group is on fabrication of nanometer scale materials for emerging technologies. We study the fundamental mechanism behind the nanomaterial formation and the nanomaterials properties using high resolution microscopy, optical & infrared spectroscopy, and diffraction.

Recent years we have explored-
a. Block copolymer nanostructures as a template for inorganic nanofabrication

b. Block copolymer phase separation mechanism
Oxide nanopatterns

c. metal (Au) nanoparticles of symmetric and asymmetric shapes

d. Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy for understanding the growth mechanism

Journal Article

Coe, B., Olmos-Trigo, J., Qualls, D., Alexis, M., Szczerba, M., Abujetas, D., Biswas, M., & Manna, U. Unraveling Dipolar Regime and Kerker Conditions in Mid-Index Mesoscale Dielectric Materials. Advanced Optical Materials 2202140 (2022)
Pandey, K., Perez, M., Korveziroska, A., Manna, U., & Biswas, M. Fabrication of TiO2 nanodot films using simple solution dipping method and block copolymer template. Journal of Applied Physics 131 (2022): 074901.


Nanometer Scale Material Growth and Patterning. ISU University Research Symposium. Illinois State University. (2022)
Nanophotonics Research Involving Undergraduates at Illinois State University. APS March Meeting 2022. (2022)
Silicon Dioxide Deposition in Polymer Using Sequential Infiltration Synthesis – In Situ FTIR study. American Chemical Society. (2022)
Silicon Dioxide Deposition in Polymer Using Sequential Infiltration Synthesis – In Situ FTIR study. Material Research Society. Illinois State University. (2022)
Silicon Nanoparticles for Optical Tweezing. ISU University Research Symposium. (2022)
Synthesis of Colloidal Silicon Nanosphere Involving Undergraduate Students at Illinois State University. APS March Meeting 2022. (2022)
Excitation of Dark Mode in High-Index Silicon Oligomer Nanostructures using Cylindrical Vector Beams. ISU Research Symposium. (2021)
Excitation of dark mode in high-index dielectric oligomer nanostructures. APS March Meeting 2021. (2021)
Nanolithography using Sequential Infiltration Synthesis Involving Undergraduate Students at Illinois State University. APS March Meeting 2022. (2021)
Polycaprolactone for Inorganic Materials Infiltration- a Promising Addition to Sequential Infiltration Synthesis Polymer Family. Center for Nanomaterials Users Meeting, Argonne National Laboratory. (2021)

Grants & Contracts

LEAPS-MPS: Nanopatterning Nitride Based Nanostructures Using Sequential Infiltration Synthesis for Optoelectronic Applications. National Science Foundation. Illinois State University. (2022)
RUI: Unraveling Novel Nanophotonic Effects in Mid-Index Micro-Sized Dielectric Materials. National Science Foundation. Federal. (2022)
MRI: Acquisition of a Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope to Advance Multidisciplinary Research and Education. National Science Foundation. Federal. (2021)
Sequential Infiltration Synthesis of Silicon Nitride and Silicon Dioxide Materials in Polymeric films. Brewer Science INC.. Illinois State University. (2021)