Mujeeb Ahmad, a dynamic academic and researcher, is currently affiliated with the International Centre for Interfacing Magnetism and Superconductivity with Topological Matter – MagTop. Since 2017, he has been engaged in cutting-edge research at the Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, funded by a grant from the Foundation for Polish Science. His academic journey took root in his profound passion for physics, which led him to pursue his Ph.D. from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, India, completed in 2020. His doctoral research centered on the synthesis, structural characterization, and thermoelectric properties of MoS2:Sb2Te3 and other fascinating 2D-3D nanocomposite and multilayer structures under the esteemed supervision of Prof. Bodh Raj Mehta. Prior to his doctoral studies, he fortified his foundational knowledge of physics by earning a Master of Science (Physics) degree from IIT Hyderabad, India, in 2013. Prior to joining MagTop, Dr. Ahmad gathered valuable research experience in a range of roles. As a Junior Research Fellow at IIT Delhi, India, from January 2015 to December 2016, and later as a Scientist at the Institute for Plasma Research in Gandhinagar, India, from April 2014 to December 2014, he contributed significantly to the field of plasma technologies by conducting experiments on nonlinear waves and structures.
Currently, Mujeeb Ahmad’s research interests pivot around the investigation of topological materials, an area that has recently gained prominence in the quantum materials field due to its properties being dictated by topology. He has also been deeply involved in the study of thermoelectric materials and the fabrication of thermoelectric devices, with a recent publication in Advance Functional Materials (I.F. 19.24) demonstrating a remarkable ZT value of 2.04 at room temperature in the MoS2/Sb2Te3 multilayer thin film structure. He has been prolific in his academic contributions, with over 15 research publications and 121 citations to his name, resulting in an impressive h-index of 8 (WoS). His research has widely used scanning probe microscopy techniques to characterize interface properties and their impact on transport phenomena. With four years of hands-on experience in scanning probe microscopy (SPM) techniques such as KPFM, SThM, MFM, and CAFM systems,
In addition, he has designed a thermal conductivity measurement setup for thin film samples based on the 3ω method in an ultra-high vacuum (UHV) environment, covering a temperature range of 300-500K. He possesses comprehensive knowledge and practical experience in electrical, magnetic, and thermoelectric measurements, both in bulk and thin film multilayer structures, at both low and high temperatures. Moreover, he has demonstrated his proficiency in fabricating nanoscale structures using techniques like e-beam lithography and photolithography and is adept in simulation programs such as Quantum Espresso, FDTD simulation, IntelliEtch, MATLAB, and LabVIEW.
Throughout his academic journey, Mujeeb Ahmad has been recognized for his exceptional contributions and achievements. He received the Dr. Zakir Hussain Award for the best speaker in college in 2008 and has been honored with several best poster awards at national and international conferences. He has also been a recipient of travel grants from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India, for attending international conferences.