Shikhar Misra, Assistant Professor

  • Specialization: Functional thin films, epitaxy, ceramic nanocomposites, optical metamaterials
  • Areas of Interest: Ceramic Nanocomposite Designs, Processing and Characterizations for Microelectronics, Optics, and Energy applications, Machine learning for Materials Database Mining and Structural Refining
  • Email: shikharm@iitk.ac.in
  • Office: Faculty Building 411
  • Phone: +91 512 259 2257
  • CV: (Click here)


Doctor of Philosophy


Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA

Master of Technology


Materials Science and Engineering-IIT Kanpur

Bachelor of Technology


Materials Science and Engineering-IIT Kanpur

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor

Nov 2021 - Present

Materials Science and Engineering, IIT Kanpur

Module Integration and Yield Engineer

Oct 2020 - Sept 2021

Intel Corporation

Honors and Awards

Best Poster Award (top 1%) at the Materials Research Society (MRS) Fall Meeting and Exhibit, 2019
Awarded the PGSG (top 10%) and the College of Engineering travel grant
Recipient of the highly competitive Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship provided by the Graduate School at Purdue University
Recipient of prestigious IIT-Todai graduate student scholarship 2016 among 10 students from India
Academic Excellence Award recipient for the consecutive academic year 2013-14 and 2014-2015, awarded to top 5% students at IIT Kanpur
7th position in Regional Mathematics Olympiad (RMO 2010) in the state of Uttar Pradesh



Our research interests lie in engineering the light-matter interaction at nanoscale of multi-phase thin film nanocomposites. This is achieved by exploring the use of epitaxial strain, compositional strain gradients, interface engineering, generating artificial ordered heterostructures and varying the growth kinetics to produce emergent physical properties.

Research Directions

  • Our research focuses in the following directions
    • Understanding the growth mechanisms and achieving enhanced spatial ordering of complex oxide-based nanocomposite systems towards metamaterial application.

    • Discovering new self-assembled oxide-based vertically aligned nanocomposites (VANs) through strain engineering and achieving tunable physical properties to enable a wide range of coupled functionalities spanning the electrical, magnetic and optical properties including piezoelectric, ferromagnetic, optical permittivity and others.

    • Integrating different machine learning tools such as Natural Language Processing and Image Processing in the conventional materials tetrahedron to facilitate accelerated materials discovery.


Spring 2022

  • PSO 201: Introduction to Quantum Physics (Tutor)



Aditya Uday Kamat



Rajan Kumar

Dual Degree


Harsh Mishra

Dual Degree


Mukund Soni

Dual Degree


GVSS Manoj Kumar

M. Tech (with Prof. K. Biswas)


Among other things, I like swimming, playing cricket, soccer, volleyball, badminton and many other sports. I am also an avid traveler and have traveled the length and breadth of India and continue to be fascinated by different cultures and food around the world.
I also create YouTube videos featuring travel, cooking vlogs, and materials research. Some of the popular videos are linked below.

Original music
20 mile day hike!
Epic Road Trip
2 minutes in Japan!!


Faculty Building (FB) 411
Department of Materials Science & Engineering, IIT Kanpur
UP - 208016, INDIA


+91 512 259 2257