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Prof. Ajay Kumar Kushwaha

Associate Professor & HoD,
Department of Metallurgical Engineering & Materials Science (MEMS)

Faculty, Center for Advanced Electronics (CAE)
Faculty, Center of Futuristic Defense and Space Technology (CFDST)
Indian Institute of Technology Indore – 453552
Phone: +91-731-660-3250 (office)


Dr. Ajay was born in Kanpur, a large industrial city located at central-western part of Uttar Pradesh, India. He received the Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.-Physics & Mathematics) and Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Physics with specialization in Electronics from Chhatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj University, formerly Kanpur University, Uttar Pradesh, India. Then, he worked as ‘Lecturer of Physics’ in engineering colleges affiliated to Uttar Pradesh Technical University, Lucknow.

In 2008, Dr. Ajay moved to Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) (, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India to pursue his doctoral research. He joined ‘Nanomaterials Research Laboratory’ led by Prof M. Aslam at Department of Physics, IIT Bombay and received Ph.D. degree in area of Nanomaterials. His thesis work was mainly dedicated to controlled growth of nanostructures and tailoring of surface defects. Dr. Ajay’s PhD thesis is entitled as “Control over electrical and photoelectrical properties of ZnO nanowire films by defect manipulation and surface functionalization.”

After PhD, he joined as SCIENTIST-I’ at ‘Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) Singapore (, IMRE is a public funded research institute of the Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC), Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). During stay at IMRE, he worked on metal oxide functional coatings to develop smart windows & electrochromic glasses for green buildings. He received DST-INSPIRE Faculty Fellow Award in year 2016 from Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India. Then, he joined the Department of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science at IIT Indore as INSPIRE Faculty in July 2016 and as Assistant Professor in September-2017. He is the recipient of SERB-Early Career Research Award (2017) from Government of India.

At present, Dr. Ajay is Head (HoD) of the Department of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science, IIT Indore since March 2023. He also joined as Associate Professor at IIT Indore in November 2022. Dr. Kushwaha is life-member of the Materials Research Society of India (MRSI), The Indian Institute of Metals (IIM), Indian Physics Association (IPA), Electron Microscope Society of India (EMSI) and Luminescence Society of India (LSI) and member of Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). He has published more than 70 research articles, International Patent (Technology is licensed) and several book chapters. His major research interests are ‘Control Growth of Nanomaterials & Thin Films’, Materials Electrochemistry’, Clean Energy: Green Hydrogen & Solar Cell’, ‘Electronic Devices’,etc. Dr. Kushwaha regularly serving as reviewer for various journals in area of Nanomaterials, Thin Films, Energy, Applied Electrochemistry etc.