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Nikhil Tiwale

Research Associate | Electronic Nanomaterials


  • Micro & Nano-fabrication - Electron Beam Lithography & Photolithography
  • Atomic layer deposition & infiltration synthesis
  • Oxide & hybrid Semiconductor Devices and Characterization
  • Photo- and Chemical sensors

CFN Research Activities

My research targets the infiltration synthesis-based material hybridization for innovation in lithography, nanofabrication and nanoelectronic devices such as field-effect transistors (FET), photodetectors and chemical sensors. (a) Converting polymeric thin films into hybrid-thin films applied as high-performance resists and dielectrics (b) Using nano-templates as nanoreactors for CMOS-process-compatible fabrication of nanostructured semiconductor devices with enhanced optoelectronic and sensing functionalities.

Secondly, my investigations are focused on improving charge transport in semiconducting materials via top-down direct-write lithography based nanostructuring and consequential evolution of device performance while reducing the device footprint. My research is exploring integration of ultrathin metal oxide and hybrid perovskites for high-performance FETs as well as metal oxide nanostructure arrays for novel photo-chemical sensors and memory devices.


  • PhD : University of Cambridge (2017)
    • Engineering - Solid State Electronics and Nanoscale Science
    • Dissertation Title: Zinc oxide nanowire field effect transistors for sensor applications [DOI: 10.17863/CAM.14429]
  • B.Tech + M.Tech : Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (2012)
    • Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science
    • Specialization – Ceramics and Composites

Professional Appointments

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for Functional Nanomaterials, Brookhaven National Laboratory (Mar 2018 - Present)
  • Silicon Process Engineer, Adaptix Ltd (Oct. 2017 – Mar. 2018)
  • Cleanroom Equipment Instructor, Nanoscience Centre, University of Cambridge (Apr. 2014 – May 2017)


Selected Publications & Research Highlights

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