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Dr. Souvik Kundu




Ph.D. (IIT Kharagpur)

Thesis: Effect of Interface Passivation on the Electrical Characteristics of GaAs Based Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor Capacitors.


MS in Electronics

Thesis: Simulation of AlGaAs/GaAs Heterojunction High Electron Mobility Transistors (HEMT) Using TCAD-Silvaco. 


Professional Experience


2015 - Present: Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical & Electronics Engineering, BITS-Pilani, India 

2014 - 2015: Research Faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech, USA.

2013 - 2014: Postdoctoral Research Scholar in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Oregon State University, USA.

2012 - 2013: Postdoctoral Fellow at IIT Bombay, India. 

Professional Early Career Member of American Vacuum Societies (AVS), USA. 




1. 2 years research grants from the NanoScience Technology Center, University of Central Florida, USA for pursuing photovoltaic/optical research.

2. 1 year visiting scholar award (with fellowship) at the Department of Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research-Mumbai, India.

3. 1 year prestigious PBC fellowship by Govt. of Israel for performing cutting edge research at Israel Institute of Technology, Technion, Israel.

4. One of the research papers highlighted in Canada’s technical magazine “Advances in Engineering”.

5. National Scholarship awarded (Institute scholarship for 5 + 2 = 7 years) by IIT (MHRD) for pursuing Ph.D. and Postdoctoral Research in India.

6. Qualified national level examination ‘Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering’ (GATE) in Electronics and Communication Engineering.


Ongoing/Completed Sponsored Projects (Total Grants: 72 Lakhs)


1. BRNS-DAE, (ATC) Govt. of India (Role: as a PI, Topic: Resistive Switching Devices, Grants: 35 Lakhs INR) Duration: 2017 to 2020. 

2. DST-SERB, (EMR/Core) Govt. of India (Role: as a PI, Topic: Ferroelectric Solar Cells, Grants: 35 Lakhs INR).

Duration: 2018 to 2021.
3. BITS RIG (Role: as a PI, Topic: Ferroelectric/semiconductor heterojunction for optoelectronic applications, Grants: 2 lakhs INR).
Duration: 2015 to 2017 (completed).
Souvik's Research Group
Ph.D. Students:
As a Supervisor 

1. P. Michael Preetam Raj (UGC NET JRF Fellow)
Research Area: Memristor based circuits for different analog & digital applications.
2. Pavan Kumar (BRNS Project JRF)
Research Area: Fabrication & characterization of metal-oxides based Resistive Switching Devices.
3. Joshna Palepu  (UGC NET JRF Fellow)
Research Area: Synthesis of metallic nanoparticles for performance improvement in non-volatile memory.
As a Co-Supervisor
1. Sravan Kumar Vittapu (Institute Scholar)
Research Area: Design and development of  low power motion estimation architectures for HEVC applications. 
For more details, visit "KEMDRG" section. 
Journal Review (As Requested)

1. Applied Physics Letters


3. IEEE Sensors

4. Applied Surface Science

5. Materials Science in Semiconductor Processings


Institutional Activities
Faculty Convener for Institutional Affairs (for Dept. of EEE)
Nucleus Faculty Member for E-Cell, BITS-Pilani Hyderabad Campus 
Library Committee member from Dept. of EEE (2016 to 2017) 
About the Faculty


Souvik is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical & Electronics Engineering at BITS-Pilani, Hyderabad campus from July, 2015. Prior to join BITS-Pilani, he was Postdoctoral Research Associate in the CEHMS, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech, USA since January, 2014. At VT, his one of the research work was on ferroelectric materials based non-volatile memory devices for high-speed ultra-low power energy efficient ferroelectric random access memory (FeRAM) and memristors for resistive RAM applications. Apart from the memory device research work, he also investigated the photovoltaic properties of ferroelectric materials and his main aim was to improve the performance parameters for ferroelectric solar cells through interfacial engineering with semiconductors. He was also engaged in research and development program on fabrication of silica diaphragm MEMS based pressure sensor for SA Photonics, California. Before joining VT, Souvik was responsible for research and development of flexible dual-function glucose sensing and hormone delivery catheter for use within an artificial pancreas. He worked as a Postdoctoral Scholar at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, Oregon State University, USA. He was also involved to perform research and development work on glucose sensing catheter for Pacific Diabetes Technologies, Portland, USA. Souvik also worked on organic/inorganic hybrid solar cells and quantum dots embedded non-volatile memory at Indian Institute of Technology Bombay before moving to USA. He proposed the device mechanism and formulated many new ideas to improve the performances of III-V MOS based memory devices. He finished his Ph.D. (August, 2009 – 2012) from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur and his thesis work was on interface engineering in GaAs metal-oxide-semiconductor devices for improving its electrical performances. During his Ph.D., he also carried out several other research projects, viz. GaAs MOS based flash memory, Direct growth of InP quantum dots on Si for monolithic integration, MOCVD grown ZnO nanorods, its doping behavior, electrical transport properties and applications in sensors, ZnO based thin-film transistors and hybrid Schottky devices, etc. He has established many new exciting ideas to develop the device fabrication principles and novel design concepts for future generation microelectronic devices. He also proposed new physics in order to understand the operation principles of such devices.

    Souvik is interested in exploring new materials for electronic, photovoltaic & photonic applications; epitaxial growth of semiconducting and ferroelectric materials; novel fabrication techniques and novel device concepts for future nanoelectronics. He has published over 25 international journal papers in reputed journals (such as Nature, AIP, ACS, Springer, Elsevier, etc), 2 book chapters for Springer & Elsevier, and presented his work in 12 international conferences in USA, Hong-Kong, Singapore and India during last 4 years. He also delivered few invited lectures hosted by different institutes in India and USA, such as University of Texas, San Antonio, IISc Bangalore, IIT-Bombay, TIFR-Mumbai, Calcutta University, IIT Indore, University of Hyderabad, etc.


How to Contact?


Mail/Stop by: Office: D-223
Department of Electrical & Electronics Engineering
Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS) - Pilani (Hyderabad Campus)
Jawahar Nagar, Shameerpet Mandal
Hyderabad - 500078, Telangana, India

Email: souvik.kundu at

Voice (Direct): +91-40-66303681


(For any kind of communication, Email is preferred unless phone call gets priority over the earlier one)


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