• Associate Professor, Physics And Astronomy

Research Summary

The Deshpande group uses low-temperature electrical transport spectroscopy to study nano-fabricated devices from Dirac and topological materials and develops novel hybrid experimental tools using high-frequency and optical techniques. We aim to explore the rich physics arising in these materials due to the combination of symmetry, topology and electronic correlations. We are also interested in potential applications resulting from the remarkable physical properties of these quantum materials.


  • PhD, Applied Physics, Caltech


I started as Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy in 2014. Prior to that, I was a Nanoelectronics Research Initiative postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University in the Physics Department. I obtained my PhD in Applied Physics in 2009 at Caltech, where I was a Gordon and Betty Moore graduate fellow for four years. My undergraduate degree is in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay. My research interests include (i) synthesis/nanofabrication of atomically-thin materials and heterostructures (including graphene, topological insulators and other new 2D materials), (ii) development of novel hybrid measurement tools, (iii) experimental investigation of the rich, complex physics occuring in these systems and (iv) potential applications of atomically-thin materials and heterostructures.