Syeda Mushrifa Zahan

About Syeda

Mushrifa was awarded a Master of Science in Nanoscience and Technology, Tezpur University; and a Bachelor of Science in Physics, Gauhati University.

She was a Junior Research Fellow (2016, 2018) at the Department of Energy, Tezpur University, where she designed electrocatalysts for fuel cell applications. She received a Research and Innovation Grant from Tezpur University during this time.

Prior to joining UQIDAR, Mushrifa was a Project Assistant at the Center for Nanoscience and Engineering (CeNSE), Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, where she studied magnetic films using spectroscopic techniques under the supervision of Professor S.A. Shivashankar.

Her doctoral research focuses on the study of Electronic and Magnetic Properties of 2D Quantum material.

Mushrifa enjoys painting in her free time, and aims to make stem a more diverse and inclusive space.




Project details

2D quantum materials studied by scanning probe methods

In this project, the student will investigate the electronic behavior of quantum materials. We are interested in understanding the electronic correlations leading to observation of quantum phases such as topological insulators, Weyl semimetals, and intrinsic magnetism in materials such as WTe2 and NiPS3. These materials holds great promise for low energy dissipation magnetic storage and spintronic applications. Studies of defects in these materials are critical to understand the defect tolerance of future devices and inadvertent changes to the electronic and magnetic structure. Within the scope of this Ph.D. thesis, the student/s will learn to grow high-quality topological and magnetic materials and characterize them by scanning probes. As a measurement tool, the student/s will extensively work with a state of the art very low temperature ultra-high-vacuum scanning tunneling microscope equipped with a 3D vector magnetic field at IIT Delhi using 2D materials provided by Jacobson. This includes Fourier Transform STM to look for signatures of topological order and how this order is affected by intrinsic and extrinsic defects. At UQ, the ultrathin 2D films will be grown with tailored electronic and magnetic properties and these films will be measured at the Australian Synchrotron. Temperature and magnetic field dependent measurements will be performed to obtain information on the surface band structure of the respective materials.

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UQ Supervisor

Dr Peter Jacobson

School of Mathematics and Physics
IITD Supervisor

Assistant Professor Pintu Das

Department of Physics