Dr. Nirpendra Singh
Dr. nirpendra singh Assistant Professor Physics

Contact Information
Nirpendra.Singh@ku.ac.ae +97123124210


Dr. Nirpendra Singh is currently an Assistant Professor of Physics at Khalifa University (KU) since 2019. Before joining KU, Dr. Singh was a research scientist in the Materials Science and Engineering Division at King Abdulla University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia. Dr. Singh obtained his Ph. D. from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India. He also worked as a Research Professor in the Institute of Basic Sciences at Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), Suwon, South Korea.

Dr. Singh specializes in computational discovery and applications of two-dimensional (2D) materials and their heterostructures. His research focuses on electronic, mechanical, thermal transport, and Catalytic properties of 2D materials for sustainable energy. Dr. Singh has co(authored) more than 90 peer-reviewed articles in esteemed journals such as Advanced Materials and Advanced Functional material, Nano Energy, Small, and Physics Review Applied. Dr. Singh has won internal and external research grants. 

  • Ph. D. in Condensed Matter Physics

  • Advanced Mechanics of Solids and Materials (PHYS412)
  • Mathematical Physics (PHYS250)
  • University Physics I (PHYS121)
  • University Physics II (PHYS122)

Affiliated Research Institutes/Centers
  • Center for Catalysis and Separation

Research Interests
  • Two-dimensional Materials beyond Graphene
  • Materials for Sustainable Energy
  • Valley Physics in two-dimensional Materials

Research Projects

Research Staff and Graduate Students:

Dr. Muhammad Sajjad Postdoctoral Researcher
Dr. Abhishek Sharan Postdoctoral Researcher
Surabhi Nair Ph. D. Student
Adewale Hammed Pasanaje Ph. D. Student
Additional Info

  1. A Sharan, S. Lany, and N. Singh, Computational Discovery of Two-Dimensional Rare-Earth Iodides: Promising Ferrovalley Materials for Valleytronics, 2D Materials (2022)
  2. A. Sharan, M. Nardone, D. Krasikov, N. Singh, S. Lany, Atomically thin interlayer phase from first principles enables defect-free incommensurate SnO2/CdTe interface, Appl. Phys. Rev. 9, 041411 (2022)
  3. R. Jaafreh, A. Sharan, M. Sajjad, N. Singh, K. Hamad, A Machine Learning-Assisted Approach to a Rapid and Reliable Screening for Mechanically Stable Perovskite-Based Materials, Adv. Funct. Mater. (2022)
  4. A. Sharan, M. Sajjad, D. J. Singh, and Nirpendra Singh, Two-dimensional ternary chalcogenides FeX2Y4 (X = Ga, In; Y= S, Se, Te): Promising materials for sustainable energy, Phys. Rev. Materials 6, 094005 (2022)
  5. H. K. Al-Jayyousi, M. Sajjad, K. Liao, Nirpendra Singh, Two-dimensional biphenylene: a promising anchoring material for lithium-sulfur batteries, Scientific Reports 12, 4653 (2022)
  6. M. R. Sahoo, A. Ray, Nirpendra Singh, Theoretical Insights into the Hydrogen Evolution Reaction on VGe2N4 and NbGe2N4 Monolayers, ACS Omega 7, 7837 (2022).
  7. Nirpendra Singh* and U. Schwingenschlogl, A route to permanent valley polarization in monolayer MoS2, Advanced Materials 29, 1600970 (2017).

Research Grants:

  1. 2021-2022, Faculty Start-up Award (FSU), Role-PI: Valley Polarization in Two-Dimensional Heterostructures using Machine Learning, Funding Agency: Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, AED, ~1 million. (Internal Funding)
  2. 2020-2022, ADEK grant for Research Excellence (AARE)_2019 (Role-PI): Design principles for thermoelectric materials based on 2D heterostructures, AED ~1 million. (External-Funding)
  3. 2020-2022, ADEK grant for Research Excellence (AARE)_2019, Role-Co-I, Plasmon spectroscopy approach for the nanoscale mechanical properties of aluminum and its alloys for aerospace application, AED, ~1 million. (External-Funding)
  4. Sub-Award from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), USA, Role-PI, Application and Development of Advanced Electro-Optical Characterization for Highly Efficient and Reliable Thin-Film Solar Cells. (External-Funding)
  5. 2022-2025, Competitive Internal Research Award (CIRA) Magnetic Domain Wall and Skyrmion Dynamics to obtain a Smarter solution for future Memory Technology Role: Co-I, Funding Agency: Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, AED 2.1 million


Ph.D. student positions in the "Properties and Application of Layered Materials (PALM)" group are available. Please contact Dr. Nirpendra Singh for more information on the research topic.