Awardee Interviews | Biography: Bharat Jalan

Bharat Jalan

Bharat Jalan, University of Minnesota, “For excellence and international leadership in metal-organic molecular-beam epitaxy of complex oxide heterostructures for new electronic materials”
Bharat Jalan is an associate professor, and Shell chair in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities where he leads the quantum materials design and synthesis Group. Bharat also serves as the Director of Graduate Studies for Materials Science and Engineering in addition to holding graduate faculty appointment in the School of Physics and Astronomy, and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Minnesota.

Bharat’s research focuses on the study of structure-defect- property relationships of functional oxide films and artificially designed structures. Current focus is on the perovskite-based quantum materials and their heterostructures (specifically, titanates, stannates, germanates and ruthenates) with particular emphasis on their synthesis with excellent control over stoichiometry, dimensionality and strain. His group employs hybrid molecular beam epitaxy approaches to synthesize these materials in addition to growing "built-to-order" structures. Jalan has (co)-authored more than 80 peer-reviewed publications and given more than 70 invited talks and colloquiums.

Bharat’s work has been recognized rapidly by several awards. He was awarded the highly competitive Young Investigator MBE Award, conferred by the 19th International Conference on Molecular Beam Epitaxy in Montpellier, France in September 2016, in addition to the Air Force Office of Science Research Young Investigator Award (2016), Royal Society of Chemistry Emerging Young Investigator (2017), and American Association for Crystal Growth Young Author Award (2017) and 2017 AVS Paul Holloway Young Investigator Award. He received the highly prestigious presidential early career awards for science and engineers (PECASE) from the Office of Science and Technology (OSTP) White House. This citation reads “for innovation research at the frontier of science and technologies, and the exceptional potential to shape the future through intellectual and inspired leaderships.”

Jalan received a BS dual degree in MSE from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras in
India (2006) and a PhD degree in Materials Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara (2011). From 2011-2016, he was an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and was promoted to the associate professor in 2017.