Sonachand Adhikari

Research Interests

  • Epitaxy
  • III-Nitride
  • Electron Microscopy


  • Bachelor of Science (Physics, 2005), The New College
  • Master of Science (Materials Science, 2007), Anna University
  • Master of Technology (Materials Science, 2010) , IIT Kanpur
  • PhD (2023), Australian National University


  • Generate

Sonachand’s introduction to scientific research occurred during his MSc course at the Anna University in 2007, where he deposited vanadium pentoxide thin films and investigated the electrochromic properties through opto-electrochemical analysis. He went on to pursue another Master’s degree (Master of Technology) at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. There, he worked on the synthesis of InGaZnO targets through sintering, then, he subsequently used the InGaZnO targets to prepare thin films using pulsed laser depostion. In 2010, he joined the CSIR-CEERI Pilani as a Scientist and started working on GaN-based LEDs. At the CSIR-CEERI Pilani, his major responsibilty included, but not limited to -Operation and maintenance of MOCVD. -Epitaxial growth of GaN. -Fabrication of GaN/InGaN-based blue and white LEDs. -Teaching and supervising Master’s students. During his affiliation with the CSIR-CEERI (until 2023), he has received two subsequent promotions: Scientist to Senior Scientist (Assistant Professor) in 2014, and Senior Scientist to Principal Scientist (Associate Professor) in 2019. Looking for a change, he came to Australia in 2017 to pursue PhD at the Australian National University under the supervision of Prof. Chennupati Jagadish. During his PhD, he investigated the epitaxial growth of GaN nanowires, GaN/AlGaN core-shell nanowires, and incorporated AlGaN multiple quantum wells for applications in ultraviolet. Currently, he is a Post Doctoral research fellow at the Australian National University under the mentorship of Prof. Hoe Tan. Apart from work-life, Sonachand enjoys traveling and tinkering with his car.

View all people