Dr. Menka Jain

Associate Professor, Institute of Materials Science & Department of Physics


Before joining the Physics Department and Institute of Materials Science as an Assistant Professor in 2008, Dr. Jain received Director’s Funded Postdoctoral Fellowship in Materials Physics & Applications Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory, NM, USA (2005-2008). She received her PhD degree in 2004 from the University of Puerto Rico (USA).Dr. Jain’s  research is focused on fabrication and characterization of advanced functional and multifunctional metal-oxide material systems, such as the electric-field tunable dielectric materials, ferroelectrics, magnetoelectric multiferroics, ferromagnetic materials, magnetic sensing materials, thermoelectrics, magnetocaloric materials, etc. Dr. Jain’s area of expertise is in successfully synthesizing these metal-oxides in thin film, nanoparticle, nanocomposite, heterostructure, and multilayer forms using solution based techniques and characterizing these materials to understand their structure-size-property relations. She has about 90 significant publications in high impact refereed journals, such as Advanced Functional Materials, Advanced Materials, Applied Physics Letters, Journal of Applied Physics, Journal of American Chemical Society, etc. Dr. Jain has organized many symposiums in Materials Research Society (MRS) and American Ceramic Society meetings. She has co-edited three MRS conference proceedings and three special Journal of Nanotechnology issues on Nanocomposites (2011-2013). Dr. Jain’s research work is supported by university-funded and National Science Foundation funded grants. She also serve as a panel member and ad-hoc reviewer for various federal funding agencies, such as National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, and Petroleum Research Fund.

Contact address: 196A Auditorium Road, Unit 3046, Dept of Physics, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269-3046

Email: menka.jain (at) ;     Tel: 860-486-4090
Follow on Twitter: MJ20082
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Graduate Students: (Looking for self-motivated PhD candidates)

  Jianhang Shi

  • PhD candidate (MSE dept)
  • Email:
  • Research: Magnetoelectric multiferroic oxides and Magnetoresistance composite films
Jacob Pfund

  • PhD candidate (Physics dept)
  • Email: jacob (dot) pfund (at)
  • Research: Magnetic oxides, Multicalorics


Undergraduate Students:



 Past Members of the group:

Graduate Students (Dr. Jain as Advisor)

 Dr. Jianhang Shi

(defended thesis in October 2018).

 Dr. Shiqi Yin

(defended thesis in January 2018). Currently working in Global Foundaries in Albany, NY

Dr. Austin McDannald

(completed PhD in 2016), then joined M Cubed Tech. company. Currently at NIST.

 Dr. Margo Staruch

(Completed PhD in 2013), currently a staff member at Naval Research Lab


Dr. D. Garcia

Univ. Federal de São Carlos, Brazil


Professor Devendra Kumar

Indian Institute of Technology (Varanasi, India)


Dr. Rohit Prasannakumar

Los Alamos National Lab, NM


 R. Paranhos

(Visiting PhD Student from Brazil, 2014), Completed PhD in 2016


Dr. Maria A. G. Soler,

Instituto de Física, Universidade de Brasília, Brazil

Mark Johnson (UConn) graduated in 2019.

Currently he is pursuing his PhD at UMass Amherst


Ms. Sonia Martin from UC Berkeley(REU, Summer 2018)
Ms. Gabi Tagliaferro

Summer 2017 (through REU)

Ms. Aisha

McNair Fellow,

Summer 2017

Mr. Teddy Sauyet (BS),Summer 2015 (Miller award recipient), Spring 2016, Fall 2016, and Spring 2017 (Now a grad student at Stony Brooks Univ)


 Mr Michael

McNair Fellow, Summer 2016

 Lillian Skou (BS)

 Summer 2015, Fall 2015


 Mr. Cristian (BS)

McNair Fellow

Summer 2015


Ms. Kelly Cochran (BS)

Summer 2014


 Mr. Matt (BS)

2 weeks in

Summer 2014


Mr. Lukasz Kuna (BS, 2014) Currently NRC postdoctoral fellow.

(worked for 1.5 years in lab, also a recipient of SURF award)


  Mr. Nambi (BS)Summer 2014, McNair Fellow

 Mr. Daniel Violettee (BS)


 Mr. Drew Hires (BS)Drew hi

Photos of group members:

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