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Dr Shashi Paul

Job: Reader in NanoScience and Nanotechnologies, Director - Emerging Technologies Research Centre (EMTERC)

Faculty: Computing, Engineering and Media

School/department: School of Engineering and Sustainable Development

Research group(s): Emerging Technologies Research Centre (EMTERC)

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH, United Kingdom

T: +44 (0)116 207 8548




Personal profile

I graduated from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India and PhD from De Montfort University, Leicester and have previously worked in Cambridge University., Durham University, and Rutgers University. My research interests include manufacturing and analysis of nano-materials and their applications into energy (e.g. photovoltaic solar cells), electronics (emerging electronic memory devices) and biological sensors.

Research group affiliations

Emerging Technologies Research Centre (EMTERC)

Key research outputs

Memory effect in thin films of insulating polymer and C60 nanocomposites, Paul, S., Chhowalla, M. and Kanwal, A., Nanotechnology (2006), 17(1), pp. 145-151.

Langmuir-Blodgett film deposition of metallic nanoparticles and their application to electronic memory structures, Paul, S et al, Nano letters (2003), 3, 191-195.

Realisation of Non-volatile Memory Devices using Small Organic Molecules and Polymer”, S. Paul, IEEE Transaction on Nanotechnology, 2007, 6 , 191-195.

Ferroelectric nanoparticles in polyvinyl acetate (PVAc) matrix-A method to enhance the dielectric constant of polymers. D Black, I Salaoru, S Paul, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Letters (2010), Volume 2, Issue 1, March 2010, Pages 41-45.

Prime, D. and Paul, S. (2010) First contact-charging of gold nanoparticles by electrostatic force, Applied Physics Letters, 96 (4) 043120.

Research interests/expertise

Cheap and Flexible Electronics

Emerging Memory Devices (e.g. Molecular, Organic and low temperature Si memory devices)

Spin Valves

Growth Nano-structures (e.g nanoparticles, nanowires, nanotubes) and their applications in emerging areas of electronics (e.g healthcare and THz generation)

Self Assembly

Instrumentation Development for growth of nano-materials and understanding their physical properties

Green Growth Processes for Electronics Materials


Biological Sensors

Areas of teaching

Physics of Semiconductor Devices (ENGT5128)

Research Methods (ENGT5244)

Biosensors (ENGT5257)

Nanomaterials and Nanoelectronics (ENG5242)

Research Method (REST7013)

Research Method (EMTERC)


MSc, PhD

Courses taught

MSc in Micro Electronics and Nano Technology

MSc in Electronics Engineering

Membership of external committees

The 4th International Conference “Smart Materials, Structures and Systems”- a part of CIMTEC2012 conference organising programme committee

Dr S Paul is member of international programme committee for the forthcoming Conference on Renewable Energies and Power Quality (ICREPQ) by the European Association for the Development of Renewable Energies, Environment and Power Quality (EA4EPQ)", (, 28-30 March, 2012, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

The 3rd International Conference “Smart Materials, Structures and Systems” held in Acireale Catania District), Sicily, Italy, on June 8 to 13, 2008. Organised a special session on “Recent Development in Electrical Writable Organic Memory Devices”.

The 4th International Conference “Smart Materials, Structures and Systems” will be held in Acireale Catania District), Sicily, Italy, on June 8 to 13, 2008. Dr S Paul is organising a special session on “Emerging Non-volatile Memory Devices”.

Visiting Professor in the Physics department of Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania. From 24/12/2011 to 24/12/2013.

Membership of professional associations and societies

Association Name, period start, period end, description

Member IEEE (January, 2012 to December 2012)

Member Materials Research Society

Forthcoming events

Organising a special symposium on Emerging Memory Devices in CIMTEC2012

Conference attendance

Attended a number of international conferences (e.g.: IEEE, MRS, CIMTEC)

Key articles information

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e.g ‘Outputs, e.g. selected publications’ produced since January 2008

Current research students

First supervisor for:

Nare Gabrielyan
Sultan Alotaibi 
Faleh Alotaiby 
Keith McGrath 
Khalid Mahood 
Konstantina Saranti 

Second supervisor for:

Jyoti Tejpal

Externally funded research grants information

EPSRC funding (#EP/E047785/1) on “Nano-Scale Re-Writable Non-Volatile Polymer Memory Arrays” (from 08/07/2007 to 08/11/2009) – PI (£207k).

EPSRC funded CASE studentship for new academics (~£57k) from October, 2005 to March, 2009.

National Physical Lab funding for understandin “Electrical Charging Mechanism in C60”, (from October-2005 –July-2011 – PI (~£20k).

Low-temperature Si Nonvolatile memory- PI, European Integrated Activity of Excellence and Networking for Nano and Micro- Electronics Analysis (ANNA) (FP6),, NCSR 'Demokritos' – IMEL funded (5500 Euros) directly to use their facilities (December, 2010).

Internally funded research project information

RIF project: A Cleaner, Greener, Low Carbon Fabrication Process for Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Cells (PI). Start date: 01/04/10; End date: 01/07/10.

DMU PhD Bursary on Plastic compatiable Electronic Memory Devices, October-2011 to September 2014.

Professional esteem indicators

Guest editor of the issue of the Philosophical Transaction of the Royal Society A, on the theme of “Making Nano-Bits Remember: A Recent Development in Organic Electronic Memory Devices”. Volume 367, Issue 1905, 28 October 2009.

Reviewer for a number of journals in the field of electronic materials and devices.

Visiting Professor, Faculty of Physics, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania.

Case studies

Nano-bits Enabled Application in storing electronic information and creating electrical energy:

Ribbon award – MRS Fall Meeting 2004, Boston, USA

News in Science -2004:

Gold nanoparticles for memory storage:

Organic electronic memory chip to be demonstrated in the UK

Huge breakthrough in tiny technology by DMU:

De Montfort University Shows the Benefits of Gold Nanoparticles for Organic Electronics:

De Montfort University Shows the Benefits of Gold Nanoparticles for Organic Electronics:

Flexible memory has wide ranging application