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Pawan Tyagi, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

University of the District of Columbia, Washington DC

Adjunct Faculty, Johns Hopkins University

Director of Nanotechnology Application Laboratories, UDC

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Professional Preparation: 

University of Kentucky                                      Chemical and Materials            Ph.D. 2008

Indian Institute of Technology                          Materials Sci.and Eng.             M.S. 2002

Indian Institute of Technology                          Materials Sci.and Eng.             B.S. 1998



2016-present                Associate professor     University of the District of Columbia

2012-2016                   Assistant professor      University of the District of Columbia

2010 –2012                 Visiting professor         University of the District of Columbia

2010 –2011                 Adjunct professor        Johns Hopkins University

2008- 2010                   Postdoctoral scholar    Johns Hopkins University


Manufacturing of nanoscale devices using molecule scale nanostructure:


Tyagi, P., and Friebe, E., 2018, "Large Resistance Change on Magnetic Tunnel Junction based Molecular Spintronics Devices," J. Mag. Mag. Mat., 453, pp. 186-192.


Tyagi, P., Friebe, E., Jacquis, B., Goulet, T., Travers, S., and Garcia Moreno, F., 2017, "Taguchi Design of Experiment Enabling the Reduction of Spikes on the Sides of Patterned Thin Films for Tunnel Junction Fabrication," MRS Advances, First view, pp. 1-6


Tyagi, P., Friebe, E., and Baker, C., 2016, "Addressing the Challenges of Using Ferromagnetic Electrodes in Molecular Devices," MRS Advances, 1(07), pp. 483-488.


Tyagi, P., Baker, C., and D'Angelo, C., 2015, "Paramagnetic Molecule Induced Strong Antiferromagnetic Exchange Coupling on a Magnetic Tunnel Junction Based Molecular Spintronics Device," Nanotechnology, 26, p. 305602.


Tyagi, P., Friebe, E., and Baker, C., 2015, "Advantages of Prefabricated Tunnel Junction Based Molecular Spintronics Devices," NANO, 10(3), p. 1530002.


Tyagi, P., D'Angelo, C., and Baker, C., 2015, "Monte carlo and experimental magnetic studies of molecular spintronics devices," NANO, 10(4), p. 1550056.


Tyagi, P., Friebe, E., and Baker, C., 2015, "Addressing the challenges of using ferromagnetic electrodes in the magnetic tunnel junction-based molecular spintronics devices," J.Nanoparticle Res., 17(11), p. 452.


 Tyagi, P., 2013, "Molecule Induced Strong Coupling between Ferromagnetic Electrodes of a Molecular Spintronics Device " Mater. Sci. Foroum, 736, pp. 32-54.


Tyagi, P., 2012, "Molecular electronics and spintronics devices produced by the plasma oxidation of photolithographically defined metal electrode " App. Phys. A: Mat. Sci. & Proc., 108(3), pp. 529-536.


Tyagi, P., 2012, "Fabrication of Tunnel Junction based Molecular Electronics and Spintronics Devices " J. Nanoparticle Res., 14(10), p. 1195.


Tyagi, P., 2011, "Multilayer edge molecular electronics devices: a review," J. Mater. Chem., 21(13), pp. 4733-4742.


Tyagi, P., and Hinds, B. J., 2010, "Mechanism of Ultrathin Tunnel Barrier Failure Due to Mechanical Stress Induced Nano-Sized Hillocks and Voids," J. Vac. Sci. Technol. B, 28(5), pp. 517-521.


Tyagi, P., 2009, "Molecular Spin Devices: Current Understanding and New Territories," Nano, 4(6), pp. 325-338  


Tyagi, P., Li, D. F., Holmes, S. M., and Hinds, B. J., 2007, "Molecular electrodes at the exposed edge of metal/insulator/metal trilayer structures," J. Am. Chem. Soc., 129(16), pp. 4929-4938.


Manufacturing of nanowire-based biosensors and devices


Tyagi, P., Postetter, D., Saragnese, D. L., Randall, C. L., Mirski, M. A., and Gracias, D. H., 2009, "Patternable Nanowire Sensors for Electrochemical Recording of Dopamine," Anal. Chem., 81, p. 9979.


Tyagi, P., Postetter, D., Saragnese, D. L., Papadakis, S., and Gracias, D. H., 2010, "Electrochemically grown rough textured nanowires," J. Nanoparticle Res., 12, p. 1065.


Papadakis, S. J., Hoffmann, J. A., Deglau, D., Chen, A., Tyagi, P., and Gracias, D. H., 2011, "Quantitative analysis of parallel nanowire array assembly by dielectrophoresis," Nanoscale, 3(3), pp. 1059-1065.


Hu, B., Chopra, N., Tyagi, P., and Hinds, B., 2011, "Selective lateral ZnO nanowire growth by surface diffusion on nanometer scale-patterned alumina on silicon," J. Mat. Res., 26(17), pp. 2224-2231.


Materials engineering at nanoscale


Tyagi, P., 2017, "Surface Passivation with Sulfide and Fluoride Ions," MRS Advances, 2(51), pp. 2915-2920.


Tyagi, P., 2011, "Ultrathin TaOx based photovoltaic device," Thin Solid Films, 519, p. 2355.


Tyagi, P., Bassik, N., Leong, T. G., Cho, J. H., Benson, B. R., and Gracias, D. H., 2009, "Self-Assembly Based on Chromium/Copper Bilayers," J. Microelectromech. Syst., 18(4), pp. 784-791.


Randhawa, J. S., Keung, M. D., Tyagi, P., and Gracias, D. H., 2010, "Reversible Actuation of Microstructures by Surface-Chemical Modification of Thin-Film Bilayers," Adv. Mater., 22(3), p. 407.


Synergistic Activities: 

Teaching innovation and advancing curriculum:

  • Invented “student presentation based effective teaching” and published three peer reviewed publications on teaching innovation.

  • Panel member for the promotion of student learning assessment in University wide meeting for 180 UDC faculty.

  • Conducted four national and international workshops on effective teaching for 200 college professors.

  • Lead instructors of four weeks long Johns Hopkins University’s Engineering Innovation program for national and international high school students for consecutive eight years.

  • Initiators of renewable energy and Advanced Manufacturing concentrations at UDC

  • the Mechanical Engineering Department.

  • Presenter of talk on “Nanomakers: nanotechnology making superhuman” in 2016 Maker Faire event.



  • Founder and director of UDC Nanotechnology Application Laboratory with a clean room and federally funded microfabrication and nanotechnology equipment.

  • Founder of UDC additive manufacturing laboratory and initiator of Advanced Manufacturing concentration in Mechanical Engineering curriculum.

  • Founder of UDC Renewable Energy System laboratory and initiator of Energy concentration in Mechanical Engineering curriculum.

  • Graduate program coordinator for MS and PhD program in the

  • Editorial board member of Elsevier’s Heliyon journal. (2017-present)

  • Reviewer for peer reviewed journals: ACS Nano, Nanotechnology, RSC Advances etc.   

  • Session organizer in American Chemical Society, American Society of Mechanical Engineering conferences.


Promoting Diversity

  • As a UDC PI of DOE-NNSA funded Minority Serving Institution Partnership Program (MSIPP) promoting minority students’ training with eight HBCUs and three DOE labs(2013-Present).

  • Collaborating with Dr. Karl Reid the PI of NSF-INCREASE and lead at National Society of Black Engineers for increasing STEM degree awarded to minority undergraduate students

  • Since 2010 partnered with Johns Hopkins University-Center of Outreach to increase minority students in Engineering Innovation summer program high school students.

  • In 5 years at UDC provided research training in nanotechnology, additive manufacturing, and energy areas to 27 undergraduates (11 students African American and 7 females).


Awards and Honors:

  • Best project award in Summer School on Fundamentals of Neutron Scattering at NIST Center of Neutron Research, June 8-12, 2015

  • Four consecutive “Outstanding faculty awards” for the excellence in research and teaching at University of the District of Columbia-2012-2015.

  • The PI of NSF-Research Initiation Award for Monte Carlo Simulations and SQUID Magnetometer Study of Molecular Spintronics Devices ($200,000). 2012-2016.

  • The PI of AFOSR-Research Instrumentation Award for Molecular Spintronics and nanotechnology research ($200,000), 2013-2014.

  • The PI of national Nuclear Security Agency NNSA- Consortium of Advanced Manufacturing ($750,000) 2013-2017.

  • The Co-PI Department of Defense Instrumentation grant for EOS M280 Metal Additive Machine ($500,000) 2016-2017

  • The Co-PI NSF-Targeted Infusion Grant for Developing 21st Century Workforce in Smart Grid ($370,000) 2014-2018.   

  • Won $120,000 Seed funding from UDC provost office for establishing Nanotechnology Application Laboratory 2012-2013.

  • Recipient of Myrtilla Miner Faculty Fellowship 2012-2013 and 2015-2016

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