Saroj Nayak
— Assistant Professor of Physics,
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

— Ph.D., Physical Science, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India, 1995

Career Highlights:
Before joining the faculty at Rensselaer in 2000, Nayak was a Princeton Materials Institute Junior Fellow at Princeton University. He is a member of the American Physical Society and of the Materials Research Society.

Research Interests:
Nayak's research interests involve the interface of physics, chemistry, and engineering. His principal areas of focus on the study of atomic and electronic structure of matters using the state of the art ab initio electronic structure calculation methods to classical and quantum molecular dynamics simulations and Monte Carlo methods. The two major recent focuses of Nayak's research are the study of nanostructured materials and simulations of biological molecules using electronic structure methods.

Selected Publications:
S.K. Nayak, M. Nooijen, S.L. Bernasek, and P. Blaha, "Electronic Structure Study of CO Adsorption on the Fe(001) Surface," The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 105, 164 (2001).

X. Wu, M.C. Vargas, S.K. Nayak, V. Lotrich, and G. Scoles, "Towards Extending the Applicability of Density Functional Theory to Weakly Bound Systems," Journal of Chemical Physics, 115, 8748 (2001).

B.V. Reddy, S.K. Nayak, S.N. Khanna, B.K. Rao, and P. Jena, "Electronic Structure and Magnetism of Rhn (n = 2-13) Clusters," Physical Review B, 59, 5214 (1999).

S.K. Nayak and P. Jena, "Equilibrium Geometry, Stability, and Magnetic Properties of Small MnO Clusters," Journal of American Chemical Society, 121, 644 (1999).

S.K. Nayak, B.K. Rao, S.N. Khanna, and P. Jena, "Atomic and Electronic Structure of Neutral and Charged SinOm Clusters," Journal of Chemical Physics, 109, 1245 (1998).

S.K. Nayak, S.N. Khanna, and P. Jena, "Evolution of Bonding in AlnN clusters: A Transition from Non-Metallic to Metallic Character," Physical Review B, 57, 3787 (1998).

S.K. Nayak and P. Jena, "Giant Magnetic Moments and Magnetic Bistability of Stoichiomatric MnO Clusters," Physical Review Letters, 81, 2970 (1998).

S.K. Nayak, P. Jena, V. Stepanyuk, W. Hergert, and K. Wildberger, "Magic Numbers in Supported Clusters," Physical Review B, 56, 6952 (1997).

V.S. Stephanyuk, W. Hergert, S.K. Nayak, and P. Jena, "Magnetic Bistability of Supported Mn Clusters," Surface Science Letters, 384, L892 (1997).

S.K. Nayak, S.E. Weber, P. Jena, K. Wildberger, R. Zeller, P.H. Dederichs, V.S. Stephanyuk, and W. Hergert, "Relationship Between Magnetism, Topology, and Reactivity of Rh clusters," Physical Review B, 56, 8849 (1997).

Contact Information:
Saroj Nayak
1W02 Jonsson-Rowland Science Center
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 Eighth Street
Troy, N.Y. 12180 USA
(518) 276-2932



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