Bharat Jalan | MBE Lab

About Us

Our group focuses on the growth of thin films and heterostructures of quantum materials using one-atom-at-a-time. We employ novel hybrid molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) method to do this. Our interests are in the various areas of materials science, materials chemistry & physics: the synthesis of quantum materials with atomic layer control over thickness and composition to understand, and control the interplay between lattice, charge and spin degree of freedom and their coupling to the functionality such as transport, magnetism, superconductivity, strongly-correlated Mott-Hubbard-type insulator characteristics and structural and electronic phase transition.

The central theme in our group is to synthesize "built-to-order" structures with the improved structure and electronic quality as needed for fundamental science and applications in electronic devices. 

Current focus is on the perovskite-based quantum materials and their heterostructures (specifically, titanates and stannates) with particular emphasis on their synthesis with excellent control over stoichiometry, dimensionality and strain.

The work in our group is highly collaborative and utilizes a range of structural and electrical characterization techniques available both at the University of Minnesota and in the national laboratory network in addition to through collaboration with experts around the world.

Funding Sources



May 2021: Bharat was awarded with the 2021 Peter Mark Memorial Award from the American Vacuum Society (AVS).

May 2021: Bharat delivered an invited department seminar (virtual) at the Max-Panck Institute of Microstructure Physics, Halle, Germany.

May 2021: Bharat delivered an invited talk at the virtual workshop on MBE and Hybrid MBE studies at the CHEX Sector, Advanced Photon Source, Chicago, USA

April 2021: Many congratulations to Tristan for winning the prestigious UMN Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship!

February 2021: Many Congratulations Anil and Bill for winning the very prestigious  Ovshinsky Student Travel Award and APS Division of Materials Physics Post-Doctoral Travel Award respectivelyl!!

January 2020: A postdoctoral fellow, Hyojin Yoon joins the group. Welcome Hyojin! 

January 2020: Many Congratulations Jin and Tristan for winning the very prestigious 2020 APS March Meeting Ovshinsky Student Travel Award!

January 2020: Bharat delivered an invited talk at the 2020 Conference on Electronic and Advanced Materials, Orlando, Florida.

November 2019: Bharat delivered an invited talk at the XXth International Workshop on the Physics of Semiconductor Devices (IWPSD) in Kolkata, India. 

November 2019: Bharat delivered a plenary talk at the workshop on "Atomically-Precise Materials" at PNNL, Richland, WA.

November 2019: Graduate students, Anusha, Rashmi and a postdoctoral fellow, Dooyong join the group. Welcome all! 

November 2019: Bharat delivered an invited talk at the 19th US-Japan Seminar on Dielelctric and Piezoelectric Ceramics, Tsukuba, Japan.

October 2019: Bharat delivered the ECE Colloquium in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UMN, Twin-Cities

October 2019: Bharat delivered the Physics and Astronomy Colloquium in the School of Physics and Astronomy at UMN, Twin-Cities.

October 2019: Many congratulations Bill for winning the best poster award at MN AVS Annual Symposium, Minneapolis, MN!!

October 2019: Bharat delivered a keynote lecture at the MN AVS Annual Symposium, Minneapolis, MN.

September 2019: Bharat delivered an invited talk at Physical Electronics (PHI) User meetings, Chanhassen, MN.

August 2019: Bharat delivered an invited talk at 19th International Conference on Crystal Growth and Epitaxy (ICCGE-19) in Keystone, Colorado.

July 2019: Bharat presented with the 2019 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) at the White House ceremony.

July 2019: Tristan presents an oral talk on defects in stannate thin films and heterostructures at the 30th International Conference on Defects in Semiconductors.

July 2019: Bharat co-organized the 4th Functional Oxide Thin Films for Advanced Energy and Information Technology Conference in Lisbon, Portugal. 

July 2019: Bharat was awarded with the 2019 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).