Research Interest

  • Active Matter: Artificial active matter systems, Active colloids, Swimming at low Reynolds number.
  • Colloidal Self-assembly: Fabrication of novel materials via colloidal self-assembly with properties like programmable shapes and re-configurability.
  • Fabrication of Shape and material controlled nanostructures: Novel properties suitable for Plasmonics, gas sensing, and optical filters etc.

  Academic Background

  • PhD (2013), Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India.
  • MSc (2007), Department of Physics, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India.

  Professional Experience

  • Guest Scientist, (Since Feb 2019), Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (MPI-IS), Stuttgart, Germany.
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, (October 2014 – JAN 2019), Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (MPI-IS), Stuttgart, Germany.
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, (September 2013 – August 2014), Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), Pohang, South Korea.
  • Visiting Scientist (January 2018), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore.

  Selected Publications

  1. Udit Choudhury, Dhruv P. Singh, Tian Qiu, Peer Fischer; “Chemical nanomotors at the gram scale at high density form an active opto-rheological medium” Advanced Materials, Jan 2019, DOI: 10.1002/adma.201807382.
  2. Tingting Yu, Prabha Chuphal, Snigdha Thakur, Shang Yik Reigh, Dhruv P. Singh (Corresponding author), Peer Fischer; “Chemical micromotors self-assemble and self-propel by spontaneous symmetry breaking” Chemical Communications, 2018, DOI: 10.1039/C8CC06467A.
  3. Dhruv P. Singh (corresponding author), William E. Uspal, Mihail Popescu, Laurence Wilson, Peer Fischer; “Photo-gravitactic microswimmer” Advanced Functional Materials, 28, 1706660, (2018). DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201706660.
  4. Marcus Matuschek, Dhruv P. Singh, Hyeon-Ho Jeong, Maxim Nesterov, Thomas Weiss, Peer Fischer, Frank Neubrech, and Na Liu; “Chiral Plasmonic Hydrogen Sensors” Small, 14, 1702990, (2018), DOI: 10.1002/smll.201702990.
  5. Dhruv P. Singh, Udit Choudhury, Peer Fischer, Andrew G. Mark; “Non-Equilibrium Assembly of Light-Activated Colloidal Mixtures” Advanced Materials, 29, 1701328, (2017) DOI:10.1002/adma.201701328.
  6. Debora Walker, Dhruv P. Singh, Peer Fischer; “Capture of 2D Microparticle Arrays via a UV-Triggered Thiol-yne “Click” Reaction” Advanced Materials, 28, 9846, (2016), DOI:10.1002/adma.201603586.
  7. Seung Hee Lee, Dhruv P. Singh, Ji Ho Sung, Moon-Ho Jo, Ki Chang Kwon, Soo Young Kim, Ho Won Jang, Jong Kyu Kim; “Highly photoresponsive and wavelength- selective circularly-polarized-light detector based on metal-oxides hetero-chiral thin film” Scientific Reports, 6, 19580,(2016), DOI:10.1038/srep19580.
  8. Dhruv P. Singh, Seung Hee Lee, Il Yong Choi, Jong Kyu Kim; “Spatially graded TiO2-SiO2 Bragg reflector with rainbow-colored photonic band gap” Optics Express, 23(13), 17568, (2015), DOI:10.1364/OE.23.017568.
  9. Samir Kumar, Pratibha Goel, Dhruv P. Singh, J. P. Singh; “Highly sensitive superhydrophobic Ag nanorods array substrates for surface enhanced fluorescence studies” Applied Physics Letters, 104, 023107, (2014), DOI:10.1063/1.4861836.
  10. Dhruv P. Singh, J. P. Singh; “Delayed freezing of water droplet on silver nanocolumnar thin film” Applied Physics Letters, 102, 243112,(2013), DOI:10.1063/1.4811751.
  11. Dhruv P. Singh, Pratibha Goel, J. P. Singh; “Revisiting the structure zone model for sculptured silver thin films deposited at low substrate temperatures” Journal of Applied Physics, 112, 104324, (2012), DOI:10.1063/1.4767634

Message From Director

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