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Irma Kuljanishvili, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Chair


Ph.D. in Physics, Michigan State University
M.S. in Physics, Michigan State University

Research Interests

Kuljanishvili’s research interests include but are not limited to nanoscience and nanotechnology.

  • Quantum confinement and disorder in 2D systems, 1D wires and quantum dots (QD) devices.
  • Electronic and thermal transport in nanostructures, studies of defects and disorder in nanomaterials and devices
  • Synthesis and characterization of novel nanoscale materials such as carbon nanotubes and graphene, for scalable device technologies and applications
  • Scanning Probe Techniques; Scanning Capacitance Microscopy (SCM) and Spectroscopy, Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) and Optical characterization techniques such as resonant Raman Spectroscopy and other local probe techniques
  • SPM based lithography; Dip Pen Nanolithography, Nanoscale design, assembly and patterning techniques

Labs and Facilities

  • Scanning Probe Microscopy Lab
  • Chemical Vapor Deposition Synthesis and Electrical Characterization Lab

Publications and Media Placements

Printed Archival Peer-Reviewed Journals
Walsh, K. A., Romanowich, M. E., Gasseller, M., Kuljanishvili, I., Ashoori, R., Tessmer, S. Scanning-probe Single-electron Capacitance Spectroscopy. Journal of Visualized Experiments, (77), e50676, DOI: 10.3791/50676 (2013).

M. Minary, R. A. Bernal, I. Kuljanishvili, V. Parpoil, H. D. Espinosa, “Individual GaN Nanowires Exhibit Strong Piezoelectricity in 3D, NanoLett., 2012, 12 (2), pp 970-976. DOI: 10.1021/nl204043y

I. Kuljanishvili, D. Dikin, S. Rozok, S. Mayle, V. Chandrasekhar, “Controllable patterning and CVD growth of isolated carbon nanotubes with direct parallel writing of catalyst using Dip Pen Nanolithography ”, Small, Vol. 5, Issue 22, 2523, 2009, (Cover page article). DOI: 10.1002/smll.200900841

S. H. Tessmer, I. Kuljanishvili, “Modeling single- and multiple-electron resonances for electric-field-sensitive scanning probe”, Nanotechnology, 445503, (2008). DOI: 10.1088/0957-4484/19/44/445503

S. H. Tessmer, I. Kuljanishvili, C. Piermarocchi, T. Kaplan, J. Harrison, “Nanometer-scale capacitance spectroscopy of semiconductor donor molecules”, Physica B: Condensed Matter, 403 (19-20): pp. 3774-3780, 2008. DOI: 10.1016/j.physb.2008.07.003

I. Kuljanishvili, C Kayis, S. H. Tessmer, C. Piermarocchi, T. Kaplan, L.N. Pfeiffer, K.W. West “Scanning probe spectroscopy of semiconductor donor molecules”, Nature Physics 4, 227-233, 2008, also see Nature Physics News & Views article by M.Y. Simmons: “Probing dopants at atomic level”, Nature Physics 4,165-166, 2008. DOI: 10.1038/nphys855

S. H. Tessmer, I. Kuljanishvili, C. Piermarocchi, T. Kaplan, J. Harrison, “Scanning Charge Accumulation Probe of Semiconductor Donor Molecules”, AIP Conference Proceedings, Workshop on Mesoscopic Physics, WNMP07, 130-134, 2008. DOI: 10.1063/1.2915582

G. Gabrielse, P. Larochelle, D. Lesage, B. Levitt, W. S. Kolthammer, I. Kuljanishvili, R. McConnel, J. Wrubel, F.M Esser, H. Gluckler, D. Grzonka, G. Hansen, S. Martin, W. Oelert, J. Schillings, M. Schmitt, T. Sefzik, H. Soltner, Z. Zhang, D. Comeau, M.S. George, E. A. Hessels, C.H. Story, M. Weel, A. Speck, F. Nillius, J. Waltz, T.W. Hansch “ Antiproton Confinement in a Penning Trap for Antihydrogen” , PRL, 98, 113002, 2007. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.98.113002

I. Kuljanishvili, S. Chakraborty, I. J. Maasilta, S. H. Tessmer, and M. R. Melloch,“Modeling electric field sensitive scanning probe measurements for a tip of arbitrary shape,” Ultramicroscopy. 102-1, 7-12, 2004. DOI: 10.1016/j.ultramic.2004.07.004

I. J. Maasilta, S. Chakraborty, I. Kuljanishvili, S. H. Tessmer, and M. R. Melloch, “Imaging a Two-Dimensional Electron System in a Quantizing Magnetic Field,” Phys. Rev. B. 68, 205328, 2003. DOI: 10.1016/S1386-9477(02)01072-X

I. J. Maasilta, S. Chakraborty, I. Kuljanishvili, S. H. Tessmer, and M. R. Melloch, “Tunneling Images of a 2D Electron System in a Quantizing Magnetic Field,” Physica E: Low-dimensional Systems and Nanostructures, 18(1-3): pp.167-168, 2003. DOI: 10.1016/S1386-9477(02)01072-X

Peer-Reviewed Conference Papers
S. E. Shafraniuk, I. Kuljanishvili, Electric Energy Generation By Arrays Of Carbon Nanotube Junctions, Paper #: HP-007 Proceedings of The 27th Army Science Conference, November 29 - December 2, 2010.

Honors and Awards

Kuljanishvili has received recognitions in the scientific press including a cover article in Small and featured article in Nature Physics, News and Views, and an honorable mention in 2010 Northwestern Scientific Images Contest.

  • SLU Presidents Research Fund Award - SLU President’s Research Fund (PRF) supports promising projects that have strong potential to attract external funding.
  • One million dollars ($1,000,000) per year is available to support research and scholarly activity. PRF awards are aimed at supporting the collection of data or other pilot activities that the awardee will use as the basis for extramural grant or contract applications.
  • MSU College of Natural Science Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Fall 2004.
  • MSU Physics & Astronomy Department Sherwood K. Haynes Award, (for an outstanding PhD student), Spring 2005.

Professional Organizations and Associations

  • Member of American Physics Society (APS)
  • Member of Materials Research Society (MRS)
  • Reviewer for applied Physics Letters (APL), Physical Review B (PRB), Journal of Vacuum Sciences and Technologies B (JVSTB), Carbon (EES International Journal)
  • Proposal Evaluation Board Member at Center for Nanoscale Materials (CNM) at Argonne National Laboratory since 2009