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Swati Sharma
Dr. Swati Sharma
Advanced Carbon Materials and Devices

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Advanced Carbon Materials and Devices

Dr. Swati Sharma

FunTECH-3D Group Leader
HEiKA Center for Material Research

Research on carbon nanomaterials is diverse. There are several pathways to obtain various advanced carbon nanoforms such as graphene, carbon nanotubes, fullerenes and diamond-like carbons. In this group we use a rather unconventional approach of converting micro and nano patterned polymer structures into glassy carbon via pyrolysis process, which transforms micro-scale patterns into nano-scale by thermochemical decomposition of polymers followed by the formation of new carbon-carbon bonds. Interestingly, one can control the progression of bond-dissociation and formation by tuning the pyrolysis conditions and atomically engineer the ensuing carbon material. We pattern silicon as well as flexible substrates such as polyimide. Resulting structures, having pre-defined properties, are then directly tested for their MEMS and NEMS device applications.



Dr. Sharma receives financial support from the following agencies for the research activities of this team:

HEiKA Center for Materials Research
Functional Materials and Technologies for 3D-Structures and Systems (FunTECH-3D)
Ministry of Science, Research and Art, Baden-Württemberg, Germany


Indo-German Cooperative Science Program (in collaboration with Dr. Neil MacKinnon, IMT)
Biowaste Processing for Energy and Carbon (BioPEC)
Jointly supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), India.
Indian partner: Dr. Shyam Kumar Masakapalli, Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi, HP, India



Course title: Micro and nanofabrication with carbon (in winter and summer semester).


Open positions

Ph.D. and Postdoc positions, when available, are updated on KIT’s website for job offers.

Master/ Bachelor thesis projects can be found on the IMT Student Research Projects page. Enthusiastic students with interesting thesis ideas (suitable for ~6 month duration) on relevant topics may arrange a discussion with Dr. Sharma via email.


Photograph of a bendable laser carbon test structure on Kapton (Photo: KIT).
Publication in npj|Flexible Electronics

Researchers from IMT and IFG (Institute of Functional Interfaces) developed carbon-based flexible urea sensors that can be rolled-up to fit inside a catheter for ”point-of-care” diagnostics (Photo: KIT).

IAAM best oral presentation award to Dr. Swati Sharma
IAAM best oral presentation award to Dr. Swati Sharma

IMT researcher Dr. Swati Sharma received the best oral presentation award from the International Association of Advanced Materials (IAAM) for her talk on pyrolytic carbon at the Carbon Materials and Technology Conference, Stockholm, Sweden.

Special Issue on Glassy Carbon by Dr. Swati Sharma
Special Issue on Glassy Carbon by Dr. Swati Sharma

IMT researcher Dr. Swati Sharma was selected as the guest editor for an advertised special issue on glassy carbon in the journal Materials. Contributions are welcome.