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Reeja Jayan

Carnegie Mellon University
Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, 2012

Reeja Jayan received her B. Tech. in Electronics and Communications Engineering from University of Kerala in 2002. She received her M.S. in Electrical Engineering (2008),  and her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering (2012), from the University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin). Jayan develops highly scalable processes for engineering multi-functional, micro- and nanoscale thin films or coatings on a variety of surfaces (wafers, paper, plastic, textiles). Applications range from transparent, flexible solar cells and electronic devices to conformal coatings on MEMS structures and biological scaffolds. From 2013-2015, she was a postdoctoral associate in chemical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), under the supervision of Professor Karen Gleason. Currently, Reeja Jayan is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.


Our group studies the role of external electromagnetic fields, such as microwave and millimeter waves in accessing regions of the free energy/phase space diagram of a material, hitherto unavailable to conventional synthesis routes. Examples include structurally integrated ordered-disordered ceramic oxides and oxide-polymer composites with unexpected electronic and mechanical properties, adaptive oxides for resistive switching, supersaturated mixed oxide solid solutions with hierarchical structure. An additional benefit involves employing low temperatures for directly processing such materials on fibers and flexible, light-weight substrates for applications in sensing and energy harnessing, storage.
We have extensive experience in the synthesis of inorganic and organic thin films using solution based sol-gel/microwave-assisted synthesis and chemical vapor deposition (CVD) polymerization. We carry out microscopic, spectroscopic and analytical characterization of thin films, as well micro/nano-fabrication processes for building and testing of photovoltaic, battery, and sensing devices.


Title Position Email
Nicholas Desmornes Undergraduate Student
Sky Ding Undergraduate Student
Edgar Mendoza Graduate Student
Nathan Nakamura Graduate Student
Michael Oden Undergraduate Student
Genevieve Parker Undergraduate Student
Rhea Prabhu Undergraduate Student
Mitchell Riek Undergraduate Student
Jason Seepaul Undergraduate Student
Tanvi Shah Undergraduate Student
Phil Smith Graduate Student
Laisuo Su Graduate Student
Indorica Sutradhar Undergraduate Student
Maxwell Telmer Undergraduate Student
Most Cited Publications

"Carbon-coated high capacity layered Li[Li0.2Mn0.54Ni0.13Co0.13]O2 cathodes ,"Jun Liu, Qiongyu Wang, B. Reeja-Jayan, Arumugam Manthiram, Electrochemistry Communications,12, 750 (2010)
"Controlling the Growth and Luminescence Properties of Well-Faceted ZnO Nanorods," E. De la Rosa, S. Sepu´lveda-Guzman, B. Reeja-Jayan, A. Torres, P. Salas, N. Elizondo, and M. Jose Yacaman, J. Phys. Chem. C ,111, 8489 (2017)
"Conductive Surface Modification with Aluminum of High Capacity Layered Li[Li0.2Mn0.54Ni0.13Co0.13]O2 Cathodes," Jun Liu, B. Reeja-Jayan, and Arumugam Manthiram, J. Phys. Chem. C,114, 9528 (2010)
"Synthesis of assembled ZnO structures by precipitation method in aqueous media,"S.Sepulveda-Guzman, B.Reeja-Jayan, la Rosa, A.Torres-Castro,V.Gonzalez-Gonzalez, M.Jose-Yacaman, Materials Chemistry and Physics, 15, 172 (2009)
"Structural Characterization and Luminescence of Porous Single Crystalline ZnO Nanodisks with Sponge-like Morphology," B. Reeja-Jayan, E. De la Rosa, S. Sepulveda-Guzman, R. A. Rodriguez, and M. Jose Yacaman, J. Phys. Chem. C,112, 240 (2008)

Recent Publications

"The effects of external fields in ceramic sintering." Jha, Shikhar K., Xin Li Phuah, Jian Luo, Costas P. Grigoropoulos, Haiyan Wang, Edwin García, and B. Reeja‐Jayan. Journal of the American Ceramic Society 102, no. 1 (2018): 5-31.
"Surface Engineering of a LiMn2O4 Electrode Using Nanoscale Polymer Thin Films via Chemical Vapor Deposition Polymerization." Su, Laisuo, Phil M. Smith, Priyanka Anand, and B. Reeja-Jayan. ACS applied materials & interfaces 10, no. 32 (2018): 27063-27073.
"Molecularly grafted, structurally integrated multifunctional polymer thin films with improved adhesion." Lassnig, Alice, Nathan Nakamura, Tanja Jörg, B. Reeja-Jayan, and Megan J. Cordill. Surface and Coatings Technology 349 (2018): 963-968.
"Thermal conductivity of poly (3, 4-ethylenedioxythiophene) films engineered by oxidative chemical vapor deposition (oCVD)." Smith, Phil M., Laisuo Su, Wei Gong, Nathan Nakamura, B. Reeja-Jayan, and Sheng Shen. RSC Advances 8, no. 35 (2018): 19348-19352.
“Organic Passivation of Silicon Through Multifunctional Polymeric Interfaces”, M. L. Castillo, A. Ugur, H. Sojoudi, N. Nakamura, Z. Liu, F. Lin, R. E. Brandt, T. Buonassisia, B. Reeja-Jayan, K. K. Gleason, Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, 160, 470 (2017).