Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering

Rajnish Kurchania

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Dr Rajnish Kurchania

BSc Msc PhD


Dr Rajnish Kurchania is a Senior Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering. 

Dr Kurchania obtained his PhD in 1998 from the University of Leeds.   His research focused on lead zirconate titanate (PZT) based ferroelectric thin films, with expertise in synthesis and characterisation of ferroelectric thin films. 

From 1994 to 1997, he was the recipient of both the Overseas Research Awards (ORS) from the Committee of Vice Chancellors and Principals (CVCP) of the UK Universities, and  the Tetley Lupton Scholarship from the University of Leeds.

In 2011, Rajnish received funding from the Royal Academy of Engineering and the UK-India Education Research Initiative (UKIERI phase-II) for collaborative research in the sustainable built environment, coatings and solar photovoltaics with the University of Bath (2012-2014). Rajnish is the Indian project leader for the UKIERI project, directing a consortium of academics from IIT Delhi, MANIT Bhopal and JEC Jaipur.

Whilst a Fellow at the University of Leeds, Rajnish developed electrochemical sensors and microwave dielectrics.  At the University of Bath, he pioneered non destructive testing of thermal barrier coatings using impedance spectroscopy. Rajnish has also acted as Senior Project Leader in Technology at The Welding Institute (TWI), where he managed European research projects FP6, FP7 and worked in the area of pulsed thermography and radiography for NDT inspection of aerospace, oil/gas and power generation components.     

In 2007, Rajnish returned to India to join the Department of Physics at the Rajiv Gandhi Technical University as a Reader in Physics.  In 2008, he established a new University Teaching Department (UTD) in the area of nanotechnology, and headed the School of Nanotechnology from its inception until 2010. He has been working as an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics, Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT) since June 2010.

Rajnish has published extensively in international journals and presented his work at a number of conferences worldwide.  He has successfully completed government and industry sponsored research projects and is the Principal Investigator of several externally funded research projects.  Rajnish also supervises Physics, Materials Science and Nanotechnology PhD and MTech students.    


His research activities span solar photovoltaics for energy efficient building materials (BIPV), innovative construction materials, synthesis and characterisation of nanostructured materials, functional materials, and computational nanotechnology.           

Dr. Kurchania is a life member of Materials Research Society India (MRSI), Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE) and Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) UK.