Vaibhav Jain is a Materials Engineer at Optical Sciences division at Naval Reaearch Lab since 2011. During 2009-2011, he has worked in the same division as a National Research Council Postdoctoral Researcher. Prior to that, he received his PhD at Virginia Tech in Macromolecular Science and Engineering in 2009. Currently, he is actively involved in research related with on plasmonics, scanning probe microscopy, solar cells, sensors, optical materials and surface science. His graduate research work spans a range of topics in Polymer Science, Applied Physics and Optoelectronics including the fabrication of fast-switching electrochromic devices for flat-panel displays, deposition of the nanoparticle stationary phase in MEMS-based columns for high-speed gas chromatography and fabricating bending and linear actuators for artificial muscles by layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly.  Dr Jain also holds expertise in synthesizing and characterizing different kinds of nanoparticles (metal NPs, such as Au, Ag, Cu; and inorganic, such as ruthenium purple or Prussian blue.) and quantum dots. He has co-authored 30 publications, 1 review article, and more than 40 conference presentations.
Education
PhD, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Optical Materials, Plasmonics, Sensors, AFM
Personal Interests
Cooking, Traveling, spending time with kids
watching cricket and Hokie football