Puru Jena


Distinguished Professor
Theoretical condensed matter, Theoretical nanoscience
701 W. Grace St., 1513


Ph.D. in Physics, University of California, Riverside, 1970
Thesis Title – “Electronic Structure and Hyperfine Properties of Group II Metals”
Advisor: Prof. Tara P. Das

M. Sc. in Physics, Utkal University, Orissa, India, 1966

B. S. (Hons) with Distinction in Physics, Utkal University, Orissa, India, 1964


My research interests cover a wide range of areas in Physics, Chemistry, and Materials science starting fromatomic clusters and nanomaterials to surfaces, interfaces, thin films, and defects in crystalline materials.


Fang, H. and Jena, P.: “Super-ion Inspired Colorful Hybrid Perovskite Solar Cells”, J. Mat. Chem. A 4, 4728 (2016)

Zhang, S., Zhou, J., Wang, Q., Chen, X., Kawazoe, Y., and Jena, P.: “Penta-graphene: A New Carbon Allotrope”, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 112, 2372 (2015)

Giri, S., Behera, S., and Jena, P.: “Superhalogens as Building Blocks of Halogen-free Electrolytes in Li-ion Batteries”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 53, 13916 (2014)

Jena, P.: “Materials for Hydrogen Storage: Past, Present, and Future”, J. Phys. Chem. Letters (invited) 2, 206 (2011).

Zhou, J., Wang, Q., Sun, Q., Chen, X. S., Kawazoe, Y., and Jena, P.: “Ferromagnetism in semihydrogenated graphene”, Nano Letters 9, 3867 (2009).

Sun, Q. Wang, Q., Jena, P.: Clustering of Ti on C60 surface and its effect on hydrogen storage, J. Am. Chem. Soc. (communication) 127, 14582, (2005).


2005-present -Distinguished Professor of Physics, Virginia Commonwealth University

2007-2008 – Jefferson Science Fellow and Senior Science Advisor, US Department of State

1986-987- Program Director, Division of Materials Research, National Science Foundation

1982-2005- Professor of Physics, Virginia Commonwealth University

1980-82-Associate Professor of Physics, Virginia Commonwealth University

1978-80-Associate Professor of Physics, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan

1977-78-Visiting Scientist, Argonne national Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois

1975-77-Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

1973-75-Research Associate in Physics, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

1971-73-Postdoctoral Fellow, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada

Jena Research Group’s website