Materials Research Science and Engineering Center
Graduate Student

Nabila Tanjeem
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Nabila Tanjeem is a Ph.D. student in the Applied Physics program of Harvard's John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. She grew up in Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. After finishing high school, she went to Japan as a Monbukagakusho fellow, and received a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tokyo. She did undergraduate research at the nanophotonics laboratory supervised by Motoichi Ohtsu and Takashi Yatsui. She is now working in Vinothan Manoharan's laboratory, studying self-assembly of materials that exhibit remarkable optical properties. Nabila has worked on assembly and characterization of 3-D plasmonic clusters which are promising candidates for optical metamaterials. Currently, she is designing chiral structures to study crystallization of spheres on a cylindrical surface. This work is being done in a MRSEC IRG2 collaboration with David Nelson and Dan Beller, who are developing the theory of defect dynamics on tubular crystals. She is also carrying out experiments where spherical particles park on cylinders which is being simulated and addressed theoretically by MRSEC faculty Chris Rycroft and Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan.