Dr. Munima B. Sahariah

Research :

My research interest is in the broad area of Computational Condensed Matter Physics. Focus is in understanding the functional properies of Heusler alloys and transport properties in low dimensional systems through first principles calculations. Heusler alloys of both ternary and quaternary types are considered with special interest on the microscopic mechanisms associated with the characteristic structural and magnetic transformations in order to predict systems with enhanced properties. As for low dimensional systems, interest is in layered structures as prospective materials to be used in solar cell devices and nuclear reactors.

Career :


Ph.D.(in Physics) from Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, India in 2006

M.Sc.(in Physics) from Gauhati University, Guwahati, India in 1996


Jan, 2016 – till date : Associate Professor (I), Advanced Materials Science group , IASST,
Guwahati, India
Aug, 2011 – Dec., 2015 : Assistant Professor (II), Advanced Materials Science group , IASST,
Guwahati, India
May, 2010 – Aug, 2011 Assistant Professor, Deptt. of Physics, Cotton College, Guwahati, India


1996 Gauhati University gold medal for standing 1st class 1st, in Physics

1988 State merit award (for standing 4th within the state of Assam in school leaving certificate examination)


2007 Fellowship from Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India under SERC FAST TRACK proposals for young scientists (awarded for 3 years)


  1. Satyananda Chabungbam, Parijat Borgohain, Subhradip Ghosh, Navdeep Singh, Munima B
    Sahariah, Martensitic transformation and magnetism in Ni and Fe-rich compositions of Ni-
    Fe-Ga shape memory alloys, accepted for publication in Journal of Alloys and Compounds
  2. Ujjal Saikia, Munima B Sahariah, Ravindra Pandey, Stability of Cu-Nb layered
    nanocomposite from chemical bonding, Chem. Phys. Lett., 655, 59 (2016).
  3. Satyananda Chabungbam, G. C. Loh, Munima B Sahariah, Arup Ratan Pal, Ravindra
    Pandey, Atomic level understanding of site-specific interactions in Polyaniline/T iO2
    composite, Chem. Phys. Lett., 645, 144 (2016).
  4. Parijat Borgohain and Munima B Sahariah, Effect of compositional and antisite disorder on
    the electronic and magnetic properties of NiMnIn Heusler alloy, J.Phys.: Condens. Matter,
    27, 175502-175511 (2015).
  5.  Satyananda Chabungbam and Munima B Sahariah, First principles correspondence of a
    second type of phonon anomaly along [211] to the Fermi nesting features and associated
    electron-phonon interactions in Ni2FeGa, Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 647, 70-74
  6. Satyananda Chabungbam, S.Gowtham and Munima B Sahariah, Dynamical
    instability and Fermi surface topology in Ni2FeGa from first principles , Physical
    Review B 89 085114 (2014)
  7. Munima B Sahariah, Subhradip Ghosh, Chabungbam S Singh, S Gowtham and R
    Pandey, First-principles computation of structural, elastic and magnetic properties
    of Ni2FeGa across the martensitic transformation J.Phys.:Condens.Matter, 25
    025502 ( 2013).
  8. Munima B Sahariah and Subhradip Ghosh, Dynamical Stability and Phase
    Transition in BeO under pressure J.Appl.Phys. 107 083520 (2010)
  9. David Groh, Ravindra pandey, Munima B Sahariah, Emilie Amzallag, Isabelle
    Baraille and Michel Rrat, First-principles study of the optical properties of BeO in
    its ambient and high pressure phases J.Phy.Chem.Solids 70 789 (2009).
  10. Munima B Sahariah and Subhradip Ghosh, Ab initio calculation of lattice
    dynamics in BeO, J.Phys.:Condens.Matter 20 395201 (2008).
  11. Charudatt Y Kadolkar and Munima B Sahariah, Point defect simulations by finite
    cluster method, Computational Materials Science 44 443-448 (2008)
  12. Munima B Sahariah and Charudatt Y Kadolkar, Short range potential parameters
    and electronic polarizabilities of β − Ga2 O3 , J.Phys.:Condens.Matter 19 156215
  13. Miguel A. Blanco, Munima B. Sahariah, Huitian Jiang, Aurora Costales and
    Ravindra Pandey, Energetics and migration of point defects in Ga2 O3 , Phys.Rev. B
    72 184103 (2005)

Projects :

  1. Ab initio calculation of vibrational and thermodynamic properties of oxides
    under pressure. (Completed)
  2. Designation : P.I.
    Scheme : Fast Track project for young scientists
    Funding Agency : Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India
    Ref. No.: SR/FTP/PS-39/2006
    Duration : 3 years (From May’2007 to April’2010).

  3. Electronic, magnetic and lattice dynamical properties of magnetic shape
    memory alloys. (Ongoing)
  4. Designation : P.I.
    Scheme : Fast Track project for young scientists
    Funding Agency : Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India
    Ref. No. : SR/FTP/PS-031/2012
    Duration : 3 years (2013-2016).

Group :

Ph.D. students :

  1. Mr. Chabungbam Satyananda Singh
  2. Registration: Gauhati University, 2011

    Co-supervisor : Prof. N. Nimai Singh

  3. Ms. Parijat Borgohain
  4. Registration: Gauhati University, 2012

  5. Mr. Ujjal Saikia
  6. Registration : Gauhati University, 2013

Collaborators :

Dr. Subhradip Ghosh

Assoc. Prof., Deptt. of Physics

IIT Guwahati

Guwahati, INDIA

Prof. Ravindra Pandey

Prof. and Chair, Deptt. of Physics

Michigan Tech. University

Michigan, USA

Dr. Amal Medhi

Assistant Professor, Deptt. of Physics

IISER Thiruvananthapuram

Kerala, INDIA

Dr. Arup Ratan Pal

Assistant Professor, Physical Sciences Division


Guwahati, INDIA

Opportunities :

01 position for Ph.D. (JRF)