NSTC Home ORC UCF Research
Jayan Thomas

Jayan Thomas, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, NanoScience Technology Center, CREOL and College of Engineering
E-mail: Jayan.Thomas@ucf.edu
Phone: 407-882-0196
Fax: 407-882-2819
12424 Research Parkway Suite 480
Orlando, FL 32826-3250
Link: Nano Energy-Photonics Group


  • Postdoctoral fellowship: International School of Photonics, India
  • Ph. D: Cochin University of Science and Technology, India
  • M.S/B.S: Mahatma Gandhi University, India


  • Research Scientist, College of Optical Sciences, The University of Arizona 2001-2005.
  • Assistant/Associate Research Professor, College of Optical Sciences, The University of Arizona 2005-2011


  • College of Engineering


Research in my labs is focused on developing nanoarchitectured energy conversion and storage devices. Recently, we have developed a nanoarchitecturing technique using which polymer nanostructures can be printed efficiently at low cost. This technique is utilized to develop nanostructured polymer solar cells, nanoarchitectured electrodes for Li-ion batteries and supercapacitors, and printed biomolecule based photonic devices. Our nanoimprinting technique offers a simple route to fabricate large area nanostructures in a very short time.

Another line of work is the development of photorefractive polymers with improved sensitivity. Photorefractive composites derived from conducting polymers offer the advantage of dynamically recorded holograms without the need of processing of any kind. Thus, they are the material of choice for many cutting edge applications, such as updatable three-dimensional (3D) displays and 3D telepresence. Further improvements in the polymer composites could bring applications in telemedicine, advertising, updatable 3D maps and entertainment. We are also working on the development of new photorefractive polymers sensitive at IR wavelengths.

We are also studying the optical limiting properties of core-shell plasmonic nanostructures.

Awards, Honors and Societies

  • Reach for the stars (2016) award  
  • R&D100 (2015) Award
  • NSF CAREER award (2014)
  • Excellence in Research Award, University of Central Florida 2014
  • World Technology Awards ENERGY Finalist Award, 2014, sponsored by The World Technology Network, FORTUNE and TIME magazines (http://www.wtn.net/summit-2014/world-technology-award-finalists).
  • VEECO award for the best nanotechnology innovations 2010
  • Member, AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science)
  • Member, SPIE-The International Society for Optical Engineering
  • Member, MRS (Material Research Society)

Selected Publications

  • S. Das, D. Pandey, J. Thomas* (Invited author), T. Roy*, Role of graphene and other 2D materials in solar photovoltaics (Invited review), Accepted for publication in Advanced Materials (2018).
  • Y. Liu, C. Liang, J. Wu, S. J. Varma, Y. Nakanishi, A. Aliyan, A. A. Martí, Y. Wang, B. Xie, J. Kumar, K. Layne, N. Chopra, I. Odeh, R. Vajtai, J. Thomas, X. Peng, W. Yang, P. M. Ajayan, Reflux Pretreatment Mediated Sonication: A New Universal Route to Obtain 2D Quantum Dots, Accepted for publication in Materials Today (2018).
  • S. J. Varma, K. S. Kumar, S. Seal, S. Rajaraman, J. Thomas, Fibre-type Solar Cells, Nanogenerators, Batteries and Supercapacitors for Wearable Applications, Advanced Sciences (2018); (DOI) - 10.1002/advs.201800340.
  • K. Kumar, N. Choudhary, Y. Jung, J. Thomas, Recent Advances in Two-Dimensional Nanomaterials for Supercapacitor Electrode Applications, ACS Energy Lett. 2018, 3, 482−495.
  • S. J. Varma, J. Kumar, Y. Liu, K. Layne, J. Wu, C. Liang, Y. Nakanishi, A. Aliyan, W. Yang, P. M. Ajayan, J. Thomas , 2D TiS2 Layers: A Superior Nonlinear Optical Limiting Material, Adv. Optical Mater. 1700713 (2017).
  • N. Choudhary, C. Li, J. Moore, N. Nagaiah, L. Zhai, Y. Jung, J. Thomas, Asymmetric supercapacitor electrodes and devices, Adv. Mater. (Cover story) 1605336, 29, (2017).
  • Li, M. M. Islam, J. Moore, J. Sleppy, C. Morrison, K. Konstantinov, S. X. Dou, C. Renduchintala, J. Thomas, “Wearable energy-smart ribbons for synchronous energy harvest and storage”, Nature Communications 7,13319 (2016)
  • Choudhary, C. Li, H-S. Chung, J. Moore, J. Thomas, Y. Jung, “High-Performance One-Body Core/Shell Nanowire Supercapacitor Enabled by Conformal Growth of Capacitive 2D WS2 Layers”, ACS Nano (Cover story, 2016), DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.6b06111
  • Li, J. Sleppy, N. Dhasmana, M. Soliman, L. Tetard, J. Thomas, “A PCBM-assisted perovskite growth process to fabricate high efficiency semitransparent solar cells”, J. Mater. Chem. A, (Cover story) 4, 11648 (2016).
  • Li, Y. Ding, M. Soliman, J. Lorenzo, N. Dhasmana, P. Chantharasupawong, A. Levlev, A. J. Gesquiere, L. Tetard, J. Thomas, Probing Ternary Solvent Effect in High Voc Polymer Solar Cells Using Advanced AFM Techniques, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 8, 4730 (2016).
  • Yu, J. Moore, J. Calderon, L. Zhai, and J. Thomas, “Coil-Type Asymmetric Supercapacitor Electrical Cables”, Small, 11, 5289 (2015).
  • Yu, L. Tetard, L. Zhai, J. Thomas, “Supercapacitor electrode materials: Nanostructures from 0 to 3 dimensions”, Energy Environ. Sci. (Cover story), 8, 702 (2015).
  • Yu, M. McInnis, J. Calderon, S. Seal, L. Zhai, J. Thomas, “Functionalized graphene aerogel composites for high-performance asymmetric supercapacitors”, Nano Energy, 11, 611(2015).
  • Zhai, S. I. Khondaker, J. Thomas, C. Shen, M. McInnis,” Ordered Conjugated Polymer Nano- and Microstructures: Structure Control for Improved Performance of Organic Electronics” Nano Today 9, 705-721 (2014).
  • Yu and J. Thomas, “Coaxial supercapacitor-electrical cables: Integrating energy storage device into electrical cables”, Adv. Mater. (Cover story) 26, 4279 (2014). Nature News and Views: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v509/n7502/full/509568a.html
  • P. Chantharasupawong, L. Tetard, J. Thomas, Coupling Enhancement and Giant Rabi-Splitting in Large Arrays of Tunable Plexcitonic Substrates, J. Phys. Chem. C118, 23954 (2014).
UCF NanoScience Technology Center | Research Pavilion 4th Floor
12424 Research Parkway, Suite 400, Orlando, FL 32826
407.882.1578 | nano@ucf.edu
Office of Research & Commercialization