B. Reeja Jayan

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Courtesy Appointment, Material Science and Engineering

B. Reeja Jayan

Source: College of Engineering

Carnegie Mellon University
Mechanical Engineering
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Office: SH 412

Phone: 412-268-4343

Email: bjayan@andrew.cmu.edu

Website: http://www.jayanlab.com




B. Reeja Jayan is an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), located in the city of Pittsburgh in USA. She also holds courtesy appointments in Materials Science and Engineering and Chemical Engineering departments at Carnegie Mellon. Prof. Jayan received her M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin (UT- Austin), working with Professor Arumugam Manthiram. She was subsequently a Postdoctoral Associate in Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), working under the supervision of Professor Karen Gleason.

Prof. Jayan directs the Far-from-Equilibrium Materials Laboratory at Carnegie Mellon. Her multidisciplinary lab harnesses electromagnetic fields to synthesize materials that access regions of the free energy/phase space diagram, hitherto unavailable to conventional synthesis routes. These low temperature processed materials directly grow on flexible, lightweight substrates like fibers, enabling structurally integrated energy harnessing, storage, and sensing. Prof. Jayan is a strong believer in game based learning methodologies that she uses extensively in her undergraduate and graduate courses.

Prof. Jayan is a recipient of 2017 Army Research Office (ARO) Young Investigator Award, 2016 Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Young Investigator Award, the Donald L. and Rhonda Struminger Faculty Fellowship, the Berkman Faculty Development Fund, a doctoral fellowship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW), and the H.H. The Maharaja of Cochin Endowment Prize from the University of Kerala, India.

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Postdoctoral Associate, Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2013-2015

Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin 2012

M.S., Electrical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin 2008

B. Tech., Electronics and Communications Engineering, University of Kerala 2002


Our group studies the role of external electromagnetic fields, such as microwave and millimeter waves in accessing regions of the free energy/phase space diagram of a material, hitherto unavailable to conventional synthesis routes. Examples include structurally integrated ordered-disordered ceramic oxides and oxide-polymer composites with unexpected electronic and mechanical properties, adaptive oxides for resistive switching, supersaturated mixed oxide solid solutions with hierarchical structure. An additional benefit involves employing low temperatures for directly processing such materials on fibers and flexible, light-weight substrates for applications in sensing and energy harnessing, storage.

We have extensive experience in the synthesis of inorganic and organic thin films using solution based sol-gel/microwave-assisted synthesis and chemical vapor deposition (CVD) polymerization. We carry out microscopic, spectroscopic and analytical characterization of thin films, as well micro/nano-fabrication processes for building and testing of photovoltaic, battery, and sensing devices. More information is available at jayanlab.com.


  1. N. Nakamura, M. W. Terban, S. J. L. Billinge, B. Reeja-Jayan, “Unlocking the structure of mixed amorphous-crystalline ceramic oxide films synthesized under low temperature electromagnetic excitation,” Journal of Materials Chemistry A (2017) (in press). 
  2. N. Nakamura, J. Seepaul, J. Kadane, B. Reeja-Jayan, “Regression Design for Low-Temperature Microwave-Assisted Crystallization of Ceramic Thin Films”, Applied Stochastic Models in Business and Industry, 33, 314-321 (2017).
  3. B. Reeja-Jayan, K. L. Harrison, K. Yang, Chih-Liang Wang, A. Yilmaz, and A. Manthiram, “Microwave-assisted Low Temperature Thin Film Growth in Solution”, Scientific Reports, 2, 1003 (2012). 
  4. M. L. Castillo, A. Ugur, H. Sojoudi, N. Nakamura, Z. Liu, F. Lin, R. E. Brandt, T. Buonassisia, B. Reeja-Jayan, K. K. Gleason, “Organic Passivation of Silicon Through Multifunctional Polymeric Interfaces”, Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, 160, 470-475 (2017).
  5. B. Reeja-Jayan, N. Chen, J. Lau, J. A. Kattirtzi, P. Moni, A. Liu, I. G. Miller, R. Kayser, A. P. Willard, B. Dunn, and K. K. Gleason, “A Group of Cyclic Siloxane and Silazane Polymer Films as Nanoscale Electrolytes for Microbattery Architectures”,  Macromolecules, 48, 5222 ( 2015).
  6. N. Chen*, B. Reeja-Jayan*, J. Lau, P. Moni, A. Liu, B. Dunn, and K. K. Gleason, “Nanoscale, Conformal Polysiloxane Thin Film Electrolytes for Three-Dimensional Battery Architectures”, Materials Horizons, 2, 309 ( 2015).
  7. B. Reeja-Jayan, P. Kovacik, R. Yang, H. Sojoudi , A. Ugur, D. H. Kim, C. D. Petruczok, X. Wang, A. Liu, and K. K. Gleason, “A Route towards Sustainability through Engineered Polymeric Interfaces”, Advanced Materials Interfaces, 1, 1400117 (2014). 
  8. Jun Liu, B. Reeja-Jayan, and A. Manthiram, “Conductive Surface Modification with Aluminum of High Capacity Layered Li[Li0.2Mn0.54Ni0.13Co0.13]O2 Cathodes”, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 114, 9528-9533 (2010).

Scientific & Professional Societies

  • Materials Research Society (MRS)
  • American Ceramics Society (ACerS)
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)