About me

A headshot of me: Pratap Chandra Adak


I’m a post-doctoral researcher at the City College of New York, where I work with lasers and explore the fascinating world of 2D materials in the Laboratory for Nano and Micro Photonics (LaNMP) led by Prof. Vinod Menon.

My main interest is in polaritons – hybrids of photons and excitons. I love exploring how light and matter interact and how we can harness their power to create amazing things.

Before my current gig, I was a Ph.D. student at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai under the guidance of Prof. Mandar Deshmukh. There, I studied the electronic properties of various 2D materials like graphene. When I’m not in the lab, I love tinkering with software and automating tasks, so check out this page to see some of the cool programs I developed.

On a personal note, I grew up in a rural area of West Bengal in India, where I learned to appreciate the beauty of nature and society. I’m always thinking and reading about the crazy rate of change in human history and how we’re currently in the midst of the most dramatic phase yet. As a researcher, I feel incredibly lucky to be a tiny part of the effort to advance our civilization. And if you’re curious about my musings on life beyond my expertise, check out my blog!

So that’s a little bit about me. Feel free to reach out if you want to chat about anything under the sun (or beyond it!). I’m always happy to say hi!