Prasenjit Guptasarma

Professor & Associate Dean, CEAS
 KEN 3077

During 2015 – 2019, Prof. Guptasarma served as Chair of the Department of Physics.

During 2021-22, Guptasarma served as Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the Chancellor, UWM..

Currently Professor Guptasarma serves full-time as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering & Applied Science.


Dr. Guptasarma’s research work spans interdisciplinary areas of physics, chemistry and materials science. The physics most interesting to Guptasarma and colleagues is often found near a critical phase transition bordering an unconventional quantum physical ground state. As a Condensed Matter Physicist and a Materials Scientist, Guptasarma seeks to elucidate the fundamental physics behind unusual electronic and magnetic properties of materials, ranging from large single crystals to tiny nanocrystals. The group’s work helps predict and discover new materials whose properties can have wide-ranging applications in present and futuristic electronic devices. Dr. Guptasarma currently directs the research of two postdoctoral scientists, four graduate students, and a number of undergraduate interns. His research is currently supported by federal (mostly NSF and DoD) and intramural research grants in the broad areas of novel superconductivity, magnetism and ferroelectricity. Other areas of investigation in Guptasarma’s lab include research on new materials for batteries, photovoltaic devices, and multifunctional materials for device applications. Members of his research team come from a variety of backgrounds, including physics, chemistry, engineering, and surface science.

Dr. Guptasarma’s research interests in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) span topics of learner-centered teaching practice, discovery driven learning, and the changing landscape of higher education.

More information on his research can be found here.

Biographical Sketch

Professor Prasenjit Guptasarma received a PhD from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, after a Master’s degree in physics at the Center for Advanced Research in Physics & Astrophysics, University of Delhi. He was a visiting professor and INFN fellow at the CNR Institute for Molecular Spectroscopy, and an NSF postdoctoral appointee at the Argonne National Laboratory. Dr. Guptasarma currently holds a tenured professorship in the department of physics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) which he joined as an assistant professor in the year 2000. He currently serves as the Chair of the Physics Department. Professor Guptasarma has published over 130 research articles and book chapters, presented over 70 invited talks and lectures in different countries. He is an active member of several national and international collaborative research networks. Dr. Guptasarma also serves on the editorial board of Advances in Condensed Matter Physics.

Recent recognitions of Guptasarma’s research and teaching include UWM’s Research Fellow Award (2012) and Research Excellence Award (2008), the Research Growth Initiative Award (2006, 2011), the NSF Career Award (2005) from the U.S. National Science Foundation, the Graduate School Research Committee Award (2005), and the WSGC-NASA’s Research Infrastructure Award (2006). Dr. Guptasarma was appointed a Wisconsin Teaching Scholar in 2008. He enjoys teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels and has taught courses at every level from the 100s to the 800s at UWM.

Dr. Guptasarma is fluent in six languages, with a working knowledge of several others. In addition to interests in classical music, he composes and performs music in different musical genres within these ethno-linguistic styles.

Prof. Guptasarma also serves as a Professor affiliate at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences in the College of Engineering and Applies Sciences (CEAS).

Selected Publications

Garg, Uma, Rexhausen, William, Smith, Nathaniel, Harris, Joshua, Qu, Deyang, and Guptasarma, Prasenjit. “Crystal structure stabilization, electrochemical properties, and morphology of P2-type Na0.67Mn0.625Fe0.25Ni0.125O2 for Na-ion battery cathodes” Journal of Power Sources431. (2019): 105-113.
Smith, Nathaniel, Gelting, David, Basaran, Ali C., Schofield, Marvin, Schuller, Ivan K., Gajdardziska-Josifovska, Marija, and Guptasarma, Prasenjit. “Effects of Oxygen Annealing on Single Crystal Iron Telluride” PHYSICA C – Superconductivity567. (2019).
Li, Yanan, Smith, Nathaniel P., Rexhausen, William, Schofield, Marvin A., and Guptasarma, Prasenjit. “Possible lattice and charge order in CuxBi2Te2Se” Journal of Physics Mat3. (2019): 015008.
Das, Shekhar, Sirohi, Anshu, Gupta, Gaurav K., Kamboj, Suman, Vasdev, Aastha, Gayen, Sirshendu, Guptasarma, Prasenjit, Das, Tanmoy, and Sheet, Goutam. “Discovery of highly spin-polarized conducting surface states in the strong spin-orbit coupling semiconductor Sb2Se3” PHYSICAL REVIEW B97.23 (2018).
Malik, Vikash, Sen, Somaditya, Gelting, David R., Gajdardziska-Josifovska, Marija, Schmidt, Marius, and Guptasarma, Prasenjit. “Field-enhanced magnetic moment in ellipsoidal nanohematite” MATERIALS RESEARCH EXPRESS1.2 (2014).
Bera, Achintya, Pal, Koushik, Muthu, D. V. S., , Sen, Somaditya, Guptasarma, Prasenjit, Waghmare, U. V., and Sood, A. K.“Sharp Raman Anomalies and Broken Adiabaticity at a Pressure Induced Transition from Band to Topological Insulator in Sb2Se3” PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS110.10 (2013).
Bera, A., Pal, K., Muthu, D. V., Sen, S., Guptasarma, Prasenjit, Waghmare, U. V., and Sood, A. K.“Sharp Raman anomalies and broken adiabaticity at a pressure induced transition from band to topological insulator in Sb2Se3” Physical Review Letters110.107401 (2013).
Williamsen, Mark S., Ray, Shishir K., Zou, Ying, Dudek, John A., Sen, Somaditya, Bissen, Mark, Kretsch, Laura, Palkar, Vaijayanti R., Onellion, Marshall F., and Guptasarma, Prasenjit. “Ultrahigh vacuum sample mount for x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy up to very high temperature (150–1400 K)” J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A29.031602 (2011).
Sen, S., Zou, Y., Ray, S.K., Robertson, D. P., Guptasarma, Prasenjit, and Gajdarjadziska-Josifovska, M.. “Structural Complexities of PbTi0.5Fe0.5O3 Nanocrystals Revealed by HRTEM” Microscopy and Microanalysis16.Suppl. 2 (2010): 1720–1721.
Saichu, R. P., Mahns, I., Goos, A., Binder, S., May, P., Singer, S. G., Schulz, B., Rusydi, A., Unterhinninghofen, J., Manske, D., Guptasarma, Prasenjit, Williamsen, M. S., and Ruebhausen, M.. “Two-Component Dynamics of the Order Parameter of High Temperature Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+delta Superconductors Revealed by Time-Resolved Raman Scattering” PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS102.17 (2009).
Saichu, R. P., Mahns, I., Goos, A., Binder, S., May, P., Singer, S. G., Schulz, B., Rusydi, A., Unterhinninghofen, J., Manske, D., Guptasarma, Prasenjit, Williamsen, M. S., and Rübhausen, M.. “Two-component dynamics of the order parameter of high temperature Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+delta superconductors revealed by time-resolved Raman scattering” Physical Review Letters102.177004 (2009).
Chen, B., Mukhopadhyay, S., Halperin, W. P., Guptasarma, Prasenjit, and Hinks, D. G.“Evidence for intrinsic impurities in the high-temperature superconductor Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ from 17O nuclear magnetic resonance” Physical Review B77.052508 (2008).
Chen, B., Halperin, W. P., Guptasarma, Prasenjit, Hinks, D. G., Mitrovic, V. F., Reyes, A. P., and Kuhns, P. L.“Two-dimensional vortices in superconductors” Nature Physics3.4 (2007): 239-242.
Budelmann, D., Schulz, B., Rübhausen, M., Klein, M. V., Williamsen, M. S., and Guptasarma, Prasenjit. “Gaplike excitations in the superconducting state of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 studied by resonant Raman scattering” Physical Review Letters95.057003 (2005).
Singley, E. J., Abo-Bakr, M., Basov, D. N., Feikes, J., Guptasarma, Prasenjit, Holldack, K., Hübers, H. W., Kuske, Pp, Martin, Michael C., Peatman, W. B., Schade, U., and Wüsterfeld, G.. “Measuring the Josephson plasma resonance in Bi 2 Sr 2 CaCu 2 O 8 using intense coherent THz synchrotron radiation” Physical Review B69.092512 (2004).
Campuzano, J. C., Ding, H., Norman, M. R., Fretwell, H. M., Randeria, M., Kaminski, A., Mesot, J., Takeuchi, T., Sato, T., Yokoya, T., Takahashi, T., Mochiku, T., Kadowaki, K., Guptasarma, Prasenjit, Hinks, D. G., Konstantinovic, Z., Li, Z. Z., and Raffy, H.. “Electronic Spectra and Their Relation to the (π,π) Collective Mode in High-Tc Superconductors” Physical Review Letters83.18 (1999): 3709-3712.