Dr. Soumen Dhara is a senior-grade assistant professor at Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, India. He received his Ph.D. in physics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, India. He then obtained a prestigious JSPS postdoctoral fellowship at Kobe University from the government of Japan. He continued his research as a senior postdoctoral fellow at a number of institutions, including S. N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, India, the University of Cambridge and Cardiff University, UK, and the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He has more than 15 years of teaching and research experience and has published over 36 research articles and a review article in high-profile international journals (SCI indexed) as well as three book chapters. He has edited two international peer-reviewed book projects. His research interests are semiconductor nanostructures (nanowires, thin films, heterostructures), optoelectronics, solid-state lighting and light sensors, and spectroscopy of nanomaterials including ultrafast laser spectroscopy and thin-film transistors.