Dr. Lekshmi Kailas

Dr. Lekshmi Kailas


I did M.Sc. in Physics from the University of Kerala (India) and Ph.D. in Materials Physics from Universite catholique de Louvain (Belgium). My doctoral thesis dealt with self-assembly in ultra-thin polymer films and their surface and interface characterization. For my post-doctoral projects at the University of Sheffield (UK), I worked on polymer crystallization studies (Dept. of Physics & Astronomy and Dept. of Chemistry), instrument development for video rate AFM (Dept. of Physics & Astronomy) and cryo-TEM studies of exosporium layers (Dept. of Molecular Biology & Biotechnology). After my post-doctoral studies, I worked briefly with the Dept. of Atomic Energy (Govt. of India) as a visiting scientist at the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research at Kalpakkam (India). I joined the University of Limerick (Ireland) in 2013 as a staff instrument scientist at the Materials and Surface Science Institute (Bernal Institute). In 2019, I joined the University of Leeds as an Experimental officer in AFM based at the School of Physics and Astronomy.


  • Ph.D.
  • M.Sc. Physics
  • B.Sc. Physics
  • B.Ed.

Professional memberships

  • MInstP, Institute of Physics