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Mohindar Seehra

Eberly Distinguished Professor Emeritus

“All matter being magnetic to some extent, my research focus is on understanding nature of magnetism in materials from bulk to nanoscale.”

Condensed Matter Physics


Born in India in 1940, Dr. Seehra received his early education there, earning BS (Panjab University, 1959) and MS (Aligarh University, 1962) degrees, followed by some college-level teaching. In 1963, he joined the University of Rochester, Rochester (NY), receiving his Ph.D. there in June 1969. He joined West Virginia University (WVU) as an Assistant Professor of Physics in July 1969, became an Associate Professor in 1973, a full Professor in 1977, and an Eberly Distinguished Professor in 1992. He retired in August 2016 after mentoring 65 students at the M.S., Ph.D., and post-doctoral levels, but he continues research in magnetism and nanomaterials in collaboration with several research groups in the US and abroad.

Awards and Honors

  • A. P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellow (1974-1976) 
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society (1984-)
  • Fellow of the Institute of Physics (UK) (2001-)
  • Buswell Award from WVU in 2015 for advancing the careers of women students under his mentorship
  • Induction into the WV Order of Vandalia in 2019 for ‘Distinguished Service to West Virginia University’
Full list is given in CV.

Books Edited

“Magnetic Spinels” (2017), “Nanostructured Materials” (2018) and “Noble and Precious Metals” (2018) with A.D. Bristow, all published by InTech Publishers (London, UK). Chapters in these books are open access and have been downloaded by many thousands world-wide.

Journal Publications

Publications for 2021-2023 are listed below. For full list of publications, see CV (link given above).

  • Maruthi R, Sobhit Singh, S. Ghosh, Mohindar S. Seehra, Bruno Weise, Wilfrid Prellier, and Subhash Thota, Magnetic Structure and Field-Induced Transitions in Triangular Spin-1 Antiferromagnet NiNb2O6: Observation of a Triple Point, Physical Review B,108, 224430(12 pages), 2023

  • S. K. Jena, M. S. Seehra, T. Sarkar, M. Reehuis, A. Hoser, B. Weise, and S. Thota1, Spin-liquid state with precursor ferromagnetic clusters interacting antiferromagnetically in frustrated glassy tetragonal spinel Zn0.8Cu0.2FeMnO4, Journal of Physics: Condens. Matter, 35, 375802 (18 pages), 2023.

  • J. Shi, M.S. Seehra, J. Pfund, S. Yin. and M. Jain, Magnetocaloric properties of TbCrO3 and TmCrO3 and their comparison with those of the other RCrO3 systems (R= Gd, Dy, Ho, and Er), J. Appl. Phys. 134, 103903 (9 pages), 2023.

  • M. Roy-Chowdhury, M. S. Seehra and S. Thota, Results from New Optimized Analysis of the AC Magnetic Susceptibility Data in Seventeen Spin-Glass Systems using the Vogel-Fulcher and Power Laws, AIP Advances, 13, 115020 (7pages), 2023.

  • S. Thota, M. S. Seehra, M. R. Chowdhury, H. Singh, S. Ghosh, S. K. Jena, P. Pramanik, T.Sarkar, R. S. Rawat, R. Medwal, and B. Weise, Unraveling the nature of ferrimagnetism and associated exchange interactions in distorted honeycomb Ni4Nb2O9, Physical Review B, 106, 134418 (12 pages), (2022).

  • Sobhit Singh and Mohindar S. Seehra, Testing the validity of the core-shell-surface layer model on the size dependence of effective magnetic anisotropy in magnetic nanoparticles, Frontiers in Materials, 9, 1050600 (7 pages), 2022. 

  • Maruthi R, M. S. Seehra, S. Ghosh, R. Medwal, R.S. Rawat, B.Weise, E.S. Choi, and S.Thota, Determination of the tri-critical point, H-T phase diagram and exchange interactions in the antiferromagnet MnTa2O6, J. Phys.: Condens. Matter , 34, 155801(11 pages), 2022.
  • M. Roy-Chowdhury, M. S. Seehra, P. Pramanik, S. Ghosh, T. Sarkar, B.Weise, and S.Thota,, Antiferromagnetic short-range order and cluster spin-glass state in diluted spinel ZnTiCoO4, J. Phys.: Condens. Matter , 34, 275803(15 pages), 2022.
  • Y. Zhang, H. Xu, H. Liu, M. S. Seehra, Z. Wang, Y. L:i, and W. Li, Magnetic ground state and tunable Neel temperature in the spin 1/2 linear chain antiferromagnet Co(OH)(2-x)Fx, Physics Status Solid B, 259, 2100438 (7 pages), 2022.

  • S. Thota, S. Ghosh, R. Maruthi, D. C. Joshi, R. Medwal, R.S. Rawat and M.S. Seehra, Magnetic Ground State and Exchange Interactions in the Ising chain ferromagnet CoNb2O6, Phys. Rev. B 103, 064415 (8 pages) 2021.
  • M. Aziziha, S. Akbarshahi, S. Pittala, S. Ghosh, R. Sooriyagoda, A.H. Romero, S.Thota, A.D. Bristow, M. S. Seehra, and M. B. Johnson, Identification of a Fe-Dependent Optical Mode in CuAl1-xFexO2, J. Phys. Chem C, 125, 3577-3583, (2021).
  • J. Shi, T. Sauyet, Y. Dang, S. L. Suib, M. S. Seehra, and Menka Jain, “Effects of particle size and structural parameters on the magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of GdCrO3 particles”, J. Phys.: Condens. Matter, 33, 205801(12 pages), 2021.
  • J. Shi, M. S. Seehra, Y. Dang, S. L. Suib, and Menka Jain, Comparison of the dielectric and magnetocaloric properties of bulk and film of GdFe0.5Cr0.5O3, Journal of Applied Physics, 129, 243904(14 pages), 2021.
  • Maruthi R, S. Ghosh, M. S. Seehra, D. C. Joshi, M. R. Chowdhury, R. Medwal, R. S. Rawat, and S. Thota, Magnetic field–temperature phase diagram and exchange constants of the antiferromagnet MnNb2O6, J. Phys.: Condens. Matter, 33, 345801(9 pages), 2021.
  • P. Pramanik, Sobhit Singh, D. C. Joshi, S. Ghosh, V. Sathe, K. M. Rabe, D. Vanderbilt, M. S. Seehra, and S. Thota, Magnetic exchange interactions and lattice dynamics in GeCo2O4, a normal spinel with S = ½ pyrochlore lattice, Phys. Rev. B 104, 014433 (11 pages), 2021.


Dr. Seehra features prominently on the YouTube channel for the Department of Physics and Astronomy. View his features at the link below, and find more on the WVU Physics and Astronomy channel.

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