Faculty

Dr. Honey John

Hon.Director

Inter University Centre for Nanomaterials and Devices
Professor and Head
Department of Polymer science and Rubber Technology
Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi-682022, Kerala, INDIA.

+91484 2577804
+91 484 2577747
+91 484 2382369

+91 484 2577747

honey@cusat.ac.in
directoriucnd@cusat.ac.in

Dr. Honey John joined in Department of Polymer Science and Rubber Technology, Cochin University of Science and Technology as Professor on 1st August 2015. She took the charge of Hon. Director, Inter University Centre for Nanomaterials and Devices [IUCND] in 2017. She has worked as Assistant Professor and Associate professor in Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology [IIST], Thiruvananthapuram during 2007 to 2015. Dr. Honey John has done her M.Tech in Polymer Technology in Department of Polymer Science and Rubber Technology after her M.Sc. from M G University campus. Her doctoral studies are in an interdisciplinary topic in Department of Polymer and Rubber Technology, CUSAT, in collaboration with Department of Electronics, CUSAT. Her area of work includes synthesis, characterization and various property evaluations like electrical properties, microwave properties, nonlinear optical properties etc. She is well versed in the area of synthesis of polymers, nano materials, processing of nano materials etc. She also guided thesis works on ZnO/graphene hybrid systems, ZnO/CNT hybrid systems, and Polyaniline/graphene hybrid system for various applications. She has also guided many B.Tech /M.Tech projects/internship projects in the areas of DSSC, EMI shielding, nanohybrids etc. She has published many papers in reputed international journals related to photoconductivity, photocatalysis, electrical and electronics properties etc. Current Research work includes (i) Development of Co2 adsorbing polymer nanocomposites based on modified clay/graphene nanohybrids, (ii) Development of superhydrophilic coatings based on nanohybrids of semiconductor oxides with graphene/ MoS2/BN etc (iii) Tailoring the facets of nano semiconductor oxides for excellent photocatalysis and superhydrophilicity (iv) Development of piezoelectric and triboelectric nanogenerators based on nanoconducting polymer hybrids (v) Development of super paramagnetic nano hybrids for Water purification and oil absorption applications (vi) development of natural adhesives from natural oils.

Dr. M K Jayaraj

Professor

Department of Physics
Cochin University of Science and Technology,
Cochin-22, Kerala, India

+91-484-2577404 (Extn. 33)/ 2862443

+91-484-2577595

mkj@cusat.ac.in

Dr.M.K.Jayaraj received the M.Sc. degree in Physics from Cochin University of Science and Technology in 1984 and the Ph.D. degree in Physics from Cochin University of Science and Technology in 1990. From 1990-1991 he worked at Physical Research Laboratory where he was involved the measurement of electron molecule scattering cross section. 1991 he was awarded the SERC Young Scientist Scheme by department of science and technology to work on Thin film electroluminescent devices at Regional Research Laboratory, Trivandrum. Dr Jayaraj has been a visiting Scientist to ENEA, Italy during 1994-95. He was awarded the European commission fellowship to work at University of P et Marie Curie during 1995-96. From 1999-2001 he worked at Oregon state university where he was involved in the development of p-type transparent conducting oxides. He has also worked as a visiting professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. Dr. M. K. Jayaraj is recipient of UGC mid carrier award. He is also a SPIE senior member. His specialization and research focus is in the area of Optoelectronic materials and devices. Recent research interests include Nanostructured devices, transparent electronics, Ferroelectric thin films, Electroluminescent Devices, surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy and photovoltaics.

Dr. Prathapan Sreedharan

Reader in Organic Chemistry

Department of Applied Chemistry
Cochin University of Science and Technology,
Cochin-22, Kerala, India

+919846142512

prathapan@cusat.ac.in

Areas of Specialization

Synthetic and Mechanistic Organic Chemistry, Photochemistry, Electron Transfer Reactions, Porphyrin Chemistry.

Research Interest

Synthesis and transformations of various heterocycles.
Synthesis of spiro and dispiro compounds.
Synthesis of tricyclics.
Synthesis of facially-encumbered porphyrins.
Development of novel reagents for the stereoselective dehydration, dehydrogenation and oxidation under mild conditions.
Extensive Investigation on Cycloaddition reactions (1,3-Dipolar & Diels-Alder).
Photophysical and photochemical studies of bischromophoroic systems.

Dr. N. Manoj

Associate Professor

Department of Organic Chemistry
Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi-682022, Kerala, INDIA.

0091 484-2862656,Cell No:9447712268

manoj.n@cusat.ac.in

Dr. N. Manoj received M.Sc. degree in Organic Chemistry from the School of Chemical Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, India in 1993. After M. Sc., he joined the research group of Dr. K. R. Gopidas, Photochemistry Research Unit, Regional Research Laboratory-CSIR (Now NIIST-CSIR), Trivandrum, India, with the prestigious Dr. K. S. Krishnan Junior Research Fellowship and obtained his Ph. D. degree (1999) in Chemistry from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, India. He worked as a post – doctoral research associate at the Department of Chemistry at the Politechnic University of Valencia, Spain (2000-2001) and thereafter at the Lehrstuhl für Umweltmesstechnik, Engler-Bunte Institut, Universität Karlsruhe, Germany (2002-2006). He has undertaken teaching assignments in physical chemistry to MS students as guest faculty at the University of Applied Sciences, Karlsruhe during the years 2002-2003. Dr. Manoj has joined this Department as a Reader in Organic Chemistry in 2006, became Associate Professor in 2009 since then he teaches Organic Chemistry and leads a research group in Organic Chemistry and Photochemistry. He was the Head of the Department of Department of Applied Chemistry, member of the Board of Studies in Applied Chemistry and a member of the Academic Council of the Cochin University of Science and Technology during June 2013-May 2016. He also served as a member of the Governing council and executive committee of the STIC. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Studies in Applied Chemistry, member of the faculty of Science, member of the advisory committee of C-CIS. He is a life member of Chemical Research Society of India, Association of Chemistry Teachers Kerala Science and Technology Society and Swadeshi Science Movement. His research interests include Photochemistry, Supramolecular Chemistry, Photoinduced electron Transfer, Dye sensitized solar cells and Chemistry of reactive oxygen species.

Dr. Rajeev Kumar

Professor

Department of Instrumentation

Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi-682022, Kerala, INDIA.

0484 2575008,Cell No:+91 9447040323

rajeev@cusat.ac.in

Expertise in

Vacuum Technology, Material Science, Atomic Layer

Dr. C. K. AANANDAN

Professor

Department of Electronics
Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi-682022, Kerala, INDIA.

Sopanam, MNRA 209, Thrikkakara, CUSAT P. O.,
Cochin, Kerala-682022

+91-484-2576418
+91-484-2862319
+91 9447667267

+91-484-2575800

anand@cusat.ac.in

Dr. C. K Aanandan received the M.Sc. degree in Physics and the Ph.D. degree in Electronics from Cochin University of Science and Technology in 1981 and 1988. From 1987-1990 he worked as lecturer in Physics at different Government Colleges in Kerala. He joined the Department of Electronics, CUSAT as lecturer in 1990. In 1996 he was awarded the TRIL fellowship of ICTP to work on frequency selective surfaces in the Centre for Studies in Antennas and Propagation, National Research Council of Italy. Dr Aanandan was awarded the Regular Associateship of ICTP, Italy during the period 1997-2002. He received the International collaborative project under the UK India Education Research Initiative (UKIERI) in 2008 to work with University of Surrey, UK and later in 2011 to collaborate with University of Kent, UK. Dr Aanandan has been a visiting researcher in the University of Paris, France in 2011. His specialization and research focus are in the area of Microwave Electronics and Antennas. Recent research interests include conducting polymers for electromagnetic applications, development of nanomaterials for stealth radar applications.

Dr. Pramod Gopinath

Professor

International School of Photonics
Cochin University of Science and Technology,
Cochin-682022, Kerala, INDIA.

+91 484-2862418, Cell No:+91 9446069743

pramod@cusat.ac.in, pramodmenon@gmail.com

Dr. Pramod Gopinath is currently Professor of Photonics at International School of Photonics and was earlier a faculty member at Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (Department of Space, Government of India), Valiamala, Thiruvananthapuram, during the period 2007-16. He received his Master of Science degree from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam in Physics-Materials Sciences and was awarded Ph.D. degree under the Faculty of Technology, Cochin University of Science and Technology, for the thesis entitled “X-ray and Optical Emission Processes from Laser Produced Plasma”. Dr. Pramod Gopinath is a member of the Board of Studies in Photonics at CUSAT and also serves as a Member of Board of Studies in Physics at Maharajas College (Ernakulam), Sacred Heart College (Thevara) and St. Albert’s College (Ernakulam). Dr. Pramod Gopinath also serves as a Member of Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) of CUSAT. He is a Life Member of Kerala Academy of Sciences, Indian Physics Association, Indian Laser Association, Plasma Science Society of India, Optical Society of India, Photonics Society of India and Indian Science Congress Association. His research interests include Emission Spectroscopy of Laser Produced Plasma, Nonlinear Optics and Nanophotonic materials and devices.

Dr. Sarita G Bhat

Professor and Head

Department of Biotechnology
Cochin University of Science and Technology,
Kochi-22, Kerala, India

91 484 2576267

saritagbhat@gmail.com; sgbhat@cusat.ac.in

Dr. Sarita G Bhat completed her Masters in Biochemistry from University of Bombay (studying at the (Royal) Institute of Science, Mumbai). Even prior to her doctoral Research, she worked as research fellow for two years (1990-92) on the Department of Ocean Development Research Project on the use of micro-algae as a non-conventional source for the production of chemicals (glycerol, b-carotene and single celled protein). She received her doctoral degree from Cochin University of Science & Technology in 1998. Her teaching career began as Ad hoc lecturer in 1998 in the Department of Marine Biology, Microbiology and Biochemistry, Cochin University of Science and Technology. Dr. Bhat joined as lecturer in Department of Biotechnology, Cochin University in 1999 and is currently Professor and Head of the Department. She is also chairperson of the Board of Studies in Biotechnology in Cochin University and member -BOS in several others.

A biochemist by training, her passion for microbiology, saw her completing her Ph.D on environmental vibrios and their pathogenesis. This motivated her continuing work on phages, plasmids and other elements involved in horizontal gene transfer. Current research areas include 1) Bacteriophages and their genes for application in biocontrol of pathogenic bacteria and their biofilms; 2) Metagenomics of the microbial communities ( mangrove ecosystems and gut microbiota in fishes) to study the biodiversity and function; a treasure trove of novel neutraceuticals and probiotic. 4) Bioactive compounds from the marine microorganisms, deep-sea organisms, endophytic fungi from marine algae; Bacterial melanin and their application in inflammation and cancer. 5) Role of gut microbiome in disease conditions; To understand the role of diet and probiotics on gut microbiome.6) study of microbiomes of implanted medical devices and modifications of catheter biopolymer to reduce biofilm formation

Dr. Sailaja G. S.

Associate Professor

Department of Polymer Science and Rubber Technology
Cochin University of Science and Technology,
Kochi-22, Kerala, India

+91 9744799643

sailajags@cusat.ac.in, sailajags@gmail.com

Dr. Sailaja G. S. received her M.Tech. (First Rank) from Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) in 2001. She has received her Ph.D. in Biomaterials from Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical sciences and Technology, India in the year 2008 for which she was awarded with the prestigious SPSI Gold medal for the Best Ph.D. thesis. Soon after, she joined as a post-doctoral researcher at Curtin University of Technology, Australia (2008). After a term as lecturer in CUSAT she worked as post-doctoral research associate in University of Illinois College of Medicine, USA (2010 – 2012 Jan) and Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan (2012 – 2014 Aug). After a short service as a Project Scientist at National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science & Technology (CSIR-NIIST), India, she joined as Associate professor at CUSAT in July 2015. She is the recipient of several national and international awards like Young scientist award (Kerala state), Indo-Australian best paper award, Best paper award (IIT Madras), Travel awards from DST and CSIR (Govt. India)etc. One of her research papers was listed in top 25 hottest articles, SciVerse Science Direct. She has been offered the honourary associate membership by Society of Biomaterials and Artificial Organs - India. She has four Japanese Patents (3 granted and one filed). She is a reviewer of many international journals like ACS, RSC, Biomedical Central, Elsevier, J Colloids and interfaces etc.

Main areas of Research:

1. Biomaterials: Bioinspired approaches for tissue engineering and drug delivery devices.
2. Nanomedicine: Magnetic Nanomedicine for Cancer therapy, Nanomedicine for gene delivery.
3. Cancer biology: Targeted gene therapy with functional nanoparticles, Mechanism of Apoptotic pathways; Understanding cellular uptake mechanism of nanoparticles.
4. Antibacterial formulations: Development of antibacterial nanohybrids for biomedical formulations
5. Energy: Membranes and Catalysts for Alkaline Fuel cells.

Dr. Jayalatha Gopalakrishnan G.

Assistant Professor

Dept. of Polymer Science & Rubber Technology
Cochin University of Science and Technology,
Kochi-22, Kerala, India

0484 2575723, 2862375

jayalatha@cusat.ac.in/gjayalatha@gmail.com

Dr. Jayalatha Gopalakrishnan received her B.Tech. degree in Polymer Science & Rubber Technology in 1999 and M.Tech. degree in Polymer Technology in 2001 from Cochin University of Science & Technology (CUSAT). She joined as Assistant Professor in the Department of Polymer Science and Rubber Technology in 2004. She received her Ph.D. Degree in Polymer Technology in 2013 from CUSAT. Her research areas include Polymer/Graphene nanocomposites, Rubber/cellulose nanocomposites, Bio- polymer based nanocomposites.

Dr. Saji K J

Assistant Professor

International School of Photonics
Cochin University of Science and Technology,
Kochi-22, Kerala, India

0484-2575848

saji@cusat.ac.in

Dr. Saji obtained his masters and Ph.D. degree in Physics from Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), India. He was a visiting researcher at Tokyo Institute of Technology. He has completed post-doctoral researches at New University of Lisbon, Portugal and Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science (EMPA), Switzerland. He started his career as Assistant Professor in Physics at Govt. Victoria College, Palakkad. He is a recipient of Raman Post-doctoral Fellowship from UGC and completed post-doctoral research at University of Utah, USA under this fellowship. He joined as assistant professor at International School of Photonics in 2016. His research area includes two dimensional materials for opto-electronic and nano-electronic applications, thin film solar cells, thin film transistors, electrical conduction mechanism in nano structures etc.

Dr. Baby Chakrapani P. S.

Assistant Professor

Department of Biotechnology
Cochin University of Science and Technology,
Cochin 22, Kerala, India

+91-484-2576267

+91-484-2577595

chakrapani@cusat.ac.in

Dr. Baby Chakrapani P. S. is currently working as an Assistant Professor at Department of Biotechnology, Cochin University of Science and Technology. Before joining the Department of Botechnology, he was working as a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Van Andel Research Institute, Michigan, USA (2013-2015). He also worked as a Research Fellow at Department of Pharmacology, National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore during the period (2011-2013). He received Ph.D. degree in the area of Neural Stem Cell Research from Centre for Neuroscience, University of Freiburg, Germany in 2011 and the M.Sc. degree in Biotechnology from Cochin University of Science and Technology in 2004. He also worked as a Research Associate at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, India during (2004-2005). His academic interest and research focus includes Neuroscience, Stem Cell Research, Neurodegeneration and Neuroregenerative therapies.

Dr. Anoop K. K.

Assistant Professor

Department of Physics
Cochin University of Science and Technology,
Cochin 22, Kerala, India.

+918589855747

anoopkk@cusat.ac.in/kkanoopz@gmail.com

Dr. Anoop K. K. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics at Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), Cochin, India. Before joining CUSAT Dr. Anoop was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Raman Research Institute (RRI), Bangalore, India. He obtained his PhD in Physics from the University of Naples Federico II, Italy, in April 2015. His research interests are Ultrashort Laser Ablation, Laser Produced Plasma Diagnostics, Laser Induced Plasma Spectroscopy, Pulsed Laser Deposition, Optical-vortex Laser Ablation, and Femtosecond Laser Surface Micro/Nanostructuring and its Applications. Personal Homepage: www.anoopkk.com

Dr. Asha A S

Assistant Professor

Department of Physics
Cochin University of Science and Technology,
Kochi-682022, Kerala, INDIA.

Dr. Asha.A.S received the M.Sc degree in Physics from Cochin University of Science And Technology in 2002 and Ph.D degree from Cochin University of Science And Technology in 2008. In 2007 she was awarded UNESCO TRIL (Training and Research in Italian Laboratories) by International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy to work at the Institute of Microelectronics and Microsystems, National Research Council of Italy (IMM-CNR), Bologna, Italy. At IMM-CNR she worked on surface passivation of multicrystalline silicon solar cells. From 2008 onwards she has been working at various government colleges in Kerala and in 2017 she joined Department of Physics, Cochin University of Science And Technology as Assistant Professor. Her Ph.D work was in the development of ferroelectric thin film by rf magnetron sputtering for FeRAM. Her recent research interest includes solar cells, development of transparent conducting oxide thin films and nanostructured materials for optoelectronic applications.

Dr. Priya Rose T

Assistant Professor

International School of Photonics
Cochin University of Science and Technology,
Kochi-682022, Kerala, INDIA.

0484-2575848

priyarose@cusat.ac.in

Dr.Priya Rose T completed her Masters degree in Photonics from Cochin University of Science and Technology in 2007. She obtained PhD degree from University of Naples "Federico II", Naples, Italy, after which she joined as a research associate in Light and Matter Physics group of Raman Research Institute, Bangalore. She joined International School of Photonics, CUSAT in March 2016 as an assistant professor. Her research areas include Photonic bandgap materials, metamaterials, Ultrafast laser-matter interactions, Laser produced plasma etc.

Dr. Senoy Thomas

Assistant Professor

Department of Physics
Cochin University of Science and Technology,
Kochi-682022, Kerala, INDIA.

Dr. Senoy Thomas joined the Physics department of CUSAT as an Assistant professor in June 2017. Prior joining CUSAT, he worked as an Inspire Faculty in Materials Science and Technology Division at CSIR-National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Thiruvananthapuram, India. He also worked as a post doctoral scientist at Chemnitz University of Technology in Germany during the year 2010-2013 (Advisor: Prof. Manfred Albrecht). His research interests are in the area of magnetism and magnetic materials, with a special focus on magnetism in nanostructures. Senoy Thomas received his Ph.D in Physics from Cochin University of Science and Technology, India (Advisor: Prof. M R Anantharaman) and M.Sc in Physics from St. Thomas college, Kozhencherry, Kerala and B.Sc in Physics from St. Thomas college, Ranni, Kerala (Mahatma Gandhi University, India). Senoy Thomas has more than 40 publications (link to Google Scholar) in international journals and is a reviewer for many international journals. For more details please visit "http://physics.cusat.ac.in/people/faculty/faculty_ST.html"

Dr. Anjali P

INSPIRE Faculty

Inter University Centre for Nanomaterials and Devices
Cochin University of Science and Technology,
Kochi-682022, Kerala, INDIA.

Dr. Anjali Paravannoor joined the Inter University Centre for Nanomaterials and Devices, CUSAT as INSPIRE Faculty in January 2016. She received her Ph. D. degree in Nanotechnology from Amrita Centre for Nanosciences in 2015. She has received M.Sc. degree in Nanotechnology from Bharathiar University in 2010. Dr Anjali is currently focusing on energy storage technologies such as, lithium ion batteries and supercapacitors.

Dr. Ajith Vengellur

Assistant Professor

Department of Biotechnology,
Cochin University of Science and Technology,
Kochi-682022, Kerala, INDIA.

+91 7558996850

vengellur@cusat.ac.in

Dr. Ajith Vengellur has completed his PhD in Genetics from Michigan State University, USA. His research interests include elucidation of molecular signaling pathways in development and disease, such as cancer, ischemia and neurodegenerative diseases; and effect of environmental contaminants such as metals, PCBs, and other toxicants on these pathways. He is also interested in the development of therapeutics and diagnostic tools for various medical health problems using nanotechnology.

Dr. Deepa Narayanan

UGC DSK Post –Doctoral Fellow

Department of Biotechnology,
Cochin University of Science and Technology,
Kochi-682022, Kerala, INDIA.

+91 9495924934

deepan301281@gmail.com

Dr. Deepa Narayanan is a Researcher and teacher currently working in the field of Nano medicine and Natural Biomaterials for Animal Tissue engineering at the Department of Biotechnology, Cochin University of Science and Technology. With a Master degree in Biotechnology she started her career as a teacher in the year 2004 in a private organisation and in 2008 involved herself in teaching graduate and postgraduates at Amrita School of pharmacy, Kochi. Having qualified the CSIR NET and the departmental interview she enrolled for PhD at the Amrita centre for Nano science and molecular Medicine (ACNSMM) AIMS Kochi. She successfully completed work in the field of “Oral delivery of Chitosan based peptide loaded Nano formulation for the treatment of Osteoporosis” and was awarded PhD in 2015. She then joined as Post-Doctoral fellow with Dr. Shanti Kumar V Nair, Director and Dean of Research at ACNSMM and realised her interest in the field of scaffolds for Liver tissue engineering. She proved herself in being an independent and innovative researcher as she was awarded the prestigious Dr. DS Kothari Post-Doctoral fellowship by UGC in 2017. She is currently working on Natural Biomaterials as 3D scaffolds for tissue engineering and drug testing applications and Nano formulations for therapeutic purposes.

Dr. Sreeja Narayanan

UGC-Kothari Postdoctoral Fellow

Department of Biotechnology,
Cochin University of Science and Technology,
Kochi-682022, Kerala, INDIA.

Dr. Sreeja Narayanan is currently a UGC-Kothari Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Biotechnology. She received her PhD from the Amrita Centre for Nanosciences and Molecular Medicine in Nanobiotechnology and her thesis was focused on the design and application of polymeric core/shell nanomedicine for sequential drug delivery for breast cancer therapy. She is also experienced with superparamagnetic and metallic nanomaterials for theranostic applications in cancer. She holds an MTech in Nanoscience and Technology from Amrita University and an MSc in Biotechnology from Mahatma Gandhi University Campus. She is currently interested in naturally-derived biopolymers and their application in inflammation and cancer.

Dr. Rehana P Ummer

UGC-DSK post doctoral fellow

International School of Photonics,
Cochin University of Science and Technology,
Kochi-682022, Kerala, INDIA.

+91 9746237388

rehana.isp@cusat.ac.in

Dr. Rehana P Ummer has completed PhD in physics from School of Pure and Applied Physics, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam. She is currently working as UGC-DSK post doctoral fellow at the International School of Photonics. Her research area spread around Mutiferroics, Nanomaterials, Thin films and Nanofibers. Currently she is working on applications of nanomaterials for water purification.