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Prof. (Dr.) Nandakumar Kalarikkal

Professor  @ SPAP
Director @  IIUCNN
Director-in-Charge @
School of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.   nkkalarikkal@mgu.ac.indrkalarikkal@gmail.com
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Personal Data:
Date of birth         : 30th May 1964
Nationality           : Indian
Gender                  : Male

M. Sc (Master of Science), Industrial Physics
Cochin University of Science & Technology, Kerala, India

Ph. D (Doctor of Philosophy), Semiconductor Physics
Cochin University of Science & Technology, Kerala, India
Thesis title: “Optical and thermal properties of selected ternary amorphous semiconductors”.

Postdoctoral Fellow
CSIR-National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India


Total Number of publications :  220+
Projects completed :  08
Projects Ongoing :  09
(3-National, 2-International, 4-SPARC)
No of Books Chapters :  20
No of Books edited :  32
Number of Ph. Ds Supervised :  19
Number of Ph. Ds Co-Supervised :  9
Number of current Ph. D students: 08
Number of M. Phil and M.Sc. theses Supervised :  25


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  • Professor@Lorraine, University of Lorraine, Nancy, France for three years from 2020-2022
  • Listed in the Principal panel of scholars for the 2020-2021 Fulbright–Nehru International Education Administrators Seminar Fellowship
  • CNRS Professor, Claud-Bernard Lyon University, Lyon, France
  • Visiting Professor, Institute of Jean Lamour, Nancy, France
  • Visiting Professor, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Visiting Professor, Jožef Stefan Institute, Ljubjana, Slovenia
  • Guest Scientist, Leibniz-Institut fur Polymerforschung Dresden, Germany
  • Visiting Fellow, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore, India
  • Visiting Fellow, Gulbarga University, Gulbarga, Karnataka under SAP scheme of UGC
  • Visiting Faculty, Alemaya University (1998-2002) & Mekkele University (2006-2007), Ethiopia (on leave from Mahatma Gandhi University)
  • Keynote Speaker in Malaysia Polymer International Conference (IMIC 2019) held during 31st October to 1st November 2019 at the Faculty of Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia
  • Keynote Speaker in the WasteEng2018 conference held at Prague, Czech Republic held during 1-6 July 2019
  • Keynote speaker in the International Conference on Polymer Processing and Characterization-ICPPC 2017 held at Gdansk University of Technology, Gdansk, Poland during 27-29 September 2017
  • Invited speaker in the DAE SSPS 2018 held at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai in December 2017
  • Invited speaker for the Silver Jubilee Research Conference on “Study of matter using intense radiation sources and under extreme conditions” organized by UGC-DAE CSR-Indore, India during 3-6 November 2016
  • Conference Fellowship Award (Supported by Canon Corporation, Japan) of the Seventh International Conference on Phonon Scattering in Condensed Matter held at Cornell University, USA (1992)
  • Research Associate Fellowship from DST & CSIR, Govt. of India (1992)
  • Senior Research Fellowship from CSIR, Govt. of India (1990)
  • Junior Research Fellowship from Department of Atomic Energy, Govt. of India (1987)

Teaching areas:

  • Materials Science/Solid State Physics, Quantum Optics, Statistical Physics, Quantum Mechanics, Classical Mechanics, Physics of Nanomaterials, Mesoscopic Physics, Introduction to Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (Open Course), Experimental Physics, Nanophotonics

Research Areas:

  • Nanostructured materials for energy, water, food and health security applications, Laser-Matter interactions, Climate change, Ion beam modifications and Phase transitions.

Facilities available:

A very good wet chemistry synthesis laboratory with major infrastructure facilities such as Furnaces, Centrifuge, Magnetic stirrers, pH meters, Hot air ovens, Microwave oven, Pelletizer, Ultrsonicator and Spin Coaters, Nanobiology with facility for antibacterial studies, PLD and Z-scan facility with Nd:YAG LASER, He-Ne LASER, ICCD and CCD cameras, Spectrograph, Quadrant Detector etc.

For experimental characterizations, Dielectric and resistivity measurement facilities from 77K to 773K, UV-Vis-NIR spectrophotometer, Spectrophotoflourimeter with life time measurement facility, X-ray diffractometer, Single Crystal X-ray diffractometer, ME coupling measurement unit, AFM, HRTEM , Electrospinning Unit, Vibrating Sample Magnetometer are available.

SEM, Confocal Raman with AFM, GCMS etc. are available as Central facilities of the University

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Research Grants:

  • Physics of Cavitation Bubbles and Hydrogen Generation during Liquid Phase Laser Ablation-BRNS/BRFST-DAE-Govt. of India-On going– (Principal Investigator)
    Amount received: 32.68 Lakhs
  • Design and applications of magnetically responsive self-assembled polymer nanocomposites, DST-Nano Mission-Govt. of India-Ongoing-(Principal Investigator)
    Amount received:263.45 Lakhs (223.45 Lakhs from DST-Govt. of India+ 40 Lakhs from Higher Education Department, Govt. of Kerala as matching grant)
  • Heavy Ion/Gamma ray Engineered Vertically Oriented Graphene Hybrid systems for Environmental Remediation, UGC-DAE-CSR Kolkata Centre Project-Ongoing-(Principal Investigator)
    Amount received: 7.45 Lakhs+Travel
  • Graphene-Silica conjugated epoxy nanocomposites for protective coating and repair applications, DRDO, Ministry of Defence of the Government of India- Ongoing-(Principal Co-Investigator)
    Amount received: 21.45 Lakhs
  • Visvesvaraya PhD Scheme for Electronics and IT, MeitY, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India- Ongoing-(Principal Co-Investigator)
    Amount received: 89.77 Lakhs
  • Gamma Ray/Heavy Ion Assisted Cross linked Silicone Rubber Based EMI Shielding Materials, UGC-DAE-CSR Kolkata Centre Project-Ongoing-(Principal Co-Investigator)
    Amount received: 11.25 Lakhs
  • Self assembled Nanostructured Silica-Graphene oxide core-shell particles reinforced natural rubber composites for green tyres, Nano Mission-DST-Govt. of India-Ongoing-(Principal Co-Investigator)
    Amount received: 100.2 Lakhs
  • Novel thermoplastic elastomer composition for Neutron Shielding applications-BRNS-DAE-Govt. of India-Ongoing (Principal Co-Investigator)
    Amount received: 35.33 Lakhs
  • Design and implementation of small scale environmental energy harvesters by piezoelectric/multiferroic polymer nanocomposites-Scheme for Transformational and Advanced Research in Sciences (STARS), Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD)-Govt. of India-Ongoing (Principal Co-Investigator)
    Amount received: 50.56 Lakhs
  • SPARC Funded by MHRD-Govt. of India projects-Ongoing-(Principal Investigator)
Project Title  Collaborating  University Sanctioned Budget
Bio-filler-Interfaced Electrospun PVDF Hybrid Piezoelectric Generator for Mechanical Energy Harvesting Université De Montpellier & University of Lorraine, France Rs. 78,93,348
Study of urea oxidation electrocatalysis for energy conversion from waste Ben Gurion University of the Negev & Ariel university, Israel Rs. 66,69,785
Vachellia nilotica based biocompatible hybrid nanostructured coatings/films for seeds and fruits North Carolina State University &

Kansas State University, USA

Rs. 66,30,385
Nanoscale contrast agents for diagnostic biomedical imaging Nanyang Technological University (NTU) , Singapore Rs. 59,88,299


  1. Biobased Scaffolds, Membranes and Hydrogels for Improved Wound Healing and Bone Regeneration (BIOHEAL)-Swedish Research Link Grant in collaboration with Prof. Aji Mathew, University of Stockholm, Sweden
  2. Advanced Nanocomposites for Micro and Nanosensors Applications-under the PICS scheme with Didier ROUXEL, Institut Jean Lamour – UMR CNRS n°7198 – Université de Lorraine– BP 70239 – 54506 Vandœuvre-lès-Nancy Cedex – France

 Projects completed:

  1. Irradiation effects on the structural and electrical properties of selected ferroelectric ceramics, NSC-UFUP project-IAC-Govt. of India-(Principal Investigator)-Completed
  2. Ion beam irradiation effects on the structural and ferroic properties of selected sol-gel derived films of nanomultiferroics-UGC-DAE-CSR Kolkata Centre Project- (Principal Investigator)-Completed
  3. Nanoparticle aggregation behavior in polymer nanocomposites- UGC-DAE-CSR Kolkata Centre Project-Completed -(Principal Investigator)
  4. Development of onedimensional multiferroic nanocomposites for device applications” under the SRS scheme- KSCSTE-Govt. of Kerala-Completed-(Principal Investigator)
  5. Nano Materials: Synthesis, characterization and applications, DST, New Delhi (Principal Co-Investigator)-Completed
  6. Novel thermoplastic elastomer composition for Neutron Shielding applications, BRNS, Department of Atomic Energy, Govt. of India-(Principal Co-Investigator)-Completed
  7. Development of supertough thermosets from self assembled Nanostructured block copolymer/epoxy resin blends, DRDO, Ministry of Defence of the Government of India-(Principal Co-Investigator)-Completed
  8. Development of engineered nano-structured materials for high performance applications-DST-Nano Mission-Govt. of India-(Principal Co-Investigator)-Completed
  9. Development of Multi Walled Carbon Nanotube Filled Polycarbonate/ Polypropylene Double Percolating Conductive Polymer Blend Nanocomposites for Electromagnetic Interference Shielding Gaskets for Mobile Phones.–DIT-New Delhi-(Principal Co-Investigator)-Completed
  10. Miscibility, morphology and properties of NR/SBR and BR based binary and  ternary rubber  blends  and the influence of CB and silica filler distribution on blend properties, MRF Corp Limited, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 6000-(Principal Co-Investigator)-Completed
  11. Novel Thermoplastic Elastomer composition for neutron shielding applications, BRNS –DAE, Govt. of India-Completed-(Project Co-Investigator)
  12. Studies on cellulose nanocrystals and their applications in nanocomposites with varying technological applications, DST, Govt. of India-(Principal Co-Investigator)-Completed
  13. Development of super tough nanocomposites from epoxy resin, liquid rubber and nanoclay, Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE under the SARD program-Completed-(Project Co-Investigator)
  14. Engineering of Nanostructured high performance epoxy liquid blends  with controlled nanoparticle localization, CSIR, Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. of India –Completed-(Project Co-Investigator)
  15. High performance nanoclay nanocomposites for dental application, ICMR, coordination and promotion of biomedical research, Govt. of India-Completed-(Project Co-Investigator)
  16. Systematical investigation of mechanical properties of composites materials made from plasma modified thermoplastic matrix and fiber filler, SurfaceTreat, Inc., U Skladiště 2125, 511 01 Turnov, Czech Republic-Completed-(Project Co-Investigator)

Patents granted/filed:

  1. A polymer Nanocomposite, Process, And Application there-of , WIPO Publication number: WO2016142848 A1, Publication date: Sep 15, 2016, and Indian patent Application No:  638/DEL/2015 Mohammed Arif P, Sabu Thomas, Nandakumar Kalarikkal
  2. New Poly(trimethyleneterephthalate) basednanocomposite formulation for EMI Shielding; Patent Application No:201841003767Aswathi M.K, AjithaA.R , Dr. Sabu Thomas, Nandakumar Kalarikkal, M. Padmanabhan, Lovely P. Mathew
  3. MWCNTs reinforced polymer blend nanocomposites of Poly(trimethylene terephthalate) and Polypropylene for EMI shielding application; Patent ApplicationNo:201841003768 Ajitha A R, Aswathi M K, Dr. Sabu Thomas, Nandakumar Kalarikkal, Lovely Mathew P, Geethamma V G
  4. Invention of High Performance EMI Shielding Coating From Low Cost Carbon Black with XLPE;Patent Application No: 201841040343; Apparao Gudimalla, Jince Thomas, Dr. Sabu Thomas, Nandakumar Kalarrikkal, Zakiah Ahmad
  5. Nano Cellulose based EMI shields preparation and thereof; Patent Application No: 201841040344; Deepu A Gopakumar, Avinash R Pai, Nandakumar Kalarikkal and Dr. Sabu Thomas
  6. Solid one dimensional conducting polymer fibers using electrospinning ; Dr. Sanal Sebastian Payyappilly, Jayesh Cherusseri, Prof. Sabu Thomas, Nandakumar Kalarikkal; Patent Application No: 201841040346

Research Collaborations:

  • Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, India
  • Raman Research Institute, Bangalore, India
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore, India
  • UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research-Kolkata Centre, Kolkata, India
  • Cochin University of Science & Technology, Kochi, India
  • Inter University Accelerator Centre, New Delhi, India
  • Central University, Kannur, Kerala, India
  • Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
  • Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune, India
  • Walter Sisulu University, South Africa
  • Johannesburg University, South Africa
  • Jožef Stefan Institute, Ljubjana, Slovenia
  • Uninversity of Technology- MARA, Malaysia
  • University of Lorraine & Institute of Jean Lamour, France
  • University of South Brittany, Lorrient, France
  • Kansas State University, USA
  • North Carolina State University, USA
  • Deakin University, Australia
  • Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Ariel University, Israel
  • Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
  • Université De Montpellier, France
  • Institue of Light Matter, Claude Bernard University Lyon, France