Dr K J Mallikarjunaiah

Dr. Mallikarjunaiah K J

Assistant Professor|Department of Physics

Dr Mallikarjunaiah Kodirampura Jayaramappa is an accomplished experimental spectroscopist with an emphasis on magnetic resonance techniques. Realising his childhood passion for teaching, he joined the Department of Physics at RUAS as an Assistant Professor. He conducts various courses for undergraduate and postgraduate students of different streams.

Beginning with an undergraduate degree with truly interdisciplinary basic science subjects (Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics), he expanded his educational accomplishments by acquiring several degrees that aligned with his fascination for practical experimental courses. As a consequence, he chose to study MSc (Spectroscopy), PhD (Physics) and Postdoc (Biophysics). He completed his Postdoctoral training in Biophysical Chemistry at the University of Arizona, Tucson, USA (2008 – 2013). As a postdoctoral researcher, he extended his field of study into biological systems with special focus on their biophysical properties. He has developed broad scientific skills in many key research areas with hands on experience as an independent researcher and working in a group. Through his continued endeavours, he aims to contribute towards addressing major concerns in the fields of health, food and engineering sciences.


  • Post-doc in Molecular Biophysics

    University of Arizona, USA

  • PhD-Physics

    Bangalore University in collaboration with IndianInstitute of Science

  • MSc-Physics (specialization: Spectroscopy)

    Jnanabharathi-Bangalore University

  • BSc(Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics)

    Bangalore University


Total years of Experience :

20 Years

Academic Experience :

  1. Lecturer in Physics — Sri Jagadguru Renukacharya College, Racecourse road, Bengaluru — 1 Year (2000 to 2001)
  2. Guest Faculty — UVCE, Bangalore University, Bengaluru — 3 Years (2002 to 2005)
  3. Lecturer in Physics — Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology (VTU), Bengaluru — 1 Year (2005 to 2006)
  4. Assistant Professor in Physics — Sri Krishna Institute of Technology (VTU), Bengaluru — 2 Years (2006 to 2008)
  5. UG faculty (UG Senior Instructor/Instructor-Physics),Undergraduate Programme — Indian Institute of Science(IISc), Bengaluru, INDIA (UG and Integrated PhD courses) — 5 Years (2014 to 2019)
  6. Assistant Professor in Department of Physics, Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences — Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences, Bangalore — 1 Year (2019 to till date)

Research and Industry Experience:

  1. Junior Research Fellow (DAE-BRNS), Bangalore University, Bengaluru (2001−2004)
  2. Assistant Research Scientist/​Research Associate, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry,University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA (2008 — 2013)

Training Experience

  1. Post-doctral training at University of Arizona, Tucson, USA 
  2. Attended workshops, summer schools on my research area

Research Interest

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Technique- Solid-state NMR instrumentation — pulsed and zero-field NMR Spectrometers, Biophysical Chemistry of Lipid Membranes and Membrane Proteins- Study of lipid membrane structure and dynamics with osmotic pressure and temperature Material Science- Synthesis and characterization of inorganic compounds and ferromagnetic nanomaterials with spectroscopic techniques

Research Expertise

Solid-state NMR Spectroscopy, Lipid membrane biophysics, Magnetic nano material synthesis and applications


  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Technique
  • Biophysical Chemistry of Lipid Membranes
  • NMR spectroscopy
  • Lipid membrane biophysics
  • Internal field NMR
  • Relaxation studies
  • Magnetic nanomaterials

Ph.D. Dissertation:

NMR Instrumentation and Studies in Ammonium and Methyl Substituted Ammonium Compounds, Bangalore University, 2008

National Conference Papers:

  1. K.J. Mallikarjunaiah, K.P. Ramesh,and R. Damle.1H and 19F NMR Study in Tetramethylammonium Hexafluorophosphate (CH3)4NPF6, Proc. of NMRS – 2008, Institute of Nuclear Medicine & Allied Sciences, New Delhi, Jan 16 — 19, 2008
  2. K.J. Mallikarjunaiah. NMR Instrumentation and Studies in Ammonium and Methyl Substituted Ammonium Compounds, (Oral:Best thesiscategory) Proc. of DAE-SSPS — 2007,418 — 419, Mysore University, Mysore, Dec. 27 — 31, 2007
  3. K. J. Mallikarjunaiah, K.P. Ramesh and R. Damle. 1H and 19F NMR Relaxation Time Studies in (NH4)2ZrF6 Superionic Conductor,(Zavoisky100) International Conference on Modern Development of Magnetic Resonance” Kazan State University, Kazan (Russian Federation), Sept. 24 — 29, 2007
  4. K.J. Mallikarjunaiah, K. Jugeshwar Singh, K.P. Ramesh and R. Damle. 1H NMR Study of Molecular Dynamics in Trimethylammonium Trichlorogermanate (CH3)3NHGeCl3, Proc. of NMRS — 2007, 18, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, Feb. 05 – 08, 2007
  5. K.J. Mallikarjunaiah, K. C. Paramita, K.P. Ramesh,and R. Damle. 1H NMR Study on Tetramethylammonium Selenate ((CH3)4N)2SeO4, Proc. of DAE-SSPS-2006,133 – 134,Bharkattulla University, Bhopal, Dec. 26 – 30, 2006
  6. K. J. Mallikarjunaiah, J. T. Devaraju, and R. Damle. Computer Controlled Programmable Pulse Generator for Pulsed NMR Measurements, (Oral:NSI27) National symposium on Instrumentation 27,Bharathiyar University, Coimbatore, Nov. 27 – 29, 2002.

International Conference Papers:

  1. K. J. Mallikarjunaiah, M. F. Brownet al. Deuterium NMR Spectroscopy in Colloid and Surface ChemistryAmerican Chemical Society (ACS) Meeting, March 31-April 4, 2019, Orlando, Florida, USA Molugu, T., Lee, S., Mallikarjunaiah, K. J., Kinnun, J., Job, C., Petrache, H., & Brown, M. (2019, March). (Deuterium NMR spectroscopy in colloid and surface chemistry. In ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY(Vol. 257). 1155 16TH ST, NW, WASHINGTON, DC 20036 USA: AMER CHEMICAL SOC.)
  2. K. J. Mallikarjunaiah, T. R. Molugu, Horia Petrache, and M. F. Brown. Phospholipid Head Groups Govern Emergent Bending Energy of Membranes with Implications for Lipid-Protein Interactions (platform presentation atBPS-2019),Baltimore, USA (March2, 2019). Annual Biophysical Society meeting
  3. T. R. Molugu, S. K. Lee, X. Xu, R Musharrafieh, K. J. Mallikarjunaiah, C. Job, and M. F. Brown. Hydration-Mediated Elastic Deformations in Biological Membranes. (BPS-2017), New Orleans, Louisiana, USA (11−15 February, 2017). Biophysical Journal112(3), p76a
  4. S. K. Lee, T. R. Molugu, K. J. Mallikarjunaiah, and M. F. Brown. Elastic Deformation and Collective Dynamics in Lipid Membranes: A Solid-State 2H NMR study. (BPS-2016),Los Angeles, USA (February 27-March 2, 2016). Biophysical Journal110(3), 369a
  5. M. F. Brown, X. Xu, J.J. Kinnun, A. Leftin, S. Lee, K. J. Mallikarjunaiah, T. R. Molugu, and A.V. Struts. Solid-state NMR relaxometry and structural deformation in biomembrane function. 2015 International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies, Hawaii, USA (December 15 – 20, 2015)
  6. K. J. Mallikarjunaiah,J. Feng, B.Mertz, and M.F. Brown. Experimental and theoretical comparison of pressure effects on lipid bilayer fluctuations,Annual Biophysical Society (BPS-2014) Meeting, San Francisco (USA), Feb 16−19,2014, Las Angeles. Biophysical Journal106(2S1), 80a
  7. X.Xu, A.V. Struts, K. J. Mallikarjunaiah, and M.F. Brown. Generalized model-free spectral density analysis applied to rhodopsin activation in membranes, (BPS-2014), Biophysical Journal106(2S1), 651a-652a
  8. J.J. Kinnun, K. J. Mallikarjunaiah, L.A. Palacio, M.F. Brown, and H.I. Petrache. Intermembrane forces and membrane deformation observed via dehydration and osmotic pressure, (BPS-2014) Biophysical Journal106(2S1), 287a
  9. K. J. Mallikarjunaiah, M.Zheng, E.P. Myers, J.J. Kinnun, H.I. Petrache, and M.F. Brown. Restructuring of Membrane Bilayers due to Osmotic Pressure: Deuterium Solid-State NMR Study,(Oral: BPS-2013) Biophysical Journal104 (2S1), 33a
  10. X.Xu, A.V. Struts, K. J. Mallikarjunaiah and M.F. Brown. Model-Free Spectral Density Mapping Applied to Dynamics of Rhodopsin in Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy,(Oral: BPS-2013) Biophysical Journal 104 (2S1), 41a-42a
  11. K. J. Mallikarjunaiah, J.J. Kinnun,H.I. Petrache, and M.F. Brown. Areaper Lipid and Elastic Deformation of Membrane Bilayers under Osmotic Stress,(BPS-2013) Biophysical Journal104 (2S1), 588a-589a
  12. J. J. Kinnun, K. J. Mallikarjunaiah, L. A.Palacio, H. I. Petrache, and M. F. Brown. Membrane Structure and Intermembrane Forces Observed with Small Angle X‑ray Scattering, (BPS-2013) Biophysical Journal104 (2S1), 81a
  13. T.R. Molugu, K. J. Mallikarjunaiah, C.Job, and M.F. Brown. Suppression of Cooperative Motions in Phospholipid Membranes by Osmotic Stress: Deuterium NMR Relaxation Study. (BPS-2013) Biophysical Journal104(2S1), 81a
  14. K. J. Mallikarjunaiah and M.F. Brown. Solid-State 2H NMR Reveals Changes in Membrane Flexibility due to Osmotic Pressure,(BPS-2012) Biophysical Journal102(3S1), 292a.
  15. K. J. Mallikarjunaiah, J.J. Kinnun, H.I. Petrache, and M.F. Brown. Membrane Area Deformation under Osmotic Stress:Deuterium NMR Approach,(BPS-2012) Biophysical Journal102(3S1), 505a-506a
  16. J.J. Kinnun, K. J. Mallikarjunaiah, H.I. Petrache, and M.F. Brown. Intermembrane Forces Probed by Osmotic Stress and Solids-State 2H NMR Spectroscopy, (BPS-2012) Biophysical Journal102(3S1), 82a
  17. T. R. Molugu, K. J. Mallikarjunaiah, C.Job, and Michael F. Brown. Hydration-Mediated Slow Dynamics in Phospholipid Membranes, (BPS-2012) Biophysical Journal 102(3S1), 389a
  18. K. J. Mallikarjunaiah, J. J. Kinnun, A.Leftin, L.A. Palacio, M.J. Justice, H.I. Petrache, and M.F. Brown. Area Deformation of Membranes from the Perspective of 2H NMR and Small-Angle X‑ray Scattering, (Oral: BPS-2011) Biophysical Journal100 (3S1), 173a
  19. J.J. Kinnun, K. J. Mallikarjunaiah, A.Leftin, H.I. Petrache, and M.F. Brown. Thermodynamic Equivalence of Hydration and Osmotic Stress in Membrane Deformation, (Oral: BPS-2011) Biophysical Journal100 (3S1), 364a
  20. K. J. Mallikarjunaiah. What’s Water Got to Do with Membrane Structure and Dynamics, (Oral: BIOPHEST-2011) Arizona State University, Phoenix. 
  21. K. J. Mallikarjunaiah, A.Leftin, J.J. Kinnun, M.J. Justice, A.L. Rogozea, H.I. Petrache, and M.F. Brown. Osmotic Membrane Deformation Revealed by Solid-State 2H NMR and Small-Angle X‑ray Scattering,(BPS-2010) Biophysical Journal98 (3S1), 282a
  22. K. J. Mallikarjunaiah, J. J. Kinnun, H. I. Petrache, and M. F. Brown. Collective Membrane Dynamics under Osmotic Stress,(BPS-2010) Biophysical Journal98 (3S1), 665a

National Journal Papers:

  1. K. J. Mallikarjunaiah, and R. Damle. Conditioning and Automation of NMR Signal acquisition, Vignanabharathi, 2005, 17, 50 – 55.
  2. N. Sasidhar, K. J. Mallikarjunaiah, and R. Damle. Modulation Schemes of Wide-line NMR Signal Absorption, Journal of Instrument Society of India, 2002, 32, 1 – 8.

International Journal Papers:

  1. K. J. Mallikarjunaiah, J. J. Kinnun, H. I. Petrache, and M. F. Brown (IF:3.567). Perspective (Invited article): Flexible Lipid Nanomaterials Studied by NMR Spectroscopy. Physical Chemistry and Chemical Physics (PCCP), 2019, 21, 18422 18457. https://​doi​.org/​1​0​.​1​0​3​9​/​c​8cp06…
  2. M. Manjunath, G. Srinivas Reddy, R. Damle, K. J. Mallikarjunaiah, and K.P. Ramesh (IF:3.45). Estimation of Structural Composition of the Inverse Spinel Ferrites using 57Fe Zero Field NMR Ceramics International, 2019, 45, 9245 – 9253. https://​doi​.org/​1​0​.​1​0​1​6​/​j​.cera…
  3. M. Manjunath, G. Srinivas Reddy, K. J. Mallikarjunaiah, R. Damle, and
    K.P. Ramesh (IF:1.13). Determination of Phase Composition of Cobalt Nanoparticles using 59 Co Internal Field Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
    Journal of Superconductivity and Novel Magnetism (2019, in press).
  4. G. Srinivas Reddy, M. Jagannathan, Lailesh Kumar, Gadige Paramesh, K. J. Mallikarjunaiah (IF:1.449) Low-cost Novel Synthesis Route to Prepare Cobalt Ferrite Based Nanocrystals Material Research Express, 2019, 6, 106120 (MSRUAS affiliation). https://​doi​.org/​1​0​.​1​0​8​8​/2053 – 1..
  5. Jacob J. Kinnun, K. J. Mallikarjunaiah, Horia I. Petrache, and Michael F. Brown.(IF:3.79). Review: Area per Lipid and Elastic Deformation of Membranes: Atomistic View from Solid-State Deuterium NMR Spectroscopy. Biochimica Biophysica Acta (BBA)- Biomembranes, 2015, 1848, 246 – 259
  6. K. J. Mallikarjunaiah, A. Leftin, J. J. Kinnun, M. J. Justice, A. L. Rogozea, H. I. Petrache, and M. F. Brown. Solid-state 2H NMR Demonstrates Correspondence of Hydration and Osmotic Pressures in Lipid Membrane Deformation. Biophysical Journal, 2011, 100, 98 – 107
  7. K. J. Mallikarjunaiah, K.P. Ramesh, and R. Damle. 1H and 19F NMR Relaxation Time Studies in (NH4)2ZrF6 Superionic Conductor, Applied Magnetic Resonance, 2009, 35, 449 – 458
  8. K. J. Mallikarjunaiah, R. Damle, and K.P. Ramesh. Study of Molecular Dynamics and Cross Relaxation in Tetramethylammonium Hexafluorophosphate (CH3)4NPF6 by 1H and 19F NMR. Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, 2008, 34, 180 – 185.
  9. K. J. Mallikarjunaiah, K. J. Singh, K.P. Ramesh, and R. Damle. 1H NMR Study of Internal Motions and Quantum Rotational Tunneling in (CH3)4NGeCl3, Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry, 46, 2008, 110 – 114.
  10. K. J. Mallikarjunaiah, K. C. Paramita, K. P. Ramesh, and R. Damle. Study of Molecular Reorientation and Quantum Rotational Tunneling in Tetramethylammonium Selenate by 1H NMR, Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, 2007, 32, 11 – 15. (one of the top 5 papers of SSNMR-2007)
  11. K. J. Mallikarjunaiah, K. P. Ramesh, and R. Damle. Study of Molecular Dynamics and Phase Transitions in Trimethylammonium Trichlorogermanate Using 1H NMR and DSC Measurements, Physica Status Solidi – b, 2007, 244, 3809 – 3816.

Conference proceedings

  1. Akash Daniel Georgi, K. P. Ramesh, and K. J. Mallikarjunaiah. Spectroscopic Analysis of Lead Borate Systems, AIP Conference Proceedings 1942, 070021 (2018); https://​aip​.sci​ta​tion​.org/doi/…

Book Authored:

  1. K. J. Mallikarjunaiah and Ramakrishna Damle. Solid-state NMR and its implications in molecular dynamics study (Lambert Academic
    Publishing, 2011, Germany) ‑Reference book for Bangalore University (MSc-spectroscopy lab course) https://www.amazon.com/Solid‑S..

Chapters in Books:

  1. Solid-State 2H NMR Studies of Water-Mediated Lipid Membrane
    # Springer International Publishing AG 2017 G.A. Webb (ed.),
    Modern Magnetic Resonance,
    https://​doi​.org/​1​0​.​1​0​0​7/978 – 3-…
    T. R. Molugu, X. Xu, S. Lee, K. J. Mallikarjunaiah, and M. F. Brown

  1. NMRS (National Magnetic Resonance Society, IISc)travel award-2007 to present research paper in conference held at Russia Executive Member 
  2. (2009−11) Appointed Professional Advisory Council, University of Arizona, Tucson Ad-hoc reviewer for research articles/​manuscripts
  3. (2009) Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (Elsevier)
  4. (2011) Indian Journal of Engineering and Material Science (National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resoursces, NISCAR) 
  5. (2014) Journal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids (Elsevier)
  6. (2020) Journal of Applied Physics (American Institute of Physics publication)

  • Indian Biophysical Society (2019)

    Life member

  • Biophysical Society (BPS), USA


  • Early Careers (2009-2013)


  • Early Careers Committee (2013-2016)


  • National Magnetic Resonance Society (NMRS) (2007)

    Life Member

  • Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE) (2005)

    Life Member

  • Indian Association of Physics teachers (IAPT) (2015)

    Life Member