Dr T Niranjana Prabhu

Dr. T Niranjana Prabhu

Associate Professor and Head|Department of Chemistry


Dr T. Niranjana Prabhu is a researcher, administrator, teacher and science communicator in Kannada par excellence. He has been the Head of the Chemistry Department at RUAS since 2014. He was the Academic Registrar for the Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences for five years (2014−2019) looking after examination and assessment for BSc and MSc programmes. He is involved in designing curriculum for undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programmes, and in formulating academic regulations along with preparing lecture notes for various courses. He is a member of the Board of Examiners and Board of Studies in Chemistry/​Polymer Science for RUAS and University of Mysore. His teaching proficiency fetched him the Best Teacher award at MVJ College of Engineering and a summer fellowship offer from Indian Academy of Sciences. More recently he was proffered the RAUS Annual Exemplary Award (2019 – 20) in the research category. His research interests lie in polymer composites, nanomaterials and wastewater treatment. He has contributed to publications in peer reviewed journals, presentations at national and international conferences besides being invited to talks at several institutions. He also supervises PhD scholars and postgraduate students. He is the Principal Investigator for a sponsored research project funded by LSRB-DRDO, Union Government of India and Co-Principal Investigator for a GEF-TDF funded project. He has received the Best Paper Presenter and Young Scientist awards from Swadeshi Vijnana Andolana – Karnataka and subsequently appointed as its Vice President. He is a Member of the Centre for Public Understanding of Science, which are involved in the propagation of science and technology in Kannada. He is also Member of a committee for drafting KSTA Policy Paper on Science Communication Policy (Focus on Karnataka).” He has published 5 science books in Kannada to promote greater understanding of science among the general public. Besides academics, he regularly interacts with village communities, schools and college students. His contribution to literature has been recognized by Kannada Sahithya Parishad, Bangalore who conferred on him the Prof D C Anantha Swamy Award for the book Nenapugala Suliyalli’ (a collection of poetry). He completed his MSc (Industrial Chemistry) from Kuvempu University, MTech (Chemical Plant Design) from NITK-Surathkal and PhD (Polymer Science) from University of Mysore. He has memberships in several professional bodies like The Catalysis Society of India, ISTE, SVAK, STRA and IAENG.

Qualifications

  • Ph.D in Polymer Science

    University of Mysore

  • M.Tech. in Chemical Plant Design

    National Institute of Technology – Karnataka, Surathkal, Mangalore

  • M.Sc. in Industrial Chemistry

    Kuvempu University, Shimoga

  • B.Sc. (PCM)

    Government Science College (Affiliated to Kuvempu University), Chitradurga

Experience

Total Experience: 19 years 2 months

Lecturer — Chemistry / Biotechnology, MVJ College of Engineering, Bangalore (31−07−2001 to 23-05-2006)

Assistant Professor — Chemistry, East Point College of Engineering and Technology, Bangalore (31−07−2006 to 31-07-2009)

Associate Professor and Head — Chemistry, East Point College of Engineering and Technology For Women, Bangalore (01−08−2009 to 12-06-2014)

Academic Registrar – FMPS and Head, Dept. of Chemistry, M.S. Ramaiah University of
Applied Sciences, Bangalore (01−07−2014 to 31-10-2019)

Head of the Department — Dept. of Chemistry, M.S. Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences, Bangalore (01−11−2019 to Till date)

Research Interest: Polymer Composites; Nanomaterials and Wastewater treatment – Adsorption, Photocatalysis, Electrocatalysis.

Research Expertise: Polymer Composites — Design, Testing, Analysis; Nanomaterials – Design, Synthesis, Testing, Analysis; Wastewater Treatment – Testing and Analysis

Keywords

  • Polymer Composites
  • Nanomaterials and Wastewater treatment – Adsorption
  • Photocatalysis
  • Electrocatalysis
  • Wastewater Treatment – Testing and Analysis
  • Nanomaterials – Design, Synthesis, Testing, Analysis

Ph.D. Dissertation:

  1. Studies on Fiber — Clay Particle Reinforced Thermoset Polymer Composites”

National Conference Paper Presentations: 11

  1. Communication of Science and Technology in Kannada Languages – Challenges and Opportunities”, Four Day RUSA National Workshop on Science Communication in Dravidian Languages”, Dravidian University, Kuppam, Andhra Pradesh, 23rd to 26th August, 2016.
  2. Medicinal Properties of Feronia Limonia – A review” T. Niranjana Prabhu, Paper presented at 11th Karnataka Science Congress – 2015, held at LVD College, Raichur, 13 – 15th September, 2015.
  3. Mechanical, Flame retardant and thermal performance of epoxy ‑polypropylene short fibers – clay particles” T. Niranjana Prabhu and T. Demappa, Paper presented at 10th Kannada Vijnana Sammelana-2014, held at Mysore University, Mysore, 15 – 17th September, 2014.
  4. Studies on Thermal, Mechanical and Flame retardant properties of Epoxy-HDPE fabric-Clay particle laminates”, T. Niranjana Prabhu and T. Demappa, Paper presented at 9th Kannada Vijnana Sammelana-2013, held at Horticulture University, Bagalakote, 15 – 17th September, 2013.
  5. Studies on Thermal, Mechanical and Flame retardant properties of Epoxy-Nylon fabric-Clay particle laminates” T. Niranjana Prabhu and T. Demappa, Paper presented at 8th Kannada Vijnana Sammelana-2012, held at University of Agriculture, Dharwad, 15 – 17th September, 2012.
  6. Thermal Expansion behavior in Unsaturated Polyester Clay Composites” T. Niranjana Prabhu, V. Harish, T. Demappa, Paper presented at Polycon — 2011, held at SJCE, Mysore, 22 – 23rd April, 2011.
  7. Thermal Degradation properties of clay particle reinforced unsaturated polyester” T. Niranjana Prabhu and T. Demappa, Paper presented at Kannada Vijnana Sammelana-2010, held at Veterinary College, Hebbal, Bangalore, 15 – 17th September, 2010
  8. Carbon Foot Print – Global Terror” T. Niranjana Prabhu, Paper presented at Kannada Vijnana Sammelana-2009, held at Mangalore University, Mangalore, 15 – 17th September, 2009
  9. Thermal Degradation Kinetics of Epoxy Resin Reinforced with HDPE Fibers”, T. Niranjana Prabhu, T. Demappa, V. Harish, K. T. Varughese, paper presented at NACEAC, held at Mysore University, Mysore, 31st July to 1st August, 2009.
  10. Urban water transportation technology during Vijayanagar Kingdom” T. Niranjana Prabhu and S. Y. Somashekhar, Paper Presented in the 4th Kannada Vijnana Sammelana held at VTU campus, Belgaum, 15th – 17th September, 2008.
  11. Studies on Thermodegradative Behaviour of Polypropylene Fiber – Epoxy Resin Composites” T Niranjana Prabhu, Y.J. Hemalatha K. Prashantha – Paper presented in National conference on Chemical Sciences for Industry and Society, held at Kuvempu University, India, January 6 – 8, 2006.

International Conference Papers: 3

  1. Studies on Electrocatalytic Degradation of Malachite Green Dye using Cobalt Oxide Based Nanocatalysts Coated Stainless Steel Electrode”, International Conference on Advances in Materials Research (ICAMR-2019), Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences, Bangalore, 25 – 27 July 2019
  2. Effect of Clay Reinforcement on Epoxy – HDPE Fabric Laminate” T. Niranjana Prabhu and T. Demappa, Paper presented at International Conference on Synthetic and Structural Chemistry, ICSSC-2011, held at Mangalore University, Mangalore, 8 – 10th December, 2011.
  3. Radiation Shielding effect and Thermal Resistance of Unsaturated Polyester filled with PbO particles”, V. Harish, T. Niranjana Prabhu, Nagaiah, K.T. Varughese- Paper presented in International Conference on Polymeric Materials in Power Engineering (ICPMPE) held at CPRI, Bangalore, India, October, 4 – 6, 2007.

National Journal Papers: 2

  1. Pranjal Kumar, Niranjana Prabhu T. and Jineesh A. G., BaSO4 and Fe2O3 Filled Polydimethylsiloxane Elastomer Nanocomposite as X‑ray Radiation Resistant Material, SASTech Journal, 17 (1), 1 — 4, 2018; ISSN2249 — 5924
  2. Haripriya, Niranjana Prabhu T, Shreya Mukharjee, Seetha Ramaswamy, Mechanistic Understanding of Aroma Release in Black Tea, SASTech Journal, 16 (2), 70 – 73, 2017; ISSN2249 — 5924

International Journal Papers: 12

  1. T. Niranjana Prabhu, K. Prashantha (2018) A Review on Present Status and Future Challenges of Starch Based Polymer Films and their Composites in Food Packaging Applications”, Polymer Composites, 39 (7), 2499 – 2522, 2018 (Impact factor 2.04, Published by John Wiley and Sons, USA).
  2. T. Niranjana Prabhu, T. Demappa, V. Harish, K. Prashantha, (2015) Synergistic effect of clay and polypropylene short fibers in Epoxy-Polypropylene Short fibers — Clay Ternary Composite Hybrids”, Adv. Mater. Res., 4(2), 97 – 111. (Techno-press, Korea). DOI: http://​dx​.doi​.org/​1​0​.​1​2​9​8​9​/​a​m​r​.​2​0​1​5​.​4​.​2.097; (Impact factor 0.813)
  3. V. Harish, T. Niranjana Prabhu and N. Nagaiah, (2015) Effect of Lead Monoxide as Filler on Chemical Stability of Unsaturated Polyester Radiation Shields” Chem. Sci. Trans., 4(1), 282 – 288. DOI:10.7598/cst2015.968; http://www.e‑journals.in ISSN: 2278 – 3318 (Online); ISSN:2278 – 3458 (Print) (Impact factor – 0.4)
  4. T. Niranjana Prabhu and T. Demappa, (2014) Thermal degradation kinetics, Mechanical and Flame Retardant Properties of Epoxy-HDPE fabric- Clay Composite Laminates”, J. Appl. Polym. Sci., 131 (18), 9137 – 9143. DOI: 10.1002/APP.40751. (Impact factor – 2.188, Published by John Wiley and Sons, USA).
  5. T. Niranjana Prabhu, Mahesh S S, Nanda Prakash M B, Demappa T, Somashekar R, (2014) Stacking Faults and Microstructural Parameters in Epoxy – Nylon Fabric – Clay Hybrid Laminates Using X –Ray Whole Powder Pattern Fitting Technique”, 3(7), 275 – 283, Int. J. Lat. Tech. Eng. Manag. & Appl. Sci. (ISSN 2278 – 2540).
  6. T. Niranjana Prabhu, T. Demappa, V. Harish, K. Prashantha, (2013) Effect of organo modified Clays Reinforcement on Thermal Expansion and Degradation Kinetics in unsaturated polyester Composites”, Asian J. Chem., 25 (10), 5431 – 5436. (Impact factor – 0.45)
  7. T. Niranjana Prabhu, T. Demappa, V. Harish, K. Prashantha, (2013) Mechanical, Thermal and Flame Retardant Properties of Epoxy – Nylon Fabric – Clay Hybrid Laminates”, High Performance Polymers, 25 (5), 559 – 565. DOI: 10.1177÷0954008313475830. (Impact factor – 1.29, SAGE Publications, UK).
  8. T. Niranjana Prabhu, V. Harish, T. Demappa, (2012) Thermal Degradation of HDPE Short Fibers Reinforced Epoxy Composites” IOSR J. Appl. Chem. (IOSRJAC), ISSN: 2278 – 5736, Volume 2, Issue 1, Pages 39 – 44.
  9. V. Harish, T. Niranjana Prabhu, K. T. Varughese, N. Nagaiah, (2010) Thermo mechanical analysis of Lead Monoxide Filled Unsaturated Polyester based Polymer Composite Radiation Shields”, J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 117 (6), 3623 – 3629. (Impact factor – 2.188, Published by John Wiley and Sons, USA).
  10. V. Harish, T. Niranjana Prabhu, K.T. Varughese, N. Nagaiah, (2009) Preparation and Characterization of Lead Monoxide Filled Unsaturated polyester based Polymer Composites for Gamma Radiation Shielding Applications” J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 112 (3), 1503 – 1508. (Impact factor – 2.188, Published by John Wiley and Sons, USA).
  11. T. Niranjana Prabhu, Pushpa Iyengar, Hemalatha Y.J., K. Prashantha, V. Harish, (2007) Thermal Degradation of Epoxy Resin Reinforced with Polypropylene Fiber”, J. Appl. polym. Sci., 104 (1), 500- 503. (Impact factor – 2.188, Published by John Wiley and Sons, USA).
  12. T. Niranjana Prabhu, Y. Jagannadha Rao and K. Prashantha, (2004) Flocculation studies on clay suspension by polyacrylamide” J. e‑polym, 4 (1), 636 – 642. (Impact factor – 1.491, Published by De Gruyter, earlier by European Polymer Federation).

Books Authored: 6

  1. T. Niranjana Prabhu (2017) Vijnãna Paramparege Prãchîna Bhãratîyara Kodugegalu, Sanchike Prakashana, Hosapete.
  2. T. Niranjana Prabhu (2012) Mayaavi Plastic Vastugalu – Agatyate mattu savaalugalu (Magical Plastic Materials – Essentiality and Challenges), Sanchike Prakashana, Hosapete.
  3. T. Niranjana Prabhu (2012) Anuranana (Kannada Poetry), Sanchike Prakashana, Hosapete.
  4. T. Niranjana Prabhu (2009) Science Dictionary (English-English-Kannada) Sanchike Prakashana, Hosapete.
  5. T. Niranjana Prabhu (2009) Jaivika Tantrajnana – Jeevajagattigondu (Biotechnology – A boon to the living world), Sanchike Prakashana, Hosapete.
  6. T. Niranjana Prabhu (2006) Nenapugala Suliyalli (Kannada Poetry), Sanchike Prakashana, Hosapete.

Book Edited: 1

  1. AIP Conference Proceedings (ICAMR-2019), February 2020.
  2. T. Niranjana Prabhu (Ed) (2019) Vijnana Sahithya – 2018, Karnataka Sahithya Academy, Governmentof Karnataka.

Magazine Articles: 5

  1. T. Niranjana Prabhu, Zika Virus annu metti haakaballade ati shythya electron sookshmadarshaka? Kannada Saurabha, Vol 1, Issue 1, February 2018.
  2. T. Niranjana Prabhu, Kannadada asmite uliyuvikege neravaagaballave Kannadada tantramshagalu? Kannada Saurabha, Vol 2, Issue 2, May 2018.
  3. T. Niranjana Prabhu, Nudi Namana, Kannada Saurabha, Vol 2, Issue 2, May 2018.
  4. T. Niranjana Prabhu, Teaching Science and Technology in Kannada – Challenges and Opportunities”, Reflections (Annual Magazine of Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences), Volume 3, p 11, 2017.
  5. T. Niranjana Prabhu, Challenges in Water Supply, Sanitation and Solid Waste Management”, University News Letter, M.S. Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences, Vol. 3, No.1, p8, Jan-Mar 2016.

  1. Best Paper Award from Swadeshi Vijnana Andolana – Karnataka, in 9th Kannada Vijnana Sammelana2013, held at Horticulture University, Bagalkote, from 15 – 17th September, 2013.
  2. Young Scientist Award from Swadeshi Vijnana Andolana – Karnataka, in 8th Kannada Vijnana Sammelana-2012, held at University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad from 15 – 17th September,2012.
  3. Prof. D.C. Anantha Swamy Award” from Kannada Sahithya Parishad, Bangalore, for the book Nenapugala Suliyalli’ (collection of poetry), 2007.
  4. Best Teacher Award, MVJ College of Engineering, 2005
  5. Summer fellowship from Indian Academy of Sciences for the project works entitled, Microwave Induced Synthesis of Oxynitrides and their characterization” and also for Studies on Li2O-MnO2-P2O5 glass system”, 1999.
  6. Designed and commissioned various indigenous reactors for their use in Bioprocess/​Enzyme process unit operations at Department of Biotechnology, MVJ College of Engineering, Bangalore, 2003 – 2006.

  • Catalysis Society of India

    Life Member

  • Indian Society for Technical Education. (Membership No. LM 37929)

    Life Member

  • Kannada Sahithya Parishad, Bangalore

    Life Member

  • Swadeshi Vijnana Andolana -Karnataka

    Life Member