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Prof. Dr Sabu Thomas (Vice Chancellor)

Director, School of Nano Science and Nano Technology (SNSNT)

Director, School of Nano Science and Nanotechnology E Mail: Prof. Sabu Thomas works in the area of macromolecular science and green composites for a wide range of technological applications. Web site  

Dr. Sreekala MS, M. Sc., M. Phil., Ph. D., Post-doc AvH Germany, JSPS Japan

Joint Director, School of Nano Science and Nanotechnology

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Mob : 9446866088

Area of InterestPolymer Composites including macro, micro and nano, Biopolymers, Polymeric Foams

Selected Publications

Selected Publications Sandhya P K, Jiya Jose, Sreekala M. S., M Padmanabhana, Nandakumar Kalarikkal, Thomas  S. (2018), Reduced graphene oxide and ZnO decorated graphene for biomedical applications, Ceramics International, DOI:, Impact Factor: 3.057, ISSN: 0272-8842. P Balakrishnan, S Gopi, Sreekala M. S. and S Thomas (2017),  UV resistant transparent bionanocomposite films based on potato starch/cellulose for sustainable packaging,  Starch, DOI: 10.1002/star.201700139, Impact Factor: 1.837, ISSN: 1521-379X Maya M.G., Soney C. George, Thomasukutty Jose, Sreekala M.S. and Thomas S. (2017), Mechanical Properties of Short Sisal Fibre Reinforced Phenol Formaldehyde Eco-Friendly Composites, Polymers from Renewable Resources, 8(4), pp27-42. Preetha Balakrishnan, Sreekala M. S., Matjaz Kunaver, Miroslav Huskic and Thomas S. (2017), Morphology, transport characteristics and viscoelastic polymer chain confinement in nanocomposites based on thermoplastic potato starch and cellulose nanofibres from pineapple leaf, Carbohydrate Polymers, DOI:, Impact factor- 4.9







Dr. Saju Joseph Assistant Professor Chemistry (Ad. hoc) E Mail: Mobile : 8281915276 Saju Joseph received his M. Sc. in Chemistry from the School of Chemical Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, India and Ph.D (2011) in Chemistry (Theoretical and Computational Chemistry) from the University of Coimbra, Portugal. Following his Ph.D. studies, he pursued three post-doctoral degrees: (i) Centre for Photochemical Sciences,BGSU, OHIO, United States of America; (ii) KAUST Solar Center, King Abdullah University of Science andTechnology, Saudi Arabia; (iii) IIUCNN, ahatma Gandhi University, India. He also worked as a ResearchAssociate at the Theoretical Science Unit, JNCASR, Bangalore.Since 2021, he is a lecturer at the School of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (SNSNT), MGU. His currenttheoretical research mainly focuses on the applications of the quantum mechanics and computational methodsfor the modelling of functional materials. Representative Publications

  1. Saju Joseph, Mahesh Kumar Ravva, Binny A Davis, Sabu Thomas, and Nandakumar Kalarikkal., “Theoretical study on understanding the effects of core structure and energy level tuning on efficiency of nonfullerene acceptors in organic solar cells.”, Advanced Theory and Simulations, 2021, 4, 2100019
  2. Saju Joseph, Mahesh Kumar Ravva, and Jean-Luc Bredas., “Charge-transfer dynamics in the lowest excited state of a pentacene-fullerene complex: Implications for organic solar cells.”, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2017, 8(20), 5171-5176
  1. Saju Joseph and António J. C. Varandas, ” Accurate MRCI and CC study of the most relevant stationary points and other topographical attributes for the ground-state C2H2 potential energy surface”, J. Phys. Chem. A. 2010, 114(50), 13277-13287.
  2. Saju Joseph and António J. C. Varandas, “Accurate double many-body expansion potential energy surface for the lowest singlet state of methylene. “, J. Phys. Chem. A. 2009, 113(16), 4175-4183.

Dr Jayachandran

Assistant Professor Physics (Ad. hoc)

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Dr. K.P. Jayachandran has been working as a scientist  at IST, University of Lisbon, Portugal since 2008 prior to joining Mahatma Gandhi University in 2021. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Institute of Earth Science, Academia Sinica, Taiwan from 2002 and at Technical University of Lisbon from 2005. He has published more than 35 papers in International journals, and has presented as many papers in International conferences in Europe, Asia and  America. He holds a PhD degree in theoretical physics from Mahatma Gandhi University and did his MSc in physics from CMS college, Kottayam. He did advanced research courses at the Universities of Copenhagen,  Helsinki, Basque, and Lisbon. His research interests lie broadly at the interface of mathematical physics and materials science.

Dr Rehana P Ummer, Msc. M.Phil, PhD Assistant professor Physics (Ad. hoc) Email., Mobile 9746237388 Dr Rehana P Ummer joined at the department on 2022 July.   She had Post doctoral experience of 5 years.  She was a UGC- DSK post doctoral fellow at Cochin University of Science and Technology from 2017 to 2020.  She had worked as RA at the department of Photonics, at Cochin University of Science and Technology.  She had completed PhD in Physics from Mahatma Gandhi University in 2016.  Her area of research spreads around Photocatalysis, Magnetic Nanoparticles, Synthesis of novel nanostructures and so on. She had worked on Magnetic nanoparticle incorporated Photo catalytic systems, Magnetic materials for medical applications, sensors and energy storage. Nanomaterials were studied for pollution control and water treatment.

  • Exploring the optical limiting, photocatalytic and antibacterial properties of the BiFeO3–NaNbO3 nanocomposite system, Rehana P. Ummer, Sreekanth Perumbilavil, Jiya Jose, Sabu Thomas, Pramod Gopinath and Nandakumar Kalarikkal, RSC Adv., 2021,11,8450
  • Photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange using MgFe2O4@TiO2 core-shell nanoparticles, Rehana P. Ummer, Pramod Gopinath, Nandakumar Kalarikkal, and Sabu Thomas, AIP Conf Proceedings, 2019, 2082, 030028.
  • Electric, Magnetic, Piezoelectric and Magnetoelectric Studies of phase pure (BiFeO3 -NaNbO3 )-(P(VDF-TrFE)) Nanocomposite films prepared by spin coating, Rehana P Ummer, Raneesh. B, Camille Thevenot, Didier Rouxel, Sabu Thomas, Nandakumar Kalarikkal, RSC Advances, 2016, 6, 28069.

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Dr. Raji V., M.Sc., Ph.D. Dr. Raji currently serves as an Assistant Professor (Contract) at the School of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Mahatma Gandhi University. She has M.Sc. in Biochemistry in 2003 from Department of Biochemistry, University of Kerala, and completed her Ph.D. in 2012 from the Department under the guidance of Prof. Annie Abraham. Then she joined the International and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Mahatma Gandhi University as Assistant Professor in the DBT Builder program for 5 years. In 2018, she has awarded D.S. Kothari Postdoctoral Fellowship and worked at IIUCNN till April 2022. She has got a visiting Fellowship in a European Union Project and visited Siberian Federal University, Russia for one month. She has many publications in International peer-reviewed journals and presented her research in various National and International platforms. Dr. Raji’s research interests focused on the development of nanostructured materials for various biomedical applications including cancer therapy, early-stage diagnosis of cancer markers and tissue engineeringusingnanoscaffolds.

Dr Joshy KS, M.Sc, M.Phil, PhD Assistant professor Chemistry (Ad.hoc) E mail : Dr Joshy K S had completed PhD in Chemistry from Mahatma Gandhi University in 2018.  Then she had joined as Post doctoral fellow at Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam from 2018 to 2019 she had worked on edible coatings and drug delivery. From 2019 to 2020 she had joined as Post doctoral fellow at Shandong Academy of Sciences, Qilu University, Jinan, China.  From 2020 to 2021 she had joined as Post doctoral fellow at Qatar University, Doha, Qatar.  From 2022 onwards, she is working as Asst.Professor at School of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.  Her areas of interest include drug delivery, Edible coatings, Wound healings, Polymer nanocomposites and so on. Publications for the last 5 years

  1. Joshy, K. S., et al. “Cisplatin encapsulated nanoparticles from polymer blends for anti-cancer drug delivery.” New Journal of Chemistry (2022).
  2. Akatan, K., Kabdrakhmanova, S., Kuanyshbekov, T., Ibraeva, Z., Battalova, A., Joshy, K. S., & Thomas, S. (2022). Highly-efficient isolation of microcrystalline cellulose and nanocellulose from sunflower seed waste via environmentally benign method. Cellulose29(7), 3787-3802.
  3. Augustine, Robin, Syed Raza Ur Rehman, K. S. Joshy, and Anwarul Hasan. “Stromal cell-derived factor loaded co-electrospun hydrophilic/hydrophobic bicomponent membranes for wound protection and healing.” RSC Advances 11, no. 1 (2021): 572-583.
  4. Augustine, Robin, Ahmad H. Aqel, Sumama Nuthana Kalva, K. S. Joshy, Ajisha Nayeem, and Anwarul Hasan. “Bioengineered microfluidic blood-brain barrier models in oncology research.” Translational Oncology 14, no. 7 (2021): 101087
  5. Joshy, K. S., et al. “NiFe 2 O 4/poly (ethylene glycol)/lipid–polymer hybrid nanoparticles for anti-cancer drug delivery.” New Journal of Chemistry 44.42 (2020): 18162-18172.
  6. Joshy, K.S., Jiya, Jose., Li, Tianduo., Merlin, Thomas., Arun, Gowda., Kalarikkal, N.,. and Thomas, S., 2020. Application of Novel Zinc oxide Reinforced Xanthan Gum Hybrid System for Edible Coatings. . International journal of biological macromolecules.
  7. Joshy, K.S., Robin Augustine., Li, Tianduo., Snigdha, S., Anwarul, Hasan., Kalarikkal, N.,. and Thomas, S., 2020. Carboxymethylcellulose Hybrid Nanodispersions for Edible Coatings with Potential Anti- Cancer Properties. . International journal of biological macromolecules.

Dr Pramod K Assistant Professor Physics(Ad. hoc) email: Dr. Pramod K is currently working as a faculty at the School of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala since July 2022. He obtained his Master’s degree in 2009 from the University of Calicut. He took his M.Phil. in 2011 and Ph.D. in 2018 from the Dept. of Physics, Pondicherry University. During his Ph.D., he indulged in the study of electronic transport in PVDF thin films & nanodots for advanced memory applications. After Ph.D., he worked as an Institute Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras in the area of polymer piezoelectric surface acoustic wave (SAW) sensor. He also worked as a Post-Doctoral Researcher for a short period on the development of organic ferroelectric phototransistor memory for neuromorphic sensor applications at the Industrial Consultancy & Sponsored Research, IITMadras, India. He has 6 international journal publications and four international proceedings. Three journal papers and one patent have been communicated recently. He gave 11 poster presentations, and 4 invited talks at the various national and international conferences that he participated. His broad research area includes organic/inorganic electronic devices, with a special focus on Ferro-piezo polymer-based next-generation resistive and ferroelectric memory & MEMS devices. His research highlights include low voltage resistive switching in polymer nano-dots, flexible surface acoustic wave (SAW) sensor, low voltage ferroelectric switching in polymer devices, and polymer ferroelectric phototransistor memory devices. Publications

  1. K. Pramod, R. B. Gangineni, (2017),” Low voltage bipolar resistive switching in self-assembled PVDF nanodot network in capacitor like structures on Au/Cr/Si with Hg as a top electrode,” Organic Electronics, 42, 47-51
  2. K. Pramod, R. B. Gangineni, (2017),” Rectifying electronic transport & the role of Fowler-Nordheim tunneling in Ag/PVDF/Au capacitor structures,” Current Applied Physics, 17 (11), 1469-1475
  3. K. Pramod, R. B. Gangineni, (2018),” High-voltage transition studies from rectification to resistive switching in Ag/PVDF/Au capacitor-like structures,” Polymer Bulletin, 75 (7), 2769-2778
  4. M.S. Ravi Sankar, K. Pramod, R. B. Gangineni, (2019),” Local ferroelectric studies on interconnected PVDF nano-dot thin films using piezo force microscopy,” Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics, 30 (23), 20716-20724
  5. K. Pramod, R. B. Gangineni, (2015),” Influence of solvent evaporation rate on crystallization of Poly(vinylidene fluoride) thin films,” Bulletin of Materials Science, 38 (4), 1093-1098

Dr. Sandhya P.K. PhD, M.Phil, MSc. Assistant professor Chemistry (Ad. hoc) E mail : Mobile : 8086735391


  1. Sandhya PK, Jose J, Sreekala MS, Padmanabhan M, Kalarikkal N, Thomas S. Reduced graphene oxide and ZnO decorated graphene for biomedical applications. Ceramics International. 2018 Sep 1; 44(13):15092-8.
  2. Sandhya PK, Sreekala MS, Padmanabhan M, Jesitha K, Thomas S. Effect of starch reduced graphene oxide on thermal and mechanical properties of phenol formaldehyde resin nanocomposites. Composites Part B: Engineering. 2019 Jun 15;167:83-92.
  3. Sandhya PK, Sreekala MS, Xian G, Padmanabhan M, Kalarikkal N, Thomas S. Viscoelastic and electrical properties of RGO reinforced phenol formaldehyde nanocomposites. Journal of Applied Polymer Science. 2020 Mar 28:137, 49211.
  4. Sandhya PK, Sreekala MS, Xian G, Padmanabhan M, Thomas S. Enhancement in electrical conductivity and dynamic mechanical properties of resole resin with ZnO-RGO as nanofiller. Diamond and Related Materials. 2020 May 23:108, 107934.
  5. Sandhya PK, Sreekala MS, Padmanabhan M, Thomas S. Mechanical and thermal properties of ZnO anchored GO reinforced phenol formaldehyde resin. Diamond and Related Materials. 2020 :108, 107961.
  6. Sandhya PK, Sreekala MS, Boudenne A, Garnier B, Rouxel D, Padmanabhan M, Kalarikkal N, Thomas S. Thermal and electrical properties of phenol formaldehyde foams reinforcing with reduced graphene oxide. Polymer Composites. 2020 Jul 17,41, 4329-4339.
  7. Sandhya PK, Sreekala MS, Padmanabhan M, Thomas S. Water sorption behavior of phenol formaldehyde resin reinforcing with reduced graphene oxide and ZnO decorated graphene oxide. Journal of Polymer Research. 2021 May;28(5):1-5.

Miss. R Divyasree, MSc.

Assistant professor Bio Nano (Ad. hoc)

She has completed her Post graduation in Int.Msc Nanoscience and Technology from Karunya Institute of Sciences and Technology(Deemed to be University), Coimbatore. She has also worked as Research Fellow in Nanocomposites from Kerala Forest Research Institute,Thrissur.