Gopal K. Pradhan

Assistant Professor

Gopal K. Pradhan obtained his Master Degree in Physics from Utkal University, Bhubaneswar followed by his PhD in experimental condensed matter physics from the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bangalore. Following his PhD, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Texas, Austin, USA and at the Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris, France. He also worked as a visiting researcher at Lulea University of Technology, Sweden and as a research associate at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Prior to joining KIIT University, he was a visiting scientist at Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar. His broad research interest has been to understand thermal, elastic, structural and bonding properties of materials, structure-property relationship and microscopic mechanism of thermodynamically driven phase transitions using Raman and Brillouin scattering and synchrotron x-ray diffraction (XRD). Particularly, use of high pressure in condensed matter systems has been an integral part of his research activity with an active interest in the physics and chemistry of planetary interior. In particular, he is interested in understanding various condensed matter phenomena under high pressure that provides important fundamental insights on designing functional and exotic materials. He also uses his knowledge of high-pressure science in understanding the melting processes of the deep Earth, such as at the core-mantle boundary conditions. He has a sound background in high pressure methods including laser heating in ultra-high pressure conditions, Raman and Brillouin scattering, synchrotron x-ray diffraction. He has been an active user of major synchrotron based x-ray sources such as ESRF (France), ELETTRA (Italy) & APS (USA) to address some of the pressing issues in condensed matter physics and planetary interiors. Apart from his research activity, he taught to the postgraduate students at Utkal University and the undergraduate students at Regional Institute of Education (NCERT), Bhubaneswar. Beyond his academic and research interests, Dr. Pradhan co-founded the Social Startup “Villamart” that is working to enhance and strengthen the lives of rural people particularly farmers to build strong, prosperous agricultural communities. It was adjudged as one of the top 10 social enterprises of India at the Tata Social Enterprise Challenge (TSEC 2017) conducted by IIM Calcutta. He co-founded "Bhubaneswar Area Scientific Events (BASE)", an integrated online calendar page that displays various scientific events happening in the greater Bhubaneswar area. The calendar aims to foster better academic coordination & interaction, visibility & dissemination of information to interested people. In 2007, he along with his MSc classmates co-founded "Vanivihar Physics Alumni Fund" at the Department of Physics, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar. This fund provides financial support to the poor and needy students during their financial hardship. This fund is also used to sponsor deserving students for their summer research internship at various national institutions. Besides his scientific interest, he enjoys Indian classical music, travel, cooking and Odia poetry.

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Research Interests
Experimental Condensed Matter Physics, High-Pressure Physics, Raman Scattering, Synchrotron X-ray Diffraction

Administrative Responsibility
Core Committe Member- Central Reserach Facility

Awards & Honours
Postdoctoral Researcher Award for an European Research Council project from Institut Galilée, Université Paris Nord, Paris (2017) [Did not join] French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) Postdoctoral Award (2012) Visiting Scientist position from Birck Nanotechnology Centre, Purdue University, USA (2010) (Did not join) US Department of Energy Postdoctoral Award (2010). International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Italy Travel Grant (2008) Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter (I2CAM), USA Travel award (2009) Qualified in All India Joint Entrance screening Test (JEST-2003) for Junior Research Fellowship (2003) , All India Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering(GATE - 2003), National Eligibility Test for Lectureship (NET – LS 2003), All India PhD entrance tests conducted by Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR, Mumbai 2003), All India PhD entrance tests conducted by Indian Institute of Science (IISc Bangalore 2003), Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) entrance test 2003.
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Top 10 Recent Publications
1. ''The effect of Sn intercalation on the superconducting properties of 2HNbSe2'', S Naik, GK Pradhan, SG Bhat, BC Behera, PSA Kumar, SL Samal , Physica C: Superconductivity and its Applications 561, 18-23 (2019).
2. “Enhanced ultraviolet emission from self-assembled ZnO nanorods grown on graphene”, S. K. Das, Gopal K. Pradhan, Avanendra Singh, P. K. Sahoo and Satyaprakash Sahoo,Journal of Applied Physics 124, 235302 (2018)[Feature Article], ZnO grown on graphene gives off greater ultraviolet emission. [AIP Scilight].
3. “Band gap engineering in SnO2 by Pb doping”, S.N. Sarangi, Gopal K. Pradhan and D. samal Journal of Alloys & Compound 762, 16 (2018)
3. “Melting of MORB at the core-mantle boundary”, Gopal K. Pradhan, Guillaume Fiquet, Julien Siebert, Anne-Line Auzende, Guillaume Morard and, Daniele Antonangeli and Gaston Garbarino Earth & Planetary Science Letters 431 , 247 (2015)
4. “Near-forward/high-pressure-backward Raman study of Zn1-xBexSe (x~0.5) – Evidence for percolation behavior of the long (Zn-Se) bond”, H. Dicko, O. Pagès, R. Hajj Hussein, Gopal K. Pradhan, C. Narayana, F. Firszt, A. Marasek, W. Paszkowicz, A. Maillard, L. Broch and F. El Hajj Hassan Journal of Raman Spectroscopy, 47, 357 (2016)
5. “Raman signatures of pressure induced electronic topological and structural transitions in Bi2Te3”, Gopal K. Pradhan, Achintya Bera, Pradeep Kumar, D.V.S. Muthu, and A.K. Sood, Solid State Communications 152,284 (2012)
6. “Pressure-induced phonon-freezing in the Zn1-xBexSe alloy: A study via the percolation model”,Gopal K. Pradhan, Chandrabhas Narayana, O. Pagès, A. Breidi, J. Souhabi, A.V. Postnikov, F. El Haj Hassan, Sudip K. Deb, F. Firszt, W. Paszkowicz, A. Shukla, Physical Review B 81, 115207 (2010)
7. “Elastic and structural instability of cubic Sn3N4 and C3N4 under pressure”,Gopal K. Pradhan, Anil Kumar, Umesh V. Waghmare, Sudip K. Deb and Chandrabhas Narayana, Physical Review B 82, 144112 (2010)
8. “High-Temperature Phase Transition Studies in a Novel Fast Ion Conductor, Na2Cd(SO4)2, Probed by Raman Spectroscopy”, Gopal K. Pradhan, Diptikanta Swain, Tayur N. Guru Row and Chandrabhas Narayana, J. Phys. Chem. A1131505 (2009)
9. “The phonon percolation scheme for alloys: Pressure dependence and extension to the whole lattice dynamics”, Gopal K. Pradhan, Chandrabhas Narayana, M.N. Rao, M. D’Astuto, S.L. Chaplot, O. Pagès, A. Breidi, J. Souhabi, A.V. Postnikov, S. K. Deb, T. Ganguli, A. Polian, G. Bhalerao, A. Shukla, F. Firszt and W. Paszkowicz, Japan. J. Appl. Phys.50, 05FE02(2011)
10. “Nanocrystalline NaNbO3 and NaTaO3: Rietveld studies, Raman spectroscopy and dielectric properties”, Vishnu Shanker, Saroj L. Samal, Gopal K. Pradhan, Chandrabhas Narayana and Ashok K. Ganguli, Solid State Sciences 11 562 (2009)