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. 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. Besides his scientific interest, he enjoys Indian classical music, travel, cooking and Odia poetry.

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Educational Qualification
  1. PhD (JNCASR, Bangalore)
  2. MSc (Utkal University, Bhubaneswar)
  3. BSc (F. M. University, Balasore)

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

DST-SERB Core Research Grant (CRG) -2021

Administrative Responsibility
  1. Coordinator - MSc Physics Program
  2. FIC- Raman & FESEM facility of Central Research Facility
  3. FIC- Spectroscopy & Optoelectronics Research Group
  4. Member – School Academic (PG) committee
  5. Member – School R&D committee
  6. School Coordinator- KIIT-X

Awards & Honours
  1. Postdoctoral Award for a European Research Council project from Institut Galilée, Université Paris Nord, Paris (2017) [Did not join]
  2. French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) Postdoctoral Award (2012)
  3. Visiting Scientist position from Birck Nanotechnology Centre, Purdue University, USA (2010) (Did not join)
  4. US Department of Energy Postdoctoral Award (2010).
  5. International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Italy Travel Grant (2008)
  6. Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter (I2CAM), USA Travel award (2009)

Journals/Conferences :
1. “Exceptional phonon point versus free phonon coupling in Zn1− xBexTe under pressure: an experimental and ab initio Raman study”, MB Shoker, T Alhaddad, VJB Torres, AV Postnikov, A Polian, R Hajj Hussein, GK Pradhan, C Narayana, C Gardiennet, G Kervern, L Nataf, S Ravy, J-P Itié, K Strzałkowski, A Marasek, F Firszt, Scientific reports 12 (1), 1-10 (2022)
2. “Phonon-based partition of (ZnSe-like) semiconductor mixed crystals on approach to their pressure-induced structural transition” MB Shoker, VJB Torres, A Polian, J-P Itié, GK Pradhan, C Narayana, MN Rao, R Rao, C Gardiennet, G Kervern, K Strzałkowski, F Firszt, Scientific reports 10 (1), 1-11 (2020)
3. “Thermal conductivity of free-standing silicon nanowire using Raman spectroscopy”, S Sahoo, SK Mallik, MC Sahu, A Joseph, S Singh, SK Gupta, B Rout, GK Pradhan, S Sahoo, Nanotechnology 31 (50), 505701 (2020)
4. “Understanding the Mechanism of Ferroelectric Phase Transition in RbHSO4: A High-Pressure Raman Investigation”, D Swain, VS Bhadram, GK Pradhan, C Narayana, Inorganic Chemistry 59 (12), 7960-7965 (2020)
5. “Influence of Li ion implantation on LO phonon broadening and bandgap opening in ZnO thin films”, SK Das, GK Pradhan, PD Bhuyan, SK Gupta, S Sahoo, Journal of Alloys and Compounds 806, 1138-1145 (2019)
6. ''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).
7. “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].
8. “Band gap engineering in SnO2 by Pb doping”, S.N. Sarangi, Gopal K. Pradhan and D. samal Journal of Alloys & Compound 762, 16 (2018)
9. “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)
10. “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)