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Dr. M. Mamatha Kumari

Dr. M. Mamatha Kumari
Associate Professor

M.Sc., M.Tech., Ph.D
Department of Material Science and Nanotechnology
Yogi Vemana University
Andhra Pradesh, India.

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Ph.D. (2015) - Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM), India.

PDF/Teaching Experience

• Associate Professor, Department of Materials Science and Nanotechnology, Yogi Vemana University, Kadapa: 25.07.2022 to Till date.
• Assistant Professor (Grade-III), Department of Materials Science and Nanotechnology, Yogi Vemana University, Kadapa: July 2019 – 24.07.2022.
• Assistant Professor (Grade-II), Department of Materials Science and Nanotechnology, Yogi Vemana University, Kadapa: July 2014– July 2019.
• Assistant Professor (Grade-I), Department of Materials Science and Nanotechnology, Yogi Vemana University, Kadapa: July 2009 – July 2014.

Administrative Experience

• Member, Product development, monitoring and commercialization committee, of Research and Development Cell, YV University from August 2022.
• Coordinator, Incubation center named Center for Innovative Nanoengineered technologies (CINT) from April 2022.
• Warden, YVU Hostels (Girls) from November 2021.
• Worked as Head, Department of Materials Science and Nanotechnology from September, 2018 – DEC, 2020 (2 Y 3M) .
• Worked as Member, National & State Events Committee, YV University from August 2018 to August 2020 (2 Y) .
• Worked as Member, Students Welfare council, YV University from September 2018 to September 2020 (2 Y) .
• Working as a member, Equal opportunities cell, of Yogi Vemana University August 2020 to till now.
• Working as Member, Board of Studies in Materials Science and Nanotechnology from 17.06.2010 to till now.

Research Projects


• Metal oxynitride perovskites/tungstates: Interface Engineering of the Z-Scheme photocatalysts for enhanced H₂ production under solar irradiation | 2023-2026 | DST-SERB | INR. 28,27,906.
• A New archetype for development of Flexible Nano Hybrid Supercapacitor for large scale electric energy storage with high performance | SERB | INR. 41,84,796.
• Sophisticated flexible supercapacitor for high energy storage application based on nanomaterials | DST, SEED Division | INR. 44,07,868.


• Synthesis, Characterization and photocatalytic efficacy of Carbon nanotube-TiO2 nanohybrid for enhanced hydrogen production under solar irradiation | UGC | Rs.13,85,000/- | 2015 – 2018.
• Nano-ferrites and Carbon Nanotubes Composites for Efficient Hydrogen Production by Solar Water Splitting | Naval Research Board, India | Rs. 18,35,363/- | 2016-2020.

Research Students

Ph.D Awarded

• Dr. N. Ramesh Reddy | Synthesis and Characterization of Carbon nanotube-TiO2 nanohybrid for enhanced hydrogen production under solar irradiation | Dec, 2019.
• Mr. U. Bharagav|Tungston Oxide-Based Nanostructured Z-Scheme Heterojunctions for Photocatalytic H2 Evolution under Solar light irradiation | Sept, 2022.

Ph.D Pursuing

• Ms.P.Lakshmi, DST-Inspire Fellow (Full Time)|Strategic design and development of 2D/2D metal oxynitride perovskite, g-C3N4 (HEP)/Tungstate (OEP) Z-Scheme photocatalysts for solar powered green hydrogen production.

Achievements / Awards : 11

• Awarded Young Achiever Award-2020 by Institute of Scholars(InSc), Bangalore, India. • Awarded Associate Fellow of Andhra Pradesh Academy of Sciences, 2018.
• Awarded Summer Research Fellowship (Teacher)-2018 by Indian Academy of Sciences (IAS), The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and Indian National Science Academy (INSA).
• Selected for Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) Programme fellowship by Department of Science and Technology, India.
• Awarded Gold Medal for highest CGPA in M.Tech. Materials Science at NITT during 2007-09.
• Received Institute Day prize of Silver Medal for being topper in the I & II semesters at NITT.
• Awarded as Outstanding Student in M.Tech. Materials Science for the year 2008-09 by the Alumni Association of NITT.
• Received II Prize for BEST POSTER AWARD in poster presentation competition in National Conference on Recent Advances in Surface Engineering (RASE 09) held at NAL Bangalore during Feb. 26-27, 2009
• Qualified National Eligibility Test (NET) conducted by UGC&CSIR under Lecturership.
• Qualified GATE (physics) - 2007 with all India Rank of 572 and received GATE Fellowship from 2007-2009.
• Paper on “Experimenting with Innovative Prism” has been selected for best ten experiments for All India competition of Physics Experiments Conducted by Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT) held at Jabalpur in Nov 2006.

Research Publications in National & International SCI Journals : 42

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Number of Book Chapters (National / International) : 05
Number of Books Published (National / International) : 01
Number of Conference / Symposia Organized : 01
Number of Conference / Symposia Attended : 15
Membership in Prestigious Academic Bodies

• Member, European Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Association (ENNA).
• Member, Indian Institute of Metals (IIM).
• Life Member, Electron Microscopy Society of India (EMSI) (LM-1138).
• Life Member, Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA) (L34624).
• Life Member, Materials Research Society India (MRSI) (LMB 2915).
• Life Member, Society for Materials Chemistry (SMC).
• Life Member, International Association of Engineers (IAENG- 212828).
• Member, Indian Chapter, International Association of Hydrogen Energy.

Reviewed Research Papers of Various Scientific Journals

• Journal of colloids and Interface Science.
• International Journal of Hydrogen Energy.
• Indian Institute of Metals.
• Journal of Hazardous Materials.
• International Journal of Applied Physics A.

Ph.D. Thesis Adjudication

A number of Ph.D. theses submitted to various universities/Institutes were adjudicated.

Research group “Nanocatalysis and Solar Fuels Research Laboratory” on the following research topics:


[1] Nanocomposite Photocatalysts for Green Hydrogen Production

Photocatalysis alike “photosynthesis” process, where visible light absorbed by a semiconductor triggered a series of reduction and oxidation reactions with in-situ generated electron/hole pairs, that worked very well at ambient temperature and pressure. This topic involved three inter-disciplinary subjects viz., semiconductor physics, surface science and heterogeneous catalysis.


Photocatalysis has been extensively studied for energy and environmental applications. Besides several benefits, a large-scale demonstration of photocatalytic hydrogen production requires the development of nano-sized catalyst material that involves rapid separation of electron/hole pairs in-turn effectively utilized the same to trigger a series of chemical reactions.


Research publications witnessed “efficient separation and utilization of photogenerated charge carries” through cation/anion doping, formation of homojunction or different types of heterojunctions, nanostructures and a variety of micro-, meso- and macro- porous supported photocatalyst systems.


The major highlight of the research work is the use of earth-abundant materials, a simple concept and scalable experimental methods in the preparation of photocatalysts.


This research group has significant contribution to the design and development of more than 25 nanocomposite photocatalysts for the high rate of hydrogen production in the following approaches.
• Successful in the preparation of binary, ternary, and quaternary nanocomposite photocatalysts.
• Chemical synthesis of Transition metal oxides, Metal Chalcogenides, Carbon nanostructures and Carbon nitrides based on Zero, One and Two -dimensional nanostructures.
• Core-shell morphology as photocatalyst and co-catalyst.
• Heterojunction photocatalysts based on Schottky, Type I, Type II, Z-scheme and S-scheme. • Gram scale synthesis of highly efficient photocatalysts.
• Utilization of industrial by-product glycerol, H2S-containing wastewater and organic dyes for conversion of waste into clean H2 fuel.
• Utilization of seawater and effective utilization of natural sunlight for photocatalytic H2 generation.
• Demonstrated quantum efficiency using a solar simulator with bandpass filters.
• Batch and demonstrative photoreactors for H2 production.


[2] Cross-disciplinary research with inter-departmental and inter-institutional collaborators
Tailoring properties of nanomaterials as well as nanocomposites prepared for the following applications.
• Utility of metal oxide nanostructures as heterogeneous catalysts for one-pot multi-component synthesis.
• Preparation of polymeric membrane embedded with nanomaterials for desalination and removal of dyes in drinking water.
• Nanomaterials as adsorbent for defluoridation of drinking water.
• Application of nanomaterials for anticancer and autoimmune diseases.
Built Proto-Types Photoreactors
• Thin-film photocatalyticreactor for degradation of pollutants in aqueous solution.
• LED light activatedlab-scalephotocatalyticreactor for hydrogen fuel production.
• Twocompartment H-type photocatalyticreactor for H2 and O2evolution.
• Demonstrative slurry photocatalytic reactor for H2 production from industrial waste crude glycerol.
Innovative Methodology in Photocatalysts for Hydrogen Production
• Earthabundantco-catalyst- based nanocomposite for enhancehydrogen production.
• Shape controlledsynthesis of metal oxide basedphotocatalysts for continuoushydrogen production.
• Core-shellshapedphotocatalysts for hydrogen production undersolar light irradiation.
• Quantum dots basedphotocatalysts for hydrogen generation.
• Use of industrial wastes such as crude glycerol and H2S waste water to generate the H2 fuel.
• Multi-spin photo-reactor set-up for solar-to-hydrogen generation.

  • Dr. M. Mamatha Kumari
    Associate Professor
    Department of Materials Science and Nanotechnology
    Sir C.V. Raman Science Building
    Yogi Vemana University
    Kadapa – 516 005, Andhra Pradesh, INDIA

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  • mamatha@yvu.edu.in


What they say?


I am indebted to the faculty of the University, who inculcated scientific temper and research aptitude and I think YVU is a happening place for qualitative research.

Anand Kumar
Ph.D. in Biotechnology

The academic ambience and infrastructure of the University are the hallmarks, I consider myself to be lucky to be here and I foresee a bright future in pursuit of Science.

Shaik Fasiha Begam
M.Sc. in Physics

Yogi Vemana University is certainly a hub for meaningful research activities. Research in social sciences here bears contemporary relevance and addresses societal problems.

Varikunta Sailaja
Ph.D. in English

Yogi Vemana University installed faith in me to explore new avenues in liberal arts which mates us more humane and civilized.

Karanam Saiteja