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Dr. M.V. Shankar

Dr. M.V. Shankar

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

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Ph.D. (2003) – Department of Chemistry, Anna University, Tamil Nadu, India.

PDF/Teaching Experience

• Professor of Material Science and Nanotechnology, Yogi Vemana University, Kadapa: July 2015 – Till date.
• Associate Professor in Material Science and Nanotechnology, Yogi Vemana University, Kadapa: July 2009 – June 2015.
• Post Doctoral Fellow - CNRS Researcher (Tenured Track), CNRS, Strasbourg, FRANCE: July 2009 - Sept 2009.
• Post Doctoral Fellow at University of Strasbourg, Strasbourg, FRANCE: March 2008-July 2009.
• NIMS Post Doctoral Fellow at National Institute of Materials Science (NIMS), JAPAN: Oct 2006-Feb 2008.
• Post Doctoral Fellow at National Central University, Chung-Li, TAIWAN: Jan 2006 - Sept 2006.
• INRA Post Doctoral Fellow at French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), Versailles, FRANCE: Jan 2004 - Jan 2006.

Administrative Experience

• Director, IT & Networking Cell and IT Hub (01 September 2022 – 25 January 2024).
• Co-Convener, APPGCET - 2021 and 2022.
• Head, Department of Materials Science and Nanotechnology (01 December 2020 – 30 November 2022).
• Director, Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) January 2020 – December 2022.
• Nodal Officer, RUSA, March 2017 – October 2019 [Establishment of Research Facilities and building constructions for Rs.20 crores] .
• Deputy Director, Directorate of Admissions, YVU.
• Member, Directorate of Admissions, YVU [two periods] .
• Nodal Officer, National Institutions Ranking Framework (NIRF-2017) .
• Chief Superintendent of External Examinations.
• Chairman, Board of Studies in Materials Science & Nanotechnology.
• Controller of Examinations [I/c], February 2011 – February 2012.
• Head, Dept Materials Science & Nanotechnology (Founder Head) .
• Chairman, College Affiliate Committee, YVU.
• Convenor / Member in college development council for affiliated college inspection.
• Vice-Chancellor’s Nominee, Central Purchase Committee, YVU.
• Member, Central Purchase Committee, YVU.

Research Projects


• Metal oxynitride perovskites/tungstates: Interface Engineering of the Z-Scheme photocatalysts for enhanced H₂ production under solar irradiation | INR. 28,27,906 | 2023-2026 | DST-SERB
• Mini-Pilot scale demonstration of photocatalytic Hydrogen Production under Solar Light Irradiation| INR. 44,45,100 | 2023-2026 | NRB-DRDO


• Development of Semiconductor Nanocomposites for Photocatalytic Water Splitting into H2 and O2 under Solar light Irradiation | INR. 59,66,191 | January 2011 to December 2014.
• Hierarchical Composite Nanostructure Photocatalysts for Efficient Water Splitting under Solar Light Irradiation | INR. 72,00,000 | January 2016 to April 2021.

Research Students

Ph.D Awarded

• D. Praveen Kumar | One dimensional Titanium dioxide based Nanocomposites Photocatalysts for Efficient Hydrogen Production under Solar light Irradiation | 2014.
• N. Lakshmana Reddy | Advanced Semiconductor nanostructures for enhanced hydrogen generation under solar light irradiation | 2018.
• V. Navakoteswara Rao | Hierarchical Composite Nanostructure Photocatalysts for Efficient Water Splitting Under Solar Light Irradiation | 2021.

Ph.D Pursuing

• Mrs. M. Nagaveni | Design and development of composite nanostructures for photo-catalytic water splitting under solar light irradiation.
• Mr.T. Prasad| Development of Two-Dimensional Transition Metal Oxide and Chalcogenide-based heterojunctions for Photocatalytic Applications.
• Mrs.T.V. Prathima | Design and development of earth abundant metal oxide-carbon based photoredox nanocomposites for pollutants degradation, biomass conversion into value-added chemicals and fuels.
• Mrs.B. Sailaja | Visible light active indium sulfide-based nanostructures for photocatalytic pollutant degradation and hydrogen production.

Achievements / Awards : 16

• Andhra Pradesh State Meritorious Teacher Award 2022.
• Ranked in Top 2% Most influential scientist in the world (Stanford University, USA and Elsevier): 2021, 2022 & 2023.
• Ranked in Top 10,000 scientists in India by AD Scientific Index 2020, 2021, 2022 & 2023.
• Andhra Pradesh Scientist Award (APSA, Amaravathi), 2021.
• Fellow of Academy of Sciences Chennai (FASCh, Chennai), 2020.
• Fellow of the Indian Chemical Society (FICS, Kolkatta), 2020.
• Charted Chemist (CChem, London), 2019.
• Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC, London), 2018.
• Associate Fellow, Andhra Pradesh Academy of Sciences, Guntur, A.P., India, 2015.
• Best Biographical Profiles published by Marquis Who’s Who in the World, 2015.
• Visiting Scientist, Kanagawa Institute of Technology (KIT), Atsugi, Japan, 2014.
• Young scientist award, DST/CSIR/TNSCST for conference presentation in Canada, 2003.
• Subject Expert Member in Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), New Delhi, India.
• Subject Expert Member in Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi, India.
• Subject Expert Member in Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), U.K.
• Subject Expert Member in Sultan Qaboos University, Al-Khoudh, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman.

Research Publications in National & International SCI Journals : 119

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Number of Patents (National / International) : 06
Number of Book Chapters (National / International) : 20
Number of Books Published (National / International) : 04
Number of Conference / Symposia Organized : 05
Number of Conference / Symposia Attended : 111
Membership in Prestigious Academic Bodies

• Solar Energy Society of India.
• International Society for Energy, Environment and Sustainability.
• Academy of Sciences Chennai.
• European Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Association, Slovenia.
• Indian Chemical Society, Kolkatta, India.
• Royal Society of Chemistry, U.K.
• Society for Materials Chemistry, BARC, Mumbai, India.
• Materials Research Society of India, India.
• Indian Council of Chemists, India.
• Society for Advancement of Chemical Sciences and Education (SACSE), India.
• Catalysis Society of India, India.
• Materials Research Society, USA.
• American Chemical Society, USA.

Reviewed Research Papers of Various Scientific Journals

Nanoscale, Applied Catalysis B, Applied Catalysis A, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, Advanced Materials, Journal of Electronic Materials, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Chemical Physics Letters. RSC Advances, Physical Chemistry and Chemical Physics, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, Catalysis Science & Technology, ACS Omega, The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, Catalysis Communication, Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells, New Journal of Chemistry, Materials Letters, Chemosphere, Journal of Chemical Technology & Biotechnology, Materials Research Society of Japan, International Journal of Energy Research, International Journal of Polymeric Materials, Photochemistry and Photobiology, Ceramics International, Inorganic Chemistry, Communications, Research on Chemical Intermediates, Journal of Alloys and Compounds, Solid State Sciences, International Journal of Photoenergy, Combustion Science & Technology, African Journal of Pure and Applied Chemistry, Journal of Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, International Journal of Polymeric Materials, Powder Technology, Advances in Nano Research, Desalination and Water Treatment, Journal of Advanced Oxidation Technologies, Transactions of the Materials Research Society of Japan, Indian Journal of Chemistry, Chinese Journal of Catalysis, Journal of Ceramic Science and Technology, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, Advances in Polymer Technology, Solid State Ionics, Materials Science in Semiconductor Processing, Applied Surface Science, Waste and Biomass Valorisation.

Ph.D. Thesis Adjudication

Number of Ph.D. thesis submitted to various universities 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.V. Shankar
    Department of Materials Science and Nanotechnology
    Sir C.V. Raman Science Building
    Yogi Vemana University
    Kadapa – 516 005

  • +91 9966845899

  • shankar@yogivemanauniversity.ac.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