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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 – Present).
• 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


• 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.
• Ranked in Top 10,000 scientists in India by AD Scientific Index 2021 and 2022.
• 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 : 113

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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 : 110
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.

Dr. M.V. Shankar is a Professor of Materials Science and Nanotechnology in Yogi Vemana University, Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh, India. He has specialized in in the field of Photocatalysis for hydrogen fuel production and multi-functional application of nanomaterials. He has teaching experience of over 13 years and research experience of 22 years.


Dr.Shankar leading “Nanocatalysis and Solar Fuels” Research team in the Varsity and supervising scholars for doctoral thesis, M.Sc., project work and having inter and intra institutional collaborations. He has authored152highly cited journal publications, conference articles, book chapters and 6 patents having h-index of 44, i-10 index 100, average impact factor of 6.81 with 8919+ citations. He has been inspiring the student community and research scholars through keynote lecture/invited talk at several conference/symposia/INSPIRE program. He is having reputed R&D collaborators in the area of energy, environment and health care applications. As an active collaborator involved in cross-disciplinary research in the area of hydrogen production, desalination / defluoridation of drinking water, one pot multi-component synthesis, anticancer and autoimmune diseases.


Dr.Shankarand his research team well appreciated for developing Heterojunction based photocatalysts based on ZnS/NiO and Cu2S/TiO2 core-shell morphology for enhanced hydrogen production utilizing industrial wastes viz., crude glycerol and H2S present in wastewater. Highlight of the research work is use of earth-abundant materials, simple concept and scalable experimental methods in preparation of photocatalysts. My research team has fabricated prototype photoreactors and developed more than 25 efficient photocatalysts by fine-tuning optical and surface-interface properties of semiconductors at nanoscale. One of the best photocatalyst synthesized at gram-scale targetted for large-scale hydrogen generation. Dr.Shankar completed two collaborative research project with CSIR-CECRI, Karaikudi and CSIR-IICT, Hyderabad funded by MNRE, India.


Dr.Shankar having rich post-doctoral research experience for more than 5 years in prestigous institutions in France, Japan and Taiwan. He has received fellowships (x 8), awards (×5) and grants (×2) from various scientific agencies in recognition of his research work in India and abroad. Notable among these are “Top 2% Most influential scientist in the world for the year 2021 and 2022 (Stanford University, USA and Elsevier)”, “Alpha Doger (AD) Scientific index, world scientist and university rankings for the year 2020, 2021 and 2022”, “Andhra Pradesh Scientist Award” for the year 2020 and “AP State Meritorious Teacher Award” for the year 2022 and Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), U.K. Prof.Shankar have served as lead guest editor and editorial board member in journals of international repute. He has established an excellent collaboration network (> 25 groups) in 7 countries.


Built Proto-types Photoreactors
• Thin-film photocatalytic reactor for degradation of pollutants in aqueous solution.
• LED light activated lab-scale photocatalytic reactor for hydrogen fuel production.
• Two compartment H-type photocatalytic reactor for H2 and O2 evolution.
• Demonstrative slurry photocatalytic reactor for H2 production from industrial waste crude glycerol.
Innovative methodology in photocatalysts for hydrogen production
• Earth abundant co-catalyst- based nanocomposite for enhance hydrogen production.
• Shape controlled synthesis of metal oxide based photocatalysts for continuous hydrogen production.
• Core-shell shaped photocatalysts for hydrogen production under solar light irradiation.
• Quantum dots based photocatalysts for hydrogen generation.
• Use of industrial wastes such as crude glycerol and H2S wastewater 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

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  • 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