School of Engineering and Technology

Department of Energy Engineering
CoE- Green & Efficient Energy Technology (GEET)

Profile of Faculty

Dr. Basudev Pradhan

Ph. D. in Physics (Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science and Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India )

M.Sc. in Physics (Spl. Electronics)

Assistant Professor
Department of Energy Engineering

CoE- Green & Efficient Energy Technology (GEET)

Cell: +91-8084510108/+91-9163462129



Research and Work experiences:  
  1. 2012 - present: Assistant Professor, Department of Energy Engineering, Central University of Jharkhand, Brambe, Ranchi-835 205.
  2. June, 2018- May, 2019: Visiting Scientist (Bhaskara Advanced Solar Energy Fellowship), NanoScience Technology center, University of Central Florida,USA funded by Indo-US Science and Technology Forum.
  3. 2010 – 2012: Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at Institute of Physics and Astronomy, University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany.
  4. 2009 – 2010: Research Fellow at the Advanced Technology Institute, University of Surrey, UK, funded by E.ON, Germany Energy company.
  5. 2007 – 2009: Postdoctoral Fellow at Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, USA.
  6. 2006 – 2007: Postdoctoral Fellow at School of Materials, Arizona State University, Arizona, USA.
  7.   March, 2004 – August, 2004: Visiting Fellow at Nanoelectronics Research Laboratory, School of Engineering, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK. Worked under United States Air Force Project.
Awards/ recognition:  
  1. Bhaskara Advanced Solar Energy Fellowship-2018
  2. Ramanujan Fellowships (2012-2017).
  3. SERC Fast Track research grant for Young Scientists, 2013-2016.
  4. Alexander von Humboldt Research fellowship, 2010-2012.
  5. Best poster presentation in Physics at Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science on its birthday 29th July 2003.
  6. Senior Research Fellowship at Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Kolkata, India, 2004-2006.
  7. Junior Research Fellowship at Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Kolkata, India, 2002-2004.
  8. Council of Scientific and Industrial Research – National Eligibility Test (NET), 2002.
  9. Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE), 2002.
  10. Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST), 2002.
  11. S. J. Jindal Trust Scholarship in 1998, 2001.
  12. National Scholarship in 1997-2000
Area of Interest:  
  1. Solar Cells: Perovskite solar cells, Organic Solar cells, Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells, Hybrid solar cells.
  2. Organic Electronics: Organic Memory-Switching device, Organic photodetector, Organic light emitting diode.
  3. Nanoscale Electronic Devices: Synthesis and Characterization of various inorganic Nanoparticles, Nanorods and Nanowires and their use in different electronics  and optoelectronic device applications, Gas Sensing, Nanorectifier, phototransistors, neuromorphic computer.
  4. 2D materials Research: Use of functionalized Carbon Nanotubes and Graphene in various Electronic and Optoelectronic Device applications, like, transparent electrode, Infrared Sensor.
Editorial board member:  
  1. Associate Editor: Applied Physics A, Springer Nature Journal since 2014
  2. Guest Associate Editor, Frontiers in Materials from 2021
Courses Taught :   Renewable Energy Resources, Materials Science for Energy Applications, Solar PV Technology, Energy Efficient Building, Advanced PV Technology, Engineering Thermodynamics, New  Generation Photovoltaic Devices, Basics of Electronics, Advanced Energy Materials, Rural Energy Technology, Human Values & Professional Ethics,  Research Methodology & IPR.
International collaboration project :   Development of Lead-free Perovskite solar cells with robust stability and high efficiency, funded by Indo-Japan (DST-JSPS) Joint Research Project with Prof. Tsutomu Miyasaka, Toin University of Yokohama, Japan, will start in 2021.
Project (Completed/ Ongoing):  
  1. One of principle investigators of Centre of Excellence on “Green and Efficient Energy Technology” funded by MHRD, New Delhi from the year 2014, Project cost (Rs.) 250,00,000/-(ongoing).
  2. Title of the project: Development of high-efficiency Organic photovoltaic Devices, Period: 2013-18, funded by DST-SERB, project cost (Rs.) 87,40,000/-( completed).
  3. Title of the project: Development of Highly Efficient Hybrid Solar for the period of 2014 to 2017, funded by UGC, project cost (Rs.) 6,00,000/-( completed)
  4. Title of the project:  Investigation of Compositional Engineering for Efficient Perovskite Solar Cells  for the period of 2016 to 2018 ,funded by DST-CERI, as Co-PI with Dr. Avijit Ghosh (PI) Project cost(Rs.) 99,64,200/- ( completed)
  5. Title of the project: Development of highly efficient inverted organic solar cells for the period of 2014 to 2017 funded by DST-SERB, Project cost(Rs.) 23,00,000/-( completed)
Patent (International):  
  1. In-situ growth of quantum dots and nano-crystals from one, two, or three dimensional material, J. Thomas, B. Pradhan, F. Chowdhury, (US Patent App. 16/901,245, 2021) (pending).
  2. Photonic synapse based on graphene-perovskite quantum dot for neuromorphic computing, J Thomas, T Roy, S Das, B Pradhan, J Li,( US Patent App. 17/019,737, 2021) (pending).
Research Articles Published:  
  1. Ultrasensitive and ultrathin phototransistors and photonic synapses using perovskite quantum dots grown from graphene lattice,  B. Pradhan, S. Das, J. Li, F. Chowdhury,  J. Cherusseri, D. Pandey, D.  Dev, A. Krishnaprasad, E. Barrios, A. Towers, A. Gesquiere, L. Tetard, T. Roy, J. Thomas, Science Advances, 2020, Vol. 6, no. 7, eaay5225 (front cover page). Impact factor: 12.8, highlighted in Nature Electronics.
  2. Performance enhancement of heterojunction ZnO/PbS quantum dot solar cells by interface engineering, S. Kumar, R. Upadhyay, B. Pradhan*,Solar Energy, 2020, 211, 283-290. Impact Factor: 4.6
  3. Perovskite quantum dot-reduced graphene oxide superstructure for efficient photodetection, F.A. Chowdhury, B. Pradhan, Y. Ding, A. Towers, A. Gesquiere, L. Tetard, J. Thomas, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces,2020, 12 (40), 45165-45173. Impact Factor: 8.75.
  4. Optical tunability of lead free double perovskite Cs2AgInCl6 via composition variation, B. Nath, B. Pradhan, S.K. Panda, New J. Chem., 2020,44, 18656-18661. Impact Factor: 3.28.
  5. Predictions and strategies learned from machine learning to develop high-performing perovskite solar cells, J. Li, B. Pradhan (joint 1stauthor), S. Gaur, J. Thomas, Adv. Energy Mater. 2019, 9, 1970181 with (front cover page). Impact factor: 24.88
  6. Improved performance of cadmium sulfide-sensitized solar cells by interface engineering, A. Mahapatra, P. Kumar, B. Pradhan*, Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics, 2020, 31, 6274. Impact factor: 2.2
  7. Synthesis of air-stable two-dimensional nanoplatelets of Ruddlesden-Popper organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites, J. Cherusseri,   S. Varma,   B. Pradhan,   J. Li,   J. Kumar,   E. Barrios ,   M. Amin,   A.Towers,   A. J Gesquiere  and  Jayan Thomas, Nanoscale, 2020,12, 10072-10081, Impact factor: 6.89
  8. Carbon nanotube-polymer nanocomposite infrared sensor, B. Pradhan, K. Setyowati, H. Liu, D. H. Waldeck, and J. Chen, Nano Letters, 2008, 8, 1142. Impact factor: 13.59,
  9. Role of new bis(2,2′-bipyridyl)(triazolopyridyl)ruthenium(II) complex in the organic bistable memory application, B. Pradhan*, and S. Das*, Chemistry of Materials, 2008, 20, 1209. Impact factor: 8.35.
  10. Functionalized carbon nanotubes in donor/acceptor-type photovoltaic devices, B. Pradhan, S. K. Batabyal, and A. J. Pal, Appl. Phys. Lett. 2006, 88, 093106. Selected for publication in Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science & Technology (volume 13, issue 10, 2006). Cited in “Carbon nanotubes in photovoltaics”, Wikipedia. Impact factor: 3.33
  11. Vetically aligned ZnO-nanowire arrays in rose bengal-based dye sensitized solar cell, B. Pradhan, S. K. Batabyal, and A. J. Pal, Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells, 2007, 91, 769.Impact factor: 5.34
  12. Electrical bistability and memory phenomenon in carbon nanotube-conjugated polymer matrices, B. Pradhan, S. K. Batabyal, and A. J. Pal, J. Phys. Chem. B, 2006,110, 8274. Impact factor: 3.3
  13. Advanced carbon nanotube-polymer composite infrared sensors, B. Pradhan, R. R. Kohlmeyer, K. Setyowati, H. A. Owen, and J. Chen, Carbon, 2009, 47, 1686. Impact factor: 6.19
  14. Fabrication of in-plane aligned carbon nanotube-polymer composite thin films, B. Pradhan, R. R. Kohlmeyer, and J. Chen, Carbon, 2010, 48, 217. Impact factor: 6.19
  15. Organic heterojuction photovoltaic cells: role of functional groups in electron acceptor materials, B. Pradhan, and A. J. Pal, Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells, 2004,81, 469.Impact factor: 5.34
  16. Electrical and Dielectric Properties of Hydroxylated Carbon Nanotube−Elastomer Composites, R. R. Kohlmeyer, A. Javadi, B. Pradhan, S. Pilla, K. Setyowati, J. Chen, and S. Gong, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2009, 113, 17626. Impact factor: 4.8
  17. Molecular level control of donor-acceptor heterostructures in organic photovoltaic devices, B. Pradhan, A. Bandyopadhyay, and A. J. Pal, Appl. Phys. Lett. 2004,85, 663. Selected for publication in Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science & Technology (volume 10, issue 6, 2004). Impact factor: 3.33
  18. Rectifying junction in a single ZnO vertical nanowire, B. Pradhan, S. K. Batabyal, and A. J. Pal, Appl. Phys. Lett. 2006, 89, 233109. Selected for publication in Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science & Technology (volume 14, issue 25, 2006). The 3rd most downloaded Applied Physics Letters paper in December 2006. Impact factor: 3.3
  19. Electron-doping of small-diameter carbon nanotubes with exohedral fullerenes, B. Pradhan, R. R. Kohlmeyer, K. Setyowati, and J. Chen, Appl. Phys. Lett. 2008, 93, 223102. Impact factor: 333
  20. Conduction studies on chemical bath-deposited nanocrystalline CdS thin films, B. Pradhan, A. K. Sharma, and A. K. Ray, Journal of Crystal Growth, 2007, 304, 388. Impact factor: 1.69
  21. Role of dielectric properties in organic photovoltaic devices, B. Pradhan, and A. J. Pal, Chem. Phys. Lett. 2005,416, 327. Impact factor: 1.89
  22. A simple hybrid inorganic-polymer photodiode, B. Pradhan, A. K. Sharma, and A. K. Ray, J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys.2009, 42, 165308 (4pp). Impact factor: 2.72,
  23. Optical studies on chemical bath deposited nanocrystalline CdS thin films, B. Pradhan, A. K. Sharma, and A. K. Ray, J. Nanosci. Nanotech. 2005, 5, 1130. Impact factor: 1.55
  24. Organic photovoltaic devices: Concentration gradient of donor and acceptor materials in the molecular scale, B. Pradhan, and A. J. Pal, Synth. Met. 2005, 155, 555. Impact factor: 2.22
  25. Electrical bistability in zinc oxide nanoparticle-polymer composites, B. Pradhan, S. K. Majee, S. K. Batabyal, and A. J. Pal, Journal of Nanosci.
  26. Nanotech.2007, 7, 4534. Impact factor: 1.55
  27. Nanoscale films of organic dyes for broadband environmental sensing, B. Pradhan, A. K. Sharma, and A. K. Ray, Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics 2009, 20, 267. Impact factor: 1.56,
  28. Inverted organic solar cells comprising low temperature processed ZnO films, B. Pradhan*, S. Albrecht, B. Stiller, and D. Neher, Appl. Phy A 2014, 115,365 Impact factor: 1.7,Photophysical and photochemical properties of a family of isoelectronic tris chelated ruthenium(II) aza-/azo-aromatic complexes, S. Das*, and B. Pradhan* (2015), RSC. Adv. 2015, 5, 73726 Impact factor: 3.8
Popular science article:   Machine adapting to its environment, B.Pradhan, J. Thomas, TheScienceBreaker, published on Jan 6, 2021,
Major Media Attentions for the Research:  

Perovskite Solar Cells

  1. UCF Today
  2. PV – Magazine
  4. Perovskite-info
  5. Eure alert
  6. Science daily
  7. Futurism
  8. Photonics
  9. Medium
  10. PV Buzz
  11. Focustechnica
  12. Compound semiconductor
  13. The mindunleashed
  14.  The Telegraph:
  15.  Anandabazar patrika: special interview.

Phototransistors & Photonic synapses

  1. Nature Electronics:
  2. Advanced Science News:
  5.  EurekAlert: UCF researchers develop device that mimics brain cells used for human vision
  7. ScienceDaily:
  8. UCF news:
  9. The Telegraph:
Invited Talks:  
  1. National conference on frontiers of material science and photonics: issues and developments, organized by department of Physics, Sidho-Kanho-Birsha University on 05-06 March, 2020 on “progress and challenges in the development of next generation photovoltaic cells”.
  2. National conference on current challenges & opportunities in chemical sciences, organized by department of Chemistry, Aliah University on 8th August, 2019 on “progress and challenges in the development of highly efficient organic photovoltaic cells”.
  3. International conference on Green & Efficient Energy Technology and Materials organized by CoE-Geet, Central University of Jharkhand during March 6 to 8, 2019 on “recent progress in Organic Photovoltaic Cells”.
  4. Two days National conference on “Advances in Interdisciplinary sciences organized by Science forum, Bhairab Ganguly college, Kolkata, West Bengal, during 27-28th  January, 2017 on “Solar Energy: The Superior Solution for Future Energy Crisis”.
  5. UGC sponsored National Level Seminar on “Recent advances in chemical science and application at Vidyasagar College for Women, Kolkata, West Bengal, during 6-7th January, 2017 on “Recent progress in organic Photovoltaic cells”.
  6. UGC sponsored seminar on Canvas of Micro to Macro world of Physics at Gobardanga Hindu College, West Bengal during 27-28th September, 2016 on “Understanding the basics of Photovoltaic cell”.
  7. One day State Level Seminar on “Role of power Electronics in Renewable Source of Energy System” at RTC Institute of Technology, Ormanjhi, Ranchi, Jharkhand,  India during 27th August, 2016 on “Next Generation Photovoltaic cells”.
  8. Round Table discussion on Renewable Energy as Sustainable Alternative organized by Centre for Environment and Energy Development (CEED) and OXFAM India on 17th March, 2016 at Ranchi.
  9. National Level Seminar on “Environmental Hazards of Electronic-waste” at Mallabhum Institute of Technology, Bishnupur, Bankura, West Bengal, India during 17-18th March, 2016 on “Sustainable E-Waste Management  in India”.
  10. International Conference on Nanoscience, Nanotechnology & Advanced Materials (NANOS 2015) at Gitam Institute of Science, Gitam University, Rushikonda, Visakhapatnam, India during 14-17th December, 2015 on “Zinc oxide-based hybrid Solar cells”. 
  11. National Seminar on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology: NSNN 2015” at Haldia Institute of Technology during 9-10th October, 2015 on “Application of Zinc oxide nanomaterials in Organic Solar Cell”.
  12. Second International Conference on Nanostructured Materials and Nanocomposites (ICNM 2014) 19-21st December, 2014 at Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India on “Use of zinc oxide nanomaterials in organic solar cells.
  13. UGC-SAP Sponsored One Day Workshop On Solar Cell, 15th May , 2014 organized by Department of Applied Physics, Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra 835215, Ranchi, India, on Organic Solar cells.
  14. Training Programme on “Functioning and Maintenance of Solar Radiation Resource Assessment (SRRA) Station officers” of Eastern Region states on July 1-2nd July, 2014, jointly organized by CEE, CUJ and Centre for Wind Energy Technology (CWET) of MNRE, New Delhi, on New Generation  Solar Photovoltaics.
Conference Presentations:
  1. Hybrid graphene-perovskite quantum dot phototransistor with high Responsivity, B. Pradhan, S. Das, F. Chowdhury, J. Cherusseri, J.Thomas, Nano Boston conference, Boston, USA , from 22nd – 24th April(2019).
  2. H. Kumar, S. Agrawa, R. Rane, S. Mukherjee, and B. Pradhan, Investigation of sulfurization effect on magnetron sputtered CZTS thin film, AIP Conference Proceedings, 2115, 030335, 2019
  3. Inverted organic solar cells using low temperature annealed ZnO film as an electron transport layer, B. Pradhan, and D. Neher, IUMRS-ICA-2013 at Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore, from 16th -20th December (2013).
  4. Zinc oxide-based hybrid photovoltaic devices, B. Pradhan, and D. Neher, Network Meeting of the AvH Foundation, 02–04 February, Göttingen, Germany (2011).
  5. Electronic and optical data read out from single layer organic memory device, B. Pradhan, and G. E. Jabbour, MRS spring meeting 2008, Sun Francisco, USA (2008).
  6. Single nanowire p-n junction rectifier, B. Pradhan, S. K. Batabyal, and A. J. Pal, ICMAT 2007, Singapore, (Oral Presentation), (2007).
  7. Programmable memory devices using semiconducting nanoparticles in insulating polymers, B. Pradhan, S. K. Batabyal, and A. J. Pal, MRS Spring Meeting 2007, San Francisco, California, U.S.A, (Oral Presentation), (2007).
  8. Vertical ZnO nanowire-based dye-sensitized solar cell, B. Pradhan, S. K. Batabyal, and A. J. Pal, Eighth International Conference on Nanostructured Materials, Nano-2006, IISC, Bangalore, India, (2006).
  9. Conductance switching and memory applications of carbon nanotubes in polymer matrix, B. Pradhan, S. K. Batabyal, and A. J. Pal, International Conference on Electronic and Photonic Materials, Devices and Systems (EPMDS) (Oral Presentation), Calcutta University, Kolkata, India.(2006).
  10. Large response of a hybrid inorganic-polymer photodetector, B. Pradhan, A. K. Ray, and A. K. Sharma, 5th IEEE Conference on Nanotechnology, IEEE proceedings, 11-15 July 249 – 251 (2005).
  11. Role of functionalized carbon nanotubes in organic photovoltaic devices, B. Pradhan, S. K. Batabyal, and A. J. Pal, DAE Solid State Physics Symposium, BARC, Mumbai, India (2005).
  12. Photocurrent response of the CdS/PVK photodetector, B. Pradhan, A. Hassan, and A. K. Ray, DAE Solid State Physics Symposium, Amritsar, India (2004).
  13. Molecular scale architecture of organic photovoltaic devices based on layer-by-layer electrostatic Self-assembled films, B. Pradhan, and A. J. Pal, DAE Solid State Physics Symposium, Gwalior, India (2003).
Membership in Professional Societies:  
  1. Indian Science Congress (Life member)
  2. Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (Life member)
  3. Alumni Member of Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) Foundation
  4. American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 2009-10
  5. Materials Research Society (MRS), 2008-09
Updated as on:   03rd May, 2021