Defence Institute of Advanced Technology, Pune


Established u/s 3 of the UGC act 1956. 

MHRD, Government of India  has placed DIAT (DU) in Category 'A' Deemed University  & 'NAAC' and NBA Accredited

(An Autonomous Organization, Department of Defence Research & Development, Ministry of Defence, Govt. of India)

Dr. P. K. Khanna

Dr. P.K.Khanna

Dean (Applied Sciences)
PhD (IIT-Bombay), PDF-UK,S.Korea
Head, Department of Applied Chemistry
MRSI Medalist 2010, Best Researcher of DIAT 2014
Director: Incubation Centre and Chairman:  IP Cell


  • Visiting Scientist, South Korea
  • International Fellow, South Korea
  • Brain Pool Scientist, South Korea
  • Research Fellow, SERC, Queens’ University of Belfast, UK
  • Research Fellow, SERC, University of Wales, Swansea, UK
  • BOYSCAST Fellow, University of St. Andrews, Scotland, UK
  • More than 30 years in Academic Research and Lecturing
  • Completed 16 R&D projects funded by government  funding agencies like DST ISRO, MNRE, DIT, DRDO etc
  • No. of Citations: › 4000; h-index: 33
  • Publications - >300; Patents Applied for : 11
  • Students guided: >45



  • Chairman, Doctoral Research  Committee  DIAT (2011-15)
  • Chairman, Incubation Cell (2015- present )
  • Dean Academic affairs DIAT (2011-13)
  • Chairman, DRMC Dept of Applied Chemistry
  • Project management (academic, consultancy, industrial) from Indian as well as from International agencies
  • Member, Academic Council DIAT
  • Managing Intellectual Property Rights
  • Teaching skills for postgraduates and research scientists
  • Conducting workshops and conferences
  • Managing core and contract faculty, researchers, and project staff
  • Course design for various institute in India
  • Resource person for various Institutes in India and abroad
  • Writing patents and technical documents
  • Coordinating International programmes
  • Academic board member of VIT, Pune
  • Member Board of Studies in chemistry of Bharati Vidyapeeth, Pune
  • Acad. Board Member of BVCOE and  YM College, Bharati Vidyapeeth Pune
  • Convener of several international conferences
  • Chairman of various committees at DIAT.
Professional Membership :
  • Life member of High Energy Materials Society of India (LMHEMSI)
  • Life Member of  Society of Materials Chemistry of India
  • Life Member of Materials Research Society of India
  • Life member of Maharashtra Academy of Sciences
  • Past Member of Material Res Soc. Singapore
  • Associate Member of Institute of Nanotechnology, UK
  • Past  Associate of Royal Society of Chemistry, UK
  • Past Member of Korean Chemical Society
Awards and Honors :
  • DIAT Researcher of the Year 2014
  • Materials Research Society of India (MRSI) Medal-2010
  • Task force member of DBT Nanobiotechnology for IIT Guwahati
  • Ex-Member MRS-Singapore 2013-15
  • Associate member of Institute of Nanotechnology, UK (AIoN)
  • Past Member of Korean Chemical Society
  • Past Member of Ind. Chemical Society
  • Elected Fellow of Maharastra Academy of Sciences, 2008, India
  • Editorial Board Member; Frontiers in Mater (Thin solid films) nature publishing
  • Editorial Board Member; Int. J. Nanotech and Adv. Materials (nature publishing)
  • Guest Editor of Special issue of Int. Journal on Green Nanotechnology:Physics and Chemistry (Taylor and Francis, USA)
  • Editorial Board Member of Asian Polymer Journal (Formerly Asian Chitin Journal): An International Journal, 2012
  • Editorial Board Member of International J. on Green Nanotechnology:Physics and Chemistry (Taylor and Francis, USA)
  • Brain Pool Research Scientist, 2008-09,  S. Korea.

Area’s of Research :
  • Applied research in Organometallic  chemistry of chalcogens
  • R&D on Nano-particles of metals and· their chalcogenides
  • New Chemical strategies for developing
  • nanomaterials / quantum dots via direct and molecular precursor route.
  • Nanotechnology via solution chemistry targeting particles dimension of <10 nm solar cells, optical devices and sensor applications
  • Inorganic chemistry for magic clusters and white light
  • Chemically designed nano-particles for photo catalysis and environment
  • Quantum dots for bio-nanotechnology. 
  • R&D on inorganic / polymer Nano-composites 
  • Metal Nano-particles for petroleum energy
  • Green chemistry for Nanotechnology

Projects Undertaken

  • A two-year project  by ARMREB, DRDO-(June-2016-2018)-Ignitor delay material
  • A two-year INDO-BELARUS project  by DST- completed (May 2015-17)- QDs-Graphene composites
  • A two-year project  by DIAT, DRDO-completed (Oct. 2013-15)- Nanoink
  • A three year project  by DST completed (June 2012-15)- MSNCs & QDs
  • A two-year project by DRDO (NMRL)-completed (June 2012-15)- MO/Poly
  • A three-year project by DST completed (2006/7-2010)
  • A two year project by MNES completed (2005-2007)
  • A three–year project  by DST completed (2003-2006)
  • A five year project funded by DIT completed (2006-2009)
  • A  project by DST Young Scientist completed (2005-2007)
  • A one year project funded by DST completed (2002-2003)
  • A one year project funded by ISRO completed (2001-2002)
  • Process development of Semiconductor Grade Sulfuric Acid (DoE) completed
  • Process development of Semiconductor Grade Methanol (DoE) completed
  • Process development of Submicron size Silver Powder (internal-DoE) completed
  • Development of MOCVD precursors (DoE)-completed .

Conferences/symposia/workshops organized

  • Half-day Symposium on nano-materials-Recent Happenings, Organized by Materials Research Society of India (MRSI) Pune chapter, University of Pune, India, August 8, 2003 (Convener/co-ordinator)
  • One-day seminar on Adv Surface Engg, Organized by MRSI, IIM & Multi-arc (I) Ltd, Pune , Jan . 8, 2004 (Organizing member)
  • MRSI 16th AGM, Feb. 10-12, 2005 NCL, Pune, (Organizing committee member)
  • Convenor ICNME, Int Conference on Nanomaterials for Electronics (ICNME-2006), Nov. 27-29, 2006, Pune, India (Convener).
  • Foundation day of C-MET, March 8, 2000, 2003, 2007 Pune, India (Compere)
  • Int Symp Adv Mater&Polymers for Aerospace & Defense Applications (SAMAPADA) , Dec 8-12, 2008, Pune (Organizing member)
  • Co-Convener of NANOCON2010, Int.Conf. on Nanotechnology by Bharti Vidyapeeth Deemed Univ and C-MET, Oct. 14-15, 2010 
  • Organizing Secretary, ISME, Int Symposium of Mater Education, organized by IISER, NCL C-MET, DIAT, Pune, March 26-27, 2011 
  • Chairman, IYC-2011 Celebration, DIAT, Pune 7 Dec. 2011 
  • Chairman, Int. Conf. Funct. Mater. Defence, (ICFMD-2012) May 18-20, 2012
  • National Conf. on Chem. Chalcogens (NC3-2013), 14-15, Jan 2013, Pune, India
  • Chairman, RSC (UK) supported i-CNT-2013, DIAT, Pune Oct 29-30, 2013
  • National Conf. on Chem. Chalcogens (NC3-2015),12-13, Jan 2015, Pune, India
  • Course Director for Indian Ordnance Factory Officers Training, 2014-2018
  • National Conf. on Chem. Chalcogens (NC3-2017), 13-14 Jan.  2017 Pune, India

Latest Publications

  • Reaction Tailoring for synthesis of Phase Pure Nanocrystals of AgInSe2, Cu3SbSe3 and CuSbSe2 Anuraj S. Kshirsagar and Pawan. K. Khanna,  Chemistry Select, 2854-66, 3, 2018.
  • CdSe-PVP QDs for Degradation of Methylene Blue via Photocatalytic Oxidative Cleavage under Mild Visible Light, Pawan K. Khanna, Abhishek Kumar,  Anuraj Kshirsagar and Chaitanya Hiragond, J Nanosc and Nanotech. 143-155, 18, 2018
  • Green synthesis of silver nano-particles by use of edible oils, Anuraj Kshirsagar, T. Khanna, V. Dhanwe Pawan K. Khanna, J Nanosc Nanotech. 386-393, 18, 2018
  • Selective Synthesis of b or a-HgS Nanocrystals via Core/Shell formation Using Surface Modified CdS Quantum Dots,  Priyesh V, More, Chaitanya Hiragond, Sreenu Bhanoth and P. K. Khanna, J Nanosc and Nanotech. 242-250, 18, 2018
  • Commentry on Magic-Size NanoCrystals (MSNCs), P.K.Khanna, JOJ Material Sci. 555590, 2(3) 2017
  • 1, 2, 3-selenadiazoles driven single family MSNCs of CdSe, Aditi A. Jadhav and Pawan K. Khanna, New J Chemistry (RSC) 41, 14713 -14722, 2017.
  • Efficient Photo-Catalytic Oxidative Degradation of Organic Dyes using CISe/TiO2 HybridHetero-Nanostructures, A. Kshirsagar, A. Gautam, P.K. Khanna, Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry, 73-90, 349C, 2017
  • Band Engineered P-type RGO-CdS-PANI Ternary Nanocomposites for Thermoelectric Applications, P. More,  P. K. Khanna, Chaitanya Hiragond,  A. Dey, Sustainable Energy & Fuels, 1766-1773, 1, 2017
  • Polymer based Graphene/Zinc Oxide Nano Composite (GZnNC): An Outstanding Thermoelectric Material, A. Dey, M. A. S. Khan, P. V. More, P. K. Khanna, A. K. Sikder, S. Chattopadhyay, Adv. Mater. Sci., 2017, DOI: 10.15761/AMS.1000119
  • BaTiO3 Nanostructures for H2S gas sensor: Influence of Bandgap, Size and Shape on sensing mechanism, RS Patil, VB  Gaikwad, GH Jain, PV More and P K Khanna, Vacuum (Elsevier), 455-461, 146. 2017
  • Flame Deposition Method for Carbon Nanoparticles Employing Green Precursors and its Composite with Au Nanoparticles for Photocatalytic Degradation of Methylene Blue, Anuraj Kshirsagar,  PK Khanna et al, Vacuum (Elsevier) 633-640, 146, 2017
  • Colloidal Silver Nanoparticles Based Antimicrobial Cotton Fibres, Pawan K Khanna, Anuraj Kshirsagar,  et al Nano & Nanotechnology-ASIA (NNA) 208-220, 7(2), 2017
  • Synthesis of novel Zn(II) and Cd(II) complexes of semicarbazones and their utility as precursors for respective metal selenide quantum dots, Aditi A. Jadhav, Vaishali P. Dhanwe, Pawan K. Khanna, Polyhedron, 99-110, 123, 2017,
  • Microwave synthesis of bis(cycloalkeno)-1,4-diselenins: Novel source of Se for CdSe QDs , Aditi Jadhav, Priyesh V. More and Pawan K Khanna, New J. Chem. (RSC, UK). 41, 7438-7446, 2017. 
  • Low Viscosity Stable TiO2 Nano-fluid for Oxidative Photo Degradation of Methylene Blue, Ujjawal Bhagat, Anuraj Kshirsagar and Pawan K. Khanna, Adv. Mater. Lett. (VBRI Press, Sweden), 506-517, 8(4), 2017. 
  • Cytotoxicity Studies of II-VI Semiconductor Quantum Dots on various cancer cell lines, Sreenu Bhanoth, Aakriti Tyagi, Anita K. Verma and  Pawan K. Khanna, Adv. Mater Lett., (VBRI Press, Sweden),  368-376, 8(4), 2017.
  • Synthesis, Characterization and Bio-evaluation of Core-Shell QDs with ZnSe, CdS and CdSe Combinations, Sreenu Bhanoth, Anuraj Kshirsagar, Pawan K Khanna Aakriti Tyagi, Ankita Leekha, Vijay Kumar and Anita Verma,  Adv. Mater. Lett. (VBRI Press, Sweden), 352-361, 8(4),2017.
  • Chemically synthesized Ag/PPy-PVA polymer nanocomposite Films as potential EMI shielding material in X-band, Jyoti Srivastava, Pawan K. Khanna, Priyesh V. More, Neha Singh, Adv. Mater. Lett. (VBRI Press, Sweden), 42-48, 8(1) 2017.



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