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Dr. Nikhil K. Kothurkar

Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, School Of Engineering, Coimbatore

Qualification: Ph.D
k_nikhil@cb.amrita.edu
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Research Interest: Alternative Energy Fuel Cells, Bioremediation, Photocatalysis, Polymer Nano-composites, Sustainable Development, Water Purification

Bio

Dr. Nikhil K. Kothurkar joined Amrita in 2007 after completing postdoctoral work in the USA.

He received a B. E. in Polymer Engineering from Maharashtra Institute of Technology, University of Pune. In 1999, he moved to Gainesville, Florida, USA, to pursue graduate studies in the University of Florida’s Materials Science and Engineering Department where he worked as a graduate research assistant under the guidance of Dr. Anthony B. Brennan developing inorganic-organic particulate nanocomposites for ultrafast infrared optical sensor protection from destructive laser attacks. He graduated with a Ph. D. in 2004, after defending his dissertation entitled, “Solid State Cadmium Sulfide-Polymer Nanocomposites.”

After graduation, he accepted a position as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Solar Energy and Energy Conversion Laboratory, University of Florida, for two years. There he developed rugged and crack-free sol-gel photocatalyst coatings on metal and ceramic substrates. He also worked on a project to develop lower cost hydrocarbon polymer electrolyte membranes for fuel cells. He then worked for a year as a Research Scientist at the Clean Energy Research Center, University of South Florida in the fields of photocatalysis and its applications in biomedical devices, and hydrogen production by biomass gasification.

Dr. Kothukar’s fields of interest are nanomaterials, photocatalysis, biomedical materials and devices, low cost water treatment and alternative energies. Currently he is teaching Environmental Science and Engineering and Materials Science at Amrita.

 

Publications

Journal Article

Year : 2020

Fabrication of organic nanocomposite of polyaniline for enhanced electrochemical performance

Cite this Research Publication : S. M. Kumar, Das, P., K. Yasoda, Y., Dr. Nikhil K. Kothurkar, Malik, S., and Sudip Kumar Batabyal, “Fabrication of organic nanocomposite of polyaniline for enhanced electrochemical performance”, Journal of Energy Storage, vol. 31, p. 101700, 2020.

Publisher : Journal of Energy Storage

Year : 2019

Glycine-assisted hydrothermal synthesis of NiCo2S4 as an active electrode material for supercapacitors

Cite this Research Publication : S. M. Kumar, Bhagavath, N., Sudip Kumar Batabyal, and Dr. Nikhil K. Kothurkar, “Glycine-assisted hydrothermal synthesis of NiCo2S4 as an active electrode material for supercapacitors”, Journal of Science: Advanced Materials and Devices, vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 376 - 380, 2019.

Publisher : Journal of Science: Advanced Materials and Devices

Year : 2019

Molybdenum disulfide/reduced graphene oxide hybrids with enhanced electrocatalytic activity: An efficient counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells

Cite this Research Publication : R. Senthilkumar, Balu, M., Ramakrishnan, S., Ramamurthy, P. C., Sudip Kumar Batabyal, Dr. Duraisamy Kumaresan, and Dr. Nikhil K. Kothurkar, “Molybdenum disulfide/reduced graphene oxide hybrids with enhanced electrocatalytic activity: An efficient counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells”, Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, vol. 847, p. 113236, 2019.

Publisher : Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry

Year : 2019

Simple synthesis route of glycine-assisted PANi-NiCo2O4 porous powder for electrochemical application

Cite this Research Publication : M. S. Kumar, Yasoda, K. Y., Dr. Nikhil K. Kothurkar, and Sudip Kumar Batabyal, “Simple synthesis route of glycine-assisted PANi-NiCo2O4 porous powder for electrochemical application”, Ionics, vol. 25, no. 9, pp. 4499-4507, 2019.

Publisher : Ionics

Year : 2019

Thermally Reduced Graphene Oxide as a Counter Electrode Material for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

Cite this Research Publication : R. Senthilkumar, S Raj, M., Ramakrishnan, S., Dr. Duraisamy Kumaresan, and Dr. Nikhil K. Kothurkar, “Thermally Reduced Graphene Oxide as a Counter Electrode Material for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.”, J Nanosci Nanotechnol, vol. 19, no. 4, pp. 2158-2165, 2019.

Publisher : J Nanosci Nanotechnol

Year : 2018

Synthesis and characterization of graphene quantum dots/cobalt ferrite nanocomposite

Publisher : IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering

Year : 2018

Polyaniline/Fe3O4-RGO Nanocomposites for Microwave Absorption

Cite this Research Publication : J. Mathew, Sathishkumar, M., NIKHIL K. KOTHURKAR, Senthilkumar, R., and Sabarish Narayanan B., “Polyaniline/Fe3O4-RGO Nanocomposites for Microwave Absorption”, IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering. (Proceedings of International Conference on Advances in Materials and Manufacturing Applications 2017, IConAMMA 2017, August 17- 19, 2017, Bengaluru, 2017) , vol. 310, p. 012138, 2018.

Publisher : IOP Publishing

Year : 2018

One-Step RF-CVD Method for the Synthesis of Graphene Decorated with Metal and Metal Oxide Nanoparticles.

Cite this Research Publication : R. Shanmugam, Johny, J., Senthilkumar, R., Dr. Murali Rangarajan, and Kothurkar, N., “One-Step RF-CVD Method for the Synthesis of Graphene Decorated with Metal and Metal Oxide Nanoparticles”, Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, vol. 18, pp. 1089-1096, 2018.

Publisher : Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology .

Year : 2018

One-step hydrothermal synthesis of marigold flower-like nanostructured MoS2 as a counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells

Cite this Research Publication : R. Senthilkumar, Ramakrishnan, S., Balu, M., Ramamurthy, P. C., Kumaresan, D., and Kothurkar, N. K., “One-step hydrothermal synthesis of marigold flower-like nanostructured MoS2 as a counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells”, Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry, pp. 1-11, 2018.

Publisher : Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry

Year : 2018

Carbon-polyaniline nanocomposites as supercapacitor materials

Cite this Research Publication : M. S. Kumar, Yasoda, K. Y., Sudip Kumar Batabyal, and Dr. Nikhil K. Kothurkar, “Carbon-polyaniline nanocomposites as supercapacitor materials”, Materials Research Express, vol. 5, 2018.

Publisher : Materials Research Express, Institute of Physics Publishing

Year : 2016

GSH Responsive Biotinylated Poly(vinyl alcohol) Grafted GO as a Nanocarrier for Targeted Delivery of Camptothecin†

Cite this Research Publication : Y. Yasoda, Bobba, K., Nedungadi, D., Dutta, D., Kumar, S., Kothurkar, N., Mishra, N., and Bhuniya, S., “GSH Responsive Biotinylated Poly(vinyl alcohol) Grafted GO as a Nanocarrier for Targeted Delivery of Camptothecin†”, RSC Adv., vol. 6, 2016.

Publisher : RSC Advances

Year : 2016

A design of experiments investigation of the effects of synthesis conditions on the quality of CVD graphene

Cite this Research Publication : R. Shanmugam, Rangarajan, M., Devanathan, S., Sathe, V. G., Senthilkumar, R., and Kothurkar, N. K., “A design of experiments investigation of the effects of synthesis conditions on the quality of CVD graphene”, Materials Research Express, vol. 3, p. 125601, 2016.

Publisher : Materials Research Express, IOP Publishing, Volume 3, Number 12, p.125601

Year : 2016

GSH-responsive biotinylated poly(vinyl alcohol)-grafted GO as a nanocarrier for targeted delivery of camptothecin

Cite this Research Publication : Y. K. Yasoda, Bobba, K. Naidu, Divya Nedungadi, Dutta, D., M. Kumar, S., Kothurkar, N., Mishra, N., and Bhuniya, S., “GSH-responsive biotinylated poly(vinyl alcohol)-grafted GO as a nanocarrier for targeted delivery of camptothecin”, RSC Adv., vol. 6, pp. 62385-62389, 2016

Publisher : RSC Adv.

Year : 2016

EMI shielding and microwave absorption behavior of Au-MWCNT/polyaniline nanocomposites

Cite this Research Publication : E. J. Jelmy, Ramakrishnan, S., and Dr. Nikhil K. Kothurkar, “EMI shielding and microwave absorption behavior of Au-MWCNT/polyaniline nanocomposites”, Polymers for Advanced Technologies, 2016.

Publisher : Polymers for Advanced Technologies

Year : 2015

Electrochemical sensing of dopamine, uric acid and ascorbic acid using tRGO-TiO2 nanocomposites

Cite this Research Publication : A. R. Rajamani, R., K., Krishnan, S., Ramakrishnan, S., Raj, S. M., Kumaresan, D., Kothurkar, N., and Dr. Murali Rangarajan, “Electrochemical sensing of dopamine, uric acid and ascorbic acid using tRGO-TiO2 nanocomposites”, Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, vol. 15, pp. 5042-5047, 2015.

Publisher : Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

Year : 2015

One-step synthesis of Pt-decorated graphene-carbon nanotubes for the electrochemical sensing of dopamine, uric acid and ascorbic acid

Cite this Research Publication : Sab Ramakrishnan, Pradeep, K. Ra, Raghul, Aa, Senthilkumar, Rab, Rangarajan, Ma, and Kothurkar, N. Kab, “One-step synthesis of Pt-decorated graphene-carbon nanotubes for the electrochemical sensing of dopamine, uric acid and ascorbic acid”, Analytical Methods, vol. 7, pp. 779-786, 2015.

Publisher : Analytical Methods

Year : 2015

Graphene-Oxide-Based Electrochemical Sensor for Salicylic Acid

Publisher : Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Letters

Year : 2014

Electrochemical Sensing of Phenytoin by Thermally Reduced Graphene Oxide

Cite this Research Publication : P. S Anandh, Kothurkar, N., and Rangarajan, M., “Electrochemical Sensing of Phenytoin by Thermally Reduced Graphene Oxide”, SEAC-DM-2014, Proceedings of the 11th ISEAC International Discussion Meet on Electrochemistry & Its Applications, pp. 79-84, Indian Society of Electroanalytical Chemistry, 2014.

Publisher : Indian Society of Electroanalytical Chemistry,The Royal Society of Chemistry

Year : 2014

Synthesis of Carbon Nanotubes from Ethanol Using RF-CCVD and Fe–Mo Catalyst

Publisher : Synthesis and Reactivity in Inorganic, Metal-Organic, and Nano-Metal Chemistry

Year : 2014

Nano- and micro-hexagons of bismuth on polycrystalline copper: Electrodeposition and heavy metal sensing

Cite this Research Publication : A. R. Rajamani, Dr. Udaya Bhaskar Reddy Ragula, Kothurkar, N., and Rangarajan, M., “Nano- and micro-hexagons of bismuth on polycrystalline copper: Electrodeposition and heavy metal sensing”, CrystEngComm, vol. 16, pp. 2032-2038, 2014.

Publisher : CrystEngComm

Year : 2014

Synthesis, characterization and photoluminescence properties of graphene oxide functionalized with azo molecules

Cite this Research Publication : R. DEVI, PRABHAVATHI, G., Dr. Yamuna R., Ramakrishnan, S., and NIKHIL K. KOTHURKAR, “Synthesis, characterization and photoluminescence properties of graphene oxide functionalized with azo molecules”, Journal of Chemical Sciences, vol. 126, pp. 75–83, 2014.

Publisher : Journal of Chemical Sciences

Year : 2014

Synthesis and characterization of graphene oxide-polyimide nanofiber composites

Cite this Research Publication : Sa Ramakrishnan, Dhakshnamoorthy, Mb, Jelmy, E. Ja, Vasanthakumari, Rb, and Kothurkar, N. Ka, “Synthesis and characterization of graphene oxide-polyimide nanofiber composites”, RSC Advances, vol. 4, pp. 9743-9749, 2014.

Publisher : RSC Advances

Year : 2013

Optical and electrochemical studies of polyaniline/SnO2 fibrous nanocomposites

Cite this Research Publication : Pa Manivel, Ramakrishnan, Sb, Kothurkar, N. Kb, Balamurugan, Aa, Ponpandian, Na, Mangalaraj, Da, and Viswanathan, Ca, “Optical and electrochemical studies of polyaniline/SnO2 fibrous nanocomposites”, Materials Research Bulletin, vol. 48, pp. 640-645, 2013.

Publisher : Materials Research Bulletin

Year : 2013

Synthesis, characterization, and nonlinear optical properties of graphene oxide functionalized with tetra-amino porphyrin

Cite this Research Publication : Dr. Yamuna R., Ramakrishnan, Sb, Keerthy Dhara, Devi, Ra, Kothurkar, N. Kb, Kirubha, Ec, and Palanisamy, P. Kc, “Synthesis, characterization, and nonlinear optical properties of graphene oxide functionalized with tetra-amino porphyrin”, Journal of Nanoparticle Research, vol. 15, 2013.

Publisher : Journal of Nanoparticle Research

Year : 2013

Optimization of the conductivity and yield of chemically synthesized polyaniline using a design of experiments

Cite this Research Publication : E. J. Jelmy, Ramakrishnan, S., Dr. Sriram Devanathan, Dr. Murali Rangarajan, and Dr. Nikhil K. Kothurkar, “Optimization of the conductivity and yield of chemically synthesized polyaniline using a design of experiments”, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, vol. 130, pp. 1047-1057, 2013.

Publisher : Journal of Applied Polymer Science

Year : 2013

Graphene nanosheets by low-temperature thermal reduction of graphene oxide using RF-CVD

Publisher : Journal of Experimental Nanoscience

Year : 2013

Effect of different carbon fillers and dopant acids on electrical properties of polyaniline nanocomposites

Cite this Research Publication : E. J. Jelmy, Ramakrishnan, S., Rangarajan, M., and Dr. Nikhil K. Kothurkar, “Effect of different carbon fillers and dopant acids on electrical properties of polyaniline nanocomposites”, Bulletin of Materials Science, vol. 36, pp. 37-44, 2013.

Publisher : Bulletin of Materials Science

Year : 2013

Effect of surface-functionalized single walled carbon nanotubes on the thermal and mechanical properties of electrospun polyimide nanofiber composites

Cite this Research Publication : M. Dhakshnamoorthy, Ramakrishnan, S., Vikram, S., Vasanthakumari, R., and Kothurkar, N. K., “Effect of surface-functionalized single walled carbon nanotubes on the thermal and mechanical properties of electrospun polyimide nanofiber composites”, Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, vol. 14, pp. 5011-5018, 2013.

Publisher : Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

Year : 2013

Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC); IEEE: Silicon Valley

Cite this Research Publication : P. Ash, Chandran, S., A. Bist, N. K. Kothurkar, and D. Sullivan, “Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC); IEEE: Silicon Valley”, IEEE: Silicon Valley, p. 452, 2013.

Publisher : IEEE: Silicon Valley

Year : 2013

Rehabilitating former landfill sites: A case study in habitat restoration

Cite this Research Publication : Peter Ash, Anju Bist, Dr. Smitha Chandran S., Dan Sullivan, and Nikhil Korthurkar, “Rehabilitating former landfill sites: A case study in habitat restoration”, in IEEE Global Humanitarian Technical Conference (GHTC 2013), San Jose, California USA , 2013.

Publisher : IEEE Global Humanitarian Technical Conference (GHTC 2013)

Year : 2010

Bactericidal effects of silver plus titanium dioxide‐coated endotracheal tubes on Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus

Cite this Research Publication : K. M. Tarquinio, NIKHIL K. KOTHURKAR, and Goswami, D. Y., “Bactericidal effects of silver plus titanium dioxide‐coated endotracheal tubes on Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus”, International Journal of Nanomedicine, vol. 5, p. 177‐183, 2010.

Publisher : International Journal of Nanomedicine

Year : 2010

Bactericidal effects of silver plus titanium dioxide-coated endotracheal tubes on Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus

Cite this Research Publication : K. Ma Tarquinio, Kothurkar, N. Kb, Goswami, D. Yc, Jr., R. CdSanders, Zaritsky, A. Le, and LeVine, A. Mf, “Bactericidal effects of silver plus titanium dioxide-coated endotracheal tubes on Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus”, International Journal of Nanomedicine, vol. 5, pp. 177-183, 2010.

Publisher : International Journal of Nanomedicine

Conference Paper

Year : 2020

Agricultural Problems and Technology-Based Sustainable Solutions for an Impoverished Village of Bihar, India

Cite this Research Publication : A. Vachaspati Vempat, Radhakrishnan, S., G.I, A., Rajan, R. Arumuga, NIKHIL K. KOTHURKAR, and Frey, L. M., “Agricultural Problems and Technology-Based Sustainable Solutions for an Impoverished Village of Bihar, India”, in Technological innovations in ICT for agriculture and Rural Development (TIAR 2018), 2018.

Publisher : IEEEXplore

Year : 2019

Microwave absorbing behavior of glass fiber reinforced MWCNT-PANi/epoxy composite laminates

Cite this Research Publication : E. J. Jelmy, Mahadevan Lakshmanan, and NIKHIL K. KOTHURKAR, “Microwave absorbing behavior of glass fiber reinforced MWCNT-PANi/epoxy composite laminates”, in Materials Today: Proceedings, 2019.

Publisher : Materials Today: Proceedings

Year : 2018

Carbon Quantum Dot-Polypyrrole Nanocomposite for Supercapacitor Electrodes

Cite this Research Publication : S. Mittal, Ramadas, G., Vasanthmurali, N., Madaneshwar, V., Kumar, S., and Kothurkar, N., “Carbon Quantum Dot-Polypyrrole Nanocomposite for Supercapacitor Electrodes”, in IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering (IConAMMA 2018), 2018.

Publisher : IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering (IConAMMA 2018) .

Year : 2018

Polymer-iron tungstate-reduced graphene oxide nanocomposites for microwave absorption

Cite this Research Publication : S. Krishna Muralidharan, Balaji, S., Raj, G., Pravin, P., Kumar, S., Kothurkar, N., Ramani, P., Narayanan, B., and Moorthy, A., “Polymer-iron tungstate-reduced graphene oxide nanocomposites for microwave absorption”, in IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering (IConAMMA 2018), 2018.

Publisher : IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering (IConAMMA 2018).

Year : 2016

Performance of a vertical subsurface flow constructed wetland in treating biomethanation effluent

Cite this Research Publication : S. O. Wietlisbach, Ram, K., Dr. Nikhil K. Kothurkar, Nair, R., and Harigovind, S., “Performance of a vertical subsurface flow constructed wetland in treating biomethanation effluent”, in GHTC 2016 - IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference: Technology for the Benefit of Humanity, Conference Proceedings, 2016, pp. 847-853.

Publisher : GHTC 2016 - IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference: Technology for the Benefit of Humanity, Conference Proceedings

Year : 2013

Rehabilitating former landfill sites: A case study in habitat restoration

Cite this Research Publication : Peter Ash, Anju Bist, Dr. Smitha Chandran S., Dan Sullivan, and Nikhil Korthurkar, “Rehabilitating former landfill sites: A case study in habitat restoration”, in IEEE Global Humanitarian Technical Conference (GHTC 2013), San Jose, California USA , 2013.

Publisher : IEEE Global Humanitarian Technical Conference (GHTC 2013)

Conference Proceedings

Year : 2012

Synthesis of multiwalled carbon nanotubes using RF-CCVD and a bimetallic catalyst

Cite this Research Publication : S. Ramakrishnan, Jelmy, E. J., Baladandapani, A., Rangarajan, M., and Kothurkar, N. K., “Synthesis of multiwalled carbon nanotubes using RF-CCVD and a bimetallic catalyst”, SOLID STATE PHYSICS: PROCEEDINGS OF THE 56TH DAE SOLID STATE PHYSICS SYMPOSIUM 2011, vol. 1447. AIP Publishing, pp. 275-276, 2012.

Publisher : SOLID STATE PHYSICS: PROCEEDINGS OF THE 56TH DAE SOLID STATE PHYSICS SYMPOSIUM 2011

Year : 2012

TiO2 Nanoparticle–Graphene Nanocomposite Photoanode for Dye Sensitized Solar Cell Applications

Cite this Research Publication : Mohanraj S, Ramakrishnan, S., Kumaresan, D., and N. K. Kothurkar, “TiO2 Nanoparticle–Graphene Nanocomposite Photoanode for Dye Sensitized Solar Cell Applications”, 4th International Conference on Advanced Materials. 2012.

Publisher : 4th International Conference on Advanced Materials

Patents

Year : 2011

Practical method of CO.sub.2 sequestration

Publisher : University of South Florida (Tampa, FL)

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