Science & Humanities

Dr. Gajanan V Honnavar

Associate Professor

A native of Gokarna, a scenic town of coastal Karnataka, I have been with PES since 2005. I have had a short stint at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore as a research student. Recently I was at Bahir Dar University, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia on sabbatical to promote Solid State Physics-related research activities. I have more than 17 years of experience in teaching graduate and undergraduate Physics and related subjects. I am an active researcher in the field of experimental condensed matter physics with more than 10 years of research experience.


  • Ph.D., Indian Institute of Science , Bangalore 2016
  • M.Sc., Karnatak University, Dharwad 1999
  • B.Sc., Karnatak University , Dharwad 1997


  • Associate professor of Physics ( as sabbatical from 09-12-2017 to 14-04-2021), Bahir Dar University, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, 2017- 2021
  • Assistant professor of Physics, PES Institute of Technology-Bangalore South Campus,Bangalore,, 2011-2016
  • Lecturer in Physics, PES Institute of Technology-Bangalore South Campus, Bangalore, 2005-2011
  • Lecturer in Physics, MVJ College of Engineering, Bangalore, 2002-2005

Additional Information

  • I have designed and taught several courses to undergraduate, master, and doctoral students.
  • My main research interest is in electrical and optical properties of glasses, conductive polymers, quantum dots and nano-composites. I use various spectroscopic techniques to correlate the structure and these properties
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  • Certificate by Elsevier in recognition to the outstanding contribution towards reviewing for the Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids
  • Recognition for getting best results consistently at PES Institute of Technology from 2007 onwards
  • Best teacher award at MVJ College of Engineering.
  • Recognized Referee for Science Direct Journals - Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids (JNCS) - a prestigious journal for glasses and ceramics, Solid State Ionics and IOP journal Materials Research Express
  • KFIST L2 grant from Vision Group of Science and Technology (VGST), Govt. of Karnataka ( 40 lakh INR) 2018
  • Undergraduate courses: General Physics, Engineering Physics, Quantum Mechanics, Electromagnetism, Solid-State Physics, Nano-Electronics, Physics of Electronic devices, Optical fiber communication, Engineering Physics Lab.
  • Masters courses: Graduate Quantum Mechanics, Electrodynamics, Advanced Physics Lab.
  • Doctoral courses: Special topics in Solid-State Physics (Experimental Techniques and analysis), Computational Physics using Python.
  • Supervised several undergraduate, master and doctoral theses
  • Member of three doctoral committe
  • Mentor for gifted student development program as well as weak student support program.
  • Served as a Deputy Chief of Exams (VTU) at PES Institute of Technology, Bangalore south campus
  • Served as Chairman of the Exam Squad team (VTU)
  • Served as Resource person for the High school teachers training programme conducted regularly by IISc at Challekere campus.

Research Interest

  • Electrical and Optical properties of Amorphous Materials: The main challenge in investigating any amorphous material is their non-periodic nature. Never the less, the local structure or short-range structure resembles their crystalline counter parts. I use various spectroscopic techniques like: Raman, IR, EPR/NMR to first investigate the local /short-range structure and then try to correlate them to electrical /optical properties exhibited by the materials.
  • i) Vanadium based glasses: Vanadium shows a variety of oxidation sates which is of interest for various technological applications. In glasses usually it shows 4+ and 5+ states which is exploited for switching and polaronic conduction. I am interested in doping the vanadate glasses with various alkali ions and check their suitability in battery materials, super capacitors etc.
  • ii)Tellurium based glasses: Tellurium based materials are most sought-after in optical engineering / photonic applications due to its high refractive index, low phonon energy. I am interested in novel optical properties shown by these class of glasses after doping with rare-earth ions. I try to correlate the optical properties to change in the local environment and exploit it.
  • iii)Conducting polymer Nano composite: This is mostly a collaborative work. I collaborate with Prof. Raghu Menon?s lab at Dept. of Physics, IISc. We investigate the transport and structure of the thin films of conducting polymer composites.

Research Guidance

  • 1. Mr. Belay Getachew has defended his thesis at Dept. of Physics, Bahir Dar University, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia on 29/04.2021. His research was on how to increase the thermal stability of certain vanadate glasses while keeping the electrical conductivity to an optimum level for possible application in batteries and capacitors. (joined in 2017)
  • 2. Mrs. Parul Goel is investigating the effect of Fluorine substitution on the ionic conductivity in Vanadate glasses for new cathode material for Li-ion battery. (Visvesvaraya Technological University, India, joined in 2016).
  • 3.Mr. Afrash Ejigu is working on the effect of zinc and cadmium substitution on the optical properties of rare-earth doped niobo-tellurite glasses for photonic applications. (Bahir Dar University, joined in 2017).
  • Masters (Supervised) 1. Tuning the optical and electrical properties of glasses by quantum dot and carbon nanotubes, Nanoscience and Technology, Kuvenpu University, Shankaraghatta, Karnataka, India. Student- H.P. Anusha (2012)
  • 2. Analysis of neodymium-doped telluro-cadmium glass for photonic application, Department of Physics, Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia, Student - MogesTsega (2019).
  • 3. Study of Structural and Magnetic Properties of ZnO quantum dot doped Nickel ferrite, Department of Physics, Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia, Student ? Mengistu (2019).

Research Projects (Current)

  • ?Investigation on Li ion motion and local structure in lithium vanadate glasses for possible battery material? was awarded with grant of 40 lakh INR (~$55,306) by Vision Group of Science and Technology (VGST), Govt. of Karnataka


  • 1. Belay G. Hailemariam, Gajanan V. Honnavar*, Mohamed Irfan, and Ramesh Keralapura "Structural and Electrical Properties of Lithium Substituted Niobo Vanadate Glasses Doped with Nickel Ferrite", AIP Advances, 11, 035210 (2021). (Q2, H-index 44)
  • 2. Afrash Ejigu A, Gajanan V Honnavar*, K P Ramesh, " Vibrational, Thermal, and Physical Characterizations of Some Zinc Niobo Tellurite Glasses Doped with Rare Earth (Eu, Dy) "Optics and Spectroscopy, 129, 527 (2021). (Q3, H-index 35)
  • 3. Gajanan V Honnavar*, ?Effect of local environment on stretching parameter in the mixed alkali oxyfluoro vanadate glasses: Electrical Modulus and structural analysis.? Ionics, 27(3), 1177-1183 (2021) (Q2, H-Index 52)
  • 5. Gajanan V Honnavar* and K P Ramesh, ?Optical spectroscopic characterization of Rare earth (Eu, Er) doped Oxyfluorotellurite glasses for photonic applications?, Bull. Mater. Sci. 40 (2017) 991 ? 997. (Q2, H-Index - 63)
  • 6. Gajanan V Honnavar, K P Ramesh* and S V Bhat, ?Role of crystal field in mixed alkali metal effect: Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Study of mixed alkali metal oxyfluoro vanadate glasses.? J. Phys. Chem. A. 118 (2014) 573 ? 578. (Q2, H-Index - 225)
  • 7. Gajanan V Honnavar*, Prabhava S N and K P Ramesh, ?Study of the effect of alkali mixture on V ? O bond length in Oxyfluoride Vanadate glasses using Raman spectroscopy?, J. Non-Cryst. Solids. 370 (2013) 6 ? 9. (Q1, H-Index- 135)
  • 8. Vaibhav Varade*, Gajanan V Honnavar, P Anjaneyulu, K P Ramesh, and ReghuMenon, ?Probing disorder and transport properties in polypyrrole thin-film devices by impedance and Raman spectroscopy?, J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 46 (2013) 365306. (Q1, H ? Index- 185)


  • 9. ParulGoel*, Gajanan V Honnavar, ?Analysis of elastic properties of lithium substituted barium vanadate glasses to understand the structural changes?, Materials Today Proceedings. (2021). DOI : 10.1016/j.matpr.2020.12.405.
  • 10. Gajanan V Honnavar*, Vaibhav Varade, Parul Goel, K P Ramesh, ?Observation of Mixed Alkali Like Behaviour by Fluorine Ion in Mixed Alkali Oxyfluro Vanadate Glasses: Analysis from Conductivity Measurements?, AIP Conference Proceedings 2115, 030226 (2019). DOI: 10.1063/1.5113065. (Q-N/A, H Index- 64)
  • 11. G.K. Jagatheswari, Gajanan V Honnavar*, Murugesan, R. ?Analysis of some two-dimensional functions using two dimensional Fourier transforms Image reconstruction and physical significance?. Proceedings of the 2017 2nd International Conference on Computing and Communications Technologies, ICCCT 2017. DOI: 10.1109/ICCCT2.2017.7972295
  • 12. Parul Goel, Gajanan V Honnavar " Analysis of elastic properties of Lithium substituted Barium Vanadate glasses to understand the structural changes", 11CMPC-2020, Dec 2020, IIT Indore, [Oral]
  • 13. Parul Goel, Brian J. Fernandes, K.P.Ramesh, Gajanan V Honnavar?Structural and thermal analysis of Lithium modified Barium Vanadate Glasses? ICAM ? 2019, June 2019[Poster].
  • 14. Afrash Ejigu A, Manjunatha M, K.P. Ramesh, Gajanan V Honnavar, ?Study on some physical properties of Niobium-based tellurite glasses doped with rare earth elements? ICAM ? 2019, June 2019[Poster]
  • 15. Belay Getachew, Mohamed Irfan I, K.P.Ramesh, Gajanan V Honnavar ?Study on Thermal Stability and Vibration of V ? O Bonds in Lithium Vanadate Glasses Doped with Nickel Ferrite? ICAM ? 2019, June 2019[Poster]
  • 16. Gajanan V Honnavar, ?Mixed Alkali Effect ? from mystery to understanding? ICNSMH ? 2016, 21 ? 23, October, Bareli, 2016. [Invited]
  • 17. Gajanan V Honnavar and K P Ramesh, ?Raman and UV-Visible study of Zinc Tellurite glass for photonic application? CRALT ? 2016, 21 ? 23, September 2016. Organized by IEEE ? photonic society [Poster].
  • 18. Arjun K N, Baridun Nasr P A, and Gajanan V Honnavar, ?Study of Li-ion Conductivity and Correlation with Disorder in Vanadate Glasses for Li-ion Battery Materials? MECS ? 2016, 11- 13, March 2016 [Poster]
  • 19. Gajanan V Honnavar, S V Bhat and K P Ramesh, ?Insight into the bond length and crystal field variation in a mixed alkali glass: A Raman and EPR study? IUMRS ? ICA 2013, 16 ? 20, Dec. 2013. [Oral]
  • 20. Gajanan V Honnavar, S V Bhat and K P Ramesh, ?EPR investigation of crystal field variation around VO2+ in Oxyfluro vanadate glasses? Symposium on New Developments in NMR and Conference of National Magnetic Resonance Society, 5 ? 8, Feb. 2012. [Poster]
  • 21. Gajanan V Honnavar, Prabhava S N and K P Ramesh ?XPS and EPR studies of Mixed Alkali Effect in oxyfluoro vanadate glasses?. International Conference on Specialty Glass and Optical Fiber: Materials, Technology, and Devices (ICGF ? 2011), 4 ? 6 Aug. 2011. [Oral]
  • 22. C Basavaraja, Gajanan V Honnavar, M Revanasiddappa, Syed Khasim and S C Raghavendra ?Radio Frequency Shielding properties of Poly pyrrole lead titanate composites.? 10th International Conference on Advanced Materials, IUMRS-ICAM, 8 ? 13 Oct., 2007. [Poster]