Dr. Gajanan V Honnavar

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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 two decades 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 a decade 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.

  • Team Leader of Quantum and Nano Devices (QuNaD) Lab

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 th

  • 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 Projects

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

Research Guidance

  • Mr. Belay Getachew Hailemariam graduated from Bahir Dar University, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia on 15th July 2021.

  • Mrs Parul Goel graduated from Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) Belagavi, India on 1st August 2023.

  • Mr. Afrash Ejigu graduated from Bahir Dar University, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia on 15th October 2023

  • 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).


  • 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]


  • 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)

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