Dr. Chandra Shekhar Prajapati

Dr. Chandra Shekhar Prajapati
Assistant Professor
Ph.D, Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology (MNNIT) Allahabad
Ph: +91-6115-233 141
Personal Webpage: https://shekharmsc09.wixsite.com/drcsp
Courses Taught/Teaching at IITP : Spring 2023
  • PH103(T): Physics – I (B. Tech)
  • PH440: General Physics Laboratory (MSc)
  • EP362: Advanced Physics Laboratory (B. Tech)
  • PH110: Physics Laboratory (B. Tech)
  • Nanoscience (PH601) - M.Sc. 2nd Year (Elective) & Ph.D.
  • Physics Laboratory (PH110) - B.Tech 1st Year (Core)
  • Preparatory Course (PH002)
Autumn 2023
  • Nanoscience (PH601) - M.Sc. 2nd Year (Elective) & Ph.D.
  • Semiconductor Devices and Applications (EP 305) - B.Tech Engg. Physics 5th Sem. (Core)
  • Preparatory Course (PH001)
Research Areas :
  • MEMS Integrated Gas Sensors
  • Non-invasive Gas-Bio-sensing
  • Sensors for Space Applications
  • Nanomaterials Synthesis & Characterization
  • Nanostructures thin films growth
Other Interests : Cricket, Badminton, Lawn tennis, Table tennis, Cycling
Other Responsibilities at IITP :
  • Ph.D. Coordinator PHYSICS (January 2023 to January 2024)
  • Warden, CV Raman Hostel and Married Scholars Hostel (June 2023 to Present)
  • Ph.D. Coordinator PHYSICS (January 2023 to Present)
  • Time-Table Coordinator PHYSICS (February 2023 to Present)
No. of Students :

PhD Students:

Rohit Kumar (2321PH16)
Started July 2023 

M.Sc students:

 2212PH30  2212ph08
Started June 2023
Ashutosh Sharma (2212ph08)
Started June 2023
Professional Experience :
  • November 2022 – Present: Assistant Professor at IIT Patna
  • April 2018 – November 2022: DST- Inspire Faculty at CeNSE, IISc Bangalore
  • January 2014 – April 2018: Postdoctoral Fellow at CeNSE, IISc Bangalore
  • March 2013 – December 2013: Project Associate at CeNSE, IISc Bangalore
Awards & Honours :
  • Inspire Faculty Award - DST/INSPIRE/04/2017/003049
  • Dr. D.S. Kothari Postdoctoral Fellowship (UGC) – PH/12-13/0074 (Didn’t avail)
  • Sir C.V. Raman Commemoration, 2010, Gold Medal (Awarded by Kanpur University)
  • Kailashpat Singhania,2010, Gold Medal (Awarded by Kanpur University)
Patents Filed/Granted :
  • Nano-Sensor for Detecting Gaseous Components, Chandra Shekhar Prajapati and Navakanta Bhat, US Patent 11,275,043, Granted (15-03-2022)
  • Methods of Fabrication of Nano-Sensor and Nano- Sensor Array, Chandra Shekhar Prajapati and Navakanta Bhat, US20200240942A1, Published (30th July 2020)
Book chapters :
  1. Baloria V., Prajapati C.S., Bhat N., Gupta G. (13th June 2020), Chemiresistors and Their Microfabrication, Functional Nanomaterials, Springer, Singapore. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-4810-9
    ISBN: 978-981-15-4810-9
Publications in Journals : Journal Publications:
  • Jitthu Joseph, G Uma, M Umapathy, C. S. Prajapati, M Manjunatha Nayak, Development and Optimization of an Algorithm for Accurate Estimation of Real-Time Hydrogen Concentration Using a ZnO-Based Gas Sensor, Journal of Analytical Chemistry, 8 (2023) 1062 - 1069.
  • Jitthu Joseph, C. S. Prajapati, G Uma, M Umapathy, M Manjunatha Nayak, Hydrogen Detection Using ZnO-Based Thin Film MEMS Integrated Sensor Chip, IEEE (2023) 6-64. 2023 International Conference on Advanced & Global Engineering Challenges (AGEC)
  • C.S. Prajapati, S.N. Pandey and P.P. Sahay, Sensing of LPG with nanostructured zinc oxide thin films grown by spray pyrolysis technique, Physica B: Condensed Matter, 406, Issue 13, (1 July, 2011) 2684-2688, DOI: 10.1016/j.physb.2011.02.075, Impact Factor – 2.988, ISSN: 0921-4526
  • C.S. Prajapati and P.P. Sahay, Growth, structure and optical characterization of Al-doped ZnO nanoparticle thin films, Crystal Research and Technology, 46, Issue 10, (22 July, 2011) 1086-1092,
    DOI: 10.1002/crat.201100192, Impact Factor – 1.599, 1521-4079
  • C.S. Prajapati and P.P. Sahay, Alcohol-sensing characteristics of spray deposited ZnO nano-particle thin films, Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, 160, Issue 1, (15 December 2011) 1043 – 1049, DOI: 10.1016/j.snb.2011.09.023, Impact Factor – 9.221, 0925-4005
  • C.S. Prajapati and P.P. Sahay, Effect  of  precursors  on structure,  optical  and  electrical  properties  of  chemically  deposited nanocrystalline ZnO thin films, Applied Surface Science, 258, Issue 7, (12 January 2012) 2823-2828, DOI:10.1016/j.apsusc.2011.10.141, Impact Factor – 6.707, 0169-4332
  • C.S. Prajapati and P.P. Sahay, Influence  of  In  doping  on  the  structural,  optical  and  acetone  sensing  properties  of  ZnO nanoparticulate thin films, Materials Science in Semiconductor Processing, 16, Issue 1, ­(19th May 2012) 200 – 210, DOI: 10.1016/j.mssp.2012.04.015, Impact Factor – 4.644, 1369-8001
  • C.S. Prajapati, Ajay Kushwaha and P.P. Sahay, Optoelectronics and formaldehyde sensing properties of tin-doped ZnO thin films, Applied Physics A: Materials Science & Processing, 113, Issue 2013, (7 February 2013) 651 – 662, DOI: 10.1007/s00339-013-7589-3, Impact Factor – 2.983, 0947-8396
  • C.S. Prajapati, Ajay Kushwaha and P.P. Sahay, Influence of Fe doping on the structural, optical and acetone sensing properties of sprayed ZnO thin films, Materials Research Bulletin, 48, Issue 7, (26th March 2013) 2687-2695, DOI: 10.1016/j.materresbull.2013.03.026, Impact Factor – 4.641, 0025-5408
  • C.S. Prajapati, Ajay Kushwaha and P.P. Sahay, Effect of Al dopants on the structural, optical and gas sensing properties of spray-deposited ZnO thin films, Materials Chemistry and Physics, 142, Issue 1, (15 October 2013) 276-285, DOI: 10.1016/j.matchemphys.2013.07.015, Impact Factor – 4.094, 0254-0584
  • C.S. Prajapati, Ajay Kushwaha and P.P. Sahay, Experimental   investigation   of   spray-deposited   Fe-doped   ZnO   nanoparticle   thin   films: Structural, microstructural and optical properties, Journal of Thermal Spray Technology, 22 (8 August 2013) 1230-1241, DOI: 10.1007/s11666-013-9973-0, Impact Factor – 2.757, 1059-9630
  • R. Mukherjee, C.S.  Prajapati, P.P. Sahay, Tailoring the microstructural, optical, and electrical properties of nanocrystalline WO3 thin films using al doping, journal of materials engineering and performance, 23 (7 June 2014) 3141-3151, doi: 10.1007/s11665-014-1094-5, impact factor – 1.819, 1059-9495
  • R. Mukherjee, C.S.  Prajapati, P.P. Sahay,Tin-incorporation induced changes in the microstructural, optical, and electrical behavior of tungsten oxide nanocrystalline thin films grown via spray pyrolysis, journal of thermal spray technology, 23, 2014, (12th august 2014), 1445-1455, doi: 10.1007/s11666-014-0134-x, impact factor – 2.757, 1059-9630
  • C. S. Prajapati*, Rohith soman, S. B. Rudraswamy, M. Nayak and Navakanta bhat, Single chip gas sensor array for air quality monitoring, , Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, 26, issue 2, (20th February 2017) 433 -439, doi: 10.1109/jmems.2017.2657788, impact factor – 2.829, 1057-7157
  • C. S. Prajapati*, dennis visser, srinivasan anand and navakanta bhat, Honey-comb type ZnO nanostructures for sensitive and selective CO detection, sensors and actuators b: chemical 252, 2017, (12th June 2017) 764 – 772, DoI: 10.1016/j.snb.2017.06.070, impact factor – 9.221, 0925-4005
  • D. Visser, Z. Ye, C. S. Prajapati, N. Bhat, S. Anand, Investigations of sol-gel ZnO films nanostructured by reactive ion beam etching for broadband anti-reflection, ECS journal of solid-state science and technology, 6 (9) p653-p659 (14th September 2017), Doi: 10.1149/2.0331709jss, impact factor – 2.070, 2162-8777
  • C. S. Prajapati* and Navakanta Bhat,Self-heating oxidized suspended Pt nanowire for high-performance hydrogen sensor, Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, 260, 2018, (1st may 2018) 236 – 242, doi: 10.1016/j.snb.2017.12.180, impact factor – 9.221, 0925-4005
  • R.K. Mishra, C.S. Prajapati, R.R. shani, A.K. kushwaha, P.P.  Sahay, Influence of electrodeposition modes on the electrochemical performance of MnO2 films prepared using anionic MnO4− (Mn7+) precursor ceramics international, 44, issue 5, (1st april 2018) 5710-5718, doi: 10.1016/j.ceramint.2017.12.224, Impact factor – 5.532, 0272-8842
  • C. S. Prajapati* and Navakanta Bhat, Ppb level detection of NO2 using WO3 thin film based sensor: material optimization, device fabrication and packaging, RSC Advances, 8, 2018, ( 9th February 2018) 6590 -6599. Doi: 10.1039/c7ra13659e, impact factor – 4.036, 2046-2069
  • R.K. mishra, C.S. Prajapati, P.P. Sahay, Super-capacitive performance of electrochemically synthesized nanocrystalline NnO2 films using different plating solutions: a comparative study, Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 749, issue 5, (1st april 2018) 172-179, doi: 10.1016/j.jallcom.2018.03.271, impact factor – 5.316, 0925-8388
  • C. S. Prajapati*, and Navakanta Bhat, Highly sensitive co sensor based on thickness-selective ZnO thin film: device fabrication and packaging, crystal research & technology, 54, issue 4, (28th January 2019), 1800241, doi:
    , impact factor – 1.639, 1521-4079
  • Anil Kumar, C. S. Prajapati, P. P. Sahay, Modification in the microstructural and electrochromic properties of spray-pyrolyzed WO3 thin films upon Mo doping, Journal of sol-gel science and technology, 90, 2019, (14th march 2019), 281-295, doi: 10.1007/s10971-019-04960-1, impact factor – 2.326, 0928-0707
  • Anil kumar, C. S. Prajapati, P. P. Sahay, Results on the microstructural, optical and electrochromic properties of spray deposited MoO3 thin films by the influence of W doping, Materials Science in Semiconductor Processing, 104, 2019, (14th august 2019) 104668, DOI: 10.1016/j.mssp.2019.104668, impact factor – 4.644, 1369-8001
  • C. S. Prajapati*, S. Benedict and Navakanta Bhat, An ultra-low power nanosensor array for selective detection of air pollutants, Nanotechnology, 31, 2,  (10 October 2019) 025301. Doi: 10.1088/1361-6528/ab44fd, impact factor – 3.953, 1361-6528
  • Sujoy Ghosh, M.S. Ilango, C. S. Prajapati*, navakanta bhat, Reduction of humidity effect in WO3 thin film based NO2 sensor using physiochemical optimization, crystal research & technology, 56, 1, (27th november 2020) 2000155,
    doi: 10.1002/crat.202000155, impact factor – 1.599 , 1521-4079
  • Anuj Jain, Ravi Kant Baranwal, Ajaya Bharti, Z. Vakil, and C.S. Prajapati, Study of Zn-Cu Ferrite Nanoparticles for LPG Sensing, The Scientific World Journal, 2013 (20th June 2013) pp 7, DOI:
    155/2013/790359, Impact Factor – 2.400, ISSN: 2356-6140

Conference Publications:

  • Studies on Metal-Oxide Semiconductor ZnO as a Hydrogen Gas Sensor C.S. Prajapati and P.P. Sahay J. Nano- Electron. Phys. 3, No1, (2011) 714-720. ISSN: 2007-6772
    Conference: International Symposium on Semiconductor Materials and Devices (ISSMD 2011) at M.S. University of Baroda, Vadodara, India (28-30 January 28-30, 2011).
  • Growth optimization, morphological, electrical and sensing characterizations of V2O5 films to fabricate SO2 sensor C. S. Prajapati, and Navakanta Bhat, IEEE Sensors, 2018. DOI: 10.1109/ICSENS.2018.8589650 Impact Factor – 2.617  
    Conference: 2018 IEEE Sensors at New Delhi, India (28-31 October 2018)
  • Activate Zeolite Filter: A gas sensor signal stabilization and enhancement, C.S. Prajapati, MI Sridar, S Benedict, S Ghosh, N Bhat, 2019 IEEE Sensors, 1-4, DOI:10.1109/SENSORS43011.2019.8956758 Impact Factor – 2.617  
    Conference: 2019 IEEE Sensors at Montreal, QC, Canada, Canada, (27-30 Oct. 2019). https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/abstract/document/8956758  
  • A baseline correction model for humidity and temperature compensationWO3 film based sensor for NO2 detection, S Ghosh, A Ghosh, N Kodavali, C.S. Prajapati, N Bhat, 2019 IEEE SENSORS, Montreal, QC, Canada, 2019, pp. 1-4, DOI: 10.1109/SENSORS43011.2019.8956920 Impact Factor – 2.617  
    Conference: 2019 IEEE Sensors at Montreal, QC, Canada, Canada, (27-30 Oct. 2019).
  • Heterogenous Integration of MEMS Gas Sensor using FOWLP : Personal Environment Monitors, Samatha Benedict; Ashvin Nagarajan; K. Thejas; Arsalan Alam; Murugaiya Sridar Illango; Goutham Ezhilarasu; C. S. Prajapati, Navakanta Bhat, S. Iyer, 2020 IEEE 70th Electronic Components and Technology Conference (ECTC) 3-30 June 2020, Orlando, FL, USA DOI: 10.1109/ECTC32862.2020.00134
Invited Talk(s) :
  1. MEMS integrated Gas Sensor Development, Chief Guest & Invited Speaker for a DST Sponsored National Seminar on “Advanced Energy Materials and Devices” at the Dayananda Sagar University, Bangalore on Dayanada Sagar Centenary celebrations, 9th July 2022, Bangalore, Karnataka, India.
  2. MEMS integrated Gas Sensor Development for Various Applications, Invited Speaker for one day workshop MEMS/NEMS Smart Sensors July 2019, 2022, C-MET, Hyderabad, India.
  3. Indigenous Gas Sensors (Sensor Product Talk), Think Nano 2017, 14-15 September 2017, CeNSE, IISc Bangalore, India. http://www.cense.iisc.ac.in/ThinkNano/programSchedule.html
  4. Air quality monitoring sensors, in “Brainstorming session on sensors and its effective utilization in environmental monitoring and management”, 20 August 2018, CSIR-NEERI Nagpur, India
  5. Sensor Development, “Realtime Nationwide Low-Cost Sensor Network for Air Quality Monitoring”, Ganga Auditorium, Indira Paryavaran Bhavan, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government Ministry, New Delhi, Date: August 29, 2018. https://indiaaq.blog/2018/08/22/dst-moefcc-workshop-on-realtime-air-quality-monitoring/
  6. Air quality monitoring sensors: Towards a miniaturized, low-cost, and scalable technology, 3rd AIR-O-THON - Bangalore Edition, Capitol Hotel, Raj Bhavan Rd, Vasanth Nagar, Bangalore, Date: August 31st, 2018. 
    YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzx3M-lBXJc&t=237s
  7. Micro to Nano Gas Sensors: Indigenously Developed Technology for Various Applications, International Conference on “Nanomaterials Driven Advances in Chemical and Biosensors” (27th – 29th November 2019), Department of Bioelectronics & BioSensors, Alagappa University, Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu, India.
  8. Gas Sensors System: Micro to Nano (Indigenously Developed Technology for Various Applications), “Survival Strategies for the post COVID-19 ERA: Perspective From Science, Technology and Social Science” 20th-26th May 2020, Physics Department at Ewing Christian College, Allahabad University, Allahabad, India.
    Link to video:  https://www.facebook.com/ecc.physics.79/videos/109182897474416/
  9. Indigenously Developed Technology for Air Quality Monitoring, Leak detection, and Breath Analysis, ISSS 2020 Public Lecture Webinar, 29th July 2020.
    Link: https://isssonline.in/public-lecture/
  10. Indigenously developed Low-Cost Gas Sensors for Air Pollution monitoring, (Closed-door talk by-invitation-only), Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change, Government Ministry, New Delhi along with Bloomberg Philanthropies (https://www.bloomberg.org/), 18th December 2020.