Karan Surana

Professional Qualification:

  • Ph.D. (Nanoscience and Technology) pursuing from Sharda University, Greater Noida (U.P.) since March 2017. (Thesis Submitted)
    • Topic: Electrode Engineering in Quantum Dot Solar Cells for Efficient Charge Transport.
    • Guide(s): Prof. Bhaskar Bhattacharya and Prof. R. M. Mehra.
  • M. Tech (Nano Science and Technology) from Sharda University, Greater Noida (U.P.) securing 7.93/10, 2011 - 2013.
  • B. Tech (Electrical Engineering) from Narula Institute of Technology, affiliated to West Bengal University of Technology, securing 7.56/10, 2006 - 2010.


Work Experience:

  • CSIR-Senior Research Fellow at Sharda University from May 2018 to present.
  • Junior Research Fellow in a DRDO project under Prof. Bhaskar Bhattacharya in Sharda University from December 2017 to April 2018.
  • Teaching Assistant in School of Basic Sciences and Research, Sharda University for B.Tech Open Elective on Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology from September to December 2017.
  • Operations Manager at Medisys Health Private Limited from January 2016 to present.
  • Teaching Assistant in School of Engineering and Technology, Sharda University for B.Tech Open Elective lectures on Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology from August to December 2015.
  • Teaching Assistant in School of Engineering and Technology, Sharda University for B.Tech Physics Laboratory Practical classes from January to May 2015 (one semester).
  • Junior Research Fellow in a DRDO project under Prof. R. M. Mehra in Sharda University from December 2013 to November 2015.
  • Teaching Assistant in School of Engineering and Technology, Sharda University, Greater Noida from August 2011 to January 2012.
  • Tutor at Jain Tutorials, Howrah, West Bengal from August 2010 to July 2011


Research Experience:

- Chemical synthesis of various nanomaterials, including chalcogenide quantum dots (QD).

- Synthesis of solid polymer electrolytes and their conductivity studies.

- Fabrication of dye sensitized solar cells (DSSC) and QD sensitized solar cells (QDSSC).

- Used various characterization tools CH electrochemical workstation, Keithley source meter, UV-Vis absorption, SEM, TEM and XRD.

- Synthesis of graphene oxide via various chemical routes.

- Fabrication of graphene oxide based ionic polymer metal composite (IPMC) actuator.


Publications:

  1. Sunanda Kakroo, Karan Surana, and B. Bhattacharya, Electrodeposited MnO2-NiO Composites as a Pt Free Counter Electrode for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells, Journal of Electronic Materials, (2020) 1 – 6 doi.org/10.1007/s11664-019-07925-w. (IF - 1.676)
  2. Chandan Yadav, Karan Surana, Pramod K. Singh, and B. Bhattacharya, An ultra-simple method for synthesis of violet CdS quantum dots at sub-room temperature, Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 20 (2020) 3935–3938. (IF – 1.093)
  3. Sunanda Kakroo, Karan Surana, and B. Bhattacharya, Counter electrode in polymer electrolyte based DSSC: Platinum versus electrodeposited MnO2, Macromolecular Symposia, 388 (2019) 1900011. (Scopus)
  4. Charu Pathak, Karan Surana, Vivek Kumar Shukla, and Pramod K. Singh, Fabrication and characterization of dye sensitized solar cell using natural dyes, Materials Today: Proceedings, 12P3 (2019) 665-670. (Scopus)

  5. Karan Surana, Subhrajit Konwar, Pramod K Singh, and B. Bhattacharya, Utilizing reduced Graphene Oxide for achieving better efficient dye sensitized solar cells, Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 788 (2019) 672-676. (IF – 4.175)
  6. Karan Surana, Nitin A. Jadhav, Pramod K. Singh, and B. Bhattacharya, Studies on polarization effect of polyethylene-based polymer electrolyte in dye and quantum dot sensitized solar cells, Applied Nanoscience, 8 (2018) 2065-2069. (IF – 3.198)
  7. Pawan S. Dhapola, Pramod K. Singh, B. Bhattacharya, Karan Surana, R. M. Mehra, Meenal Gupta, Abhimanyu Singh, Vijay Singh, and Nanda G Sahoo, Electrical, thermal, and dielectric studies of ionic liquid-based polymer electrolyte for photoelectrochemical device, High Performance Polymers, 30 (2018) 1002-1008. (IF – 1.584)
  8. Karan Surana, Ibrahim T. Salisu, R. M. Mehra, and B. Bhattacharya, A simple synthesis route of low temperature CdSe-CdS core-shell quantum dots and its application in solar cell, Optical Materials, 82 (2018) 135-140. (IF – 2.687)
  9. Karan Surana, R. M. Mehra, and B. Bhattacharya, Quantum Dot Solar Cells with size tuned CdSe QDs exhibiting 1.51V, Materials Today: Proceedings, 5 (2018) 9108-9113. (Scopus)
  10. Karan Surana, R. M. Mehra, B. Bhattacharya, Hee-Woo Rhee, Anji Reddy Polu, and Pramod K. Singh, A comprehensive study of chalcogenide Quantum Dot Sensitized Solar Cells with a new solar cell exceeding 1V output, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, 52 (2015) 1083 – 1092. (IF – 10.556)
  11. Karan Surana, Pramod K. Singh, B. Bhattacharya, C. S. Verma, and R. M. Mehra, Synthesis of graphene oxide coated Nafion membrane for actuator application, Ceramics International, 41 (2015) 5093 – 5099. (IF – 3.450)
  12. Karan Surana, Pramod K. Singh, Hee-Woo Rhee, and B. Bhattacharya, Synthesis, Characterization and application of CdSe quantum dots, Journal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry, 20 (2014) 4188 – 4193. (IF – 4.978)
  13. Manjeet Singh, Vivek K. Singh, Karan Surana, B. Bhattacharya, Pramod K. Singh, and Hee-Woo Rhee, New polymer electrolyte for electrochemical application, Journal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry, 19 (2013) 819 – 822. (IF – 4.978)


Achievements:

  • One of the research papers amongst the top 25 - http://top25.sciencedirect.com/subject/chemical-engineering/5/journal/journal-of-industrial-and-engineering-chemistry/1226086X/archive/57/
  • A paper presented in National Conference on Nano devices – April 2015 in Hindustan College of Science & Technology on ‘Ionic Polymer blend metal composite Actuator based on graphene’ and received Second Best Paper Award.
  • A paper presented in Solar Asia – 2015 in Savitribai Phule Pune University on ‘Cadmium Selenide Quantum Dot Solar Cells exceeding open circuit voltage of 1V’ and received Best Oral Presentation Award


Conferences Attended / Organised:

  • National Conference on Futuristic materials – September 2011 in Sharda University.
  • Indo – Japan Conference on Frontier Nanomaterials for energy – January 2012 in Sharda University.
  • National Conference on Semiconducting Materials and Nano Devices – September 2012 in Sharda University.
  • International Conference on Solar Energy Photovoltaic – December 2012 in KIIT University.
  • Science Academies Lecture workshop on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology – March 2013 in Jamia Milia Islamia.
  • International Conference on Science & Engineering of Materials – January 2014 in Sharda University.
  • National Conference on Science & Engineering (NCSE) – July 2014 in JK Lakshmipat University.
  • National Conference on Nano devices – April 2015 in Hindustan College of Science & Technology.
  • International Conference on Science & Engineering of Materials (ICSEM-2018) – January 2018 in Sharda University.
  • National Conference on Materials and Devices (NCMD-2018) – August 2018 in Sharda University.
  • National Conference on Exotic Materials and Devices (NCEMD-2019) – January 2019 in MMV, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi.
  • 3rd International Conference on Science & Engineering of Materials (ICSEM-2019) – July 2019 in Sharda University.


Poster / Paper Presentations:

  • A poster presented in International Conference on Solar Energy Photovoltaic – December 2012 in KIIT University on ‘New polymer electrolyte for electrochemical application’.
  • A poster presented in International Conference on Science & Engineering of Materials – January 2014 in Sharda University on ‘Greener approach to synthesis of cadmium selenide quantum dots’.
  • A paper presented in National Conference on Science and Engineering – July 2014 in JK Lakshmipat University, Jaipur on ‘Temperature dependent synthesis of 2-Mercaptoethanol capped CdSe quantum dots and its characterization’.
  • A paper presented in National Conference on Nano devices – April 2015 in Hindustan College of Science & Technology on ‘Ionic Polymer blend metal composite Actuator based on graphene’ and received Second Best Paper Award.
  • A paper presented in Solar Asia – 2015 in Savitribai Phule Pune University on ‘Cadmium Selenide Quantum Dot Solar Cells exceeding open circuit voltage of 1V’ and received Best Oral Presentation Award.
  • A paper presented in ICSEM – 2018 in Sharda University on ‘Quantum Dot Solar Cell with mixed sized CdSe Quantum Dots working electrode exhibiting a Voc of 1.51V’.
  • A paper presented in NCEMD – 2019 in BHU, Varanasi on ‘Utilizing reduced Graphene Oxide for achieving better efficient dye sensitized solar cells’.
  • A paper presented in ICSEM – 2019, Sharda University, Greater Noida on ‘Taking advantage of reduced graphene oxide for enhancing the efficiency of quantum dot sensitized solar cell’.

Area(s) of interest:

  • Dye Sensitized Solar Cell
  • Quantum Dot Solar Cell
  • Graphene
  • Actuators
  • Polymer Electrolyte


Book:

‘All the best, baby’, novel published by Half Baked Beans. ISBN-13: 978-9384315009


Book Chapter:

Quantum Dot Sensitized Solar Cells (QDSSCs). In: Khan Z. (eds) Nanomaterials and Their Applications, (2018) Advanced Structured Materials, vol 84, Springer, Singapore.


Editorial Board Member:

  • SCIREA Journal of Materials
  • SCIREA Journal of Mine Engineering




Karan Surana 


Email id:

  • karan.6996@gmail.com


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