Assistant Professor


    • Ph.D.
    • M.Phil
    • M.Sc

Areas of Expertise/Interest

  • Materials Science.
  • Nanomaterials and Photochemistry.

Research / Industrial Experience

  • CSIR-ES: Research Associate, Annamalai University, Annamalainagar, [17-03-2015 to 17-06-2015]
  • DST-SERB: Project Fellow,  Annamalai University, Annamalainagar, [19-03-2012 to 04-03-2015]
  • AU-Research Studentship, Annamalai University, Annamalainagar, [2010 to 2011]

List of Publications in National & International Journals

  1. Non-quenching of charge carriers by Fe3O4 core in Fe3O4/ZnO nanosheet-photocatalyst, Langmuir, 2014, 30, 15031-15039.
  2.  Magnetically recoverable Fe3O4-implanted Ag-loaded ZnO nanoflakes for bacteria-inactivation and photocatalytic degradation of organic pollutants, New Journal of Chemistry, 2016, 40, 1845-1852.
  3. Enhanced photocatalytic activity of magnetically separable bactericidal CuFe2O4-embedded Agdeposited ZnO nanosheets, RSC Advances, 2016, 6, 1782-1791.
  4.  Synthesis, electrical, magnetic, optical, and bactericidal properties and enhanced photocatalytic activity of Ag-decorated ZnFe2O4-dispersed ZnO nanoflakes, Surfaces and Interfaces, 2018, 10, 123-128.
  5. Superparamagnetic core/shell Fe2O3/ZnO nanosheets as photocatalyst cum bactericide, Catalysis Today, 2017, 284, 114-120.
  6. Perforated ZnFe2O4/ZnO hybrid nanosheets: enhanced charge-carrier lifetime, photocatalysis and bacteria inactivation, Applied Physics A, 2017, 123, 7 (472), 1-9.
  7. CuFe2O4-encapsulated ZnO nanoplates: magnetically retrievable biocidal photocatalyst, Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 2017, 17, 4489-4497.
  8. Tri-functional Fe2O3-encased Ag-doped ZnO nanoframework: magnetically retrievable antimicrobial photocatalyst, Materials Research Express, 2016, 3 (11), 115501.
  9. Electrical. Optical, photocatalytic, and bactericidal properties of polyethyleneglycol-assisted sol-gel synthesized ZnTiO3-implanted ZnO nanoparticles, Materials Research Express, 2014, 1, 045019.
  10. Optical, electrical, and photocatalytic properties of polyethylene glycol-assisted sol–gel synthesized BaTiO3@ZnO core–shell nanoparticles, Powder Technology, 2014, 254, 480–487.
  11. Electrical, optical and photocatalytic properties of polyethylene glycol-assisted sol–gel synthesized Mn-doped TiO2/ZnO core–shell nanoparticles, Superlattices and Microstructures, 2013, 64, 569–580.
  12. Ni0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4‐dispersed In2O3‐spotted ZnO nanoparticles: Ammonia‐source and surface and photocatalytic properties. International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology, 2022, 19 (4), 2356-2366.
  13. Synthesis of Superparamagnetic ZnFe2O4-Core/Ag-Deposited ZnO-Shell Nanodiscs for Application as Visible Light Photocatalyst, Journal of nanoscience and nanotechnology, 2019, 19 (7), 4064-4071.
  14. CdO-implanted hexagonal ZnO nanoplatelets: red-shifted emission and enhanced charge carrier-resistance and bacteria-inactivation, Applied Physics A, 2019, 125 (1), 14.
  15. Synthesis of superparamagnetic biocidal superior solar photocatalytic Fe3O4-implanted Ag2S- capped ZnO micro-clubbells, SN Applied Sciences, 2019, 1 (7), 1-11.
  16. Synthesis of Superparamagnetic Cu4Zn0.6Fe2O4-Implanted Bi2S3-Capped TiO2 2D and 3D Nanostructures for Visible Light Photocatalysis, ACS omega, 2018, 3 (12), 18958-18966.
  17. CdO-Intercalated TiO2 Nanosphere-Cluster: Synthesis and Electrical, Optical and Photocatalytic Properties, Silicon, 2018, 10, 2927-2934.
  18. CdO-Implanted TiO2 Pebbles: Hydrothermal Synthesis and Electrical, optical and photocatalytic properties, Materials Focus, 2018, 7 (2), 188-193.
  19. Synthesis, optical, electrical and optoelectronic characteristics and photocatalytic performance of nanoparticulate core/shell ZrO2/TiO2, Materials Focus, 2017, 6, 512-516.
  20. Absorption, photoluminescence and photoelectron transfer resistance of sol–gel synthesized core/shell CuO/TiO2 nanoparticles, Optik, 2016, 127, 3013-3017.
  21. Absorption, emission, charge transfer resistance   and   photocatalytic   activity   of Al2O3/TiO2 core/shell nanoparticles, Superlattices and Microstructures, 2015, 83, 659-667.
  22. Light-induced oxidative transformation of diphenylamine on ZrO2. Synergism by ZnO and ZnS, Journal of the Serbian Chemical Society, 2015, 80 (11), 1411–1421.
  23. Photoinduced oxidative transformation of diphenylamine on Al2O3 with enhancement by ZnO synergism, Karbala International Journal of Modern Science, 2015, 1 (1), 32-38.
  24. Magnetically separable CdS-deposited Fe3O4-implanted ZnO microrods for solar photocatalysis, Micro & Nano Letters, 2014, 9, 529-531.
  25. Optical, electrical and visible light-photocatalytic properties of yttrium-substituted BiVO4 nanoparticles, Materials Science and Engineering B, 2014, 187, 53-60.
  26. Optical, electrical and visible light-photocatalytic properties of hydrothermally synthesized amorphous BiVO4 nanoparticles, Materials Letters, 2014, 122, 21-24.
  27. Electrical, optical and visible light-photocatalytic properties of monoclinic BiVO4 nanoparticles synthesized hydrothermally at different pH, Materials Science in Semiconductor Processing, 2014, 21, 122-131.
  28. Electrical, optical, and visible light-photocatalytic properties of zirconium-doped BiVO4 nanoparticles, Materials Express, 2014, 4, 125-134.
  29. Nanostructures and optical, electrical, magnetic, and photocatalytic properties of hydrothermally and sonochemically prepared CuFe2O4/SnO2, RSC Advances, 2013, 3, 16728- 16738.
  30. Enhanced photocatalytic and bactericidal activities of carbon microsphere-assisted solvothermally synthesized cocoon-shaped Sn4+-doped ZnO nanoparticles, Dalton Transactions, 2013, 42, 13855-13865.
  31. Fe3O4/SnO2 nanocomposite: hydrothermal and sonochemical synthesis, characterization, and visible-light photocatalytic and bactericidal activities, Powder Technology, 2013, 246, 635-642.
  32. Hydrothermal and sonochemical preparation and photocatalytic and bactericidal activities of ZnFe2O4-SnO2 nanocomposite, Superlattices and Microstructures, 2013, 60, 487-499.
  33. Photocatalytic degradation of dyes by Al2O3-TiO2 and ZrO2-TiO2 nanocomposites, Materials Science Forum, 2013, 734, 325-333.
  34. Photoinduced electron-transfer from benzimidazole to nanocrystals, Journal of Molecular Liquids, 2013, 177, 295–300.
  35. Lack of enhanced photocatalytic formation of iodine on particulate semiconductor mixtures, Spectrochimica Acta A, 2012, 98, 460-465.
  36. Inhibition of fluorescence enhancement of benzimidazole derivative on doping ZnO with Cu and Ag, Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry, 2012, 247, 16-23.
  37. Styryl phenanthrimidazole-fluorescence switched on by core/shell BaTiO3/ZnO and Mn-doped TiO2/ZnO nanospheres and switched off by the core nanoparticles, RSC Advances, 2014, 4, 59908-59916.
  38. Benzimidazole based Ir(III) picolinate complexes as emitting materials and the fluorescent behavior of benzimidazole bound to Mn–TiO2@ZnO core/shell nanospheres, Materials Express, 2014, 4, 279-292.
  39. Enhanced photocatalytic Fe3+ reduction with H2O2 generation by TiO2 anatase/rutile blend, Indian Journal of Chemistry, 2015, 54A, 1076-1084.

Publications in National and International Conference: 12+

  • Synthesis, characterization and photocatalytic activity of antimicrobial Fe2O3/ZnO core-shell nanoparticles, National Seminar on “Chemistry of Nanomaterials and Molecular Dynamics”, Department of Chemistry, Annamalai University, Annamalainagar, Tamilnadu, on 30th and 31st December, 2010.
  • Sol-gel synthesis of bactericidal MnTiO3@ZnO core-shell nanospheres for photocatalytic degradation of dyes, National Seminar on “Recent Advances in Textiles and Electrochemical Sciences-2012”, Department of Industrial Chemistry, Alagappa University, Tamilnadu, on 22nd and 23nd March, 2012,
  • Sol-gel synthesis of bactericidal BaTiO3@ZnO core-shell nanospheres for photocatalytic degradation of dyes, National Seminar on “National Conference on Recent Applications of Nanomaterials in Chemistry and Environmental Research” Department of Chemistry, Kongu Engineering College, Perundurai, Tamilnadu, on 20th – 21th July, 2012, OP.
  • Sol-gel synthesis of bactericidal ZnTiO3@ZnO core-shell nanospheres for photocatalytic degradation of dyes, National Seminar on “Emerging Trends in Chemistry” Postgraduate Department of Chemistry, Cardamom Planters’ Association College, Bodinayakanur, Tamilnadu, on 04th and 05th October, 2012, OP.
  • PEG 20000- and PVP-assisted hydrothermal synthesis of ZnO nanosheets and their optical, electrical and photocatalytic properties, National Seminar on “New Vistas and Challenges in Chemistry”, Department of Chemistry, Sathiyabama University, Chennai, Tamilnadu, on 23rd and 24th January 2013 P6.
  • Synthesis, characterization and photocatalytic activity of antimicrobial ZnFe2O4@ZnO core- shell nanosheets, The India-Israel Meeting on Materialscience and Nanoscience, MGU, Kottaiyam, Kerala, on Jan 31st and Feb 01, 2013, P60.
  • PEG-assisted sol-gel synthesis of ZnTiO3@ZnO core-shell nanospheres for photocatalysis and bacterial disinfection, National Conference on “Recent Advances in Surface Science” Department of Chemistry, Gandhigram Rural University, Dindugal, Tamilnadu, on 14th and 15th February 2013, OPSS034.
  • Hydrothermal synthesis and optical, electrical, magnetic and photocatalytic properties of CuFe2O4@ZnO nanosheets, International Conference on “Emerging Frontiers and Challenges in Chemistry”, Feb 17-18, 2014, Department of Chemistry, All Saints’ College, Trivandrum, Kerala,
  • Hydrothermal synthesis and optical, electrical, magnetic and photocatalytic properties of Fe3O4@ZnO nanosheets, National Conference in “Advanced Materials and it Applications”, Annamalai University, Annamalainagar, Tamilnadu, on 4th and 5th April 2014, OP132.
  • Synthesis of CuFe2O4/Ag-ZnO nanosheets and optical, electrical, magnetic, photocatalytic and bactericidal properties, National conference on “Recent Advances in Nanotechnology, Chemistry and Environmental Research”, Department of Chemistry, Kongu Engineering College, Perundurai, Tamilnadu, on 11th and 12th December 2014, OP29.
  • Imidazole as fluoroprob for ZnO shell in BaTiO3@ZnO, ZnTiO3@ZnO and MnTiO2@ZnO core/shell nanospheres, National seminar on “Recent Advances on Luminescent Materials, Department of Chemistry, Annamalai University, Annamalainagar, Tamilnadu, on 23rd and 24th, January 2015, PP28.
  • Nanocrystalline TiO2-photocatalyzed Fe(III)-reduction with H2O2 generation, International Conference on “Energy, Water and Environmental Science & Technology”, PG and Research Department of Chemistry, Presidency College (Autonomous), Chennai, Tamilnadu, OP201562.

National Workshop and Conference Participated: 9+

Webinar/Virtual Programmes Presented/Participated: 20+


UGC-Minor Research Project: Proposal No.4084/2016, Sanctioned Amount Rs. 2,30,000/- “Magnetically separable nano-photocatalyst for environmental remediation”.


  • Semiconductor Science and Technology
  • Process Safety and Environmental Production
  • Results in Physics
  • Chinese Journal of Physics
  • Journal of Cleaner Production
  • Materials Research Express
  • Advances in Natural Sciences: Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
  • Physica Scripta
  • Applied Organometallic Chemistry
  • Chemosphere


  • Certificate of Recognition, Eswarchandra Vidyasagar Award – Best Teacher by Sri Padmanabharn Education Trust & Rotaract Club of Madras Chenna Patna, Chennai.
  • First Prize:  Best   oral    Presentation    award    from    RANCER-2014,    Department of Chemistry, Kongu Engineering College, Perundurai, Erode.
  • Second Prize: Best oral Presentation award from RANCER-2012, Department of Chemistry, Kongu Engineering College, Perundurai, Erode.
  • First prize: Highest Marks in Maths competition from Teacher Sri Natesan Endowment by S.R.K.V. Hr. Sec. School, Chidambaram.
  • Certificate of Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing Award – Chinese Journal of Physics.
  • Certificate of Award, International Youth Day 2017, TANSACS & RRC, UoM, Chennai.
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Evaluator, 47th Jawaharlal Nehru Science, Maths and Environmental Exhibition, conducted by School Education, Government of Tamilnadu on 16th and 18th October 2019.
  • Certification of Appreciation, Evaluator, 27th National Children’s Science Congress – 2019 conducted by Tamilnadu Science Forum, on 10th November 2019.
  • Certificate of Excellence, Ambassador – 17th Parliamentary General Election, April-2017 – SVEEP Programme (, GCC, Chennai).
  • Certificate of Appreciation, NSS Volunteers Leadership Awareness programme – 2020 at University of Madras.
  • Letter of Appreciation, Coordinator, COVID-19 Virtual Volunteering Project with Greater Chennai Corporation, Tamilnadu, India.

Responsibilities: C. Kandaswami Naidu College, Chennai (27.02.2016 to till date)

  • NSS – Programme Officer
  • Class In-charge – III, II Sc., Chemistry and II B.Sc., Maths (for Allied Chemistry)
  • Internal Examiner – UoM UG Practical’s,
  • Coordinator – Chemzy Association (2020-2021)
  • Member – NEWS7- Anbupalam project
  • Member – IQAC, Curriculum Aspect Committee
  • Member – Placement and Career Guidance Cell
  • Member – Anti-Ragging and Grievance Redressal Committee
  • Member – College Magazine Committee
  • Convener – CKNC Name Board Erection committee, ,
  • Convener – CKNC’s 75th Year Independence Day Celebration
  • Member – Vallal Kandaswami Naidu’s Statue Opening Committee

Other Responsibilities (27.02.2016 to till date)

  • Audit Member, of Chemistry, Vivekananda College, Chennai.
  • Question paper setter – Tiruvalluvar University, Vellore.
  • Question paper setter – Vivekananda College (Autonomous), Chennai.
  • External Examiner – SAS School of Arts and Science College, Chennai.
  • Member – Scrutiny of Question papers, Chemistry – Tiruvalluvar University.
  • External Examiner – University of Madras, Chennai.
  • Zonal Officer, Anna Nagar Constituency, Tamilnadu State Assembly Election – 2021
  • Zonal Officer, Zone-8, Anna Nagar, Tamilnadu State Local Body Election – 2022.

Social Responsibilities: (2017 – 2021) with NSS Volunteers

  • Plantation – More than 300 saplings.
  • Blood donation – More than 200 blood units was donated to government Hospitals / Private Hospitals.
  • Organized: NSS Special camps, Blood donation camps, Eye camps, Veterinary camps, Covid-19 vaccination camps and Number of Awareness programme for various social causes. (Covid-19, Plastics, Cancer, Dengue, Rain water harvesting, Green campus, Road safety awareness, Plantation, Anti-corruption etc.) and helped to poor people in the during lockdowns-I & II (COVID-19) etc.,
  • Cleaning work –College, Government Hospitals, Schools, Temples, Ponds, Canal, Public play grounds, Parks, etc.
  • Number of Social awareness programmes was coordinated with State and Central Governments (Corporation, Police and Medical departments), Public, NGOs and private sectors.

Computer Exposure

Pcdfwin, Chemdraw, Origin, Photoshop, MS-Windows, etc.

Instrument Handling

  • UV-Visible Spectroscopy (DRS) – (Liquid and Solid)
  • Impedance Spectroscopy
  • Powder XRD
  • Fluorescence Spectroscopy
  • Life time Spectroscopy
Staff Information
Campus Address
Dr. P. VINAYAGAMOORTHY, M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, CKNC College, Chennai-102.
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