Prashanthi Kovur, PhD

“Imagination, creativity and innovation are essential to see things beyond what’s visible and transform the world into a better place.”

As a theme lead on nanosensors and fabrication at Ingenuity lab, Prashanthi oversees research on sensors for multianalyte detection and device fabrication. She is also responsible for developing novel detection techniques with nano/microscale sensors in order to enhance their sensitivity and selectivity. Prior to joining University of Alberta, she worked as research scientist at the Centre of Excellence in Nanoelectronics (CEN), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay and was actively involved in the fabrication of MEMS and MOS devices.

Prashanthi has received her PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Bombay. She is the winner of TSMC Outstanding Research Award as well as Young Researcher Award. She has published several peer reviewed papers in the field of Nanotechnology and filed 4 invention disclosures. She serves as the reviewer for various international journals in the area of nanoscience and MEMS.

Prashanthi believes the only way world can progress is through creativity and innovation. Apart from research, she loves to spend her time with family and enjoys music.

Recent publications in the area of nanotechnology:

  • K. Prashanthi, J.E Hawk, R. McGee, R. Gaikwad, T. Thundat, “In-situ probing of thermal desorption of vapor molecules on a nanowire via work function variance”, Nano Research, 2016. DOI: 10.1007/s12274-016-1210-y.
  • Ž. Antić, M.D. Dramićanin, K. Prashanthi, D. Jovanović, S. Kuzman, T. Thundat, “Pulsed Laser Deposited Dysprosium-Doped Gadolinium-Vanadate Thin Films for Non-Contact, Self-Referencing Luminescence Thermometry”, Advanced Materials, 2016. DOI: 10.1002/adma.201601176.
  • K. Prashanthi, A. Phani, and T. Thundat, “Photothermal electrical resonance spectroscopy of physisorbed molecules on a nanowire resonator,” Nano Letters 15 (8), 5658–5663 (2015).
  • K. Prashanthi, P. Dhandaria, N. Miriyala, R. Gaikwad, D. Barlage and T. Thundat, “Enhanced photo-collection in single BiFeO3 nanowire due to carrier separation from radial surface field,” Nano Energy 13, 240–248 (2015).
  • Thakur, K. Jiang, D. Lee, K. Prashanthi, S. Kim, T. Thundat, “Investigation of pH-induced protein conformation changes by nanomechanical deflection,” Langmuir 30 (8), 2109 (2014).
  • Thakur, S. Kim, K. Prashanthi, T. Thundat, “Investigation of pH-assisted human serum albumin (HSA)-cobalt (Co) binding using nanomechanical deflection and circular dichroism,” Journal of Nanomedicine and Nanotechnology S5:008 (2014).
  • K. Prashanthi, R. Gaikwad, T. Thundat, “Surface dominant photoresponse of multiferroic BiFeO3 nanowires under sub-bandgap illumination,” Nanotechnology 24, 505710 (2013).
  • K. Prashanthi, N. Miriyala, R.K. Gaikwad, W. Moussa, V. R. Rao and T. Thundat, “Vibrational energy harvesting using photo-plastic piezoelectric nanocomposite cantilevers,” Nano Energy 2, 923 (2013).

Invention disclosures

  • Prashanthi, A. Phani and T. Thundat, “Chemical Sensor,” US Provisional Patent Publication No. WO 2015/109410 A1. Published on July 30, 2015.
  • Phani, K. Prashanthi, P. Vaktang and T. Thundat, “Sensor including mechanical resonator with nanostructured surface,” US Provisional Patent Application No. 62104294, filed on 16 Jan 2015.
  • Prashanthi, V. R. Rao, “A Photo-patternable multifunctional polymer nanocomposite,” US Publication No US 20130251965 A1, filed on 7 Dec 2011. (Claiming priority from Indian patent publication number: WO2012077137 A2, filed on 10 Dec 2010).
  • R. Palkar, K. Prashanthi, M. Mandal, S.P. Duttagupta, R. Pinto, “Process for novel multiferroic based microelecromechanical systems (MEMS) actuators functioning at room temperature,” Indian Patent Application No 2013/MUM/2009 dated 02 Sept 2009.

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