Photosciences and Photonics : Karunakaran Venugopal » Profile


Karunakaran Venugopal completed his Master of Science in Chemistry from D.G.Vaishanv College, University of Madras, Tamil Nadu in 1996. After he worked as a quality control chemist in Ms. Tetrahedron public limited, Ambattur industrial estate, Chennai, on May 1998 he joined as a project assistant in National Center for Ultrafast Processes, University of Madras under supervision of Prof. P. Natarajan and Prof. P.Ramamurthy and continued for about five years until March 2003. April 2003 he moved to the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany, as a scientific co-worker to obtain his Ph.D degree in Physical Chemistry on January 2007 under the guidance of Prof. Nikolaus P. Ernsting and further continued there as a post doc until July 2007. Subsequently August 2007 he went to the Northeastern University, Boston, USA, for carrying out his postdoctoral research work under the supervision of Prof. Paul M. Champion and stayed until April 2011.Then May 2011 he came back to India and joined at NIIST with his DST-SERB fast track scheme.Currently He joined as a senior scientist at NIIST in the Photosciences and Photonics section, CSTD from March 2014. His current area of interest including femtosecond solvation dynamics, excited state dynamics of DNA bases, low frequency vibrational dynamics of heme proteins, ultrafast dynamics involved in dye sensitized solar cell and bulk hetero-junction, polymorphism, photo responsive materials and photophysical characterization of self-aggregated molecules. Technical expertizes are Femtosecond Pump/Super Continuum Probe Spectroscopy, Fluorescence Up-conversion, Femtosecond Vibrational Coherence Spectroscopy, Raman Spectroscopy, Time Correlated Single Photon Counting, Laser Flash Photolysis and Stopped Flow Technique.