Prof. (Dr.) Nandakumar Kalarikkal

Hailing from the picturesque village of Wadakanchery in the cultural capital city of Kerala, Thrissur, completed primary and high school education at regional government schools, pursued pre-degree and undergraduate education at Sree Vyasa NSS college-Parlikaduand Kerala Varma College-Thrissur, respectively. Received postgraduate (1986) and doctoral (1992) degrees from Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kerala, followed by a post-doctoral tenure at CSIR–National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (NIIST), Thiruvananthapuram. Joined at School of Pure and Applied Physics, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala in 1994 as Assistant Professor. Staring the career from then, a long and remarkable 27 years old academic and 33 years of research experience has brought several prestigious recognitions and achievements. Visits to many foreign scientific laboratories and institutions had created a productive synergy with scientists and industrialists around the globe for a better research arena with effective mutual collaborations.

Currently, holds the Director position of International and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and also the Chair and Directorship at School of Pure and Applied Physics, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India. Being an ardent researcher for more than a quarter of a century envisioned and created a multidisciplinary scientific environment that is evidently focused on bridging the gap between laboratory and industries which aims at providing direct help to the society.

Apart from scientific curiosity, as a fervent nature lover, also enjoy gardening, books, travel, cooking, movies, travel, photography, videography and never miss any opportunity to watch and enjoy ageless artistic masterpieces.







Research Areas

The research works of my group include the syntheses, characterization and applications of various Nanomaterials, LASER Plasma, ion irradiation effects on various novel materials and phase transitions. The different topics of current research works are:


Nanosemiconductors & Nanophosphors






Ion beam irradiation effects & Phase transitions

Climate Change