Department Of Chemistry

Dr. Prashanth G.K Associate Professor & HOD

Welcome to the Department of Chemistry at Sir MVIT. We started our journey in the year of 1986. Over the last few decades, we have grown our expertise and competence in the curriculum and research.

Our department has been consistently getting good results in both theory and lab examinations of VTU, Belagavi.

Our department has been recognized as R&D Centre by VTU, Belagavi. The department maintains active research groups for carrying out collaborative and interdisciplinary research. We have state of the art research facilities to support our academic programs and research. Faculty members of the department have published their research articles in reputed journals of Elsevier, Taylor & Francis etc., with very high impact factors.

Our department has a distinguished record in both teaching and research. Faculty members of the department have authored books on Engineering Chemistry. Faculty members have excellent academic credentials and are highly regarded.

  • To impart quality education to students with basic knowledge of fundamentals and strong foundation in science to mould them into competent professionals.
  • To provide information to students that builds within them, a strong foundation in the basic principles of science for technologies to develop problem solving abilities and analytical skills.
  • To impart quality education to the students to meet the needs of society with ethics. The Department is well equipped for teaching and offers good practical training in Engineering Chemistry to meet the academic requirements of VTU.
  1. Students pursue profession in chemical sciences.
  2. Students will work in diversified areas.
  3. Students pursue education and focus on research activities.
Name Qualifications Designation
Dr. Prashanth G K M.Sc, M.Phil, Ph.D. Associate Professor &  HOD
Dr. G. M. Krishnaiah B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., Professor
Mr. H.M. Sathyananda M.Sc., M.Phil., (Ph. D.) Assistant Professor
Ms. Kavya D. B. Sc., M. Sc. Assistant Professor
Ms. Punitha S. B. Sc., M. Sc. Assistant Professor
Ms. Kavya M.S B. Sc., M. Sc. Assistant Professor

The Department has well equipped labs with all the required facilities.
Faculty achievements:
  1. The Department has been getting above 95 % in VTU theory examinations.
  2. The Department is a VTU-recognized R & D centre with 2 research supervisors.
  3. Dr. Prashanth G K has
    • published 35 Research/Review articles in various reputed journals of Elsevier, SpringerNature, Taylor & Francis, and Frontiers with high impact factors
    • authored 4 textbooks on Engineering/Applied Chemistry for 1st semester BE students.
    • published 7 Indian patent applications.
    • authored 3 book chapters published by SpringerNature, CRC Press, & and Wiley.
  4. Two patent applications filed by Dr. Prashanth G K have been registered (Authority: Indian).




Mr. G.R. Shivakumar B. Sc. Demonstrator
Mr. K. Ramesh Kumar SSLC Lab Assistant

Journal Publications:

  • Prashanth GK, Prashanth PA, Utpal Bora, Manoj Gadewar, Nagabhushana BM, Ananda S, Krishnaiah GM, and Sathyananda HM, "In vitro antibacterial and cyto-toxicity studies of ZnO nanopowders prepared by combustion-assisted facile green synthesis." Karbala International Journal of Modern Science, 2015; 67-77. DOI: 10.1016/j.kijoms.2015.10.007
  • Prashanth GK, Prashanth PA, Nagabhushana BM, Ananda S, Nagendra HG, Rajendra Singh C, "In vitro antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anticancer studies of ZnO nanoparticles synthesized by precipitation method." Advanced Science, Engineering & Medicine, 2016; 306-313. DOI: 10.1166/asem.2016.1854.
  • Prashanth Gopala Krishna, Prashanth Paduvarahalli Ananthaswamy, Tejabhiram Yadavalli, Nagabhushana Bhangi Mutta, Ananda Sannaiah, Yogisha Shivanna. "ZnO nanopellets have selective anticancer activity." Materials Science and Engi-neering C, 2016; 62: 919-926. DOI: 10.1016/j.msec.2016.02.039.
  • Prashanth Gopala Krishna, Prashanth Paduvarahalli Ananthaswamy, Utpal Bora, Manoj Gadewar, Nagabhushana Bhangi Mutta. "In vitro antibacterial and anti-cancer studies of ZnO nanoparticles prepared by sugar-fueled combustion synthesis." Advanced Materials Letters, 2017; 8: 24-29. DOI: 10.5185/amlett.2017.6424
  • Prashanth Gopala Krishna, Prashanth Paduvarahalli Ananthaswamy, Nagabhu-shana Bhangi Mutta, Krishnaiah Godayyanadoddi Mariyappa, Rajendra Singh, Sathyananda Hulivana Manchegowda, Purnimaa Sasikumar Dixit, Veena Shivaprasad. "Comparison of antimicrobial and anticancer activity of ZnO nano-particles prepared using different precursors by hydrothermal synthesis." Journal of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, 2017; 10: 192-197.
  • Prashanth Gopala Krishna, Prashanth Paduvarahalli Ananthaswamy, Priyanka Trivedi, Vinita Chaturvedi, Nagabhushana Bhangi Mutta, Ananda Sannaiah, Ama-ni Erra, Tejabhiram Yadavalli. "Antitubercular activity of ZnO nanoparticles prepared by solution combustion synthesis using lemon juice as bio-fuel." Materi-als Science and Engineering C. 2017; 75: 1026-1033. DOI: 10.1016/j.msec.2017.02.093.
  • Prashanth GK, Prashanth PA, Krishnaiah GM, Nagabhushana BM, Nagendra HG, Sathyananda HM. "Antibacterial and cytotoxicity studies of ZnO nanoparticles prepared by bio-fueled solution combustion synthesis." International Journal of Research in Advent Technology. 2018; 7. The Journal is UGC approved.
  • Prashanth GK, Prashanth PA, B.M. Nagabhushana, S. Ananda, M. Krishnaiah, H.G. Nagendra, H.M. Sathyananda, C. Rajendra Singh, S. Yogisha, S. Anand, Y. Tejabhiram. "Comparison of anticancer activity of biocompatible ZnO nanopaticles prepared by solution combustion synthesis using aqueous leaf extracts of Abutilon indicum, Melia azedarach, and Indigofera tinctoria as bio-fuels." Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine and Bio-technology, Taylor & Francis, 46, 2018, 968–979. DOI: 10.1080/21691401.2017.1351982.
  • Prashanth GK, Prashanth P.A, Meghana Ramani, Ananda S., Nagabhushana B.M., Krishnaiah GM, Nagendra HG, Sathyananda HM, Rajendra Singh C. "Comparison of antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anticancer activity of ZnO nanoparticles pre-pared by lemon juice and citric acid fueled solution combustion synthesis." BioNanoScence. 2019; 9, 799-812. DOI:
  • Prashanth GK. Sathyananda HM, Prashanth PA. Nagabhushana BM, Krishnaiah GM, Nagendra HG, "In vitro antibacterial, antioxidant, and cytotoxicity response of CuO nanoparticles prepared by lemon juice and citric acid fueled solution com-bustion synthesis." International Journal of Advanced Science and Technology, 2020: 29; 3668 - 3677.
  • Prashanth GK Mohana KR, Prashanth PA, Nagabhushana BM, Krishnaiah GM, Nagendra HG, Dileep MS. "In vitro antibacterial and anticancer response of MgO nanoparticles prepared by solution combustion synthesis." International Journal of Advanced Science and Technology. 2020: 29; 3678 - 3690.
  • Arjun Kashyap GS, K. Prashanth, P.A. Prashanth, H.G. Nagendra. "Protocol for Medicine and Technology for COVID-19- A Mini Review." Asian Journal of Applied Science and Technology. 2020; 4: (3), 2020, 58-70. /
  • Prashanth GK, Prashanth PA, Padam Singh, Nagabhushana B.M, Shivakumara C, Krishnaiah GM, Nagendra HG, Sathyananda HM, Vinita Chaturvedi. "Effect of doping (with cobalt or nickel) and UV exposure on the antibacterial, anticancer, and ROS generation activities of zinc oxide nanoparticles." Journal of Asian Ce-ramic Societies. 2020: 8;1175-1187. DOI: 10.1080/21870764.2020.1824328.
  • Dileep MS, Prashanth GK, S.R. Boselin Prabhu. "Structural, optical and dielectric characterization of adipic acid crystals grown in an aqueous solution of L-alanine." Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics. 2020: 31; 22893-22904. Doi: 10.1007/s10854-020-04816-3.
  • Thamarai Selvi C, Ravichandran S, Prashanth GK, Krishnaiah GM, Sathyananda HM, Boselin Prabhu SR. "Treatment of Potable Water Samples Using Eco-Friendly Phyllanthus emblica– A Solution for Water Pollution." Pollution Re-search. 2020:39; 365-372.
  • Dileep MS, Prashanth GK, Boselin Prabhu SR. "Effect of Vitamin-C on structural, thermal, and optical properties of lithium sulfate monohydrate crystal." Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics. 2021: 32; 4798-4804. DOI: 10.1007/s10854-020-05218-1.
  • Selvaraj Suresh, Ravichandran S, Boselin Prabhu SR, Prashanth GK, Sathyananda HM. "Novel foam adsorbents in dye and heavy metal removal- A review." Asian Journal of Chemistry. 2021: 33; 499-508. DOI: 10.14233/ajchem.2021.22987.
  • Sathyananda HM, Prashanth PA, Prashanth GK, Nagabhushana BM, Krishnaiah GM, Nagendra HG, Dileep MS, Ananda S, Boselin Prabhu SR. "Evaluation of antimicrobial, antioxidant, and cytotoxicity activities of CuO nanopellets synthesized by surfactant-free hydrothermal method." Journal of Testing and Evaluation. 49; 2021. DOI: 10.1520/JTE20200538.
  • Ravichandran S, Chitradevi S, Sridha SGD, Jaison Mulerikkal, Prashanth GK. Sara-vanakumara S, Boselin Prabhu SR, Dileep MS. "The quality of groundwater due to trace elements in the proximity of river Noyyal, Tiruppur, South India." Pollution Research. 2021: 40; 251-258.
  • Prashanth GK, Dileep MS, Prashanth PA, Nagabhushana BM, Boselin Prabhu SR, Bhagya NP. "A review of noble nanocomposites based on zinc oxide: synthesis, characterization, environmental and technological applications." Journal of Optoelectronic and Biomedical Materials, 13 (4) 2021, 151-169.
  • Prashanth GK, Sathyananda HM, Prashanth PA, Nagabhushana BM, Shivakumara C, Boselin Prabhu SR, Nagendra HG. "Evaluation of antimycobacterial, antioxi-dant, and anticancer activities of CuO nanoparticles through cobalt doping." Applied Nano Science- Springer, 12, 2022, 79-86. DOI:10.1007/s13204-021-02156-0.
  • Selvaraj Suresh, Ravichandra S, Prashanth GK, Boselin Prabhu SR. "Alginate hy-drogel adsorbents in adsorption of inorganic and organic pollutants." Asian Journal of Chemistry, 2022; 34; 1625-1632. The journal is SCOPUS indexed. Quartile: Q4.
  • Popsy Raj, Bharat Lal, Manoj Gadewar, Anita Singh, Prashanth GK. "Cisplatin and Nanoparticle Formulations of Cisplatin for Cancer Therapy: A Review." Journal of Pharmaceutical Research International. 2022: 34; 34-49. Article no.JPRI.83018. 10.9734/jpri/2022/v34i14A35636.
  • Prashanth GK, Sathyananda HM, Prashanth PA, Manoj Gadewar, Mutthuraju M, Boselin Prabhu SR, Nagabhushana BM, Shivakumara C, Srilatha Rao, Dibyalochan Mohanty. "Controlled synthesis of Ag/CuO nanocomposites: evaluation of their antimycobacterial, antioxidant, and anticancer activities." Applied Physics A. 2022: 128; 614. DOI: 10.1007/s00339-022-05748-x.
  • Prashanth Gopala Krishna, Prabhu Chandra Mishra, Mutthuraju Mahadev Naika, Manoj Gadewar, Prashanth Paduvarahalli Ananthaswamy, Srilatha Rao, Sivadhas Rosejanet Boselin Prabhu, Kalanakoppal Venkatesh Yatish, Holenarasipura Gun-durao Nagendra, Mahmoud Moustafa, Mohammed Al-Shehri, Saurabh Kumar Jha, Bharat Lal, Sherry Mole. "Photocatalytic activity induced by metal nanoparticles synthesized by sustainable approaches: A comprehensive review." Frontiers in Chemistry, Photocatalysis and Photochemistry. 2022. DOI: 10.3389/fchem.2022.917831.
  • Manoj M. Gadewar, Prashanth G K, Prabhu Chandra Mishra, Ghulam Md Ashraf, Badrah S. Alghamdi, Torki Al Zughaibi, Vijay Upadhye, Abhijit Dey, Saikat De-wanjee, Pallavi Singh, Niraj Kumar Jha, Saurabh Kumar Jha. "Anti-diabetic, anti-oxidant and anti-hyperlidemic evaluation of Solanum indicum fruit extract in streptozocin induced diabetic rats." Current issues in Molecular Biology. 2023. DOI: 10.3390/cimb45020058.
  • Lekan Taofeek Popoola, Paresh Kumar Behera, Srilatha Rao, Sowmyashree Ayachit Swamymirachar, Mothana Ghazi Kadhim AlFalah, Fatma Kandemirli, Shwetha Kodange, Gopala Krishna Prashanth, Ammathnadu Sudhakar Achalku-mar. "Room Temperature Columnar Liquid Crystalline Perylene Bisimide as a Novel Corrosion Resistant Surface Coating for Mild Steel Surface." Journal of Bio- and Tribo-Corrosion. 2023: 18. 2023. DOI: 10.1007/s40735-022-00735-4.
  • Shobha Nagarajaiah, N. Nanda, Praveen Manjappa, Bhangi Mutta Nagabhushana, Manoj Gadewar, Srilatha Rao, Prashanth Gopala Krishna. "Evaluation of apop-tosis in human breast cancer cell (MDA-MB-231) induced by ZnO nanoparticles synthesized using Piper betle leaf extract as bio-fuel." Appl. Phys. A 129, 461 (2023). DOI: 10.1007/s00339-023-06731-w.
  • Gadewar, M., Prashanth, G.K., Babu, M.R., Dileep, M.S., Prashanth, P.A., Rao, S., Mahadevaswamy, M., Ghosh, M.K., Singh, N., Mandotra, S.K. and Chauhan, A., 2023. Unlocking Nature's Potential: Green Synthesis of ZnO Nanoparticles and Their Multifaceted Applications-A Concise Overview. Journal of Saudi Chemical Society, p.101774. DOI: 10.1016/j.jscs.2023.101774
  • PH Renuka, Srilatha Rao, Padmalatha Rao, GK Prashanth, Corrosion mitigation of mild steel in 1 M HCl acid using an expired drug: An experimental approach, Inorganic Chemistry Communications. 160 (2024): 111871. DOI:
  • Smithaahsree, Srilatha Rao, Prashanth G K, Aravinda T, A.S. Sowmyashree, Vidyashree Kumbla, Inhibitory effects of 1-butylpyridin-1-ium bromide in 0.1 M sulphamic acid for mild steel, The Canadian Metallurgical Quarterly. DOI: 10.1080/00084433.2024.2306011
  • Shobha, N., A. S. Giresha, Prashanth Gopala Krishna, Manoj Gadewar, M. Praveen, N. Nanda, Deepdarshan Urs et al. "Anti‐oncogenic Potential and Inflammation Modulatory Response of Green Synthesized Biocompatible Silver Nanoparticles." Chemistry & Biodiversity (2023): e202301533. DOI: 10.1002/cbdv.202301533
Chapters in Edited Books:
  • Prashanth, G. K., Dileep, M. S., Prashanth, P. A., Manoj Gadewar, B. M. Nagabhushana, and S. R. Boselin Prabhu. "Applications of Inorganic Polymers in Textile Wastewater Treatment." In: Khadir, A., Muthu, S.S. (eds) "Polymer Technology in Dye-containing Wastewater." Sustainable Textiles: Production, Processing, Manufacturing & Chemistry. Springer, Singapore, 2021, ISBN: 978-981-19-0886-6.
  • K. Prashanth, Manoj Gadewar, M. Mutthuraju, Srilatha Rao, K.V. Yatish, Mithun Kumar Ghosh, A.S. Sowmyashree, K. Shwetha. "Green Nanotechnology in Wastewater Treatment" in the book entitled "Wastewater Treatment Using Green Synthesis" - CRC Press, Taylor & Francis, 2023, ISBN: 978-100-33-4283-0.
  • GK Prashanth, Manoj Gadewar, M. Mutthuraju, Srilatha Rao, A.S. Sowmyashree, K. Shwetha, Mithun Kumar Ghosh, Vinita Chaturvedi. "Unleashing the Potential of Green Synthesised Nanoparticles for Effective Biomedical Application" in the book entitled "Green synthesis of nanomaterials: Biological and Environmental applications", Wiley, 2024, ISBN: 978-11-19900-90-0.
Text Books:
  • M. Krishnaiah, G.K. Prashanth, “Engineering Chemistry
(As per CBCS scheme 2016)”, 2017, Skyward Publishers, ISBN: 978-93-86442-01-7
  • M. Krishnaiah, G.K. Prashanth, “Engineering Chemistry
(As per CBCS scheme 2018)”, 2017, Skyward Publishers, ISBN: 978-81-94068-71-6
  • Prashanth GK, “Applied Chemistry for the students of EEE & Allied branches of VTU)”, Infinite Learning Solutions, ISBN: 978-81-19521-22-7
  • Prashanth GK, “Applied Chemistry for the students of CSE & Allied branches of VTU)”, Infinite Learning Solutions, ISBN: 978-81-19521-06-7
  • Prashanth GK, Srilatha Rao, Prashanth PA, “Applied Chemistry for the students of CV & Allied branches of VTU)”, Infinite Learning Solutions, ISBN: 978-81-19521-78-4
  • Prashanth GK, Srilatha Rao, “Applied Chemistry for the students of ME & Allied branches of VTU)”, Infinite Learning Solutions, ISBN: 978-81-19521-90-6
  • Preparation and evaluation of disintegreation properties of oral dispersible tablet of Clonozepam, 2022, Indian
  • Green synthesis of silver nanoparticles using leaf extract and uses thereof, 2023, Indian.
  • A low-cost biosensor based device for detection of viral nutrients, 2023, Indian
  • Green technologies for synthesizing nanomaterials with a focus on metal as well as metal oxide, 2023, Indian
  • Method for efficient water filtration using graphene oxide membranes, 2023, Indian
  • Method for large-scale production of high-quality graphene using chemical vapor deposition, 2023, Indian
  • Green assisted synthesis of molybdenum oxide nanoparticles: Exploring biological, and electrochemical activities, 2024, Indian.
  • Bio-fuel Mediated Combustion Synthesis of ZnO Nanoparticles Utilizing Aqueous Leaf Extract: Comprehensive Characterization and Assessment of Antioxidant and Anticancer activities, 2024, Indian
    1. Device for electricity generation from waste water treatment, 2023, Indian
    2. High performance thin-layer chromatography (HPTLC) for analysis of chemical compounds, 2023, Indian
Programme Outcomes
  • PO1: Engineering Knowledge: Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering fundamentals and an engineering specialization to the solution of complex engineering problems.
  • PO2: Problem Analysis: Identify, formulate, research literature and analyze complex engineering problems reaching substantiated conclusions using first principles of mathematics, natural sciences and engineering sciences.
  • PO3: Design/ Development of Solutions: Design solutions for complex engineering problems and design system components or processes that meet specified needs with appropriate consideration for public health and safety, cultural, societal and environmental considerations.
  • PO4: Conduct investigations of complex: Problems using research-based knowledge and research methods including design of experiments, analysis and interpretation of data and synthesis of information to provide valid conclusions.
  • PO5: Modern Tool Usage: Create, select and apply appropriate techniques, resources and modern engineering and IT tools including prediction and modeling to complex engineering activities with an under- standing of the limitations.
  • PO6: The Engineer and Society: Apply reasoning informed by contextual knowledge to assess societal, health, safety, legal and cultural issues and the consequent responsibilities relevant to professional engineering practice.
  • PO7: Environment and Sustainability: Understand the impact of professional engineering solutions in societal and environmental contexts and demonstrate knowledge of and need for sustainable development.
  • PO8: Ethics: Apply ethical principles and commit to professional ethics and responsibilities and norms of engineering practice.
  • PO9: Individual and Team Work: Function effectively as an individual, and as a member or leader in diverse teams and in multi-disciplinary settings.
  • PO10: Communication: Communicate effectively on complex engineering activities with the engineering community and with society at large, such as being able to comprehend and write effective reports and design documentation, make effective presentations and give and receive clear instructions.
  • PO11: Project Management and Finance: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of engineering and management principles and apply these to owners own work, as a member and leader in a team, to manage projects and in multidisciplinary environments.
  • PO12: Life-long Learning: Recognize the need for and have the preparation and ability to engage in independent and life-long learning in the broadest context of technological change.

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