Dr. Pallavi Ghalsasi

Associate Professor

Science, SET

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Phone : +912653020176

Ph.D.: Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 
Thesis title:  Spectroscopic studies of single wall carbon nanotubes, semiconducting nanoparticles and metallic LaB6
Thesis Advisor: Prof. A.K. Sood
M.Sc.: Mumbai University

She joined Navrachana University in 2012 as Assistant Professor.  Prior to that, she has worked at Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar, as Assistant Professor. She has previously held positions as DST WOS-A scientist (The M.S. University of Baroda) and K.S. Krishnan Research Assosciate (Bhabha Atomic Research Center, Mumbai). After completing her doctoral studies, she was a postdoctoral researcher at University of Utah and University of Wyoming, USA for over 3 years.


  • Merit Rank Holder at ‘Secondary School Certificate Examination’ conducted by Maharashtra  State Board Secondary and Higher Secondary Education, 1988 (19th Rank) and ‘Bachelors of Science Examination’ conducted by University of Bombay, 1993 (3rd Rank).
  • ‘National Merit Scholarship’, Maharashtra Board of Higher Secondary Education, 1988-1993.
  • ‘Visiting Students’ Research Program (VSRP) Fellowship’ from Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR, Mumbai, India), Summer 1994.
  • Qualified ‘Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering’, GATE-95.
  • ‘Junior research fellowship and Senior research fellowship’ awarded by Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, India, 1995-2000.
  • ‘Dr. K.S. Krishnan Research Associateship (KSKRA)’, Bhabha Atomic Research Center, Mumbai, 2006.
  • ‘Summer Research Fellowship’ from ‘Academies of Sciences’, to conduct research at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore during 15th May-9th July, 2014.

Dr. Pallavi teaches core physics courses to Engineering students as well as B.Sc. students. She likes to teach physics by giving day to day examples and giving strong emphasis on problem solving. Simplification of complex topics challenges her. Apart from core physics courses, she also teaches interdisciplinary courses to the students belonging to all the programs across University. She believes that multidisciplinary training is essential for the holistic education of students and the confluence of diverse thought processes also create greater understanding about the subject.   

Every material changes its behavior as a response to high pressure. With the advances in Diamond Anvil Cell (DAC) technology, today it is possible to mimic extreme high pressures in the laboratory! Application of pressure to a material may change its vibrational (Raman or IR spectroscopy) properties, band gap (UV-visible spectroscopy), structure (X-ray diffraction) and electrical resistance (Resistivity). Dr. Pallavi is presently interested in understanding these aspects in negative thermal expansion materials and organic-inorganic hybrid compounds. She is also involved in research related to in-situ microscopy of crystal growth and new phases of materials under high pressure.

Research Projects:
Sl. No. Title of the project Funding Agency Duration Total Amount Status
1 To establish Dedicated In-House Raman Spectroscopy Facility and Study Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Materials Science and Engineering Research Board, DST, Government of India, Extramural Research Funding (Individual Centric) 2017-2020 ~ 75,00,000 Approved
2 Electric Field Induced Convection in Dielectric Fluids Navrachana University, Vadodara 2015-2017 1,00,000 Ongoing
3 Structural Investigations of Novel Materials DAE-BRNS, Government of India 2012-2016 24,37,001 Completed
4 Investigation of Novel Materials under High Pressure (DST-WOS-A), Government of India 2011-2015 23,80,000 Completed

Selected Peer Reviewed Publications: 

  • Pallavi Ghalsasi, Nandini Garg, M.N. Deo, Alka Garg, Hemant Mande, Prasanna Ghalsasi and S.M.Sharma, The role of Jahn-Teller distorsion in insulator to semiconductor phase transition in organic-inorganic hybrid compound (p-chloroanilinium)2CuCl4 at high pressure, Phy.Chem.Chem.Phy. 17, 32204-32210(2015)
  • D.V.S. Muthu, Pallavi Teredesai, S. Saha, Suchitra, U.V. Waghmare, A.K. Sood and C.N.R. Rao, Pressure induced structural phase transition and phonon anomalies in ReO3: Raman and first principles study,  Phys.Rev.B 91, 224308(2015).
  • Surajit Saha, Pallavi Ghalsasi, D.V.S. Muthu, Surjeet Singh, R. Suryanarayanan, A. Revcolevschi, and A. K. Sood,  Phonon anomalies and structural transition in spin-ice Dy2Ti2O7 : A simultaneouspressure- and temperature-dependent Raman study, J.Raman Spec.,43(8),1157-1165(2012).
  • Pallavi Ghalsasi and Prasanna Ghalsasi, Single Crystal X-ray Structure and Vibrational Properties of alpha-Quartz BeF2,  Inorganic Chemistry, 50, 86(2011).
  • Pallavi V. Teredesai, David T. Anderson, Nick Hauser, Kristina Lantzky and J.L. Yarger,  Infrared Spectroscopy of Germanium Dioxide (GeO2) Glass at High Pressure, Phys.Chem.Glasses. 46, 345(2005).
  • Pallavi Teredesai, D.V.S. Muthu, N. Chandrabhas , A.K.Sood, S. Meenakshi, V.Vijayakumar, P. Modak, R.S. Rao, B.K. Godwal and S.K. Sikka, High Pressure Phase Transition in metallic LaB(6): An Interesting Example of Lifshitz Transition,  Solid State Communications 129(12), 791(2004). 
  • Sukanta Karmakar, Surinder M. Sharma, P.V. Teredesai and A.K.Sood, Pressure induced phase transitions in iron filled carbon nanotubes: x-ray diffraction studies,  Phys. Rev. B. 69, 165414 (2004). 
  • S.M.Sharma, S.Karmakar, S.K.Sikka, P.V.Teredesai, A. K. Sood, A.Govindaraj and C.N.R.Rao, Pressure-induced structural transformation and the remarkable resilience of single wall Carbon nanotube bundles, Phys. Rev. B. 63, 205417-1 to 205417-5 (2001). 
  • Pallavi V. Teredesai, A. K. Sood, D.V.S. Muthu, Rahul Sen, A. Govindaraj and C.N.R. Rao, Pressure Induced Reversible Transformation in Single Wall Carbon Nanotube Bundles Studied by Raman Spectroscopy, Chem. Phys. Lett., 319, 296-302 (2000).
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