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Associate Professor

Dr Pallavi Ghalsasi

Engineering And Technology

Ph.D. (2002)- Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

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Dr. Pallavi Ghalsasi 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 Associate (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 (JRF) and Senior research fellowship (SRF)’ and ‘Award for Lecturership (LS)’ 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.
  • University Faculty Award for Research Initiative, Navrachana University, 2015.
  • Hari Om Ashram Prerit Harivallabhdas Chunilal Shah Research Endowment Prize for the best research paper in Physics at Gujarat State Level, Hari Om Ashram Trust, 2017.



  • 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 She is also involved in research related to in-situ microscopy of crystal growth and new phases of materials under high pressure.


Research Projects 

  • Title of the project: Mapping lightening incidences around Vadodara, Agency: Navrachana University, Duration: July-December 2023,Total Amount: 50,000/-, Status: Ongoing
  • Title of the project: Studies on Multidimensional Metal- Cyanide Framework Compounds and their Analogues 2023-2024, Agency: UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, Indore, Collaborative Research Schemes, Duration: 2022-2024,Total Amount: 4,86,480/-, Status: Ongoing
  • Title of the project: Exploring Thermal Expansion Properties of Metal Coordinated Compounds, Agency: UGC- DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, Indore, Collaborative Research Schemes, Duration: 2O18-2O22,Total Amount: 1,8O,OOO/-, Status: Completed
  • Title of the project: To establish Dedicated In-House Raman Spectroscopy Facility and Study Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Materials, Agency: Science and Engineering Research Board, DST, Government of India, Extramural Research Funding (Individual Centric), Duration: 2O17-2O2O, Total Amount: 75,O5,52O/-, Status: Completed
  • Title of the project: Electric Field Induced Convection in Dielectric Fluids, Agency: Navrachana University, Vadodara, Duration: 2O15-2O17, Total Amount: 1,OO,OOO/-, Status: Completed
  • Title of the project: Structural Investigations of Novel Materials, Agency: DAE-BRNS, Government of India, Duration: 2O12-2O16, Total Amount: 24,37,OO1/-, Status: Completed
  • Title of the project: Investigation of Novel Materials under High Pressure, Agency: (DST-WOS-A), Government of India, Duration: 2O11-2O15, Total Amount: 23,8O,OOO/-, Status: Completed


National Patent (Granted)

“Interference Rings as a Tool for Observing Optical Handedness of Chiral Materials”, Pallavi Ghalsasi, Prasanna Ghalsasi and Archana Shah, Application Patent Number: 202021005431, Patent No. 397376


Selected Peer Reviewed Publications:

1. Archana Shah* and Pallavi Ghalsasi, Negative Refractive Index Metamaterials- Introduction and Methods to produce Achiral and Chiral Metamaterials, Interwoven: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Navrachana University 5(2), 194-225 (2022).

2. Archana Shah, Prasanna S. Ghalsasi* and Pallavi Ghalsasi*, Effect of quasihydrostatic and nonhydrostatic pressure on long S-S bonded sodium dithionite (Na2S2O4): A Raman Spectroscopic Study, Journal of Solid State Chemistry 313, 123315-1 to 8 (2022).

3. Jaimin U. Trivedi, Pallavi Ghalsasi*, Somnath Ganguly, S.J. Jenepha Mary and C. James, Raman Spectroscopic Study of Cinnamyl-1 diphenylmethyl-4 piperazine (Cinnarizine) at High Pressure, Journal of Molecular Structure 1253, 132214(2022).

4. Aashna Jain and Pallavi Ghalsasi*, Contribution of Phonon Anharmonicity in Negative Thermal Expansion Materials, Interwoven: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Navrachana University 5(1), 53-90 (2022).

5. Aashna Jain, Prasanna S. Ghalsasi* and Pallavi Ghalsasi*, Back-Bonding Driven Negative Thermal Expansion along One Dimensional Hg-C≡N Linkage in [HgCN](NO3) Probed by Raman Spectroscopy, Polyhedron 205, 1-7(2021).

6. Pradeep Sinha and Pallavi Ghalsasi*, Critical Thinking Integrated with Instructional Scaffolding Approach in Physics Classroom, Interwoven: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Navrachana University, 2(2), 1-10(2020).

7. Archana Shah and Pallavi Ghalsasi*, Using Interference colours to distinguish between Fast and Slow axes of Quarter Wave Plate, Eur. J. Phys. 40(6), 65301-1 to 19(2019).

8. Somnath Ganguly, Ragaverthini Chinnasamy, Shyamal Parikh, Mangalampalli S.R.N. Kiran, Upadrasta Ramamurty, Himal Bhatt, M. N. Deo, Soumyajit Ghosh* and Pallavi Ghalsasi*, Understanding Structural Variations in Elastic Organic Crystals by in Situ High-Pressure Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy and Nanoindentation Study, Cryst. Growth Des. 19, 2114-2122(2019).

9. Pallavi P Ghalsasi*, Prasanna S Ghalsasi*, DVS Muthu, Back-bonding signature with high pressure: Raman studies on silver nitroprusside, Inorg. Chem. 56(16), 9669-9675(2017).

10. Ghosh S. and Ganguly S. 7. Mishra M.K., Ghalsasi P., Deo M.N., Bhatt H., Poswal H.K., In situ high pressure study of an elastic crystal by FTIR spectroscopy, CrystEnggComm. 19, 7083-7087(2017).

11. Pallavi Ghalsasi*, Resolving Vectors, Interwoven: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Navrachana University 1(1), 8-15(2017).

12. 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).

13. 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).

14. 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 simultaneous pressure- and temperature-dependent Raman study, J.Raman Spec.,43(8),1157-1165(2012).

15. Pallavi Ghalsasi and Prasanna Ghalsasi, Single Crystal X-ray Structure and Vibrational Properties of a-Quartz BeF2, Inorganic Chemistry, 50, 86(2011).

16. 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).

17. 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).

18. 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).

19. 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).

20. 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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