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Mr Krishna Nama Manjunatha

Job: Early Career Academic Fellow

Faculty: Computing, Engineering and Media

School/department: School of Engineering and Sustainable Development

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 255 1551




Personal profile

Krishna Nama received his B.E. in Electronics and Communication from Visvesvaraya Technological University, Bangalore, India, (2010) and MSc in Microelectronics and Nanotechnology from De Montfort University (DMU), Leicester, (2012).  He is currently pursuing his PhD funded by De Montfort University, researching about advanced nanomaterials and techniques for Photovoltaic Applications under supervision of Dr Shashi Paul at Emerging Technologies Research Centre (EMTERC), De Montfort University. 

Previously having worked in Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and ACT Television in Bangalore, India, he also has experience working with network and communication Systems. Moreover, he has also worked as research assistant and as a lecturer (part-time) at DMU. His teaching skills reflects the extensive involvement in innovative research in Silicon Nanowire research for development of Solar Cells and Li-ion Batteries.

Growth of Silicon Nanowires for electronic devices such as solar cells, two terminal memory and Li-Ion batteries are his forte. Apart from inorganic solar cells, he also worked on the organic counterpart. Other researches include investigation of thin films transparent conductors, study on nickel oxide thin films, use of dielectric nanoparticles to enhance efficiency of solar cells, perovskite materials, metal-organic compounds and thin film electronics. Most of these researches include the patented Ra nanowire growth process that was claimed by Dr Shashi Paul from EMTERC in De Montfort University.

He is a photographer enthusiast and likes spending spare time with friends and family.

Research group affiliations

Emerging Technologies Research Centre (EMTERC)

Publications and outputs

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Key research outputs

  1. Gabrielyan, N., Saranti, K., Manjunatha, K. N., and Paul, S. “Growth of low temperature silicon nano-structures for electronic and electrical energy generation applications.” Nanoscale research letters 8.1 (2013): 1-8.
  2. Manjunatha, K. N., and Paul, S. “Investigation of optical properties of nickel oxide thin films deposited on different substrates.” Applied Surface Science 352 (2015): 10-15.
  3. Manjunatha, K.N., and Shashi Paul. "In-situ catalyst mediated growth and self doped silicon nanowires for use in nanowire solar cells." Vacuum 139 (2017): 178-184.
  4. Alotaibi, Sattam, Manjunatha, K.N., and Shashi Paul. "A study of Selenium nanoparticles as Charge Storage Element for Flexible semi-transparent memory Devices." Applied Surface Science (2017).
  5. Manjunatha, K.N., and Shashi Paul. "Stability study: Transparent conducting oxides in chemically reactive plasmas." Applied Surface Science (2017).

Research interests/expertise

Synthesis, development, and characterisation of nanoscale materials and their applications in emerging areas of electronics 

Growth of silicon nanostructures and its application in charge storage (memory and Li-Ion batteries) and charge generation (photovoltaics).

Metal oxide transparent conductors 

Organic and inorganic Photovoltaics 

Organic and Inorganic thin films 

Metalorganic compounds

Areas of teaching

Fundamentals of Mathematics and Science (ENGD1011)

Design for Manufacture (ENGD2017)

Computer Aided Engineering & Programming” ENGD1019

Audio Technology (TECH1019)

Audio and Media Systems (TECH3009)

Electrical & Electronic Principles (ENGD1004)

Nanomaterials and Nanoelectronics (ENG5242)

Physics of Semiconductor Devices (ENGT5128)

Physics Fundamentals (PHYS1001)


B.E., Electronics and Communication,  Don Bosco Institute of Technology, Visvesvaraya Technological University, Bangalore, India. 

MSc, Microelectronics and Nanotechnology, Emerging Technologies Research Centre, De Montfort University, Leicester, United Kingdom. 

Courses taught

MSc in Micro Electronics and Nano Technology

MSc in Electronics Engineering

BSc/MPhys Physics

BEng Electronic Engineering 

Honours and awards

Global Good - Highly commended, April, 2015, DMU square mile project

Society Personality of the year, April, 2015, De Montfort Students Union

Membership of professional associations and societies

Research Assistant - To optimise silicon nanowires as the anode material for Li-ION batteries, EMTERC, De Montfort University, UK, 2015. 

Project Assistant - To develop fabrication processes for silicon nanowire solar cell with an aim to achieve higher efficiency, EMTERC, De Montfort University, UK, 2013.  

Professional licences and certificates

Associate Fellow of HEA, UK. 

Conference attendance

1) Krishna Nama Manjunatha, and Shashi Paul. “Substrate selection for the optical analysis of nickel oxide thin films.” ICAET-2014 in India.

2) Krishna Nama Manjunatha, and Shashi Paul. “Determination of dispersive optical constants of thermally evaporated nickel oxide thin films”. ICAET-2014 in India.

3) M Maricar, Ahamed Bahar, Yamini Raju, James Glover, Krishna Nama Manjunatha, RBM Cross. “DSP Control of Smart Antennas.”, ICAET-2014 in India.

4) Krishna Nama Manjunatha, and Shashi Paul. “Investigation of optical properties of nickel oxide thin films deposited on different substrates and understanding their influence over properties of nickel oxide.” ICPAM-2015 in Romania.

5) Shashi Paul, Krishna Nama Manjunatha and Konstantina Saranti.  “Growth of silicon nano-structures at low temperature and their application in electronic and energy related devices” Nanotechnology Congress & Expo - 2015, J Nanomed Nanotechnol in Germany.

6) Alotaibi, Sattam., Manjunatha, Krishna Nama., and Paul, Shashi “A Study in Pursuit of Precise Substrate Selection for Infrared Spectroscopy Analysis of Diamond-Like Carbon Films.” Proceedings of the Eighth Saudi Students Conference in the UK. World Scientific, 2015.

7) Krishna Nama Manjunatha, and Shashi Paul. “Elements in Transparent Conductive Oxides Prone to Grow Silicon Nanostructures”. ICPAM-2016 in Romania.