Dr. K.Y Rajpure received his B.Sc. degree in 1992 and M.Sc. degree (Solid State Physics) in 1994 from Shivaji University, Kolhapur (india). He stood first in the university merit list in both these exams and had been awarded for this. He received his Ph.D degree in Physics from Shivaji University in 2000. He has an experience in specialized research and development (R&D) over 15 years in the area of material science. He has made an outstanding contribution to the field of science and technology. He is currently an Professor in Physics at Shivaji University (since Aug 2014). His wide spectrum of research includes fabrication of novel nanoscale materials for transparent conducting oxides, solar cells, UV detectors, gas sensors and photo-catalysis. His original research findings have been published through more than 135 peer-reviewed journal papers having average impact factor 2.5. He has attained two Indian patents and several invention disclosures. His papers have received 2109 (Google Scholar, till 26-08-2014) worldwide citations having an h-index 28. Apart, there are about 135 paper presentations at national and international conferences/seminars and also has 6 book chapters and 5 books to his credit. He has successfully completed two major scientific research projects funded by DST and DRDO. At the moment another 3 research projects funded by UGC, CSIR and DST are in progress. He has successfully produced 4 Ph.Ds and an 2 M.phil. Currently 9 students are working under his guidance.
His research work is a continuation of his Ph.D degree work dedicated to the investigation of new semiconductor thin film devices. Severe efforts are being done to develop chalcogenide semiconductor thin films by chemical methods for their possible use in PEC solar cells and rechargeable storage cells. He has gained a better grasp over the silent features of thin films semiconductor science and (photo) electrochemical solar cells. He has always carried out an useful research work for scientific community working in this field.
He is responsible for developing a new, reliable, and unique technique for optimization of preparative parameters of the photoactive semiconducting electrode by PEC method in thin films technology. His current research on TCO thin films is concentrated on synthesizing superior figure of merit thin films, and also in the production of p-type and large area TCO thin films for solar cells and gas sensors. He has acquired a technicality for the preparation high figure of merit FTO and ITO coated glasses on large area using economical spray technique. His attained expertise is too much useful for the industry to build up a pilot plant for the production of large area transparent conducting glasses.
A rapid study of removal of toxins present in waste water, drinking water, using photo catalysts prepared by economic methods is in progress. He has developed the cheaper ZnO photoelectrode for photocatalysis and ZnO based fast response visible blind UV photoconductive detector. At present he is mainly devoted to his UGC (University Grants Commission) project on efficient testing of tungsten trioxide and mixed oxide based photoelectodes in photoelectrocatalysis.