Prof. Dr. Prakash R. Somani

Publications and Patents

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In International Research Journals:

(* Indicates Corresponding and Leading Author; Cititations - TC – excluding self – are in the bracket : as of 20/10/2017, Source & © : ISI Web of Knowledge, Scopus and Sciencedirect, Google Scholar), Total Citi. (more than) = 2454, H-index = 24, i10-index = 29, g-index > 50 (IF : Impact Factor of Journal).
1. Electrochromic response in polypyrrole sensitized with Prussian Blue.
Prakash Somani, S. Radhakrishnan.
Chemical Physics Letters, 292 (1998) 218 - 222 (TC = 51, IF = 1.815).
2. Sensitization of photocurrents in solid state electrochemical cells using conducting polypyrrole.
S. Radhakrishnan and Prakash Somani.
Materials Letters, 37 (1998) 192 - 196 (TC = 31, IF = 2.572).
3. High piezoresistivity and its origin in conducting polyaniline / TiO2 composites.
Prakash Somani*, R. Marimuthu, U. P. Mulik, S. R. Sainkar, D. P. Amalnerkar
Synthetic Metals 106 (1999) 45 - 52 (TC = 159, IF = 1.376).
4. Charge transport mechanism and the effect of poling on the I-V characteristics of conducting polyaniline / BaTiO3 composites.
Prakash Somani*, B. B. Kale, D.P.Amalnerkar.
Synthetic Metals, 106 (1999) 53 - 58 (TC = 51, IF = 2.435).
Cited by Nobel Laurate - Sir, Prof. A. G. MacDiarmid (2006).
5. Effect of moisture (in solid polymer electrolyte) on the photosensitivity of conducting polypyrrole sensitized by Prussian Blue in solid state photocells.
Prakash Somani*, D. P. Amalnerkar, S. Radhakrishnan.
Synthetic Metals, 110 (2000) 181 - 187 (TC = 31, IF = 2.435).
6. Study and development of conducting polymer based electrochromic display devices.
Prakash Somani*, A. B. Mandale, S. Radhakrishnan.
Acta Materilia, 48/11 (2000) 2859 - 2871 (TC = 146, IF = 5.301).
7. Synthesis, characterization and charge transport mechanism of conducting polyaniline / V2O5 composites.
Prakash Somani*, R. Marimuthu, A. B. Mandale.
Polymer, 42/7 (2001) 2991 - 3001 (TC = 92, IF = 3.684).
8. Effect of dye aggregation on the photosensitivity of conducting polypyrrole sensitized with Prussian Blue in solid state electrochemical cells.
Prakash Somani* and S. Radhakrishnan Materials Chemistry and Physics 70/2 (2001) 150 - 155 (TC=29, IF = 2.084).
9. Novel Dye + SPE materials for optical humidity sensing.
Prakash Somani*, A. K. Viswanath, R. C. Aiyer, S. Radhakrishnan.
Organic Electronics 2/2 (2001) 83 - 88 (TC = 40, IF = 3.399).
10. Charge transfer complex forming dyes incorporated in solid polymer electrolyte for optical humidity sensing.
Prakash Somani*, A. K. Viswanath, R. C. Aiyer, S. Radhakrishnan.
Sensors and Actuators B : Chemical 80/2 (2001) 141 - 148. (TC = 70, IF = 5.401).
11. Charge transport processes in conducting polypyrrole / Prussian Blue bilayers.
Prakash Somani*, S. Radhakrishnan.
Materials Chemistry and Physics 76/1 (2002) 15 - 19 (TC = 37, IF = 2.084).
12. Sensitization effect in conducting polyaniline by Rhodamine 6G.
Prakash Somani*, S. Radhakrishnan
Journal of Materials Science : Materials in Electronics 13 (2002) 735 -74 (TC = 7, IF = 2.019).
13. Synthesis and characterization of polyaniline dispersions.
Prakash R. Somani *
Materials Chemistry and Physics 77/1 (2003) 81 - 85 (TC = 81, IF = 2.084).
14. Electrochromic materials and devices : present and future (Review Article).
Prakash Somani *, S. Radhakrishnan.
Materials Chemistry and Physics 77/1 (2003)117-133 (TC = 694, IF = 2.084).
ScienceDirect TOP 25 Hottest Articles (Jul. – Sept. 2004; Oct. – Dec. 2004; Jan. – Mar. 2005; Oct. – Dec. 2005).
Top 20 Highly Cited Publications in Materials Science from India during 1999 – 2008 (B. S. Kademani, A. Sagar, K. Bhanumurthy, Malaysian Journal of Library and Information Science, Volume 16, No. 2, August 2011, pp 63-82).
Cited in Nature (3, 2012, DOI:10.1038/ncomms1799); Nature Materials (2, 2008, 795 - 799); Nature Communications (Jan. 2016, DOI: 10.1038/ncomms10479) and other prominent journals.
15. Solid state electrochemical reaction in photocells made using conducting polyaniline and sensitized with methylene blue.
Prakash Somani *, S. Radhakrishnan.
Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry, 7 (2003) 166 -170 (TC =7, IF = 2.316).
16. Thermal degradation properties of SPE (PVA+H3PO4) / methylene blue composites.
Prakash Somani *, R. Marimuthu, A. K. Viswanath, S. Radhakrishnan.
Polymer Degradation and Stability, 79/1 (2003) 77-83 (TC = 64, IF = 3.386).
17. Sensitization effect in the doped and undoped state of polypyrrole by methylene blue in solid state electrochemical cells.
Prakash Somani *, S. Radhakrishnan.
Chemical Physics Letters 379 / 5-6 (2003) 401- 405 (TC = 13, IF = 1.815).
18. Effect of solid polymer electrolyte on the sensitization of photocurrents in solid state electrochemical cells using conducting polypyrrole.
Prakash Somani *, S. Radhakrishnan.
J. Material Science : Materials in Electronics 15 (2004) 75 - 79 (TC=2, IF = 2.019).
19. Solid state dye PV cells using opal inverse TiO2 films.
Prakash Somani, C. Dionigi, M. Murga, D. Palles, P. Nozar, G. Ruani.
Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells 87/1-4 (2005) 513 (TC = 75, IF = 4.784).
ScienceDirect TOP 25 Hottest Articles (Apr. - Jun. 2005).
20. Nanostructured hydrogenated amorphous carbon films doped with nitrogen on p-Si.
Prakash Somani *, A. Yoshida, R. A. Afre, S. Adhikary, T. Soga, M. Umeno.
Physica Status Solidi (a) 203/8 (2006) 1982 - 1991. (TC = 12, IF = 1.775).
21. Planer nano-graphenes from camphor by CVD.
Prakash R. Somani *, S. P. Somani, M. Umeno.
Chemical Physics Letters 430 (2006) 56 - 59 (TC = 277, IF = 1.185).
ScienceDirect TOP 25 Hottest Articles (Oct. - Dec. 2006).
First paper and work in the world on ‘CVD synthesis of Graphene’
22. Concept and Demonstration of all organic Gratzel solar cell (Dye Sensitized Solar Cell).
Prakash R. Somani *, S. P. Somani, M. Umeno, A. Sato.
Applied Physics Letters 89 (2006) 083501-1 to 083501-3 (TC = 6, IF = 3.411).
TOP 50 Most Downloaded Articles (September 2006).
Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science and Technology 14/10 (2006).
23. Carbon Nanotubes by spray pyrolysis of turpentine oil at different temperatures and their studies.
R. A. Afre, T. Soga, T. Jimbo, M. Kumar, Y. Ando, M. Sharon, Prakash R. Somani, M. Umeno.
Microporous and Mesoporous Materials 96 (2006) 184 - 190 (TC = 78, IF = 3.615).
24. Improving photovoltaic response of poly(3-hexylthiophene)/n-Si heterojunction by incorporating double walled carbon nanotubes.
S. P. Somani, Prakash R. Somani *, E. Flahaut, M. Umeno.
Applied Physics letters 89 (2006) 223505 (TC = 50, IF = 3.411).
Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science and Technology 14/24 (2006).
25. Field electron emission of Double Walled Carbon Nanotube film prepared by drop casting method.
Prakash R. Somani *, S. P. Somani, S. P. Lau, E. Flahaut, M. Tanemura, M. Umeno.
Solid State Electronics 51 (2007) 788 - 792 (TC = 23, IF = 1.58).
Cited by Nobel Laurate - Sir, Prof. A. G. MacDiarmid (2009) in J. Nanosci. and Nanotech. 9/1 (2009) 567 - 571.
26. Improving photovoltaic response of Poly(3-octylthiophene)/n-Si heterojunction by incorporating double walled carbon nanotubes.
Prakash R. Somani *, S. P. Somani, E. Flahaut, M. Umeno.
Nanotechnology 18 (2007) 185708 -1 to 185708 - 5 (TC = 31, IF = 3.44).
27. Self vertically aligned conical carbon nanofibers by pulsed discharge plasma chemical vapor deposition and its field electron emission.
Prakash R. Somani *, S. P. Somani, A. Yoshida, T. Suzuki, M. Noda, M. Tanemura, S. P. Lau, M. Umeno.
Physica Status Solidi (a) 204/9 (2007) 3096 - 3101 (TC = 2, IF = 1.775).
28. Towards organic thick film solar cells: Three dimensional bulk heterojunction organic thick film solar cell using fullerene single crystal nanorods.
Prakash R. Somani *, S. P. Somani, M. Umeno.
Applied Physics Letters 91 (2007) 173503-1 to 173503-3 (TC = 60, IF = 3.411).
Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science and Technology 16/19 (2007).
TOP 20 Most Downloaded Articles (October 2007).
29. Nitrogen induced nanostructure formation in hydrogenated amorphous carbon films doped with nitrogen.
Prakash R. Somani *, A. Yoshida, S. Adhikary, M. Umeno.
Physica E : Low Dimensional Systems and Nanostructures 40/3 (2008) 709-713 (TC = 1, IF = 2.221).
30. Carbon nanocapsules encapsulating cobalt nanoparticles by pulsed discharge plasma chemical vapor deposition.
Prakash R. Somani *, S. P. Somani, M. Noda, M. Umeno.
Diamond and Related Materials 17 (2008) 576 - 580 (TC = 7, IF = 2.561).
31. Double walled carbon nanotubes incorporated donor-acceptor type organic photovoltaic devices using poly(3-octylthiophene) and fullerene (C60).
Prakash R. Somani *, S. P. Somani, E. Flahaut, G. Kalita, M. Umeno.
Japanese Journal of Applied Physics - Special Issue on Molecular Electronics and Bioelectronics, 47/2 (2008) 1219 - 1222 (TC = 13, IF = 1.122).
Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science and Technology 17/10 (2008).
32. Field electron emission of multiwalled carbon nanotubes and carbon nanofibers grown from camphor.
Prakash R. Somani *, S. P. Somani, A. Yoshida, M. Tanemura, S. P. Lau and M. Umeno.
Solid State Electronics 52 (2008) 941 - 945 (TC = 3, IF = 1.58).
33. Photocarrier injection effect in hydrogenated amorphous carbon doped with nitrogen / p-silicon heterostructures.
Prakash R. Somani *, S. P. Somani, M. Umeno.
Physica E : Low Dimensional Systems and Nanostructures 40/8 (2008) 2783 - 2786 (TC = 1, IF = 2.221).
34. Single crystals of Fullerene (C60) makes organic thick film solar cells and self-supporting organic solar cells possible.
Prakash R. Somani *, S. P. Somani, M. Umeno.
Carbon - Science and Technology 1 (2008) 1 - 3 (TC = 1).
35. Carbon Nanotube incorporation: A new route to improve the performance of organic-inorganic heterojunction Solar Cells.
Prakash R. Somani *, S. P. Somani, M. Umeno.
Diamond and Related Materials 17 (2008) 585 - 588 (TC = 33, IF = 2.561).
36. Taguchi optimization of device parameters for Fullerene and Poly(3-octylthiophene) based heterojunction photovoltaic devices.
G. Kalita, S. Adhikari, H. R. Aryal, Prakash R. Somani, S. P. Somani, M. Sharon and M. Umeno.
Diamond and Related Materials 17 (2008) 799 - 803 (TC = 2, IF = 2.561).
37. Room temperature synthesis and characterization of cobalt-doped carbon nanofibers.
D. Takeuchi, Z. P. Wang, A. Miyawaki, K. Yamaguchi, Y. Suzuki, M. Tanemura, Y. Hayashi and Prakash R. Somani .
Diamond and Related Materials 17 (2008) 581 - 584 (TC = 6, IF = 2.561).
38. Application of metal nanoparticles decorated carbon nanotubes in photovoltaics.
Prakash R. Somani , Savita P. Somani, M. Umeno
Applied Physics Letters 93 (2008) 033315 - 1 - 3 (TC = 50, IF = 3.411).
39. Carbon Nanofibers and multiwalled carbon nanotubes from camphor and their field electron emission.
Prakash R. Somani *, S. P. Somani, A. Yoshida, M. Tanemura, S. P. Lau and M. Umeno.
Current Applied Physics 9/1 (January 2009) 144 - 150 (TC = 25, IF = 1.971).
Research Highlight as ‘Camphor Nanotubes’ in NATURE INDIA, DOI:10.1038/nindia.2008.321 Published online 20 November 2008. Web site : http://www.natureasia.com/en/nindia/article/10.1038/nindia.2008.321
40. Platinum and Ruthenium nanoparticles decorated multi-walled carbon nanotubes as electrodes for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells.
Prakash R. Somani *, S. P. Somani, A. Sato and M. Umeno.
Diamond and Related Materials 18 (2009) 497 - 500 (TC = 27, IF = 2.561).
41. Is ‘Vacuum annealing converts p-type single wall carbon nanotube field effect transistor (in air) to n-type (in vacuum) is universally true’ (?)
Prakash R. Somani *, A. Kobayashi, Y. Ohno, S. Kishimoto, T. Mizutani.
Carbon - Science and Technology 2 (2009) 98 - 102.
42. Carbon Nanobeads from Brassica Oil : Synthesis and Characterization.
D. E. Kshirsagar, V. Puri, M. Sharon, S. Jaybhaye, R. A. Afre, Prakash R. Somani, M. Sharon.
Advanced Science Letters 2 (2009) 388 - 390 (TC = 3).
43. Pressure sensitive multifunctional solar cells using carbon nanotubes.
Prakash R. Somani *
Applied Physics Letters 96 (2010) 173504 (TC = 9, IF = 3.411).
44. Simultaneous waste water purification via photocatalysis and seed germination.
S. A. Sawant, A. Nene, S. P. Somani, S. K. Omanwar, Prakash R. Somani *
Green and Sustainable Chemistry 3 (2013) 129 - 133.
45. Indian Edible Chuna (Calcium oxide / hydroxide) as a Green Photocatalyst .
S. A. Sawant, S. P. Somani, A. H. Jadhav, A. Nene, S. K. Omanwar and Prakash R. Somani *
Journal of Green Science and Technology (ASP) - 1/1 (2013) 2 - 5 (TC = 13).
46. Antibacterial activity of Prussian Blue .
A. K. Roy, S. P. Somani, A. Nene, Bipinraj N. K., Prakash R. Somani *
Journal of Green Science and Technology (ASP) - 1/1 (2013) 27 - 29.
47. Environment-friendly synthesis of nano-structured conducting polyaniline using Lemon juice.
N. A. R. Deshpande, S. P. Somani, S. D. Chakane, P. G. Saptarshi, and Prakash R. Somani *
Journal of Green Science and Technology (ASP) - 1/2 (2013) 127 - 130.
48. Photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue dye in distilled and sea water using Indian Edible Chuna (Calcium oxide / hydroxide) as photocatalyst.
S. A. Sawant, S. P. Somani, S. K. Omanwar, Prakash R. Somani *
Advanced Science, Engineering and Medicine (ASP) - 6/2 (2014) 227-230 (TC= 3).
49. Volatile organic compounds are ghosts for organic solar cells .
Prakash R. Somani *, S. P. Somani, M. Umeno
Journal of Nanoelectronics and Optoelectronics 6/4 (2014) 04010-1 to 04010-2
50. Chemical and photocatalytic degradation of crystal violet dye by Indian edible chuna (Calcium oxide/hydroxide).
S. A. Sawant, S. P. Somani, S. K. Omanwar, Prakash R. Somani
Journal of Green Science and Technology - 2/1 (2015) 45 - 48.
51. Synthesis and characterization of graphene - Fe3O4 nanocomposite.
A. Nene, M. Takahashi, Prakash R. Somani, H. R. Aryal, K. Wakita, M. Umeno
Carbon - Science and Technology 8/1 (2016) 13 - 24.
52. Fe3O4 and Fe nanoparticles by chemical reduction of Fe(acac)3 by ascrobic acid: Role of water .
A. G. Nene, M. Takahashi, Prakash R. Somani
World Journal of Nanoscience and Engineering 6 (2016) 20 - 28. (TC= 4).
53. Near-infrared down-conversion in Ce3+-Yb3+ co-doped YAG .
Niraj S. Sawala, Prakash R. Somani, and S. K. Omanwar
Journal of Material Science: Materials in Electronics (Published August 2016). DOI 10.1007/s10854-016-5503-4 (IF=2.019; TC= 4).

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Presented in National / International Conferences / Workshops :

1. Conducting polymers sensitized with organic dyes: New materials for electronics and optoelectronics.
S. Radhakrishnan, S. D. Deshpande, Prakash R. Somani
Presented in IUMRS-ICA-98, Bangalore, INDIA.
2. Electrochromism and photoconductivity of conducting polypyrrole sensitized with organic dyes.
Prakash R. Somani and S. Radhakrishnan
Presented in Raman Memorial Conference-97, Physics Department, Pune University, Pune, INDIA.
3. Optoelectronic properties of conducting polypyrrole sensitized with organic dyes.
Prakash R. Somani and S. Radhakrishnan
Presented in a National Conference at BARC - 1998, Mumbai, INDIA.
4. Charge transport processes in conducting polypyrrole sensitized with Prussian Blue.
Prakash R. Somani and S. Radhakrishnan
Presented in “Ninth National Convention of Electrochemists (NCE-IX), 26 - 27 Nov. 1999, Surat India.
5. Conducting polymer based electrochromic display devices.
Prakash R. Somani, A. B. Mandale, S. Radhakrishnan
Presented in “Raman Memorial Conference-99”, Physics Department, Pune University (10 -11 Dec. 1999).
6. Study and development of conducting polymer based electrochromic display devices.
Prakash R. Somani
Presented in “87th Indian Science Congress”, Pune University, Pune-411 007 (3-7 Jan. 2000) under “ISCA Young Scientists Award Programm”.
7. Study of conducting polymer composites for pressure sensor applications.
Prakash R. Somani
Presented in “7th National Seminar on Physics and Technology of Sensors”, Pune University, Pune-411 007 (14 -16 Feb. 2000) INDIA.
8. Dye sensitized conducting polymers for photosensor applications.
Prakash R. Somani, D. P. Amalnerkar, S. Radhakrishnan
Presented in “7th National Seminar on Physics and Technology of Sensors”, Pune University, Pune-411 007 (14-16 Feb. 2000) INDIA.
9. Thickness dependence of optical humidity sensing in solid polymer electrolyte.
Anu Pillai, Prakash R. Somani, R. C. Aiyer
Presented in “9th National Seminar on Physics and Technology of Sensors”, The Institute of Engineers, Pune-411 005 (4-6 March 2002) INDIA.
10. Solid state dye PV cells using opal inverse TiO2 films.
G. Ruani, C. Dionigi, M. Murga, D. Palles, P. Nozar, Prakash R. Somani, and A. Migliori
Presented in “International Conference on the Physics, Chemistry and Engineering of Solar Cells (SCELLS-2004)”, Badajoz (13-15 May, 2004) Spain.
11. Vertically aligned conical carbon nanofibers: Synthesis and Field emission.
Prakash R. Somani, S. P. Somani, T. Yoshida, T. Suzuki, A. Yoshida, M. Noda and M. Umeno.
Presented in “7th International Conference on The Science and Applications of Nanotubes, Nanotube 2006 (NT06)”, Nagano (18-23 June) Japan.
12. Synthesis of Carbon Nanotubes with narrow diameter-distribution by spray pyrolysis of a natural precursor: Turpentine oil.
P. Ghosh, R. A. Afre, Prakash R. Somani, M. Umeno, T. Jimbo, T. Soga.
Presented in “7th International Conference on The Science and Applications of Nanotubes, Nanotube 2006 (NT06)”, Nagano (18-23 June) Japan.
13. Properties and applications of carbon materials and their comparison with ZnO.
M. Umeno , Prakash R. Somani.
Invited Talk by Prof. M. Umeno at India-Japan workshop (IJW - 2006) on “ZnO Materials and Devices”, Department of Electronics Science, University of Delhi South Campus, New Delhi - 110021, India (18 - 20 Dec. 2006).
14. Double walled carbon nanotubes incorporated donor-acceptor type organic photovoltaic devices using poly(3-octylthiophene) and fullerene (C60).
Prakash R. Somani, S. P. Somani, G. Kalita, M. Umeno.
Presented at “4th International Conference on Molecular Electronics and Bioelectronics (M-BE4)”, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan (14 -16 March 2007).
15. Proton exchange membrane fuel cell with multiwalled carbon nanotube based electrodes.
S. P. Somani, Prakash R. Somani, A. Sato, M. Umeno.
Presented at “4th International Conference on Molecular Electronics and Bioelectronics (M-BE4)”, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan (14 - 16 March 2007).
16. Carbon nanofibers and multiwalled carbon nanotubes from camphor and their field electron emission.
Prakash R. Somani, S. P. Somani, A. Yoshida, M. Tanemura, S. P. Lau, M. Umeno.
Presented at “4th International Conference on Molecular Electronics and Bioelectronics (M-BE4)”, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan (14 - 16 March 2007).
17. Carbon nanocapsules encapsulating cobalt nanoparticles by pulsed discharge plasma chemical vapor deposition: synthesis and study.
Prakash R. Somani, S. P. Somani, M. Noda, M. Umeno.
Presented at “International Conference on New Diamond and Nano Carbons (NDNC 2007)”, Senri Life Science Centre, Osaka, Japan (28 - 31 May 2007).
18. Improving photovoltaic response of poly(3-octylthiophene) / n-Si heterojunction by incorporating multi-walled carbon nanotubes.
S. P. Somani, Prakash R. Somani, M. Umeno.
Presented at “International Conference on New Diamond and Nano Carbons (NDNC 2007)”, Senri Life Science Centre, Osaka, Japan (28 - 31 May 2007).
19. Fabrication and investigation of heterojunction photovoltaic device based on fullerene (C60) and poly(3-octylthiophene).
G. Kalita, Prakash R. Somani, S. Somani, M. Umeno.
Presented at “International Conference on New Diamond and Nano Carbons (NDNC 2007)”, Senri Life Science Centre, Osaka, Japan (28 - 31 May 2007).
20. Nano-sized single crystals of Fullerene: New Material for bulk heterojunction donor-acceptor type 3D solar cells.
Savita P. Somani, Prakash R. Somani, M. Umeno.
Presented at “17th International Photovoltaic Science and Engineering Conference (PVSEC-17)”, Fukuoka International Congress Centre, Fukuoka, Japan (3 - 7 December 2007).
21. Microstructure and optical properties of carbon films deposited by pulsed discharge plasma CVD.
M. Noda, T. Yoshida, Prakash R. Somani, M. Umeno.
Presented at “17th International Photovoltaic Science and Engineering Conference (PVSEC-17)”, Fukuoka International Congress Centre, Fukuoka, Japan (3 - 7 December 2007).
22. New concepts in organic solar cells using carbon nanomaterials
Prakash R. Somani, S. P. Somani, M. Umeno.
Talk Presented at “Carbon 2008: International Conference on Carbon and World Conference on Carbon”, Nagano, Japan (13 - 18 July 2008).
23. N-type single walled carbon nanotube FETs with Sm as contact electrodes.
Prakash R. Somani, A. Kobayashi, Y. Ohno, S. Kishimoto, T. Mizutani
Talk Presented at “Japan Society of Applied Physics (JSAP) 69th Autumn Meeting 2008”, Chubu University, Japan (2 - 5 September 2008).
24. Platinum and Ruthenium nanoparticles decorated multi-walled carbon nanotubes as electrodes for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells.
Savita P. Somani, Prakash R. Somani, H. Uchida, A. Sato, M. Umeno
Presented at “Japan Society of Applied Physics (JSAP) 69th Autumn Meeting 2008”, Chubu University, Japan (2 - 5 September 2008).
25. Improving efficiency of Organic Solar Cells by incorporating metal nanoparticles.
A. Nene, Prakash R. Somani, S. P. Somani, M. Umeno
Presented at “National Seminar on New Challenges in Chemistry and Nanoscience (NCCNS - 2012)”, Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune, India (13 - 14 February 2012).
26. Scratch Resistant Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) coatings on aluminum-rich alloy substrates.
S. P. Somani, Prakash R. Somani, M. Umeno
Presented at “National Seminar on Recent Trends in Chemical and Material Science (RTCMS - 2013)”, Y. M. College, Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune, India (12 - 13 January 2013).
27. Simultaneous photocatalytic treatment of waste water and seed germination - First Experiment Understanding.
S. A. Sawant, A. Nene, S. P. Somani, S. K. Omanwar, Prakash R. Somani
Presented at “Raman Memorial Conference - 2013 (RMC-2013)”, Physics Department, Pune University, Pune, India (22 - 23 February 2013).
28. Antibacterial Activity of Prussian Blue.
A. Kumar, S. P. Somani, A. Nene, Bipinraj N. K., Prakash R. Somani
Presented at “Raman Memorial Conference - 2013 (RMC-2013)”, Physics Department, Pune University, Pune, India (22 - 23 February 2013).
29. Invention of two NEW multifunctional Electronic Devices.
Prakash R. Somani
Presented at “DAE - BRNS Conference on Organic Devices: The Future Ahead (ODeFA - 2014)” March 3 - 6, 2014 at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai, India.
30. Photocatalytic degradation of organic dyes using Indian Edible Chuna as a green photocatalyst.
S. A. Sawant, S. P. Somani, S. K. Omanwar, Prakash R. Somani
Presented at “17th National Symposium in Chemistry (NSC-17) and 9th CRSI-RSC symposium” 5 - 8 February 2015, National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune, India.
31. Photocatalytic degradation of drimaren black dye using Indian Edible Chuna as photocatalyst.
Nidhi R. Bogam, S. P. Somani, Prakash R. Somani
Presented at “17th National Symposium in Chemistry (NSC-17) and 9th CRSI-RSC symposium” 5 - 8 February 2015, National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune, India.
32. Homogeneously integrated photovoltaic-thermal energy conversion and storage system.
Swathi P., Prakash R. Somani, S. K. Shastry
International Conference on Nanomaterials (ICNANO-2016), 21 - 23 April 2016 at VTU, Muddenahalli, Karnataka, India. (Presented by Swathi P.)
33. Wireless automation of catalytic chemical vapor deposition system .
Prathima K., Raveesh S., Prakash R. Somani, S. K. Shastry
International Conference on Nanomaterials (ICNANO-2016), 21 - 23 April 2016 at VTU, Muddenahalli, Karnataka, India. (Presented by Prathima K.)
34. Synthesis and size control of Fe3O4 nanoparticles by reduction of Fe(acac)3 using ascrobic acid.
Ajinkya Nene, Prakash R. Somani
Global Conference on Engineering and Applied Science 2016 (GCEAS-2016), 19 - 21 July 2016, Hokkaido, Japan (Presented by Ajinkya Nene).
35. Synthesis of Fe3O4 nanoparticles by reduction of Fe(acac)3 using ascrobic acid for application in cancer hyperthermia.
Ajinkya G. Nene, Prakash R. Somani, M. Takahashi, K. Wakita, M. Umeno
National Conference on Nanotechnology in Medicine, 8 - 9 September 2017, Chettinad Academy of Research and Education, Chettinad Health City, Kelambakkam, Kanchipuram Dist., Tamil Nadu 603103, India (Presented by Ajinkya Nene).
36. Synthesis and photoluminescence study of Eu3+ doped Ba3(VO4)2 phosphor.
Niraj S. Sawala, Prakash R. Somani, S. K. Omanwar
National Conference on Luminescence and its Applications (NCLA 2018), February 14 - 16, 2018, National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, Trivandrum, India (To be presented by NSS).
37. Synthesis and photoluminescence study of narrow band UVB emitting YF3:Gd3+ phosphor.
A. O. Chauhan, Prakash R. Somani, S. K. Omanwar
National Conference on Luminescence and its Applications (NCLA 2018), February 14 - 16, 2018, National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, Trivandrum, India (To be presented by AOC).

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Invited Seminars / Presentations / Lectures / Talks :

1. Dyes and pigments in organic electronics.
Prakash R. Somani
Seminar at CNR-Institute of Nanostructured Materials Studies (ISMN), Via P. Gobetti, 101, I-40129, Bologna, Italy.
2. Dyes and pigments in organic electronics.
Prakash R. Somani
Invited Seminar at Solid State and Structural Chemistry Unit (SSCU), Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Banglore, 2/1/2004.
3. Dyes and pigments in organic electronics.
Prakash R. Somani
Invited Seminar at School of Physical Sciences (SPS) – Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, 14/12/2004.
4. Carbon Nanomaterials and their applications.
Prakash R. Somani
Invited Seminar at “Tata Research Development and Design Centre (TRDDC)” Pune, India, 28 March 2007.
5. Carbon Nanotube –Conducting Polymer Composites based Solar Cells.
Prakash R. Somani
Invited Lecture “17th International Symposium on Fine Chemistry and Functional Polymers (FCFP-XVII) and 3rd IUPAC International Symposium on Novel Materials and their Synthesis (NMS-III)” 17–21 October 2007, Fudan University, Shanghai, P. R. China.
6. Application of Carbon Nanomaterials for Solar Energy Conversion.
Prakash R. Somani, M. Umeno.
Oral Talk at “17th International Photovoltaic Science and Engineering Conference (PVSEC-17)”, Fukuoka International Congress Centre, Fukuoka, Japan (3 – 7 December 2007).
7. Application of Carbon Nanomaterials for Solar Energy Conversion.
Prakash R. Somani
Invited Talk at “Meeting for the study about future reclamation Solar Battery and Photovoltaic Power Generation Technology”, Nagoya, Japan (27 February 2008).
8. Carbon Nanotechnology for Future Electronics.
Prakash R. Somani
Invited Talk at “Indian Institute for Science Education and Research (IISER) Pune”, Pune, India (18 December 2008).
9. Carbon Nanotechnology
Prakash R. Somani
Invited Talk at “National Conference on Advanced Materials and Technology (NCAMT - 2009)”, Shri Shivaji Science College, Nagpur, India (29 - 30 December 2009).
10. Nanotechnology
Prakash R. Somani
Invited Talk at “Vishwakarma Institute of Technology (VIT)”, Pune, India (2nd April 2011).
11. New concepts in Organic Solar Cells
Prakash R. Somani
Invited Talk at “3rd Indo-German Frontiers of Engineering Symposium”, Khandala, India (16 – 19 June 2011).
12. Application of Nanotechnology for Society (in Marathi).
Prakash R. Somani
Talk delivered as CHIEF GUEST for the Award distribution function for district level science competition by ‘Ahmadnagar District Science Professors Association (Maharashtra State, India)’ on 2nd March 2014 at Akole, Ahmadnagar.
13. Advanced detectors and high efficiency photovoltaic devices
S. K. Shastry and Prakash R. Somani
Talk delivered at ‘Workshop on Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials’ at CABS-DRDO, Bangalore, 22 November 2014.
14. Entrepreneurship: Need of the hour
Prakash R. Somani
Talk delivered at Department of Physics, Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University, Amravati, Maharashtra, India on 13 February 2017.
15. Carbon Nanomaterials: From Silicon to Carbon Valley
Prakash R. Somani
Talk delivered at Department of Basic Sciences, GSSS Institute of Engineering and Technology for Women, KRS Road, Metagalli, Mysuru – 570 016, Karnataka, India on 12th October 2017 as a part of FDP program ‘Recent Trends in Nanoscience and Technology (RTNST-2017)’.

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Popular Science Articles :

1. Fullerene : An Introduction with C60
Prakash Somani
Bull. Of Indian Association of Physics Teachers, Vol.13, No.10, (1996) p.293-297.
2. Physics of Superfine Particles
Prakash Somani
Bull. of Indian Association of Physics Teachers, Vol. 14, No.6, (1997), p.205 – 207.
3. Effects of Radiation
Prakash Somani
Bull. of Indian Association of Physics Teachers, Vol. 12, No. 12, (1996), p. 370 – 374.

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Patents :

1. A process for making conducting polymer based diodes.
Prakash R. Somani and D. P. Amalnerkar
INDIAN PATENT GRANTED, Patent No.: 231077; Inforce (From 10/6/1999 - Till date).
Application No. 859/DEL/1999.
2. Method for producing single crystal graphite.
Prakash R. Somani and M. Umeno
JAPANESE PATENT APPLIED (JP 2008 - 050228).
Application No. 2006-229947, Application Date: 2006/08/26
Publication No. 2008-050228, Publication Date: 2008/03/06
3. An apparatus and process for continuous production of carbon nanomaterial.
(Former title: Continuous production of carbon nanomaterials)
Prakash R. Somani
INDIAN PATENT GRANTED, Patent No.: 267207; Inforce (From 27/03/2008 - Till Date).
Application No. 661/MUM/2008 dated 27/03/2008.

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Invited Book Chapters :

1. “Electrochromic Materials and Devices: Present and Future”, Prakash R. Somani and S. Radhakrishnan in “New Horizons of Physics Series, Volume-I: Physics of Particles, Nuclei and Materials: Recent Trends”, Edited by R. K. Gupta, Narosa Publishing House, New Delhi, India, 2002, Chapter 13, pp 225-247.
2. “Importance of Transmission Electron Microscopy for Carbon Nanomaterials Research”, Prakash R. Somani, and M. Umeno in “Modern Research and Educational Topics in Microscopy (Number 3 of the Microscopy Book Series)”, Ed. A. Mendez-Vilas and J. Diaz, Formatex, Volume - 2 (2007) 634 - 642. (TC = 2)
3. “Approaches for Environmental Friendly, Safe Synthesis and Handling of Carbon Nanotubes”, Prakash R. Somani in “Carbon Nanotubes: Multifunctional Materials”, Edited by Prakash R. Somani and M. Umeno, Applied Science Innovations Private Limited (January 2009) 22 - 42.
4. “Application of Carbon Nanotubes in Photovoltaic Energy Conversion”, Prakash R. Somani, S. P. Somani, M. Umeno in “Carbon Nanotubes: Multifunctional Materials”, Edited by Prakash R. Somani and M. Umeno, Applied Science Innovations Private Limited (January 2009) 144 - 165.
5. “Carbon Nanotube Field Effect Transistors”, T. Mizutani, Y. Ohno and Prakash R. Somani, in “Carbon Nanotubes: Multifunctional Materials”, Edited by Prakash R. Somani and M. Umeno, Applied Science Innovations Private Limited (January 2009) 87 - 119.
6. “Carbon Nanotube based Electrodes for Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells”, Savita P. Somani, Prakash R. Somani, A. Sato, M. Umeno in “Carbon Nanotubes: Multifunctional Materials”, Ed. Prakash R. Somani and M. Umeno, Applied Science Innovations Private Limited (January 2009) 166 - 178.
7. “Synthesis of Carbon Nanomaterials by Pulsed Discharge Plasma Chemical Vapor Deposition”, Savita P. Somani, Prakash R. Somani, M. Umeno, M. Noda, in “Industrial Application of Plasma Processes”, Edited by S. Ikezawa, (ISBN: 978-81-7895-457-8), Volume 2, Transworld Research Network (2009) 57 - 68.
8. “Prussian Blue - Multifunctional Material”, Prakash R. Somani, in “Prussian Blue (s) - Multifunctional Material (s)”, Ed. Prakash R. Somani, Applied Science Innovations Pvt. Ltd., India (2010) 9 - 58.
9. Invited Editorial “Individual Molecules (Molecular Technology) - Next step to Nanotechnology”, Prakash R. Somani for “Research Journal of Chemistry and Environment”, (2013) Published.
10. “Organic / Organic-Inorganic hybrid electrochromic materials and devices”, Prakash Somani in “Optical Properties of Functional Polymers and Nano-Engineering Applications”, Edited by Akshay Kokil and Vaibhav Jain, CRC Press – Taylor and Francis Group, USA (December 2014). (TC = 2).
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Books Edited / Research Journals Edited :

1. Reference Book entitled “Carbon Nanotubes: Multifunctional Materials”, Edited by Prakash R. Somani and M. Umeno, Applied Science Innovations Private Limited, India (January 2009), ISBN: 978-81-906027-0-9.
Forewords by Nobel Laureate Sir Prof. H. Kroto (Nobel Prize in Chemistry - 1996), Florida State University, USA
Recommended Text Book for M. Tech. (Nanotechnology) course at Punjab University, India and Chhattisgarh Swami Vivekananda Technical University, Bhilai (C. G.), India.
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2. Book Series “Multifunctional Materials and Devices”, Series Editor Prakash R. Somani, Applied Science Innovations Private Limited, India (2008).
3. Reference Book entitled “Chromic Materials, Phenomena and their Technological Applications”, Edited by Prakash R. Somani, Applied Science Innovations Private Limited, India (March 2010), ISBN: 978-81-906027-1-6.
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4. Reference Book entitled “Prussian Blue (s): Multifunctional Material (s)”, Edited by Prakash R. Somani, Applied Science Innovations Private Limited, India (2010), ISBN: 978-81-906027-2-3.
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5. Book (Popular Science) entitled “Say NO to Genetically Modified Food”, Prakash R. Somani, Applied Science Innovations Private Limited, India (2010), ISBN: 978-81-906027-6-1.
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6. Special Issue of NANOCON-2012 conference in “Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University Research Journal”, ISSN: 2231-0975, April 2013, Prakash R. Somani (Co-Editor), Publisher - Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University, Pune, India (April 2013).
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Research Papers (Un-Refereed) :

1. Application of carbon nanomaterials for solar energy conversion.
M. Umeno and Prakash R. Somani.
Proceeding of 17th International Photovoltaic Science and Engineering Conference (PVSEC-17), 3 – 7 December 2007, Fukuoka, Japan.
2. Nano-sized single crystals of fullerene: New material for bulk heterojunction donor-acceptor type 3D – solar cells.
S. P. Somani, Prakash R. Somani, M. Umeno.
Proceeding of 17th International Photovoltaic Science and Engineering Conference (PVSEC-17), 3 – 7 December 2007, Fukuoka, Japan
3. Microstructure and optical properties of carbon film deposited by pulsed discharge plasma chemical vapor deposition.
M. Noda, T. Yoshida, Prakash R. Somani, M. Umeno.
Proceeding of 17th International Photovoltaic Science and Engineering Conference (PVSEC-17), 3 – 7 December 2007, Fukuoka, Japan.
4. Proton exchange membrane fuel cell with multiwalled carbon nanotube based Electrodes.
M. Umeno, A. Sato, H. Uchida, Prakash R. Somani, S. P. Somani.
Bulletin, Institute of Science and Technology Research, Chubu University, ISSN : 0915 – 3292, Volume 20 (2008) 31 – 36.
5. Carbon nanotube: A multifunctional material for organic solar cell and polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells.
M. Umeno, H. Uchida, S. P. Somani, Prakash R. Somani, A. Sato.
Journal of Research Institute for Science and Technology, Chubu University, Volume 21 (2009) *** – ***.

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