Dr. K P Zuhail

Assistant Professor

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Academic Qualifications:

  • Ph. D. Physics (2018) University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad
  • M. Sc. Physics (2012) University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad

Research Interests:

Colloids, Liquid crystals and Bio-physics

Academic Positions Held:

  1. Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, University of Calicut (Since February 2021).
  2. Post-doctoral fellow, Jozef stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia ( February 2020 - February 2021).
  3. Adhoc Faculty, Department of Physics, National Institute of Technology, Calicut (July 2019 - February 2020).
  4. Assistant Professor (FIP Substitute), PG and Research Department of Physics, Farook College, Calicut (August 2017 - July 2019. 

Recent Publications:

  1. Papič M, Mur U, Zuhail K P, Ravnik M, Muševič I, Humar M. Topological liquid crystal superstructures as structured light lasers, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 118, 49(2021).
  2. Zuhail K. P., Matjaz Humar and Surajit Dhara, Effect of phase transitions on liquid crystal colloids: A short review, Liquid Crystals Reviews 8, 1(2020).
  3. Muhammed Rasi M., Zuhail K.P., Arun Roy and Surajit Dhara, N-SmA-Smc phase transitions probed by a pair of elastically bound colloids, Physical Review E 97, 032702 (2018).
  4. K. P. Zuhail and Surajit Dhara, Effect of temperature and electric field on 2D nematic colloidal crystals stablised by vortex-like topological defects, Soft Matter 12, 6812(2016).
  5. M. V. Rasna, K. P. Zuhail, U. Ramudu, R. Chandrasekar and Surajit Dhara, Dynamics of electro-orientation of birefringent microsheets in isotropic and nematic liquid  crystals, Physical Review E 94, 032701 (2016).
  6. K. P. Zuhail,  S. Čopar, M. Škarabot, Muševič  and Surajit Dhara, Spherical microparticles with Saturn ring defects and their self-assemb ly across the nematic to smectic-A phase transition, Physical Review E 92, 052501 (2015).
  7. K. P. Zuhail and Surajit Dhara, Temperature dependence of equilibrium separation and lattice parameter s of nematic boojum-colloids, Applied Physics Letters 106, 211901 (2015).
  8. K. P. Zuhail, P. Sathyanarayana, D. Seč, S. Čopar, M. Škarabot, Muševič and S. Dhara, Topological defect transformation and structural transition of two-dimensional colloidal crystals across the nematic to smectic-A phase transition, Physical Review E 91, 030501(R) (2015).
  9. M. V. Rasna, K. P. Zuhail, R. Manda, P. Paik, W. Haase, and Surajit Dhara, Discontinuous anchoring transition and photothermal switching in composites of liquid crystals and conducting polymer nanofibers, Physical Review E 89, 052503 (2014).
  10. D. Venkata Sai, K. P. Zuhail, Rudraditya Sarkar and Surajit Dhara, Structure–property correlation of bicyclohexane nematic  liquid  crystals, Liquid Crystals 42, 328 (2015).
  11. M. V. Rasna, K. P. Zuhail, U. Ramudu, R. Chandrasekar and Surajit Dhara, Orientation, interaction and laser assisted self-assembly of organic single-crystal micro-sheets in a nematic liquid crystal, Soft Matter 11, 7674 (2015).

Awards and Honors:

  • DST SERB Start-up Research Grant (SRG) for the project "Microswimmers in Anisotropic Liquid" - 30 lakhs
  • SEED Project Grant by University of Calicut for the project "Study of shape dependent colloidal interactions in nematic liquid crystals" - 2.6 lakhs
  • Slovenian Research Agency grant for the project "Liquid Crystal Microdroplet lasers for sensing inside live cells" - 150015.84 Euros.
  • Junior/Senior Research Fellowship (CSIR-UGC), India


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