Dr. Udit Narayan Pal

Principal Scientist (CSIR-CEERI) & Associate Prof. (AcSIR)

Work Email: udit@ceeri.res.in
Personal Email: paludit@gmail.com
Mobile: 9772975628, 6375272476
EPBX Office: 2224
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Academic Qualifications:

  • B.E. (2003, E&C Engg., MMMUT, Gorakhpur)
  • M.Tech. (2006, Microwave Engg., IIT, BHU)
  • Ph.D. (2014, Plasma Physics, BIT, Mesra)

Title of Ph.D. thesis: Analysis and Optimization of Discharge Parameters for Efficient Dielectric Barrier Discharge (DBD) based VUV/UV Sources.

Areas of Research Interest:

DBD and cold atmospheric pressure plasma devices and technologies for food, biomedical, and plasma medicine applications; high power plasma switches (cold cathode Pseudospark Switch (PSS) and hot cathode Thyratron) for fast pulsed power applications; high density and energetic short pulsed electron beam generation through gaseous discharges for microwave and surface modification applications; and portable and tunable extreme ultraviolet (EUV)/soft X-ray sources for surface modification of biomaterials and radiography.

Technologies Developed:

DBD based mercury free plasma UV-lamps for water purification, High current density plasma cathode electron (PCE) guns, High power plasma switches: 35kV/3kA Thyratron and 40kV/5kA Pseudospark switch (PSS), and Plasma assisted compact microwave source ‘PASOTRON’.

Technology Transferred:

Large volume penning discharge source for VUVspectrometer calibration, mercury free plasma UV-lamp for water purification, and 35kV/3kA Thyratrons for line type pulse modulator applications in LINACS.

Technologies are being Developed:

High voltage (~70kV/10kA) and High current (~20kV/200kA) Pseudospark Switch (PSS), High power (~35kV/10kA) Thyratrons, PS discharge based portable and tunable EUV/X-ray sources.

Project Grants:

CSIR X/XI/XII FYP; CSIR-ILP; BRNS-DAE; DST, BRFST-DAE; CSIR-DLR collaboration (PI: 6 Projects, Co-PI:03, Member:03)


3 Indian patents on three different technologies have been filed,

  1.  N. Kumar, U. N. Pal, et. Al, “A Novel Sheet-beam Plasma Cathode Electron (SPCE) Gun and its Beam Diagnostic using Innovative Dielectric Charging Technique” published in India Patent Journal on 03/07/2015, Issue no.:27/2015. (Application No.: 2017/DEL/2014A; Date of filing: 17th July, 2014)
  2.  Ram Prakash, Pooja Gulati, U. N. Pal, et. al, “A novel dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) based portable UV/VUV source for water disinfection” Indian Patent, Application No., 797/DEL/2015 dated 23/3/2015.
  3.  R. P. Lamba , B.L. Meena, H. Rahaman, Niraj Kumar, U. N. Pal and Ram Prakash, “A 20 kV/20 kA Linear Aperture Radial Multichannel Pseudospark Switch (LARM-PSS) for High Current Applications” Indian patent, Application No.: 1220/DEL/2015 dated 1st May, 2015.

Papers Published:

48 (IEEE Trans.14, Nature Group:01, AIP: 08, IOP:03, Springer:08, IJPAP:02, EPJAP:01, Cambridge: 01, J. Phys.: Confe. Ser.: 10)
(Google Scholar Citations:489, h-index:14, i10-index:17, Researchgate Score:27.23)

Papers presented in International and National Conferences :141

Books Chapters:

Two book chapters have been published in New India Publishing Agency, New Delhi (ISBN: 978-93-83305-33-9) and Applied Academic Press, USA (ISBN: 9781771881272), respectively.

Invite Talks:

Delivered 21 invited talks/colloquium talks (Indian:16 and Abroad:5)

Visit Abroad:

Visited to University of Erlangen, Germany; University of Frankfurt, Germany; GSI, Darmstadt, Germany; University of Karlsruhe, Germany, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK, and Orlando, Florida, USA.

Event Organizing Capacity:

Convener of one-day scientific meet on Plasma Assisted Devices (SMPAD-2010) on 22 October 2010 and Co-Convener of 2nd PSSI-Plasma Scholars’ Colloquium (PSC-2013) & National Workshop on Plasma Devices Technology, July 22-24, 2013.

As Ph.D. Guide:

Currently supervising four PhD researchers and supervised two Ph.D. scholars.

As a Dissertation Guide:

Guided 11 M. Tech./MS students and 32 B. Tech./M. Sc. students for their project works.

Management Capacity:

  1. Manager of CEERI Vidya Mandir (CVM) Pilani, one of the best co- educational Sr. Sec. School affiliated to CBSE in Pilani.
  2. Playing different roles in national professional societies, chapters and institutional societies.
  3. Vice President, CSIR-CEERI Staff Club.
  4. Member Executive Committee of IEEE Rajasthan Sub-Section from Dec 2017.

International collaboration:

Visited two times to University of Frankfurt/Erlangen, Germany to participate in the experimental programme on DBD based VUV/UV sources under CSIR-DLR Collaborative Program. Plays significant role in exploring the scientific collaboration between CSIR-CEERI and University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK on high power plasma filled microwave sources.

R&D Experience: 16 Years
I have been working as scientist in various capacities at CSIR-CEERI, Pilani since January, 2005.

Awards and Honours:

  1. Awarded Raman Research Fellowship-2019-20 to work at University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK.
  2. Received Foundation Day Award for the Recognition of Excellence in Research at CSIR-CEERI for the Year 2018 for the project work entitled “Pseudospark Discharged Electron Beam Driven Compact Plasma Assisted Slow Wave Oscillator” on 21st Sept. 2018.
  3. Awarded INSA, India – RSE, Scotland, Exchange of Scientists Programme, fellowship to Visit University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland during 7-22, July 2018.
  4. Received CSIR Young Scientist Award-2015 in Physical Sciences (including instrumentation).
  5. Received Buti Young Scientist award 2012.
  6. Received best paper award (2nd Prize) in the theme Strategic Applications of Young Scientist’ Conclave in “India International Science Festival” Dec. 2016.
  7. Received 3rd Prize for paper presentation “First International Conference on Plasma Processing of Organic Materials and Polymers” Nov. 25-27, 2011, Kottayam Kerala.
  8. Received “Bharat Jyoti Award” India International Friendship Society in 2011.
  9. In addition to above awards, I have also contributed in the 9 research papers which have been awarded best contributions in National and International conferences.

Membership of Professional Body/Academies:

S. No. Name of the Body Duration
1. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Senior Member
2. The institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering , (IETE) Life Fellow
3. Vacuum Electron Devices and Applications (VEDA) Life Fellow
4. The National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI) Life Member
5. Plasma Science Society of India (PSSI) Life Member
6. Indian Vacuum Society (IVS) Life Member
7. The Indian Physical Society (IPS) Life Member
8. Vijnana Bharati (Vibha) Life Member


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