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Dr. Padmaja Guggilla

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Nanophotonics, Biophotonics, SERS, Nanolithography, Pyroelectric materials, Infrared Sensors, Condensed matter physics, Crystal Growth, Thin film and Thick film technology, Composite Films, Nanotechnology.

Office: 123 V. M. Chambers Bld.
Phone: (256) 372-8141
E-Mail: padmaja.guggilla [at]

Active Grants

PI: Physics Research Experience for Undergraduates at AAMU from
National Science Foundation. 2016-2019 ($270,000)

S-STEM Grant from National Science Foundation. 2012-2017 ($599,999)

 PI: DHS-BS Grant from Department of Homeland Security. 2011-2017 ($483,768)

Co-PI: Enhancing STEM Freshman Education Grant from US Department of Education. 2015-2018 ($360,000) 

Senior Personnel: RISE Grant from National Science Foundation. 2016-2019 ($999,999)​

Grants Received

EPSCoR RII C2 A&M Subcontract. 2012-2013 ($46,423) 

    PI: Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) from National Science Foundation. 2013-2016 ($268,000)

    Co-I: RISE Grant from
National Science Foundation. 2009 -2012($1,000,000)

    Co-I: HBCU Substance Abuse Treatment Workforce Development from
Morehouse School of Medicine. 2008 Mini Grant ($8000)


  1.     Recipient of the " Faculty of the Year-Overall Award2013-2014" from College of Engineering, Technology and 
  2.     Physical Sciences.
  3.     Recipient of the "Most Effective New faculty of the Year 2008-2009" from School of Arts and Sciences, 
  4.     AAMU.
  5.     Nominated for the "Best Teacher Scholar of the Year 2008-2009"from School of Arts and Sciences, AAMU.

Synergistic Activities

    Served on the NSF-Proposals panelist (2016).   
    Invited as speaker at
Energy, Materials and Nanotechnology (EMN) Conference, University of Central Florida,   
    Orlando, FL

    Associate Editor of Versita (Emerging Science Publisher) Open Access journal publisher (2012-2014).
     Invited as speaker at the colloquium talk at University of Alabama at Huntsville (2012).
Served on the NSF-GRFP panelist and DoD-NDSEG panelist from 2012.
    Served on the judge panel of AAMU Robotics Competition in LEGO at AAMU in  Fall-2012.

    Served on judge panel for AAS Gorgas Scholarship since 2010 (04 years)

    Invited to review proposals and technical papers for Federal funding agencies and various reputed Journals. 
    (2009-till date)

    Invited as speaker to give a talk on Transition from F1 to H1 at Asha Kiran Non-Profit Organization, Huntsville, AL.

Book Chapters:

Padmaja Guggilla, Ashok Batra. “Novel Electroceramic: Polymer Composites - Preparation, Properties and Applications”, Composite Materials/Book 3, ISBN 978-953-307-352-1, Edited by: John Cuppoletti, InTech - Open Access Publisher, August, 2011.

NASA Technical Memorandum:
M. D. Aggarwal, A. K. Batra, M. E. Edwards, P. Guggilla, B.G. Penn, J. R. Currie Jr, “Pyroelectric Materials for Uncooled Infrared Detectors: Processing, Properties and Applications” NASA Technical Memorandum (2010) (Authors’ names in alphabetical order).

Journal and Conference Proceedings:
Efficient Planar Perovskite Solar Cell by Spray and Brush Solution-Processing Methods, Ashwith Kumar Chilvery ; Padmaja Guggilla ; Ashok K. Batra ; Dyaneshwar D. Gaikwad ; James R. Currie, J. Photon. Energy ( 2015)


Dielectric Surface Currents and Dielectric Constant Measurements of Pure and Multi-walled Carbon Nanotubes (MWCNT) Doped Polyvinyl Alcohol Thin Films, Matthew Edwards, Padmaja Guggilla, Afef Janen, Jemilia Polius, Stephen Egarievwe, Michael Curley, American Journal of Materials Science  (2015)


Perovskites: Transforming Photovoltaics, a Mini-Review, Ashwith Kumar Chilvery, Ashok K Batra, Bin Yang, Kai Xiao, Padmaja Guggilla, Mohan D Aggarwal, Raja Surabhi, Ravi B Lal, James R Currie, Benjamin G Penn, J. Photon. Energy (2015)


Determining the electrical mechanism of the surface resistivity property of doped polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and the pyroelectric property of polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) thin films, Matthew Edwards; Afef Janen; Padmaja Guggilla; Jemelia Polius; Jade Douglas; Michael Curley, Infrared Sensors, Devices, and Applications V (2015)


Micro-and nano-structured metal oxides based chemical sensors: an overview, Ashok K Batra, AK Chilvery, Padmaja Guggilla, Mohan Aggarwal, James R Currie , Journal of Nanoscience Nanotechnology (2014)


Characterization of polymeric composite films with MWCNT and Ag nanoparticles , Matthew E Edwards, Ashok K Batra, Ashwith K Chilvery, Padmaja Guggilla, Manmohan D Aggarwal, Infrared Sensors, Devices, and Applications II (2012)


Pyroelectric Properties of PVDF: MWCNT Nanocomposite Film for Uncooled Infrared Detectors and Medical Applications, AK Batra, ME Edwards, P Guggilla, MD Aggarwal, RB Lal, Integrated Ferroelectrics: An International Journal  (2014)


Measurement of the dielectric, conductance, and pyroelectric properties of MWCNT:PVDF nanocomposite thin films for application in infrared technologies, Matthew Edwards; Padmaja Guggilla; John Corda; Stephen Egarievwe, Infrared Sensors, Devices, and Applications III (2013)

         Bojun Zhang, T. X. Zhang, P. Guggilla, and M. Dokhanian. “Gravitational Field Shielding by Scalar Field and Type II Superconductors.”, Journal of Advanced Studies in Theoretical and Experimental Physics, Progress in Physics Vol 1 (2013)
         Ashwith K. Chilvery, Ashok K. Batra, Padmaja Guggilla, R. B. Lal, Raja Surabhi. “A Versatile Technique for the Fabrication of PEDOT: PSS Films for Organic Solar Cells”. Energy Science and Technology Vol. 4, No. 2, 2012, pp. 6-11.

         M. E. Edwards, Ashok K. Batra, Ashwith K. Chilvery, Padmaja Guggilla, M. D. Aggarwal. “Pyroelectric Properties of PVDF: MWCNT Nanocomposite Film for Uncooled Infrared Detectors”. Materials Sciences and Applications, 2012, 3, 851-855

         A. K. Batra, Padmaja Guggilla, M. Dokhanian, M. D. Aggarwal, M. E. Edwards, A. Vaseashta, "Computation of Current Response of a Bimorph Pyroelectric Infrared Detector", Digest Journal of Nanomaterials and Biostructures, Vol. 5, No. 3, p. 863-871 (2010).

        A. K. Batra, Padmaja Guggilla, M. Dokhanian, M. D. Aggarwal, M. E. Edwards, A. Vaseashta, "Computation of Current Response of a Bimorph Pyroelectric Infrared Detector", Journal of Optoelectronics and Advanced Materials, p. 1165, vol. 12, (2010).
       Guggilla Padmaja, Batra, A. K., Currie, J. R., Aggarwal, M. D., Penn, B., Lal, R. B. “Pyroelectric Ceramics for Infrared Detection Applications.” NASA Technical Reports Server (2010).

        Padmaja Guggilla, Ashok Batra, Matthew Edwards, "Electrical Characterization of LiTaO3:P(VDF-TrFE)Composites",Journal of Materials Science, 44:5469-5474,2009.
        A. K. Batra, John Corda, Padmaja Guggilla, M. D. Aggarwal and M. E. Edwards, “Dielectric and Pyroelectric Properties of LiTaO3:P(VDF-TrFE Composite Films”, Communicated with SPIE 2009 SanJose,CA.

        Padmaja Guggilla, Ashok K. Batra, Matthew E. Edwards, “Novel Pyroelectric Material Systems for Infrared Sensor Applications ” Bulletin of the American Physical Society Vulume 53, Number 13, American Physical Society, SESAPS'08.

        Padmaja Guggilla, Ashok K. Batra, James R. Currie, Mohan D. Aggarwal, Mohammad A. Alim and Ravindra B. Lal. “ Pyroelectric Ceramics for Infrared Detection Applications .” Materials Letters 60 (2006): 1937 –1942.

        Batra A.K., Guggilla Padmaja, Cunnigham Dewanna, Aggarwal M. D., Lal R. B. “ Growth and Characterization of Rare Earths Doped Triglycine Sulfate Crystals .” Physica B, Condensed Matter 371, (2006): 210.

        A. K. Batra, Padmaja Guggilla, Mohan Aggarwal and R.B. Lal. “ Effects of O + Irradiation on Infrared Sensing Characteristics of Modified PZT Ceramic .” Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B 246(2006): 369-373.

       Padmaja Guggilla , A. K. Batra , J. R. Currie , M. D. Aggarwal and R. B. Lal “Computation of Current Responsivity of a Bimorph Pyroelectric Infrared Detector .” Proc. SPIE - Int. soc. Opt. Eng. Vul., 6295 , Infrared Detectors and Focal Plane Arrays VIII; (Sep 2006): 62950Q.

       Guggilla, Padmaja , Batra, Ashok K. , Aggarwal, Mohan D. , Lal, R. B. “ Investigation on Nanocomposites for Pyroelectric Infrared Sensors .” Proc. SPIE, Vul.5725, 295, (2005).

       Ashok K. Batra , M. Simmons , Padmaja Guggilla, M. D. Aggarwal, and R. B. Lal . “ Studies of Electrical Conduction in Pyroelctric DTGS: PVDF Composites .” Proc.SPIE Int. soc. Opt. Eng. Organic Photonic Materials and Devices VI Vul. 5351, Jun., (2004): p.298-302.

      Gebre Tesfaye,Batra A. Ashok K., Guggilla Padmaja, Aggarwal Mohan D., Lal Ravindra B. “ Pyroelectric Properties of Pure and Doped Lithium Niobate Crystals for Infrared Sensors .” Ferroelctric Letters, 31, (2004): 131 -139.

      A.K. Batra, M. Simmons, Padmaja Guggilla, M. D. Aggarwal, R. B. Lal. “ Studies on DTGS: PVDF Composites for Pyroelectric Infrared Detectors .” Integrated Ferroelectrics, Vul.63, (2004): pp 161-169.

      Houssam A. Toutanji, Padmaja Guggilla, Bryan Cheatwood. “ Development of a New Experimental Approval for Bridge Deck Evaluation .” Technical report submitted to Utility Transportation Contractors Association, Allenwood, NJ (2002).

Technical Presentations

    "Investigation on Pyroelectric Films for Infrared Sensors”, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)/ Historical Black Culleges and Universities (HBCU)/ Minority Institutions (MIS) Major Thrust technical Seminar, Tallahassee, FL, Sep 27 - Sep 29, 2005.

    "A Study of Materials for Uncouled Infrared Detectors”, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)/ Historical Black Culleges and Universities (HBCU)/ Minority Institutions (MIS) Major Thrust technical Seminar, Greensboro, NC, Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2006.

    "Novel Pyroelectric Material Systems for Infrared Sensor Applications" , American Physical Society, SESAPS'08 meeting, Raleigh, NC, Oct 29- Nov 1, 2008.