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Faculty Profiles: Karna, Sanjay

This guide provides information on Bethune-Cookman University faculty, including their research interests, accomplishments and activities, and brief biographical details.

Dr. Sanjay Karna

Dr. Sanjay Karna

Assistant Professor of Physics, College of Science, Engineering & Mathematics
Office Location: Science Building, Room 202
Office Phone: (386) 481-2674 
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  • MS Physics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway, July 2008

  • MS Physics, Michigan Technological University, USA, Dec. 2010

  • PhD Material Science and Engineering, University of North Texas, USA, May 2016

Brief Biographical Sketch

Dr. Karna currently serves as an Assistant Professor at the Mathematics and Physics Department and member of the Committee on Committee, Faculty Affairs and General Education Committee.
He has completed his education MS degree in Physics from Michigan Technological University, Ph.D. in Material Science from the University of North Texas, and Postdoctoral research at US Army Research Lab (hired and administered by the University of Delaware) Adelphi Maryland and US Natick Soldier Center (hired and administered by Oak Rise institute of Science and Education, ORISE) Natick Massachusetts.

Research Interests

Dr. Karna's research focuses on the study of graphene, carbon nanomaterials, modification, synthesis, characterization, and applications:

  • Study of graphene, a carbon nanomaterial, modification, synthesis, characterization, and applications

  • Surface Modification & Hydrogen (H2) Storage on Carbon Nano-Cones (CNCs)

  • Study of Physics & Chemistry of Mechanical Failure of Lithium-Ion Batteries (LIBs) 

  • Fabrication of Nano Composite of Graphene/Magnetic Nanoparticles for Microwave Absorption Material

  • Nano-Fab & Characterization of Tunable Filter for an LWIR Hyper-Spectral Imaging Device

  • Study Aluminum-Graphene Composite for Mechanical Stability of Nanosatellites

  • Creating a Storage Standard for Methane and Study Safety Precautions


Karna, S. et al. “Competition Between Resonant Plasmonic Coupling and Electrostatic Interaction in Reduced Graphene Oxide Quantum Dots”,, Sci. Rep. 6, 36898 (2016).
A Neogi, S Karna, R Shah, U Philipose, J Perez, R Shimada, ZM Wang, “Surface Plasmon Enhancement of Broadband Photoluminescence Emission from Graphene Oxide”, Nanoscale 6, 11310-11315 (2014).
M Kimura, N Tarutani, M Takahashi, S Karna, A Neogi, R Shimada, “Enhanced Photoluminescence Emission from Anthracene-doped Polyphenylsiloxane Glass”, Optics Letters 38 (24), 5224-5227 (2013).
Meg Mahat, Yuri Rostovtsev, Sanjay Karna, D’Souza Francis, Arup Neogi, “Plasmonically Induced Transparency in Graphene Oxide Quantum Dots with Dressed Phonon States.”ACS Photonics, 2018, 5 (2), pp 614-620.
S Karna, TY Choi, R Shah, M Mahat, A Neogi, “Local Field Enhanced Photoluminescence and Raman Effect in Reduced Graphene Oxide Nanoclusters”, APS Meeting Abstracts 1, 17010, 2015, San Antonio, TX.


  • $500 Grant approved and selected for QEP Physics Lab Supplies: Spring 2022 
  • $1500 NSF HBCU STEM-US Grant for Faculty Research Fellowship Selected and Approved: Spring 2022
  • $1600 NSF HBCU STEM-US Grant for Faculty Research Fellowship approved additional grant for student research support: Spring 2022
  • $940 Grant approved and selected for QEP Physics Lab Supplies:  Spring 2023
  • $500 Grant approved and selected for QEP Physics Lab Supplies:  Spring 2024
  • $50,000 Grant approved and selected by NASA MPLAN Kennedy Space Center: Fall 2023 PI Sanjay Karna. Project Title: Creating Storage Standard for Methane and Study Safety Precautions