Dr. Sunil Karna

Assistant Professor: Physics

Contact Info

Phone
(606) 546-1484
Location
181 Health and Natural Sciences (Ramsey Center)
Campus PO Box
CPO 897

Education

Ph.D – University of Alabama at Birmingham (Physics)
MS – University of Memphis, Tennessee (Physics)
MS – Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal (Physics)
BS – LNM University, Darbhanga, Bihar, India


Dr. Sunil Karna has joined Physics Program at Union College – Barbourville, KY in fall 2015. He teaches Calculus and Algebra based Physics and Physical Science courses in undergraduate level.

Prior to Union, Dr. Karna had taught Physics at Texas A&M University - Kingsville, TX, University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL, and Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal. He has teaching experience in Electronics, Astronomy, Acoustics, Optics, Classical Mechanics, Heat & Thermodynamics, Modern Physics, and Mathematical Physics. He is an experimental material physicist with a focus on understanding of nucleation, surface chemistry and growth mechanism of diamond thin films and nanomaterials. He uses variety of characterization techniques such as XRD, TEM, SEM, FTIR, SQUID, UV-vis spectrometer, and DSC/TGA to understand the properties of as synthesized materials.

Dr. Karna has completed many additional course work from www.edx.org. Edx is an online class portal organized by worldwide reputed universities. He has edx certification in Astrophysics, R for statistical data analysis, Advanced Classical Mechanics, and Solid State Chemistry. 

Dr. Karna has professional membership of American Association of Physics Teacher (AAPT); Material Research Society (MRS); American Physical Society (APS), and Nepal Physical Society (NPS).


Select Publications and Recent Public Lectures


Research:

  • Effect of nitrogen on growth of boron-doped single crystal diamond, S.K. Karna and Y.K.Vohra, JMSR Vol. 3, No. 1, Jan (2014)
  • Synthesis and characterization of boron–doped single crystal diamond, S. K. Karna, D. Martiskin, Y. K. Vohra and S.T. Weir, MRS Proceedings, 1519 (2013)
  • Synthesis and Characterization of FeNi/Polymer Nanocomposites, S. K. Karna, S. R. Mishra, and N. Ali, J. Nanosci. Nanotech. 10, 5879-5884 (2010)
  • Study of ultrasonic velocity in polystyrene/benzene mixtures at different temperatures and concentrations, K. Chaudhari, R. Regmi, S. K. Karna, P. Bhattarai, Abstract Book of Nepal Physics Society, 2004
  • Study of physical properties of polystyrene/benzene mixtures at different temperatures and concentrations, K. Chaudhari, R. Regmi, S. K. Karna, P. Bhattarai, Proceedings of Nepal Physics Society, 2002

Presentations at Scientific Conferences:

  • Effect of online homework in College Physics, S. Karna, TXAPS meeting, College Station, Tx, Oct 17-19, 2014
  • Growth morphology of boron-doped single crystal diamond, S. K. Karna, APS March Meeting, Baltimore, MD 2013
  • Synthesis and characterization of boron–doped single crystal diamond. MRS Fall Conference, Boston, MA Nov 2012
  • Mechanochemical synthesis of Co3O4-CuO antiferromagnetic nanocomposite, 11thMMM Intermag Confernce, Washington, DC, January 2010
  • Polymer assisted synthesis of FeNi nanoparticles. APS March Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA 2009
  • Growth mechanism of carbon nanospheres synthesized using green hydrothermal technique. APS March Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA 2009
  • Polymer assisted core–shell Ag-C nanoparticles synthesis via green hydrothermal technique. APS March Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA 2009
  • Ultrasonic velocity in polystyrene/benzene mixtures at different temperatures and concentrations, S. K. Karna, NPS Convention Kathmandu, Nepal, 2006
  • Study of physical properties of polystyrene/benzene mixtures at different temperatures and concentrations, S. K. Karna, NPS Convention Kathmandu, Nepal, 2002.

 

Workshops:

  • NSF Proposal Development Web Based Workshop at TAMUK, Nov, 6-20, 2014.
  • APS & AAPT joint meeting, Texas Christian University, Abilene, TX March 20-22, 2014.
  • Alabama Composite Conference, UAB, Birmingham, AL June 18-21, 2013
  • Energy Research Workshop, APS Convention, Baltimore, MD, 17 March 2013.
  • Particle physics and cosmology, BCSPIN Summer School, Beijing, China, June 18-26, 2007
  • Plasma Physics and Material Science, National Symposium, KU, Nepal, Jan, 24-26, 2007
  • Basic Electronics and Microprocessors, TU, Nepal, Oct. 25- Nov. 3, 1999.
Office Hours
Weekdays 3:00 -5:00 PM