Prem Thapa

Primary office:
Haworth Hall, room 1043

Dr. Thapa joined the University of Kansas in 2011 as an Imaging and Analysis Expert.  

Prior to joining KU, Dr. Thapa worked as a Post-doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Physics at Kansas State University.

He earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy in Photonics in 2008 from the Oklahoma State University.

Research Interests

  • Synthesis of metallic, polymeric and biomaterial nanostructures and characterization.
  • High resolution electron microscopy and its application to material sciences.
  • Experimental techniques to investigate size effects at small scales, nanoscale fabrication methods, and sample preparation methods for electron microscopy investigation.
  • Application of focused ion beam system to nanoscale structures or devices for specific research projects in Transmission electron microscope


  1. Wang, H., Hodgson, J., Shrestha, T., Thapa, P., Moore, D., Wu, X., Ikenberry, M., Troyer, D., Wang, D., Hohn, K. and Bossmann, S. “Carbon Dioxide Hydrogenation to Aromatic Hydrocarbons by Using an Iron/Iron Oxide Nanocatalyst ” ACS Catalysis,2013. Submited.
  2. Sukthankar, P., Gudlur, S., Avila, A. L., Whitaker, S. K., Katz, B. B., Hiromasa, Y., Gao, J., Thapa, P. ,  Moore, D., Iwamoto, T., Chen, J. and  Tomich, J. M. “Branched-Oligopeptide Forms Capsules with Lipid Vesicle-Like Characteristics ” Langmuir,2013. Submited.
  3. Jin, X., Roy, D., Thapa, P. S., Subramaniam, B. and Chaudhary, R. V. “Atom Economical Aqueous-Phase Conversion (APC) of Biopolyols to Lactic Acid, Glycols, and Linear Alcohols Using Supported  Metal Catalysts.” ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering ., 2013.
  4. Liu, J. W., Lu, R., Xu, G. W., Wu, J., Thapa, P. and Moore, D.,“Development of Seedless Floating Growth Process in Solution for Synthesis of Crystalline ZnO Micro/Nanowire Arrays on Graphene: Towards High-Performance Nanohybrid Ultraviolet  Photodetectors.” Adv. Func. Mater., 2013.
  5. Wang, H. W., Shrestha, T. B., Seo, G. M., Basel, M. T., Dani, R. K., Seo, G. M.,  Balivada, S., Pyle, M., Prock, H., Koper, O. B., Thapa, P. S., Moore, D., Li, P., Chikan, V., Troyer, D. L. and  Bossmann S. H.,“Magnetic –Fe/Fe3O4-Nanoparticle-Bound SN38 as Carboxylesterase-Cleavable Prodrug for the Delivery to Tumors Within Monocytes/Macrophages.” Beilstein J. Nanotechnology, 3, 2012.
  6. Shrestha, T. B., Seo, G. M., Basel, M. T., Kalita, M., Wang, H. W., Villanueva, D., Pyle, M., Balivada, S., Rachakatla, R. S., Shinogle, H., Thapa, P. S., Moore, D., Troyer, D. L. and Bossmann S. H.,“Stem Cell-Based Photodynamic Therapy.” Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences,  2012.
  7. Pandey, B., Thapa, P. S., Higgins, D. A. and Ito Takashi, “Formation of Self-Organized Nanoporus Anodic Oxide from Metallic Gallium.” Langmuir,  2012.
  8. Paneru, G., Thapa, P. S., McBride, S. P., Rann, A., Law, B. M. and Flanders, B. N, “Long Reach Cantileveres for Sub-Cellular Force Measurements.” Nanotechnology, 23,  2012.
  9. Paneru, G.; Thapa, P. S.; McBride, S. P.; Moore, D. S.; Law, B. M. and  Flanders, B. N. “Forces at Individual Pseudopod-Filament Adhesive Contacts.” Appl. Phys. Lett., 99, 2011.
  10. Thapa, P. S.; Ackerson, B.J.; Grischkowsky, D. R. and Flanders, B. N. “Directional Growth of Metallic and Polymeric Nanowires.” Nanotechnology, 20, 2009.
  11. Thapa, P. S.; Yu, D. J.; Wicksted, J. P.; Hadwiger, J. A.;Barisci, J. N.; Baughman, R. H. and Flanders, B. N. “Directional Growth of Conducting Polypyrrole and Polythiophene nanowires.” Appl. Phys. Lett., 94, 2009.
  12. Dale, E.; Ganta, D.; Stoian, R. I.; Thapa, P.; Yu, D.J.; Flanders, B.N. and Rosenberger, A. T. “Spatially Localized Enhancement of Evanescent Coupling to Whispering-Gallery Modes at 1550 nm due to Surface Plasmon Resonances of Au Nanowire Fragments.” International Quantum Electronics Conference, May 2009.
  13. Su, A.; Tan, S.; Thapa, P. S.; Flanders, B.N. and Ford, W.T. “Highly Ordered Langmuir-Blodgett Films of Amphiphilic Poly (Propylene imine) Dendrimers.” J. Phys. Chem. C, 111(12) 4695-4701  2007.

Book Chapters

Ramanathan, A., Maheswari, R., Thapa, P. S., and  Subramaniam, B. “Rapid Room Temperature Synthesis of Ce-MCM-48: An Active Catalyst for Trans-Stilbene Epoxidation with Tert-Butyl Hydroperoxide” in “Novel Materials for Catalysis and Fuels Processing”; J. Bravo-Suarez, J., Kidder, K. M., and Schwartz, V.,ACS Symposium Series, Vol. 1132: American Physical Society; 2013: Chapter 8, pp213-228


Flanders, B. N., Talukdar, I., Ozturk, B., and  Thapa, P. S., “Methods of Making an Electrochemical Nanowire assembly and Attaching Cells There to” (United States Patent: 8137526),  2012.

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