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Designation: Scientist- G & Head

Qualification:    Ph. D. (Physics) 1990, Kumaon University Nainital, India

        M. Sc. (Physics) 1983, Kumaon University Nainital, India

Area of Specialization:

  • Molecular Spectroscopy

  • Wood Technology

Research Interests:

  • Weathering and surface protection of wood 

  • Wood modification (chemical and thermal modification) and preservation

  • Wood Coatings

  • Surface properties and characterization of wood polymers by spectroscopic techniques (FTIR, FT-NIR, Raman, NMR, Fluorescence etc.)

  • Wood Energy


  • Member of UNEP - Environmental Effects Assessment Panel (2015 onwards)

  • Elected Fellow of International Academy of Wood Science (2013)

  • National Awards for Excellence in Forestry Research by Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (2012)

  • Senior Researcher, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland (Sept. 2006 to Dec. 2007)

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Japan (Jan 1993 to March 1994)

  • FAO Fellow, Forest Product Research Centre, Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College, U.K. (September – December 1999)

  • Ron Cockcroft Award (RCA) of International Research Group on Wood Protection (IRG) (2004)

  • Guest Speaker of Institute of Wood Biology and Technology, Gottingen University, Germany (December 12-23, 2005).

  • Invited speaker at Wood Laboratory, EMPA, Dübendorf, Switzerland 19-22 November 2007).

  • DST Young Scientist (SERCYS) (1990-1992).

  • UGC and CSIR Senior Research Fellow, Kumaun Univ. Nainital, India (1986-1990).

  • UGC Junior Research Fellow, Kumaun Univ. Nainital , India (1984-1986).

  • Reviewer for several International Journals including: Polymer Degradation and Stability, Holzforschung, Wood Science and Technology, International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation, Bioresources, J. Wood Chemistry and Technology, J. Wood Science, J. Material Science, J. Photochemistry and Photobiology, European Journal of Wood and Wood Products, Coloration Technology, J. Applied Surface Science, Advances in Material Science and Engineering, Progress in Organic Coatings.

List of Publications

A. Papers Published in peer reviewed journals:

  1. V. Živković, M. Arnold, K.K. Pandey, K. Richter, H. Turkulin (2016) Spectral sensitivity in the photodegradation of fir wood (Abies alba Mill.) surfaces: correspondence of physical and chemical changes in natural weathering, Wood Science and Technology, available online 10.1007/s00226-016-0834-0.

  2. B.N. Giridhar, K.K. Pandey, A.S. Shinde, H.M. Vagdevi (2016): N-Bromosuccinimide (NBS) - an efficient catalyst for acetylation of wood. Holzforschung 70 (5), 421–427.

  3. B.N. Giridhar, K.K. Pandey (2016) UV resistance and dimensional stability of wood modified with isopropenyl acetate. Journal of Photochemistry & Photobiology, B: Biology 155, 20-27.

  4. K.K. Pandey, S.V. Kumar, Kavyashree Srinivas (2016): Inhibition of leaching of water soluble extractives of Pterocarpus marsupium by heat treatment. European Journal of Wood and Wood Products, 74, 223-229.

  5. B.E. Prasad, K.K. Pandey, B.N. Giridhar (2016): A note on effect of microwave heating on iodine catalyzed acetylation of wood. Journal of Wood Chemistry and Technology 36 (3) 205-210.

  6. Andrady, P.J. Aucamp, A.T. Austin, A. F. Bais, C.L. Ballaré, P.W. Barnes, G.H. Bernhard, L.O. Björn, J.F. Bornman, D.J. Erickson, F.R. de Gruijl, D.-P. Häder, M. Ilyas, J. Longstreth, R.M. Lucas, S. Madronich, R.L. McKenzie, R. Neale, M. Norval, K.K. Pandey, N. Paul, H.H. Redhwi, S.A. Robinson, K. Rose, M. Shao, R.P. Sinha, K.R. Solomon, B. Sulzberger, Y. Takizawa, A. Torikai, K. Tourpali, C.E. Williamson, S.R. Wilson, S. Wängberg, R.C. Worrest, A. Young, and R.G. Zepp (2016) United Nations Environment Programme, Environmental Effects Assessment Panel. Environmental effects of ozone depletion and its interactions with climate change: Progress report, 2015, Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences, 15, 141-174.

  7. K.K. Pandey, Kavyashree Srinivas (2015): Performance of polyurethane coatings on acetylated and benzoylated rubberwood. European Journal of Wood and Wood Products, 73(1), 111-120.

  8. A.L. Andrady, A. Torikai, H.H. Redhwi, K.K. Pandey and P. Gies (2015): Consequences of stratospheric ozone depletion and climate change on the use of materials. Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences, 14 (1), 170 - 184.

  9. A.L. Andrady, P.J. Aucamp, A. Austin, A.F. Bais, C.L. Ballaré, P.W. Barnes, G.H. Bernhard, J.F. Bornman, M.M. Caldwell, F.R. deGruijl, D.J. Erickson, S.D. Flint, K. Gao, P. Gies, D.-P. Häder, M. Ilyas, J. Longstreth, R. Lucas, S. Madronich, R.L. McKenzie, R. Neale, M. Norval, K.K. Pandey, N.D. Paul, M. Rautio, H.H. Redhwi, S.A. Robinson, K. Rose, M. Shao, R.P. Sinha, K.R. Solomon, B. Sulzberger, Y. Takizawa, X. Tang, A. Torikai, K. Tourpali, J.C. van der Leun, S.-Å. Wängberg, C.E. Williamson, S.R. Wilson, R.C. Worrest, A.R. Young, and R.G. Zepp. (2015): Environmental effects of ozone depletion and its interactions with climate change: 2014 assessment executive summary, Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences, 14 (1), 14-18.

  10. K. Srinivas and K. K. Pandey (2012): Photodegradation of thermally modified Wood, Journal of Photochemistry & Photobiology B: Biology, 117, 140-145.

  11. B.E. Prasad and K.K. Pandey (2012): Solvent-free chemical modification of wood by acetic and butyric anhydride with iodine as catalyst. Holzforschung, 66 (8), 967–971.

  12. K. Srinivas and K. K. Pandey (2012): Effect of Heat Treatment on Color Changes, Dimensional Stability, and Mechanical Properties of Wood, Journal of Wood Chemistry and Technology, 32(4), 304-316.

  13. J. Salla, K.K. Pandey and K. Srinivas (2012): Improvement of UV resistance of wood surfaces by using zinc oxide nanoparticles. Polymer Degradation and Stability, 97, 592-596.

  14. B.E. Prasad and K.K. Pandey (2012): Microwave drying of bamboo. European Journal of Wood and Wood Products, 70, 353-355.

  15. Jayashree Salla, K.K. Pandey, G.K. Prakash and K. M. Mahadevan (2012): Photobleaching and dimensional stability of rubberwood esterified by fatty acid chlorides. Journal of Wood Chemistry and Technology, 32 (2), 121-136.

  16. Jayashree, K.K. Pandey, H. C. Nagaveni and K. M. Mahadevan. (2011). Fungal resistance of rubber wood modified by fatty acid chlorides. International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation, 65, 890-895.

  17. R. Kumar, K.K. Pandey, N. Chandrashakar, and S. Mohan. (2011) Study of age and height wise variability on calorific value and other fuel properties of Eucalyptus hybrid, Acacia auriculaeformis and Casuarina equisetifolia. Biomass and Bioenergy 35 (3), pp. 1339-1344.

  18. K.K. Pandey, M Hughes and T. Vuorinen. (2010). Dimensional stability, UV resistance, and static mechanical properties of Scots pine chemically modified with alkylene epoxides. BioResources 5, 598-615.

  19. K.K. Pandey. (2010). Weathering and surface protection of wood. Wood News 20, 8-14.

  20. R. Kumar, N. Chandrashakar, K.K. Pandey and S. Mohan. (2010). Effect of tree-age on calorific value and other fuel properties of Eucalyptus hybrid. Journal of Forestry Research 21 (4), 514-516.

  21. K.K. Pandey, Jayashree, and H. C. Nagaveni. (2009). study of dimensional stability, decay resistance and light stability of phenylisothiocyanate modified rubberwood. BioResources 4, 257-267.

  22. R. Kumar, N. Chandrashaker and K.K. Pandey (2009) Study on fuel properties and combustion characteristic of Lantana camara and Eupatorium spp. Current Science 97, 930-935.

  23. R. Kumar, K.K. Pandey and N. Chandrashekar. (2008). Effect of carbonization conditions on yield and chemical composition of wood char prepared from selected fast growing fuelwood species. J. Indian Academy of Wood Science 5, 90-100.

  24. K.K. Pandey and T. Vuorinen. (2008). Comparative study of photodegradation of wood by a UV laser and Xenon light source. Polymer Degradation and Stability 93, 2138-2146.

  25. K.K. Pandey and T. Vuorinen. (2008). UV resonance Raman spectroscopic study of photodegradation of hardwood and softwood lignins by UV laser. Holzforschung 62, 169-175.

  26. K.K. Pandey and T. Vuorinen. (2008 Study of kinetics of reaction of lignin model compounds with propylene oxide. Holzforschung 62, 183-188.

  27. K.K Pandey and H.C. Nagaveni. (2007). Rapid characterization of brown and white rot degraded chir pine and rubberwood by FTIR. Holz als Roh- und Werkstoff 65 (6), 477-481.

  28. G.K. Prakash, K.K. Pandey, RK.D. Ram and K.M. Mahadevan. (2006) Dimensional stability and photostability of octanoylated Wood. Holzforschung 60 (5), 539-542.

  29. K.K. Pandey and N. Chandrashekhar. (2006) Photostability of Wood Surfaces Esterified by Benzoyl Chloride. Journal of Applied Polymer Science 99 (5), 2367 – 2374.

  30. K.K. Pandey and N.K Upreti. (2005). Role of pretreatments in protection of wood surface and finishes in weathering of Pterocarpus marsupium wood. Journal of Tropical Forest Science 17(1), 141-150.

  31. K.K. Pandey. (2005). Study of effect of photo-irradiation on surface chemistry of wood. Polymer Degradation and Stability 90 (1), 9-20.

  32. K.K. Pandey. (2005) A note on the influence of extractives on the photo-discolouration and photo-degradation of wood.  Polymer Degradation and Stability 87, 375-379.

  33. U. Tripathy, P. B. Bisht and K.K. Pandey. (2005) Excitation energy transfer efficiency of dipole–dipole interaction in a dye pair in polymer medium. Research on Chemical Intermediates, Volume 31 (7-8), pp. 649-659.

  34. U. Tripathy, P.B. Bisht and K. K. Pandey. (2004) Study of excitation energy migration and transfer in DMOCI-RB in thin films of polyvinyl alcohol, Chemical Physics 299, 105-112.

  35. K.K. Pandey and A.J. Pitman. (2004) Examination of Lignin Content in a Softwood and Hardwood Decayed by a Brown-Rot Fungus Using the Acetyl Bromide Method and FTIR Spectroscopy. Journal of Polymer Science: Part A: Polymer Chemistry 42, 2340-2346.

  36. P. Oevering, A.J. Pitman and K.K.  Pandey. (2003). Wood digestion in Pselactus spadix Herbst - a weevil attacking marine timber structures.  Biofouling 19, 249S-254S.

  37. K.K. Pandey and A.J. Pitman. (2003) FTIR studies of the changes in wood chemistry following decay by brown-rot and white-rot fungi. International Biodeteriotation and Biodegradation 52, 151-160)

  38. A Samani, K.K. Pandey and K.S. Reddy. (2003) Economics of Biomass Energy Conversion Systems. Wood News 13, 22-23.

  39. K.K. Pandey and A.J. Pitman. (2002) Weathering characteristics of modified rubberwood (Hevea brasiliensis). Journal of Applied Polymer Science.  85, 622-631.

  40. S.S Chauhan., A. Karmarkar, P.K. Aggarwal and K.K. Pandey. (2001), Moisture adsorption behaviour of esterified rubber wood. Holz als Roh-und Werkstoff 59, 250-253.

  41. N.K. Upreti, K.K. Pandey and A.K. Ananthanarayana. (1999) Prevention of extractive leaching by chemical treatments in Pterocarpus marsupium. Holzforschung  53, 675 – 676.

  42. K.K Pandey. (1999) A Study of chemical structure of soft and hardwood and wood polymers by FTIR spectroscopy. J. Applied Polymer Science 71, 1969-1975.

  43. K.K Pandey, S.S. Chauhan and P.K. Aggarwal.  (1998) Reaction of wood with inorganic salts. Holz als Roh-und Werkstoff, 56, 412-415.

  44. K.K Pandey and D.P. Khali. (1998) Accelerated weathering of wood modified by chromium trioxide. Holzforschung 52, 467-471.

  45. K.K. Pandey, N. K. Upreti and V.V. Srinivasan. (1998) A Fluorescence spectroscopic study on wood.  Wood Science and Technology 32, 309-315.

  46. K.K. Pandey and K.S Theagarajan. (1997) Analysis of wood surfaces and ground wood by diffuse reflectance (DRIFT) and photoacoustic (PAS) Fourier transform infrared spectroscopic techniques.  Holz Roh-und Werkstoff  55, 383-390)

  47. K.K. Pandey and S. Hirayama. (1996) Enhanced excitation energy transfer in microdroplets - a study by time resolved microscopy. J. Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry 99, 165-175.

  48. K.K. Pandey, M. Okamoto and S. Hirayama. (1994) A bell-shape dependence on solvent viscosity of fluorescence quenching of 9,10-dicyanoanthracene by oxygen in solution. Chemical Physics Letters 224 417-423.

  49. K.K. Pandey (1992) Electronic excitation transport, diffusion and trapping. Chemical Physics 165, 123-134.

  50. K.K. Pandey (1991) UO22+ ® Sm3+ and UO22+  ® Pr3+, energy transfer in sodium borate glass: Indian Journal  of Pure & Applied Physics 29, 362-367.

  51. K.K. Pandey and T.C. Pant. (1991) Migration Modulated donor-acceptor energy transfer in PMMA. Journal of Luminescence 47, 319-325.

  52. K.K. Pandey and T.C. Pant. (1991) Solar energy concentrator based on uranyl-doped PMMA. Solar Energy Materials 21, 327-334.

  53. K.K. Pandey and T.C. Pant. (1990) Diffusion-modulated energy transfer. Chemical Physics Letters 170,  244-252.

  54. K.K. Pandey, H.C. Joshi and T.C. Pant. (1989) Influence of donor-donor transport on excitation energy transfer. PRAMANA - Journal of Physics 32, 63-72.

  55. K.K. Pandey, H.C. Joshi and T.C. Pant. (1988) Migration effects on excitation energy transfer by decay analysis using a nanosecond fluorimeter. Chemical Physics Letters 148, 472-478.

  56. K.K. Pandey, H.C. Joshi and T.C. Pant. (1988) Excitation energy migration and transfer in a dye pair in PMMA. Journal of Luminescence 42, 197-203.

  57. H.C. Joshi, K. K. Pandey, K.K. Pant, G.C. Joshi and T.C. Pant. (1986) Energy transfer from acriflavine to rhodamine B in cellulose acetate. Indian J. Pure & Applied Physics 24, 513-514

Communication Address:

Dr. Krishna Kumar Pandey

Scientist- G & Head

Wood Processing Division

Institute of Wood Science and Technology

18th Cross, Malleshwaram

Bangalore- 560003,

Karnataka State, India

Tel: 0091-80-22190104 (O)

Fax: 0091-80-23340529

E-Mail:   kkpandey@icfre.org, krishna_pandey@indiatimes.com, kkpandey77@gmail.com


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