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Dr. Viktor Chikan


Associate Professor

Ph.D., Kansas State University (1999-2002)
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley and LBNL (2003-2005)  Curriculum vitae

Office Phone: 785-532-6807
Lab Phone: 785-532-6793
Fax: 785-532-6666

Research Interests: Physical chemistry of nanostructures- optical, electrical properties and thermodynamics of doped quantum confined semiconductor systems, nanoparticle synthesis, magnetic hyperthermia, magnetically induced drug delivery


Chikan Group-2012 Summer

Research Overview

Building a Better Nanoparticle

Semiconductor nanoparticles are potential materials for next generation solar cells, but manipulating defects of these materials remains a challenge. A goal of our research is develop economically viable colloidal methodologies to produce doped quantum confined particles (quantum dots) and study their fundamental properties. Doping nanoparticles and quantum dots results in new and interesting science. Critical components of this research are to find ways to circumvent challenges and to understand the underlying mechanisms of doping quantum dots. In addition, the currently available quantum dot materials are not sustainable materials to address global electricity needs. We are developing materials that are potentially more environmentally friendly and abundant. The young artist's (Hyeon Jung Kim) conception below shows the structure of a single cadmium selenide quantum dot that is used as a model in our doping studies.

•Sarkany, L.; Wasylenko, J. M.; Roy, S.; Higgins, D. A.; Elles, C. G.; Chikan, V., Investigation of Fluorescence Emission from Cdse Nanorods in Pmma and P3ht/Pmma Films. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C (2013), 117, 18818-18828.

•Roy, S.; Aguirre, A.; Higgins, D. A.; Chikan, V., Investigation of Charge Transfer Interactions in CdSe Nanorod P3HT/PMMA Blends by Optical Microscopy. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C (2011), 116 (4), 3153-3160.

•Chikan, V., Challenges and Prospects of Electronic Doping of Colloidal Quantum Dots: Case Study of CdSe. J. Phys. Chem. Lett. (2011), 2 (21), 2783-2789.

•Santanu Roy, C. T., Fadzai Fungura, Pinar Dagtepe, Jacek Jasinski and Viktor Chikan, Progress towards Producing n-type CdSe Quantum Dots: Tin and Indium Doped CdSe Quantum Dots. J. Phys. Chem. C (2009), 113 (30), 13008–13015.

•Christopher Tuinenga, Jacek Jasinski, Valerie J. Leppert; Takeo Iwamoto, Viktor Chikan, In situ Observation of Heterogeneous Growth of CdSe Quantum Dots; Effect of Indium Doping on the Growth Kinetics, ACS Nano, 2(7), 1411–1421, (2008)

• Mandal, P. K. & Viktor Chikan Terahertz Conductivity of n-type (charged) CdSe Quantum Dots. Nano Lett., 7 (8), 2521 -2528, (2007)

Colloidal Synthesis of Nanomaterials

Our group has beeninvolved in synthesizing a variety of new nanomaterials at Kansas State University. Many of the materials are the result of the hypothesis driven research where we intend to investigate a particular material in terms of its function, however in some instances we have stumbled across some new materials. The picture collage below shows a gallery of nanoparticles developed by our group. The images are obtained by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy.

•Dahal, N.; Jacek Jasinski; Valerie J. Leppert; Viktor Chikan, Synthesis of Water-Soluble Iron-Gold Alloy Nanoparticles. Chem. Mater., 20 (20), 6389–6395, (2008)

•Dahal, N.; Chikan, V., Phase-Controlled Synthesis of Iron Silicide (Fe3Si and FeSi2) Nanoparticles in Solution. Chem. Mater. (2010) 22, (9), 2892-2897.

Dahal, N.; Chikan, V., Synthesis of Hafnium Oxide-Gold Core-Shell Nanoparticles. Inorganic Chemistry 2012, 51 (1), 518-522.

Growth Kinetics of Nanoparticles

Colloidal synthesis of nanomaterials is a cheap process that can be potentially scaled up for industrial production. Controlling the growth of nanoparticles in colloidal solution is an important step towards developing materials with well-defined optical and physical properties. Our goal is to understand how the interplay of thermodynamics and growth kinetics determines the size and the size distribution of nanoparticles. The thermodynamic control of the nanoparticle growth may lead phonomena such as the formation of magic sized nanoparticles. In the example below, we are observing the birth of magic sized CdTe quantum dots and its 'quantized' aggregation into larger quantum dots by in situabsorption spectroscopy during the growth of nanostructures. LEFT figure shows the 'usual' monomer induced growth of CdSe quantum dots. RIGHT figure shows the time evolution of the absorption spectra of CdTe quantum dot solution during the synthesis. The first step is the formation of magic sized CdTe quantum dot, which subsequently undergoes aggregation.

•Dagtepe, P.; Chikan, V., Quantized Ostwald Ripening of Colloidal Nanoparticles. J. Phys. Chem. C (2010), 114, (39), 16263-16269.

•Dagtepe, P.; Chikan, V., Effect of Cd/Te Ratio on the Formation of CdTe Magic-Sized Quantum Dots during Aggregation. J. Phys. Chem. A (2008), 112, (39), 9304-9311.

•Dagtepe, P., Jacek Jasinski, Valerie J. Leppert; Viktor Chikan, Quantized Growth of CdTe Quantum Dots; Observation of Magic Sized CdTe Quantum Dots. J. Phys. Chem. C, 111 (41), 14977 -14983, (2007)

Magnetic Properties of Colloidal Nanoparticles

Interaction of magnetic field with nanoparticles will be important to remotely manipulating these particles from our macroscopic world to control processes at the microscopic level. In this work, we are interested in exploring the basic science of how magneto-optical phenomena take place in colloidal metal and magnetic nanomaterials. Specifically, we are invetsigating the Faraday rotation of metal and magnetic nanomaterials and how these materials differ from their bulk counterparts.

•Wysin, G. M.; Viktor, C.; Nathan, Y.; Raj Kumar, D., Effects of Interband Transitions on Faraday Rotation in Metallic Nanoparticles. Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 2013, 25, 325302.

•Dani, R. K.; Wang, H.; Bossmann, S. H.; Wysin, G.; Chikan, V., Faraday rotation enhancement of gold coated Fe2O3 nanoparticles: Comparison of experiment and theory. J. Chem. Phys. (2011), 135 (22), 224502-9.

Cancer Treatment and Drug Delivery with the help of Magnetic Nanoparticles

Magnetic hyperthermia represents a one step development towards selective and uniform heating of cancerous tissue by introducing nanometer sized magnetic particles close to a tumor site. The temperature increase of the tissue can significantly contribute to the destruction of the cancerous cells. Heating takes place by power absorption of the nanometer sized superparamagnetic and ferromagnetic particles from alternating magnetic field.

•Podaru, G.; Dani, R. K.; Wang, H.; Basel, M. T.; Prakash, P.; Bossmann, S. H.; Chikan, V., Pulsed Magnetic Field Induced Fast Drug Release from Magneto Liposomes Via Ultrasound Generation. J. Phys. B (2014), 118(40), 11715–11722.

•Chikan, V.; Bossmann, S., Biosensors Based on Nanomaterials
and Nanodevices
. Wu, J. L. a. N. N., Ed. CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group: (2013);

•Wang, H.; Shrestha, T. B.; Basel, M. T.; Dani, R. K.; Seo, G.-M.; Balivada, S.; Pyle, M. M.; Prock, H.; Koper, O. B.; Thapa, P. S.; Moore, D.; Li, P.; Chikan, V.; Troyer, D. L.; Bossmann, S. H., Magnetic-Fe/Fe3o4-Nanoparticle-Bound Sn38 as Carboxylesterase-Cleavable Prodrug for the Delivery to Tumors within Monocytes/Macrophages. Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology (2012), 3, 444-455.

•Basel, M. T.; Balivada, S.; Wang, H.; Shrestha, T. B.; Seo, G. M.; Pyle, M.; Abayaweera, G.; Dani, R.; Koper, O. B.; Tamura, M.; Chikan, V.; Bossmann, S. H.; Troyer, D. L., Cell-Delivered Magnetic Nanoparticles Caused Hyperthermia-Mediated Increased Survival in a Murine Pancreatic Cancer Model. International Journal of Nanomedicine (2012), 7, 297-306.

•Rachakatla, R. S.; Balivada, S.; Seo, G.-M.; Myers, C. B.; Wang, H.; Samarakoon, T. N.; Dani, R.; Pyle, M.; Kroh, F. O.; Walker, B.; Leaym, X.; Koper, O. B.; Chikan, V.; Bossmann, S. H.; Tamura, M.; Troyer, D. L., Attenuation of Mouse Melanoma by a/C Magnetic Field after Delivery of Bi-Magnetic Nanoparticles by Neural Progenitor Cells. Acs Nano (2010), 4, 7093-7104.

•Balivada, S.; Rachakatla, R. S.; Wang, H.; Samarakoon, T.; Dani, R. K.; Pyle, M.; Kroh, F.; Walker, B.; Leaym, X.; Koper, O.; Tamura, M.; Chikan, V.; Bossmann, S.; Troyer, D., A/C Magnetic Hyperthermia of Melanoma Mediated by Iron(0)/Iron Oxide Core/Shell Magnetic Nanoparticles: A Mouse Study. BMC Cancer (2010), 10, 119.

Development of Pulsed Electromagnets to Produce AC and Rotating Magnetic Fields for Biological Applications

Manipulating small magnetic nanoparticles in solution require homogeneous and inhomogeneous magnetic fields. The Chikan group has developed several pulsed magnets that aim to rotate and translate magnetic nanomaterials. The picture below shows an electromagnetic coil designed to produce high strength, homogeneous high frequency magnetic field. The magnetic field of the magnetic is measured via faraday rotation of a known material at the HeNe laser frequency (632 nm). These magnetic fields will be utilized to achieve instantaneous drug release in biological medium.

•Podaru, G.; Moore, J.; Dani, R. K.; Prakash, P.; Chikan, V., Nested Helmholtz coil design for producing homogeneous transient rotating magnetic fields. Review of Scientific Instruments (2015), 86 (3), 034701.


Kansas State University, Department of Chemistry, NSF (ELECT, PHOTONICS, & MAG DEVICE), NSF (EPSCoR), COBRE (NIH) Center for Cancer Experimental Therapeutics, The Terry C. Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research, Harvey McCarter, University Small Research Grant, President’s Faculty Development Award, American Chemical Society Doctoral New Investigator

Fromer Students :

Prof. Pankaj Kanti Mandal

Pune University / India

Dr. Pinar Dagtepe

Koc University / Turkey

Dr. Santanu Roy

Vajra Instruments Inc.

Dr. Christopher Tuinenga

University of Notre Dame

Dr. Raj Kumar Dani

Ecole Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles, ESPCI, Paris


Dr. Naween Dahal

The University of Texas at Austin


Christopher Ramirez

NASA Glenn Research Center


Amanda Baxter

University of Southern California


Alicia Aguirre

Northwestern University

Brett Vaughn

Xenometrics Inc.

Fadzai Fungura

Iowa State University

Lorinc Sarkany

University of Tübingen

John Nicolas Moore

Tohoku University/ Japan


Christopher Lewis

Halliburton Technology Center


Nathan Young
Penn State University


Curt Hamphill

Michael Crosson

Saralyn Ogden