Dr. Vijay Khanal holds a master’s degree in Physics from Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Nepal and a doctoral degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Nevada, Reno. His doctoral work focused on developing solar active high surface area tantalum oxide nanoparticles and their nitrogen derivatives. Dr. Khanal began his teaching and research with the University of Nevada in 2012 and has taught various courses in physics and chemical engineering.

A list of research projects undertaken by Dr. Khanal includes: synthesis and photoelectrochemical application of iron modified bismuth titanate for clean fuel generation, synthesis of high surface area ultrathin tantalum oxide, tantalum oxynitride, and tantalum oxynitrdie nanoparticles and their application in gas/liquid phase environmental remediation. He has mentored and co-advised students ranging from high school to graduate, their majors ranging from fundamental physics to applied chemical engineering. A patent is under preparation for a novel nitridation protocol on tuning oxygen to nitrogen ratio in a facile and inexpensive synthesis of tantalum oxynitride that Dr. Khanal developed during his Ph.D.

Dr. Khanal’s first-authored publications include the following: "Insights into the photoactivity of iron modified bismuth titanate (Fe_BTO) nanoparticles," Catalysis Today, 2018, "The Photoelectrochemical and Photocatalytic Properties of Tantalum Oxide and Tantalum Nitride," Journal of Electrochemical Society, 2019, and "A Selective Synthesis of TaON Nanoparticles and Their Comparative Study of Photoelectrochemical Properties," Catalysts, 2020. "A benign pathway for photocatalytic detoxification of NOx using Tantalum oxide nanoparticles" is under review for publication.

Dr. Khanal joined CFK in January 2019 as a full-time faculty of engineering technology.