PhD students

  • Soumyadip Patra (GATE)
    Ph.D. Student, Since Nov., 2016
    He obtained his Masters degree in Chemistry from Indian School of Mines (ISM), Dhanbad in the year 2016. He is presently engaged in the development of active catalysts for H2 generation reactions.
    phd1601231002[at]iiti.ac.in









  • Mahendra K. Awasthi (INSPIRE-SRF)
    Ph.D. Student, Since Dec., 2016
    He obtained his Masters degree in Chemistry from Lucknow University in the year 2016. He is presently engaged in the development of molecular catalysts based on transition metal complexes for wide applications.
    phd1601231007[at]iiti.ac.in









  • Ankit Kumar (CSIR-SRF)
    Ph.D. Student, Since Jan., 2019
    He obtained his M.Sc. in Chemistry from Kanpur University (2016). He is presently engaged in the development of active and efficient catalysts for hydrogen generation from biomass derived components.
    phd1801231003[at]iiti.ac.in









  • Bhanu Priya (GATE)
    Ph.D. Student, Since Jan., 2019
    She obtained her M.Sc. in Chemistry from Punjab University, Chandigarh (2017). She is presently engaged in the development of active and efficient catalysts for several organic transformation.
    phd1801231005[at]iiti.ac.in









  • Sanjeev Kushwaha (INSPIRE-JRF)
    Ph.D. Student, Since Jul., 2019
    He obtained his MSc in Chemistry from Lucknow University. He is presently working on the development of catalysts for dehydrogenation reactions.
    phd1901131024[at]iiti.ac.in









  • Vaishnavi Kulkarni (GATE)
    Ph.D. Student, Since Jan., 2019
    She obtained her MSc in Chemistry from Savitribai Phule Pune University, and is currently working on the development of material and catalyst for CO2 capture and utilization.
    phd1901131002[at]iiti.ac.in









  • Tushar Ashok Kharde (CSIR-JRF)
    Ph.D. Student, Since Jul., 2021
    He obtained his MSc in Chemistry from Indian Institute of Technology(Indian School of Mines), Dhanbad, Jharkhand, and is currently working on the development of catalysts for dehydrogention and hydrogenation of C1-sources.
    phd2101131008[at]iiti.ac.in









  • Jayashree Parthiban (CSIR-JRF)
    Ph.D. Student, Since Aug., 2021
    She obtained her MSc in Chemistry from Central University of Tamil Nadu, and is currently working on the development of catalysts for hydrogen production.
    phd2101131016[at]iiti.ac.in









  • MSc Students


  • Ankita Mondal
    MSc Student (Jul. 2021 onwards)
    She is a MSc Chemistry student of IIT Indore, and is currently working on the development of catalysts for biomass transformation.
    msc2003131002[at]iiti.ac.in









  • Manoj Kumar Joshi
    MSc Student (Jul. 2021 onwards)
    He is a MSc Chemistry student of IIT Indore, and is currently working on the development of catalysts for hydrogen production.
    msc2003131011[at]iiti.ac.in









  • Past Members


  • Pranav Pathak
    MSc Student (May 2020 - July 2021)
    He is a MSc Chemistry student of IIT Indore, and is currently working on the development of catalysts for biomass transformation.
    msc1903131003[at]iiti.ac.in









  • Debashis Panda (CSIR-SRF)
    PhD degree awarded on May 2021 (Co-supervision with Dr. E. Anil Kumar, IIT Tirupati)
    Area of expertise: Development of efficient materials for CO2 caputure, and for separation of gas during post-combustion from pilot scale to industrial scale.
    (Moved to: Postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Joeri Denayer, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium) pandadebashis7[a]gmail.com










  • Chinky Binnani (Jul. 2014 - May 2020)
    PhD degree awarded on May 2020
    Area of expertise: Development of catalysts for C-H activation reactions.
    (Moved to: Postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Petr Stepnicka, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic) chinkybinnani2088[a]gmail.com









  • Dharmendra K. Panchariya (Dec. 2014 - May 2020)
    PhD degree awarded on May 2020 (Co-supervision with Dr. E. Anil Kumar, IIT Tirupati)
    Area of expertise: Development of high-performing MOF structures (MILs and ZIFs) for enhnaced hydrogen storage.
    (Moved to: Institute Postdoctoral Fellow with Prof. Pratibha Sharma, IIT Bombay). dharm03021989[a]gmail.com









  • Vinod Kumar Sahu (CSIR-SRF)
    Ph.D. Student, Since Apr., 2017
    He obtained his Masters degree in Chemistry from IIT Delhi in the year 2016. He is presently engaged in the development of molecular catalysts based on transition metal complexes for wide applications.
    phd1701131001[at]iiti.ac.in









  • Nirupama Sheet (July 2018 - Mar. 2021)
    MSc Chemistry degree awarded on July 2020
    Area of expertise: Development of catalysts for biomass transformation.
    (Moved to: PhD student,Prof. Atsushi Fukuoka Group, Institute for Catalysis, Hokkaido University, Japan)









  • Chanchal Saini (July 2018 - June 2020)
    MSc Chemistry degree (Awarded on July 2020)
    Area of expertise: Development of catalysts for hydrogenation reactions.









  • Vanitha Naina Reddy (Jul. 2018 - Jul. 2019)
    MSc Chemistry degree (Awarded on July 2019)
    Area of expertise: Development of catalysts for direct synthesis of H2O2. (She was awarded DAAD Masters sandwich fellowship 2018-19 to work with Dr. Silke Behrens, IKFT, KIT, Germany).
    (Moved to: PhD Student, Prof. Peter Roesky Group, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany)









  • Dr. Kavita Gupta (Jul. 2013 - Jul. 2018)
    PhD in Chemistry (Awarded in July 2018)
    Area of expertise: Development of catalytic systems for Biomass transformation to bio-fuel components and other important products.
    (Moved to: Postdoc fellow, Prof. Regina Palkovits Group , RWTH Aachan University, Germany)









  • Dr. Rohit Kumar Rai (Jan. 2013 - 2018)
    PhD in Chemistry (Awarded on Apr. 10, 2017) and Postdoc (2017-2018)
    Area of expertise: Development of nanoparticle based heterogeneous catalysts (CSIR-JRF/SRF-2013)(Thesis defense: Apr. 10, 2017; Thesis submitted: Dec. 27, 2016)
    (Moved to: Postdoc fellow, Prof. Jean-Marie Basset Group, KAUST Catalysis Center, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)









  • Dr. Ambikesh Dhar Dwivedi (Jul. 2013 - Oct. 2018)
    PhD in Chemistry (Awarded on Oct. 01, 2018)
    Area of expertise: Development of N or P containing transition metal complexes as active catalysts
    (Moved to: Postdoc fellow, Prof. Sabuj K. Kundu Group, IIT Kanpur, India)









  • Dr. Hemanta Deka (Sep. 2017 - Sep. 2018)
    National Postdoctoral Fellow (N-PDF)
    Area of expertise: Synthesis and catalytic activity of Mn and Fe based complex.
    (Moved to: Postdoc fellow, Prof. Moris S. Eisen Group, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel)









  • SK Nazmul Hasan Md Dostagir (Jul. 2017 - Jul. 2018)
    MSc Chemistry degree (Awarded on July 2018)
    Area of expertise: Development of heterogenous catalysts for room temperature hydrogenation of biomass-derived components.
    (Moved to: PhD Student, Prof. Atsushi Fukuoka Group, Institute for Catalysis, Hokkaido University, Japan)









  • Dr. Deepika (Jan. 2013 - May 2017)
    PhD in Chemistry (Awarded on May 15, 2017)
    Area of expertise: Development of arene-ruthenium complexes based catalysts for important organic reactions.(UGC-JRF/SRF-2013)
    (Moved to: Leibniz-DAAD postdoc fellow, Prof. Matthias Beller Group, Leibniz Institute for Catalysis, Rostock, Germany)









  • Gurpeet Kaur (Jul., 2015 - Jul., 2016)
    MSc Chemistry degree (Awarded on July 2016)
    Area of expertise: Development of MOF for various applications including CO2 and H2 storage.
    (Moved to: PhD Student, University of Oslo, Norway)









  • Ajay (Jul. 2015 - Jul. 2016)
    MSc Chemistry degree (Awarded on July 2016)
    Area of expertise: Development of MOF supported catalytic systems for various organic transformations.










  • Short-term research visitors/interns

  • Dr. Namita Bende: MPCOST Young Scientist (Holkar Science College, Indore)
    She is Assistant Professor (Chemistry) at Holkar Science College, Indore. She was associated with our group as a MPCOST Young Scientist from Jun., 2014 to Sep., 2014. She worked towards the development of MOF supported metal nanoparticle catalysts for organic reactions.

  • Ms. Minu S.: Intern Student, (May-Jul., 2019)
    (BS-MS student of IISER-Thiruvananthapuram). As an intern, she worked on the development of catalysts for dehydrogenation reactions.

  • Abhay Kumar Arya: Intern Student, (May-Jul., 2019)
    (BS-MS student of IISER-Thiruvananthapuram). As an intern, he worked on the development of catalysts for dehydrogenation reactions.

  • Ms. Neha Deshpande: Intern Student, (May-Jul., 2019)
    (Int-BS-MS 2nd year student of Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology Surat). As an intern, she worked on on the development of materials for CO2 capture applications.

  • Ms. Nivedha Velmurugan: Intern Student, (Nov. 2018 - Feb., 2019)
    (M.Sc., University of Madras). As an intern, she worked on the development of ruthenium complexes for transfer hydrogenation reactions.

  • Ms. Aswathy S. Lakshmy: Intern Student, (May - Jul., 2018)
    (B.Sc., Central University of Tamilnadu). As an intern, she worked on the development of ruthenium complexes for transfer hydrogenation reactions.

  • Ms. Pragya Ramteke: M.Sc. Intern Student, (20, Feb. - 20, Apr., 2018)
    (M.Sc. Chemistry, DAVV Indore). As an intern, she worked on the synthesis, characterization and catalytic activity of arene-ruthenium complexes

  • Mr. Rahul Birle: M.Sc. Intern Student, (20, Feb. - 20, Apr., 2018)
    (M.Sc. Chemistry, DAVV Indore). As an intern, he worked on aerobic oxidation of amines to imines catalyzed by a water soluble ruthenium complex.

  • Mr. Ankit Chahal: Intern Student, (May - Jul., 2017)
    (B.E. Chemical Science and Technology, IIT Patna). As an intern, Ankit worked on the synthesis of bimetallic metal nanoparticles, characterization and their application in hydrogenation reactions.

  • Ms. Sayma Parveen: M.Sc. Intern Student, (Feb. - Apr., 2017)
    (M.Sc. Chemistry, DAVV Indore). As an intern, Sayma worked on the synthesis of new ligands, its purification and characterization.

  • Ms. Christy Varghese: M.Sc. Intern Student, (Apr. - Jun., 2017)
    (M.Sc. Chemistry, Marthoma College, Thiruvalla, Kerala). As an intern, Christy worked on the synthesis of metal nanoparticles and effect of capping agents.

  • Ms. Gagandeep Kaur Reen: MPCOST Fellow (Research Intern, DAVV Indore), Apr., 2016 - Jun., 2016
    She is persuing her PhD in Chemistry from the research group of Prof. Pratibha Sharma, DAVV Indore. She worked on metal mediated C-H bond activation reactions.

  • Mr. Anand Kumar: Summer Intern (INSPIRE fellow, IISER Kolkata)
    (BSMS dual degree, IISER Kolkata). He was associated with the group as a Summer Intern from May, 2014 (for two months). During this period he worked on the development of nanoparticle catalysts for C-C coupling reactions.
























































































































Students interested in pursuing Ph.D. in the field of (i) synthetic organometallic and coordination chemistry of transition metals and (ii) nanoparticle catalysts are most welcome to apply through the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Indore Ph.D. programme or can e-mail me with his/her detailed curriculum vitae.

Students with CSIR/UGC JRF Certificates are encouraged to apply.

Ph.D. Admission details can be found at the following link: http://academic.iiti.ac.in/

Dr. Sanjay Kumar Singh
Associate Professor
Chemistry

sksingh[at]iiti.ac.in
Organometallics and Nanotech
Catalysis Group
Discipline of Chemistry, School of Basic Sciences