Biosketch

I obtained my Ph. D. degree in Chemistry from the University of Delhi (DU) in 2015, working on catalyst development for renewable fuels and chemicals production. Recently, I have joined University of Milan (Italy) after two years stays at Politecnico di Milano as a Marie Curie Fellow where I work on understanding catalyst deactivation by chromatographic and spectroscopic studies combined with computational catalysis. Prior to my association with PoliMI, I was working at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi jointly with the Foundation for Innovation and Technology Transfer and Department of Chemical Engineering for developing a process on integrated technology utilizing the unique combination of fermentation and catalysis for the production of biomass-based energy and value-added chemicals from agro-residues. Among recent awards, I received Marie Curie Individual Fellowship from European Union (2019), Gandhian Young Technological Innovation award (2018) from Hon’ble President of India, BIG Innovator from Biotechnology Research Assistance Council (2018) and National Postdoctoral Fellowship from Science and Engineering Research Board, Government of India. My current research is focused on the development of an alternative technology for clean energy and value-added chemicals production from inexpensive feedstock e.g., biomass and CO2 and understanding reaction mechanisms through combined experimental and computational studies.

Professional Career

  • November 2021- Present: Researcher with Prof. Laura Prati, Department of Chemistry, University of Milan, Italy
  • November 2019- October 2021: Marie Curie Fellow with Prof. Matteo Maestri, Department of Energy, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • August 2020: Visiting Scientist at National Institute of Chemistry, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • April 2018- Sept. 2019: Principal Investigator at FITT, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi
  • August 2014-March 2018: Postdoctoral Associate (With Prof. M. Ali Haider), Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Delhi, India
  • July 2010-May 2011: Senior Research Fellow (With Prof. Madhuban Gopal), Division of Agricultural Chemicals, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, India
  • July 2010-June 2011: RD&E Chemist, SC Johnson Products Pvt. Ltd., Delhi, India

Awards/Accolades/Fellowships

  • Feb. 2019: Marie  Sklodowska-Curie Actions IF- EF-ST Award by the European Commission

  • March 2018: Gandhian Young Technological Innovation Award (INR 15 lakh) from SRIST by the  Honourable President of India.

  • March 2018: Biotechnology Ignition Grant (INR 46.5 lakh) from Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council 

  • April 2018: ACS International Student Chapter Award at Open House, IIT Delhi, India

  • June 2018: Top 30 Global Researcher by Politecnico Milano, Milan, Italy for MSCA Master Class, 9-14 June 2018.

  • ​​January 2017: Best Oral presenter award in the session 'Biomass' in APCAT-7, 17-21 Jan 2017, Mumbai (India)

  • March 2016: National Postdoctoral Fellowship from Science and Engineering Research Board, Govt. of India, Delhi (India)

  • February 2012: Qualified CSIR-Senior Research Fellowship from Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, Govt. of India

  • July 2010:  Senior Research Fellowship from National Innovation Project, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi (India)

Peer Review Activities

Expert reviewer for international scientific journals (Details available on my Publons profile: https://publons.com/a/1383207/)

  • ACS Nano (American Chemical Society)

  • Journal of Material Chemistry A (Royal Society of Chemistry)

  • Dalton Transactions (Royal Society of Chemistry)

  • Reaction Chemistry and Engineering (Royal Society of Chemistry)

  • Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research (American Chemical Society)

  • Energy and Fuels (American Chemical Society)

  • Advanced Sustainable System (Wiley)

  • New Journal of Chemistry (Royal Society of Chemistry)

  • RSC Advances (Royal Society of Chemistry)

  • Saudi Journal of Chemical Society (Elsevier)

  • ChemistrySelect (Wiley)

  • Biomass conversion and Biorefinery (Springer)

  • Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy (Springer)

  • Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part B

  • ACS Engineering Au

  • May 2016: Member of Review Panel, RSC Advances (Royal Society of Chemistry)​​​

Academic Details

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry (2015), Department of Chemistry, University of Delhi
       Thesis Title: Catalysis for Biomass Conversion to Value-added Chemicals
        Supervisor: Dr. Basudeb Saha
  • M. Sc. in Chemistry (2009),  Department of Chemistry, University of Delhi, India
        Specialization: Agrochemicals & Pest Management
       
  • B. Sc. in Chemistry Hons. (2006), Gopalganj College Gopalganj, J. P. University, Chapra (Bihar), India