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Navneet K. Gupta, ​Dr. rer. nat


Navneet Kumar Gupta obtained his B.Sc. (Hons) in Chemistry from the University of Delhi, India, and then received his Master’s degrees from the University of Delhi, India (M.Tech. in Chemical Synthesis & Process Technologies) and from JAIST, Japan (M.S. in Materials Science). He received a PhD in chemistry (catalysis) from the Technical University of Munich under the supervision of Prof Johannes A Lercher on an industrial collaboration project with Bayer (now Covestro).

His experience includes postdoctoral research at Hokkaido University, KU Leuven, and the Technical University of Darmstadt. He also served as a scientist with the CSIR-CIMFR.  

Currently, he is Assistant Professor at the Center for Sustainable Technologies, ​IISc Bangalore. His field of study is heterogeneous catalysis, emphasizing materials development for biomass/waste valorization.

He has received several prestigious awards and scholarships, including an outstanding M.S. Thesis award at JAIST, Japan, and a prestigious Humboldt postdoctoral fellowship. Most recently, he was granted the Saroj Poddar Young Investigator Award by IISc.




Ph.D. in Catalysis (Technical Chemistry) from the Technical University of Munich, Germany. Thesis: Innovative Pathways for Sustainable DPC Production. (

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Johannes A. Lercher (


Certificate in "Fundamental Aspects of Common Principles of Catalysis" from South German Catalysis Institute, Germany. (As a part of PhD degree)


M. S. in Materials Science and Catalysis from the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST), Japan.

Thesis: Design and Development of Metal Supported Hydrotalcite Catalysts for Green Oxidation of 5- Hydroxymethyl Furfural

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Kohki Ebitani (

M. Tech. in Chemical Synthesis and Process Technologies (CSPT) from University of Delhi, Delhi, India.






Assistant Professor at ​Center for Sustainable Technologies, IISc Bangalore, India.

Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow at Technical Chemistry II, Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany.

Host: Prof. Dr. Markus Rose (

Postdoctoral Fellow at Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium.

Promoter: Prof. Dr. Bert Sels (

Scientist at CSIR-Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research (CSIR-CIMFR), Dhanbad, India.


Postdoctoral Fellow at Institute for Catalysis, Hokkaido University, Japan. Industrial partner: Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, Japan.

Promoter: Prof. Dr. Atsushi Fukuoka / Prof. Dr. Kiyotaka Nakajima (

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