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Our Current Team

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Principal Investigator

Assistant Professor

Center for Sustainable Technologies, IISc Bangalore

Gulmohar Marg, Mathikere, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560012

Room: 405

Mobile: +91-80-2293-3046

Email: nkgupta@iisc.ac.in

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Post Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Arvind Singh Chauhan

Arvind Singh Chauhan obtained his PhD degree in Chemical Sciences from CSIR-Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology, Palampur. During his PhD, his research focused on the sustainable approaches for the synthesis of high value furan-based chemicals from biomass or low-cost carbohydrates feedstocks.

At present, he works on conversion of biomass-derived furanics to value-added chemicals. Apart from research, his interests are trekking, hiking, playing cricket and listening to music.

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Post Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Satyam Singh

Satyam Singh obtained his Ph.D. degree from the Madan Mohan Malaviya University of Technology, Gorakhpur India in 2024. His doctoral studies focused on Synthesis of the ultra-responsive covalent organic framework (COFs), heterojunction graphitic carbon nitride-based photocatalyst, Graphene quantum dots (GQDs) Composite photocatalyst, Selective formation of solar fuels such as HCOOH, CH3OH from CO2, Photocatalytic organic transformation C-H bond Activation, C-S bond activation, Sulfoxidation, Oxidative coupling Amines to Imines, Dye degradation. He received the National Young Researcher Awards 2022.

His current research interests include the photothermal conversion of CO2, Nitrogen fixation, Selective production of value-added chemicals, and Organic transformations

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Post Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Bhagirath Saini

Bhagirath Saini obtained his Ph.D. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Jodhpur in 2024. His doctoral studies focused on the synthesis of nanomaterials and 2D layered catalysts for electrocatalysis (HER, OER, and CO2 reduction), photocatalysis (dye degradation and metal ion removal) and biomass to biofuel production (biodiesel and bio jet fuel). He previously worked as an assistant professor at Lachoo Memorial College of Science & Technology (Autonomous), Jodhpur.

His current research interest includes the upgradation of biomass-derived furanics.

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Doctoral Student

Ripsa Rani Nayak

Ripsa completed her M.Tech. in Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology from NIT Kurukshetra in 2022.  Her master’s thesis work was focused on the green synthesis of semiconducting ZnSe-based nanomaterials by using organic wastes/plant extracts for environmental applications and dye degradation. Additionally she knows to operate the various characterization tools. She earned gold medal for being the topper during her MTech.

She is currently doing a Ph.D. on the design and development of catalysts for biomass conversion to value-added chemicals. Besides, she enjoys painting, hiking, and traveling. She is also in numismatics.

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Doctoral Student

Hafila S Khairun

Hafila completed her Master of Science in Chemistry at the Indian Institute of Technology–Palakkad (IIT–Palakkad) in 2023. During her M.Sc. thesis, she investigated defects in materials utilizing Spectroscopic techniques for catalytic applications. Additionally, she focused on assessing the stability of metal nanoclusters using Molecular Dynamics (MD) tools for potential biological applications. Her outstanding academic performance earned her the distinction of being the Best Student in MSc Chemistry (Medalist), an honor bestowed upon her by Somanath, Chairman of ISRO.

Currently, she is pursuing her Ph.D. under the guidance of Dr. Navneet Gupta, where she is engaged in functionalizing oxygenates derived from biomass into valuable chemicals using heterogeneous catalysts. Beyond her academic endeavors, she finds enjoyment in playing volleyball, traveling, reading books, and watching movies.

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Project Associate

Rajat Singhal

Rajat recieved his M.Sc. in Chemistry & Environmental Science from Madan Mohan Malaviya University of Technology, Gorakhpur in 2023. His master's thesis centered on the in-situ synthesis of melem-based polymeric materials, designed to emulate half of the natural photosynthetic system. Rajat was honored with a Gold Medal by the Governor of Uttar Pradesh. Presently, his focus lies on catalytic bio-based aromatics production.

Outside of his academic pursuits, he enjoys traveling, playing cricket, and listening to music.

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Project Associate

Vismaya Vijayan

Vismaya completed her Master of Science in Chemistry from the Central University of Kerala (CUK) in 2023 with First rank. During M.Sc. Thesis, she worked on the Synthesis of Cerium Oxide, Characterization and Its Catalytic Applications at Inorganic material synthesis and Heterogeneous Catalysis laboratory, CUK. She received INSPIRE (DST)  Scholarship for Higher Education (2018-2023).

Currently she is working on the Development of catalysts for the conversion of biomass-derived furanics into value-added products. Beyond her academics, she enjoys wall painting, craft works and cooking.

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Master Student

Gazala Parveen

Gazala Parveen is an MSc student from REVA University and currently here she is doing her M.Sc. thesis work under the guidance of Dr. Navneet Gupta. Her thesis work mainly involves the idea of carbon dioxide fixation and conversion into valuable products.

Apart from her interest in research she enjoys reading books and singing.

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Master Student

Joseph Sanat Ram Hansda

Joseph is an MSc student from IISc Bangalore and currently here he is doing his M.Sc. thesis work under the guidance of Dr. Navneet Gupta. His thesis work mainly involves Development of light harvesting materials for organic transformation.

Apart from his interest in research he enjoys paintings, sports activities.

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Intern

Dinesh Kumar

Dinesh completed his Master of Science in Chemistry from Indian Institute Of Technology Guwahati (IIT Guwahati) Assam in 2022. His Master's thesis work focused on Metal Organic Framework and it's application.

Currently, he is working on development of heterogeneous catalysis for biomass conversion.

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Intern

Gowtham Ram

Gowtham is a Master of Science (Chemistry) student from Madurai Kamaraj University, Tamil Nadu. 

Currently, he is working on development of heterogeneous catalysis for sugar valorization.

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