Ph.D Admissions Autumn 2021-22

Dear Candidate,
Thank you for your interest in our department. We look forward to welcoming a fresh batch of highly motivated and competent Ph. D. students. Let us take you through the modus operandi of our Ph. D. admission.

  1. Please have a careful look at the list of Ph. D. topics on offer. You may contact concerned faculty members if you have questions about the topics.
  2. A shortlist of applicants will be prepared based on their CSIR/UGC fellowship, GATE score, M. Tech. degree etc. Only those candidates will be considered for interview, who fulfil educational qualifications advertised in the list mentioned above.
  3. Shortlisted candidates will be provided with a Google form in which they need to choose one of the interview committees (out of Organic, Inorganic and Physical Chemistry). Once they make this choice, they will have access to a list of faculty members whose topics are displayed under the head of the chosen committee. They are required to choose three options out of these.
  4. Candidates are requested to make these choices after due consideration. They are allowed to change the choices during interview (for Physical Chemistry) or after joining the department (for Organic and Inorganic Chemistry), but it will be more convenient for all if they make informed choices.
  5. Online interviews will be conducted for shortlisted candidates between April 20 and May 15. Candidates will be informed about the schedule of their interviews ar least 24 hours in advance. They are requested to be ready with some sheets of paper/ a pad, a few pens/ sketch pens and preferably a laptop/ desktop computer with a good camera and stable internet connection. Mobile phones may be used if computers are not available.
  6. Duration of each interview will be 20-40 minutes. Candidates will be asked questions to test their knowledge of subject and ascertain their suitability for a Ph. D. position.
  7. Selected candidates will be informed by Academic office of our institute.
  8. Please note that assignment of supervisor will be done only after the students join the programme. While efforts will be made to assign first choice of supervisors to the maximum possible extent, it is often not possible, in case the number of applicants for certain groups is more than the number of projects available.

All the best to the candidates.

Ph. D. Admission Committee, Department of Chemistry | IIT Bombay
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Ph.D Research Topics

Serial No.FacultyResearch TopicsEducational Requirement
1.Prof. M. S. Balakrishna
- Organometallic chemistryM.Sc. with PCM, General, Inorganic or Organic specialisation
2.Prof. R. Murugavel
- Metal phosphate nanomaterials for energy applications.
- Moelcular magents and refrigerants based on lanthanide ions.
M.Sc. Chemistry with physics and Maths at B.Sc. level
3.Prof. M. Ravikanth
- Carbaporphyrin platform for organometallic complexes.
- Synthesis of stable anti-aromatic pyrrole based macrocycles.
- Polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) embedded porphyrinoids.
M.Sc. Chemistry
4.Prof. P. Ghosh
- Organoarsenic Compunds and Their Applications in Haematological Cancers.
- Transition Metal N-heterocyclic Carbene Complexes and Their Applications in Chemical Catalysis.
- Biomimetic Studies of Dinuclear and Trinuclear Metalloenzymes.
M.Sc. in Chemistry
5.Prof. G. Rajaraman
- Modelling Spintronic Materials for Nanotechnology applications.
- Mechanism of C-H bond activation by metal-oxo catalysts.
M.Sc. Chemistry
6.Prof. Debabrata Maiti
- Photoinduced regioselective manipulation towards proximal and distal CH functionalization.
- Imine as a linchpin approach for distal-CH functionalization.
- Application of new C-H functionalization methodologies towards natural product synthesis and pharmaceutocals synthesis.
- Electrocatalytic Enantioselective synthesis of biaryl atropisomers.
M.Sc. in Chemistry (Organic/Inorganic)
7.Prof. M. Shanmugam
- Structure-Property correlation for stabilzing axial magnetic anisotropy in six coordinate Co(II) complexes.
- Development of Molecular Qubits for Quantum computing.
- MRI contrast agents for the early detection of Parkinson disesase/other neurological disorders.
- Developing Graphene/MoS2/other 2D materials based molecular electronic devices.
M.Sc. Chemistry/Biology/Biochemistry
8.Prof. Leela S. Panchakarla
- Advanced nanomaterials for energy applications .
- Novel self-assembled nanostructures and their properties at an individual nanostructural level using device fabrication.
M.Sc. In Chemistry
9.Prof. Arnab Dutta
- Developing bio-inspired CO2 reduction catalyst.
- Developing photocatalytic H2 production assembly.
M.Sc. In Chemistry
10.Prof. Sanjog S. Nagarkar
- Functional Coordination Polymers.
- Coordination Cages.
M.Sc. In Chemistry
11.Prof. Srinivasan Ramakrishnan
- Electrochemical Hydrogen Atom Transfers in Organometallic Systems.
- Engineering Inorganic Systems for Multi-Electron Redox Processes.
- Interfacial Engineering of Microelectrode Arrays for Neural Stimulation.
- MSc Chemistry (Physical or Inorganic).
- MSc Chemistry (Physical or Inorganic), BE/BTech/MTech Chem Eng, MatSci.
- BTech/MTech Electrical or Chemical Engineering with MEMS Experience.
Serial No.FacultyResearch TopicsEducational Requirement
1.Prof. Santosh J. Gharpure
- New strategies for synthesis of cyclic ethers.M.Sc. in Chemistry
2.Prof. Suvarn S. Kulkarni
- Chemical synthesis of zwitterionic oligosaccharides for vaccine developement.
- Total synthesis of rare sugars containing bacterial glycans.
M.Sc. In Chemistry
3.Prof. Krishna P. Kaliappan
- Total Synthesis of daphnyphillane alkaloids.
- Total Synthesis of Welwitindoline family of alkaloids.
M.Sc. In Chemistry
4.Prof. Irishi N. N. Namboothiri
- Synthesis of Multi-functional and Bioactive Molecules from Curcumins via Cascade reactions.
- Synthetic and Mechanistic Investigations on Polycarbocyclic Cage Compounds.
M.Sc. In Chemistry
5.Prof. R. B. Sunoj
- Machine Learning for Chemical Catalysis.M.Sc. (Chemistry)+Mathematics upto B.Sc. 2nd year
6.Prof. Rodney A. Fernandes
- Diastereoselective allylation in total synthesis of natural products.M.Sc. In Chemistry
7.Prof. Pradeep Kumar P. I.
- Computational and Modeling Studies of Functional Nucleic Acids.M.Sc. Chemistry/Biochemistry/Biophysics with Mathematics at B.Sc. level.
8.Prof. Chandra M. R. Volla
- Metallophotoredox catalyzed C-H activation reactions.M.Sc. in Chemistry
9.Prof. Nandita Madhavan
- Peptidic Scaffolds for Transport of Divalent Ions.
- Self-Immolating polymer scaffolds.
M.Sc. in Chemistry
10.Prof. Chidambar Kulkarni
- Redox-mediated frontal supramolecular polymerization.M.Sc. (Organic or Physical Chemistry)
Serial No.FacultyResearch TopicsEducational Requirement
1.Prof. Anindya Datta
- Ultrafast processes in molecules and materials.
- Fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy for applications in cell biology.
- M.Sc. in Chemistry, with strong background in Physical Chemistry, or M. Sc. in Physics.
- M. Sc. in Chemistry, with strong background in Physical Chemistry, or M. Sc. in Physics or M. Sc./ B. Tech./M. Tech. in any branch of Biological Science.
2.Prof. G. Naresh Patwari
- QM-MM Investigations on enzymatic reactions.M.Sc. In Chemistry
3.Prof. Arindam Chowdhury
- Single-Molecule Fluorescence Imaging/Spectroscopy of probe nanoscale structure-dynamics of soft materials and biomolecular assemblies.
- Polarization resolved imaging and spectroscopy of single emitters (semiconductor nano crystals).
- B. Sc. in chemistry with physics and maths is preferred. M. Sc in (physical) chemistry or M. Tech in chemical engineering.
- B. Sc. in chemistry with physics and maths is preferred. M. Sc in physical chemistry or physics or M. Tech in chemical engineering or materials science.
4.Prof. Ruchi Anand
- Biochemical and Structural Studies on Origns of Antibiotic Resistance.
- Engineering and Design of Biosensors for Aromatic Pollutants.
- M.Sc. Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology Biotechnology.
- M.Sc. Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biotechnology.
5.Prof. Rajarshi Chakrabarti
- Statistical Mechanics of rate processes in the liquid state.M.Sc in Chemistry (Physical Chemistry Specialization) or M.Sc in Physics. Mathematics in B.Sc. as a pass (minor) subject. A strong background in Mathematics is absolutely necessary.
6.Prof. Sandip Kar
- Understanding role of micro-RNA in governing the restriction point control of Mammalian cells.
- Deciphering the role of network-motifs in organizing stem cell differentiation dynamics.
- Students with background in Biotechnology, Biophysics, Biochemistry and Physical Chemistry (M.Sc) with interest in both experimental cell biology as well as computational modelling are encouraged to apply.
- Students with background in Chemistry, Physics, Biotechnology, Biophysics, Biochemistry with interest in both theory and computational modelling are encouraged to apply.
7.Prof. Shobhna Kapoor
- Understanding the role of lipids in infectious diseases and drug resistance.
- Development of lipid chemical tools for imaging and affinity-based mass spectroscopy.
- B.Sc/M.Sc in Chemistry or Biology. Prior Knowlege of Tissue Cell Culture is a plus.
- B.Sc/M.Sc. in Chemistry. Prior Knowlege of Organic Synthesis is a must.
8.Prof. Rahul Maitra
- Solving electronic structure of atoms and molecules using supervised machine learning.
- Fragment molecular orbital approach to excited states.
M.Sc. in Physics/Chemistry
9.Prof. Amber Jain
- Theoretical investigation of quantum effects of nuclear vibrations.M.Sc. in Chemistry or Physics
10.Prof. Ishita Sengupta
- Protein folding by solution NMR spectroscopy.
- Paramagnetic NMR spectroscopy.
- M.Sc. in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Bioinformatics.
- M.Sc. in Chemistry.
11.Prof. Srinivasan Ramakrishnan
- Electrochemical Hydrogen Atom Transfers in Organometallic Systems.
- Engineering Inorganic Systems for Multi-Electron Redox Processes.
- Interfacial Engineering of Microelectrode Arrays for Neural Stimulation.
- M.Sc. Chemistry (Physical or Inorganic).
- M.Sc. Chemistry (Physical or Inorganic), B.E./B.Tech/M.Tech Chem. Eng, Mat.Sci.
- B.Tech./M.Tech. Electrical or Chemical Engineering with MEMS Experience