Ph.D Admissions Spring 2022-2023

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).
  4. Candidates are requested to make these choices after due consideration.
  5. Online interviews will be conducted for shortlisted candidates between November 24, 25 and 26, 2022. Candidates will be informed about the schedule of their interviews atleast 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. Anil Kumar
- Continuous Flow Synthesis of Industrially Important Pharma Intermediates and nanoparticles.- M.Sc. in Chemistry.
2.Prof. Krishna P. Kaliappan
- Synthetic Utility of Glycerrhetinic Acid.
- Asymmetric Total Syntheiss of Biologically Active Natural Products
- Industry sponsored.
- M.Sc in Chemistry
3.Prof. Rodney A. Fernandes
- Total synthesis of THF molecules through catalytic methods.
- Catalytic diene functionalization to important scaffolds_ Sponsored.
- M.Sc. Chemistry.
- M.Sc. Chemistry.
4.Prof. Suvarn S. Kulkarni
- Synthesis of rare sugar containing bacterial glycans from ESKAPE pathogens for vaccine development - M.Sc. in Chemistry.
5.Prof. Santosh J. Gharpure
- Industry Sponsored: H-atom transfer (HAT) in the synthesis of odourants - M.Sc., This is only for industry employees, sponsored by Industry.
6.Prof. Chandra M.R. Volla
- Visible light photoredox mediated functionalization .
- Metal-catalyzed C-H functinoalization .
- M.Sc. in Chemistry.
- Industry sponsored/SW.
7.Prof. Nandita Madhavan
- Biomimetic Scaffolds for Transmembrane Chloride Bicarbonate Anion Transport as Potential Antifibrotic Agents.- Master's bio background and some laboratory experience.
8.Prof. Venkateswarlu Yarlagadda
- Medicinal chemistry of bioactive natural products.- M. Sc. in Chemistry/Biochemistry.
Serial No.FacultyResearch TopicsEducational Requirement
1.Prof. R. Murugavel
- Metal Phosphate Hybrids for Energy Applications through Soft Chemistry .- M.Sc. in Chemistry.
2.Prof. M. Ravikanth
- Synthesis of Polyaromatic aromatic embedded porphyrinoids .- M.Sc. in Chemistry.
3.Prof. Prasenjit Ghosh
- Synthethsis, Reactivity and Catalysis Spaces of the Heteroatom Stabilized Singlet Carbene Transition Metal Complexes- M.Sc. in Chemistry.
4.Prof. Gopalan Rajaraman
- Modelling Molecular Magnets using Computational Tools_Sponsored Project.
- An about-phase appraoch to Molecular Spintronics Materials .
- M.Sc. Chemistry with Ancilary Maths.
- MSc. Chemistry with Ancilary Maths.
5.Prof. Maheswaran S.
- Multiferroic nanomaterial for sustainable energy harvesting. - M.Sc. Chemistry.
6.Prof. Arnab Dutta
- Developing catalysts for CO2 capture and conversion technology.- M.Sc. in chemistry or M.Tech in Chemical Engg.
7.Prof. Sanjog Nagarkar
- Development of framework solids for catalytic applications .- M.Sc. Chemistry/Materials Chemistry.
8.Prof. Srinivasan Ramakrishnan
- Nanoscale Interphases for Electrochemical Energy Storage.- BTech/MTech Chemical/Materials/Electrical Engineering, MSc Physics/Chemistry (Physical or Materials, Mathematics upto UG level).
Serial No.FacultyResearch TopicsEducational Requirement
1.Prof. Nand Kishore
- Physicochemical characterization of intermolecular interactions important in biosensing and therpaeutics.- M.Sc. in Chemistry/Biochemistry/Biotechnology/ Life Sciences
2.Prof. Anindya Datta
- Time resolved fluorescence microscopy of live cells. - M. Sc. Chemistry with strong background in Physical Chemistry. The student must have studied Maths and Physics at undergraduate level
3.Prof. Arindam Chowdhury
- Single-molecule fluorescence spectroscopy and super-resolution imaging : Probing heterogeneity and dynamics in nanomaterial and/or biological systems.- B.Sc. in Chemistry/Physics with mathematics; MSc Chemistry or Physics; Integrated MSc in Chemistry, Physics or Integrated Btech-MTech in Engineering
4.Prof. Rajarshi Chakrabarti
- Theory and simulation of polymer gel.- M.Sc in Chemistry/Physics, Mathematics is must in M.Sc. for Chemistry students .
5.Prof. Sandip Kar
- Modelling the variabilities in cell cycle dynamics of breast cancer cell lines. - M.Sc. in Chemistry (Physical chemistry as major interest), Biochemistry, Biophysics, and in Biotechnology
6.Prof. Chandramouli Subramaniam
- Green chemistry with nanomaterials.- M.Sc. in Inorganic or Organic chemistry with synthetic background. M.Tech in Mechanical engineering or Chemical engineering.
7.Prof. Kamendra Sharma
- Nanostructured materials from polymers self-assembly for health and environmental applications. - M.Sc. physical or polymer or or applied or materials chemistry.
8.Prof. Shobhna Kapoor
- Understanding host-pathogen and drug interactions at the cell membrane.- M.Sc. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, and/or Mtech in Chemical, Biological Physical Sciences.
9.Prof. Achintya Dutta
- Electron attachment induced radiation damage to genetic materials.- MSc(Chemistry/Physics).
10.Prof. Rahul Maitra
- Electronic structure theory of atoms and molecules via machine learning.- M.Sc in Physics/Chemistry.
11.Prof. Amber Jain
- Theoretical investigation of energy transfer in molecular wires.- M.Sc./BS in Physics or Chemistry .