Ph.D Admissions Autumn 2023-2024

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 May 04 and May 15, 2023. 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. Nand Kishore
- Unravelling biomolecular interactions via biophysical approach: Implications in rational drug design and neurodegenerative diseases
- Unravelling biomolecular interactions via biophysical approach: Implications in biosensing and neurodegenerative diseases
- M.Sc. (Chemistry/Biochemistry/ Biotechnology/Life Sciences)
2.Prof. Anindya Datta
- Time resolved fluorescence spectroscopy and microscopy in live cells.
- Ultrafast processes in the bio-nano interface.
- M.Sc. in Chemistry with strong interest in Physical Chemistry, or M. Sc. in life sciences.
3.Prof. G. Naresh Patwari
- Probing chemical Phenomena with classical and ab-initio MD simulations. - M.Sc in Chemistry.
4.Prof. Arindam Chowdhury
- Single-particle fluorescence spectroscopy and imaging to probe excited state processes of perovskite nano-/micro-crystals.
- Single-molecule fluorescence microscopy and spectoscopy to probe the dynamics in biomolecules and bio-materials.
- B.Sc with chemistry, physics and mathematics. M.Sc. In chemistry or bio-sciences or physics.
5.Prof. Ruchi Anand
- Probing Antibiotic Resistance Mechanisms using Biophysical and Structural Approaches.- Master's in any branch of Chemistry/life sciences
6.Prof. Rajarshi Chakrabarti
- Passive and active diffusion of tracer particles in porous and crowded media: Statistical Mechanical Theory and Computer Simulations.- M. Sc. In Chemistry/Physics, Mathematics as one of the subjects in B.Sc.
7.Prof. Sandip Kar
- Modelling the dynamical cross-talk between Epithelial to Mesenchymal transition and cell cycle regulations.
- Understanding the correlation of cellular movement and cell cycle dynamics in mammalian cells.
- Students with MSc in Chemistry (Physical chemistry as major interest), Biochemistry, Biophysics, and B. Tech in Biotechnology
8.Prof. C. Subramaniam
- Nanomaterials for energy storage.
- Nanomaterials for Electro & Photo catalysis.
- JRF without Ph. D Registration, Pre-requisite: M.Sc. Inorganic or M.Tech Chemical Engg, RD/0121-SERB030-001, 4 Years, Funding Agency: DET
- M.Sc. In Chemistry/Physics/ Nanotechnology/Materials. Inorganic/physical Chemistry specialization is preferred. M.Tech in Chemical / Electrical / Materials / Mechanical engineering
9.Prof. Kamendra Sharma
- Design of new class of Porous Materials for Trapping and Catalytic Conversion of Green House Gases.
- Self-Assembly of nanoparticles and polymers into macroporous materials .
- M.Sc in either Physical or Material or Polymer Chemistry; M. Tech in Chemical Engg. or Materials.
10.Prof. Shobhna Kapoor
- Understanding the functions of lipids in infection and drug resistance.
- Mapping cellular responses within 3D scaffolds: Towards biomedical applications and mechanobiology.
- MSc in Life Sciences and/or M. Tech Degree in chemical / life-sciences / Physical sciences
11.Prof. Achintya Dutta
- Radiation damage to genetic materials.
- Machine learning approaches for excited states.
- M.Sc. Chemistry
12.Prof. Rahul Maitra
- Machine Learning aided electronic structure theory for molecular ground and excited states.
- Electronic Structure theory on quantum computers.
- M.Sc in Physics/Chemistry (only physical Chemistry).
13.Prof. Amber Jain
- Simulation of energy flow in molecular wires-quantum coherence effects.
- Development of new theoretical methods for non-adiabatic simulations
- M.Sc. in Chemistry.
14.Prof. Ishita Sengupta
- Development and application of NMR Methods to study dynamics .
- Paramagnetic Relaxation Enhancement NMR spectroscopy.
- M.Sc in Physics/Chemistry (only Physical Chemistry)
Serial No.FacultyResearch TopicsEducational Requirement
1.Prof. R. Murugavel
- Heterometallic Phosphates for electrocatalysis and energy storage.
- Metal Nanoparticle Decorated Covalent Organic Frameworks for Energy Applications
- M. Sc. in Chemistry.
2.Prof. M. Ravikanth
- Synthesis of Polyaromatic embedded porphyrinoids.
- Synthesis of Pyrrole based ligands and their coordination chemistry.
- M.Sc. in Chemistry.
- M. Sc. in Chemistry.
3.Prof. Prasenjit Ghosh
- Transition metal complex of singlet Carbene ligand.
- Biomimetic small molecule analogus of metalloenzyme.
- M.Sc. In Chemistry
- M.Sc. in Chemistry.
4.Prof. Gopalan Rajaraman
- Modelling molecular Magnets for Nanotechnology application.
- C-H bond activation by metal-oxo species.
- Position: JRF without Ph.D registration Topic: Exploring Oriented External Electric Field as a Tool to Modulate Single-Molecule Magnets and Fine-tune Catalytic Efficiency.Project code: RD/0122-SERB000-026, 3 Years, SERB
- M.Sc. In Chemistry with Mathematics at undergraduate level.
5.Prof. Debabrata Maiti
- Metal catalysed asymmetric synthesis.- M.Sc. Chemistry.
6.Prof. Maheswaran S.
- Sustainable energy harvesting using discrete molecular piezo and ferroelecric complexes.
- Design of molecular catalyst for the CO2 reduction into methanol or another useful chemical feedstock.
- M.Sc. Chemistry.
7.Prof. Arnab Dutta
- Developing Bio-inspired electocatalysts for small molecule activation.- M.Sc. Chemistry.
8.Prof. Sanjog Nagarkar
- Development of framework materials derived heterogenous catalysts for organic transformations.
- Covalent organic frameworks for electrochemical energy conversion and storage applications.
- M.Sc. Chemistry.

Serial No.FacultyResearch TopicsEducational Requirement
1.Prof. Anil Kumar
- Continuous Flow Synthesis of Nanomaterials.
- Process Intensification via flow.
- M.Sc. in Chemistry.
2.Prof. Irishi N. N. Namboothiri
- Carbon nanotube based nanohybrid organocatalysis for enantioselective reactions Position: PS with Ph.D registration, Pre-requisites: As per DST and Institute Norms, Project Code: RD/0122-IFCPA01-001, Duration: 3 Years, Funding Agency: IFCPAR/CEFIPRA.- M.Sc. in Chemistry.
3.Prof. Krishna P. Kaliappan
- Asymmetric Total Synthesis of Cephanolides and its congeners.
- Copper Catalyzed Cascade coupling reactions to Medicinally Important Heterocycles.
- M.Sc. in Chemistry.
4.Prof. Raghavan Sunoj
- Machine Learning Studies of Catalytic Organic Reactions.- M.Sc.(Chemistry). Mathematics upto B.Sc.
5.Prof. Pradeepkumar P.I.
- Synthesis and Biochemical studies on G-quadruplex DNA interacting molecules.
- JRF under Project (without Ph.D registration), Pre-requisites: Experience in carrying out Organic Synthesis is desirable, Profect code: RD/0121-SERB000-021, Duration: 1 year, Project: SERB.
- M.Sc. Chemistry
6.Prof. Suvarn Kulkarni
- Total synthesis of bacterial glycoconjugates.
- Synthesis of nonulosonic acid containing oligosaccharides.
- M.Sc. Chemistry.
7.Prof. Santosh Gharpure
- Stereoselctive synthesis of heterocyclic compounds.- M.Sc. in Chemistry.
- M.Sc. in Chemistry.
8.Prof. Nandita Madhavan
- Aquaporin Mimics and Polymer Conjugates for Selective Transmembrane Water Transport.Ph.D with registration, Project code: RD/0122-SERB000-025, Funding : SERB. - M.Sc. In Chemistry. Bio/Polymer related degrees also acceptabel e.g. M. Pharm or B. Tech/M. Tech in Polymers.
9.Prof. Venkateswarlu Yarlagadda
- Design and development of durable antimicrobial drug candidates- M.Sc. (Chemistry/Organic chemistry/Biochemistry)