Ph.D Admissions Spring 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. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. Candidates are requested to make these choices after due consideration.
  4. Online interviews will be conducted for shortlisted candidates between December 1st and December 2nd, 2023. Candidates will be informed about the schedule of their interviews ar least 24 hours in advance. You 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Selected candidates will be informed by Academic office of our institute.
  7. 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. Anindya Datta

Prof. Arindam Chowdhury
- Spectroscopic approach to the bio-nano interface.
- M.Sc. Chemistry with strong background in Physical Chemistry, or M.Sc. in Physics or M.Sc. in biological sciences.
2.Prof. Sandip Kar
- Understanding the Hypoxia-driven cell cycle dynamics of Cancer cells. - M.Sc. in Chemistry (With Physical chemistry inclination), Biochemistry, Biophysics or M.Sc. (or B.Tech) in Biotechnology is preferred.
3.Prof. Rajarshi Chakrabarti
- Statistical Mechanical Theory and Simulation of Polymeric Systems.- M.Sc. in Chemistry or Physics; Must have studied Mathematics in B.Sc.
4.Prof. C. Subramaniam
- Nanostructured carbons for electrochemical water splitting and H2 generation. - M.Sc. chemistry, physics, Mtech chemical engineering, materials science and engineering.
5.Prof. Rahul Maitra
- Quantum Chemistry in Quantum Computers. - M.Sc./MTech in Physics/Chemistry/Computer Science/.
6.Prof. Amber Jain
- Simulation of energy flow in molecular wires. - M.Sc. in Chemistry or Physics.
Serial No.FacultyResearch TopicsEducational Requirement
1.Prof. Ramaswamy Murugavel
- Investigations on Molecular Qubits . - Mathematics at B.Sc. level.
2.Prof. M. Ravikanth
- Synthesis and studies of Polyaromatic embedded nonaromatic porphyrinoids.- M.Sc. in Chemistry.
- M.Sc. in Chemistry.
3.Prof. Gopalan Rajaraman
- Modelling Magnetic Materials for Nanotechnology Application Using AI/ML tools.- M.Sc. In Chemistry with with ancillary maths.
4.Prof. Arnab Dutta
- Developing sustainable catalysts for CO2 reduction.- M.Sc. Chemistry.
5.Prof. Sanjog Nagarkar
- Porous Liquids for Chemical Conversion of CO2 to value added Chemicals.- M.Sc Chemistry, M.Sc. Materials Science, M.Tech. Chem Engg..

Serial No.FacultyResearch TopicsEducational Requirement
1.Prof. Anil Kumar
- Continuous Flow Chemistry.- M.Sc. in Chemistry.
2.Prof. Suvarn Kulkarni
- Synthesis of bacterial glycans.- M.Sc with organic chemistry related topics.
3.Prof. Rodney Fernandes
- Catalytic methods for diene functionalization: synthesis of new scaffolds.- M.Sc. in Chemistry.
4.Prof. Santosh Gharpure
- Stereoselective approaches to oxa- and aza-cycles.- M.Sc. in Chemistry.
5.Prof. Pradeepkumar P.I.
- Identification of DNA enzymes / Aptmers by In vitro selection.- M.Sc. in Chemistry with Organic Specialization or M.Sc. Biochemistry/Biotechnology having studied Chemistry at Bachelor level.
6.Prof. Chandra M. R. Volla
- Metal-catalyzed C-H activation reactions.- M.Sc. in Chemistry.
7.Prof. Venkateswarlu Yarlagadda
- Design and development of multipronged antibacterial candidates.- M.Sc. Chemistry/Organic chemistry/Biochemistry