INSA Medal for Young Scientists (1989)
Associate Indian Academy of Sciences (1989-1994)
IIChE Amar Dye Chem Award (1994)
EC Marie Curie Fellowship (1995)
Excellence in Teaching (2002)
Manudhane Excellence Award (2005) [consulting]
Fellow Indian National Academy of Engineering (2009)
Fellow National Academy of Sciences India (2011)
Rapidly developing fields such as, energy harvesting, advanced materials for aerospace, electronics, medical implants, targetted drug delivery and environmental remediation are potential key application targets for nanomaterials. Synthesis of particles with controlled shape and size is an important objective. It is also important to enable the scale-up of the synthesis processes to larger and industrially viable levels.
Colloidal self-assembly using surfactant systems (as capping agents or as templates) including novel templates like worm-like micellar systems (WLMs) have been used in our lab to obtain a variety of magnetic, semiconducting and transition metal nanostructures. We also strive to understand the evolution of unique structural and crystallographic features in these nanoparticles, in terms of fundamental aspects of nucleation and growth at small scales, both experimentally and theoretically. Applications such as, color properties of nanoparticle suspensions, heating capabilities of magnetic nanostructures have also been investigated
We study the absorption of carbon dioxide into slurries of minerals such as Forsterite and Basalts, and also in industrial slags from steel plants. The objective is to assess the capacity and rates of absorption in batch slurries as well as concentrated pastes, as a function of mineral type, particles size, temperature and pressure.