Ptskin@PdPt Nanostructures as Stable and Efficient Electrocatalyst towards Alcohol Oxidation: Prof. Bhalchandra Kakade and his group synthesized a unique and controlled structure of Ptskin@PdPt nanostructures showing tremendous enhancement (8-10 times) towards alcohol electrooxidation and oxygen reduction reaction with minimal catalytic poisoning and increased durability than state-of-the-art electrocatalysts.
Fullerene-like BN-60 cages with homonuclear boron bonds: Prof. Ranjit Thapa and his group designed BN-60 cages analogue to C60 cage usefull for CO oxidation and CO2 hydrogenation. The results are exciting, and Prof. Ranjit believes that they are on the threshold of playing a small but important step in saving the environment from the catastrophic effects of man-made pollution and in developing the next generation catalyst for low-cost green energy production.
Develop Fate Models and quantitative understanding of persistent toxic substances in India: Dr. Paromita Chakraborty and her research group used complex chemical fate models to elucidate: (i) ongoing re-emission of banned pesticide like DDT from Indian soil (ii) informal recycling of electronic waste is acting as a new source for polychlorinated biphenyls in India. For the first time, Lagrangian models has been used on national scale to identify the hotspots and long/short range atmospheric transport of such persistent organic pollutants in India.
Nrf2-based therapies for the treatment of diabetes and its complications: Dr. Ramkumar and his research team are interested in identifying the molecular mechanisms involved in the activation of the Nrf2-ARE signaling pathway by small molecules and its role in various therapeutic interventions such as pancreatic β-cell apoptosis, survival of pancreatic islet grafts and endothelaial dysfunction in diabetes
Hydrogen Bonded Capsules and Thin Films: Dr. S. Anandhakumar and his group have fabricated hydrogen bonded capsules and thin films based on the use of neutral, non-toxic building blocks. These capsules are interesting carriers for a wide variety of biomedical applications as they have similar ‘stealth’ behavior as PEG based systems, i.e. they are not readily recognized by the immune system, and also can overcome the few draw backs and limitations associated to PEG.
Surface texturing through lithograph patterning for enhanced absorption in solar absorbers: Dr. Malar and her group are working on optical absorption enhancement in earth abundant, non toxic quaternary absorber material (CZTS) for solar cells. Light trapping in solar absorber is induced through texturing of the surface of the absorber in contrast to the flat absorber layer surface. Optical lithography tools are used for template assisted growth process to achieve absorber surface with patterned regular array of structures.
Efficient high order entropy satisfying schemes with low viscosity: Dr. Ritesh Kumar Dubey and his group has established proof of sign preserving property at jumps for some of high order efficient reconstruction procedures. They developed a third order accurate class of efficient entropy satisfying schemes with low viscosity for enhanced shock resolution. An extension of this work leading to next generation of shock capturing schemes is going.