Woormileela Sinha, Ph. D

Assistant Professor

Porphyrinoids, Energy-related
Department of Chemistry, BITS Pilani, K K Birla Goa Campus, Zuarinagar, Goa - 403726, INDIA


Ph. D. National Institute of Science Education and Research (Homi Bhabha National Institute), 2016
M. Sc. Indian School of Mines (IIT-ISM Dhanbad), 2011
B. Sc. (Hons.) University of Calcutta, 2009

Professional Experience

Associate Specialist at University of California, Irvine (UC Irvine), Aug 2021- April 2022
Post-doctoral Associate at University of California, Irvine (UC Irvine), Aug 2020- July 2021
Post-doctoral Fellow at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology (Technion – IIT), July 2016- July 2020

About the Faculty

Dr. Woormileela Sinha joined our institute in May 2022 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry. During her doctoral research, in Dr. Sanjib Kar’s group, she designed and synthesized contracted porphyrinoids, corroles and further investigated the changes in the electronic, structural, and spectroscopic properties on electron transfer in metallocorroles. Dr. Sinha joined the research group of Prof. Zeev Gross at Technion-IIT with the prestigious Schulich fellowship and further continued as a Grand Technion Energy Program (GTEP) Fellow to explore electrocatalytic abilities, such as water oxidation by metallocorroles for energy-related purposes. Later, she moved to Irvine, California to pursue her post-doctoral research under the mentorship of Prof. A. (Andy) S. Borovik on bio-inorganic chemistry. At UC Irvine, she investigated the generation, and spectroscopic characterization of high-valent metal oxo-/hydroxo- centers within heterobimetallic complexes, as models for studying various naturally occurring catalytically active sites such as the oxygen evolving complex (OEC).

At her leisure, Dr. Sinha enjoys spending time with family, travelling, cooking, and listening to music.


Selected Honors and Awards

  • Awarded the Outstanding Doctoral Student Award by Homi Bhabha National Institute in Chemical Sciences, 2019, India
  • Awarded the Grand Technion Energy Program (GTEP) Fellowship for Outstanding Postdoctoral Fellows in Energy from Technion in 2017, Israel
  • Felicitated with the Best Poster Award in Chemistry at National Seminar on Science and Technology for Indigenous Development in India, Indian Science Congress Association, 2015
  • Received Prof. A. P. Mishra award for best oral presentation in Inorganic Chemistry at XXXIII Annual Conference, Indian Council of Chemists, 2014, India
  • Awarded Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research, INSPIRE-2012 Fellowship (IF120315) by Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India
  • Awarded gold medal and the certificate of merit in Chemistry for the final M.Sc. examination, Indian School of Mines (IIT-ISM Dhanbad) 2012
  • Awarded scholarship for securing highest marks in Chemistry in M.Sc. first year (2009-2010), Indian School of Mines (IIT-ISM Dhanbad)
  • Awarded gold medal by Maharaja Manindra Chandra College (University of Calcutta), Kolkata for Chemistry (Hons.) in B.Sc. examination