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Sponsored Research Grants

Project Title: Development of AI-Empowered Vision-Based Driver Support System for Autonomous Vehicles

Sponsored Agency: DRISHTI CPS Foundation, IIT Indore

Sanctioned Amount: 14.08 Lakhs

Project Members: Shashank Gupta (PI), Oshin Rawlley (Chanakya Fellowship Awardee)

Project Duration: 3 Years (August, 2022 to August, 2025)

Project Status: Ongoing

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Project Title: Development of Low-Cost Federated Learning Empowered Digital Twin Framework for Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) of Roads and Bridges built under PMGSY

Sponsored Agency: I-DAPT HUB FOUNDATION, IIT (BHU), Varanasi

Sanctioned Amount: 11.88 Lakhs

Project Members: Shashank Gupta (PI), S.N. Patel (Co-PI), Gaurav Watts (Co-PI)

Project Duration: 2 Years (Sep, 2023 to March, 2025)

Project Status: Ongoing

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Project Title: Development of Transfer Learning-Based Smart Structural Damage Assessment Controller for Autonomous Prediction of Damage Scenarios in Digital Twin-Generated Population of Civil Structures

Sponsored Agency: BITS-Cross Disciplinary Research Forum (CDRF)

Sanctioned Amount: 30 Lakhs

Project Members: Shashank Gupta, Devendra G. PatilS.N. Patel

Project Duration: 2 Years (Aug, 2023 to March, 2025)

Project Status: Ongoing

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Completed Projects

Project Title: A Secure Vision-based Driver Support System for Internet of Vehicles (IoV) with Object Detection Technique and Optimal RSUs Deployment

Sponsored Agency: AI and Robotics Technology Park (ARTPARK), IISc Bangalore

Sanctioned Amount: 3.86 Lakhs

Project Members: Shashank Gupta, Debjani Ghosh (Fellowship Awardee)

Project Duration: 1 Year (September 2021 to August, 2022) 

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Project Title: Development of Deep Learning-Based Intrusion Detection System for Defending Android-Based HTML5 Web Applications against Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) Attack

Sponsored Agency: Data Security Council of India (DSCI)

Sanctioned Amount: 5.9 Lakhs

Project Members: Shashank Gupta (PI), Amit Dua (Co-PI)

Project Duration: 1 Year (December 2020 to November 2021) 

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Project Title: A Web Browser-Based Extension for Defending HTML5 Web Applications against Script Injection Vulnerabilities on Cloud and Fog Computing Infrastructures

Sponsored Agency: Research Initiation Grant (RIG), BITS Pilani

Sanctioned Amount: 2 Lakhs

Project Member(s): Shashank Gupta (PI)

Project Duration: 2 Years (November, 2017 to October, 2019) 


Research Projects

Our research work has found home in some of the top medicinal chemistry and cheminformatics journals

Sponsored Projects

 

6. Title: Study of the technological advancements in the manufacture and market trends in the utilization of calcium silicate bricks used as building material.

  • Role: Principal Investigator
  • Funding agency: BIS
  • Amount: Rs. 4.96 Lakhs 
  • Status: Ongoing 
  • Duration: 6 months 

 

5.  Title: Novel self healing concrete using electric arc furnace slag based alkali activated materials

  • Role: Principal Investigator
  • Funding agency: NBCC India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Amount: Rs. 36.67 Lakhs 
  • Status: Ongoing 
  • Duration: Two years (April 2024 to March 2026)  

 

4. Title: Innovative accelerated carbonation process for the preparation of ready mixed recycled aggregate concrete

  • Role: Co-Principal Investigator
  • Funding agency: SERB SURE
  • Amount: Rs. 28.22 Lakhs 
  • Status: Ongoing 
  • Duration: Three years (Oct 2023 to Sep 2026)  

 

3. Title: A feasibility study on development of Fire Resistant Geopolymer Composites

  • Role: Principal Investigator
  • Funding agency: BITS Pilani (under the Additional Competitive Research Grant Scheme)
  • Amount: Rs. 9.65 Lakhs 
  • Status: Completed
  • Duration: Two years (Jan 2020 to Jan 2022)  

 

2. Title: A feasibility study on utilizing locally available fly ash to produce geopolymers for structural fire resistance applications

  • Role: Principal Investigator
  • Funding agency: BITS Pilani (under the Research Initiation Grant for new faculty)
  • Amount: Rs. 2 Lakhs 
  • Status: Completed 
  • Duration: Two years (July 2018 to July 2020) 

 

1. Title: AI techniques for structural health monitoring

  • Role: Principal Investigator
  • Funding agency: NVIDIA GPU Seed grant

Research Funding

Government Funding
 
DBT-RLS, Government of India- 42,50,000 INR
 
 
Institute Funding
 
Advanced Competitive RIG, BITS-Pilani- 900,000 INR
RIG, BITS-Pilani- 200,000 INR
 
 
Industrial Funding
 
Milestone Tech Seed Grant- 2500000 INR (Instrument support)

Sponsored Projects

As Principal Investigator: 
 
Project Title : A Benchmarking Analysis of Public Transport Sector of Rajasthan: DEA Approach.
Funding Agency: DST, Rajasthan
Sanctioned Amount: Rs. 5.59 Lakhs
Duration:  36 months (February, 2018 - February, 2021)
 
 
 As Co-Investigator: 
 
Project Title : An Impact Assessment Study of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) on Gender.
Funding Agency: National Rural Roads Developments Agency (NRRDA), New Delhi
Sanctioned Amount: Rs. 4.92 Lakhs
Duration: 4 months (January 2015-April 2015) 

As Co-Investigator

  1. "A Benchmarking Analysis of Public Transport Sector of Rajasthan: DEA Approach" funded by DST Rajasthan, Jaipur from February 2018 to February 2021. Amount: 5.59 Lakhs (PI: Prof Shivi Agarwal)
  2. "Spatial Multi Criteria Decision Support Systems for Smart Cities" funded by BITS Pilani, India and RMIT Australia from January, 2024 to December, 2027 (Jointly with Prof Shivi Agarwal, BITS Pilani and Prof Prem Chhetri and Prof Mathews Nkhoma, RMIT Australia) 

List of Projects Ongoing

Funding Agency: State University Research Excellence (SURE), SERB-DST, New Delhi

Project Title: Investigating membrane degradation and its mitigation for enhancing the performance of green hydrogen powered proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC)

Grant Amount: 25 Lac 

Duration: Oct, 2023- Sep, 2026 (03 Years) 

 

Funding Agency: HINDALCO Industries Limited, Birla Copper, Dahej, Gujarat

Project Title: Copper cathode quality improvement & reduction in bleed to ETP.

Grant Amount: 41 Lac 

Duration: Feb, 2024-  Jan, 2026 (02 Years) 

 

 

Funding Agency: New Faculty Seed Grant (NFSG), SRCD, BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus

Project Title: Design & Development of active and stable electro-catalyst for low temperature PEM fuel cell

Grant Amount: 18 Lac 

Duration: Nov, 2023 - Oct, 2025 (02 Years)

 

Funding Agency: Research Initiation Grant (RIG), SRCD, BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus

Project Title: Design & development of polymeric membrane and methanol-tolerant electro-catalyst for direct methanol fuel cell. 

Grant Amount: 2 Lac 

Duration: June, 2022-May, 2024 (02 Years)

 

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Funding Agency: State University Research Excellence (SURE), SERB-DST, New Delhi

Project Title: Investigating membrane degradation and its mitigation for enhancing the performance of green hydrogen powered proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC)

Grant Amount: 25 Lac 

Duration: Oct, 2023- Sep, 2026 (03 Years) 

Funding Agency: HINDALCO Industries Limited, Birla Copper, Dahej, Gujarat

Project Title: Copper cathode quality improvement & reduction in bleed to ETP.

Grant Amount: 41 Lac 

Duration: Feb, 2024-  Jan, 2026 (02 Years) 

Funding Agency: New Faculty Seed Grant (NFSG), SRCD, BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus

Project Title: Design & Development of active and stable electro-catalyst for low temperature PEM fuel cell

Grant Amount: 18 Lac 

Duration: Nov, 2023 – Oct, 2025 (02 Years)

Funding Agency: Research Initiation Grant (RIG), SRCD, BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus

Project Title: Design & development of polymeric membrane and methanol-tolerant electro-catalyst for direct methanol fuel cell. 

Grant Amount: 2 Lac 

Duration: June, 2022-May, 2024 (02 Years)


 

Project Areas

  • Optoelectronic Devices
  • Circuits and Systems
  • High Speed Electronic Devices/Nanoelectronic Devices
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Optical Communication and Networks
  • Wireless Communication and Networks

Research and Developmental Projects

Sl. No.

Project Title

Amount sanctioned

(lacs)

Sponsored Organization

PI/ Co-PI

Year of Start/ Completion 

1.              

Aakash Ganga – A Social Enterprise Model for RWH and Agriculture of low water demanding economically important plant

61.96

Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi

PI

2011/ 2014, Completed

2.              

Bio-diesel Production from Microalgae

16.40

CSIR

Co-PI

2010/ completed

3.              

Design and development of Static Sunshade for thermal comfort inside the building

9.86

University Grants Commission, New Delhi

PI

2008/2011

Completed

4.              

National Programme for Capacity Building of Engineers in Earthquake Risk Management.

30.90

Ministry of Home Affairs

Coordinator

2004-2007/ completed

5.              

Self-Sustaining Rooftop rainwater Harvesting Scheme

96.00

World Bank, Washington, USA

Co-PI

2006/2009/ completed

6.              

Design of a New Shading Device for Energy Efficient Windows for Tropical Regions in India

4.35

KK Birla Academy, New Delhi

PI

2004/2007/ completed

7.              

Self-Sustaining Rooftop Rainwater Harvesting Scheme

25.00

Rajasthan Association of North America

PI

2003/2006/ completed

8.              

A study of Sludge minimization during the treatment of pickling effluent and recovery of metals from the treated sludge

10.00

Aditya Birla Group, Mumbai

Co-PI

2011/  2014 completed

9.              

GIS Based Characterization of ground water in Shekhawati Region of Rajasthan

18.00

Department of Science and Technology,

Co-PI

2011/ continuing

10.            

Training on Watershed Management; 8 months

4.50

Himachal Pradesh Government

Coordinator

2000/2001

11.            

Facility management using GIS and Genetic Algorithm

19.99

Department of Science and Technology,

PI

March 2013-2015

12.            

Design, development and implementation of a building integrated photovoltaic system for rural application

123

State Innovation Council

Co-PI

Sanctioned 43 lacs

13.            

Roof top Rainwater Harvesting for Safe, Potable and Healthy Drinking Water and Ground Water Replenishment for BITS Pilani, Pilani campus

91.00

Centre of Excellence, in Waste, Water and Energy Management, BITS, Pilani

PI

Feb. 14 - Jan.17

14.            

Assessment of Water Resource Management interventions implemented by Ambuja Cement Foundation, Chirawa

 

5.37

Ambuja Cement foundation Chirawa (Raj.)

PI

May 2014-Sep. 2015

15.            

Costs and remediation of groundwater contamination in India

$2.50

College of Arts and Sciences at University of Virginia, USA

PI  (India)

2016

16.            

Conjunctive use of Rainwater and Groundwater to provide safe drinking water with intervention of Advanced Technology 

204.13

Department of Science and Technology + Samgra Sewa Sansthan

PI

Oct. 2016

17.            

Preparation of State-of-the-Art Report (SOAR) on Fog vision system for Roads (F. No. RW/NH-35083/62/2016/S&R(R), dated 31 March 2017

4.35

Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Government of India

PI

Final Report submitted; Money was never received even after signing the agreement with CE

18.            

Structured Dialogues for Sustainable Urban Water Management (SDSUWM)

DST/TM/EWO/WTI/2K19/UWS-04

(AMU, BITS-Hyderabad, Pilani, Amrita Engg)

 

    

Research Projects

1. Development of A Real Time Crop Advisory System Exploiting Nanotechnology Based Nitrogen Sensor With Internet of Farming (IoF) Framework


Amount: INR 46,15,240/-
Sponsored by: Department of Biotechnology, New Delhi.
Role: Principal Investigator
Status: Completed


2. Development of robust adaptive control algorithm applied to process control loops having stiction nonlinearity

Amount: INR 2,00,000/-
Sponsored by: BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus (Research Initiation Grant)
Role: Principal Investigator
Status: Completed


 

Research Interest

  • Electron Momentum Density

  • Electrical Transport in CNT and CNTFET

  • Density Functional Theory

  • Image Compression


ETP reduction in copper cathode


Funded Projects at BITS Pilani

 1. Project Name: Energy Sharing among Prosumers 
     Funding Agency: BITS Pilani Hyderabad Campus
     Funding type: Research Initiation grant 
     Role: PI
     Duration:2021-23
 
 2. Project Name: Optimal Performance of Vandium Redox Flow Battery for
     Grid Integration of Renewable Energy
     Funding Agency: BITS Pilani Hyderabad Campus
     Funding type: Additional Competitive Research Grant 
     Role: PI
     Duration: 2021-23
 
3.  Project Name: Developing a Resilient Energy Network for a Smart Grid
     Funding Agency:  ABB Limited
     Funding type: Scholarship to my PhD student Victor 
     Role: Joint Supervisor
     Duration: 2022-24
 
4.  Project name:  Sharing Economy to develop Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
     Funding Agency:  ABB Limited
     Funding type: Scholarship to my PhD student Hari
     Role: Joint Supervisor
     Duration: 2023-24
 
5.  Project name: Demand Response by Data Centers
     Funding Agency: BITS, India-RMIT, Australia
     Funding type: Scholarship to my PhD student Pam Paul 
     Role: Joint Supervisor
     Duration: 2024-27 
 
     

Research Projects

NFSG Project 

  • Title: Navigating loss during and post COVID 19: Adaptation and resilience
  • Funding Agency: BITS
  • Amount: 10 lakhs 
  • Period: 2024-2026

Early Career Scholar Award [International]

  • Title: Youth Resilience in India

 

 


Completed Projects

  • "Deep Learning, The Double-edge Sword in Cyber Security", Co-Investigator; Project funder: Defence Science and Technology Group, Australia, 2021 - 2022.
  • "A Game-theoretical Approach for Feature Obfuscation in AI Models", Co-Investigator; Project funder: UTS Defence Innovation Network, Sydney, Australia, 2020 - 2021.
  • "Next Best Action Recommendations", Co-Investigator; Project funder: Flightspeed Ventures and Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute, 2019-2020.
  • "Data Analytics Models for Stock Market Surveillance", Co-Investigator; Project funder: NASDAQ OMX and CMCRC, 2016 - 2019.
  • "Visual Computing and Big Data Research", Co-Investigator; Project funder: Hangzhou Dianzi University China, 2017.
  • "Development and Validation of data mining methods for analyzing static and incremental multi-component data", Co-Investigator; Project funder: The French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control (INRIA), Nancy, France, 2012.

Intramural Grants

Course Recommendation with Deep Learning

Agency

  • Teaching Learning Centre, BITS Pilani

Amount Sanctioned (in Rupees)

1.00 Lakh

July 2023-Present

Artificial Intelligence Startup - Paramedha Technologies Private Limited

Agency

  • Student Program for Advancing Research, KnowLedge, and Entrepreneurship (SPARKLE), Research & Innovation Division, BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus
  • Technology Business Incubator, BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus

Amount Sanctioned (in Rupees)

2.00 Lakh

October 2023-Present

Adversarial artificial intelligence applications of robust neural networks

Agency

  • New Faculty Seed Grant, Grants Consultancy and Industrial Research  Division, BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus

Amount Sanctioned (in Rupees)

20.00 Lakh

November 2023-Present


Extramural Grants

Ensuring Food Security through AI assisted Robust Agriculture at Scale

BITS Pilani team

  • Pilani campus: Prof. Navneet Goyal, Prof. Poonam Goyal
  • Hyderabad campus: Prof. Sanket Goel, Prof. Aneesh Chivukula
  • Goa campus: Prof. Santonu Sarkar, Prof. Sravan Danda, & Prof. Rajesh Mehrotra

Agency

  • Ministry of Education, Government of India

Amount Sanctioned (in Rupees)

2.00 Crore

March 2024-Present


Sponsored Projects

 

Project Title:  The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in Sri Lanka: ‘Harmonious World’ Vis-à-vis Liberal International Order?
 
Funding Organization: BITS Pilani
 
Principal Investigator (PI): Dr. Veena Ramachandran
 
Amount: INR  2 Lakh, Duration: 2020-22
 
Brief Description of the Project: The proposed research project intends to define and explore the Chinese conceptualization of the Harmonious World and its characteristics as a theoretical framework to comprehend China’s bilateral engagement with countries like Sri Lanka. The purpose is to understand the nature of the Harmonious World and investigate whether the Chinese concept of a Harmonious World attempts to redefine/challenge the normative underpinnings of sovereignty, paving its way for a hierarchical or Sino-centric global order and, if yes, how. Accordingly, this study examines China- Sri Lanka engagement in the post-civil war scenario, and most of this engagement has been accredited as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

Project Title: Wearable Visual Assistant with Semantic Feature Recognition and Recommendation System for the Blind and Visually Impaired (BVI) individuals

Funding Organization: AutoNxt Automation Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai, India

Principal Investigator (PI) : Dr. Virendra Singh Shekhawat

Co-Investigator (Co-PI) : Dr. Avinash Gautam

Amount: INR 22.50 Lakh, Duration: 2021-2025 

Brief Description of the Project:  Design and Development of an end-to-end system, which is a wearable visual assistant that will assist BVI person to achieve orientation and navigation in a large unknown GPS denied indoor environment. An integral component of the system will be recognition and detection of semantic environmental features to improve system efficiency in terms of accurate navigation, search and recommendation provided to the BVI person.

Project Title: Wearable Visual Assistant with Semantic Feature Recognition and Recommendation System for the Blind and Visually Impaired (BVI) individuals

Funding Organization: AutoNxt Automation Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai, India

Principal Investigator (PI) : Dr. Virendra Singh Shekhawat

Co-Investigator (Co-PI) : Dr. Avinash Gautam

Amount: INR 22.50 Lakh, Duration: 2021-2025 

Brief Description of the Project:  Design and Development of an end-to-end system, which is a wearable visual assistant that will assist BVI person to achieve orientation and navigation in a large unknown GPS denied indoor environment. An integral component of the system will be recognition and detection of semantic environmental features to improve system efficiency in terms of accurate navigation, search and recommendation provided to the BVI person.

Project Title: Wearable Visual Assistant with Semantic Feature Recognition and Recommendation System for the Blind and Visually Impaired (BVI) individuals

Funding Organization: AutoNxt Automation Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai, India

Principal Investigator (PI) : Dr. Virendra Singh Shekhawat

Co-Investigator (Co-PI) : Dr. Avinash Gautam

Amount: INR 22.50 Lakh, Duration: 2021-2025 

Brief Description of the Project:  Design and Development of an end-to-end system, which is a wearable visual assistant that will assist BVI person to achieve orientation and navigation in a large unknown GPS denied indoor environment. An integral component of the system will be recognition and detection of semantic environmental features to improve system efficiency in terms of accurate navigation, search and recommendation provided to the BVI person.


Research Projects

  1. Co-Investigator in MST, Govt of India funded-the "Indo-Austria" Joint Project Proposal on "Miniaturized MIP Nanomaterial Enhanced Electrochemical Devices for Insulin Detection " Approved on 14-10-22. Indo-Austria Project Proposal: DST/IC/Austria/P-3/2021 reg
  2. DST funded- Completed as Principal Investigatorin the Project entitled "Optical and Semiconducting molecular materials based on TTF, TCNQ and their Polymer templates". Under DST Fast track with amount sanctioned 22.25 lakhs
  3. ICMR funded-Completed as Co-Investigatorwith Prof. Suman Kapur in the ICMR Project entitled " Development of point of care device for sensing glucose in blood" Under ICMR, 26,14,048 Lakhs.
  4. DST EMR funded-Completed as Principal Investigator, in the project entitled "Synthesis, Study of Optical properties and Anticancer activity of unique di-substituted tetracyanoquinodimethanes" 25.76 Lakhs 

     5. Design and Development of Distinct Rhodamine B Spirolactams: Stimulus-Responsive Inks for Multipurpose Anticounterfeiting          Applications (Submitted in February 2024 and Accepted for Evaluation)

  1. Compounds for use as anticancer agents and a process for synthesizing the same. (Submitted in January 2023Under Review, SERB TETRA)
  1. Submitted proposal to CDRF in March 2024 “Development of bioengineered process for valorization of coir into nanocellulose for heavy metal sensing in aqueous media” as Co-Investigator

Sponsored Research

S. No.

Project Title

Sponsoring Agency

Role 

Status

 6Enhanced Strength-to-weight Ratio INCONEL-718 Alloy Structures Made by Additive Manufacturing for Aerospace Applications DST/SERB/CRG PI
 Completed
(2021-2024)
5Surface Finish Improvement in Tube Drawing TIIL, Murugappa, Chennai Co-PI
 Completed (2017 -2020)

4

Develop and Test Certain 3D Printing Technologies To Produce Innovative Limbs At Affordable Costs for the Disabled in India

BIG-5, BIRAC, DBT, Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India

PI

Completed (2015-2017)

3

Rapid Incremental Forming of Extra Deep Drawing (EDD) Steel Sheet Metal Parts with Asymmetric Geometry

UGC, New Delhi, Govt of India

PI

Completed (2011-2014)

2

Setup planning for machining of prismatic parts 

UGC/BITS

PI

Completed (2000-2001) 

1

Solar Energy Driven Vehicle

DST, Rajasthan

PI

Completed (2005-2006)   


Funded Research Projects

Ongoing:

  1.  A Study of Certain Graphs Associated to Finite Groups,  Funded by SERB under Core Research Grant (CRG), 25 Jan. 2023 to 24 Jan. 2026, Amount: 18,41,400 INR.

 

Completed:

  1.  A study of near-semiring generated from certain  mappings, Funded by  BITS Pilani under Research Initiation Grant (RIG), August 2016-2017, Amount: 1,00,000 INR
  2.  A Study of Graphs on Semigroups, Funded by SERB under Mathematical Research Impact Centric Support (MATRICS), March 2019 - February 2022, Amount: 6,60,000 INR
 
 

Sponsored Projects

BITS Pilani Sparkle Grant

Title: A software for floorplan building layouts

Role: Principal Investigator 

Duration:  October 2023-2025 

 

Asian Smart Cities Research and Innovation Network (ASCRIN)

BITS Pilani – La Trobe Joint Project  

Title: Advanced Geometric Algorithms For Network Optimisation And Architectural Layout Design

PI: Myself, Marcel Jackson; Co-PI: Manjanna Basappa, Michael Payne

Duration:  July 2021-2025 

 

SERB-DST Early Career Research Award

Title: Mathematics-aided Architectural Design Layouts

Role: Principal Investigator 

Duration:  July 2017-2020 

 

RIG Grant, BITS-Pilani

Title: Rectilinear Arrangement Of Rectangles

Role: Principal Investigator

Duration: August 2016-2018 


Projects

Sr No

Title of project

Sponsoring Agency

Amount

PI/Co-PI details

Duration

Status

1.       

Miniaturization and enhancement of MIMO antennas for future generation higher data rate communications

RIG (BITS)

2.00

PI: Sourav Nandi

2 Years (26 July 2019-25 July 2021)

Completed

2.

Design of commercially viable compact and efficient planar multi-port antennas for WLAN and 5G applications

ACRG (BITS)

10.00

PI: Sourav Nandi

2 Years (2 Nov 2020-1 Nov 2022)

Completed

3.

Design of Phase Locked Loop Dielectric Resonator Oscillators for Frequency Synthesizers

DLRL-CARS

9.93

PI: Sourav Nandi

Co-PI: Harish V Dixit

1 Year (26 Jan 2020-1 Dec 2021)*

 

*extended due to Covid-19

Completed

4.

Design and development of miniaturized MIMO antennas with high isolation at sub-6 GHz and millimeter wave for 5G MIMO and massive MIMO systems applications

DST-SERB SRG

12.69

PI: Sourav Nandi

2 Years (24 Dec 2021-23 Dec 2023)

Completed

5.

Design and simulation of high efficiency UHF Klystron  for accelerator applications

BRNS (DAE)

39.98

PI: Sourav Nandi

Co-PI: Harish V Dixit

3 Years (31 Jan 2024-30 Jan 2027)

Ongoing


Projects

  1. Funding Agency: SPARKLE, BITS Pilani, Hyderabad
    Duration: 2023-2025
    Fund: INR 2,00,000
    Principal Investigator: Anakhi Hazarika
    Title: Deep Learning based Human Activity Recognition (HAR) system for Healthcare Services in Smart Homes

Projects

  1. Funding Agency: TIH, IIT Bombay, DST funded.
    Duration: 2024-25
    Fund: INR 6,00,000
    Principal Investigator: Dr. Nikumani Choudhury
    Title: Development of a Light-weight Scheduling Mechanism for the LoRa MAC.
  2. Funding Agency: SERB: Startup Research Grant
    Duration: 2024-26
    Fund: INR 19,00,000
    Principal Investigator: Dr. Nikumani Choudhury
    Title: Development of a Seamless Communication Framework in IEEE 802.15.4-DSME based IoT-Enabled Smart Cities.
  3. Funding Agency: TIH, IIT Bombay, DST funded.
    Duration: 2023-2027
    Fund: INR 27,00,000
    Principal Investigator: Dr. Nikumani Choudhury
    Title: Exploiting Adaptive Data-Rate Technique for Longer Network Lifetime & Resource Allocation of LoRa based IoT Applications.
  4. ASCRIN Joint PhD Proposal with La Trobe University, Australia
    Resource Allocation for Low-power networks in Smart Cities
    BITS PI: Dr. Nikumani Choudhury
    La Trobe University PI: Prof. Wei Xiang
  5. Joint PhD Proposal with RMIT Australia
    a) Secured & Intelligent Vehicular Transportation Framework
    BITS PI: Dr. Nikumani Choudhury, Co-PI: Dr. Jay Dave
    RMIT PI: Prof. Ke (Desmond) Wang

    b) Privacy and Security in Online Social Networks
    BITS PI: Dr. Jay Dave, Co-PI: Dr. Nikumani Choudhury
    RMIT PI: Prof. Iqbal Gondal
  6. Funding Agency: Research Initiation Grant, BITS Pilani, Hyderabad
    Duration: 2022-2024
    Fund: INR 2,00,000
    Principal Investigator: Dr. Nikumani Choudhury
    Title: Development of a complete DSME-MAC framework for IEEE 802.15.4 based IoT networks.
  7. Funding Agency: The College of Engineering, Prince Sultan University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
    Duration: 2022-2023
    Fund: Saudi Riyals 30,000
    Principal Investigator: Prof. Moustafa Nasralla
    Co-Principal Investigator: Dr. Nikumani Choudhury
    Title: Development of DSME-MAC protocols for IEEE 802.15.4 based IoT networks.
  8. Funding Agency: Additional Competitive Research Grant, BITS Pilani, Hyderabad
    Duration: 2022-2024
    Fund: INR 10,00,000
    Principal Investigator: Dr. Nikumani Choudhury
    Title: Towards Smart Living (BPHC) Campus: Leveraging LoRaWAN Technologies for IoT Network Applications.

Sponsored Projects

 ICSSR Sponsored Projects
 
1) Title: "Impact of the ex-gratia for farmers’ suicide on the surviving family member of the deceased farmers in Telangana". 
 
Funding Amount: 4,00,000 (Four Lakh Rupees). 
 
Duration: One Year.
 
Status: Completed. 
 
2) Title: "Challenges to the scalability of women-led enterprises: A case study of the MSME units in Telangana State".  (PI - Dr. Suchismita Satpathy; Co-PI - Dr. Pranesh Bhargava; Co-PI - Thota Nagaraju)
 
Funding Amount: 4,00,000 (Four Lakh Rupees). 
 
Duration: One Year.
 
Status: On-going.  

Research Initiation Grant

Funding Agency: BITS Pilani


External Collaborator and other research projects

External Collaborator and other research projects

  1. Worked as an External Collaborator (preparation of the study report) in the International Labour Organization (ILO) research study titled, “MSME definition and measurement in India and its effect on informality” during September 2020 to November 2020. (₹ 6 lakhs)
  2. Worked on a minor project entitled “Changing Contours of Income-Employment Growth and Expected Job Loss in India Amid COVID-19 Pandemic: A Regional Perspective” as a Principal Investigator funded under Research Initiation Grant (RIG) of BITS Pilani for two years (June 2021 to May 2023). (₹ 2 lakhs)
  3. Working in a Research study entitled “Analysing demographic transition in shaping the economy, employment and future possibilities in Odisha” as a Consultant to provide technical support to the UNFPA project of the Demographic Intelligence Unit (DIU), Centre for Youth and Social Development (CYSD), Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India, during 17th August 2023 to 30th September 2023. (1.25 Lakhs)
  4. Worked on a Research study entitled “India’s New World of Work: Perspectives & Recommendations on Gig and Platform Economy” in a Research Group on an honorary basis supported by V.V. Giri National Labour Institute (VVGNLI) and NITI Aayog (June-November 2021), New Delhi, India.

 

Workshop/Seminar Conducted

  1. Conducted a Ten Days Research Methodology workshop in August 2022 in the Department of Economics & Finance at BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus, as a course Co-Director sponsored by ICSSR and approved during June 2022 (₹ 5.5 lakhs).
  2. Conducted a Five Days National Workshop on NSSO Cross-Sectional Unit-Level Survey Data Analysis for Empirical Research using STATA & R Studio (Hybrid Mode-Offline/Online) as a course Convener (self-sponsored) during February 21-25, 2024 (₹ 3.45 lakhs).

Sponsored Projects

Science and Engineering Research Board for State University Research Excellence (SERB-SURE)-2022-25 (As PI)
Funding agency: SERB
Amount: 20.00 lakhs
 
ICMR-Huntington's disease Project -2022-25 (As Co-PI)
 
Funding agency: ICMR
Amount: 40.00 lakhs
 
Young Maternity Parenthood Grant Award (International Brain Research Organization-[IBRO]-2021-22; As P.I)
Funding agency: IBRO
Amount: 4.30 lakhs
 
Department of Biotechnology (DBT)-Builder Project (2021-2025; As P.I)
Funding agency: Department of Biotechnology (DBT)-Builder grant
Amount: 300 lakhs
 
(Expertize from the department of biological sciences for the setup of whole-cell electrophysiology facility in BITS-Hyderabad under this interdisciplinary project)
  
Early Career Grant Award (International Brain Research Organization-[IBRO]-2020-21; As P.I)
Funding agency: IBRO
Amount: 4.30 lakhs
  
Student Grant (CSIR-SRF)
Funding agency: CSIR
Amount: SRF-Fellowship award
Duration: 2021-2023
 
  
 Lab group photo on Manjari's pre-submission:

 

 

Tumor Microenvironment and Cancer Biology Laboratory

 

Cancer growth, invasion, and metastasis are influenced by the complex interactions within the tumor microenvironment (TME), which comprises various cell types, including cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs), immune cells, and vascular networks, along with the extracellular matrix. These components collectively regulate tumorigenesis, making the TME a promising target for therapeutic intervention. Our research efforts converge on unraveling this complexity, with the following aims:

  1. Investigate the molecular mechanisms underlying the activation of cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) in the tumor microenvironment during the transition from premalignant to malignant states. Focus on delineating the intricate interplay between intrinsic factors, such as nuclear structure and chromatin organization, and extrinsic factors, including growth factors and hormonal signaling, to understand their collective impact on CAF activation.

  2. Utilising advanced technologies, including advanced imaging techniques, spatial transcriptomics, mass spectroscopy imaging, as well as with 3D in vitro tumor models,we aim to comprehensively characterize the components of the tumor microenvironment that contribute to tumor progression and treatment resistance. This involves mapping the spatial distribution of various stromal cell types, deciphering their molecular profiles, and identifying key signaling pathways and metabolic signatures implicated in tumor-stromal interactions.

  3. Development of novel therapeutic strategies targeting the tumor stroma with a specific focus on exploiting vulnerabilities in the signaling networks that regulate CAF activation. This includes identifying druggable targets within the tumor microenvironment, designing precision therapies to disrupt tumor-promoting functions of CAFs, and assessing the efficacy of these interventions in preclinical models and clinical trials to enhance the overall effectiveness of anticancer therapies.

  4. Investigate sex and gender disparities in cancer incidence, progression, and treatment outcomes, with a particular emphasis on elucidating the role of sex hormone signaling in non-reproductive tissue cancers. Utilizing epidemiological data, molecular profiling, and experimental models we aim to dissect the underlying mechanisms driving sex-specific differences in cancer susceptibility and therapeutic responses and developing personalized approaches for cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.


Sponsored Projects

Approved externally funded project as PI

  1. “Designing Metallo(salen) polymers for detection of phosphorylated peptides and proteins: Amplification of Signal via Disassembly Strategy” under SERB-SRG grant (project ID: SRG/2022/000031), Budget: 33 Lakhs (started on November 2022).
  2. “Design and development of portable acidosis kit for the rapid, trace-level detection of Ketone bodies in biological samples” under ICMR-ITR grant (project ID: 2021-8350), Budget: 35 Lakhs (started on April 2023).
  3. “Designing Near-infrared Fluorescent Probes for Detection of Mycotoxins in Agricultural Crops and Food Items” under DST-SYST (project ID: SP/YO/2021/1632), Budget: 24.5 Lakhs (started from December 2023).
  4. “Real-time Monitoring of Lysosomal ATP: A generalized Biomarker for Point-of-Care Testing of Lysosomal storage diseases (LSDs)” under MOE-STARS (project ID: MoE-STARS/STARS-2/2023-0300), Budget: 35 Lakhs (started from February 2024).

Approved Externally-funded project as co-PI

  1. “Integrated droplet microfluidic device for ultra-high throughput biochemical applications” under SERB-SURE grant (SUR/2022/001977), Budget: 18.5 Lakhs (started from December 2023)

 Approved Internally (BITS Pilani) funded project as PI/ coPI

  1. Compare Analytical Performances of Microenvironment-Sensitive Optical Probes in Micelles of Different Shapes and Sizes. Research Initiation Grant, BITS-Pilani (Hyderabad campus), Budget: 2 Lakhs
  2. Design Low-cost Portable Optical Kit for On-location, Rapid Analysis of Glyphosate Herbicide. Additional Competitive Research Grant, BITS-Pilani (Hyderabad campus), Budget: 6 Lakhs
  3. "Precursor Design and Optimization for Atomic Layer Deposition of Two-dimensional Semiconductors on Different Inorganic Oxide Surfaces an Ab initio Theoretical Calculation and Experimental Realization based Complementary Approach" CDRF grant, BITS Pilani, Budget: 10 Lakhs

Sponsored Projects:

 

Sl. No.

Funding Agent

Title of the Project

Amount (Rs)

Role

Status

Ongoing Projects

28

Scheme for Promotion of Academic & Research Collaboration (SPARC)

Prof. Swati Biswas (PI)

Prof. Adam Mechler (La Trobe, Australia)

Prof. Jimmy Hsia (NTU, Singapore).

Formulation-based strategy to design membrane targeting antimicrobial peptide-based therapeutics for cancer and eye infections

Rs. 71.16 Lakhs

Co-PI

Recommended (01, April 2024) (2 years)

27

Department of Biotechnology (DBT) under Joint DBT-NMPB, Ministry of AYUSH Call for Proposals on Biotech Interventions in Medicinal Plants

[Dr. Vidya Rajesh, Dept of Biology and Dr. Onkar Kulkarni, Dept of Pharmacy]

Molecular Studies on Bacopa monnieri to evaluate the modulation of neuronal receptors for schizophrenia using cell based and mouse models: Submitted on January 30_2020

Rs. 30 Lakhs

Co-PI

May 2024 to April 2027 (3 years)

26

Hetero Lab Limited, R&D

Jeedimetla, Hyderabad, Telangana – 500037

India. [Dr. Swati Biswas]

 

Human serum albumin –based nanoparticles as an
antiproteosome therapy for the treatment of advanced
metastatic triple negative breast cancer

Rs. 5.0 Lakhs

Joint PI

Sanctioned

2024-2027 (3 years)

25

Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of India.

[Dr. Swati Biswas, Dept. of Pharmacy]

3D-Bioprinted Contact Lens Embedding Host-Defense Peptide S100A12 as Precision Medicine for Bacterial Keratitis

 

39.10 Lakhs

Co-PI

Sanctioned (1.5 years)

24

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Govt. of India

[Dr. Swati Biswas, Dept of Pharmacy]

Revolutionizing Phototherapy with Hypoxia-Reversing Photothermal/ Photodynamic Nanoparticles-Laden In Situ Gel for Non-Invasive Tumor Ablation in Oral Cancer

 

53.13 Lakhs

 

Co-PI

Sanctioned (3 years)

23

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Govt. of India

[Dr. Swati Biswas, Dept. of Pharmacy]

Antibacterial Nanozyme-Laden in situ Light-Responsive Hydrogel for Tissue Regeneration and Quorum-Sensing Inhibition to Revert Antimicrobial Resistance in Diabetic Foot Ulcers

48.02 Lakhs

 

Co-PI

Sanctioned (3 years)

22

Scheme for Transformational and Advanced Research in Sciences (STARS) for promoting translational, India-centric research in Sciences, to be implemented and managed by Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore

[Dr. Swati Biswas, Dept of Pharmacy and Dr. Sayan Das, Dept. of  Mech. Engg]

Carbon dioxide-fueled Janus Motors for Targeted Delivery of Therapeutic Cargo in Helicobacter pylori Infection

 

43.15 Lakhs

 

Co-PI

Sanctioned

Jan 2024 (3 years)

21

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Govt. of India. (Proposal ID: IIRP-2023-5411)

[Dr. Chanchal Chakraborty, Dept. of Chemistry]

Development of Self-Powered Electrochromic Smart Display for Visual Detection of Folate Receptor Overexpressed Cancer Cells

Rs. 41 Lakhs

Co-PI

Sanctioned

Feb 1, 2024 (3 years)

20

Department of Science and Technology, Government of India (CRG-SERB) File Number: CRG/2023/003045

[Dr. Tanmay Chatterjee, Dept. of Chemistry]

Electrochemical green synthesis of medicinally potential organo-chalcogenides and chalcogenoxides and evaluation of their anti-cancer activities in search of novel anti-cancer agents

Rs. 43.486Lakhs

Co-PI

Jan 19, 2024 ( 3 years)

19

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Govt. of India

Development of epigenetic modulators as therapeutics for cognitive deficit associated with psychosis using novel selective histone deacetylase-3 inhibitors

34.84 Lakhs

PI

Ongoing 25.03.2023 – 24.03.2026 (3 years)

18

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Govt. of India

[Dr. Onkar Kulkarni, Dept. od Pharmacy]

HDAC3 and its functional role in the progression of cognitive deficits as a secondary complication to chronic kidney disease.

31.16 Lakhs

Co-PI

Ongoing; 01.03.2023 to 28.02.2026 (3 years)

17

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Govt. of India

{DR. Swati Biswas, Dept of Pharmacy]

Tailor-made, Tumor-Targeted Vitaprotein Nanoparticles of Lapatinib and Letrozole as NanoChemo-Cocktail. for Hormone-Receptor-Amplified Advanced Metastatic Breast Cancers Treatment.

28.82 Lakhs

Co-PI

Ongoing; 27.01.2023 – 26.01.20226 (3 Yrs)

16

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Govt. of India

[Dr. Nilanjan Dey, Dept. of Chemistry]

Design and development of portable acidosis kit for the rapid, trace-level detection of Ketone bodies in biological samples

34.366 Lakhs (Co-PI: Rs. 6 Lakhs)

Co-PI

 

Ongoing; 01.04.2023– 31.03.2026 (3 Yrs)

15

Department of Health Research (DHR-ICMR).  Government of India

Development of Epigenome Targeted Therapeutics with Improved Selectivity and Drug-ability for the Treatment of Cancer

30.483 Lakhs

PI

Ongoing (15.12.2021 – 14.12.2024; ( 3 Years))

14

DBT-BUILDER (Boost to University Interdisciplinary Life Science Departments for Education and Research).  Government of India

Interdisciplinary Life Science Programme for Advanced Research and Education

300 Lakhs

PI

Ongoing (22.07.

2021 – 21.07.2026 [5 years]

13

Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Government of India

[Dr. Tanmay Chatterjee, Chemistry Dept]

Development of Cost-effective, Electrophilic Trifluoromethylating Reagents and Their Application to the Syntheses of New Classes of Medicinally Potential Trifluoromethylated Heterocycles

25 Lakhs

Co-PI

Ongoing (01.04.2021 – Ongoing 31.03.2024 (3 Yrs)

Completed Projects

12

BITS-Pilani Hyderabad Campus

Validation of therapeutic activity in preclinical models

20 Lakhs

PI

Jan 2023 to Dec 2023

11

Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Government of India

Bifunctional Gene-Expression Modulating Chemotherapeutic Agents as Improved Treatment Strategy for Cancer

26.06 Lakhs

PI

Completed( 2019-2022)

10

Department of Science and Technology, Government of India (SERB-DST)

Near-Infrared Light Degradable Nanomicellar Chemo-Photodynamic Therapy using Aerobic Chlorin e6 Conjugate for Oropharyngeal Carcinomas

30.72

Co-PI

Completed (2019-2022)

9

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Govt. of India

Functional role of histone deacetylase 6 (HDAC6) in the progression of oral squamous cell carcinoma: regulation of IL-1 beta expression, autophagy and epithelial-mesenchymal –transition (EMT)

26 Lakhs

Co-PI

 

Completed(9.9.2019-8.9.2022)

8

Dr. Reddy’s Laboratory (DRL), Hyderabad

Formulation development and physico-chemical/in vitro/in vivo characterization of a nano-suspension formulation of an anticancer drug.

8.01 Lakhs

PI

Completed (2018-2022)

7

Department of Science and Technology, Government of India (SERB-DST)

Design, Synthesis and Biological Evaluation of HDAC3 Selective Inhibitors as Long Term Memory Enhancers

29.87 Lakhs

PI

Completed (28.08.2017-27.08.2021

6

SUN PHARMA ADVANCED RESEARCH COMPANY LTD. (SPARC), India

Chemically modified epigenome targeted anticancer drug development

29 Lakhs

PI

Completed (2016-2018)

5

Daewoong Pharmaceuticals, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Development for sustained release injectable formulations

22 Lakhs

PI

Completed (2015-2017)

4

Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India

Cell penetrating peptide octa-arginine anchored, multifunctional poly(amidoamine) dendrimer to promote delivery of chemotherapeutics in cancer

37 Lakhs

Co-PI

Completed (2014-2017)

3

Additional Competitive Research Grant: Birla Institute of Technology and Science-Pilani

Design and Development of Isoform Selective HDAC3 Inhibitors for the Enhancement of Long-term Memory

9 Lakhs

PI

Completed (2015-2017)

2

Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India (Indo-Belarus joint proposal).

Tumor targeted nanomedicines for photodynamic therapy

10 Lakhs

Co-PI

Completed (2015-2017)

1

Research Initiation Grant: Birla Institute of Technology and Science-Pilani at Hyderabad Campus

Development of Cognitive Enhancers that Inhibit Histone Deacetylase Activity and Modulate Chromatin-mediated Neuroplasticity

2 Lakhs

PI

Completed (2013-2015)

 

Sponsored Project for SRF Fellowship:

Sl. No.

Student

Funding Agent

Years

Status

Role

Amount (Rs.)

1

Prakruti Trivedi

CSIR-SRF

2017-2019

Completed

PI

10,81,600

2

Sravani Pulya

CSIR-SRF

2018-2021

Completed

PI

16,22,400

3

Tarun K Patel

ICMR-SRF

01.07.2022-30.06.2024

Ongoing

PI

17,11,680

4

Sripathi Nikhitha

DST-INSPIRE

01/01/2023 to 31/12/2027

Ongoing

PI

3071800

 


 

To be updated soon.


Sponsored Projects

Sr. No.

Title of the project

Role

Sanction No.

Funding Agency

Duration

Funds sanctioned (Rs., Lakh)

1

Design and Synthesis of Novel Agents for the Management of Rheumatoid Arthritis

PI

37-117/2009 (SR)

University Grants Commission

1/4/2010-31/3/2013

8.35

2

Design and Synthesis of Novel Agents for the Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis

PI

SR/FT/CS-100/2009

Department of Science and Technology

1/9/2010-31/8/2013

19.03

3

Analysis of herbal extracts and formulations for antioxidant activity

PI

 

Vedic Life Sciences, Mumbai, India

2006-07

0.5

4

Verifying the structural evidence for the presence of Sennosides

PI

 

Shashi Phytochemicals Limited, India

2012

0.5

5

Design, synthesis, and biological evaluations of b- secretase inhibitors as anti-Alzheimer's agents

Co-PI

DST/INT/Pol/P-21/2016

DST Indo-Polish Joint Research Programme. Project No.

DST/INT/Pol/P-21/2016. Indian PI: Dr. Ruchi Malik, Central Univ of Rajasthan and Polish PI: Prof. Slawomir Filipek, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland

7/6/2017-6/6/2020

19.84

6

DBT-BUILDER -University of Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani, Pilani Campus: Interdisciplinary Life Science Programme for Advanced Research and Education in Epigenetics and Genome Editing

Co-PI

BT/INF/22/SP42545/2021

Department of Biotechnology

24/9/2021-23/9/2026

901.8

7

Design, synthesis, and evaluation of novel dual inhibitors of Angiotensin-II type 1 receptor and Neprilysin for the treatment of diabetic cardiomyopathy

PI

CRG/2022/004698

Science and Engineering Research Board

07/11/2023- 06/11/2026

33.02

8

Design, synthesis, and evaluation of novel dual inhibitors of dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPPIV) and Neprilysin for the treatment of diabetes           

PI

IIRP-2023-6880

ICMR

Sanctioned

30.06


Research funding

  • Science and Engineering Research Board-Startup Research Grant, GOI
  • Additional Competitive Research Grant, BIT Pilani
  • Research Initiation Grant, BITS Pilani

Projects


Research Projects

  • Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), “Development of Accelerated Mix-design Approach for Base Materials Treated with Calcium-based Stabilizers Using Miniature Specimens" – Ongoing
  • Additional Competitive Research Grant (ACRG), BITS Pilani, “Mitigating Ettringite-Induced Heaving Using Different Crystalline Silica-Rich Waste Products” – Ongoing
  • Start-up Research Grant (SRG), DST: “Mitigating Ettringite-Induced Heaving in Sulfate-Laden Soils Using Quarry Dust as Co-Additive with Calcium-Based Stabilizers” – Completed
  • Research Initiation Grant (RIG), BITS Pilani, “Durability of Soils Stabilized With Traditional Calcium-Based Stabilizers” – Completed

Extramural Project

  • SCIENCE & ENGINEERING RESEARCH BOARD (SERB-POWER Grant) by DST, Govt. of India 2023-2026

Internal Projects

  • RIG (Research Initiation Grant) by BITS Pilani K K Birla Goa Campus 2022-2024
  • ACRG (Additional Competitive Research Grant) by BITS Pilani K K Birla Goa Campus 2022-2024

Research Interest

  • Develop metal-based catalysts for the generation of chemical fuels. 

  • Investigate reactive intermediates with suitable mimics of active sites of metalloproteins.


Research Interests & Projects

Research Interests

*Development of hybrid nanoparticles containing potential surfactants and silica nanoparticles for gene delivery to cancer cells.  

*Study on the role of chemical structures of non-viral vectors in the gene delivery to cancer cells.

*Development of photo-triggered cancer drug delivery systems with real-time monitoring through the NSET mechanism.

*Development of fluorescent surfactant-based nucleic acids detection and gene delivery systems, and bioimaging.

*Applications of fluorescence properties of novel host-guest complexes toward the development of molecular logic gates for the detection of toxic anions in the ppb range.

*Study on protein-surfactant, nanoparticle-conjugated protein-surfactant, and DNA-surfactant interactions.

*Design and synthesis of new fluorescent probes sensitive to the polarity and rigidity of microenvironment and their applications toward biological systems (For synthesis collaborating with Prof. Tanmay Chatterjee, Professor in the Deptt. of Chemistry, BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus)

Research Projects

ONGOING RESEARCH PROJECT

Investigation of Compaction of DNA by Some Potential Surfactants in Presence of Nanoparticles and Decompaction Induced by Cyclodextrins using Fluorescence Spectroscopy and Small Angle Neutron Scattering Techniques. Funded by UGC-DAE Consortium For Scientific Research, Mumbai Centre, B.A.R.C., Mumbai.

BITS-RMIT Research Project Approved:

Design and development of hybrid organic-inorganic nanoparticles for co-delivery of DNA and a chemotherapy drug in cancer treatment

(Project ID: BITSRMIT024B001261)

MAJOR RESEARCH PROJECT COMPLETED:

  1. Probing Twisted Intramolecular Charge Transfer Fluorescence to Characterise the Micelles of Some Gemini Surfactants. Funded by UGC.
  2. Twisted Intramolecular Charge Transfer (TICT) Fluorescence Probing Studies of Micropolarity and Microviscosity of Different Types of Gemini Micelles. Funded by CSIR.
  3. Study on physicochemical and interfacial properties of some mixed micellar systems of novel Gemini and conventional surfactants in water and water-organic solvent mixed media. Funded by Aditya Birla Group.
  1. Investigation of unfolding and refolding of proteins by gemini surfactants with varying spacer groups using fluorescence spectroscopy and small-angle neutron scattering techniques. Funded by UGC-DAE Consortium For Scientific Research, Mumbai Centre, B.A.R.C., Mumbai.
  2. Effect of Chemical Nature of Spacer group, Headgroups and Counterions of Gemini Surfactants on Solvation Dynamics and Rotational Relaxation of Coumarins in Aqueous Micelles. Funded by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi. 

 Minor research projects (UGC) completed:

  1. Fluorescence from 2-(2’-Hydroxy-4’-N,N-Dimethylamino)-phenyl) Benzimidazole and 2-Aminofluorene in homogeneous and microheterogeneous medium.
  2. Investigation of the characteristics of micelles and cyclodextrins using the probes showing excited state intramolecular proton transfer and twisted intramolecular charge transfer behaviour.

Research and Development

Research Fellow | Monash University, Australia

  •   Joint research work with Monash University researchers which resulted in publication

Research Projects: 

  • Principal Coordinator, “A UTILITY TOOL FOR PERSONALIZED MEDICINES”, PierianDx India Private Limited (https://www.pieriandx.com/), Project Duration (from May/2017 to May/2018).Principal Coordinator, “UI for Managing Entities”, Simply Compete Inc. Project Duration (from May/2016 to May/2017).
  • Research project on “Implementation of Meaning based Grammar“ in the area of Natural Language Processing at CDAC, India 

Research Interests:

  • Machine Learning
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Semantic Web Search
  • Ontologies and Knowledge Graph
  • Deep Learning
  • Text Mining
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Information Retrieval
  • Software Engineering

Research Projects

1.       Sequestration of heavy metals using multi-functional biodegradable natural polymers, As Co-Investigator, (CSIR). (2021-2024). (ongoing)

 

2.       Efficacy of appropriately tailored biopolymer and carbonaceous adsorbents for the separation and recovery of Europium, DST SERB, 29 lakhs (2017-20).   

 

3.       Development of suitably customized polymers and clay based adsorbents for the effective removal of chromium from e-waste, DST-SERB, 42 lakhs (2013-16).

 

4.       Laboratory investigation and field application towards the effective defluoridation of water using appropriately tailored sorbents, DST under WTI scheme, 26 lakhs (2012-16).

 

5.       Chemically modified polymeric sorbents for the removal and recovery of precious metal palladium from industrial waste, Funded by UGC, 4.7 lakhs (F.41-212/2012(SR)) (2012-2015).

 

6.       Chemically modified adsorbents for the pre-concentration and separation of toxic heavy metal ions from industrial wastes and environmental samples, DST-SERC, 22.5 lakhs (2008-2011).

 

7.       Study of the extraction behavior and speciation of chromium using various long chain amines and its application in treatment of electroplating waste water, UGC, 4.17 lakhs (2007-2010).


Research Projects of Prof. Shamsher Bahadur Singh

Sponsored Projects under Supervision as Principal Investigator and Fundings Received: 

  • 76.21 Lakhs ( NBCC, India)

Performance Evaluation of Sintered Fly Ash Lightweight Aggregate in Concrete, Sponsored by National Building Construction Corporation  (NBCC) India. Ref:  Dean Research and Innovation, BITS Pilani, Whatsapp message dated 19th March, 2024. Funding has alreday been received by BITS Pilani; Duration: 3 years (April 01 2024-March 31, 2027)

  • 19.80 Lakhs (DST Contribution) + 20,00,000 Yen (JSPS Contribution)

            Behavior of SHCC Elements under Shear Loading,

            INDIA-JAPAN COOPERATIVE SCIENCE PROGRAMME, Recommended for Sanction through email  

            dated July 6, 2023, File No. DST/ICD/JSPS/2022/613]   

  • 24.43 lakhs:

Study of Structural Behavior and Failure Characteristics of FRP-Concrete Composite

Beams, File Number: CRG/2022/000731, SERB, DST New Delhi, Approved for sanction on Nov. 28, 2022.

 

  • 91.056 Lakhs:

Development of Functionally-Graded Hybrid Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites for High-Strain Rate and Elevated Temperature Aeronautical Applications (PIs: Dr. Vasant Matsagar (IIT Delhi and Dr. S.B. Singh (BITS Pilani), Approximate cost: INR 91,05,600/-  (Sanction No. ARDB/01/1082030/M/I dated 15th February 2022.

 

  • Development of Fire Resistant Natural FRP for Structures, US-INDIA EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION (USIEF) Project to Host US Fulbright Specialist at BITS Pilani during Academic Year starting August 01, 2021 has been accepted by USIEF, New Delhi. Specialist Name: Prof. Venkatesh Kodur, Michigan State University, Michigan, USA. (Local cost of the stay of specialist will be borne by BITS Pilani while other costs in terms of travel and honorarium will be borne by USIEF, USA) [Ref. No. FSP-P006323 – India].

 

  • 18.5 Lakhs:                                                                                                                                          Project Title:  Study of Postbuckling Response, Failure and Strength of Functionally Graded Composite Plates with and without Cutouts, sponsored by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi dated 24/7/2019 (Ref. no. 22(0781)/19/EMR-II.                                                                                                                                                         
  • 15.543 Lakhs: Project Title: Structural Health Assessment and Rehabilitation Framework based on Cyber Physical System, sponsored by DST New Delhi, Ref. DST/ICPS/Cluster (Cyber Physical Systems/2018 (G), dated 13/3/2018 (Multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary project)                                                                                                                                                                     
  • 18 Lakhs

            Project Title: Study of Structural Response and Strengths of Thin-Walled FRP Composite Girders,” sponsored by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (Extra Mural Research Division), CSIR Complex, Pusa, New Delhi, 2014-2017 (Ref. No. 22(0631)/13/EMR-II.

 

  • 25.93 lakhs

  Project Title: “Development and Usage of Innovative Ductile Composite Materials for Repair and   

  Retrofitting of Concrete and Masonry Structures,” sponsored by Department of Science and Technology  

  (DST), New Delhi, 2013-2016 (Ref. No.SR/S3/MERC/0051/2012).

  • 10 Lakhs,

Project Title: “Development and Usage of Innovative Ductile Composite Materials for Repair and Retrofitting of Masonry Structures,” sponsored by Aditya Birla Group (ABG), 2011-2014.

  • 17.7 Lakhs

Project Title: “Response and Micromechanics Based Design of Engineered Cementitious Composite Structures,” DST, New Delhi, 2007-2010 (Ref. No. SR/S3/MERC/25/2007).

 

  • 6 Lakhs

      Project Title: “Experimental Investigation of Failure and Stability of Laminated   Composite Plates with Cutouts,” CSIR, New Delhi, 2007-2012 (Ref No. 22/(0442)/07-EMR-II).

  • 4.5 Lakhs

            Project Title: “Failure and Stability of Laminated Composite Plates with Cutouts,” K.K. Birla Academy Projects, BITS, Pilani, 2007-2010.

  • £337003/- UKIERI Collaborative Research Award (UK and India) (Fraction of Amount to be received from UK Lead Researcher relevant to Indian Partners.), 2008-2011.

Project Title: Sustainable High Performance Concrete Infrastructures

Indian Research Team Leader:  Dr. Shamsher Bahadur Singh

UK Research Team Leader:  Prof. Ravindra Dhir

  • 9.3 Lakhs

     Project Title: “Flexural Strengthening of Concrete Structures using Near Surface Mounted (NSM) Fiber

    Reinforcements, Sponsored by UGC, New Delhi, under Category of Major Research Project, 2008-2011 (Ref.  

    F.34-389/2008 (SR)).

 

  • 80 Lakhs

           Project Title:  DST-FIST Project for Development of Structural Engineering Lab, DST New  

                                  Delhi, 2012-2017, 5 years.

  • 70 Lakhs

                    Project Title: UGC-SAP Project for Structural and Transportation Engineering Research Lab 

                                            Developments, UGC-New Delhi, 2012-2017 (5 years).

Sponsored Projects under Supervision as Co-Investigators:

  • 71 Lakhs:

Project Title: Polyethylene Engineered Cementitious Composites (PE-ECC) for High Resilient Infrastructure, approved by the Mission Steering Group (MSG) of Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, Collaborative project with NIT Puducherry, approved on September 20, 2022 (F. No. 01/09/2022-NTTM dated September 01, 2022)

  • US $ 15,000/-

Project Title: “Machine Learning Based Unified Seismic Vulnerability Prediction Model for the Heritage Minarets of India”. Collaborative project awarded to CDRI Fellows: Vinay Shimpi, S.V.R. Madappa, M. Nidhi (NIT Puducherry); S.B. Singh (BITS Pilani), and Nikolaos Nikitas (University of Leeds, UK)

  • US $1,36,878.03

Project Title: Fire Resistance Guidelines for Hybrid FRP Structural Components made of Cellulose Fibers Derived from Agricultural Waste; Sponsored by University of Nebraska at Omaha:  Partnership-2020 for Enhancing US-India Collaboration between Michigan State University (MSU), BITS Pilani, and IIT Delhi; Period: August 2020- June 30, 2022

  • 70 Lakhs

Project Title: Structural Health Assessment and Rehabilitation Framework based on Cyber Physical System,). (Multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary project)

  • 506 Lakhs

Project Title: Seismic Vulnerability Assessment of Selected Heritage Structures in the State of Himachal Pradesh adopting output only Vibration Testing and Fragility Curves”, (MoES/P.O.(Seismo)/1(296)/2016)

 

  • 34 Lakhs

Project Title: Investigation of the Effect of Carbonation on the Properties of Concrete, 2012-15 (Ref. SR/S3/MERC/0064/2011).

 

  • US $ 200,000.00

Project Title:  Durability and Environmental Evaluation of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) Reinforced Concrete Bridges, Ohio Department of Transportation, USA, 4 years, 2000-2004.

  • US $ 250,000.00

Project Title:  Response of CFRP Reinforced and Prestressed Concrete Box-Beams, Ohio Department of Transportation, USA, 4 years (2000-2004).

  • 2.0 Lakhs

Project Title: Investigation into the Behavior of Coupling Beams, Seed Grant, BITS Pilani, 2012-2015.

  • 2.0 Lakh

Project Title: Dynamic Bucking Response of Composite Structures, Seed Grant, BITS Pilani, 2012-15.

 

 IMPORTANT CONSULTANCY PROJECTS EXECUTED:

 

             (Only those projects with value more than 0.46 Lakhs are given here:)

 

  1. As PI: (a) Structural Audit of “Paramount Floraville, Sector 137, Noida” [Two blocks (Celcia and Fushia)], as an Expert (b) September 2023 (c) Paramount Propbuild Private Limited, Noida (d) Rs. 11.80 Lakhs (Ref. No. P-00/2023 (dated 15/9/2023).
  2. As PI: (a) Assessment of Quality of Major Bridge of M.P. Road Development Corporation Ltd., Bhopal as an Expert (b) November 2021 (c) M/s Gangotri Deherda-Ishagarh Tollway Pvt. Ltd., Mohangarh, Lucknow (d) 5 Lakhs, Ref. Letter 8948/Deherda-Ishagarh/COS/2021
  3. As PI: (a) Development of Shelters for High Altitude Areas for Defense Needs (b) Deepali Design and Exhibition through DRDR, New Delhi, Ministry of Defense (3) In Process (4) 5 Lakhs as honorarium for Expert Member. Ref. E-mail dated: 23/10/2021 and 25/10/2021.
  4. As PI: (a) Structural Health Assessment of Railway Quarters at Haripur Railway Station, Rajasthan (b) NW Railway, Ajmer (c) 02 Months (d) Rs. 4.9 Lakhs (RN. P-00/2019 dated 23/7/2019)
  5. As PI: (a) Safety Checking and Failure Study of OHR at Housing Board, Bhiwadi, 560 kL Capacity (b)M/S WPIL Limited, Jaipur (c) 01 Month (d) Rs. 4.8 Lakhs (RN. P-00/2019 dated 22/3/2019)
  6. As PI:(a) Experimental Investigation of Soil Bearing Capacity of Soils, (b) Public Health Engineering Department Suratgarh, Ganganagar, Rajasthan (c) 1 Months (d) Rs. 0.93 Lakhs (R.N. 8650 dated 11/12/2008)
  7. As PI:(a) Safety Checks and Design of Elevated Water Tanks located at Suratgarh Military Station, Rajasthan (b) Suratagarh Military Station, Ganaganagar, Rajasthan (c) 6 months (d) Rs. 1.855 Lakhs (R. No. 10612 dated 23/1/2009)
  8. As PI:(a) Safety Checking of Elevated Water Tank   located at Bhadra, Hanumangarh District, Rajasthan (b) Public Health Engineering Department, Bhadra, Hanumangarh District, Rajasthan (c) 1 months (d) Rs. 0.608 Lakhs (R. No. 4698 dated 25/8/2009)
  9. As PI: (a)Design and Safety Checks of Box-Culvert at Noida (b) Ahuja Builders (Engineers and Contractors), Noida, U.P., (c) 3 Months (d) 0.75 Lakhs (R. No. 1311 dated 17/5/2010)
  10. As PI: (a) Safety Checking of Elevated Water Tank located at Khetri, Jhunjhunu District, Rajasthan (b) Public Health Engineering Department, Khetri, Jhunjhunu District, Rajasthan (c) 1 months (d) Rs. 0.56Lakhs (R. No. 8051 dated 02/11/2010)
  11. As PI:(a) Safety Checking and Rehabilitation of Crusher Foundation, Khetri Copper Plant, Rajasthan (b)Khetri Copper Plant, (c) 1 Month (d) Rs. 1.04 Lakhs
  12. As PI:(a) Safety Checking of water Tanks of Ghatal and Ramoura Project, Milkapur, NagaliaRajasthan (b)WPIL Ltd. And PROTECH Consultancy, Engineers, (c) 3 Month (d) Rs. 1.49 Lakhs+D236
  13. As PI: (a) StaadPro Design Checks (b) WPIL Ltd. And PROTECH Consultancy Engineers (c) 1 Month (d) Rs. 1.5 Lakhs
  14. As PI: (a) Safety checking of Water Tanks (b) WPIL Ltd., Jaipur (c)1 Months (d) Rs. 112500/-  Ref. 14/9/2017)
  15. (a) Safety Checking of OHR (b) WPIL Ltd. (c) 1 Month (d) Rs. 88903 (Ref. 14/1/2017)
  16. (a) Safety Checking of OHR (b) WPIL Ltd., Jaipur (c) 1 Month (d) Rs. 45500/- (Ref. 31/8/2018)
  17. (a) Safety Checking and Design of Water Tanks (b) WPIL Ltd., Jaipur (c) 1 Month (d) Rs. 150,000/- (Ref. 24/7/2019)
  18. Design of Foundation for Crusher (b) Khetri Copper (c) 1 Month (d) Rs. 140073/- (Ref. 24/8/2016)

Sponsored Projects

  1. Manipulation of Particles in Microchannels for Point-of-care Diagnostic Devices, funded by SERB under State University Research Excellence (SURE), 19.03 Lakhs, October 2023 - October 2026
  2. Numerical Investigation of Inertial Focusing of Deformable particles in microchannels, funded by BITS Pilani, Goa Campus, under Additional Competitive Research Grant (ACG) 10 Lakhs, December 2021 - December 2023.
  3. Numerical Investigation of nucleation of droplets on a solid surface during dropwise condensation, funded by BITS Pilani, Goa Campus, under Research Initiation Grand (RIG) 2 Lakhs, November 2020 - November 2022.

Research Project

Ongoing Projects:

  1. As PI : State University Research Excellence (SERB - SURE) (2023-2026), SERB, Govenment of India, New Delhi, India.
  2. As Co-PI : Small Extramural Grants-ICMR.

Completed Projects:

  1. As PI: DST Inspire Faculty Award Research Grant (2017-2022), DST, Government of India, New Delhi, India.
  2. As PI : Additional Competitive Grant (2019-2021) funded by BITS and
  3. As PI : Research Initiation Grant (2019-2021) funded by BITS.

Research Projects

  1. Numerical Investigation of Marangoni effects on the liquid-liquid slug flow dynamics -  Additional Competitive Grant (ACG), BITS Pilani K K Birla Goa Campus, Rs. 9.05 lakhs, Dec 2021-2023.

Sponsored Projects

Completed Projects

 
Start-up Research Grant (SRG) Sponsored by DST-SERB

Role: Principal Investigator
Cost: Rs. 9 Lakhs 
Title: A Novel 2:1 Multiplexer based Approch to Implement Ternary Logic Circuits
Duration: 2 Years, Jan 2021 - Jan 2023
Outcomes: (Novel Designs of 2:1 Multiplexer based Combinational and Sequential Circuits)
  • "Novel Design Methodologies for CNFET-Based Ternary Sequential Logic Circuits", published in IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, vol. 21, pp. 289-298, 2022.
  • "Low-Power Approximate Ternary Multiplier using CNFETs" (To be Submitted.)
  • "Design of CNTFET-Based Ternary Logic Circuits Using Low Power Encoder"( Selected for iSES 2022).
  • "Design of Ternary Conditional-Sum Adders" (Manuscript Under Preparation).
 
Additional Competitive Research Grant Sponsored by BITS-Pilani

Role: Principal Investigator
Cost: Rs. 4.7 Lakhs 
Title: RISC-V based Approximate Processor and its FPGA Prototype for Image processing Applications
Duration: 2 Years 9 months, Sept 2019 - June 2022
Outcomes: (RISC V based Approximate Co-processor, ASIC/FPGA Based Designs for Arithmetic Circuits)
  • "Accuracy Reconfigurable Carry Bypass Approximate Adder Integrated as a Co-processor for RISC-V", (Unpublished)
  • "An Approximate Adder with Inaccurate Addition of Lower Significant bits" (Unpublished)
  • "Design of Resource Efficient Binary and Floating Point Comparator Using FPGA Primitive Instantiation", (Under Review; Journal of Circuits, Systems and Computers).
  • "FPGA Based Implementation of Approximate Booth Multiplier" (Manuscript Under Preparation)
 
Research Initiation Grant (RIG) Sponsored by BITS-Pilani

 
Role: Principal Investigator
Cost: Rs. 2 Lakhs 
Title: Design and Synthesis methodologies for CNFET-based Multi-Valued Logic Circuits
Duration: 2 Years, Jan 2019 - Jan 2021  
Outcomes: (New CNFET based ternary Logic circuits)
  • "A Novel Low Power Ternary Multiplier Design using CNFETs,"  published in 33rd International Conference on VLSI Design and 18th International Conference on Embedded Systems, 2020.
  • "Design of CNTFET-Based Ternary ALU Using 2:1 Multiplexer Based Approach,"  published in IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, vol. 19, pp. 661-671, 2020.
  • "Design of CNFET-based Low-Power Ternary Sequential Logic circuits," published in 21st International Conference on Nanotechnology (NANO), 2021

Sponsered Projects

Sr. No.

Project Title

Funding Agency

Duration

Budget in INR

Role

1

Computationally efficient 3D ray tracing program for analysis of radome enclosed antennas

BITS Pilani

2 Years

2 L

Principle Investigator

2

Design of a streamlined ablatable radome for airborne applications

DRDO

3 Years

16.87 L

Principle Investigator


Ongoing Funded Project

  1. As Co-PI, Title of the project: Novel sensors for monitoring and reuse of agricultural runoff water, funded by Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC), Ministry of Education (MoE), Government of India (No.: SPARC/2019-2020/P2257/SL), Funding & duration: ₹ 54.45 Lakhs, 24 Months (Started August, 2023), PI: Sr. Prof. Sunil Bhand.
  2. As PI, Title of the project: A novel transistor based biosensor for analysis of BPS in water, funded by BITS BioCyTiH Foundation as part of Strategic Research Projects covered under the National Mission for Interdisciplinary-Cyber Physical System (NM-ICPS) of Department of Science and Technology, Government of India (No. : BBF/BITS(G)/FY2022-23/BCPS-105). Funding & duration: ₹ 40 Lakhs, 18 Month (Started September, 2022)
  3. As Co-PI, Title of the project: Technology for detection and analysis of Aflatoxin M1 in milk and milk product, funded by BITS BioCyTiH Foundation as part of Strategic Research Projects covered under the National Mission for Interdisciplinary-Cyber Physical System (NM-ICPS) of Department of Science and Technology, Government of India (No. : BBF/BITS(G)/FY2022-23/BCPS-117), Funding & duration: ₹ 59.952 Lakhs, 18 Month (Started September, 2022), PI: Sr. Prof. Sunil Bhand.
  4.  As Co-PI, Title of the project: Novel field biosensor for detection of urea in agricultural runoff water, funded by BITS BioCyTiH Foundation as part of Strategic Research Projects covered under the National Mission for Interdisciplinary-Cyber Physical System (NM-ICPS) of Department of Science and Technology, Government of India (No: BBF/BITS(G)/FY2022-23/BCPS-118), Funding & duration: ₹ 39.60 Lakhs, 18 Month (Started September, 2022), PI: Sr. Prof. Sunil Bhand.
  5. As Co-PI, Title of the project: Biosensor platform for detection of Aflatoxin B1 in groundnut, funded by BITS BioCyTiH Foundation as part of Strategic Research Projects covered under   the National Mission for Interdisciplinary-Cyber Physical System (NM-ICPS) of Department of Science and Technology, Government of India (No: BBF/BITS(G)/FY2022-23/BCPS-119), Funding & duration: ₹ 39.95 Lakhs, 18 Month (Started September, 2022), PI: Sr. Prof. Sunil Bhand.
  6. As Co-PI, Project entitled: “DBT-BUILDER-BITS Pilani, K K Birla Goa campus Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Programme for Advance Research and Education (Level  III)”:  Bio/ Chemical Sensors, Materials Group. Funded by DBT, Govt. Of India, Duration: 5 Years. PI: Sr. Prof. Sunil Bhand.

Funded Projects Completed

  1. Title of the project: “Design and Simulation of Micro devices for Development of Reliable Biosensor, Additional Competitive Research Grant sponsored by BITS, Ref No: GOA/ACG/2018-19/Oct/13. Funding & duration: ₹ 10 lakhs, 2 years (October, 2018-December 2020), PI: Dr. Gautam Bacher.
  2. Title of the project: “Development of field portable device for the analysis of contaminant in water” funded by BRNS, DAE Govt of India, Ref No: (36)/14/25/2014-BRNS-445, Funding & duration: ₹ 24.138 Lakhs, 3 years (Started-June 2015), PI: Prof. Sunil Bhand (Department of Chemistry), Co- PI: Dr. Gautam Bacher (Department of EEE).
  3. Title of the Project: “Development of sensing system for residual pesticide and harmful chemical detection in fruits and vegetables" funded by R. D. Tata Trust Consortium of CDAC Kolkata, BITS Pilani K.K.Birla Goa Campus, Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Funding & duration: ₹ 53.5 Lakhs, (August, 2016-December 2018), PI: Prof. Sunil Bhand (Department of Chemistry), Co- PI: Dr. Gautam Bacher (Department of EEE).
  4. Title of the Project: Novel micro biosensor device for heavy metal analysis in vegetables, RRCAT Indore and UGC DAE consortium. Funding & duration: ₹ 1 Lakhs, Months: 33, PI: Prof. Sunil Bhand, Co-PI: Dr. Gautam Bacher, Co-PI: Dr. Vishal Dhamgaye (RRCAT, Indore), Co-PI: Dr. G. S. Lodha (RRCAT, Indore).

Sponsored Projects

  • True Relative of Suslin's normality theorem for elementary groups and transvection groups
    MATRICS (Mathematical Research Impact Centric Support) (2020 - 2023)
    Science & Engineering Research Board, Department of Science and Technology,
    Government of India
  • Injective stability bound of symplectic groups for overrings of polynomial rings
    RIG (Research Initiation Grant)  (2020 - 2022)
    Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani
  • Study of Orbits of Symplectic Transformations
    INSPIRE (Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research) Faculty Award (2013 - 2018)
    Department of Science and Technology, Government of India

Sponsored Projects

1. BITS-RMIT joint PhD program:
    Title of the project: Wave propagation and Scattering in Elastic Metamaterials.
    Collaborator from RMIT: Dr. Ngoc San Ha, Civil and infrastructure Engineering, STEM, School of Engineering, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia.
 
 
1.  SERB-DST Early Career Research Award

  Title of Project: Comparison of phase velocities of Rayleigh waves, Love waves and Torsional waves in various anisotropic geo-media 

  Role: Principal Investigator

  Duration: May 2017-2020

2. NSFC Research Grant No: 11471087 (Harbin Engineering University, China)

  Title of Project: Research on Ptential wells and its application

  Role: Research Collaborator from India for the Project.

  Duration: December 2014-2017 
 
3. RIG Grant, BITS-Pilani

  Title of Project:  Study of Seismic Wave Propagation in Heterogeneous Medium

  Role: Principal Investigator

  Duration: August 2014-2016

 


Projects

 
1. Submitted a Project Proposal   to SERB  titled "Design and Development of Decision Support Systems for the Disease Management and surveillance of Covid-19".  [ Result :Not accepted for Funding]


Sponsored Projects

 1. Research Initiation Grant (as a PI), 2 Lakhs (INR),  BITS Pilani Hyderabad Campus,   2019-2021.
 
2.  Weak Galerkin method for parabolic problems, DST-SERB (CRG), India as a PI, 22,03,696 (INR), Jan. 2021 - Jan 2024.

Sponsored Projects

• Holomorphic Characterizations of the Approximation Property and its variants
     RIG (2019-2021)
     Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani   
 
 •  Dynamics of Operators on Weighted Spaces of Holomorphic Functions defined on Infinite  Dimensional Spaces
      SERB-POWER Grant (2022-2025)
      Science & Engineering Research Board, Department of Science and Technology,
      Government of India
 

Development of small drug like molecules to deal with Cancer


Development of small drug like molecules for Peripheral Neuropathy.


Sponsored Projects

 

1.  Sponsor and scheme: DST-SERB; MATRICS
         Title of the project: Study of ergodic theorems for Γ-actions on a group X, where Γ is a subgroup of Aut(X).
         Duration: 3 years (Jan 2023 - Jan 2026)
         Grant amount: Rs. 6,00,000 (+ 60,000 as overheads)
 
2. Sponsor and scheme: DST-SERB; Early career research award
         Title of the project: Characterizing the sets of periodic points of automorphisms on a solenoid.
         Duration: 3 years (2018-2021)
         Grant amount: Rs. 17,61,643.
       
3. Sponsor and scheme: BITS-Pilani; Research Initiation Grant
         Title of the project: Periodic points of solenoidal automorphisms.
         Duration: 2 years (2015-2017)
         Grant amount: Rs. 2,00,000.

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Projects

  1. Project: Modeling and CFD simulation of a batch reactor with heating and cooling limpet coils, used for the production of resins

          Funded by: Singh Plasticisers and Resins (India) Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi (Consultancy – Industry)

          Role: Principal Investigator (PI) [Co-PI: Prof. S. D Manjare]

          Status: Ongoing (Started in 2024)

  1. Project: Investigation on achieving efficient operating performance of Rotary kiln in coke calcination processes: Modeling and Simulation studies

          Funded by: Goa Carbon Ltd., Goa (Industry Sponsored)

          Role: Principal Investigator (PI) [Co-PI: Prof. S. D. Manjare]

          Status: Ongoing (Started in 2023)

  1. Project: Studies on CO fueled self-sustaining Unmixed Combustion (UMC) reactor for integrated CO2 capture and power/steam generation

          Funded by: Department of Science and Technology (Technology Mission Division), Government of India (Under Mission Innovation Call by DBT-                 DST as a part of “Carbon Capture Innovation Challenge”)

          Role: Co-PI (Co-Principal Investigator) (PI: Prof. Srinivas Krishnaswamy)

          Status: Completed (2024)

  1. Project: Application of Unmixed Combustion (UMC) for sustained heat transfer to high heat transfer coefficient liquids

          Funded by Additional Competitive Research Grant (ACG), BITS Pilani K. K. Birla Goa Campus

          Role: PI (Principle Investigator)

          Status: Completed (2021)

  1. Project: Experimental investigation on the role of Oxygen Storage and Release Materials (OSRMs) in Unmixed Combustion (UMC) for heat transfer applications

          Funded by: Research Initiation Grant (RIG), BITS Pilani K. K. Birla Goa Campus

          Role: PI (Principle Investigator)

          Status: Completed (2020)


Sponsored Research and Consultancy Projects

Government Funded Research and Developmental Projects

  1. Title: Support for Entrepreneurial and Managerial Development of SMEs through Incubators
    Funding Agency: Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), Government of India, New Delhi, India
    Duration: 3 years (September 2010 - September 2013)
    Grant Amount: INR 80 Lakhs yearly (First sanction: INR 17.624 Lakhs)
    Role: Secretary
    Status: Sanctioned
    Remark: The initial three proposals amounting to INR 17.624 Lakhs (including institutional overhead) were sanctioned under the project for a duration of three years. Further, more proposals (up to a maximum of 10 proposals in a year with each proposal amounting to INR 8 Lakhs or less) could be submitted periodically with a maximum limit of INR 80 Lakhs per year. Please refer to page 8 of BITScan, Issue 15, a publication by BITS Pilani available online at https://web.bits-pilani.ac.in/uploads/Pilani_Upload/BITScan/I%20Semester%20%202009-2010.pdf, which is a testimonial to this grant.
  2. Title: Application of Fuzzy Logic in Simulation of 3-D Visualization of Landscape using Remote Sensing Data
    Funding Agency: University Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi, India
    Duration: 2.5 years (October 1999 - April 2002)
    Grant Amount: INR 3,000
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Status: Completed

Industry Sponsored Research and Developmental Projects

Completed 9 (3 supervised and 6 coordinated) industry-sponsored R&D projects for the Technology Innovation Centre (TIC) of BITS Pilani.

  1. Title: Enhanced Training Capabilities through Video "YouTube like" Technology
    Sponsor: Sabre Travel Network, Bengaluru, India (Subsidiary of Sabre Corporation, Southlake, TX, USA)
    Duration: 5 months (January 2011 - May 2011)
    Grant Amount: Confidential
    Role: Supervisor
    Status: Completed
  2. Title: Augmented Reality for Maintenance and Repair
    Sponsor: John Deere, Pune, India
    Duration: 5 months (August 2010 - December 2010)
    Grant Amount: Confidential
    Role: Supervisor
    Status: Completed
  3. Title: Semantic Technology Research
    Sponsor: John Deere, Pune, India
    Duration: 5 months (August 2010 - December 2010)
    Grant Amount: Confidential
    Role: Supervisor
    Status: Completed
  4. Title: Related to the Health 2.0 SMS Service using txtWeb Application
    Sponsor: RedMed Health Systems, Bengaluru, India
    Duration: 5 months (January 2012 - May 2012)
    Grant Amount: Confidential
    Role: Coordinator
    Status: Completed
  5. Title: Model Based Testing Approach
    Sponsor: Sabre Travel Network, Bengaluru, India (Subsidiary of Sabre Corporation, Southlake, TX, USA)
    Duration: 5 months (January 2011 - August 2011)
    Grant Amount: Confidential
    Role: Coordinator
    Status: Completed
  6. Title: Cloud Based Testing in a Quality Environment
    Sponsor: Sabre Travel Network, Bengaluru, India (Subsidiary of Sabre Corporation, Southlake, TX, USA)
    Duration: 5 months (January 2011 - August 2011)
    Grant Amount: Confidential
    Role: Coordinator
    Status: Completed
  7. Title: Standardized Alerting Solution Using Open Source Logging Software
    Sponsor: Sabre Travel Network, Bengaluru, India (Subsidiary of Sabre Corporation, Southlake, TX, USA)
    Duration: 5 months (January 2011 - August 2011)
    Grant Amount: Confidential
    Role: Coordinator
    Status: Completed
  8. Title: Maximizing Quality Assurance Efficiency
    Sponsor: Sabre Travel Network, Bengaluru, India (Subsidiary of Sabre Corporation, Southlake, TX, USA)
    Duration: 5 months (January 2011 - August 2011)
    Grant Amount: Confidential
    Role: Coordinator
    Status: Completed
  9. Title: Deliver an Efficient Data Storage and Retrieval Algorithm for Complex Data in Heterogeneous Formats
    Sponsor: Sabre Travel Network, Bengaluru, India (Subsidiary of Sabre Corporation, Southlake, TX, USA)
    Duration: 5 months (January 2011 - August 2011)
    Grant Amount: Confidential
    Role: Coordinator
    Status: Completed

Consultancy Projects

  1. Title: Management Information System (MIS) for Technological Institute of Textile and Sciences
    Sponsor: Technological Institute of Textile and Sciences, Bhiwani, India
    Duration: 2.5 years (August 1995 - January 1998)
    Grant Amount: INR 60,000
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Status: Completed
  2. Title: Management Information System (MIS) for Chenab Textile Mills
    Sponsor: Chenab Textile Mills, Kathua, India
    Duration: 2 years (July 1995 - June 1997)
    Grant Amount: INR 38,000
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Status: Completed

Sponsored Projects

 

  • Principal Investigator (2018-20)- "Development & Validation of a Prototype of a Web/Mobile App Based Positive Psychological Intervention for Adolescents" [Sanction No.24/2016/ICMR-ICSSR-SBR] (Amount Mobilized: INR 1789950/-) 
  • Co-Principal Investigator (2018-20)- "Efficacy & Effectiveness of Information, Education and Communication (IEC) activities for Health Awareness and Promotion Among Women in Rajasthan: Towards a HOPE Approach" [Sanction No.16/2016/ICMR-ICSSR-SBR] (Amount Mobilized: INR 2662186/-)
  • Principal Investigator (2013-15): Research Initiation Grant (RIG) Project entitled "Understanding and Facilitating Mentor-Protege Relationships: An Appreciative Inquiry Approach" (Amount: INR 200000/-).

         UGC-JRF, ICMR-JRF or GATE(HSS) Qualified candidates may write an email directly to: rajneesh.choubisa@gmail.com

 


SPONSORED/NON-SPONSORED

Sponsored

  • “Development and demonstration of pilot scale integrated electrocoagulation (EC) and bio-filter column (BFC) with agriculture based adsorbents for  treatment of tannery industrial effluents”, Industry Sponsored, 6.8 Lakhs - Ongoing.
  • “Bioremediation of waste automobile engine oil”, sponsored by BITS Pilani, 2.0 Lakhs - Completed. 

Non-Sponsored

  • "Valorization of waste engine oil towards rhamnolipid biosynthesis in developing circular bioeconomy" - Ongoing.
  • "PHAs (Polyhydroxyalkanoates) production and synthesis of polymeric resins thereof using microbial fermentation" - Ongoing.
  • "Biosurfactants mediated nanoparticle synthesis for dyes and heavy metal removal from textile/tannery wastewater" - Ongoing.
  • "Synthesis of electro-spun nanofibers composite resins with enhanced antimicrobial property" - Ongoing.

External and Internal Research Grants

  • BITS Pilani Seed Research Grant (2 Lac) - Development of general purpose robotic head with multimodal learning capability
  • BITS Pilani New Faculty Seed Grant (18 Lac) - "Playing God": generation of virtual environment through masked autoencoders and diffusion technique
  • BITS-RMIT joint PhD Project (with Dr. Abhijit Das and Prof. Fabio Zambetta (RMIT, Melbourne, Australia)) (1 Phd scholar) - Development of diffusion-based photorealistic augmented reality engine for outdoor training
  • ISRO - Development of deep learning framework for auto quality certification of all IRS optical Satellite Images (23.5 Lacs, 1 PhD scholar)
  • Co supervisor in a ISI-TiH funded project, a DST-CEFIPRA project (Both on deep fake detection) and a join Phd project under ASCRIN scheme with La Trobe University, Australia

A combined study on CO2 solvent-adsorption and simultaneous energy conversion using Na-CO2 battery (New Faculty Seed Grant, BITS Pilani), Duration: 2 years, Budget: 20 lakhs


Deep Eutectic Solvents for Flow Electrode Capacitive Deionization (FCDI): An Innovative Concept for Electrode Driven High-Capacity Desalination (SERB, SRG/2023/001389), Duration: 2 years, Budget: 32.6 lakhs


Research Projects

I am supported by the following projects:

a) BITS-Pilani New Faculty Seed Grant

B) OPERA Grant for Research Excellence


Research and Consultancy Projects

Ongoing Projects:

Waste-to-Energy: Technology Integration for Production of Clean Energy from Organic Waste
(Principal Investigator of Theme-3, Promotion of University Research and Scientific Excellence (PURSE), Department of Science and Technology, March, 2022).

Feasibility Studies to Assess the Use of Spent Grains as Feedstock for Biomethanation
(Principal Investigator, GPS Renewables, January, 2022).

Technology Integration for the Production of Clean Energy from Organic Waste (Biomethanation, Catalytic Conversion, Photocatalysis and Fuel Cell)
(Principal Investigator, BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus, February, 2021).

Industrial-scale Thermophilic Biomethanation of Food Waste and Sewage Sludge for Production of Bioenergy and Biofertilizer
(Principal Investigator, Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, Sanctioned in August, 2020)

Completed Projects:

Co-treatment of domestic septage and municipal solid waste landfill leachate using dry-thermophilic anaerobic digestion for the production of bioenergy and biofertilizer
(Principal Investigator, Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council, A Government of India Enterprise).

Maintenance of Sanitation and Solid Waste Management for Swachh Andhra Pradesh
(Principal Investigator, Municipal Administration and Urban Development, Government of Andhra Pradesh).

Anaerobic co-digestion of food waste and organic fraction of municipal solid waste for the production of biogas and concomitant use of biogas as fuel for cooking and spent slurry as fertilizer.
(Principal Investigator, Centre of Research Excellence in Waste, Water & Energy, BITS Pilani).

Novel biomarker responses to validate acute toxicity of engineered nanoparticles and their physicochemical interactions in earthworm as a model bio indicator of nano(eco)toxicology.
(Principal Investigator, Department of Biotechnology, Government of India).

Studies on the characterization of engineered nanoparticles (ENPs) and their toxicological and biochemical effects on Eisenia foetida earthworms.
(Principal Investigator, Research Initiation Grant).

Improvement of the existing systems for disposal of municipal solid waste in Tsunami affected coastal villages at Karaikal & Nagapattinam districts, Tamil Nadu, India.
(Principal Investigator, Swiss Red Cross).

To develop design criteria for high-rate vermicomposting systems based on experimentation, mathematical modeling, and optimization.
(Senior Research Fellow, Department of Biotechnology, Government of India).

Pro-Poor Public Private Partnership for Pondicherry Urban Environment, PURE.
(Consultant, ADEME, France).

Asia Pro Eco Programme.
(Consultant, European Commission).

Asia Urbs Programme.
(Consultant, European Commission).

Ward Adoption Programme.
(Project Associate, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India).


Extramural and Intramural Grants

As Principal Investigator

  1. “Use of distillery and domestic wastewater to generate hydrogen and development of a prototype thereof”, funded by Lightatom Electrolyzer Pvt. Ltd., 2023, 16 Lakhs INR (Ongoing)
  2. "Application of co-axial electrospun novel composite nanofiber membranes towards specific and efficient removal of arsenic, lead, and fluoride from groundwater", funded by DST-SERB, Startup Research Grant, 2021, 27.39 Lakhs INR (Completed)
  3. "Modification of polyvinylidene fluoride polymer for membrane filtration applications", funded by Gujrat Fluorochemicals, 2021, 8 Lakhs INR (Completed)
  4. "Design and development of an inline sensor for water-based contaminant detection", funded by MKS Vision, 2021, 35000 USD (27 Lakhs INR Approx.) (Completed)
  5. "Use of layered metal hydroxide in water treatment followed by machine learning based scale-up of the process", funded by BITS Pilani, 2022, 45000 INR (Completed)
  6. "Preparation of hybrid hollow fiber membranes and its application in desalination process", funded by BITS Pilani (Additional Competitive Research Grant), 2020, 7.75 Lakhs INR (Completed)
  7. "Removal of ionic pollutants using polymer encapsulated metal organic framework from drinking water", funded by BITS Pilani (Research Initiation Grant), 2019, 2 Lakhs INR (Completed)

As Co-Principal Investigator

  1. “Non-conventional water treatment and monitoring for reuse in agriculture”, funded by Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India under Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC), 2024, 41.54 Lakhs INR (Ongoing)

Theses/ Projects Supervised

Completed supervising > 100 theses/projects @ BITS...

First Degree/ Under graduation:

Development of suitable systems for safe handling of solid waste in educational institutions
Akkiraju Kavya Bharadwaj (2008B1A3602H)
BITS C323: Study Oriented Project
November 2010

Production of bioplastics precursors, polyhydroxyalkanoates from municipal sludge using sequencing batch reactors
Nikitha. B (2008B1A5584H)
BITS C323: Study Oriented Project
November 2010

A wireless sensor network approach to monitor process temperature in composting heaps
Mathews N. John (2009B1AA616H)
BITS C323: Study Oriented Project
November 2011

Sustainability and survivability of tree plantation in BITS-Pilani, Hyderabad Campus
Rajkishan KU (2008A3PS203H)
BITS C331 Computer Projects
November 2011

Integrated solid waste management on the campus
V. Ravish Kumar (2008B4A2430H)
BITS C324 Study Oriented Project
November 2011

Energy usage of BITS Pilani Hyderabad Campus
P. Krishna Chaitanya (2008A3PS207H)
BITS C313 Lab Oriented Projects
April 2012

Design of bioprocess systems for handling biodegradable waste
V. Ravish Kumar (2008B4A2430H)
BITS C313 Lab Oriented Projects
April 2012

Diphasic anaerobic treatment of organic waste
T. A. Sri Sowmya (2009A1PS347H)
Ravi Prakash (2009A1PS430H)
BITS C314 Lab Oriented Project
November 2012

Technological advancements in UASB reactor
Sunil Kumar (2009A1PS174H)
BITS C323: Study Oriented Project
November 2012

Nanobiosensors for environmental monitoring of emerging contaminants/toxicants/pollutants
Rohit Mehta (2009B1A3739H)
BITS C323: Study Oriented Project
April 2013

Waste management using multispectral and hyperspectral image processing
R. Murali Krishna (2010B1AA216H)
BITS C323: Study Oriented Project
November 2013

Algal biofuels: Opportunities and challenges
Sarayu. M (2011B1A1703H)
BIO F266: Study Project
April 2014

A baseline assessment of key pollinators of Lantana camara and to recommend its control measures in KBR National Park, Hyderabad
Aditya Tibrewal (2010B1A7656H)
BITS C421T: Thesis
November 2014

Modelling environmental fate of engineered nanomaterials in wastewater treatment plant
Arjun Vijayvargiya (2012B1A7733H)
BIO F376: Design Oriented Project
April 2015

Design of a prototype to detect the presence of a person using Bluetooth and implementing Internet of Things to monitor certain environmental parameters using Azure cloud service
Srujan Jha (2012B1A7744H)
BIO F376: Design Oriented Project
April 2015

Vermicomposting of Parthenium with and without co-digestion
P. Shiva Kumar (2011B1A2722H)
BIO F376: Design Oriented Project
April 2015

Cost-effective simplification in the design of bioreactors: Studies on geometry and kinetics
T. Vaishnavi (2011B1A173H)
BIO F376: Design Oriented Project
April 2015

Study on recycling potential of solid and liquid residue emulating from anaerobic digestion
Siddharth Maheshwari (2012A1TS486H)
BITS C421T: Thesis
November 2015

Synthesis of value-added products from microalgal biomass used to treat nitrogenous wastewater effluent
Sarayu. M (2011B1A1703H)
BITS C421T: Thesis
November 2015

Biomethanation of organic waste
Mukesh Kumar (2013A1PS598H)
BIO F366: Lab Oriented Project
November 2015

Remote monitoring system for biogas reactors
Shubham Jain (2012B1AA741H)
Srujan Jha (2012B1A7744H)
BIO F366: Lab Oriented Project
April 2016

Characterization of human hair fibres using nanoindentation technique
Bibhu Prasad Tripathy (2011B1A1713H)
BITS F421: Thesis
April 2016

Physicochemical characterization and ecotoxicity assessment of dendrimers: A report on toxicological evaluation and biochemical responses in earthworm, Eisenia Fetida
Lagan Kankane (2011B1AA723H)
BITS F423: Thesis
April 2016

Stability analysis of flutter in articulated fluid conveying pipes
Dhruv Pramod Ghiya (2011B1A4737H)
BITS F423: Thesis
April 2016

Anaerobic digestion of food waste and study of factors affecting the biogas production
Vinay Keche (2011B1A4736H)
BITS F423: Thesis
April 2016

Biochemical response in earthworm Eisena fetida exposed to polystyrene nanoparticles via dermal contact
T. Vishaka (2011B1A4724H)
BITS F423: Thesis
April 2016

Role of curvatures and constraints in cell mechanobiology
Aditya Rane (2012B1A2894H)
BITS F421: Thesis
November 2016

Systems modelling for sustainability assessment of waste reutilization using thermodynamic metric to measure sustainability
VVS Gargeya (2012B1AB961H)
BITS F421: Thesis
November 2016

A microfluidic platform for studying the interaction between immune cells and spheroids in 3D tumor microenvironment
Shreya Kumar (2012B1A3586H)
BITS F421: Thesis
November 2016

Application of Internet of Things for environmental management
Ayan Bharadwaj (2013B1A7579H)
BIO F377: Design Oriented Project
November 2016

Assessing genotoxicity of engineered nanoparticles
Suma Chinta (2013B1A4903H)
BIO F366: Laboratory Project
November 2016

Designing a Remote Monitoring System for environmental management
Ayan Bharadwaj (2013B1A7579H)
BIO F366: Laboratory Project
April 2017

Steady-state operation of thermophilic anaerobic digesters treating food waste
G. Nikhitha (2014B1A1787H)
BIO F266: Laboratory Project
April 2017

Remote Monitoring System: Hardware
Ansa Zaiba SM (2014B1A70659H)
BIO F366: Laboratory Project
November 2017

Remote Monitoring System: Software
Abhijay Jayaswal (2015B1AA839H)
BIO F366: Laboratory Project
April 2018

Application of Internet of Things for environmental management
Ayan Bharadwaj (2013B1A7579H)
BITS F421: Thesis
April 2018

Aerobic Composting
Mayank Gupta (2016B1A40619H)
BIO F266: Study Project
November 2018

Optimization of wastewater treatment plants using machine learning
Kunal Agarwal (2014B1A20784H)
BITS F423T: Thesis
April 2019

Reinventing the water closet
Aditya Agarwal (2016B1A20958H)
BIO F376: Design Project
November 2019

Remote monitoring system for biogas digesters
Raj Singh Gaur (2017A3PS0537H)
BIO F376: Design Project
November 2019

Creating a design system to reduce carbon footprint
Pragyan Shukla (2016B1A40954H)
Venkumahanti Chandrahaas (2015A7PS0010H)
BIO F376: Design Project
June 2020

Integration of AI systems into the waste sorting and management process
Rweetam Bhattacharya (2016B1A20938H)
BIO F266: Study Project
June 2020

Microplastics: Major problem in packaged drinking water?
Vaadeendra Kumar Burra (2017B1A11156H)
BIO F266: Study Project
June 2020

Microplastics in Wastewater Treatment Plants
Vaishnavi K N (2017A2TS0947H)
BITS F421: Thesis
November 2020

Some studies on the design and treatment systems for municipal solid waste landfill leachate
Abhay Gupta (2017B1A41762H)
BIO F376: Design Project
November 2020

Studies on the occurrence and Characteristics of Microplastics in drinking water and FMCG
Aditya Shukla (2018B1A40560H)
BIO F266: Study Project
November 2020

Studies on steady-state performance of MBBR using GPS-X 8.0 and other resources
Rishi Raj Verma (2017B1A11758H)
BIO F266: Study Project
November 2020

Studies on biofilm formation in the carrier elements of MBBR system
Aman Lahoti (2018B1A40752H)
BIO F266: Study Project
April 2021

Remote monitoring of biogas systems
Deepanshu Mody (2018B1A70949H)
Rachana Srikruthi Venukumahanti (2017A7PS0086H)
BIO F376: Design Project
April 2021

Physical, chemical and biological technologies for upgrading biogas to biomethane
Jai Arora (2017B1A30876H)
BIO F266: Study Project
April 2021

Rapid anaerobic digestion of organic feedstock
Akash S Rajeev (2018B1A30491H)
BIO F266: Study Project
December 2021

Identification and characterization of microplastics in FMCG
Chanda Sai Keshav (2018B1A70757H)
BIO F266: Study Project
December 2021

Simulation of anaerobic digestion process using various anaerobic digestion models
Lakshay Tomar (2018B1AA0578H)
BIO F376: Design Project
December 2021

Validation of protocols for the isolation of microorganisms from landfill leachate
Shibasis Dutta (2018B1A40768H)
BIO F266: Study Project
December 2021

Control of acidification in anaerobic digesters treating food waste
Shrinivas Reddy (2018B1A40761H)
BIO F266: Study Project
December 2021

Digital Pollution
Velma Gourav (2019B1AA0782H)
Kathan Naik (2020A7PS2082H)
BIO F266: Study Project
April 2022

Higher Degree/ Post graduation:

Assessment of ecotoxicity caused by metal and metal oxide nanoparticles in earthworms
Ashwini Sri Hari (2012H129008H)
BIO G540: Research Practice
April 2013

Production of algal biofuels by tubular photobioreactor
Swasti Dhagat (2013H129003H)
BIO G540: Research Practice
April 2014

Assessment of titanium dioxide nanoparticle toxicity in earthworms
Ashwini Sri Hari (2012H129008H)
BITS G629: Dissertation
April 2014

Biofuels
Swasti Dhagat (2013H129003H)
BITS G513: Study in Advanced Topics
November 2014

Isolation of cellulose and lignin-degrading microorganisms from termite gut
Aarathi Menon (ID No. 2014H129002H)
BIO G540: Research Practice
April 2015

Extraction of volatile fatty acids (VFAs) from Lantana camara with its final disposal as vermicompost
Komal (2014H129008H)
BIO G540, Research Practice
April 2015

Application of bioprocess technology for the treatment of organic waste
Asim Sandeep Joshi (2013H129001H)
BITS G629: Dissertation
April 2014

Anaerobic Digestion of Food Waste and Characterization of the Digestate Obtained
Komal (2014H129008H)
BITS G629: Dissertation
November 2015

Nanotoxic effects of gold nanoparticles on animal cells
Aarathi Menon (ID No. 2014H129002H)
BITS G513: Study in Advanced Topics
November 2015

To design a novel bioreactor to compost spent slurry emanating from anaerobic digester fed with food waste and organic fraction of municipal solid waste
Rishabh Malhotra (2015H129005H)
BIO G540: Research Practice
April 2016

Toxicity assessment of gold nanoparticles using earthworm as sentinel
Aarathi Menon (ID No. 2014H129002H)
BITS G629: Dissertation
April 2016

Optimization of granular photobioreactors for large-scale wastewater treatment
Komal (2014H129008H)
BITS G629T: Dissertation
April 2016

Analysis of volatile fatty acids
Rishabh Malhotra (2015H129005H)
BITS G513: Study in Advanced Topics
November 2016

Anaerobic co-treatment of landfill leachate and domestic septage
N. Anand (H201619006H)
BITS G540: Research Practice
April 2017

Effect of pH on single-stage anaerobic digestion
N. Anand (H201619006H)
BITS G513: Study in Advanced Topics
November 2017

Strategies for bromelain isolation and purification from pineapple waste
Shreya Kulkarni (2016H129002H)
BITS G513: Study in Advanced Topics
November 2017

Anaerobic bioreactor design for leachate treatment
N. Jyothi (2017PHXP0416H)
BITS G540: Research Practice
April 2018

Co-Biomethanation of domestic septage and municipal solid waste landfill leachate
N. Anand (H201619006H)
BITS G629T: Dissertation
April 2018

Effect of bromelain on DNCB-induced, atopic dermatitis-like symptoms in mice
Shreya Kulkarni (2016H129002H)
BITS G629T: Dissertation
April 2018

Moving Bed Biofilm Reactors
Sourav Debsarma Biswas (2018H1290004H)
BITS G540: Research Practice
April 2019

Characterization of Substrates and optimization of ratio of substrates in anaerobic co-digestion of landfill leachate and sewage sludge
Srinjoy Roy (2018H1290007)
BITS G540: Research Practice
April 2019

Studies on application of Moving Bed Biofilm Reactor (MBBR) for municipal sewage treatment
Sourav Debsarma Biswas (2018H1290004H)
BITS G513: Study in Advanced Topics
November 2019

Anaerobic co-digestion of landfill leachate and sewage sludge
Srinjoy Roy (2018H1290007)
BITS G513: Study in Advanced Topics
November 2019

Design and fabrication of Lab scale MBBR and its performance evaluation using GPS-X 8.0
Sourav Debsarma Biswas (2018H1290004H)
BITS G629T: Dissertation
July 2020

Studies on source, occurrence, and toxicity of microplastics in landfill leachate
Srinjoy Roy (2018H1290007)
BITS G629T: Dissertation
July 2020

Interaction of microorganisms with microplastics and consequent biofilm formation in the aquatic environment
Megha Ukil (2019H1290065H)
BITS G540: Research Practice
November 2020

Some studies on microbiological and biochemical processes of moving bed biofilm reactor treating domestic sewage
Nehaa K (2019H1290066H)
BITS G540: Research Practice
November 2020

Studies on community structure and functions of biofilms colonizing microplastics
Megha Ukil (2019H1290065H)
BITS G629T: Dissertation
April 2021

Study of biofilm formation and concomitant nitrogen removal in MBBR system
Nehaa K (2019H1290066H)
BITS G629T: Dissertation
April 2021

Anaerobic treatment of faecal sludge
Levaku Akhil Reddy (2020H1510350H)
BITS G540: Research Practice
June 2021

Lab-scale studies on treatment of municipal sewage using moving bed biofilm reactor (MBBR)
Sunaina Nag (2020H1290009H)
BITS G540: Research Practice
June 2021

Techno-economic evaluation of greywater management system at Himalayan region of India
Levaku Akhil Reddy (2020H1510350H)
BITS G629T: Dissertation
December 2021

Study on anaerobic co-digestion of sewage sludge and landfill leachate with pre-treatment
Rishita Bonu (2020H1510349H)
BITS G629T: Dissertation
December 2021

Interaction between plants and fungi for bioremediation of MSW landfill leachate
Sandhya Kumari Gupta (2021PHXP0100H)
BITS G529: Research Project
December 2021

Design of vertical flow constructed wetlands (VFCW) for the treatment of landfill leachate using macrophytes
Sandhya Kumari Gupta (2021PHXP0100H)
BITS G513: Study in Advanced Topics
December 2021

Modelling of carrier elements on the performance of moving bed biofilm reactor (MBBR) treating municipal sewage
Sunaina Nag (2020H1290009H)
BITS G513: Study in Advanced Topics
December 2021

A technological and economic evaluation of greywater management system in the Indian Himalayas
Levaku Akhil Reddy (2020H1510350H)
BITS G653T: Dissertation
May 2022

Anaerobic co-digestion of food waste and sewage sludge
Rishita Bonu (2020H1510349H)
BITS G653T: Dissertation
May 2022

Role of microplastics as biofilms and concomitant induction of antimicrobial resistance
Nitya Dwivedi (2021H1290006H)
BITS G540: Research Practice
May 2022

Study on possible induction of antimicrobial resistance by biopharmaceutical fermentation wastewater
Roshni Raj (2021H1290008H)
BITS G540: Research Practice
May 2022

Hybrid phytoremediation wetlands with the combination of plants and microalgae for the treatment of landfill leachates
Sandhya Kumari Gupta (2021PHXP0100H)
BITS G529: Research Project-II
May 2022

PhD:

Toxicity evaluation of TiO2 nanoparticles in earthworm (Eisenia fetida)
Bitragunta Siva Prasad (2011PHXF0006H)
Graduated in March 2018

Bioprocessing of leachate emanated from municipal solid waste landfill and concomitant recovery of value-added products
N. Anand (2016PH290006H)
Graduated in July 2023

Development of a field operable testing system for ensuring quality of milk
Harsha Bharwani (2018PHXF0007H)
Started in August 2020

Co-digestion of organic municipal solid waste and slaughterhouse waste through triphasic dry biomethanation and concomitant recovery of value-added products
Atun RoyChoudhury (2019PHXP0100H)
Started in November 2020

Effect of microplastics on anaerobic digestion of domestic sewage sludge
Sandhya Kumari Gupta (2021PHXF0100H)
Started in November 2022

Augmenting anaerobic co-digestion of organic wastes by regulating total soluble product concentration for improves energy recovery
Hemapriya S (2022PHXF0007H)
Started in July 2023


Tracing Enzymatic Activities

Our research work focused on tracing enzymatic activity for diagnosis of diseased cells. Enzymes catalyze the most challenging and fascinating transformations in the living beings. Our research interest leverages the immense synthetic potential harbored in staggering inventory of enzymes to provide solutions to outstanding problems at the frontiers of chemistry and biology. Central to this research endeavor is to bring new concepts to biosensing catalysis by drawing inspiration from mechanistic connections between synthetic and biocatalytic systems. We developed interdisciplinary approaches that integrate organic synthesis, chemical biology, protein engineering, and biochemical analysis to sense reaction space beyond their current catalytic repertoire. These enzymes not only provide powerful tools for numerous synthetic and biological applications, but also offer a fertile ground to enrich our fundamental knowledge of biochemical reactions and enzymatic catalysis. These biochemical reactions were monitored using fluorescence spectroscopy.

 


PhD Guidance

  • Ravinder Singh/"Strategic Sourcing from Risk Management Perspective: A study of Indian Automobile Industry" (Co-supervisor)/ Completed on June 15, 2019.
  • Krishna Manasvi /" A Study of the Mango Supply Chain with an Emphasis on Orchard Operations" (Supervisor)/ Completed on July 5, 2023.
  • Aman Kumar Joshi/"A Study of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Adoption in Indian MSME Manufacturing Sector" (Supervisor)/ Completed on  Jan 9, 2024.
  • Hariprasad Ambadapudi/"A Study on the State of Supply Chain Finance for Indian MSMEs working in the Automobile Sector" (Supervisor)/ Thesis Writing stage.
  • Ritesh Ashok Deore/ Circularity Assessment of the Indian Automotive Sector (Supervisor)/ Data analysis stage.

Projects Under Review 

  • Submitted a project proposal to IMPRESS, ICSSR titled "Integrated Solid Waste Management System for a Smart city in India" with a budget of Rs. 14,45,000/-. (Principle Investigator)- Online interaction conducted on February 8 2021 (Result Awaited)
  • Submitted a project proposal to STRIDE, UGC titled "Creating Entrepreneurship Education Ecosystem (EEE) in Indian Higher Education" with a budget of Rs. 29,57,900/-(Principle Investigator)- Shortlisted by UGC for interaction.
  • Submitted a project proposal to DST, Rajasthan, titled "Optimisation of the number of fire stations and their location for emergency planning in Jaipur city" with a budget of Rs 14,42,100/-. (Principal Investigator)- Currently under review.

Projects

Early Career Research Grant by SERB (2019-2022) “Rod-shaped polymeric nanoparticles for targeted delivery of artemisinin-derivatives to plasmodium-infected erythrocytes for improved intravenous therapy of cerebral malaria” as PI, 44.30 Lakhs.

DBT sponsored R&D project (2018-2022)” Development and evaluation of lipid-based nanoparticles of Quinapyramine and Isometamidium chloride for treatment of trypanosomiasis in camels” as PI, 44.72 Lakhs


Research Projects


Research Projects/Consultancy

Projects/Consultancy /Workshop

Consultancy: 

  • Client: Zuari Industries,Goa. Topic: Communication Skills for Managers/Executives Period: 15 Days (every quarterly @ Rs. 40000/-, 2005-2008)
  • Client: Technochem, Indore Topic: Oral and Written Communication Skills for Managers/Executives Period: 2 weeks (every quarterly @ Rs. 60000/-, 2009) 
  • Client: Frontline officers and Managers of CIPLA Biotec, Verna, Goa,30 participants. Topic: Technical Writing.  Period: 12 July-05 October 2016 (6 sessions/12 Hours)  Amount:  6.65Lakhs 

 

Workshop: 

  • Coordinator and Resource Person , Theme: Innovative Pedagogies for  Enhancing the Employability Skills of Students 4th September 2013 – 6th September 2013, Dept of HSS, BITS Pilani K K Birla Goa Campus.  
  • Resource Person , Topice: Effective Communication Sep 2023National Prodctivity Council, Ministry of Commerce, India.
  • Resource Person , Topice: Grant Writing Workshop Sep 2023, Goa State Higher Education Council, Goa State Research Foundation & the Directorate of Higher Education

 Project

  •  Completed : (Major Project Funded by- Indian Council of Social Science Research, Ministry of HRD: Title: “Exploring Spiritual Quotient and Analyzing its Impact on the Research Performance of University Teachers” Amount: 6.57 Lakhs

Sponsored Projects

  • DST-FIST Grant-135 lakhs 2022 to 2027 (Co-ordinator of the Project)
  • Mechanistic insights of CO2 methanation using core-shell catalysts, 32 Lakhs (In Progress) Co-PI
  • Harnessing the Duality of Mesoporous Core-shell Materials for CO2 Capture and Methanation-CSIR-25 lacs-(2022-2025-In Progress)-Co-PI
  • Waste Minimization and carbon capture by coa-fly ash based sorbents-A Two edged sword, CSIR, 18.85 lakhs-(2019-2022)-PI
  • Development of cost-effective adsorbents for heavy metal removal from industrial effluent, HBL Power Systems, 5 Lacs, Hyderabad-(2020-2021)-PI

Sponsored Projects

As Principal Investigator

  • BITS Research Initiation Grant (2013-14)

           Title: Equation of state for the massive neutron stars with antikaon condensates.

  • “START-UP GRANT” Under UGC-BSR   (FRPS) 

           Title: Equation of state of Dense matter for core-collapse supernova 

  •  DST- Start-Up Research Grant (Young Scientists) (2014-17) 

          Title: Gravitational waves from oscillations and instabilities in neutron stars

  • DAE-BRNS project (2018-21)

          Title:"Fundamental Physics in Strong Gravitational field of Neutron Stars" 

  • DST-CRG project (2023-) 

         Title:” Bayesian Analysis of Neutron Star Equation of State”

As Co-PI

 
  • DST-SERB CRG (2020-24)
Title: "Investigating the Equation of State of Neutron Stars via Emitted Gravitational Waves" 
PI-Dr Swastik Bhattacharya

Doctoral Supervision

 

Completed

  • Divya Dosaya - Teacher Professionalism and Student Achievement: An Empirical Study at Secondary School Level.
  • Nayan Jyoti Nath - Communication for Health: Reckoning Health Settings in India's Borderland.
  • Mounika Prashanthi - Learning Ecology and Student Well Being: Towards an Integrated Approach of School as a Learning Organization.
  • Deepanjana Chakraborty - Socio-Emotional Competencies and Educational Attainments: Probing Higher Education Readiness in the Transitional Phase

Ongoing

  • Ranjini S Nadig - Higher Education and Technological Interventions in the Contemporary Milieu.

Sponsored Projects

  • An Empirical Study on Accountability and Learning Outcomes in Public School Systems in Rajasthan [ICSSR Impress][Sanction No. IMPRESS/P3381/244/2018-19/ICSSR] (Project Cost: INR 10,00,000/-)
  • Development & Validation of a Prototype of a Web/Mobile App Based Positive Psychological Intervention for Adolescents [Sanction No.24/2016/ICMR-ICSSR-SBR] (Project Cost: INR 17,01,650/-)
  • Efficacy & Effectiveness of Information, Education and Communication (IEC) activities for Health Awareness and Promotion Among Women in Rajasthan: Towards a HOPE Approach [Sanction No.16/2016/ICMR-ICSSR-SBR] (Project Cost: INR 25,11,490/-)
  • A Study of Lucite Ceiling in Science and Technology- Research Initiation Grant (Project Cost: INR 2,00,000/-)

Sponsored Research Projects

Project 1.

 Principal Investigator: Prasanna Kumar  

Co-Principal Investigators: Dr. Amit Setia and Dr. Manoj Kumar Pandey
 
Title of the Project: Promotion of  Mathematical Sciences in Goa 

Funding Agency/Amount: Elsevier Mathematical Sciences Sponsorship Fund (E-MSSF)/ $2000/( Two thousand American Dollars   )

Duration: 1-year (January-2017 to December-2017) 

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Project 2.
 
Principal Investigator: Prasanna Kumar

Title of the Project:  A Study on the Inequalities Involving Complex Polynomials

Funding Agency/Amount: National Board for Higher Mathematics/ 13.041  lac ( Indian Rupees thirteen lac four thousand and hundred   )

Duration: 3-years (April-2017 to March-2020)

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Project 3.

Principal Investigator: Prasanna Kumar

Title of the Project: Bernstein Type Inequalities for the Polar Derivative of a Polynomial

Funding Agency/Amount: Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), Govt of India / Rs 16.46 lac

Duration: 3-years (April-2017 to March-2020)

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Sponsored Research Projects

1. Title: Investigating the role of electronic cigarettes in oral cancer using 3D tissue engineered human oral mucosa model

Funding agency: Al Jalila Foundation Research Grants, UAE

Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Amount: AED 300,000

Duration: 2024-2026 (2 years)

 

2. Title: Cloning, protein expression and verification of Collagen Types III, II and other commercially important recombinant collagens in E.coli and Pichia pastoris

Funding agency: Human Biosciences Inc, Gaithersburg, MD, USA

Amount: AED 536, 000 (1 Crore, 19 lakhs INR)

Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Duration: 2022-2024 (2 years)


Research Projects

Sponsored Research Projects

As Principal Investigator 

1.    A computational investigation on the reaction paths and spectroscopic properties of crown ethersFunding Agency BRNS (2019-2022)

 

 

2. Spectroscopic investigation of the properties of low-lying electronic states of some chemopreventive retinyl nitrones and comparison of their light-induced properties with retinyliminium ions-Funding Agency CSIR (2012-2015)

 

 

3.    Spectroscopic properties of some low-lying electronic states of alkali metal-rare gas and alkaline earth metal-rare gas moleculesFunding Agency DST (2009-2012) 

 

As Co-PI
Photophysical studies of some selected DNA damage reactions-  Funding Agency CSIR (2012-2015)
[Principal Investigator Prof. Sujit Kumar Ghosh VNIT , Nagpur]

 

Projects done by M.Sc. Chemistry & Engineering (Computer Science) students

Projects done by M.Sc. Chemistry students

THEORETICAL STUDY OF PHOTOCHEMICAL BEHAVIOUR OF PROTONATED SCHIFF BASES AND COUNTER ION EFFECTS ON THEIR PHOTOISOMERIZATION PROCESSES 

Nitish Pal (DST-INSPIRE summer project

student from NISER, Bhubaneshwar)

Photoisomerization of azobenzene and its derivatives

Shuja Jameel Siddiqui

Isomerization in Rhodopsin and Bacteriorhodopsin

Pranav Anil Upadhyay

Radiative and non-radiative paths of molecular rotor systems

Namrata Rajesh Ahuja

Photo-isomerization through OBF, HT and BP motions

R Harshith Harithsa

Study of Properties of Spin-Trapping Agents

Abhinav Verma

  
  

A study on the Rhodopsin Protein and its photo-isomerization channels

Sukhlecha Aditya Vijayraj

Isomerization Paths of Push-Pull systems

Anmol Agarwal

Various Methods in Computational Chemistry

Prasann Agarwal

Hula-Twist (HT) and One-bond-flip (OBF) motions during photo-isomerization processes

Rakshit Chandra

Effects of solvents on the planar and twisted excited states of some fluorescent push-pull systems 

Rakshit Chandra

Environmental effects on molecular Rotors

Adithya R.

Theory and applications of conical intersections

K. Kartikeyan

A study project on radiative emission processes

Anmol Agarwal

A computational study of some Molecular Rotors systems

Riddhish Pandharkar

A study of hybrid ONIOM methods

Harshita Lulla

Computational Study of Push –Pull effect on conjugated polyenes by varying substituents on both sides of Polyenes

Harshil Garg

A spectroscopic study of the Fluorescent Molecular Rotors

Riddhish Pandharkar

Different Mechanisms of Fluorescence Quenching Processes

Harshil Garg

Electronic spectra of some biologically important chelate complexes-a computational study

Jayanti Jain

Study of spectroscopic properties of Ground State and some low lying excited states of halonium ions 

Pranav Triguna

A spectroscopic study of the low-lying electronic states of 2, 4-Pentadien-1-iminium cation

Popuri Sathya Sriamrutha

A study of different basis sets and basis set errors

Govindwar Rahul Pramod

Projects done by Computer Science students

Application of Machine Learning in Computational Chemistry

Devansh Dixit

Predicting Molecular Energy Using Neural Networks

Tarun Chordia

Regression ML technique in Computational Chemistry

 Chintan Sharma


Valorization of cashew apple and its waste pulp- An economic boost to cashew farmers

Funded by Goa Energy Development Agency (GEDA)

Amount- Rs24,40,000

Investigators- Prof. R. Vivek, Prof. S.D. Manjare and Dr. Jayita Chopra

Durations- 3 Years

and its waste pulp – An

Economic boost to cashew farmers


Sanctioned Projects

  1. Microfluidics sperm cell sorting device: addressing male infertility factor (PI)- SERB-DST 2020-2022
  2. Development of enhanced heat pipes with superhydrophobic and superhydrophilic surfaces and wettability gradient for high density electronics cooling (Co-PI)- SERB-DST 2022-2024
  3. Isolation of white blood cells in a microfluidic device with applications to point-of-care diagnostics (PI)- BITS-BioCyTiH foundation (DST)- 2023-24

Projects

Extra-mural projects as principal investigator (Completed and ongoing)

 

Sr. No

Title of the projects

Funding Agency

Funds

Duration

1

Antibacterial Nanozyme-Laden in situ Light-Responsive Hydrogel for Tissue Regeneration and Quorum-Sensing Inhibition to Revert Antimicrobial Resistance in Diabetic Foot Ulcers

ICMR

48.02 L

2023-2026

2

Revolutionizing Phototherapy with Hypoxia-Reversing Photothermal/ Photodynamic Nanoparticles-Laden In Situ Gel for Non-Invasive Tumor Ablation in Oral Cancer

ICMR

53.13 L

2023-2026

3

Brain-Targeted Antibacterial Nanomedicine to Revolutionize the Existing Therapy for Bacterial Meningitis

ICMR

 55.08 L

2023-2026

4

3D-Bioprinted Contact Lens Embedding Host-Defense Peptide S100A12 as Precision Medicine for Bacterial Keratitis

DBT

39.10 L

2023- Feb 2025

5

Carbon dioxide-fueled Janus Motors for Targeted Delivery of Therapeutic Cargo in Helicobacter pylori Infection

MoE-STARS

46.85 L

2023-2026

6

Tailor-made, Tumor-Targeted Vitaprotein Nanoparticles of Lapatinib and Letrozole as NanoChemo-Cocktail for Hormone-Receptor-Amplified Advanced Metastatic Breast Cancers Treatment

ICMR

29.76 L

2023-2026

7

Near-Infrared Light Degradable Nanomicellar Chemo-Photodynamic Therapy using Aerobic Chlorin e6 Conjugate for Oropharyngeal Carcinomas

DST-SERB-Core research Grant

30.72 L

 2019-2022

8

Understanding the role of antimicrobial peptide S100A12 (Calgranulin C) in Host Defense during Pseudomonas Keratitis and Developing nano-tools for efficient Delivery of S100A12

DST-SERB 

 

55 L

2017-2020

9

Development of paclitaxel nano-formulation (CONSULTANCY)

Dr. Reddy's Laboratory, Hyderabad, India

8.27 L

2017-2019

10

Development of epigenomes-targeted liposomes for the cancer-specific delivery of chemotherapeutic drug

Sun Pharmaceutical Advanced Research Company, Vadodara, India

29 L

2016-2019

11

Sustained release injectable depot formulation

Daewoong Pharmaceuticals, Hyderabad, India

22 L

2015-2017

12

Tumor-targeted nanomedicines for photodynamic therapy

DST (Indo-Belarus)

9.58 L

2015-2017

13

D-α tocopherol conjugated copolymer-based micelles for improved delivery of chemotherapeutics with reversal of multiple drug resistance

DST-Fast Track

22.4 L

2014-2017

14

Cell-penetrating peptide octa-arginine anchored, multifunctional poly(amidoamine) dendrimer to promote the delivery of chemotherapeutics in cancer

DBT-BIO-CARe

37.04 L

2014-2017

 

Extra-mural finding as Co-PI

 

Sr. No

Title of the projects

Funding Agency

Funds

Duration

1

Bifunctional gene-expression modulating chemotherapeutic agents as an improved treatment strategy for cancer

CSIR

19.14 L

2018-2021

2

Design, Synthesis and Biological Evaluation of HDAC Selective Inhibitors as Long-term Memory Enhancers

DST-SERB-CRG

21.6 L

2016-2019

 

 


Sponsored Projects

 

  • Fellowship/Grants (Ongoing)

As PI: 

2022-24 : SERB-Start-up Research Grant (SRG)

Funding Agency: DST-SERB, India.

2022-2025: ICMR -Ad hoc Grant (Two)

Funding Agency: ICMR, India.

2020-2025: Outstanding potential for excellence in Research and Academics (OPERA) Fellowship

Funding Agency: BITS-PILANI (Hyderabad Campus), India.

2023-2025 : SPARKLE 

Funding Agency: BITS-PILANI (Hyderabad Campus), India.

As C0-PI: 

2022-24 : SERB- SURE

Funding Agency: DST-SERB, India.

  • Fellowship/Grants (Completed)

2021-23: Additional competitive RIG 

Funding Agency: BITS-PILANI (Hyderabad Campus), India.

2020-22: Research Initiation Grant (RIG)

Funding Agency: BITS-PILANI (Hyderabad Campus), India.


Title: Modelling and Forecasting the Effects of Long Term Interventions on COVID-19 using Network-based Approach
Funding Agency: DST- SERB (MATRICS Special Call)
Duration: 1 year, 2020-2021 

Title: Modeling of Recurrent Infectious Diseases: Understanding the Sustained and Non-periodic Epidemic Patterns
Funding Agency: DST- SERB (MATRICS)
Duration: 3 year, 2021-2024


Research Project

Ongoing:

  1. Phase and Bandgap Engineering of III-Oxides in Quest of Interfacial 2DEG; Funding Agency: MoE-STARS, Role: CoPI; Amount: 89 Lakh; Duration: June 2024-June 2027
  2. A Ga2O3-HEMT Biosensor-Based Non-invasive, Intelligent, and Portable Diagnostic System; Funding Agency: TIH Roorkee; Role: PI; Amount: 11 Lakh; Sanction date: October 2023
  3. Design and Development of Germanium-Tin (GeSn) Infrared Detectors; Funding Agency: CREST, BITS Pilani; Role: PI; Amount: 20 Lakh + 1 Ph.D. student; Sanction date: October 2023
  4. Part of the core team of SATHI project (Sanctioned to BITS Pilani, December 2023) 60 Crore.
  5. Mist Chemical Vapor Deposition (Mist-CVD) Growth of Ga2O3 for Switching Diodes; Funding Agency: BITS Pilani; Role: PI; Amount: 7 Lakh; Sanction date: 09/2021-03/2024

Completed:

  1. Conceptualization and Implementation of Submonolayer (SML) InAs Quantum Dot (QD) Based Solar Cell; Funding Agency: BITS Pilani; Role: PI; Amount: 2 Lakh; Sanction date: 12/2020-12/2022

Research

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Research Interests

  1. Statistical Mechanics.
  2. Disordered Systems.
  3. Phase Transition and Critical Phenomena.
  4. Linear Elastic Fracture Mechanics (LEFM).
  5. Seismic events & Earthquake Statistics.
  6. Porous Media.
  7. Effective Rheology of Multi-phase Flow.
  8. Propagating Interface Through Disordered Systems - Mechanical and Fluid.
  9. Quantum Dot Synthesis and Evolution.

 

Gist of Research

My main research interest is studying statistical mechanical systems in presence of disorder and acted by an external perturbation. Understanding the time evaluation of such disordered systems is fascinating owing to to their rich dynamics, including highly nonlinear, out-of-equilibrium behavior, self-organization and enchanting patterns. Statistical physical models of such systems yields constitutive laws that do not only explain the behavior but also prove highly useful in various applications. Understanding the origin and dynamics of such a disorder systems provides insight into phenomena such as failure of solids, multi-phase flow, snow avalanches, seismic events, and more, making such studies important from the point of view of various branches of engineering, material science, and geophysics.

 

Expertise

I developed expertise in a wide range of statistical mechanics approaches and tools like models for critical behavior, phase transition, self-organized criticality, and multi-fractal nature of local parameters, for both solid mechanics (deformation and failure) and fluid mechanics of multi-phase flow in porous media. I also gained expertise in numerical tools: I developed simulators for avalanche dynamics during a failure process as well as interface propagation for multi-phase flow using C and C++ language, and performed data analysis on acoustic emission experiments and earthquake statistics using Python and Jupyter notebook as well as Matlab and Mathematica.

 

Overview

Statistical Modeling of Fracture

It is been over three decades now that statistical physicists started paying continual attention to the failure and breakdown properties of disordered materials. Primarily its importance lies in the extreme nature of the statistics, translating into safety and integrity issues for large as well as small structures. It also has the fascinating aspect of universality in its response statistics that opened up new applications of concepts of phase transition and criticality in this field [Phil. Trans. Royal Society A, vol 377, Issue 2136 (2018)]. One of the interesting questions in this regard is the forewarning of breakdown [Sci. Rep. vol 5, no 13259 (2015)]. Other than the nature of the acoustic signals [Phys. Rev. Lett. 73, 3423 (1994)] (Fig.1) emitted prior to a breakdown, even simply the duration of such signals is crucially important. It is well known that a higher disordered sample has more prior warnings of its imminent breakdown. A brittle material (like glass), on the other hand, will have an understandably shorter time window for such signals. The system size scaling, and the probability distribution functions of the failure times of disorder materials have been actively pursued questions.

 

During my Ph.D. (with Prof. Purusattam Ray) I have extensively explored statistical disordered systems, focusing on their rheological response under external stress and predict the nature of failure (brittle vs ductile), to eventually provide a warning of catastrophic events. Using methods such as Monte Carlo and Molecular Dynamics simulations, I was able to explain the mode of failure [Europhysics Letters, Volume 112, Number 2, pp 26004 (2015), Phys. Rev. E 96, 042142 (2017)] and spatial correlation of damage during crack propagation in a discrete or continuum media [Phys. Rev. E 91, 050105(R) (2015), Front. Phys. 9, 752086 (2021), Phys. Rev. E 105, 055003 (2022)]. We exposed the existence of two main parameters, (i) strength of disorder and (ii) stress release range, that control the dynamics and determine if the failure process is brittle or ductile as well as if it is nucleating or percolating [Phys. Rev. E 96, 063003 (2017), Physica A 569, 125782 (2021)] (Fig.2). Above two parameters has a significant role as the formal depends on material property like crystal defects, impurities, micro-crack, etc., while the latter is related to the span of fracture process zone and the stress concentration. These papers provided a through understanding of fracturing and failure at the microscopic scales. 

During my Postdoctoral research in the University of Tokyo (With Prof. T. Hatano) I moved to study fracturing on larger scales relevant to geo-hazards such as seismic events and snow avalanches. We developed a framework to quantitatively predict the dynamics of fracture propagation, providing insights to creep failure [Phys. Rev. Res. 4, 023110 (2022), Phys. Rev. Research 2, 023104 (2020)]. Our theory was shown to favourably compare with data of the acceleration and deceleration measured before and after earthquakes (the main shock, characterized by inverse Omori and Omori-Utsu law) [Phys. Rev. E 97, 062149 (2018)] (Fig.3), which is invaluable for earthquake prediction and warning.
Effective Rheology of Multi-phase Flow
The study of multi-phase flow, on the other hand, involves understanding the behavior of large scale processes (oil recovery, CO2 sequestration, groundwater collection, blood flow in capillary vessels, etc.) by breaking down the dynamics of fluid in the pore-scale [J. Bear, Dynamics of Fluids in Porous Media]. In the pore scale, when two immiscible fluids ow in a porous media the flow does not obey linear Darcy law [Transp. Porous Med. 1, 3 (1986)] in the regime where the capillary forces are comparable to the viscous forces. The transient behavior of the model shows viscous fingering, capillary fingering, and stable displacement depending on driving parameters such as capillary number or the viscosity ratio (Fig.1). In the steady-state, the flow rate was observed both numerically [Europhys. Lett. 99, 44004 (2012)] and experimentally [Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 074502 (2009)] to scale in a quadratic manner with the pressure gradient (Fig.2). The disorder in capillary barriers at pores effectively creates a yield threshold in the porous medium, introducing an overall threshold pressure in the system making the fluids reminiscent of a Bingham viscoplastic fluid [Europhys. Lett. 4(1), 1227 (1987)].

 

My second postdoctoral position (with Prof. Alex Hansen) at Porous Media Laboratory (Porelab), the world’s leading institution for physics of porous media, provided me with the opportunity to expand my research horizons into the fascinating field of rheology of complex fluids flowing in a porous material. I developed a theoretical framework that was able to reproduce controlled experiments (using the highly useful Hele-Shaw cell (Fig.3), similar to those proposed in this fellowship, as model system). An experimental validation is very important in our case since many of the theories that we proposed is novel in the context of porous media. We explained the non-linear rheology in the intriguing (and practically important) case where both capillary and viscous forces are comparable. Of particular interest is how the structure of a porous material and its wetting properties influence the rheology. We were able to provide an extensive systematic quantification of the role of pore-scale heterogeneity in pore sizes [Front. Water 3, 709833 (2021)] (Fig.4), wetting angles [Transport in Porous Media 139, 491 (2021)] (Fig.5), and fluid distribution [Front. Phys. 7, 92 (2019)] (Fig.4). In Porelab I gained experience in the state of the art techniques, both computational and experimental
I gained expertise in computational fluid dynamics, to develop a discrete, pore scale dynamic pore network modelling (DPNM) [Front. Phys. 8, 548497 (2021)] (Fig.6). DPNM provides a mechanistic efficient methodology, as it relies on basic physical rules resolved for an idealised geometrical description of links and nodes. DPNM solves three coupled linear equations: Washburn equation (for potential flow), Young-Laplace equation (capillary pressure), and Kirchhoff’s law (mass balance), through a conjugate gradient solver. Experimentally, we used Hele-Shaw cells (Fig.3), idealised model systems in which all properties are known and controlled but still exhibit the essential features of potential flow in confined porous media. 

We used the combination of computational and experimental techniques to develop a novel thermodynamic framework for flow through porous media [Front. Phys. 8, 4 (2020)] which is consistent with theoretical and experimental data of relative permeability [Transport in Porous Media 143, 69 (2022)], the main characteristic of flow in porous media used in the industry. This framework is highly relevant and thus highly useful for the upscaling process (Fig.7) that links pore-scale, Darcy scale and field scale to each other.

Experimental Laboratory for Multi-Phase Flow

Coming Soon


Sponsored Research Projects

  • Co-Principal Investigator: Design, Implementation and ML-based Modeling of Gallium Oxide based Junction Barrier Schottky Diodes (JBSD) for Extreme   Environment and High-Power Applications, Centre for Research Excellence in Semiconductor Technologies (CREST), BITS Pilani, 2 years, January 2024 -January 2026 and Rs. 30 Lakhs (Ongoing).
  • Principal Investigator: Design and Development of Low Power VLSI circuit based on MOS based biosensor, Student Program for Advancing Research, KnowLedge, and Entrepreneurship (SPARKLE), BITS Pilani, November -2024 and Rs.1 Lakh. (Ongoing).
  • Co-Principal Investigator: Development of PCDA-liposome based detection kit for Alzheimer’s disease biomarker, Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB), Govt. of India: 3 Years, March 2017- March 2020, and Rs. 2663200=00. (Completed)
  • Principal Investigator: Investigation of Schottky contacts to Silicon Carbide (SiC) using I-V and C-V techniques, University Grants Commission (UGC), 3 years, February-2011- February 2013 and Rs. 10,77,800.00. (Completed)

Sponsored Projects

Title of the Project:  Promoting Mathematical Sciences in Goa 

Principal Investigator: Prasanna Kumar  
Co-Principal Investigators: Dr. Manoj Kumar Pandey and Dr. Amit Setia
 

Funding Agency/Approx.Amount: Elsevier Mathematical Sciences Sponsorship Fund (E-MSSF)/ $2000/( Two thousand American Dollars )

Duration: 1-year (2017)


Research Projects

Completed Research Projects

S. No

 

Title

 

Cost in Lakh

 

Duration

 

Role as PI/Co-PI

 

Agency

 

1

Investigation of magneto-optical effects in composite magneto-plasmonic nanostructures for sensing applications

32.70

2013 - 2016 (3 years)

Kannan Ramaswamy (PI)

DST – SERB (EMR)

2

Investigations of the effects of photon up-conversion

materials on the electrical performance of ferroelectric semiconductor heterojunction photovoltaic

devices

35.6

 

 

 

2018 – 2021 

(3 years)

 

 

 

 

 

Kannan Ramaswamy

( PI)

 

 

DST- – SERB (EMR)


Research Project Completed as P.I.

 

1. Hypergraceful Graphs (Fast Track Proposals for Young Scientist)

DST No.: SR/FTP/MS-01/2003.
Total Amount: Rs.7,92,000/-. For three years.
This project was transferred from ISI Kolkata to BITS Pilani Goa Campus after joining
the mathematics department of BITS Pilani Goa Campus in  Dec. 2005. (First Sponsored Project of BITS Pilani
Goa Campus).
Duration: Jan. 2006- July. 2009.
 
Funding Agency: Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India.

 

2. Studies on Neighborhood Magic Graphs. (Reference No. SR/S4/MS: 734/11).

Total Amount: Rs.12, 69,360/-

Duration: July 01, 2013 to June 30, 2016.
 
Funding Agency: Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India.
 
3. Magic and Antimagic Labeling of Graphs.

Reference No. CRG/2018/0025236.

Total Amount: Rs.19, 54,832/-

Duration: May 27, 2019 to May 26, 2022.
 
Funding Agency:  Science and Engineering Research Board, Govt. of India.

Research Project

  1. Principal Investigator: Dynamical Complexity of Teleparallel Gravity: the Cosmological implications, SERB-DST (CRG-ANRF), New Delhi. File No.: CRG/2023/000475. 24,70,688 INR. (01.06.2024-31.05.2027). Ongoing.
  2. Principal InvestigatorEarly-Universe Physics in Teleparallel Cosmology, SERB-DST (MATRICS), New Delhi. File No.: MTR/2023/000371. 6,60,000 INR. (27.02.2024 - 26.02.2027). Ongoing.
  3. Principal Investigator"Probing and Constraining the Cosmological Parameters in Geometrically Extended Gravity with Combined Pantheon Sample", Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi. Letter No.: 03/1493/23/EMR-II. 25,69,627 INR. (09.11.2023 to -08.11.2026). Ongoing
  4. Working group member, CA22113-Fundamental Challenges in Theoretical Physics(Cosmoverse). European Cooperation in Science and Technology (eCOST) from 10.10.203 - 09.10.2027. Ongoing
  5. Working group memberCA21136-Addressing observational tensions in cosmology with systematics and fundamental physics (Cosmoverse). European Cooperation in Science and Technology (eCOST) from 21.10.2022 - 20.10.2026.  Ongoing
  6. "DAAD Research Internship in Science and Engineering (RISE)-2019", Physical and geometrical aspects of anisotropic dark energy cosmological models(IN-PH-4078). Intern: Janik Kruse, Padeborn Universitat (31.07.19-11.10.19). Completed.
  7. Principal Investigator: "Bianchi Type Cosmological Models in Modified Theories of Gravitation", SERB, DST, New Delhi. D.O. No.: SR/S4/MS:815/13. 14,44,800 INR. (June 2014- May 2017). Completed.
  8. Principal Investigator"Study on Cosmological Models of the Universe with Wet Dark Fluid in Alternative Theories of Gravitation" , UGC, New Delhi, F.No.: -42-1001/2013(SR). 1,90,000 INR. (March 2014 - February 2016). Completed.

Faculty Research Interests

 

Long-term interests: Auditory neuroscience, Structure and function of neural circuits, Pathophysiology, biomedical devices, and drug discovery

Findings from the early 1900s by Jasper, Penfield, Magoun, and Morruzi (considered among the most eminent scientists in neuroscience for their work) led to a series of questions on the role of the brainstem and cortex. It is still unclear from the sensory perspective on the role of these brain regions, how inter-dependent these structures are, what they code, and how they work together to form a sensory perception? Our lab is interested in answering these questions from the auditory perspective. To this end, we plan to use aging and tinnitus (pathology of the central auditory system) models and answer the questions on:

How are the brain dynamics affected? (using electrophysiology/ microiontophoresis/ optogenetics/ behavior/ molecular biology tools - Collaborations with  Profs. Sabareesh and Ramendra Kishor Pal for tool development and Prof. Sajeli Begum - (Pharm. Chemistry) BITS Hyderabad) 

What does the altered brain dynamics mean? (Using computational models and deep neural networks – a collaborative work with Profs. Venkateswaran R and STP Srinivas – BITS Pilani/ Hyderabad).

Short-term goals

  • Impact of hearing loss on mental health and cognitive function
  • Mechanisms of the basal forebrain mediated impact on auditory cortical function
  • New small molecules for targeting drug-resistant epilepsy
  • Developing novel edible electrodes for neuroscience applications
 
Techniques: 
Extracellular electrophysiology; Behavior; Pupillometry; Sound stimuli generation; Optogenetics; and Molecular biology 
 

Sponsored Research Projects

Total Research Grant Sanctioned: Rs. 1,13,18,696 (PI: Rs. 1,03,18,696 & Co-I: Rs. 10,00,000)

#

Title of the Project

Funding Agency

Fund Sanctioned

Duration

Role

Status

1

Bioinspired patterns to improve the mucoadhesion of polymeric patch on the corneal surface

Cross-Disciplinary Research Framework (CDRF), BITS-Pilani

Rs. 20,00,000

2 years (2023-2025)

Co-Investigator

Ongoing

2

Influence of wetting regime on evaporative drying of a sessile drop on a topographically patterned surface

SERB CRG

Rs.56,68,696

3 years (2022-2025)

Principal Investigator

Ongoing

3

Development of superomniphobic surfaces for self-cleaning and antimicrobial applications

DST INSPIRE

Rs.35,00,000

5 years (2017-2022)

Principal Investigator

Completed

4

Underwater superoleophobic surfaces for oil/water separation

Additional Competitive Research Grant, BITS Pilani

Rs. 9,50,000

2 years (2019-2021)

Principal Investigator

Completed

5

Soft lithographic fabrication of superhydrophobic surfaces and durability studies

Research Initiation Grant, BITS Pilani,

Rs. 2,00,000

2 years (2018-2020)

Principal Investigator

Completed


Sponsored Projects

  • National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber- Physical Systems (NMICPS) Grant
    • Project Title: A Ga2O3-HEMT Biosensor-Based Non-invasive, Intelligent, and Portable Diagnostic System
    • Sponsoring Agency: DST by iHUB Divyasampark, IIT Roorkee
    • Co-PI: Dr. Sandeep Joshi
    • Amount : ₹ 10 Lakhs</