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Dr. Kaushar Vaidya

Associate Professor, Department of Physics,
BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus

Astronomy
Department of Physics, Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani- 333031, Rajasthan. India.

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

Fund (Lakh)

Duration

1

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

DBT-BIO-CARe

Ref No. B.T./Bio-CARe/07/10003/2013-14

37.04

2014-2017

2

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

DST-Fast Track

(NO. SB/FT/CS-127/2013)

22.4

2014-2017

3

Tumor-targeted nanomedicines for photodynamic therapy

DST (Indo-Belarus)

(INT/BLR/P-11/2014)

9.58

2015-2017

4

Sustained release injectable depot formulation

Daewoong Pharmaceuticals, Hyderabad, India

22

2015-2017

5

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

Sun Pharmaceutical Advanced Research Company, Vadodara, India

29

2016-2019

6

Development of paclitaxel nano-formulation (CONSULTANCY)

Dr. Reddy's Laboratory, Hyderabad, India

8.27

2017-2019

7

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 (E.M.R./2016/001514)

(PI from BITS-Pilani)

55

5.06.2017-4.06.2020

8

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

DST-SERB-Core research Grant

30.72

Ongoing

May 7 2019-

(2019-2022)

9

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

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

29.76

Jan 2023

 

Extra-mural finding as Co-PI

 

Sr. No

Title of the projects

Funding agency

Fund (Lakh)

Duration

1

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

DST-SERB-CRG

21.6

2016-2019

2

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

CSIR

19.14

2018-2021

(Ongoing)


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. 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
  2. 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
  3. Part of the core team of SATHI project (Sanctioned to BITS Pilani, December 2023).
  4. 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. Approved.
  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)

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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
    • Duration: Oct. 2023 -- Oct. 2024
  • POWER Research Grant
    • Project Title:A Holistic Integration of NTNs for 5G and Beyond Wireless Communications: Connecting Anything, Anytime, Anywhere
    • Sponsoring Agency: SERB-DST, Govt. of India
    • C0-PI: Dr. Sandeep Joshi
    • Amount : Sanctioned
    • Duration: Jun. 2023 --
  • Start-up Research Grant (SRG)
    • Project Title: Intelligent Reflecting Surface (IRS) Assisted 5G and Beyond Communications: Modeling, Design, and Analysis
    • Sponsoring Agency: SERB-DST, Govt. of India
    • PI: Dr. Sandeep Joshi
    • Amount : ₹ 30.84 Lakhs
    • Duration: Jan. 2022 -- Jan. 2024
  • Industrial Research Consultancy Project
    • Project Title: 5G Cellular Over-the-air (OTA) Scanner
    • Sponsoring Agency: Hughes Systique Private Limited
    • PI: Dr. Sandeep Joshi
    • Amount : ₹ 12.03 Lakhs
    • Duration: Jul. 2021 -- Nov. 2023
  • Additional Competitive Research Grant (ACRG)
    • Project Title: Device-to-Device Communications in 5G Cellular Networks: Channel Modeling and Performance Analysis
    • Sponsoring Agency: BITS Pilani
    • PI: Dr. Sandeep Joshi
    • Amount : ₹ 10 Lakhs
    • Duration: Feb. 2021 - Jan. 2023
  • Research Initiation Grant (RIG)
    • Project Title: Device-to-Device Communications in 5G and Beyond Networks: Performance Analysis
    • Sponsoring Agency: BITS Pilani
    • PI: Dr. Sandeep Joshi
    • Amount : ₹ 2 Lakhs
    • Duration: Sept. 2020 - Dec. 2022
  • Outstanding Potential for Excellence in Research and Academics (OPERA) Award
    • Sponsoring Agency: BITS Pilani
    • Duration: Aug. 2020 --

Ongoing:

  • Developing efficient methods for approximating generalized inverses of tensors and solving multilinear systems, SERB-SURE, Govt. of India (18.8 Lakhs, 2023-26, PI: Prof. J.K. Sahoo).
  • Design, development, and performance investigation of neck exoskeleton in prevention and reduction of the neck pain, DHR, Govt. of India (51.96 lakhs, 2023-26, PI: Dr. Ganesh M. Bapat and Co-PI: Prof. J.K. Sahoo).

Opening: On-Campus PhD Position in Computer Vision and Deep Learning

Interested candidates may contact me directly (asish.bera@pilani.bits-pilani.ac.in) for more information about the open positions for PhD and research areas.

 

Broad domain:  AI-ML  in Agriculture and Healthcare


Sponsored Projects

2

Blast Response of Functionally Graded Auxetic Sandwich Structures with Tunable Material Properties

    • Status10%

    Principal Investigator

    Dr. Gaurav Watts

    Amount Sanctioned

    17.30 Lakhs

    Agency

    SERB-DST

    Scheme

    SERB-SURE

    Duration

    2023-2026

    3

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

      • Status10%

      Principal Investigator

      Dr. Shashank Gupta 

      Co-Investigators

      Dr Gaurav Watts
      Dr Shuvendu N Patel

      Amount Sanctioned

      11.88 Lakhs

      Scheme

      I-DAPT HUB Foundation, IIT BHU, Varanasi

      Duration

      2023-2025


      Research Projects

       

      Completed Projects (4)

      • Pratham Education Foundation project “Evaluation for Teach India Campaigns in Rajasthan”. January 2012- March 2012 (Rs. 50,000)
      • UGC major research entitled “Developing Teaching Modules for English Learning through Multimedia Technology for Rural Children from Class V –VIII”.  January 2010- September 2012 (Rs. 7,00,000)
      • DST project “Rural women empowerment and sustainable growth” in collaboration with MNIT, Jaipur. March 2015- April 2019 (Rs. 30,00,000)
      • ICSSR project "A Study on Impact Assessment Tools to Regulate Positive Thinking in the Society during COVID-19". March 2021- November 2021. ( Rs. 7,80,000)

       

      Ongoing Projects (2)

      • Received the project "Recycling for Conservation of Environment" under Technology Development and Utilization Program for Women (TDUPW) Program of A2K+ Scheme of DSIR- Reg. ( Rs 22,00000)
      • Received the Project: Bringing back peacocks to Pilani, funded by BITS Alumni 1987 batch, February 2017. (Rs. 12,00,000 initial)

      Externally Funded Research Projects

       

       

      SERB / DST Core Research Grant (CRG) 

      Title: 'Single Step' Conversion of CO2 from Thermal Power Plant Exhaust to Dimethyl Ether (2022 - 25) (Co-PI)

       

      DST / IC-IMPACTS Centres of Excellence Canada

      Title: Valorization of CO2 to Fuel over MOFs derived SACs: A Machine Learning Guided Experimental Approach (2023 - 25) (Co-PI)

       

      Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), India

      Title: Single Step Hydrogenation of CO2 to Ethanol with H2 from Water-splitting over Single Atom Catalysts & Single Atom Bimetallic and Trimetallic Alloys in Flow Reactor (2023 - 26) (Co-PI)

       

      India-Taiwan Programme of Cooperation in Science & Technology / INAE-DST

      Title: Solar Fuels: Green H2 via Solar Thermochemical Splitting of Water and Conversion of CO2 to CO over Reducible Oxides (2024 - 27) (Co-PI)

       

      Indo-German Science and Technology Centre (IGSTC) / DST and BMBF Funding

      To organize Indo-German Workshop on "Catalysis for Circular Economy towards Sustainable Energy” at BITS Pilani, Hyderabad during 20 - 23 September 2023 (Co-Convener) 

       

      Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research (CEFIPRA) / DST

      To organize Indo-French Workshop on "Cross Fertilization between Academia and Industry: Towards Safer and Efficient Catalytic Processes" at Universita De Lille, France during 22 - 24 May 2024 (Co-Convener)

          

       

       


      Sponsored Projects

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      SERB-SRG (Start-up Research Grant)

      Bio-inspired flow dynamics of tandem flapping foils

      NRB_Patron

      DRDO-Naval Research Board

      Propulsive performance and hydroacoustics of tandem flapping foils for bio-inspired marine applications


      Funded Research Projects

      Extramural Research Projects:

      Sr. No

      Project Title

      Funding Agency

      Grant Amount ()

      Duration/Status

      1

      Design, development, and performance investigation of neck exoskeleton in prevention and reduction of the neck pain.

      Department of Health Research, Govt of India

      51.96 Lakhs

      2023-26 (Ongoing)

      PI

      2

      Design of knee unloader braces to improve outcomes of surgical knee procedures using a musculoskeletal simulation-based approach.

      Industry Sponsored

      17 Lakhs

      2022-24 (Ongoing)

      PI

      3

      Investigating the performance of neck exoskeleton in reducing the neck pain.

      Delsys De Luca Foundation, USA

      2.45 Lakhs (USD 3000- Equipment)

      2020-22 (Completed)

      PI

      4

      Investigation of roll-over shape in healthy older individuals.

      UCRCA, University of Nebraska Omaha, USA

      USD 5000

      2019-20 (Completed)

      PI

      Institute Sponsored Research Projects:

      Sr. No

      Project Title

      Funding Agency

      Grant Amount ()

      Duration/Status

      1

      Design and development of a cost-effective multi-grasp myoelectric upper limb prosthesis.

      CDRF- BITS Pilani

      20 Lakhs

      2023-25 (Ongoing)

      Co-PI

      2

      Development of Reverse Engineered Computer Aided Modeling and Manufacturing (RECAMM) approach to improve ankle-foot orthosis fabrication.

      ACRG- BITS Pilani

      10 Lakhs

      2021-23 (Completed) PI

      3

      A computational simulation study on the effects of joint misalignments in lower limb orthoses.

      RIG-BITS Pilani

      2 Lakhs

      2020-22 (Completed)

      PI


      Ongoing Project

      SERB Matrics grant titled "Irreducibility of GLP and related Diophantine problems"- Ongoing from January 2023-2026.


      Research Project Details

      Ongoing

      “Measuring Digital Capability among the Rural Women in the Post COVID Era: A Study from Rural Odisha”. Co-Principal Investigator, Funding Agency: ICSSR, New Delhi, Duration: 2023-24.


      Completed
      1. “Higher-Harmonic generation in gases and solids and their implications in attosecond science”
        Role : Principal Investigator (PI)
        Co-PI : Dr. Jayendra N. Bandyopadhyay, Dept. of Physics, BITS Pilani, Pilani, India.
        Duration : Dec 2020 - Dec 2023
        Funding Agency : Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India.
        Amount : ∼ 23 Lakhs
      2. “Generation and Characterization of Attosecond Pulses with Specific Polarization and its Applications”  
        Role : Principal Investigator (PI)
        Co-PI : Dr. Jayendra N. Bandyopadhyay, Dept. of Physics, BITS Pilani,Pilani, India.
        Duration : March 2017 - March 2020
        Funding Agency : Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India.
        Amount : ∼ 16.5 Lakhs
      3. “Study of laser interaction with atomic clusters and preformed plasma”
        Role : Principal Investigator
        Duration : March 2014 - March 2017
        Funding Agency : Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India.
        Amount : ∼ 15 Lakhs

      Sponsored Research Projects

      1. SERB sponsored SRG (Start-up Research Grant) project titled “Development of a high-efficiency, all-weather Atmospheric Water Generator (AWG) comprising of low-temperature-swing driven desiccant coated fin-tube heat exchangers” (29.7 lakhs)

      2. BITS sponsored project titled "Low-grade heat driven desiccant-dehumidifiers for hyper-efficient air-conditioning" (9.59 lakhs)

      3. BITS sponsored project titled "Simulation study of desiccant-wheels coated with desiccant-material having a non-conventional sorption-isotherm" (2 lakhs)


      Funded Projects

      Interpretation of Tuberculin Reaction Using Medical Photography and Computer Aided Diagnosis

      Duration of the project : 2 Years (Dec-2019 to Mar-2022)

      OBJECTIVES and DESCRIPTION
      • Design and develop Computer Aided Systems for minimizing errors and bias in medical observations.
      • Design and develop image processing algorithms for object detection and performing geometric operations in medical images.
      • Develop smart data storage and retrieval systems leveraging cloud and security frameworks for healthcare data
      In this project, Medical photography (not medical imaging) is primarily used to record Tuberculin skin test images. The images captured from the forearm are processed for extracting relevant features. The image of the forearm and the relevant features are recorded twice: first, at the time of injecting the tuberculin fluid into the skin; finally, after 48 hours from the time of injection. The difference in the features of the wheal may enhance clinical decision making. The proposed system eliminates the traditional error-prone interpretation process of the Tuberculin Skin Tests. Using Computer Aided Diagnosis would eliminate the bias involved in the process of medical observation and reporting, moreover the patient need not report to the health centre in person.

      Projects

      Sponsored Projects, Completed
      • Bioremediation of Red mud using acidogenic fermentation byproducts and by Biopiling, BITS Pilani Principal Investigator: Dr. Srikanth Mutnuri, Co-investigators: Dr.Vivek R, Dr.Saroj Baral, Dr Sharad Sontakke, Dr Anirban Roy, Dr. Bharat B Gulyani, Dr. Nishant Pandya, Dr Neeru Sood, Dr Trupti Gokhale, BITS Pilani - ABSTC project, June 2018, duration 1 year, Rs. 71.5 Lac.
       
      • Collaborative research project approved under the Research Initiation Grant of BITS Pilani. Topic: Development of Computer Aided Product Design Tool for Mixtures. PI: Dr. Nishant Pandya, BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus, Co-I:Prof. (Dr.) Vincent Gerbaud, Director – Research, Université de Toulouse, INP, CNRS, LGC, France. Duration 2 years starting from 13.10.2016

      Funded Project

      1.Project under BITS Pilani Cross Disciplinary Research Fund (CDRF)

      Project Title: Virtual Reality Assisted Mobile Manipulators for Industrial Applications

      Collaborators: Dr. V. Kalaichelvi(EEE) (PI), Dr. Sujala D. Shetty(CS) (PI) , Dr. R. Karthikeyan (Mechanical)(PI)

      Amount: INR 30 Lakh

      Duration: 2 Years


      Sponsored Projects

      DST SERC Fast-Track: Synthesis of some selected nitrogen based heterocycles as potential anti tubercular agents [June 2010-July 2013]

      CSIR: Synthesis of modified TosMIC & BetMIC for use as key reagents in the synthesis of boronated heterocycles [Nov 2013-Nov 2016]

      CSIR: Design and synthesis of diverse pyrrole-pyridine based molecules as selective sensors for Zn2+ and F- [June 2019-June 2022]

      DST-SERB (CRG): Development of sensors for studying changes in zinc homeostasis in different cellular events [July 2023-onwards]


      RESEARCH INTEREST

      PROCESS CONTROL

      CONTROL SYSTEMS 
      NEURAL NETWORKS
      FUZZY LOGIC
      CONTROL SYSTEMS IN ROBOTICS
      MECHATRONICS 
       
       RESEARCH WORK:
       
       Guided one Ph.D student Mrs.Abhilasha Singh 
       Proposed Topic of Research :
      Vision  based Path Planning for Robotic Applications using Intelligent Techniques                                                 
      Program Chair for MoSICom 2020 - Organized International Conference on Modelling,Simulation and Intelligent Computing as one of the Program Chair along with Dr.Nilesh Goel and Dr.Shazia Hasan from January 29-31 2020.
       
      COMPLETED RESEARCH PROJECTS:

      Inter departmental Projects  (02) – (EEE-Mech-CS)

      1.Development of Computer Application for Prediction of Cement StrengthSave changes

      2.Development of Mobile Application for Raw Mix & Fuel Cost Optimization

       
      ON GOING RESEARCH PROJECT

      BITS-CDRF (Cross-Disciplinary Research) funded project

      Title of Project: Virtual Reality-Assisted Mobile Manipulators for Industrial Applications

      Research Projects

       Project Names: APP based learning for Python program
      • Funding Agency: Sixth Sense Ltd.
      • Amount:15.81 L (INR)
      • Role: Co-PI
      • Remarks: Expertise: Development of an efficient pedagogical approach for the question builder module of the APP and analysis of the suitability and the requirements of customers' use of the system based on their socio-cultural and economic background and its influence on their learning outcome.

      • Status- Completed

       Project Name: Revisiting employment relations in domestic work from a socio-economic perspective in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic
      • Funding Agency: Goa Institute of Management
      • Amount:4.9L (INR)
      • Role: Co-PI

      • Status- Completed

      Sponsored Projects

      Government Funded:
      • Ongoing (PI): Dynamics of active particles near a non-isothermal fluid-fluid interface. (2021-2026). Funded by DST-INSPIRE (35 lakhs).
      • Accepted (Co-PI): Carbon dioxide-fuelled Janus Nano Flask Motors for Targeted Delivery of Therapeutic Cargo in Helicobacter pylori Infection. Funded by STARS-IISC (47 lakhs). (PI: Prof. Swati Biswas).
      Institute Funded:
      • Ongoing (PI): Spontaneous motion of active particles in complex fluids. Scheme name: RIG (2 lakhs).
      • Ongoing (PI): Self-powered micromotor device for the treatment of Helicobacter pylori infection. Scheme name: NFSG (18 lakhs). 
      • Ongoing (PI): Automatic droplet generation platform using ML and computer vision. Scheme name: SPARKLE (2 lakhs). (Co-PI: Dr. Jayaprakash)

      Sponsored Projects

      1. Funding Agency: SERB, DST 
      Title: Photocatalytic NOx abatement: From mechanism and material properties to catalytic performance (2014-2017) (Principal Investigator)

      2. Funding Agency: Competitive Research Grant, BITS Pilani
      Title: Photocatalytic hydrogen production (2015-2017) (Principal Investigator)

      3. Funding Agency: CSIR
      Title: Photocatalytic reduction of CO2 to biofuels (2017-2020) (Principal Investigator)

      4. Funding Agency: CSIR
      Title: CO2 capture from flue gases using regenerable solid adsorbents (2015-2018) (Co- Principal Investigator)

      5. Funding Agency: HBL Power Systems Limited (Industry)
      Title: Preparation and characterization of electrode material for Lithium ion Batteries (2018-2020) (Principal Investigator)

      6. Funding Agency: HBL Power Systems Limited (Industry)
      Title: Zn Air Battery (2019-2021) (Principal Investigator)

      7. Funding Agency: SERB, DST
      Title: ‘Single step’ Conversion of CO₂ from Thermal Power Plant Exhaust to Dimethyl Ether (2022-2025) (Principal Investigator)

      8. Funding Agency: DST, International Cooperation Division 
      Title: Valorization of CO2 to Fuel over MOFs derived SACs A Machine Learning Guided Experimental Approach (2023-2025) (Principal Investigator)

      9.Funding Agency: Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (Industry)
      Title: Single Step Hydrogenation of CO₂ to Ethanol with H₂ from water-splitting over Single Atom Catalysts & Single Atom Bimetallic and Trimetallic Alloys in Flow Reactor (2023-2026) (Principal Investigator)

      10. Funding Agency: INAE, India-Taiwan Program of Cooperation in Science & Technology Joint Research Project
      Title: Solar Fuels: Green H2 via Solar Thermochemical Splitting of Water and Conversion of CO2 to CO over Reducible Oxides (2023 - 2026) (Principal Investigator)


      Sponsored Research Projects Completed

      • “Five years of the e-NAM platform: Examining Factors Influencing its adoption and primary usage across product categories and states” by Chaudhary Charan Singh National Institute of Agricultural Marketing (CCS-NIAM), Jaipur; Approved budget: Rs. 5,00,000; Role: Project Director 
      • "Use of Social Media as a Driver for Innovation in Higher Education in India"  under Impactful Policy Research in Social Science (IMPRESS) scheme of Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR); Approved Budget: Rs. 10,00,000; Role: Project Director 
      • "Empirical Investigation of Antecedents of Negative Word of Mouth in Online Social Network Sites" under Research Initiation Grant from BITS Pilani; Approved Budget: Rs. 2,00,000; Role: Principal Investigator

      Research Grants

      1.  Research Initiation Grant (RIG): June 2023–May 2025, Sanctioned Amount: 20,000 AED

                  Funding Agency: Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani


      Research Interest

      • Online Social Media Marketing
      • Online Trust
      • e-Commerce
      • Omni-channel Retailing
      • Digital Marketing
      • Green Marketing

      Student Research group Projects

      SPARKLE Grant Award 2023

      Title: Do batteries breathe? Identifying state-of-health of Li-ion batteries using acoustic sensing & machine learning

      Amount: Rs. 2 Lakhs


      Sponsored Research Projects

      Project Completed (03)

      Title: Detection Development of a fault diagnosis scheme for Aero-Bearing with multiple localized defect using non-linear mathematical modeling and experimental analysis

      Funding Agency: AR&DB (Aeronautics Research & Dev. Board)

      Duration: 3 Years (October 2018- October 2021)

      Amount: 15.55 Lakhs

      Role in Project: Principal Investigator (PI)

       

      Title: Design and Development of Condition based Monitoring of Pipelines using Wireless Sensor Networks

      Funding Agency: Gas Authority of India ltd. (GAIL)

      Duration: 3 Years (2012- 2014)

      Amount: 71.36 Lakhs

      Role in Project: Co- Principal Investigator (Co-PI)

       

      Title: Condition monitoring of dynamic systems by vibration response analysis

      Funding Agency: BITS Pilani

      Duration: 2 Years (2011- 2013)

      Amount: 2  Lakhs

      Role in Project: Principal Investigator (PI)


      Projects

      Funded Research Projects

      Funding Agency, Title of Project [Year], Amount in Rs.

      1. B.I.T.S Pilani, "Design and Development of robotic exoskeleton for upper limb rehabilitation and assistance", [April 2011-March 2013], 1.51 Million.
      2. Ministry of Information and Technology, (MIT) "Development, Design and Engineering of 28-DOF Humanoid to avoid obstacles and handle specified objects in the environment", [April 2012-March 2015], 4.5 Million.
      3. Indo-US S&T Forum Research Fellowship to Pursue research in the areas of Rehabilitation Robotics (Physical Health) in the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Illinois, affiliated to Northwestern University (Feb 17th - 15th July 2013), 1.12 Million.)
      4. ISRO – Propulsion Research Center, Mahendragiri, India, received Purchase Order for Product "Development of a Robotic system to access the engine nozzle divergent for mounting nozzle closure at CE20 HAT facility", worth 4.6 Million for a duration of 18 months. (Funding Expected in Sept 2023)

      Sponsored Projects  

       
      Ongoing
      Targeting neurovascular unit (NVU) for therapeutic modulation of blood-brain barrier (BBB) function in CNS diseases” DBT Ramalingaswamy Fellowship,  BITS-Pilani, Hyderabad Campus, India (80 Lakhs) (2023-2027)
       
      Establishment of a blood-brain barrier model (BBB) for studying the invasion of Toxoplasma gondi into the brain across BBB in cerebral toxoplasmosis” in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Nishith Gupta, BITS-Pilani, Hyderabad Campus, India (10 Lakhs)  (2023-2024)
       
      Completed
      Effect of Wnt signalling on transcellular transport in an in vitro model of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) ” funded by Goethe University Clinic, Germany (8.5 Lakhs) (2010-2012)
       
       
      Role of muscarinic receptors at the blood-brain barrier in amyloid beta transport” funded by AC Immune Inc., Switzerland (26.5 Lakhs) (2012-2014)
       
       
      Role of the VE-PTP inhibitor AKB 9785 in the rescue of VEGF mediated brain endothelial permeability”  funded by Aerpio Pharmaceuticals Inc., USA (35 Lakhs) (2015-2018)
       
      Transmigration of meningeal pathogens into the brain across the blood-brain barrier and its therapeutic targeting in preclinical disease models” in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Volkhard Kempf, funded by German Research Foundation, Germany (90 Lakhs) (2015-2020)
       
       
      Dual role of S1P signalling at the BBB: early tightening & late disruptive effects” funded by Leducq Foundation Sphingonet Consortium, USA (18 Lakhs) (2017-2019)
       
      Development of FACS-based method for isolation and analysis of NVU cells, and its application to neurological diseases with BBB dysfunction” funded by Edinger Foundation, Germany (65 Lakhs) (2019-2022)

      Research Projects

      Number of Ongoing Sponsored Project  : 10
      Total Project Fund Sanctioned                : Rs. 1,96,52,490
       
      1.   Project Title              Development, optimization and evaluation of stable multidose injectable formulation of anticancer drug
       Funding Agency         Industry funded research project
       Fund   Approved(Rs.)   21,44,000
       Duration                     July 2023- June 2025
           
       2.  Project Title Upscaling and preclinical evaluation for commercialization of a novel and affordable anti-fungal drug product
       Funding Agency  BIRAC setup by DBT
       Fund Approved (Rs.) 49,95,600
       Duration Jan 2024-July 2025
           
       3.  Project Title  Long-Acting Injectables (LAI)
       Funding Agency  Novartis Healthcare
       Fund Approved (Rs.)  5,28,050
       Duration  2021-2023
           
       4.  Project Title               Novel Therapeutic approaches for the treatment of Leukemia
       Funding Agency       ICMR
       Fund Approved   (Rs.)    42,00,000
       Duration                   2021-2024      
           
       5.  Project Title            Development & optimization of stable anti-leukemic drug loaded long   circulating liposomes
       Funding Agency  Parenteral Drug Association, India Chapter
       Fund Approved   (Rs.)  30,00,000
       Duration  2020-2023
           
       6.  Project Title   Novel formulation for oral bioavailability enhancement of anticancer drug
       Funding Agency  Slayback Pharma
       Fund   Approved(Rs.)    20,68,540
       Duration  2020-2022
           
       7.  Project Title  Development and characterization of a novel lipid based Nano emulsion for parenteral   drug delivery
       Funding Agency       Slayback Pharma
       Fund Approved   (Rs.)  8,14,200
       Duration  2020-2022
           
       8.  Project Title            Surface Modified Nanoparticulate Carrier System for the Effective Delivery of   Antileukemic Drug
       Funding Agency  BITS Pilani - Additional Competitive Research Grant
       Fund Approved   (Rs.)  10,00,000
       Duration  2019-2021
           
       9.  Project Title  Development & characterization of nano-emulsion based drug product for the   management of emetogenic cancer chemotherapy
       Funding Agency  Slayback Pharma
       Fund Approved   (Rs.)  7,02,100
       Duration  2018-20
           
       10.  Project Title  Development, Optimization and Characterization of nanostructured carrier system for   effective delivery of anticancer therapeutics
       Funding Agency  BITS Pilani – Research Initiation Grant
       Fund Approved (Rs.)  2,00,000
       Duration
       2018-2020 
           
           
       

       


      Research

      Trust Areas of Research:

      Advanced nanostructured materials: Development of Novel but Cost-effective synthesis routes to prepare nanomaterials and Demonstration of the performances of the synthesized materials and lab scale fabricated prototypes/ devices. Some of the synthesized nanostructured materials are: (i) varieties of single phase ferrites, (ii) hard-soft ferrite nanocomposites, (iii) pure metal and metal alloy nanoparticles, (iv) TiO2 (v) nanoparticles with engineered bandgap energy, (vi) nanoparticle loaded porous materials, (vii) reduced graphene oxide-nanoparticle based nanocomposites, (viii) biomass derived porous carbon- nanoparticle based nanocomposites, (ix) graphitic carbon nitride (gC3N4)- nanoparticle based nanocomposites, (x)  polymer based nanocomposites, etc.

       
      Applications of the designed and synthesized materials in the following areas: 

       

      Materials and Technology for Energy Harvesting from Renewable Sources: Nano-materials to develop high performance mechanically flexible all solid state supercapacitor devices.
       

      Advanced Materials for the Wastewater and Contaminated Water Treatment Technology :   Advanced photo-catalysts to treat  wastewater, discharged from  dye- based industries under natural  sunlight irradiation.

      Adsorbents to treat flouride contaminated water.
       
      Advanced catalysis: Heterogeneous  versatile catalysts for model organic reactions.
       

      Materials for Defense Applications: Microwave absorbing smart nanocomposites.

      Fundamental Science: Use of Quantum Mechanical Calculations (DFT) for designing the nanomaterials and, to predict and explain their properties. 

      Some representative developed materials and prototypes

      List of Sponsored Research Projects:

       

      (A) Ongoing Projects

       

      (A) Ongoing Projects

      22) Project Title: Development of New and Novel Nanostructured Materials

      Funding amount: Rs 35 lakhs

      Funding Agency: Dempo Charities Trust

      Principal Investigator: Dr. N N Ghosh

      Collaboration: Dempe College of Arts and Science

      Status: Ongoing (Started March 2023)

      Duration 5 years

       

      21) Project Title: “DBT- Builder BITS Pilani K K Birla Goa campus Interdisciplinary Life Science Program for Advanced research and Education”

      Funding amount: Rs 8.43 crore

      Funding Agency: DBT

      Role of Dr. N N Ghosh: Research Group Leader (Biomaterials Group) and Co-coordinator

      Status: Sanctioned Started November 2022

      Duration 5 years

       

      20) Title: Radioactive Ion Beam irradiation of a multifunctional nanocomposite composed of multiferroic BiFeO3 nanoparticle and semiconducting graphitic carbon, for tuning its electronic structure and properties and its application in the fabrication of high-performance mechanically flexible all-solid-state supercapacitor device and photo-catalyst for Industrial dye-containing wastewater treatment under natural sunlight and solar power generated simulated solar light.

      Sanction reference no. is: CRS/2021-22/02/522

      Funding Agency: University Grant Commission and Department of Energy (UGC DAE) Consortium For Scientific Research

      Name of Principal Investigator: Dr. N N Ghosh

      Principal Collaborator from UGC-DAE CSR: Dr. Sandeep Sitaram Ghugre (Director, Kolkata Center)

      Status: Sanctioned (30th March 2022), Started 1st April 2022

      Duration 3 years

       

      19) Title: Investigations on synthesis of a polymer which will exhibit photoresponsive features and its structural characterization

      Funding Agency: BITSAA

      Name of Principal Investigator: Dr. N N Ghosh

      Status: Started 2nd May 2022

       

      18) Development of Novel Biolilm Resistant Coat for Implant Devices from Moringa Leaf Extract

      Name of Co-Principal Investigator: Dr. N N Ghosh

      Funding agency: Indian Council of Medical Research

      Status: Ongoing (Starting December 2019)

       

      (B) Completed Projects

      17) International Project: Newton Research Collaboration Programme award (Reference NRCP/1415/244, code: FEFE.RSDP18534)

      Funding Agency: The Royal Academy Of Engineering (UK)

      Amount: £4635

      Name of Scientist (India): N N Ghosh

      Name of Scientist (UK): Professor Gerard Franklyn Fernando (University of Birmingham)

      Status: Completed (2015- 2016)

       

      16) International Project: Title: Development and characterisation of nanomaterials for biosensors and biocatalysts (reference number INT/UK/UKIERI/P-41/2013)

       Funding agency: UKIERI (DST and British Council)

       Amount: Rs 91 lakh

      Status: Starting May 2013

      Completed (March 2016).

      Indian Lead scientist: Dr Narendra Nath Ghosh,

      UK lead scientist: Prof. Paul Anthony Millner, University of Leeds

       

      15) International Project: The Royal Academy Of Engineering for Research Exchanges with China And India Award (2010)

      Funding Agency: The Royal Academy Of Engineering (UK)

      Name of Scientist (India): N N Ghosh

      Amount : GBP 2870

      Name of Scientist (UK): Professor Gerard Franklyn Fernando (University of Birmingham)

      Status: Completed (2011)

       

      National Projects: 

       

      14) Title: Development of Mesoporous Silica (or Alumina)- SiC-metal nanoparticle based nanocomposites for Radar Absorption Application at High Temperature (ERIP/ER/201803003/M/01/1737)

      Funding Agency: Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), India

      Amount: Rs 15 lakhs

      Name of Principal Investigator: Dr. N N Ghosh

      Status: Completed Sanctioned (October 2018- August 2022)

       

       

      13) Title: Development of Photocatalyst embedded Graphene based membranes for Treatment of Dye containing waste water under sunlight.

      Funding Agency: The Aditya Birla Science and Technology Company Private Limited and BITS Pilani

      Amount: Rs 53 lakhs

      Name of Principal Investigator: Dr. N N Ghosh

      Status: (Starting June 2018)

      Completed (31st march 2021)

       

      12) Title: Design and synthesis of graphene oxide based AIE-sensor for selective detection of Hg(II) and organic mercury in aqueous medium

      Funding Agency: DAE-UGC consortium, India

      Amount: Rs 7 lakhs

      Name of Principal Investigator: Dr Amrita Chatterjee

      Name of Co-Principal Investigator: Dr. N N Ghosh

      Status: Starting March 2017

                  Completed 31st March 2020

       

      11) Title: “Investigation on microstructures of hard-soft ferrite nanocomposites and influence of microstructure on their properties” (Ref: CSR-KN/CRS-68/2014-15/ 508)

      Funding Agency: University Grant Commission- Dept. of Atomic Energy Consortium for Scientific Research, India

      Amount: Rs 7,00,000/-

      Name of Principal Investigator: N N Ghosh

      Status: Completed

       starting 2014

      Completed March 2017

      Duration: 3 years

       

      10) Title "Development of Polymer-Ferrite (and/ or Graphene Nanocomposites having High Thermal Stability and Microwave Absorption Property for Radar Absorbing Coating Applications (ERIP/ER/1305004/01/1523)

      Funding Agency: Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), India

      Amount: Rs 14,59,000/-

      Name of Principal Investigator: N N Ghosh

      Status: Completed

                  (starting 2014)

                 (Completed 2017)

      Duration: 3 years

       

      9) Title: “Preparation of Magnetically Separable, Mesoporous TiO2 Catalysts and Study of their Catalytic Properties” CSIR Sanction letter No 02(147)/13/EMR-II)

       Funding Agency: CSIR, New Delhi

      Amount 16,30,000/-

      Principal Investigator: Dr. Narendra Nath Ghosh

      Status: Completed

       (Staring date: 1st December, 2013)

      Completed December 2016

      Duration: 3 years

       

      8) Title: Development of Nanostructured High Surface Area Alumina and Silica based adsorbent with Tailored Pore structure for Removal of Fluoride ions from Ground Water  (Sanc no: 2010/37C/2/ BRNS/ 827)

      Funding Agency: Board of Research in Nuclear Science (BRNS), India

      Amount: Rs 29,07,150/-

      Name of Principal Investigator.: N N Ghosh

      Status: Completed (2014)

      Duration: 3 years

       

      7) Imprinted polymer for sensing and removal of selected antibiotic and pesticide residue”Project no. NFBSFARA/PHT-4007/2013-14      

      Funding Agency: National Funds for Basic and Strategic Research in Frontier Areas of Agricultural Science, ICAR, New Delhi

      Principal Investigator: Prof. Sunil Bhand

      Co-Investigator :Prof. NN Ghosh

      Cooperating Centre PI: Dr. Y.S. Rajput

      Cooperating Centre PI: Prof Sudhir Chandra

      Total Sanctioned Amount: Rs. 125.25511 Lakh,  

      Status: Completed (1st October 2013 to 31st March, 2015). 

       

      6) Multi-institute Consortium Project entitled “Novel biosensors techniques for analysis of pesticide residues, aflatoxin, heavy metals and bacterial contamination in milk Project no. Comp4/C10125.

      Funding Agency: National Agricultural Innovation Project, ICAR & The World Bank.

      Prof. Sunil Bhand (Consortium PI)

      Co-Investigator (Prof. NN Ghosh)

      NDRI Karnal: Dr. Naresh Kumar Consortium (partner)

      IIT Delhi: Prof Sudhir Chandra & Prof Ratnamala Chatterjee (partner)

      Punjabi University Patiala: Prof Neelam Verma (partner)

      Total funding 2943.736 lakh

      Status: Completed (Feb 2008- March 2014).

       

      5) Title: "Development of a novel aqueous solution based “one pot” synthesis route for hard-soft-ferrite nano-composites and their properties.”

      (ERIP/ER/0904500/M/01/1204)

      Funding Agency: Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), India

      Amount: Rs 14,98,000/-

      Name of Principal Investigator: N N Ghosh

      Status: Completed (2013)

       

      4) Title: Preparation and characterization of Nano- Ferrite Powders and Polybenzoxazine-Nanoferrite Composite (ERIP/ER/060/5042/M/01/929)

      Funding Agency: Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), India

      Amount: Rs 16,53,300/-

      Name of Principal Investigator: N N Ghosh

      Status: Completed (2010)

       

      3) Title: Synthesis of Mesoporous Silica and Alumina based Oxide Materials (SR/S1/IC-39/2006)(SERC)

      Funding Agency: Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi, India

      Amount: Rs 21,79,400/-

      Name of Principal Investigator.: N N Ghosh

      Status: Completed (2010)

       

      2) Title: Studies on Moulding Compounds and Compression Moulding Techniqes for Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP) Fasteners

      Funding Agency: DST, India

      Principal Investigator: Prof. B G C Babu (Dept of Mechanical Engineering)

      Co-Principal Investigator: Dr. N N Ghosh

      Total Amount: 19,51,200/-

      Status: Completed (2010)

       

      1) Title: Techno-economic feasibility studies on an alternative process route for removal of methanol, ammonia and carbon di-oxide from process condensate in an ammonia fertilizer plant.

      Funding Agency: Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizer, India

      Principal Investigator: Prof. Srinivas Krishnaswamy (Dept of Chemical Engineering)

      Co-Principal Investigator: Dr. N N Ghosh

      Total Amount: Rs. 86,98,800/-

       

      Status: Completed (2010)


      Sponsored Research Projects

       

      Project Title

      Hyper spectral Image analysis and Machine learning for germ detection and precision agricultural

      Role

      Co-Principal Investigator

      Funding Agency

      IITI DRISHTI CPS Foundation

      Amount

      Rs. 9,90,000/-

      Status

      On-going (2022-2023)

       

      Project Title

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

      Role

      Co-Principal Investigator

      Funding Agency

      Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India., New Delhi

      Amount

      Rs. 46,15,240/-

      Status

      On-going (2021-2024)

       

      Project Title

      Intelligent planning of Prosumer Microgrid (PMG) Load Management in Smart Cities for Optimal Energy Consumption

      Role

      Co-Principal Investigator

      Funding Agency 

      BITS Pilani and La Trobe University (Australia) under Asian Smart Cities Research Innovation Network (ASCRIN) Scheme

      Amount

       Approx. Rs. 12,00,000/- (Fellowship of a full time Ph.D. scholar)

      Status

      On-going (2022-2026)

       

      Project Title

      IoT Based Energy Management System of a Microgrid with Vehicle to Grid (V2G) Feature 

      Role

      Principal Investigator

      Funding Agency

      Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, New Delhi

      Amount

      Rs. 47,53,100/-

      Status

      On-Going (2019-2023) 

       

      Project Title

      Management of Distributed Energy Resources in Smart Cities: Challenges and Advanced Control Strategies 

      Role

      Principal Investigator

      Funding Agency

      Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD), Govt. of India, New Delhi- Under SPARC  (Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration) 

      Amount

      Rs. 42,50,000/-

      Status

      On-Going (2019-2022) 

       

      Project Title

      Development of Improved Design and Control Techniques for Unified Power Quality Conditioner with Distributed Generation (UPQC-DG)

      Role

      Principal Investigator

      Funding Agency

      Central Power Research Institute (CPRI), Bangalore under Ministry of Power, Govt. of India.

      Amount

      Rs. 21,09,000/-

      Status

      Completed (2019-2022)

       
       

      Project  Title

      National Mission Project on Education through ICT: Developing suitable pedagogical methods for various classes intellectual calibers and research in e-learning

      Title of Course: Advanced Electrical Machines

      Role

      Principal Developer

      Funding Agency

      Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD), Govt. of India, New Delhi

      Amount

      Rs. 7,00,000/-

      Status

      Completed (2016-2017)

       

      Project Title

      Inter-area oscillation Control using Embedded Energy Storage in Interconnected

      Power System with Distributed Generation

      Role

      Principal Investigator

      Funding Agency

      Seed Grant Scheme, BITS, Pilani

      Amount

      Rs. 11,50,000/-

      Status

      Completed (2011-2013)


      Research Interest

      • English Language and Literature
      • Professional Communication and Soft Skills
      • Minority Literature
      • Comparative  Literature
      • Post colonial literature
      • Indian literature

            Thesis Evaluation:

            Examined and evaluated a Ph.D Thesis for EFL University.( 2020 ) 
       
      Sanctioned Project :
       

      Sl.

      No.

      Project Name

      Principal Investigator

       Funding  Agency

      Sanctioned Amount

      Duration

      1

      Self and Social Exclusion: Representation of Parsi community in Theatre and Films

      Dr.M.G.Prasuna

      UGC

      Rs.7,28,600

      3 years

       
      Doctoral Thesis Guided :
       
      Name of the Research Scholar                    Thesis Title 
       
      Swati Alok                                           Application of Theory of Planned Behaviour in Conflict Management 
       
      Doctoral Theses Guiding :
       
      Shruti Chakraborthi                          Alternative narratives to Mahabharatha in select modern fiction 
       
      Saritha Sasidharan                           Gender and LGBTQ representations in literature           
       
      Aysha Femin                                      Faith Healing  
       
      First Degree Thesis Guided :
       
      V. Abhinay Teja                                    The Role of Humanities in Technical Education   
       
       
      Reading Course Guided :
        
      Dilip K V S R -Trends and Analysis of the Spoken Language. 
       
      Vamsee Kotaru -Akhil Sharma’s ‘Family Life’ and ‘Jerry Pinto’s ‘Em and the Big Hoom’ _ A Comparative Study.
                                                
      B. Arvind -The Effect of Social Group on an Individual’s Language Use : A Campus Lingo Case Study.
                                                                   
      J. Susruth Sathyanvesh -A Critical Analysis of Arundhati Roy’s “The God of Small Things“. 
       
      • Reviewed a research article titled ‘ Is it obscurity or the polemics of symbolism ? A study of Wole Soyinka’s poetry for the International  journal “ Asian Journal of Language, Literature and Culture Studies”.( August 2018 ) 
      • Reviewed a book  titled  Technical Communication for Engineers for  Cambridge University Press ( June 2018 )
      • Evaluator - Cambridge University Press
      • Member, Board of Studies, Anurag University, Hyderabad
      • Member, Board of Studies, Lords College of Engineering, Hyderabad
      • Member, Board of Studies, Gayatri Vidya Parishad College of Engineering, Vishakhapatnam.
      • Guiding students in study oriented projects in the areas of the Role of Humanities, Professional Communication, Indian Writing in English
      • Member, Doctoral Research Committee
      • Member, Doctoral Advisory Committee
      • Examiner, Ph.D qualifying exam and Ph.D Viva-voce

      Research Interests


      Research


      Sponsored Projects

      Quantum back-action evasion using reservoir engineering and hybrid quantum systems (2021-23)
      Sponsor: Science and Engineering Research Board, India.

       

      Research Projects

      • As PI: "Characterization of surface errors in machining of thin-walled curved geometries" funded by SERB,DST, Government of India, 13th July, 2013  to 12th July, 2016, Completed, Project cost: INR 26.13 lacs.
      • As Co-PI: "Study of lubricant and application method for enhanced surface finish and reduced draw load on cold drawn steel tubes", Sponsored by Tube Investment India Ltd (TIIL), Chennai, August, 2017 to August, 2020, Completed, Project cost INR 27.44 lacs.

      Research and Consultancy Projects

      1. “Investigations on Impacts of Variations in Local Site and Climatic Conditions on Field Performance of Grid-connected Solar Photovoltaic and Small Wind Energy Systems at BITS Pilani K K Birla Goa-Campus” funded by BITS Pilani under the Cross Disciplinary Research Framework (CDRF) September 2023 – September 2025, Total cost Rs 45,00,000/- (Other collaborators Prof M K Deshmukh from Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering and Prof Chandradev Sharma  from Department of Physics).
      2. "Investigation on operating performance of Rotary Kiln in coke calcination process: Modeling and Simulation studies" funded by Goa Carbon Limited, Goa, Total cost Rs 30,18,440/- November  2023 – October  2025 (PI: Dr Amol Deshpande Department of Chemical Engineering).
      3. “Environmental Impact assessment of the process for the production of, 1-((1,1-bis (4-Fluorophenyl) Propan-2-yl) oxy)- 1-Oxopropan-2-Aminium chloride (BFPA HCl)”, funded by Deccan Fine Chemicals (India) Pvt Ltd. Hyderabad, Total Cost Rs. 4,78,000/- August 2023- March 2024.  
      4. “Development of Bio-Based Antioxidant for Application in Rubber Composites- A Sustainable Material” funded by Apollo Tyres, Chennai, Total cost Rs 38,00,000/-, September 2023 – August 2026.  
      5. “Value-added products from cashew apple and its pulp wastes - An Economic boost to cashew farmers” funded by Goa Energy Development Agency (GEDA), Total cost Rs 32,06,060/- September 2023 to September 2026 (PI: Prof Vivek Rangarajan, Department of Chemical Engineering).
      6. “Life Cycle Assessment Study of Chlorfenapyr, Disulfur, NPPT and MPDC” funded by Deccan Fine Chemicals (India) Pvt Ltd. Hyderabad, Total Cost Rs.  2,12, 400/- April 2023 – Jan 2024.
      7. “Study on effective recovery & modification of carbon black from waste/scrap tyres, and its application in fabrication of membranes for water desalination/purifications” funded by CSIR –HRDG, New Delhi, Total cost Rs 27,00,000/- July 2023 to June 2026. (In collaboration with Dr. Hiren D. Raval (Co-PI), Principal Scientist, Membrane Science and Separation Technology Division, CSIR -CSMCRI, Bhavnagar).
      8. Environmental Impact Assessment of 2, 6, Difluroaniline and 4,4-Dimethoxy-2-butanone (DMB) funded by Deccan Fine Chemicals (India) Pvt Ltd. Hyderabad, Total Cost Rs. 8,85,000/- October 2022- May 2023
      9. “Environmental Impact Assessment  of  DIMPA (2-(4-Chloro-2,6-dimethylphenyl)acetic acid), Revysol (Mefentrifluconazole), BAS-560I (Fenmezoditiaz,(3R)-3-(2-chlorothiazol-5-yl)-8-methyl-7-oxo-6-phenyl-2,3,7,8-tetrahydro[1,3]thiazolo[3,2-a]pyrimidin-4-ium-5-olate), Amino Ethyl Phenol, Mandipropamid, and Ortho substituted Phenyl Amide”  funded by Deccan Fine Chemicals (India) Pvt Ltd. Hyderabad, Total Cost Rs. 25,00,000/- July 2022 – December  2023.
      10. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Study  of  Thiamethoxam, Pretilachlor,    CPTAP,  TCAN and     Metobromuron funded by Deccan Fine Chemicals (India) Pvt Ltd. Hyderabad, Total Cost Rs.  2,06,000/- November 2022 – March 2023
      11. Modeling and Simulation of  production processes of Dichlorophenyl (DCP) Ketone and Triflumezopyrim (RAB) 55 funded by Deccan Fine Chemicals (India) Pvt Ltd. Hyderabad, Total Cost Rs. 8,26,000/- November  2021 – April  2022
      12. “Modeling and simulation of production processes of Picoxystrobin, MOAT (N Methoxy 1 -(246  Trichloroprophenyl)Propane -2  amine), and DCF-TFAP (Dichloro Fluro Trifluro Acetophenone)” funded by Deccan Fine Chemicals (India) Pvt Ltd. Hyderabad, Total Cost Rs. 12,62,000/- October 2021 – June 2022.
      13. “Synthesis  of Carbon-Silica Dual Phase Filler using modified approach”, Funded by Fluor & Compounds, India, Koura Global, Vadodara, Gujrat, Total Cost Rs 1,25, 000/- October 2021 – May 2022.
      14. “Performance assessment of the manufacturing process of pig iron, Vedanta Limited, Goa” funded by Vedanta Limited, Goa, Total cost Rs 7, 02,000/- April 2021-April 2023
      15. “Study on recovery of high volatile components during the feni production” funded by Department of Chemical Engineering, BITS Pilani K K Birla Goa Campus Goa, Total cost Rs 2,00,000/- April 2021- December 2022
      16. “Air Dispersion Study (Modeling) of Coal Particles Released during the manufacture of calcined petroleum coke (CPC)from raw petroleum coke (RPC) at Salcet Plant of Goa Carbon” funded by Goa Carbon Limited, Goa, Total cost Rs 11,00,000/- March 2021- December   2022
      17. Life Cycle Assessment of Dorf Ketal Chemicals Pvt Ltd, Mumbai, Total Cost Rs 1,00,000/- May 2020- August 2020.
      18. Environmental impact assessment of production process of soft gelatin capsules” funded by Proctor and Gamble, Mumbai, Total Cost Rs 3, 89,400/-, August 2020 –March 2021.
      19. “Environmental Impact Assessment of 5-chloro-2-cyclopropyl-6-hydroxypyrimidine-4-carboxylic acid (MAT 26)” funded by Deccan Fine Chemicals (India) Pvt Ltd. Hyderabad, Total Cost Rs 4,24,800/-, September  2020 –March 2021.
      20. Life Cycle Assessment Study for M/s Shree Pushkar Chemicals & Fertilizers Limited, at MIDC, Lote, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, Total Cost Rs 1,29,800/-, February 2020- September 2020.
      21. “Study on performance comparison between MTB process and TMX-OZA process” funded by Deccan Fine Chemicals (India) Pvt Ltd. Hyderabad, Total Cost Rs. Rs 4, 01,200/-, March 2020 – October 2020. December 2019- June 2020.
      22. “Life Cycle Assessment study for Laxmi Organic Industries Ltd” funded by Laxmi Organic Industries Ltd, Mahad, Mumbai, Total cost  Rs 6,75,000/-
      23. Performance assessment studies on the production process of Tri-chloroanilene (T-CAN)” funded by Deccan Fine Chemicals (India) Pvt Ltd. Hyderabad, Total Cost  Rs 4, 01,200/-, December 2019 – July 2020.
      24. “Study on treatment of emerging contaminants using ozonation”, funded by Deccan Fine Chemicals (India) Pvt Ltd. Hyderabad, Total Cost Rs 1, 50,000/-, August 2019 – May 2020.
      25. “Prime Minister's Fellowship Scheme for Doctoral Research awarded to a PhD student Mr Chandresh Dwivedi” funded by SERB in coordination with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) and industry partner Apollo Tyres Ltd.,  Total  cost Rs 24,00,000/-, July 2019 – July 2022.
      26. “Performance assessment studies on the production process of BFBTF” funded by Deccan Fine Chemicals (India) Pvt Ltd. Hyderabad, Total Cost Rs 3, 54,000/-, March 2019 – February 2020.
      27. “Water Audit for Ammonia, Urea, &  Phosphate Fertilizers Units and Utility & Storage sections,” funded by  Zuari  Agro Chemicals Limited, Goa, Total cost Rs 8,51,960/-.May 2019 – April 2020.
      28. Design and Development of cost effective method for synthesis of “carbon-silica based hybrid Fillers” for application in Rubber Products, ”funded by Apollo Tyres, Chennai, Total cost Rs 35,00,000/-, April 2019 – July 2022.
      29. “Performance assessment studies on the production process of MNQ” funded by Deccan Fine Chemicals (India) Pvt Ltd. Hyderabad, Total Cost Rs. 3, 54,000/-, May 2019 – October 2019.
      30. “Environmental Audit for Ammonia, Urea, &  Phosphate Fertilizers Units and Utility & Storage sections, ”funded by Zuari Agro Chemicals Limited, Goa, Total cost Rs 8,51,960/-. January 2019 – March 2020.
      31. “Study on Dispersion of Particles Generated from Handling of Cargo at Mooring Dolphins for Mormugao Port Trust Goa”funded by Mormugao Port Trust (MPT), Vasco, Goa, Total cost Rs 16,75,600/-, September 2018 – December 2019.
      32. “Life Cycle Assessment study for Maharashtra Aldehydes and Chemicals Ltd” funded by Maharashtra Aldehydes and Chemicals Ltd, Mahad, Mumbai, Total cost Rs 6, 90,000/-, November 2018-April 2019.
      33. “Performance assessment studies on the production process of   Thiamethoxam” funded by Deccan Fine Chemicals (India) Pvt Ltd. Hyderabad, Total Cost Rs.  3, 00,900/-, July 2018 – December 2018.
      34. “Optimization studies on fermentation of cashew apple juice for feni production in   Goa” Funded by M/s Navika Nursery  Total cost  Rs. 2, 50,000/- February 2018- December 2020.
      35. “Performance aassessment studies on the production process of MTB (a herbicide)” funded by Deccan Fine Chemicals (India) Pvt Ltd. Hyderabad,Total Cost Rs. 2, 44,850/-September 2017 – March 2018.
      36. “Performance aassessment studies on the production process of CPTAP” funded by Deccan Fine Chemicals (India) Pvt Ltd. Hyderabad, Total Cost Rs. 2, 56,650/- July 2017- February 2018.
      37. “Process improvements in Urrakh and Feni production in Goa” Funded by Department of Science and Technology, Govt of Goa,  Total cost Rs. 7,50,000/-November  2018 – December 2021.
      38. “Environmental Impact assessment studies on increased production of   Pretilachlor”,   funded by Deccan Fine Chemicals (India) Pvt Ltd. Hyderabad, Total Cost Rs. 1,72,500/- November 2016 - May 2017.
      39. Feasibility studies  on Common Hazardous Waste Treatment, Storage & Disposal Facility at Pissurlem Industrial Area, Goa funded  by SMS ENVOCARE LTD, Total cost Rs 50,000/- March 2017-April 2017.
      40. “A Parametric Study of the Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) Fuel Cell Performance” funded by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) Total cost Rs. 10, 47,000/- August 2007 – March 2011.
      41. “Application of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to DAP Production”  funded by Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Govt. of India  Total cost Rs. 27,00,000, January 2008 – March 2010.
      42. “Design, Modeling and Simulation of a High Efficiency Solar Distillation Unit”, funded by BITS Pilani, Rajasthan, Total cost Rs.  1,25,000/-, January 2004 - May 2005.
      43. “Adsorption Equilibrium Study For Different Adsorbate – Adsorbent System” funded by UGC, Delhi (minor project) and partly by BITS Pilani, Rajasthan, Total grant Rs. 1, 00,000/- January 2001 - December 2002.
      44. Investigating the effect of co-digestion and advanced sludge pre-treatment methods on the anaerobic conversion potential of the organic wastes” funded by DBT, New Delhi, Total cost  Rs 27,48,800/-, July 2013 - June 2016, This project is in collaboration with NIT Warangal (PI: Prof PV Rao. Associate Professor Dept of Chemical Engg
      45. “Development of Environmental Pollution control Laboratory” funded by KK Birla Academy, New Delhi, Total grant Rs.  8, 00,000/-, August 2000 - May 2002 (PI: Prof R.K. Gupta, Professor, Dept of Chemical Engg).

      RESEARCH INTERESTS & SCHOLARS

       

      RESEARCH  INTERESTS
      •  Machine Dynamics, Vibration & Control
      •  Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos
      •  Optimization using Genetic Algorithms.
      •  Acoustics
      •  Vibration Based Condition Monitoring using Machine Learning

       

      RESEARCH SCHOLARS

      Sr. No.

      Name of candidate

      Title of Ph.D. Thesis

      1

      K.V.R.B. Prasad

       Genetic algorithms for optimum design of turbo-alternator (January 2012)

      2

      Raghavendra D. Naik

       Stability, Resonance and Bifurcation in Vehicle Suspension System (October 2014)

      3

      Kiran D. Mali

      Vibration Analysis Perforated Plates (January 2016)

      4.

      D.K.Mohanty

      Effect of Fouling on the Performance of a Heat Exchanger (July, 2012)

      5.

      Varinder Singh

      Development of Models for Analysis and Design of Integrated Manufacturing System. ( October, 2013)

      6.

       Amit Rajput

      Preparation and characterization of polybenzoxazine-ferrite based magnetic nanocomposite, Prof. N.N. Ghosh (Supervisor), Prof. P.M. Singru(co-supervisor) ( October, 2013)                              

       7.

       Vivek Chandran

      Gyro-less Attitude and Attitude-Rate Estimation For A Satellite Using Non Linear Models and Star Vector Observations. Supervisor: Dr. N.S. Manjrekar, EEE., Co-supervisor (Prof. P.M. Singru) (January, 2024)

      8.

       Chandrashekhar Chauhan

       An acoustic study, characterization and Standardization of Sarswati Veena: Co-supervisor: Prof. Radhika Vathsan, Physics , (August , 2023)    

      9.

       Ramesh Bhat

      Vibration Based Ship Propeller Condition Monitoring using Machine Learning (Ongoing), Co-supervisor: Prof. R.S. Joshi, Computer Science (Joined August 2023)

      10. 

       Avdhut Jakhi

      Feature Engineering for Condition Monitoring of Machines Using Vibration Signature Analysis using Machine Learning (ongoing), Co-supervisor: Prof. R.S. Joshi, Computer Science (Joined November 2023)

       

      RESEARCH FUNDING:
      1. National MEMS Design Center from NPMASS. Coventorware, Comsol, Intellisuit Softwares are received throgh this grant.
      2. DST -FIST grant of Rs. 80 lakhs for Mechanical Department, out of which Rs. 25 lakhs are for Dynamics & Vibration Lab. (2011-2016)
      3. RO-RO Challenge for C130J Aircraft (Lockhead Martin Corporation) 2015-16 , US$ 25,000
      4. DST -SERB the project titled, "An acoustic study, characterization and standardization of the Sarasvati Veena ". approved on January 4, 2017, amount Rs. 36..96 Lakhs under EMR Grant scheme. Co-PI: Prof. Radhika Vathsan, Physics
      5. BITS CDRF grant title , "Feature Engineering for Condition Monitoring of Machines Using Vibration Signature Analysis using Machine Learning " ( PI : Prof Ramprasad Joshi, Prof. P.M.Singru), Rs 20 lakhs (C1/23/135) 
      6. BITS Sparkle grant  for Staircase Climbing wheelchair, Rs 2 lakhs
      7. BITS grant under Teaching Learning Center " Software for Machine Component Design ", Rs 77,500 

      Funded Projects & Fellowships

      Project/Fellowship

      Funding Agency

      Year

      Project Type

       MASTIC: ML-Aided Secure SoC and Analytics (Role: PI)

       Axiado   

       2021-2024

       R & D

       MUT-DROCO: Multipath Networking Test-bed for Drone Communications (Role: PI)

       DST-SERB, Govt. of India.

       2020-2022

      R&D

      NANCY: Neural Adaptive Network Coding methodologY for video distribution through wireless networks (Role: Advisor)

      TCS, India

      2019-2023

      Fellowship for PhD Student 

      Real Time Performance Analysis of Network Coding Implementation (Role: PI)

      BITS Pilani, India

      2020-2022

      R&D 

      Network Coding for Multipath Transport (Role: PI)        

      AnsuR, Norway   

       2019-2020   

       R&D

      Visiting Researcher Fellowship, Oslo, Norway (Role: Research Fellow)  

      AnsuR, Norway

      2019

      Fellowship

      Network Coding with Deterministic Coefficients for Unreliable Networks (Role: PI)

      AnsuR, Norway

      2018-2019

       R&D

      HENCSAT: Highly Efficient Network Coding for Satellite Applications (Role: Work Package Manager)

      European Space Agency, Netherlands

      2016-2019

       R&D

      SatNetCode: Satellite Network-Coding for High Performance, Semantic-Aware Mission Critical Visual Communications (Role: Work Package Manager)

      European Space Agency, Netherlands 

      2015-2018

       R&D

      PhD fellowship (PIF) from Government of Spain, UAB, Barcelona, Spain (Role: Research Fellow)

      Government of Spain, Barcelona, Spain.

      2009-2014

       Fellowship

      Visiting Researcher Fellowship, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada (Role: Research Fellow)

      Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada. 

      2008

       Fellowship

      National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) Fellowship

      National Council of Educational Research and Training, India. 

      2002

       Fellowship

       


      Acknowledgement

      Ongoing Projects

      2024–2026
      Physiological and pharmacological significance of formate-nitrite transporters in Toxoplasma gondii: ICMR Research Grant, ca. INR 7 million

      2022–2024
      Biosensor monitoring in Toxoplasma gondiiIndo-Japan Scholar Mobility Program by DST-JSPS (co-PI, Takeharu Nagai @ Osaka University, Japan), ca. INR 1 million

      2022–2025
      Pyruvate homeostasis in Toxoplasma gondii: DST-SERB Core Research Grant, ca. INR 6 million

      2021–2025
      Lipid and cyclic nucleotide signaling in Toxoplasma gondii: IA/S/19/1/504263 by Wellcome Trust – DBT (India Alliance) Senior Fellowship, ca. INR 45 million

       
      Previous Grants

      2019–2021
      A novel lipid-regulated calcium homeostasis in Toxoplasma gondii. GU1100/4-3 from German Research Foundation, ca. 260,000 €

      2019–2020
      Functional and physiological significance of phosphatidylethanolamine biogenesis in Toxoplasma gondii: GU1100/15 from German Research Foundation, ca. 10000 €

      2017–2020
      Cyclic nucleotides-mediated ion homeostasis in the malaria parasite: IRTG2290 from German Research Foundation; co-PI: Alexander Maier (ANU), ca. 230,000 €

      2016–2020
      Metabolic basis of obligate intracellular parasitism: GU1100/8 & GU1100/13 from German Research Foundation, ca. 520,000 €

      2015–2018
      Optogenetic dissection of cyclic NMP signaling T. gondii: GU1100/7 from German Research Foundation, co-PI: Peter Hegemann, ca. 197,000 €

      2015–2021
      Cyclic NMP signaling and metabolic regulation in T. gondii: GRK2046/A2 from German Research Foundation, ca. 460,000 €

      2014–2017
      Synthesis vs. import of host-derived phospholipids by T. gondii: GU1100/4-1 from German Research Foundation; co-PI: Maik Lehmann, ca. 320,000 €

      2013–2016
      Carbon metabolisms of acute and chronic stages of T. gondii: GU1100/3-1 from German Research Foundation, ca. 160,000 €

      2010–2012
      Phosphatidylcholine synthesis as a drug target in T. gondii: Young scientist grant from European Society of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, 20,000

      2009–2014
      Biogenesis of inositol-lipids in T. gondii: GRK1121/A7 from German Research Foundation, co-PI: Andreas Herrmann (HU, Berlin), 362,000 €

      2009–2013
      Modeling of lipid biogenesis in Toxoplasma-infected human cell: SBF618/C7 from German Research Foundation, co-PIs: Herrmann Holzhütter (Charité, Berlin) and Richard Lucius (HU, Berlin), ca. 411,000 €

      2009–2011
      High-throughput anti-coccidian drug screening using YFP-parasite, Novartis Animal Healthcare, co-PI: Richard Lucius (HU, Berlin), ca. 33,000 €

      2009–2011
      In vivo parasite-host interactions in the Eimeria-mouse model. Manuela Schmid (doctoral student) & Nishith Gupta (host PI), Helmholtz Foundation, ca.120,000 €

      2008–2010
      Central carbon metabolism of T. gondii. Martin Blume (doctoral student) & Nishith Gupta (host PI), Helmholtz Foundation, ca.120,000 €


      RESEARCH PROJECT GRANTS 

      Ongoing Projects: 

              Topic: To Predict Surface Location Error in Micromilling of Thin-walled Ti6Al4V for low cost Biofabrication

        • Role: Co-Principle Investigator
        • Agency: SERB
        • Duration: 2024-2027
        • Funding sanctioned: Rs 22,92,000/-

             Topic: Development of Intelligent System for Sustainable Micro-manufacturing of Microneedle Arrays of Difficult-to-cut Materials with an Application to Bio-fabrication 

        •  Role: Co-Principal Investigator
        •  Agency: SERB
        •  Funding sanctioned: 22.37 Lakhs
        •  Duration: 2023-2026

       Completed Projects:

              Topic: Simulation and analysis of cellular materials against blast loading 

        •  Role: Principal Investigator
        •  Agency: CVRDE (DRDO) 
        •  Funding sanctioned: 9.77 Lakhs
        •  Duration: 2021-2023

              Topic: Novel casting approach to improve quality of aluminum alloy casting

        •  Role: Principal Investigator
        •  Agency: DRDL
        •  Funding sanctioned: 9.84 Lakhs
        •  Duration: 2017-2020

              Topic: Studies related to control of porosity in casting

        •  Role: Principal Investigator
        •  Agency: ISR
        •  Funding sanctioned: 8.03 Lakhs
        •  Duration: 2016-2019

              Topic: Novel minimal SLM application method for performance improvement in turning

        •  Role: Principal Investigator
        •  Agency: DST-SERB
        •  Funding sanctioned: 40.16 Lakhs
        •  Duration: 2013-2017

             Topic: Solid lubricant coated tools for sustainable machining

        •  Role: Principal Investigator
        •  Agency: CSIR
        •  Funding sanctioned: 18.52 Lakhs
        •  Duration: 2012-2015

             Topic: Development of novel coated tools for green machining

        •  Role: Principal Investigator
        •  Agency: BITS-SG
        •  Funding sanctioned: 11.80 Lakhs
        •  Duration: 2011-2013

       


      Research Projects

       
      5. SERB-POWER Grant- (2022-2025):

      Design and Simulation of Improved Polysaccharide based Membranes, the Future Must for Food Packaging

      4. SERB MATRICS Grant- (2022-2025):

      Design and simulation of oligosaccharide wrapped super-paramagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles as promising theranaustics

      3. SERB Core Research Grant- (2019-2022): 
       
      High potency of complex dietary β-glucan fibers as Cholesterol and Low-Density Lipoprotein lowering agents: A comprehensive mechanistic investigation through advanced dynamical simulations
       
      2. DST-SERB Young Scientist Grant-(2015-2018):

      Investigation of the folding of Cysteine-rich Neurotoxins in Ionic Liquid by Molecular Dynamics Simulation and Quantum Mechanical Calculations

      1. BITS research initiation grant- (2013-2015)

      Research Projects

      "Treating waste water using pilot plant ", Sponsored by Ocean Corner Water Treatment Equipment & Chemicals (L.L.C) Dubai, UAE (As Co Investigator).


      Projects

       

      Sponsored Research Projects

       

      1. SPARC Project: MHRD Sponsored Grant (Indo-UK Project)

      Title: Concrete and value-added chemical production, Role: PI, 2023-2025, BITS- Leeds University Joint Project, Amount: 47 Lakhs (Ongoing)

       

      1. Core Research Grant: SERB-CRG

      Title: Alternative Construction Technology for the Seismic Prone Areas, BITS-NIT Trichy Joint Project, 2022-25, Amount:21.46 Lakhs (Ongoing).

       

      1. DST-TDP Research Grant

      Title: A potential supplementary cementitious material, BITS-IIT Bombay Joint Project, 2023-26, Amount:50 Lakhs (Ongoing).

       

      1. Cross-Disciplinary Research Framework (CDRF) Research Grant

      Title: Eco friendly concrete and value-added chemical production, 2023-25, Role: PI, Amount:20 Lakhs (Ongoing).

       

      1. Nehru- Fulbright Visiting Specialist program, 2023

      Title: Sustainable concrete construction -An engineering education perspective; Role: PI, BITS- Clarkson University USA Joint work; 2023 (Completed)

       

      1. SPARC Project-MHRD Sponsored Grant (Indo-Japan Project)

       Title: Bagasse and Its Sustainable Utilization as a Raw Material in an Innovative Industrial Process, BITS- Kyushu University Japan Joint project, 2019-2023, Amount: 32 Lakhs (Completed)

       

      1. MHRD Sponsored National Mission Project on Pedagogy

      Title: "Learner-centric Outcome based Pedagogy project. Construction materials and Technology” Role: PI; Amount: Rs 7 lakhs (Completed)

       

      1. OPERA (Outstanding Potential for Excellence in Research and Teaching) Grant Title: Devolvement of agro-waste based binders, Duration: 2015 - 2020, Role : PI; Amount: 22.2 Lakhs (Completed)

       

      1. Research Initiation Grant

      Title: Assessment of Pozzolanic Performance of Sugarcane Bagasse Ash from Different Disposal Sites, Sponsor: BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus, Duration: 2016 - 2018, Amount: 2 Lakhs (Completed).

       

      1. Additional Competitive Grant

      Devolvement of low carbon ternary cement for durable and sustainable cement, Duration: 2016 - 2018, Role: PI, Amount: 9.25 Lakhs (completed)

       

      Consultancy projects

      1. Assessment of potential of Industrial Shed Exposed to Fire Accident.

      Sponsor: Nilgiri Oil & Allied Industries, Hyderabad. Duration: Aug 2018-Nov 2018

      Amount: 4.13 Lakhs (Completed)

      1. Condition assessment of Raw Mill- Field and Laboratory investigation

      Sponsor: Star Cement Co. L.L.C.

      Duration: July 2019 -Sept 2019

      Amount: INR 5.15 Lakhs (Completed)

      1. Non-destructive testing of Coal Mill- Field and Laboratory investigation

      Sponsor: Star Cement Co. L.L.C.

      Duration: INR 4.6 Lakhs, June 2020 - Dec 2020, (Completed) 


      Sponsored Projects

      Finding Agency

      Project Title

      Approved Fund

      Duration

      DST SERB-CRG

      Therapeutic potential of endogenous peptides in hypertension

      36 Lakhs

      2021-2024

      ICMR

      Role of novel endogenous peptides in cardiometabolic disorders

      29 Lakhs

      2021-2024

      ICMR

      Therapeutic potential of novel MAD2 inhibitors in ovarian cancer

      35 Lakhs

      2022-2025

      ISSAR Pharmaceuticals

      Pre-Clinical Efficacy Evaluation of synthetic Peptides  For the Treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease & Sepsis

      29 Lakhs

      2020-2023

      Department of Science and Technology  (DST) and SERB Under Young Scientist Scheme)

      Role of double stranded RNA dependent protein kinase (PKR) in hypertension: Mechanism and prevention

      27 Lakhs

       2015-2018

      CSIR

      Pharmacological evaluation of novel double stranded RNA dependent protein kinase (PKR) inhibitors for diabetic cardiomyopathy”.

       

      24 Lakhs

      2015-2018

      BITS (Under additional Competitive grant)

      Evaluation of novel pharmacological agents targeted at methylglyoxal in diabetic cardiomyopathy

      10 Lakhs

      2015-2017

      UGC

      Evaluation of pharmacological agents targeted at double stranded RNA dependent protein kinase (PKR) in type 2 diabetes mellitus

      6 Lakhs

       2014-2016

      BITS (Research Initiation Grant)

      Role of methyglyoxal in diabetic cardiomyopathy

      2 Lakhs

      2014-2016


      Ongoing Undergraduate Projects

      • Shreyya Nair (Biotech)– Growth Kinetics and Experimental Optimization of Yeast and Pichia pastoris Biomass (FD Thesis)
      • Krishna Sunil (Chemical)– Lignocellulosic biomass to ethanol conversion-Coupled experimental and modelling study (Laboratory Project)
      • Shreya Varanasi (Chemical)-Lignocellulose to ethanol conversion (Laboratory Project)

      • Shreyya Nair (Biotech)– Growth Kinetics and Experimental Optimization of Yeast and Pichia pastoris Biomass (FD Thesis)
      • Krishna Sunil (Chemical)– Lignocellulosic biomass to ethanol conversion-Coupled experimental and modelling study (Laboratory Project)
      • Shreya Varanasi (Chemical)-Lignocellulose to ethanol conversion (Laboratory Project)

      • Shreyya Nair (Biotech)– Growth Kinetics and Experimental Optimization of Yeast and Pichia pastoris Biomass (FD Thesis)
      • Krishna Sunil (Chemical)– Lignocellulosic biomass to ethanol conversion-Coupled experimental and modelling study (Laboratory Project)
      • Shreya Varanasi (Chemical)-Lignocellulose to ethanol conversion (Laboratory Project)
      • Shreyya Nair (Biotech)– Growth Kinetics and Experimental Optimization of Yeast and Pichia pastoris Biomass (FD Thesis)
      • Krishna Sunil (Chemical)– Lignocellulosic biomass to ethanol conversion-Coupled experimental and modelling study (Laboratory Project)
      • Shreya Varanasi (Chemical)-Lignocellulose to ethanol conversion (Laboratory Project)
      • Shreyya Nair (Biotech)– Growth Kinetics and Experimental Optimization of Yeast and Pichia pastoris Biomass (FD Thesis)
      • Krishna Sunil (Chemical)– Lignocellulosic biomass to ethanol conversion-Coupled experimental and modelling study (Laboratory Project)
      • Shreya Varanasi (Chemical)-Lignocellulose to ethanol conversion (Laboratory Project)

      Sponsored Projects Through RIG

      Conversion of sustainable biomass materials for biomedical applications

      Conversion of sustainable biomass materials for biomedical applications


      Sponsored Projects

      1. Title: Meshfree adjoint based sensitivity analysis for 3D aerodynamic design. 
        Co-PI: Keshav S. Malagi, Computational and Theoretical Fluid Dynamics Division, CSIR - National Aerospace Laboratories, Bengaluru.
        This research is funded by CSIR under the Extra Mural Research scheme (EMR-II).
        Status: Ongoing. Duration: July 2023 - July 2026. 
      2. Title: GPU accelerated meshfree adjoint solver for inviscid compressible flows.
        Co-PI: Bharat Kumar Sharma, NVIDIA Corporation.
        This research is sponsored by NVIDIA under NVIDIA's AI Technology Center (NVAITC) program. 
        Status: Ongoing. Started in April 2021.
      3. Title: Development and application of a meshfree adjoint approach for aerodynamic shape optimisation. 
        Co-PI: Dr. N. Kishore Kumar, Department of Mathematics, BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus. 
        This research is funded by Aeronautics Research and Development Board (AR&DB), DRDO. 
        Status: Completed. Duration: October 2020 - October 2022.
      4. Title: Development of an unstructured grid-based adjoint solver for compressible turbulent flows.
        Co-PI: Prof. C. Praveen, Center for Applicable Mathematics, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bengaluru. 
        This research is funded by DST-SERB under the Extra Mural Research scheme. 
        Status: Completed. Duration: March 2017 - March 2020.

      Sponsored Projects

      1. Title of the project: Security for transmission of images in an open network
      Amount: 6,00,000 INR
      Period: 2013-2015
       
      2. Title of the project: A certain study of wavelet analysis and its applications
      Amount: 1,36,000 INR
      Period: 2013-2015
       
      3. Title of the project: Development of an encryption algorithm for secure transmission of color images
      Amount: 15,08,053 INR
      Period: 2016-2019 
       
      4. Title of the project: Uncertainty Principles in Generalized Function Spaces: Theory and Applications 
      Amount: 3,47,500 INR
      Period: 2023-2026 

      Areas of Active Research:


      Sponsored Projects

      S. No.

      Sponsoring Agency

      Project Title

      Role & Other investigator(s)

      Duration

      Budget in Rs.

      9.        

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

      Design of Catalysts and Reactors for Green Hydrogen via photo- and photoelectro-catalysis

      PI

      Co-PI: Prof. Sounak Roy

      2 Years

      (2024 - 2026)

      20,00,000/-

      8.        

      Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)

      Harnessing the Duality of Mesoporous Core-shell Materials for CO2 Capture and Methanation

      PI

      Co-PI: Prof. I. Sreedhar

      3 Years

      (2023 - 2026)

      25,77,696/-

      7.        

      Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) - Core Research Grant (CRG)

      'Single step' conversion of CO2 from Thermal Power Plant Exhaust to Dimethyl Ether

      Co-PI

      PI: Prof. Sounak Roy

      Co-PI: Prof. B.M. Reddy

      3 Years

      (2022 - 2025)

      44,69,696/-  

      6.        

      DRDO - Advanced Systems Laboratory (ASL)

      Synthesis and characterization of vrantage VW 10200 FRP

      Co-PI

      PI: Prof. D. Purnima

      Co-PI: Dr. Chanchal Chakraborty

      1.5 Years

      (2022 - 2024)

      15,20,000/-

      5.        

      Department Level Project

      -

       

      Co-investigator for DST-FIST (Level-I)

      Project approved in March 2022.

      1,35,00,000/-

      4.        

       

      University Level Project

      -

      Co-investigator for DST-PURSE Project

      4 Years

      (2022 - 2026)

      23,40,12,320/-

      3.        

      Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) - Core Research Grant (CRG)

      Mechanistic insights of CO2 methanation using core-shell catalysts

      PI

      Co-PI: Prof. I. Sreedhar

      3 Years

      (2021 - 2024)

      32,04,660/-

      2.        

      Additional Competitive Research Grant (ACRG) at BITS-Pilani, Hyderabad

      Synthesis of Core-Shell Nanoparticles (CSNs) for Photocatalytic Reforming

      PI

      2 Years

      (2019 - 2021)

      10,00,000/-

      1.        

      Research Initiation Grant (RIG) at BITS-Pilani, Hyderabad

      Nanocomposites Synthesis and Stability Enhancement for Methane Combustion

      PI

      2 Years

      (2018 - 2020)

      2,00,000/-

       


      Sponsored Research Projects

      Research Projects: Completed/Ongoing/Approved/Sanctioned


      1) Title: Applications of Supervised Machine Learning Algorithms to Analyze the Drivers of Early-Stage Entrepreneurial Activities in India: The Role of Socio-cognitive Traits and Institutional Environments 
      Funding Agency: Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), DST, Government of India
      Duration: Two years    
      Role: Principal Investigator 
      Status: Ongoing (2023- 2025)
       
      2) Title: Impact of Indigenous S&T innovations developed by Start-ups incubated in Academic Institutes in India 
      Funding Agency: PCPM (NSTMIS), DST, New Delhi, India
      Duration: Two years    
      Role: Co-Principal Investigator (PI-Dr. Rajorshi Sen Gupta)
      Status: Ongoing (2023- 2025)
       
      3) Title: Impact of E- National Agriculture Market (e- NAM) on the Farmers from Goa and Maharashtra
      Funding Agency: ICSSR (Indian Council of Social Science Research), New Delhi, India
      Duration: Two years 
      Role: Principal Investigator
      Status: Ongoing (2022- 2024)
       
      4) Title: Impact of “Make in India” and new IPR Policy on Innovation of MNCs and Indian MSMEs in Medical  Device Sector
      Funding Agency: Impactful Policy Research in Social Sciences (IMPRESS)Scheme, ICSSR, New Delhi, India
      Duration: Two years    
      Role: Co-Principal Investigator (PI-Dr. Rajorshi Sen Gupta)
      Status: Completed (2019- 2021)
       
      5) Title: Mining Closure, Economic Disruption & Local Level Sustainability: A Case Study of Goa, India 
      Funding Agency: ICSSR (Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi)                
      Duration: Two years (2014 - 2016)    
      Role: Principal Investigator 
      Status: Completed (2014-2016)
       
      6) Title: Natural Disasters, Socioeconomic Vulnerability and Policy Responses: A Comparative Study of Odisha and Uttarakhand in India
      Funding Agency: UGC, New Delhi 
      Duration: Two years (2014 - 2016) 
      Role: Principal Investigator 
      Status: Approved (2014- 2016)

      Sponsored Projects

      (i) DST Fast track project titled ‘Synthesis and spectral, redox and solid state coordination properties of asymmetric and highly functionalised thienyl- and furyl- porphyrins’ (SR/FTP/CS-57/2007) (Completed, 19.9 lakhs)

      (ii) CSIR project titled ‘An investigation on derivatives of meso-tetrathienylporphyrin as dyes in dye sensitised solar cells (DSSCs)’ (02(0076)/12/EMR-II) (Completed, 16.18 lakhs)

      (iii) SERB project titled ‘Steric and Conformational Influences on the Performance of Nonplanar and Highly Functionalized Phenyl- And Heteroaryl- Porphyrins in the Sensing of Anions and Heavy Metal Ions’ (EMR/2016/002367) (Completed, 28.2 lakhs)


      Projects

      Title of the Project: Ship-building in Folklores: Orality and Memory in Tottam Pattu of Marakkalathamma
      Funding Agency: ICSSR
      Principal Investigator: Prof Maya Vinai
      Co-Principal Investigator: Dr. Tony Sebastain
      Amount Sanctioned: 24.9 Lakhs
      Status: Ongoing

      Title of the Project: Challenging the representation of women in the matrilineal communities of Kerala through selected fiction.
      Funding Agency: Research Initiation Grant (Bits-Pilani )
      Role: Principal Investigator
      Amount Sanctioned: 2 Lakhs
      Status: Completed


      Sponsored Projects

      Ongoing Projects

      1. Research grant funded by BITS Pilani, Hyderbad Campus under Outstanding Potential for Excellence in Research and Academics (OPERA) (22 Lakhs) (December 2018-December 2023) as PI
         

      Completed Projects

      1. Harvesting of Energy from Underwater Currents through Coupled Vortex Induced Vibration, Flapping Dynamics, Electro-Magnetic Induction and Piezoelectric Effects, funded by SERB under Startup Research Grant (SRG) (27.36 Lakhs) (October 2019 - October 2021) as PI
      2. Numerical and Experimental Investigation of Insect/Bird Flight Inspired Flexible Flapping Wing Propulsion, funded by BITS Pilani, Hyderabad campus under Advanced Competitive Research Grant (ACRG) (9.5 Lakhs) (September 2019 - September 2021) as PI
      3. Flow induced vibration/flapping dynamics of multi-layered flexible foil in a uniform flow, funded by BITS Pilani, Hyderbad Campus under Research Initiation Grant (RIG) (2 Lakhs) (March 2019- March 2021) as PI
      4. Development of heterogenous MPI-CUDA based parallel 3D fluid-structure solver, funded by NVIDIA under Hardware Grant Program (October 2021 - October 2022) as PI

      Research Projects

      1. Outstanding Potential for Excellence in Research and Academics (OPERA)

       

      PI: Dr. SAYAN KANUNGO 

       

      Funding Agency: Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, India

       

      Amount: INR 21 Lakhs. 

      Duration: August 2018 to July 2023;

      Present Status: Completed.

       

       

      1. Start-up Research Grant (SRG)

       

      PI: Dr. SAYAN KANUNGO 

       

      Project Title: Investigation of Van der Waals Hetero-structures of Transition Metal Di-Chalcogenides (MX2) and Tin Di-Chalcogenides (SnX2) for Broad-band Photodetector Design

       

      Funding Agency: DST-SERB, Govt. of India. 

       

      Amount: INR 11.2 Lakhs

      Duration: January 2021 to January 2023;

      Present Status: Completed

       

       

       

      1. Asian Smart Cities Research Innovation Network (ASCRIN) Joint Ph.D. Program

       

      Lead PI: Dr. SAYAN KANUNGO (BITS-Pilani)

       

      PI: Prof. ING KONG (La Trobe)

       

      Project Title: Field Enhanced Volatile Organic Compounds Detection in Doped Platinum Di-chalcogenides- Theoretical Investigation to Experimental Realization

       

      Funding Agency: La Trobe University, Melbourne, and Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, India. 

       

      Amount: INR 20 Lakhs (Approx.)

      Duration: July 2023 (Approved)

      Present Status: Ongoing

       

       

      1. Cross-Disciplinary Research Framework (CDRF)

       

      Lead PI: Dr. SAYAN KANUNGO (EEE Department)

       

      PI: Dr. NILANJAN DEY (Chemistry Department)

       

       

      Project Title: 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

       

      Funding Agency: Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, India
        

      Amount: INR 20 Lakhs. 

      Duration: November 2023 to November 2025;

      Present Status: Ongoing.

       

       

      5. BITS-RMIT Joint Ph.D. Program

       

      Lead PI: Dr. SAYAN KANUNGO (BITS-Pilani)

       

      PI: Prof. RAVICHANDAR BABARAO (RMIT)

       

      Project Title: Theoretical Investigation of Pollutant Gas Sensing using Engineered Novel 2D-Materials

       

      Funding Agency: Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University, Melbourne, and Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, India. 

       

      Amount: INR 20 Lakhs (Approx.)

      Duration: November 2023 (Approved)

      Present Status: Ongoing

       


      On going projects

      Project Title: Design and Development of MEMS Gyroscope for NAVAL Applications

      Funding Agency: DRDO-NAVAL RESEARCH BOARD (NRB)

      Duration: October 2020- December 2023

      Project Total cost: Rs. 46.5 lakhs


      Research

      About My Research

      Passionate about both experimental and theoretical research, my current focus revolves around unraveling the fundamental intricacies governing the electronic structure and properties of transitional metal-doped pure and hybrid semiconductor nanoclusters, superatoms, nanotubes, lithium-ion batteries, and their applications in pollution control. I delve into water electrolysis, hydrogen storage, and hydrogen fuel, employing various wave function-based methods in 'quantum chemistry' and 'Density Functional Theory (DFT)' to address these multifaceted challenges.

      In the realm of experimental research, I specialize in studying magnetism at low temperatures through Mossbauer spectroscopy. My experimental endeavors are closely intertwined with industrial materials, metallurgy, mineral sciences, and fuel research, contributing to a comprehensive understanding of these fields.

      Furthermore, I take pride in my substantial contribution to calculating the Ti-C-based ternary alloys phase diagram, a pivotal aspect with implications in defense. This diverse research portfolio reflects my commitment to advancing knowledge and addressing real-world challenges at the intersection of materials science, physics, and engineering.

      I regularly serve as a reviewer for the following journals across various fields:

      DST Project ongoing 2023 as PI from 21 March 2023 for 36 months

      • File Name :CRG/2022/003249
      • Project Title :Study of renewable photocatalytic water splitting for hydrogen generation and storage in hydrogen fuel cell
      • Proposed amount: 28,72,826/-

      DST Project Completed

      • "Substrate Supported Transition Metal Doped Alkaline Earth Clusters as Hydrogen Storage Materials and Their Applications in Hydrogen Fuel Cell" by Debashis Bandyopadhyay
      • Reference Number: 182017002877, Dated: 27th July 2017 for 36 months
      • Project amount: INR: 2413200/-

       

      Sponsered Research Projects

      8. Title: “Doubling farm women’s income: Entrepreneurship development through post-harvest and technology integration in arid zones”
      Funding Agency: Department of Science & Technology (DST), Govt. of India, New Delhi (SEED-ASACODER scheme).
      Duration: 3 Years (June 2021- May 2024)
      Consortia Partners: BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus and CAZRI, Jodhpur
      Amount: 2.3586541 Crore (BITS Pilani Grant 70.20481 Lakh)
      Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI)

      7. Title: “Development of a Real Time Crop Advisory System Exploiting Nanotechnology based Nitrogen Sensor with Internet of Farming (IoF) Framework”
      Funding Agency: Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of India, New Delhi.
      Duration: 3 Years (April 2021-March 2024)
      Amount: 46.15240 Lakhs
      Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI)

      6. Title: “Integrated approach for the efficient removal and recovery of heavy metal catalyst (Zinc) used in viscos fiber industries”
      Funding Agency: BITS, Pilani and Aditya Birla Science and Technology Company Pvt. Ltd. (ABSTCPL), Mumbai
      Duration: 2.5 Years (June 2018-November 2020); Completed in March 2020
      Amount: 49.42 Lakhs
      Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI)

      5. Title: “Mechanistic studies on extracellular biosynthesis of metal nanoparticles”
      Funding Agency: Department of Science & Technology (DST), Govt. of India, New Delhi (Nano Mission scheme).
      Duration: 4 Years (February 2013- January 2017)
      Amount: 50.14566 Lakh
      Principal Investigator (PI)

      4. Title: “Investigations on metal tolerance ability of soil fungi and their potential towards nanoparticle synthesis”
      Funding Agency: University Grant Commission (UGC), Govt. of India, New Delhi.
      Duration: 3 Years (April 2013 to March 2016)
      Amount: 15.05800 Lakh
      Principal Investigator (PI)

      3. Title: “Nano technology for enhanced utilization of native phosphorous by plants and higher moisture retention in arid soils”
      Funding Agency: Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Govt. of India, New Delhi (NAIP scheme).
      Duration: 6 Years (July 2008-March 2014)
      Consortia Partners: BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus; IIT, Mumbai; PAU, Ludhiana; IISS, Bhopal and CAZRI, Jodhpur
      Amount: 6.147119 Crore (BITS Pilani Grant 41.539 Lakh)
      Consortium Co-Principal Investigator (CCPI)

      2. Title: “Natural and Engineered Lipases for Biodiesel Production”
      Funding Agency: Aditya Birla Group (ABG), Mumbai.
      Duration: 2 Years (October 2011-September 2013)
      Amount: 10 Lakh
      Co-Principal Investigator (CPI)

      1. Title: “Conservation of some endangered medicinal plants of Indian Thar Desert by arbuscular mycorrhizae”
      Funding Agency: Department of Science & Technology (DST), Govt. of India, New Delhi (Young Scientist scheme).
      Duration: 3 Years (February 2003-September 2005)
      Amount: 11.28 Lakh
      Principal Investigator (PI)


      Sponsored Projects

      Research Initiation Grant (RIG), BITS Pilani:  

      Title : Testing the Hypothesis that the Null is the Union of Multiple Cones 
      Duration : 19.05.2021 to 18.05.2023
      Amount : 2 lakhs 

      1. Research Initiation Grant (RIG), BITS Pilani:  

      Title : Testing the Hypothesis that the Null is the Union of Multiple Cones 

      Duration : 19.05.2021 to 18.05.2023

      Amount : 2 lakhs 


      Sponsored Projects

      1. Research Initiation Grant (RIG), BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus

      PI: Sushil Bhunia
      Title: Conjugacy classes of centralizers in algebraic groups.
      Duration: August 2022 to July 2024 (2 years).
      Amount: 2,00,000 INR.

      2. New Faculty Seed Grant (NFSG), BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus

      PI: Sushil Bhunia
      Title: Conjugacy classes of centralizers in exceptional and solvable groups.
      Duration: November 2023 to October 2025 (2 years).
      Amount: 17,00,000 INR.

      3. Mathematical Research Impact Centric Support (MATRICS), SERB, Govt. of India.

      PI: Sushil Bhunia
      Title: Conjugacy classes of centralizers in solvable algebraic groups.
      Duration: January 2024 to December 2026 (3 years).
      Amount: 6,60,000 INR.


      Ongoing Projects:

      1. Start-up Research Grant (SRG)

      Title: Simulation-based optimization framework for waste cold recovery in LNG regasification terminals.
      Role: PI   ||  Funding Agency: DST-SERB  || Amount: Rs. 15.05 lacs || Duration: 2022-2024 

       

      2. Cross-Disciplinary Research Framework (CDRF) Grant

      Title: De novo design of antibacterial peptides to combat antimicrobial resistance. 
      Role: PI || Funding Organization: BITS Pilani ||  Amount: Rs. 27 lacs || Duration: 2 years [2023-2025]
      Other Principal Investigators
      1. Prof. Swati Biswas (Department of Pharmacy, BITS Pilani-Hyderabad Campus)
      2. Dr. Debirupa Mitra (Department of Chemical Engineering, BITS Pilani-Hyderabad Campus)

      3. DST-FIST (Level-I) Grant (Department level)

                Role: Co-investigator || Funding Organization: DST || Amount: Rs. 1.35 crores       

      Completed Projects:

      1. Research Initiation Grant

      Title: Technoeconomic feasibility analyses of sustainable energy systems using simulation based optimization paradigm. 
      Role: PI  || Funding Organization: BITS Pilani || Amount: Rs. 2 lacs ||  Duration: 2 years [2020-2022]

      Research Projects

      Sponsored Research Projects  

      1. Principal Investigator for DST project titled "Fourier Analysis and Development of Two-Dimensional Finite Element Schemes for Shallow water equations and Transport Related Systems" (July 2012-July 2015, Amount: Rs. 11,00,000)

      2. Principal Investigator for CSIR project titled "Experimental and Computational studies of Surface Water Quality Parameters from Morphometry and Spectral Characteristics" (November 2019-November 2022, Amount: Rs. 33,16,334, Co-I: Dr. R R Murari Varma, Dr. K. Rajitha) 
       
      3. Principal Investigator for BITS, Pilani sponsored CDRF project titled “Study of Emerging contaminants (ECs) in drinking water sources in Hyderabad city” (September 2023-September 2025, Amount: Rs. 50,00,000 approximately)
       
      Sponsored Consultancy Projects 
       
      1. Team Member for Proof checking of Minor and Major Bridges Design and Drawing, IL&FS Engg. Construction Compnay Ltd., 9.5 lakhs, 13th June 2017 to 10th March 2018.
       
      2.  Team Member for Testing of index and engineering properties of soil for construction of earthen dam as a part of Palamuru RangaReddy Lift Irrigation Scheme (PRLIS) and Dindi Lift Irrigation Scheme (DLIS), Government of Telangana, 81.96 lakhs, October 2016 to September 2019.  
       
      3. Team Member for Pilot Time Motion studies under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) for Govt. of Telangana and Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, 4.0 lakhs, April 2018 to September 2018.

      Research projects

      • Inspire Faculty Grant (2023-27)
        Project title: Probing compact objects with gravitational waves
        Total amount: Thirty Five lacks (Rs. 35,000,00)

      Research projects

      Ongoing

      Project 1
      Title: Public transport policies and women’s mobility in Indian cities
      Role: Principal Investigator
      Funding Agency: Azim Premji University’s Research Funding Programme 2021
      Grant Amount: INR 10,00,000

      Project 2
      Title: The co-benefits of expanding water supply in urban India - Evidence from a quasi-experiment
      Role: Principal Investigator
      Funding Agency: South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics-International Centre For Integrated Mountain Development (SANDEE-ICIMOD)
      Grant Amount: USD 25,000

      Project 3
      Title: A Study on Factors Affecting Students’ Academic Performance
      Role:  Joint Investigator
      Funding Agency: BITS Pilani

      Completed

      Project 4
      Title: Women’s Falling Participation in Labour Force in India: A Ground Level Investigation into Factors and Obstacles in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Telangana
      Role: Principal Investigator
      Funding Agency: National Human Rights Commission, India
      Grant Amount: INR 11,86,290

      Project 5
      Title: Socio-Economic Impacts of Cyclones and the Coping Strategies of the Local Communities in Odisha, India with a Special Focus on Women
      Role: Team Member
      Funding Agency: Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute under Shastri Institutional Collaborative Research Grant (SICRG) 2020-21
      Grant Amount: INR 10,00,000

      Project 6
      Title: Urban Low-Income Households’ Savings: Understanding Issues and Challenges in Indian Context
      Role: Lead Researcher
      Funding Agency: Dvara Research under Household Finance Research Initiative, 2020
      Grant Amount: INR 14,05,000

      Project 7
      Title: Sustainability of Cashless Banking in Unorganized Retail Sector: A Comparative study of two districts of Telangana
      Role: Joint Investigator
      Funding Agency: Indian Institute of Banking & Finance, under Macro Research Proposals for the year 2018-19 
      Grant Amount: INR 2,50,000

      Project 8
      Title: Does Financial Awareness lead to Better Financial Inclusion Outcomes? An Investigation
      Role: Co-Project Director
      Funding Agency: Indian Council of Social Science Research, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, under IMPRESS Scheme, 2019
      Grant Amount: INR 4,50,000

      Project 9
      Title: An investigation into child nutrition in India
      Role: Principle Investigator
      Funding Agency: BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus under Research Initiation Grant, 2018
      Grant Amount: INR 1,90,000


      Cross-Disciplinary Research Fund (CDRF)

      Title: Development of Surface Plasmon Resonance-Assisted OFC-Based Multichannel Sensing Device 
      Role: Co-Principal Investigator
      Duration: 2 Years (2023-2025)
      Amount: ₹30,00,000
      Sponsoring Agency: BITS CDRF
      Status: Ongoing  

      Industrial Project

      Title: Memristor for Neuromorphic and In-Memory Computing Applications 
      Role: Co-Principal Investigator
      Duration: 3 Years
      Amount: ₹31,00,000
      Sponsoring Agency: Ceremorphic Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
      Status: Ongoing
      No. of Publications: 01 (Communicated)

      Additional Competitive Research Grant (ACRG)

      Title: 2D-Materials Based Advanced Photodetectors. 
      Role: Principal Investigator
      Duration: 2 Years (August 2021 to August 2023)
      Amount: ₹10,00,000
      Sponsoring Agency: BITS
      Status: Completed  
      No. of Publications: 04
       
      Related Publications
      1. S. Mathew, K. K. Sai Chandu, S. Halder, G. Polumati, C. Chakraborty, P. Sahatiya, and Subhradeep Pal*, "Band Alignment and Charge Transport study of Au nanoparticles decorated over MoS2/MoSe2 Hybrid Heterostructure for Plasmon Enhanced Photodetection,Materials Science in Semiconductor Processing, vol. 156, 107302, March 2023, doi: 10.1016/j.mssp.2022.107302   [IF: 4.1].
       
      2. Keerthi C. J., T. Mishra, S. Hussain, A. Rajeev, P. Sahatiya, and Subhradeep Pal*, "ReS2-MoSSe Heterostructure Based High Performance Broadband Visible Photodetector," Accepted in IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices, November 2023 [IF: 3.1].
       
      3.  S. Halder, Keerthi C. J., C. Chakraborty* and Subhradeep Pal*, "Donor-Acceptor Covalent Organic Framework for High-Performance Broadband Flexible Photodetector," Accepted in  IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics,  November 2023 [IF: 4.9]
       
      4. Keerthi C. J., S. Halder, P. Sahatiya, C. Chakraborty, and Subhradeep Pal*, "Surface Plasmon Resonance Assisted Donor-Acceptor Type Covalent Polymeric Framework for Hybrid Photodetectors," Submitted to Applied Physics Letters, October 2023.

      Research Initiation Grant (RIG)

      Title: Development of thin-film MXenes based NIR photodetectors for photonic integrated circuits. 
      Role: Principal Investigator
      Duration: 2 Years (April 2021-April 2023)
      Amount: ₹2,00,000
      Sponsoring Agency: BITS
      Status: Completed
      No. of Publications: 02
       

      Related Publications

      1.  Keerthi C.J., S. Halder, S. Siraj, C. Chakraborty, P. Sahatiya, Subhradeep Pal*, "A MoSSe/MXene-based High-Performance UV-Vis-NIR Photodetector," IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, vol. 35, no. 14, pp. 801-804, July 2023,  doi:10.1109/LPT.2023.3281637 [IF: 2.6].

      2. Soumi Saha, Keerthi C. J., S. Roy, P. Sahatiya, S. S. Dan and Subhradeep Pal*, "Engineering Oxygen Vacancies in CeO2 for High-Performance UV-Vis Photodetector," IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, vol. 35, no. 22, pp. 1207-1210, November 2023, doi: 10.1109/LPT.2023.3311869 [IF: 2.6].


      Research Projects

       
       
      9. Nanofabrication of semiconducting heterojunctions exhibiting highly efficient photodisinfection characteristics - Funded by BITS Center of Excellence, Center for Research Excellence in Semiconductor Technologies (CoE CREST), sanctioned September, 2023, start date 11th Nov, 2023), jointly with Prof. R. Ganesan.
       

      8. Performance Evaluation of Problematic Soils Treated with Different Bacterial Strains as a Foundation Material - Funded by BITS Cross-Disciplinary Research Framework (CDRF), sanctioned September, 2023, start date 28th Nov, 2023), jointly with Prof. A. Guha Roy, Prof. S. Ganesh & Dr. A. Raghuram.

      7. Development of a wound dressing material with a simultaneous dual function of antibacterial and visible colorimetric detection of infection - DST SERB CRG, (Sanctioned date 19th June, start date 9th Aug, 2023 -2026), PI. 

       
      6. Semiconductor-based thin-film coatings for mitigating nosocomial infections through antibacterial action under dark-light dual mode' - DST SERB POWER, (sanctioned date 18th July, start date 3rd Aug, 2022-2025), PI. 
       
      5. “Economic Construction Practice Using Bacterial Inclusions in Concrete to Improve its Durability”, CSIR --21.24 lakhs---  1st September, 2018-31st March, 2022 - Co-PI. [22(0770)/18/EMR-II]
       
      4. "Evaluation of the efficiency of bacterial inclusions in concrete" - Aliens Developers Pvt. Ltd. --1st August, 2019-31st, July, 2022 - 11.40 Lakhs... Co-PI. MoU signed between BITS & Aliens on 28th July, 2019.
       
       3. Microbial lipase-catalyzed production of ester intermediates for various processing applications in pharmaceutical and food industries --- UGC-MRP---13 lakhs (approx.), approved in April, 2015 --- PI.
        
      2. Enzymatic Production Of Tagatose And Fructose---DST, SERC, FAST TRACK--- 12 lakhs approx. (2006-2009) --PI. (SR/FT/L-46/2005). 
       
       1. Discovery Of Novel Modulators Of NAD+ Dependent Protein Deacetylase Sirt 1 For The Treatment Of Various Disorders----DBT----30 lakhs approx. (2011-2014)---Co-PI. (BT/PR13326/BRB/10/749/2009 (Letter II).

      Research Projects

      1. In situ Wittig-Horner reactions in dioxygen: Direct and facile access to versatile vinylene-linked small and polymeric π-conjugates as potential molecular materials
      2. Testing on-spot food quality focusing with detection of mainly biogenic amines for the defense personnel using simple fluorophores
      3. In search of unsymmetrically substituted anthracenyl π-conjugates as tunable mechanofluorochromic small molecules
      4. Investigations on naphthalene and anthracene based phosphonates/ phosphates: important sources for alkene based new AIEgens and polyarylalkanes
      5. Investigations on synthetic and catalytic reactions of unsaturated organophosphonates with oxaziridines
      6. Finding Aggregation-Induced Emission Active Materials: Design, Synthesis and Photophysical Studies of Sterically Hindered Triarylethenes and Tetraarylethenes


      Research Projects

       

      Completed Projects:

      • Funding Agency: National Human Rights Commission

      Title: Women's Falling Participation in Labor Force in India - A Ground Level Investigation into the Factors and Obstacles in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Telangana

      Role: Co-Investigator

      Grant Amount – 11.86 Lakhs

      • Funding Agency: Shastri Institutional Collaborative Research Grant (SICRG) 2020-21 by Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute

      Title: Socio-Economic Impacts of Cyclones and the Coping Strategies of the Local Communities in Odisha, India with a Special Focus on Women

      Role: Principal Investigator (In collaboration with Professor Dolagobinda Pradhan,  Kwantlen Polytechnic University)

      Grant amount Rs.10 Lakhs

      • Funding Agency: ICSSR

      Title: Impact of Modern Organized Multi Brand Retail Trade (MOMBRT) on Street Vendors: Case Study of Two Capital Cities (Hyderabad and Bhubaneswar)

      Role: Principal Investigator

      Grant Amount Rs. 4,50,000

      • Funding Agency: DVARA Research Foundation

      Title: Urban Low-Income Households’ Savings: Understanding Issues and Challenges in Indian Context

      Role: Co-Investigator

      Grant Amount – 14,05,000

      • Funding Agency: Indian Institute of Banking and Finance (Macro Research Proposal Award 2018-19)

      Title: Sustainability of Cashless Banking in Unorganized Retail Sector: A Comparative Study of Two Districts of Telangana

      Role: Principal Investigator

      Grant Amount: Rs. 2,50,000/.

      • Funding Agency: BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus

      Title: Role of Informal Institutes for Small and Micro Entrepreneurs: An Empirical Assessment

      Role: Principal Investigator

      Grant Amount: Rs.1,82,000

      Ongoing Projects:

      • Funding Agency: BITS Pilani

      Title: Post Maternity Health Literacy (PMHL) among Working Women of Low Economic Strata in India: Challenges, Effects and Intervention through Training

      Role: Principal Investigator (In collaboration with Dr. Bidisha Banerjee, BITS Pilani, Goa Campus

      Grant Amount: Rs.20,000,00/- on the topic, “” (2023)

      • Funding Agencies: Monash University (Australia) and Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia    ERIA (Indonesia)

      Broad Theme: Global Trade and Economic Recovery in the Post Pandemic World

      Duration: 2022-2023

      Research Team: Mini Thomas, Archana Srivastava and Keerti Mallela 

       

       

       


      Sponsored Projects

      (1) Broad Theme: Sustainable Development Goals: Midway Assessment and the Road Ahead

      Duration: 2023-2024

      Status: Ongoing

      Principal Investigator: Prof. Mini P. Thomas

      Co-PI: Dr. Sanjeev Vasudevan (Madras School of Economics)

      Funding Agency: Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), Tokyo

       

      (2) Broad Theme: Global Trade and Economic Recovery in the Post Pandemic World

      Duration: 2022-2023
      Status: Completed
      Research Team: Prof. Mini Thomas, Prof. Archana Srivastava and Dr. Keerti Mallela 
      Funding Agencies: Monash University (Australia) and Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia ERIA (Indonesia)
       

      (3) Title: "Financial Inclusion through Urban Cooperative Banks: An Exploratory Study of Telangana State"

      Duration: 2019-2022
      Amount: INR 560000 
      Status: Completed 
      Role: Principal Investigator 
      Funding Agency: MHRD-ICSSR (IMPRESS Scheme), Government of India
       

      (4) Title: "Determinants of Total Factor Productivity Growth in India’s Service Sector"

      Duration: 2017-2019
      Amount: INR 200000
      Status: Completed 
      Role: Principal Investigator 
      Funding Agency: Research Initiation Grant, Sponsored Research and Consultancy Division, BITS Pilani

      Research Projects

      Title: Probing into the molecular mechanisms of “conditional pathogenesis”- a phenomenon where beneficial soil microbes turn pathogenic to plants, under adverse environmental conditions.
      Role: Principal Investigator
      Funding Agency: Scientific and Engineering Research Board (SERB), Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. of India
      Amount- 40 lakhs
      Status: Ongoing
       
      Title: Allele mining for the epigenetic regulator NGR5 and other yield-associated gene (GRF4) and their modulation using multiple genomic and molecular approaches to enhance rice yield under low nitrogen conditions.
      Role: Co-Investigator (Principal Investigator- Dr. Gireesha Mohannath)
      Funding Agency: National Agricultural Science Fund-Indian Council of Agricultural Research (NASF-ICAR), Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India
      Amount: 1.47 crores
      Status: Ongoing
       
      Title: Molecular mechanisms in plant-rhizobacterial interaction for abiotic stress tolerance
      Role: Principal Investigator
      Funding Agency: Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India
      Amount: 28 lakhs
      Status: Ongoing

       

      Title: Conditional pathogenesis: understanding why potentially beneficial rhizobacteria turn pathogenic under certain environmental conditions.

      Role: Principal Investigator

      Funding Agency: Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. of India

      Amount: 45 lakhs

      Status: Completed

       

       
      Title: Delineating the impact of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria on plant polyamine metabolism: novel insights    into plant-PGPR interactions
      Role: Principal Investigator
      Funding Agency: Scientific and Engineering Research Board (SERB), Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. of India
      Amount: 25 lakhs
      Status: Completed
       
      Title: Elucidating signaling mechanisms in plant responses to drought stress mitigation by beneficial soil bacteria
      Role: Principal Investigator
      Funding Agency: BITS-Pilani (Seed Grant Scheme)
      Amount: 13.7 lakhs
       Status: Completed

      Sponsored Projects

       

      1. Start-up Research Grant (SRG)

      Sponsored by: Science and Engineering Research Board, India

      Sanctioned Amount: 3,300,000 INR

      Duration: 2 years (2022-2024)

      Status: Ongoing

       

      1. Additional Competitive Research Grant (ACRG)

      Sponsored by: BITS-Pilani, Hyderabad campus

      Sanctioned Amount: 600,000 INR

      Duration: 2 years (2021-2023)

      Status: Ongoing

       

      1. Research Initiation Grant (RIG)

      Sponsored by: BITS-Pilani, Hyderabad campus

      Sanctioned Amount: 200,000 INR

      Duration: 2 years (2021-2023)

      Status: Ongoing 


      Research Projects

      ONGOING

      PROJECT 1

      ·      Title: Impediments to Women Entrepreneurship in India: a multi-stakeholder, multi-stage, multi-state perspective  

      ·         Role: Principal Investigator

      ·         Funding Agency: Indian Council of Social Science Research, Ministry of Human Resource, 2022

       

      PROJECT 2

      ·  Title: Women’s Falling Participation in Labour Force in India: A Ground Level Investigation into Factors and Obstacles in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Telangana

      ·         Role:  Co-Principal Investigator

      ·         Funding Agency: National Human Rights Commission, (NHRC), India

       

      COMPLETED

      PROJECT 1

      ·      Title: Evaluation of Determinants of Iron Deficiency Anemia among the SC/ST Non-Pregnant Women of Mancherial District of Telangana State followed by Intervention and Analysis of its Reach & Efficacy”

      ·         Role: Co-Principal Investigator

        ·         Funding Agency: DST-TSCOST (Telangana State Council of Science and Technology) 2022 
        ·         Completed: March 2023

       

      PROJECT 2

      ·   Title: Post-COVID Workplace: Implications of Long-Term Work from Home in India’s IT/ITES Sector

      ·         Role:  Principal Investigator

      ·         Funding Agency: GOA Institute of Management, Research grant

      ·         Completed: Feb 2021

        

      PROJECT 3

      ·     Title: Investigation of Knowledge on Dengue Fever Followed by Education and its Post Impact Behavioral Changes Among the Rural Communities of Shameerpet Mandal of Ranga Reddy District of Telangana State.

      ·         Role:  Co-Principal Investigator    

      ·         Funding Agency: ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research)- ICSSR joint project

      ·         Completed: April 2019 

       

      PROJECT 4

      ·      Title: Determinants of Women Empowerment and Trickle-Down Effect of the Same on Children’s Overall Educational and Health Development: Challenges, Effects and Intervention through Training

      ·         Role:  Co-Principal Investigator

      ·         Funding Agency: Indian Council of Social Science Research, Ministry of Human Resource

      ·         Completed: April 2019

       

       PROJECT 5

      ·      Title: Career Persistence of Indian Women Professionals in Information Technology (IT) Sector: Brakes, Accelerators, Challenges and Opportunities

      ·         Role: Principal Investigator

      ·         Funding Agency: Indian Council of Social Science Research, Ministry of Human Resource

      ·         Completed: August 2018

       

      PROJECT 6

      ·         Title: An examination of Conflict style preferences in India

      ·         Role: Principal Investigator

      ·         Funding Agency: BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus under Research Initiation Grant, 2018

      ·         Completed: March, 2018


      Projects

      Research Interest

      • Solar Thermal Systems Design and Optimization
      • Thermodynamic Optimization and Second Law Analysis of Thermal Systems
      • Thermal Management 
      • Concentrating Photo-Voltaic Systems 
      • Earth Air/Water Heat Exchangers
      • Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)
      • Supply Side and Demand Side Management (DSM)
      • Energy Planning, Analysis and Review of Energy Efficiency proposals.
      • C. Engines
      • Refrigeration and Air conditioning
      • SPIRITUAL THERMODYNAMICS

       

      Projects Awarded (Ongoing)

      DRDO Project 

      Methodology for Specifications generation and system identification of environmental control system based on requirement analysis and system modelling,  

      PI: Prof. Chennu Ranganayakulu,

      Co-PI: Prof. Manoj Kumar Soni, Amount: 22.335 Lakhs,
      Agency: DRDO

       

      Projects completed

      Industrial Project:

      Project Title: Design and Development of Fixed and Floating Solar PV Installations for Water Management Infrastructures

      PI: Prof. R.K. Mittal

      Co-PI: Prof. Manoj Kumar Soni

      Amount Rs. 11.36 Lakhs

      Industry: First Green Consulting Pvt Ltd,  MA 74, DLF Ph III Gurgaon Haryana 122002 

       

      Consultancy Project:

      Project Title: National Mission Project on Education through ICT: Developing suitable pedagogical methods for various classes (Energy Technology) intellectual calibers and research in e-learning - Anchored by IIT Kharagpur

      Association: Developer

      Sponsoring Agency: MHRD

      Amount: Rs. 0.7 million

      Project Status: Completed  

       

      Executive Training programs

      • Conducted a two days executive training program for executives of Grasim Industries at Grasim Industries, Nagda, MP, on "Boiler Technology" on 23rd and 24th August 2018.
      • Conducted a two day executive training program for executives of Grasim Industries at Grasim Industries, Nagda, MP, on "Steam and Power Balance" on 22nd and 23rd September 2017
      • Conducted a two days executive training program for executives of Grasim Industries at Grasim Industries, Nagda, MP on "Boiler Technology" on 30th and 31st May 2017.
      • Conducted a two days executive training program for executives of Grasim Industries at Grasim Industries (Cellulosic Division), Vilayat, Gujrat on "Power Plant Engg - Power Plant Performance Calculation" on 24th and 25th March 2017.

      (10) Small-scale Resistance Welding of Various Configurations of Fuel Assembly in PHWR: Model development, weld-schedule testing and quality enhancement

      Objectives: The primary objective is to develop a Finite-Element based transient 3D electrothermal-mechanical model considering the instantaneous contact surface(s) behavior and validate against the measured data on nugget diameter, maximum voltage and dynamic resistance for a Strip-On-Strip and Wire-On-Wire Resistance Spot Weld (RSW) joints. Subsequently, extend the validated model and test the weld schedules of three differently configured resistance weld joints (Spacer-pad to clad tube, End-cap to clad tube and End-plate to end plug) of Fuel Assembly used in Pressurized Heavy Water Reactor (PHWR).  Finally, minimize the quality variation band by optimizing the respective weld schedules.

      PI: Jeevan Jaidi

      Sponsored by: Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences (BRNS), DAE

      Project duration & amount: 3 years & Rs. 49.96 lakh (proposal seminar given on 22/08/2022


      (9) Process and hybrid tool design for higher productivity in FSW butt-joints of thick Al-alloy 2219 plates

      Objectives: Design the hybrid tool profile with optimum process parameters for FSW butt-joints of AA2219-T8 thick plates (up to 15 mm) with enhanced welding speeds (up to 1000 mm/min).

      PI: Jeevan Jaidi

      Sponsored by: Aeronautics Research and Development Board, DRDO

      Project duration & amount: 3 years (Sept 2021-Sept 2024) & Rs. 33.12 lakh


      (8) Heat Transfer Enhancement Study of Li-ion Battery Pack

      Objectives: To design and suggest the optimum coolant conditions such that the maximum temperature (hot spot) on Cell (or Pouch) surface lies within the permissible limit of 25-30°C and the variation of maximum temperatures across the battery is less than 5°C.

      Role: Principal investigator

      Sponsored by: HBL Power Systems Pvt Ltd., Hyderabad

      Project duration & amount: 6 months (Jan 2018- June 2018) & Rs. 5.31 lakh


      (7) 300 kW Motor-Controller: Thermal Simulations and Analysis to Study Hot Spots

      Objectives: To perform detailed thermal simulations and predict the “Hot Spots” on Controller-Shell surfaces for different motor speeds, Controllers (Derlin and MOSFET) and Controller capacities. Subsequently, based on the predicted peak temperatures on Controller surface, suggest the reliable and economical Controller for the 300kW Motor-Controller used as part of underwater propulsion system.

      Role: Principal investigator

      Sponsored by: HBL Power Systems Pvt Ltd., Hyderabad

      Project duration & amount: 3 months (May - July 2016) & Rs. 2.5 lakh

      1. 300 kW Motor-Controller: Thermal Simulations and Analysis to Study Hot Spots
      1. 300 kW Motor-Controller: Thermal Simulations and Analysis to Study Hot Spots
      1. 300 kW Motor-Controller: Thermal Simulations and Analysis to Study Hot Spots
      1. 300 kW Motor-Controller: Thermal Simulations and Analysis to Study Hot Spots

      (6) CFD based Process Optimization of Flotation Cell and Scale-up for Larger Cells

      Objectives: To redesign the Flotation Cell process parameters by comparing the proposed CFD based predictions with the experimental data in terms of the air bubble size, dispersion and residence time. Subsequently, propose and develop the process maps for large size Flotation Cells using the concepts of scale-up.

      Role: Principal investigator

      Sponsored by: Tenova Delkor India, Bangalore

      Project duration & amount: 12 months (Dec 2014- Dec 2015) & Rs. 33.16 lakh


      (5) Process Modeling and Validation of Flotation Cell: Development of 3-D Multiphase Turbulent Model

      Objectives: To develop three-dimensional Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) model and predict the water-air bubbly flow dynamics in terms of air bubble size, dispersion and residence time in industrial Flotation Cell. Subsequently, to optimize the design and process parameters for maximum dispersion and residence time of air-bubbles and thereby enhance the Flotation Cell process efficiency. Finally, the selection of best macro-scale models for turbulent two-phase water-air bubbly flow used for scale-up.

      Role: Principal investigator

      Sponsored by: Tenova Delkor India, Bangalore

      Project duration & amount: 4 months (June 2014- Sept 2014) & Rs. 7.83 lakh

       


      (4) Effect of the Dynamic Contact Angle (DCA) on Inkjet Droplet Characteristics

      Objective: To elucidate dynamic contact angle (DCA) effect on drop characteristics (size and velocity) formed at a commercial piezo-electrically driven drop-on-demand printhead.

      Role: Principal investigator

      Sponsored by: DuPont R&D, U.S.A

      Project duration & amount: 3 months (Year 2006) & Rs. 12 lakh


      (3) Model based Optimization of Continuous Carburizing Operation

      Objective: To design optimum process cycles for carburization of different auto components in continuous carburizing and heating furnace (CCHF).

      Role: Co-Principal investigator

      Sponsored by: Tata Motors, Pune

      Project duration & amount: 6 months (Year 2005) & Turnkey project (Rs. Not Available)


      (2) Model based Optimization of Roller Hearth Annealing Operation

      Objective: To design optimum process cycles for annealing bundles of high speed steel (HSS) rods in a roller hearth furnace.

      Role: Principal investigator

      Sponsored by: GKW Steels Pvt Ltd., Titlagarh, Orissa

      Project duration & amount: 6 months (Year 2004) & Turnkey project (Rs. Not Available)


      (1) Studies on Weld Pool Convection and Evolution of Macro-microstructures in GMAW Process

      Objectives: To study the heat effects on weld pool geometry and final micro-structures in low-carbon alloy steel weldments.

      Role: Doctoral Scholar under Prof. Pradip Dutta, IISc, Bangalore

      Sponsored by: DST, India

      Project duration & amount: Year 2003


      RESEARCH CONTRIBTIONS

      Associate Professor, BITS Pilani Hyderabad Campus, India                                                                    Mar 2023 – Till date

      Assistant Professor, BITS Pilani Hyderabad Campus, India                                                                July 2015 – Feb 2023

      FUNDED RESERACH PROJECTS: 2

      DST SERB Research Grant: Improving the seismic performance of dynamically similar buildings using damper connected control technique                                                                                                                                        July 2017- Jan 2021

      • Role: Principle Investigator
      • Funding: Rs. 43,14,540/-

      DST CRG Research Grant: Low-cost fibre reinforced elastomeric isolation using locally available materials - design methodology, numerical and experimental investigation                                                                           Dec 2021- Nov 2024

      • Role: Principle Investigator
      • Funding: Rs. 47,99,696/-

      Ph.D. Thesis Guided: 2

      • Hareen Cherukuru B V, Energy-based damper design methodology to mitigate seismic torsional response of buildings: development, numerical and experimental verification, PhD, 2022. Received Senior Engineer – Structural R&D position at Thornton Thomasetti, Pune.
      • Ramakrishna U, Improving the seismic performance of dynamically similar buildings using damper connected control technique, PhD, 2021. Received H.O.D position at VBIT Hyderabad and a licenced Consulting Engineer.

      Ongoing Ph.D. Thesis: 2

      • Ambili P, Low-cost fibre reinforced elastomeric isolation using locally available materials – design methodology, numerical and experimental investigation, PhD, 2022-till date, Sponsored by DST-SERB.
      • Sheik Mohammed Zoheb Nawaz, Low-cost base isolation technique for masonry structures using natural rubber, PhD, 2019 – till date, Dr. Kalyana Rama J (Co Guide), Mahindra Ecole University, Hyderabad.

      Post Graduate (PG) Thesis Guided: 7

      • Shrinivas N Vyasasmudra, Low-cost base isolation system for low-rised rc building using natural rubber, PG, 2022. Received Design Engineer position at STRUCTCON Designs, Mumbai.
      • Razal Abdulla T K, Energy based optimal design methodology for unbonded fibre reinforced elastomeric isolator, PG, 2021. Received Design Engineer position at Thornton Thomasetti, Pune.
      • Sistla Saiteja, Numerical and mathematical modelling of fibre reinforced elastomeric isolators using locally available materials, PG, 2020. Received Ph.D position at University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
      • Chakravarthula B Ajay Mani Tej, Two stage damage assessment of structure with minimal structural data through dynamic analysis of categorized building, PG, 2019. Received Ph.D position at IIT Madras.
      • Chakravarthula B Ajay Mani Tej, Structural health assessment of existing buildings without base line data using inter-storey drift correlation, PG, 2018. Received Ph.D position at IIT Madras.
      • Rajasugantha A, Nonlinear study on the connected control technique for similar building using viscous damper and optimization technique, PG, 2017. Received teaching position at Ace Academy
      • Stuti Mandal, Experimental characterisation and numerical investigations of seismic base isolators and base isolated structures. PG, 2017, Dr. Vasant A. Matsagar (PI), IIT Delhi. Received Design Engineer Position at Thornton Thomasetti, Pune.

      Under Graduate (UG) Thesis Guided: 5

      • Kotha Chakravarthi, Seismic Response of Ductile RC Frames with and w/o Dampers, UG, 2021. Received Master’s program at the University of Texas at Austin.
      • Ghantasala Varun, Response of Asymmetric Structures with Infill Walls using SEISMOSTRUCT, UG, 2020. Received Research Assistant position at the Virginia Tech, U.S.
      • T Devi Sriya, Application of Micro-modelling for Compressive Strength of Masonry Structures, UG, 2020. Received Master’s degree at the Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, Georgia.
      • Pritish Dey Sarkar, Rotation Capacity of Prestressed Beams And Corrosion Effect on Steel Rebars under Seismic loading, UG, 2019, Dr. Luigi di Sarno (PI), University of Liverpool, UK. Received Master’s degree at Stanford University, CA.
      • N Vedavyas C M Reddy, Application of IoT in structural health monitoring, UG, 2019. Community Manager at NxtWave, Hyderabad.

      Post Graduate (PG) Research Practice Guided: 17

      • Venkatasalam K L, Triaxial damper design for coupled control technique in adjacent buildings, PG, 2017.
      • Ajay Mani Teja, Improving the seismic performance of structure using Magnetorheological Elastomer based TMD, PG, 2018.
      • Sai Pavan Kumar, Optimal configuration of viscous dampers connected to adjacent similar buildings using PSO, PG, 2018.
      • Sammed Jinendra, Structural health assessment of bridge using wireless sensors and hilbert transform, PG, 2019.
      • Mehta Manish Manoj, Low cost spread base isolation technique for masonry buildings using natural rubber pads, PG, 2019.
      • Anshuman P, Structural health monitoring of transmission tower and conducting wires due to ambient vibration, PG, 2019.
      • Prathik Anand Krishnan, Effect of wind on adjacent similar tall buildings, PG, 2019.
      • Razal Abdulla, T K, Micro-modelling of masonry structures in opensees, PG, 2020.
      • Varada Vinod Nambiar, Response of asymmetric structures with infill walls using seismostruct, PG, 2020.
      • Ashmita pathak, Low cost earthquake protection technique for buildings on hilly (sloping) terrain, PG, 2021.
      • Rishika venu, Practically feasible, innovative low cost seismic protection technique for buildings, PG, 2021.
      • Sandeep satapathy, Optimzation of base isolation and super-structure  with fiber reinforced elastomeric isolator, PG, 2021.
      • Shrinivas n vyasasamudra, structural health monitoring of railway bridges under moving train load using openstaad, PG, 2021.
      • Geet .d. Makwana , Evaluation of ageing effects on rubber isolators coated with bitumen, PG, 2022.
      • Nishant, Low cost elastomeric base isolator using natural rubber with holes filled with sand, PG, 2022.
      • Aditya Rajendra Mokadam, Rubber based partial slipping isolator for masonry building - earthquake engineering, PG, 2022.
      • Pritam Priyadarshan Panda, Unbonded fiber reinorced elastomeric isolator with locally available low-cost fibers, PG, 2023.
      • Ankit Ullegaddi, 3d printed concrete for seismic application, PG, 2023.
      • Aslam Muhammed S, Study on methods to increase the vertial stuiffness of unreinforced rubber, PG, 2023.
      • S, Low weight high strength and high ductile concrete for seismic aplications, PG, 2023.

      Research Lab/Equipment’s Established:

      • Strucural Dynamics Lab: APS 113 Shaker system, MTS Actuator 250KN, Acceleromers, Impact hammer, Data Acquisition.
      • Shake Table Setup: Uniaxial earthquake simulation table with size of 2m×3m and payload of 12 ton, Sesimic accelerometers,
      • Base Isolator Test Setup: To test isolatotors under simultanious vertical and horizontal loads, Laser displacement sonsors.
      • Pushover Test Setup: Strong supporting frame to test structures under latteral loads.

       

      Research Scholar, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India                                                    July 2010 – Aug 2014

      • Frequency response function (FRF) based structural damage assessment using particle swarm optimization (PSO): numerical and experimental studies - Damages in framed structures are assessed using combined frequency & FRF emplying unified PSO. The extensive study of the proposed method shows an improvement in the accuracy of damage prediction and encourages its application for structural damage assessment purpose. Related journal papers are published.
      • Structural optimization of rotating disk using genetic algorithm: A constraint non-linear optimization procedure based on genetic algorithms has been used for designing rotating disk. Related journal paper is published.
      • Response surface equations for natural frequencies of damaged cantilever beam: Developed a simplified response equation representing first six natural frequencies in terms of damage locations and damage depths for a particular cantilever beam.

      Research Assistant, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India                                             July 2006 – June 2008

      • Gas turbine axial flow compressor rotating disk was optimized for its weight, within design requirements. Further the geometry based sensitivity analysis and probabilistic fatigue life of the disk was estimated.
      • Optimization of cantilever plate with varying thickness using NASTRAN (FEM Method). Optimize the weight under static and dynamic loads by keeping design variable as thickness, and constraints as stress, displacement and first natural frequency.

      Sponsored Projects

      RESEARCH INITIATION GRANT
      • PI: Farida Parvez Barbhuiya
      • Funding Agency: BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus
      • Amount: INR 2 lakh 
      • Duration: March 2021- February 2023
      • Status: Completed

      Research Experience

      Areas
      1. FACTS devices in application to Power System stability, Power Quality, Renewable energy sources, Frequency, and voltage stability in Hybrid Systems, reactive Power Compensation using FACTS devices in Microgrids.
      2. Modeling of the FACTS device, and FACTS based controller design for enhancing the stability of the power system. Other areas are mathematical modeling, control designs, and Modal analysis.
      3. Battery Modeling, Remaining Useful Life Prediction, Data Driven Models, Digital Twin
      Grants

      1. Research Initiation Grant (RIG)-Rs 2 Lakhs, sponsored by BITS Pilani Hyderabad Campus, Project Title: “Placement of FACTS device: Interline Power Flow Controller, in Multi-machine Power System to increase the power system stability”

      2. ITS travel grant granted from SERB to 53rd International Universities Power Engineering Conference (UPEC 2018), Glasgow, Scotland. Presented two conference papers.

      3. Project Title: “Management of Distributed energy resources in smart cities: Challenges and Advanced control strategies” MHRD (SPARC), Rs 42,55,900,  Dr. Hitesh Datt Mathur, Dr. Bijoy Mukherjee, Dr. Alivelu M Parimi, Prof. Houria Siguerdidjane, Centralesupelec, France, 2019-2023, Two years project extended.

      4. Project Title: “Intelligent planning of Prosumer Microgrid (PMG) Load Management in Smart Cities for Optimal Energy Consumption” Approved proposal for ASCRIN Scheme between LaTrobe and BITS Pilani for joint collaboration on supervising a PhD student, March 2021: Collaborators: Dr. Alivelu M Parimi, Prof. Mathur (Indian Campuses) and Prof. Abdun Mahmood and Prof. Naveen Chilamkurti. Starting date Jan 2022.

      5. Project Title: “Design and development of a multisensory system for health monitoring of defence stored article” Center for Advanced Systems (CARS) project Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Rs 10 Lakhs, 18 months from Jan 24th 2022 to July 23 2023 Prof Sandip S Deshmukh, Dr. Parikshit Sahatiya, and Dr. Alivelu M Parimi.

      6. Project Title: “Prediction of RUL (Remaining Useful Life) of the Lithium-Ion Battery pack using machine learning techniques for second life usage”, HBL, Rs. 13,22,600, August 2022 for two years, Dr. Alivelu M Parimi, Dr. Parikshit Sahatiya, Dr. Ankur Bhattacharjee, Prof Sandip S Deshmukh.

      7. Project Title: “Regeneration of Graphite anode and Li Metal recovery from used LFP Batteries”, HBL, Rs. 15,56,300 August 2022 for two years, Dr. Afkham Mir, Dr. Alivelu M Parimi, Dr. Ankur Bhattacharjee, Prof Sandip S Deshmukh

      8. Project Title: “Fault Prediction Modeling, Power system dynamics and stability study in digital substation solutions integrated with DER”, ABB, Rs 18 Lakhs, August 2023 for three years, Dr. Alivelu M Parimi and Dr. Mayukha Pal (ABB).

      9. Project Title: “Development of a prototype model for optimal load balancing strategy in a Peer-to-Peer energy trading network of renewable energy prosumers with economic benefits”, Cross Disciplinary Research Framework (CDRF), Rs 20 Lakhs approved Sept. 2023, for two years, Prof Sandip S Deshmukh, Prof. Alivelu M Parimi

      10. Project Title: "Computer vision-based search and surveillance system for detecting human activity", ARDB DRDO, Rs. 4976925 December 2023 for three years, Prof. Sandip S Deshmukh,  Prof. Alivelu M Parimi, Aruna Malapati, Dr. Paresh Saxena.

      Collaborations

      Industrial collaborations

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      Academic collaborations

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      Government collaborations

      Defence Research and Development Organisation - Wikipedia                MHRD develops framework to rank higher education institutes - Elets Digital  Learning

      other collaborations

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      Sponsored Projects

      1. State University Research Excellence grant (Grant of 22 lakh rupees), by Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), Government of India, 2023-2026 (PI)
      2. Core research grant (Grant of 17 lakh rupees), by Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), Government of India, 2023-2026 (Co-PI)
      3. DST INSPIRE fellowship grant (Grant of 35 Lakh Rupees), by Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, 2021-2026 (PI)
      4. OPERA grant (Grant of 21 lakh rupees), by BITS Pilani, 2020-2025. (PI)
      5. Research Initiation Grant ( Grant of 2 Lakh Rupees), by BITS Pilani Hyderabad, 2021-2023.  (PI)

      Research Projects

      Sponsored Projects

       

      Sl No. Project Title Role Duration  Amount in Lakh (₹)

      Funding

      Agency 
      Status
       
      1 Investigation of the weldability of the mild steel during A-TIG welding PI 2019-2021  2  BITS-PILANI  Completed
      2 Investigation of the mechanical properties of A-TIG welded mild steel and Ti6Al4V alloy PI 2019-2021  9.5  BITS-PILANI  Completed
       3  Development of the Ti6Al4V alloy structure using wire arc additive manufacturing process for aerospace application  PI  2021-2024  18.3  SERB  Ongoing
       4  Designing a low-cost additive manufacturing technology for magnesium-based implants  PI  2023-2025  28.106  DBT  Accepted

       

      Projects open for Students

      • Metal additive manufacturing
      • Temperature distribution study during additive manufacturing
      • Dissimilar metal joining
      • High temperature mechanical property study

      Research Projects

      Core Research Grant (2023-2026) (Ongoing) 
      Funding Agency- SERB (Govt. of India) 
      Amount - 17 Lakhs (Approx.)  
      Duration - 3 Years   
      Title - A novel phase field framework for microstructure driven crack propagation in polycrystalline materials


       Research Initiation Grant (RIG) by BITS Hyderabad (Completed) 

      Amount - 2 Lakhs 
      Duration - 2 Years  
      Title - Effect of fillers on the mechanical performance of adhesively bonded joints


      Sponsored Projects

      The Effect of Mantras on the Human Mind, Personality and Life.
       
      Period: 2 years (Sept, 2013-Sept, 2015)

      Co-Investigator: Reach Beyond NGO #495/2011 Centre for Positive Psychology

       

      Funded Projects

      Number of ongoing Projects   Number of Completed Projects   Number of Projects under Review
       05 03 05
       
      Completed
      • Funding Scheme: Research Initiation Grant, Funding Agency: BITS,
      Sanctioned Amount: INR 2,00,000,   Role: PI,
      Project Title-Development Effect of Inherent Non-linearity on operational Failure of Damaged Structural Elements. 
      Duration: from 02/11/2019 to 01/11/2021.
       
      •  Funding Agency: DRDO
      Sanctioned Amount: INR 9,76,000,   Role: Co-PI,  (PI: Dr. Sabareesh GR)
      Project Title- Fabrication and Vibration Testing of 3-D Printed Polymer Structures 
      Duration: 2021-2022.
       
      • Funding Scheme: Additional Competitive Research Grant, Funding Agency: BITS,
      Sanctioned Amount: INR 10,00,000,   Role: PI,
      Project Title-Development of a robust and efficient crack detection technique for wind turbine rotor 
      blades using nonlinear vibration response characteristics,   
      Duration: from 02/11/2020 to 01/11/2022. 
       
         

      Ongoing

       
      •  Funding Agency: ICMR
      Amount: INR 1,892,236.80     Role: PI,                  
      Project Title-  Design and Development of a Miniature Broadband Vibration Energy Harvester to Power Biomedical Implantable Device
      Status: Ongoing
      •  Funding Agency: BRNS
      Amount: INR 2569600    Role: Co-PI,                  
      Project Title- Development of a meta-material based vibration isolation frame for housing fuel bundles
      Status: Ongoing
       
      •  Funding Agency: DST
      Amount: INR 4118000    Role: Co-PI,                  
      Project Title- Development of Robotic-Milling System using Topology Optimization Method
      Status: Ongoing 
       
       

      Consultancy Project 

      • Funding Agency: Poddar Infra Pvt. Ltd.
      Amount: INR 1765280            
      Project Title-  Development of an integrated software and hardware-based system to estimate the axial
      stresses in hangers used in network arch bridges
      Status: Ongoing
       
      • Funding Agency: MPM Pvt. Ltd.
      Amount: INR 2,13000         
      Project Title-  Development of Image processing method for casting industry
      Status: Approved     

      Research Projects

      High Speed Micromachining Process Development for Thin Beam Manufacturing

      Funding Agency: BITS, Research Initiation Grant
      PI: Dr. Kundan Kumar Singh
      Grant: 2 Lakh
      Duration:2019-2021
       

      Chatter Identification & Control for Thin-walled Workpiece Machining 

       
      Funding Agency: BITS, ACRG
      PI: Dr. Kundan Kumar Singh
      Grant: 10 Lakh
      Duration:2020-2022
         

      Fabrication and Vibration Testing of 3D Printed Polymer Structures

       
      Funding Agency: DRDO
      PI: Dr. Sabareesh G R
      Co-PI: Dr. Kundan Singh 
      Grant: 9.76 Lakh
      Duration: 2021-2022 

      Research Projects

      SPARKLE fund (2 lakhs INR), 2023, BITS Pilani Hyderabad campus, for the project titled " Corporate Bankruptcy prediction." (Ongoing)

      Additional Competitive research grant (8.5 lakhs INR), 2020, BITS Pilani Hyderabad campus, for research titled “ Minority investor protection and Business group ownership structure in India.” (Completed)

      R.I.G. Grant, of 2 lakhs, 2019, BITS Pilani Hyderabad campus, for research proposal titled “ Mobilizing Clean energy finance.” (Completed)


      Completed Projects

      • Wind Resistant Design for proposed LIGO India Observatory funded by IUCAA (DST) between 2018 to 2021 as a Co-PI (Grant Amount: 45.02 Lakhs).
      • Analysis and Design modifications to the existing form of Laparoscopic Forceps funded by BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus between 2017 and 2021 as a PI (Grant Amount: 2 Lakhs).

      Sponsored Projects

      S.No

      Project Title 

      Investigators

      Funding

      Agency

       Amount

       Duration

       1

       Designing a low cost additive manufacturing technology for magnesium based implants

       Dr. Pavan Kumar P (Co-PI)
      Dr. Ravi Shanker V (PI)

       DBT

       Rs 28,00,000

       

      2

      Developmental studies on influence

      of temperature on Carbon/Epoxy

      composites

       

      Dr. Pavan Kumar P (PI)
      Prof. Ramesh Babu A (Co-PI)

      ASL-DRDO

       Rs.45,78,518

       2022-2025

      3

      3D printing of graphene based

      nanocomposites for energy

      storage applications 

      Dr. Pavan Kumar P (PI)

      SERB-DST

       Rs.24,30,040

       2019-2022

       4

      Linear Contraction measurement

      in aluminum alloys during

      solidification 

       Dr. Pavan Kumar P (PI)

       BITS-Pilani

       Rs.2,00,000

       2017-2019


      Sponsored Research and Consultancy Projects

      Sponsored Research Projects

      7) India-Japan Cooperative Science Programme between JSPS (Japan) and DST (India) (Duration: 2023-2025) - Project Title: "Performance Evaluation of Soft Soil Treated with a Novel Geopolymer of Microbially Induced Calcium Carbonate Precipitation in Waste Material for Sustainable Development", Role: Indian PI, Japanese PI: Dr. Toshiro Hata (Hiroshima University, Japan) - (Amount: INR 7,53,500) - on-going
       
      6) SERB Power Grant (DST-SERB) (Duration: 2021-2024)- Project Title: "Performance Evaluation of Construction and Demolition Waste as Stone Column Material for improving Bearing Capacity of Soft Soil" Role: PI - Project ID: SPG/2021/001552 (Amount: INR 28,92,296) - on-going

      5) Asian Smart Cities Research and Innovation Network (ASCRIN) (Duration: 2021-2025) - Project Title: "Feasibility Studies for reusing Construction and Demolition Waste for Smart Cities", Role: Indian PI, Australian PI: Dr. Aboel Naga Hossam (LaTrobe University, Australia), Indian Co-PI: Dr. G.V. Ramana (IIT Delhi) - on-going

      4) Indo-Austria Scientific and Technological Cooperation between WTZ (Austria) and DST (India) (Duration: 2019-2021) - Project Title: "Implementation of plants and treated natural fibers to enhance the strength properties of soft soil and to decrease the rate of surface erosion (Nat-Treat)", Role: Indian PI, Austrian PI: Dr. Wei Wu (Universität für Bodenkultur BOKU), Indian Co-PI: Dr. A. Kar, Austrian Co-PI: Dr. M. Acharya (BOKU) (Amount: INR 6.40 lakhs) Project ID: INT/AUSTRIA/BMWF/P-22/2018 - completed

      3) Early Career Research Award (DST - SERB) (Duration: 2016-2020)- Project Title: "Performance Evaluation of Backfill Soils partially replaced with Building Derived Materials" Role: PI - Project ID: ECR/2016/000522 (Co - PI: Dr. A. Kar, BITS Hyderabad and Dr. N. James, IIT Ropar) (Amount: INR 24.43 lakhs) - completed

      2) Additional Competitive Research Grant for New Faculty (Duration: 2016-2018) - Project Title: "Performance of Building Derived Materials on Bearing Capacity of Soft Soil under Static Loading Conditions". (Amount: INR 9.2 lakhs) Role: PI - completed

      1) Research Initiation Grant (RIG): BITS- Pilani Hyderabad Campus (Duration: 2015-2017) - Project Title: “Effect of variation of soil parameters on performance of stone column improved ground: a probabilistic risk factor based approach". (Amount: INR 2 lakhs) Role: PI - completed
       
       

      Sponsored Consultancy Projects

      4) PI for Soil Report Vetting for Soil Investigation for GITAM, Visakhapatnam Campus, sponsored by Santosh Soil Investigation Services  - Amount: INR 0.50 lakhs (total cost) - completed 

      3) Team Member for conducting Work Time Motion studies under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) for Govt. of Telangana and Govt. of Andhra Pradesh - completed

      2) Team Member for Proof-checking of design of retaining walls for "Rehabilitation and Upgrading to 2-lanes/2-lane with paved shoulder configuration and strengtheninh of Birpur-Bihpur section of NH-106 in the state of Bihar under Phase 1 of NHIIP on EPC basis", Sponsor:  IL&FS Engineering and Construction Company Ltd. - Amount: INR 9.5 lakhs (total cost) - completed

      1) Team Member for Testing of index and engineering properties of soil for construction of earthen dam as a part of Palamuru RangaReddy Lift Irrigation Scheme (PRLIS) and Dindi Lift Irrigation Scheme (DLIS), Government of Telangana - Amount: INR 81.96 lakhs - completed  

      Projects and grants

      Sponsored projects
       
      1.Funding Agency: BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus Research Initiation
         Project Title: Women on board and corporate policies in India (Sep 2019-Sep 2021)     
         Grant Amount: INR 2,00,000 
       
      2. Funding Agency: Dvara Research Foundation- Household Finance Initiative (with Dr. Priya Rampal)
          Grant Amount: INR 2,70,000 
          Project Title: Socio-economic determinants of household investment portfolio in India (July, 2020-April, 2021)  

       

      Other grants

      1. Travel grant to attend Middle Eastern Universities Development Conference, 2023 - New York University, Abu Dhabi
      2. Travel grant to attend Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America, April 2020 
      3. Travel grant to attend International Corporate Governance Society Conference, October 2018 
      4. Travel grant to attend INET Annual Conference in Hong Kong, April 2013

      Research Project

      Sponsored Projects

       

      1. Title of the project

      Construction of arbitrary Tensor Networks using cross approximation techniques (jointly with Prof. Jan Schneider, Westsächsische Hochschule, Zwickau, Germany)
       
      Role: PI
       
      Funding Agency
       
       National Board of Higher Mathematics, India 
       
      Status
       
      Completed
       

      2. Title of the project

      Spectral element methods for elliptic and parabolic interface problems in  R2 on parallel computers (jointly with Dr. Pankaj biswas, NIT Silchar, India)
       
      Role: PI 
       
      Funding Agency
       
       National Board of Higher Mathematics, India 
       
      Status 
       
       Completed
       
       
      3.  Title of the project
       
      Spectral element solvers for stationary and non-stationary Stokes equations (Jointly with Dr. Subhashree Mohapatra, IIIT Delhi)
       
      Role: Co-PI 
       
      Funding Agency
       
      National Board of Higher Mathematics, India 
       
      Status
       
      Ongoing

      PhD topics in Fluidization and Petroleum Engineering (contact email: priya@pilani.bits-pilani.ac.in)


      Research Projects

      DETAILS OF INTERNAL PROJECT PROPOSALS
       
      Project Proposal(s) submitted to BITS-Pilani (till date): 1          
       
      Project Proposal(s) accepted by BITS-Pilani (till date):   1         
       
      Project Proposal(s) under-review/rejected (till date):      0
       
      PROJECT DETAILS
       
      Funded by BITS-Pilani through the Research Initiation Grant (RIG)
       
      PI: Debopam Chakraborty                 
       
      Project TitleOn generating some new families of congruent and non-congruent numbers.
       
      Amount: INR 1.5 Lakh.                     
       
      Duration: April, 2019 to April, 2021.
      DETAILS OF EXTERNAL PROJECT PROPOSALS
       
      Project Proposal(s) submitted for funding (till date):   1
       
      Project Proposal(s) accepted for funding (till date):      1
       
      Project Proposal(s) under-review/rejected (till date):   0                                     
       
      PROJECT DETAILS
       
      Funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST-SERB) through the START-UP research grant (SRG)
       
      PI: Debopam Chakraborty           
       
      Project Title:  Fine Selmer groups and class number divisibility of ideal class groups: A look into the rank computation of elliptic curves.
       
      Amount: 14,21,805 INR.               
       
      Duration: January 2021 to January 2023. 

      Extramural/ Intramural Grants

      Intramural grant - Completed

      BITS-RIG: 2 lacs - Startup to setup the laboratory working on Hearing loss models - 2021-22

      Intramural grant

      BITS-ACRG: 10 lacs - Competititve grant to help procure equipment to work on hearing loss using electrophysiology - 2022-24

      Intramural grant

      BITS-CDRF: 30 lacs (PI for multi-PI grant)- Competitive grant to work on design/fabrication of biodegradable electrodes, measure electrophysiological changes in hearing loss and perform computational analyses - 2023-25

      Extramural grant

      SERB SRG: ~30 lacs - To decipher the role of basal forebrain neurons in modulating the activity of the auditory cortical neurons - 2022-25

      Extramural grant

      ICMR IIRP: ~65 lacs - Small molecule therapeutics for drug-resistant epilepsy - 2024-27

      Sponsored Projects

      • Geometric tolerancing and precision measurement skill enhancement, Mitutoyo South Asia Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi, 93 lakhs, January 2020 – December 2023
      • Joint Indo-German Academy towards Sustainability in Engineering, Education and Entrepreneurship, German Academic Exchange Programme, January 2020 - December 2023, 200000 €.
      • Indo-German Challenge for Sustainable Production, Stifterverband, Germany, January – December 2022. 14.3 Lakh INR.
      • Assessment of problem solving and social skills in engineering education: Bridging the gap between academia and industry, Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), 2020-2021, 7.94 lakhs
      • Life Style Life Cycle Assessment, UNEP, IGES, Japan, Swechha, BITS Pilani, September 2019-September 2020, 25000 USD (Indian Funding)
      • Indo-German Challenge for Sustainable Production, Stifterverband, Germany, January – December 2019. 42,000 €.
      • Joint Indo-German Experience Lab at BITS Pilani, DAAD (German Academic Exchange Programme) and FESTO, January 2016 - December 2019, 346954 €.
      • 3-Cycle studies in India, AKB Stiftung, Germany, 2005-2006, 5000 €
      • Development of drivers, barriers and key performance indicators for implementation of green manufacturing in Indian Micro, Small and Medium Ceramic Enterprises, UGC Major Research Project, (PI)2013, INR 9.91 lakhs
      • Development and validation of sustainability measurement framework for manufacturing industries (Co-PI), UGC Major Research Project, 2013, INR 3.22 lakhs
      • Automotive Life Cycle Engineering, DAAD and Volkswagen, Jan 2013 – December 2016, 94 423 €.
      • Fund for Improvement of S&T Infrastructure in Higher Educational Institutions (FIST), DST, Coordinator, 2012-2017, 163 Lakhs
      • Lean and Green Manufacturing, DAAD (German Academic Exchange Programme), 2010-2011, 54030 €.

      Agro-homoeopathy: Potential of Homoeopathy as a tool to manage phytopathogen / nematode complex for a sustainable agriculture

      Agency

      CCRH-AYUSH

      Amount Sanctioned

      30.32580 Lakhs

      Duration

      2018 - 2022

      Role

      Co-PI


      Evaluation of Determinants of Iron Deficiency Anaemia among the SC/ST Non-Pregnant Women of Mancherial District of Telangana State followed by Intervention and Analysis of its Reach & Efficacy

      Agency

      DST-TSCOST

      Amount Sanctioned

      4.0 lakhs

      Duration

      2022-2023


      Synthesis of novel coumarin-based lignans targeting pro-inflammatory cytokines for the treatment of chronic kidney diseases

      Agency

      DST - CRG

      Amount Sanctioned

      33.91540 lakhs

      Duration

      2021-2024(ongoing)


      Investigation of Knowledge on Dengue Fever Followed by Education …. Shameerpet Mandal of Ranga Reddy District of Telangana State

      Agency

      ICMR-ICSSR

      Amount Sanctioned

      10.89792 lakhs

      Amount Sanctioned

      2017-2019


      Investigation on pro-inflammatory cytokine inhibitory low molecular weight metabolites of Pseudomonas sp. ABS-36 for the treatment of renal injury

      Agency

      DST

      Amount Sanctioned

      24.39363 lakhs

      Duration

      2017-2020


      Investigation of Natural Coumarinolignans …Agents in Rheumatoid Arthritis.

      Agency

      CSIR

      Amount Sanctioned

      21.026 lakhs

      Duration

      2012-2015


      Lead Identification from Rubiaceous Plants for Treating Cancer

      Agency

      BITS-RIG

      Amount Sanctioned

      2.0 lakhs

      Duration

      2012-2014


      Projects

      Sponsored Projects

       

       

      Externally Funded Projects:
       
      1. Project Title: Completely Positive Maps and Quantum Conditional Entropy
          Funding Agency: MATRICS - Science and Engineering Research Board [SERB] 
          Sanctioned Amount: 6,60,000 INR
          Status: Ongoing [2023-2026]
       
      Internally Funded Projects:  
       
      1.  Project Title: Conditional von Neumann entropy and its implications in quantum information processing tasks                              
           Funding from: Research Initiation Grant [RIG], BITS-Pilani, Hyderabad Campus
           Sanctioned Amount: 1,96,000 INR 
           Status: Completed [2019-2021] 

       


      Research Project(s)

      • “Impact of the Intellectual Property System on Economic Growth” - Multi Country WIPO-UNO Joint Research Project (Japan India China Korea Malaysia and Vietnam)  Sponsored by WIPO, JAPAN (2007). (with Prof. SK Verma)
      • Involved in UGC Major Research Project: “An Empirical Test of Causal Relationships of Total Quality Service Constructs for Indian Hospital Industry"

      Research Project Grant


      Quality Control Studies and Standardization of Safflower Petals of Different Indian Cultivars as per World Health Organization (WHO) Requirement.

      Agency

      UGC

      Amount Sanctioned

      10.53842 lakhs

      Duration

      2011-2014


      Research Projects

      Ongoing

      International Project  
        
      Cooperative Research Project of Research Center for Biomedical Engineering, Japan

      Title of ProjectModelling for microfabrication and biomedical applications

      Role: Member Investigator
      Duration: One year (2022-2023) 
      Grant amount: JPY 600,000   
       
      National Project
       
      Mathematical Research Impact Centric Support (MATRICS) Grant funded by SERB-DST
       
      Title of ProjectA posteriori error analysis for evolution equations with positive type kernels 
       
      Role: Principal Investigator
      Duration: Three years (2023-2026) 
      Grant amount: INR 6.60 lakhs
        
       

      Completed

       
      International Projects 
        
      Postdoctoral Research Fellowship funded by Sao Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), Brazil
       

      Title of Project: Efficient Numerical Solution of the Inverse Stefan Problems using the Method of Fundamental Solutions

      Duration: Three years (2016-2019) 
      Grant amount: R$297.186,79  
       
      National Projects
       
      Start-up Research (SRG) Grant funded by SERB-DST
       

      Title of ProjectAdaptive and efficient method of fundamental solutions for the numerical reconstruction of boundary data in two-phase inverse Stefan problems 

       
      Role: Principal Investigator
      Duration: Two years (2019-2021) 
      Grant amount: INR 10.45 lakhs
       
      Additional Competitive Research Grant (ACRG) funded by BITS-Pilani
       

      Title of ProjectEfficient reconstruction of boundary data using the method of fundamental solutions for the two-phase inverse Stefan problem 

       
      Role: Principal Investigator
      Duration: Two years (2019-2021) 
      Grant amount: INR 7 lakhs 
       
      Research Initiation Grant (RIG) funded by BITS-Pilani 
       

      Title of ProjectAdaptive discretizations of parabolic integro-differential equations by finite element methods

       
      Role: Principal Investigator
      Duration: Two years (2019-2021) 
      Grant amount: INR 2 lakhs   
       
       

      Sponsored Research Projects

      Total Number of Approved/Ongoing Projects: 07

      Total Research Grant Sanctioned: Rs. 2,13,78,368 (PI: Rs. 1,26,98,308 & Collab/Co-I: Rs. 86,80,060)

      Title of the Project

      Funding Agency

      Fund Sanctioned

      Duration

      Role

      Development and characterization of injectable biologics

      Dr. Reddy's Laboratories, India

      Rs.5,00,000

      2023-2026

      Principal Investigator

      Preclinical development of long acting delivery systems to treat posterior uveitis.

      Department of Health Research (DHR), India

      Rs.49,00,028

      2023-2026

      Principal Investigator

      Biomimetic corneal patch for treating fungal keratitis

      Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India

      Rs. 24,98,280

      2022-2025

      Principal Investigator

      Investigate natural drugs as a non-invasive therapeutic option in mitigating keratoconus

      Velux Stiftung, Switzerland

      Total budget sanctioned: 1,59,82,620; 

      BITS: 44,80,060

      2022-2024

      Collaborator

      Therapeutic potential of drug loaded light-responsive sustained release gel depot in treating diabetic retinopathy

      Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India

      Rs. 28,00,000

      2021-2024

      Principal Investigator

      Nanocarriers for delivery of ocular therapeutics to treat ocular infection

      Parenteral Drug Association, India Chapter

      Rs. 20,00,000

      2020-2023

      Principal Investigator

      Novel Therapeutic Approaches for the treatment of Leukemia

      Department of Health Research (DHR), India

      Rs. 42,00,000

      2020-2023

      Co-Investigator

       Research Projects Completed

      Total Number of Completed Projects: 04

      Title of the Project

      Funding Agency

      Fund Sanctioned (Rs)

      Duration

      Role

      Pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic evaluation of new chemical entities for ocular diseases

      Incilia Therapeutics

      Rs. 8,14,200
       

      2019-2022

      Principal Investigator

      Screening of Novel Chemical Entities for Dry Eye Disease

      Incozen therapeutics private limited

      Rs. 1,20,360

      2021-2022

      Principal Investigator

      Fate of Drug Encapsulated Lipid Vesicles after Subconjunctival Delivery

      BITS Pilani, Hyderabad (Competitive research grant)

      Rs. 10,00,000

      2019-2021

      Principal Investigator

      Optimization and characterization of deformable vesicle nanocarriers for ocular therapeutics

      BITS Pilani, Hyderabad (Research Initiation Grant)

      Rs. 2,00,000

      2018-2020

      Principal Investigator


      Sponsored Research Projects

      As Principal Investigator (PI):

       
      1. Research Initiation Grant (RIG) : 2 lakhs.
         Sponsored by : BITS-Pilani, Hyderabad campus.
          Project Title : Development of New Synthetic Methodologies for Fluoroalkylation 
          Reactions by Visible-light Photoctalysis: Access to New Classes of Potent Molecules. 
          Duration : 24 months; April, 2018 - April, 2020. (Completed
       
       
      2. Additional Competitive Research Grant (ACRG) : 8 lakhs.
          Sponsored by : BITS-Pilani, Hyderabad Campus
          Project Title : Synthesis of Highly Functionalized and Medicinally Potential Bioactive
          Heterocycles through Trifluoromethylative Cyclization Strategy.
          Duration : 24 months; September, 2019 - September, 2021. (Completed
       
       
      3. Industry Project (Research and Development) 10.07 lakhs.  
         Sponsored by Chanceux Labs LLP, Hyderabad.
         Project Title : Synthesis and Development of  Pharmaceuticals (Code: CXL-001).
         Duration : 24 months; December, 2020 - December, 2022. (Completed)
        
       
      4. CSIR - Extra Mural Research Grant (CSIR-EMR) : 28.11 lakhs.
          Sponsored by : Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Govt. of India
          Project Title : Development of Cost-effective, Electrophilic Trifluoromethylating Reagents and Their Application to the Syntheses of New Classes of Medicinally Potential Trifluoromethylated Heterocycles.
      Duration : 3 years; August, 2021 - July, 2024. (Ongoing)
       
       
      5. SERB - Core Research Grant (SERB-CRG) : 43.48 lakhs.
           Sponsored by : Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), Govt. of India.
           Project Title : Electrochemical green synthesis of medicinally potential organo-chalcogenides and chalcogenoxides and evaluation of their anti-cancer activities in search of novel anti-cancer agents.
           Duration : 3 years: 25th January 2024 - 24th January 2027 (Ongoing)

      Ongoing Research

      There are several ongoing projects in our lab. Please contact me for more information.

      1. Antimicrobial Dressings for Wound Healing Applications: We are trying to develop facile strategies for the fabrication of antimicrobial dressings that can aid in prevention and mitigation of wound infections. A part of this work is in collaboration with Prof. Swati Biswas from Pharmacy department @BPHC.
      2. Copper-containing Coatings for Antimicrobial ApplicationsWe are working on fabrication of copper-based coatings for application as antimicrobial surfaces for infection control.
      3. Machine-learning Based Model Development of Antimicrobial PeptidesWith a steady rise in antimicrobial resistance, the world is now speeding up the discovery of novel antimicrobial therapeutics. In collaboration with Dr. Arnab Dutta and Prof. Swati Biswas, we are trying to discover novel antimicrobial peptides using an integrated computational-experimental approach.
      4. Nanopatterned Surfaces for Antimicrobial ApplicationIn this project, we are exploring surfaces patterned with micron-scale and nano-scale structures for the development of fouling-resistant and mechano-bactericidal surfaces. This work is in collaboration with Dr. Nandini Bhandaru.
      5. Development of Bacteria Detection SensorsIn collaboration with Dr. Ramendra Pal, we are trying to develop point-of-care diagnostic tools for the detection of infection in wounds. 

      Sponsored Projects

      1. Research Initiation Grant (RIG), "Copper-containing coatings for antimicrobial applications", Principal Investigator, Amount: 2 lakhs, Duration: 2021-2023, Funded by: BITS
      2. Additional Competitive Research Grant (ACRG), "Multifunctional antimicrobial hydrogels for next-generation wound dressings", Principal Investigator, Amount: 2 lakhs, Duration: 2021-2023, Funded by: BITS
      3. DBT BME, "A Point-of-Care Tool for Monitoring Bacterial Infection in Wounds", Co-Principal Investigator, Amount: 22.5 lakhs, Duration: 2023-2025, Funded by: DBT
      4. Cross-disciplinary Research Fund (CDRF), "De novo design of antibacterial peptides to combat antimicrobial resistance", Amount: 30 lakhs, Duration: 2023-2025, Funded by: BITS

      Projects

      • Worked on the project granted by BITS- HYDERABAD campus, on "An application of Optimal Homotopy Asymptotic method in the study of the flow of non-Newtonian fluids through a pipe" from Jan 2013- Jan 2015, 2 Lakhs.
      • Worked as a Co-P.I for the project entitled "Study of the Impact of ICT in Secondary Education" jointly with BITS- Goa campus, 9 Lakhs from June 2013-April, 2015.

      INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATIONS

      • Collaborative researcher for the MoD Project entitled: "Analysis of Blood Flow Characteristics in Carotid Artery Bifurcation and Design of a Simulator," Military Technological College, Muscat, Oman, 2022- 23. 
      • Invited as an "Honorary Associate" by the Department of Bio-Medical Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA, from May to July 2016.

      Research Interests

      Areas of Research Interest:  Fluid Dynamics, Machine Learning, Quantum Computing. 

       Currently working on

                Steady/ unsteady flows of non-Newtonian fluid through rigid/ elastic circular pipes with applications in Human Circulatory system.

                Approximate analytical solutions / numerical solutions to Heat transfer problems in porous media 

                Fluid flow problems in non-conventional coordinate systems 

                Data Analysis 

       
       

       

      Students

      Karthik A. 

       A Study of Fluid flow in Tapered Elastic Pipes with Applications in Human Arterial System. (Thesis Defended)

      Ketana K. 
                 Title of the thesis:  A study on Statistical and Machine Learning Models for the blood flow in the Human circulatory System 
       
      Debismitha Nayak. 
                 Title of the thesis: A Pipeline Network Model for Arterial Blood Flow Analysis in Humans

      Research Projects

      Ongoing:

      Title

      Agency

      Duration

      Amount

      Role

      Bio-CPS Device Security

      DST, Govt. of India (National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber Physical Systems)

      2022-2024

      28.68 lakhs

      C R Hota (PI), Sameera Muhammed Salam (Co-PI)

       

      Completed:

      Title

      Agency

      Duration

      Amount

      Role

      Building Lightweight Tamper-proof Codes for IoT Devices

      MeitY, Min. of Electronics & IT, Govt. of India & NWO,Netherlands

      2015-2020

      42.94 lakhs

      PI

      Automated Detection of Security Threats in P2P Networks

      DeitY, Govt. of India

      2012-2015

      61.95 lakhs

      PI

      Designing & Implementing Efficient Overlay Networks over IP

      UGC, Govt. of India

       

      2011-2014

      12.78 lakhs

      PI


      Sponsored Projects

      • Research Initiation Grant (RIG), BITS Pilani.

        PI: Nijjwal Karak
        Title: Theory of weekly differentiable function spaces
        Duration: December, 2020 to December, 2022
        Amount: 2,00,000 INR

      • Start-Up Research Grant (SRG), DST-SERB

        PI: Nijjwal Karak
        Title: Embeddings and extensions of Sobolev-type spaces
        Duration: December, 2021 to December, 2023
        Amount: 15,09,816 INR

      Research Projects

      Completed  

      1) Sponsor and Scheme: Research Initiation Grant (RIG)
       
            Title of the project: On theoretical and numerical aspects of renewal equation with diffusion
            Duration: 2 years (2019-2021)
            Grant: Rs. 2,00,000.00
       
      2) Sponsor and Scheme: SERB-DST; National Postdoctoral Fellow (NPDF)
       
            Title of the project: On theoretical and numerical aspects of the renewal equation in population dynamics
            Duration: 2 years (2017-2019)
            Grant: Rs. 19,20,000.00 

      Research Projects

      Students Projects

      • 2023-24 (First)
        • An Efficient Proof of Ownership Scheme for Deduplication Systems (Completed, Work submitted to EAI SecureComm 2024)
        • Oblivious Two-way Ownership Verification in Deduplicated Cloud Computing Systems (Completed)
        • A Comprehensive Survey on Recent Advances in Ownership Verifications in Deduplication Systems (Completed)
      • 2022-23 (Second)
        • Secure and Efficient Key Management for Deduplicated Cloud Storage System (Completed, Work published in IEEE SINCONF 2023)
        • Randomized Encryption Mechanism for Deduplicated Cloud Storage System (Completed, Work submitted to Elsevier Computer Communications)
        • Secure and Efficient Data Deduplication Framework for Internet of Things and Fog Computing (Completed, Work published in IEEE COMPSAC 2023)

      Sponsored Projects

      • Secure Deduplication Framework for IoT and Fog Computing Systems
        Funded by: BITS Student Program for Advancing Research, Knowledge, and Entrepreneurship (SPARKLE)
        Funds: 2,00,000/-
        Duration: Dec 2023 to Dec 2025
      • Secure and Storage Efficient Framework for Integrated Edge-Cloud Computing Systems
        Funded by: BITS New Faculty Seed Grant (NFSG)
        Funds: 20,00,000/-
        Duration: Nov 2023 to Nov 2025

      Research Interest and collaborations

      1. Research themes:  Driven systems
       
      Central question: Is it possible to tune the functionality of a material so that it supports non-trivial properties not present in the static system?
       
      Prime examples: 1. Topological phase is engineered out of non-topological phase (Floquet topological insulator), 2. current is suppressed in the time-evolved state while starting from a current-carrying ground state (dynamical localization), 3. long-lived thermal state in a driven classical system (Floquet prethermalization) and many others: see publications 5, 26, 32, for example.
       
      Open questions for future research: Minimise the heating to achieve the target state, consequences of temporal noise, and many more ... 
       
       
      2. Research themes:  Topological phases of matter
       
      Central question: How one can characterise various topological phases in non-interacting systems? are they robust against interaction, disorder? How does drive modify the situation?
       
      Prime examples: 1. Higher-order topological phase is engineered out of lower-order topological phase (static and Floquet higher-order topological insulator), 2. proximity induced topological superconductivity (static and Floquet higher-order topological superconductor), 3. real space examination of transport signatures, currents (topological Anderson insulator), 4. drive-mediated dynamical synchronization transition in interacting system and many others: see publications 13, 15, 24, 28, 35 for example.
       
       

      Open questions for future research: Floquet Anderson insulators and higher-order analogues, translation activity in presence of defects, application to twisted systems and many more ...  

       
       
      3. Research themes:  Quantum transport 
       
      Central question:  How do we come to know about the system of interest from the conductivity tensors? How do transport coefficients change in different regimes such as semi-classical Boltzmann regime, quantum regime and  mesoscopic regime?    
       

      Prime examples: 1. Electrical Hall and thermal Hall conductivities in Weyl semimetal where  Berry curvature plays crucial role (chiral anomaly mediated transport), 2. linear and non-linear conductivity tensors (planar Hall conductivity, circular photogalvanic effect), 3. Landauer Buttiker technique (scattering matrix formalism), Landau levels and Kubo formula (quantum regime) and many others: see publications 16, 23, 27, 36, 41 for example. 

        

      Open questions for future research: Current through Josephson junction, Boltzmann transport in superconductor, effect of non-Hermiticity, twisted systems, and many more ...     

       
       
      4. Research themes: Many-body correlated phenomena
       

      Central question: How magnetism and superconductivity emerge in an interacting system? How does the localization property change in an interacting many-body disordered systems?

       
      Prime examples:  1. Hubbard interaction-mediated magnetism in graphene like systems, 2. algebraic localization in long-range hopping models (sub-extensive growth of entanglement entropy with many-body dynamics), 3. interaction-induced charge order and many others: see publications 13, 17, 18 and upcoming ones for example.   
       
       

      Open questions for future research: Develop  new techniques such as Gutzwiller mean field, renormalization group analysis (analytically) and DMRG (numerically), application to various twisted systems, long-range models, interplay between drive and many more ...

       

       

       
       
       
      5. Research themes:  Quantum information and computation
       

      Central question: How to engineer high-entangled states and characterise them with appropriate measures? How to prepare such states from solid-state systems even in the presence of disorder?  

       
      Prime examples: 1. Majorana zero modes as qubits (topological superconductivity), 2.  Floquet anomalous Majorana modes as a possible route to withstand the disorder to some extent (dynamical robustness of Majorana boundary modes) and many others: see publications 28, 39 for example. 
       
      Open questions for future research: Quantum thermodynamics of open topological systems, quantum engines and batteries from build from topological systems, quantum computations with braiding of Majorana qubits and many more ...  
       
       
      6. Research themes:  Quantum phase transition and quantum quench
       
      Central question: How the defects are generated following a quench through a quantum critical point?
      How do various quantum information theoretic measures change with quench rate and the critical exponents associated with the quantum phase transition?
       
      Prime examples: 1. Unusual scaling of decoherence factor for various quench protocols and paths (renormalization of Kibble-Zurek law), 2. entanglement between two spins globally connected with the spin chain environment (concurrence in central spin model) and many others: see publications 1, 2, 9, 10 for example.
         

      Open questions for future research:  Quantum correlations, entanglement for various quantum spin, fermionic models in equilibrium and out-of-equilibrium, non-Hermitian counter parts, explorations in spin liquid and spin glass systems, and many more ...

       

       

       
       
      Collaborations: 
       
      Collaborators outside India: 
       
      1. Prof. Annica Black-Schaffer, Uppsala University, Sweden
      2. Prof. Takashi Oka, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan (formerly at MPIPKS, Germany)
      3. Prof. Carsten Honerkamp, RWTH Aachen University,  Germany
      4. Prof. Dante M. Kennes, RWTH Aachen University,  Germany
      5. Prof. Bitan Roy, Lehigh University, USA
      6. Prof. Vladimir Juricic, NORDITA, Sweden 
      7. Dr. Robert-Jan Slager, University of Cambridge, UK 
       
       
      Collaborators inside India:
       
      1. Prof. Amit Dutta, IIT Kanpur, India (Ph.D. supervisor)
      2. Prof. Arijit Saha, IOP, India
      3. Prof. Diptiman Sen, IISc, India
      4. Prof. Atanu Rajak, IIT Hyderabad, India
      5. Prof. Ranjan Modak, IIT Tirupati, India
      6. Prof. Saptarshi Mandal, IOP, India 
      7. Prof. Banasri Basu, ISI Kolkata, India
       
       
       
      Apart from the above collaborators, I am also very much grateful to my other academic coworkers, friends such as  Dr. Snehasish NandyDr. Banasree SadhukhanDr. Sanjib K. Das, Dr. Xiong Feng, Arnob K. Ghosh, Debashish Mondal, Sudarshan Saha, Prof. Uma DivakaranProf. Tutul Biswas  
       
      For interested students: Please feel free to drop by D-323 or write to me for a detailed discussion on research topics 
       

      Projects

      1.Title: Photovoltaic Fed Microgrids: Integrated Intelligent Harmonic Control to Enable Electric Vehicle Charging

      Role: Principal Investigator

      Funding agency: Central power Research Institute, Banglore

      Amount: 20.55 Lakhs

      Duration: Two years (Feb 2023-Jan 2025)

      Status: Ongoing

      2.Title:Modelling the Drivers and Barriers of Electric Vehicle Penetration in Emerging Economy: A study of Indian Market

      Role: Principal Investigator

      Funding agency: ICSSR-IMPRESS, New Delhi

      Amount: 5.25 Lakhs

      Duration: Two years (Sept 2019-2021)

      Status: Completed

      3. Title: Design and development of an efficient soft-switching converter with adaptive maximum power point tracking (MPPT) controller for a standalone photovoltaic power generation system

      Role: Co-Principal Investigator

      Funding agency: Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), New Delhi

      Amount: 29.39 Lakhs

      Duration: Two years, 2014-2016

      Status: Completed

      4. Title: Inter-area oscillation control using embedded energy storage in interconnected power system with distributed generation

      Role: Co-Principal Investigator

      Funding agency: Seed Grant Scheme, BITS, Pilani

      Amount: 11.15 lakhs

      Duration: Two years, March 2011-2013

      Status: Completed


      Research Area

      • Energy Optimization in Hybrid/Electric Vehicles (XEVs)
      • Battery Modelling, SoC Estimation, Hybrid Energy storage System for XEV applications
      • Mitigation of Power Quality issues, Active power filters
      • Distributed Generation and controls of smart grid/Micro grids/Charging grids.
      • Applications of AI techniques to Power Systems and Control Systems

      CO2 Utilization and Sequestration to Prepare Sustainable Structural Concrete Mix Using Recycled Aggregate


      Cement Composite Based Thermoelectric Material for Building Energy Harvesting


      Innovative Accelerated Carbonation Process for the Preparation of Ready-mix Recycled Aggregate Concrete


      Sponsored Research Project

      Completed Projects

      • Principal Investigator, Young Scientist Project (Funding Agency-DST-SERB: SR/FTP/MS-038/2011), Duration (Dec. 2014 – Nov. 2017, Amount: Rs. 11.62 Lacs)
      • Project Coordinator (Indian side) of joint Indo-Russian Project (Funding Agency-DST: INT/RUS/RFBR/P-212), Duration (Aug. 2015- Feb 2018, Rs. 12.86 Lacs)

      R & D Projects

       

      Projects Undergoing:

      • As PI: Seed funding to ideas/startups and Entrepreneurship development activities. The Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY), Govt. of India for the implantation of Technology Incubation and Development of Entrepreneurs (TIDE 2.0) Scheme As a Group-2 TIDE 2.0 Centre(G2C) at PIEDS at BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus, Meity/IPR/TIDE/16(19)/2019, Duration 60 Months, Grant Rs   3.10 Crores.
      •  As Co PI Doubling Farm Women’s income: Entrepreneurship development through post-harvest     and technology integration in arid zone) submitted with CAZRI, Jodhpur to DST under the ASAR   Programme of SEED Division Duration in Month 36, Budget  70 Lakh File No.ASACODER-   018/2018

       

      Projects Completed:

      • As PI: Measuring the Impact of Socially Responsible Supply Chains and Development of Framework for Implementation, Sponsored by:ICSSR, Start date JAN 2018, Completed JAN 2020. Duration in Months:24, Budegt INR 550000
      • As Co-PI: Concurrent evaluation of food distribution under National Food Security Act (NFSA 2013), Aug 2018, Completed in June 2019. Duration 24 Months, Budget INR 720000.
      • Consultancy project on Supply chain improvement project in Jaipur Rugs Completion date 2015
      • MDP: Management Development programme was conceptualized, designed, marketed and conducted a Co-coordinator and resource faculty for Shree Cement on: “Effective Projects management” during 5-7 June, Shree Cement Beawar Rajasthan. Total amount INR 200000

       

      Submitted Projects:

      • As PI: Stakeholder priority assessment for Urban logistics to improve urban life quality,   Scheme for Trans-Disciplinary Research for India's Developing Economy (STRIDE),     Duration  36 months, Budget Rs 3209800
      •  As PI: Effect of Covid 19 on employment in Manufacturing sector, , Impress, ICSSR,   Duration 09 months, Budget Rs 550000
      •  As PI:  Investigating the Demand-Supply mismatch in Higher Education Sector (Science   and Technology Institution) in India and Its Economic Costs, CHORD (MSTMIS) DIVISION,   Department of Science and Technology, Duration 36 months, Budget Rs 2032800
      •  As Co-PI:  Creating Entrepreneurship Education Ecosystem (EEE) in Indian Higher   Education, Scheme for Trans-Disciplinary Research for India's Developing Economy   (STRIDE), Duration 36 months, Budget Rs 2995790
      •  As Co-PI:  Evaluating Working Capital Management for Make in India Competitiveness: A   Study of Small and Medium Enterprises in Rajasthan, , Impress, ICSSR, Duration 24   months, Budget  Rs 1150000
      •  As Co-PI  Study of E-Waste Management in Science and Technology Institutes of India and   development of Social relevant models for Effective E Waste Management, Impress,   ICSSR,  Duration 24 months, Budget Rs 1060500
      •  As Co-PI:  The Diffusion of Electric Vehicles in India: Exploring Supply Chain Strategies,   Social Impact, and Consumer Preference Scheme for Trans-Disciplinary Research for   India's  Developing Economy (STRIDE), Duration 36 months, Budget Rs 3209800
      •  As Co PI:  Study the Implications of National and Corporate Culture on Buyer-Supplier Relationship   in Manufacturing Supply Chain,  SPARC 2019-2020., Duration 36 Months, 4632000
       

       


      Research Project

      • Postbuckling analysis of CNT-Reinforced composite plates under different types of in-plane mechanical loads. Amount- INR 2 lakhs, Research Initiation Grant, BITS Pilani, Duration-2 years, Dec. 2017- Nov. 2019, (Completed)
      • Failure analysis of MWCNTs-reinforced laminated composite plate subjected to mechanical loads. Amount- INR 8.8 lakhs, Additional Competitive Research Grant, BITS Pilani, Duration-2 years, Feb. 2019 - Jan. 2021, (Completed)
      • Development of Semi-Analytical Methodology as a Design Aid for Small-Scale Structures using Non-Classical Continuum Mechanics. DST-SERB (SUR/2022/000828), Duration-3 years, (Approved)
      • Structural stability analysis of thin-walled steel structures subjected to elevated temperature due to fire. Amount-INR 52.0804 lakhs, The Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC), Duration-2 years, (Approved)

      Research projects

       

      Current Research projects

      • One ICMR proposal is approved (as Co-PI).

      Past Research projects:

      1. As PI: "Phytochemical and Metabolic Characterization of Prosopis cineraria pods (sangri) as Potential Nutraceuticals", sponsored by DST-SERB, Dec 2012 - Dec 2015, "completed", Rs. 22 Lakhs.
      2. As Principal Developer of the course 'Science of Living Systems' (alongwith Prof. Rajesh Mehrotra and Dr. Manoj Kannan as co-developers) in the project "Developing Suitable Pedagogical Methods for Various Classes, Intellectual Calibres and Research in e-Learning", sponsored by Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India, Aug, 2016-Dec, 2016, "completed", (PI: Dr. Bani Bhattacharya, IIT Kharagpur), Rs. 7 lakhs.
      3.  As Project team member: "Bring back the Peacocks", sponsored by BITSAA, Feb 2017-till date - "ongoing", (PI: Prof. Sangeeta Sharma, Dept. of Humanities and Social Sciences, BITS, Pilani, Pilani Campus), Rs. 10 lakhs.
      4. Assisted Sr. Prof. Rajiv Gupta, Civil Engg. Dept., in designing biochemical assays for nail fluoride testing, in the project "Costs and Remediation of Groundwater Contamination in India", sponsored by College of Arts and Sciences, at University of Virginia, USA. Dollar 1.50 lakhs.

      Faculty advisor in funded First degree student projects

      1.  Bryophyte based Bio-filter development for combating air pollution.
      2. Characterization of hydrolytic enzymes and bioactives in peel extracts from local fruit and vegetable cultivars for potential development of sustainable, bio-based cleaning agents.

      Research

       

      Major Thrust Area of Research

      • Molecular Parasitology with special emphasis to Molecular Biology of Infectious Diseases
      • Apicoplast of Plasmodium sp.


      I'm currently working on the apicoplast of Plasmodium vivax. We are the first group to report complete sequences of some major coding regions from P. vivax apicoplast Genome where we have characterized the differences between the major coding regions of apicoplast genome of P. vivax in comparison with that from P. falciparum and other Plasmodium species.

      My group is also looking into various nuclear encoded proteins that are hypothesized to be targeted to the apicoplast and may be invovled in the various metabolic pathways believed to be functional within the organelle.

       

      Other Areas of Research Interests

      • Malaria Parasite Biology and Immunology, Host – Parasite Interaction studies, Cancer Cell and Molecular biology, Cancer Gene Transcriptional and Translational Regulation, Drug target identification and designing.

       

      Projects Completed

      • University Grants Commission, Govt. of India funded major project "Characterization of Isoprenoid biosynthetic pathway enzymes from Plasmodium vivax" (2013-2016)
      • DST Fast Track project (2010-2013): Cloning and Characterization of the major regions of the plastid DNA from Plasmodium vivax

      Projects


      Financial support received:

      DST-TIDE: “Design and development of a power assistive hybrid e-trike (PAH e-trike) for differently abled person in rural and urban regions of India.” (Joint project with Central Electronics Engineering Research Institute, CEERI -Pilani),

      Duration: 2017-2021

      Total sanctioned amount Rs. 67.76 Lakh as Co-PI

       

      UGC Major Research Project: “Design and Development of Test Rig to understand Dynamics of Nanorobots”

      Duration: 2012-14

      Grant of Rs 9.37 Lakhs as Co-PI


      Sponsored Research Projects

       

      Completed Projects

      • Title: Development of ecofriendly nonionic surfactant coupled ultrasonic extraction technology for conophylline, an anti- diabetic lead molecule and its comparison with conventional extraction techniques [Funded by BITS Pilani (Research Initiation Grant)] – Principle Investigator [2 lakhs]
      • Title: Development of botanical based novel formulation with mosquito larvicidal action for Indian population. [Funded by DST-SEED (SYST), New Delhi] - Principle Investigator [12.19 lakhs]
      • Title: Exploring The anti-obesity potential of selected Ayurvedic medicinal plants using pancreatic lipase inhibition assay and synergy guided fractionation approach [Funded by DST- SERB (YSS), New Delhi]- Principle Investigator [27.30 lakhs]
      • Title: Development and evaluation of lipid based nanoparticles of Quinapyramine and Isometamidium chloride for treatment of trypanosomiasis in camels. [Funded by DBT, New Delhi]- Co-Principle Investigator [43.52 lakhs]
      • Title: Industry-Academia Symposium on Analytical Sciences [Funded by BIOCON-BMS, Bangalore] - Coordinator [1.74 lakhs]
      • Title: Design, Synthesis, Biological Evaluation and Molecular Modelling Oxoacetamides as New Class of Potent Pancreatic Lipase Inhibitors. Funded by CSIR]-Mentor [3.92 lakhs]
      • Title: Design, Synthesis, Biological Evaluation and Molecular Modelling Studies of Indolyl Oxoacetamide Quinazolinone Based Hybrid Analogs as Potential Pancreatic Lipase Inhibitors for Obesity Treatment. [Funded by DST-SERB (CRG), New Delhi] - Principle Investigator [35.05 lakhs]

       

      On going Projects

      • Title: Interdisciplinary Life Science Programme for Advanced Research and Education in Epigenetics and Genome Editing. [Funded by DBT]- Principle Investigator [9.10 crores]
      • Title: Development and evaluation of endophytic bacteria based formulation against clinical MRSA and VRSA strains. [Funded by DST-SEED (SYST) New Delhi] – Co-Principle Investigator [29.28 lakhs]
      • Title: Design, Molecular Modeling, Synthesis and Biological Evaluation of Coumarin Analogues as Potential Pancreatic Lipase Inhibitors. [Funded by DST New Delhi Under INSPIRE Programme] – Mentor [19.60 lakhs]
      • Title: Design, Molecular Modelling, Synthesis and Biological Evaluation of Chromone Analogues as Potential Pancreatic Lipase Inhibitors.[Funded by DST New Delhi Under INSPIRE Programme] – Mentor [19.60 lakhs]

       

      Industry Projects

      • Consultancy project on Probiotics [Funded by Tablets (India) Limited, Chennai]- Principle Investigator [5.74 lakhs]

      Approved Projects

      • Title: Design, Synthesis and Evaluation of Thiazolidinedione Hybrid Analogues as Potent Pancreatic Lipase Inhibitors for Obesity Treatment. [Funded by ICMR, New Delhi] - Principle Investigator [32 lakhs]


      *Candidates with INSPIRE/ CSIR/ ICMR/ UGC - JRF/SRF fellowships and interested to work in the area of Pharmacognosy / Phytochemistry / Natural Products/ Pharmacology of herbal drugs/ Formulation and Analysis of herbal drugs, can contact by sending curriculum vitae to Dr. Atish T. Paul (atish.paul@pilani.bits-pilani.ac.in)


      Research Area(s)

      • Educational Informatics [The primary focus is to investigate how the intersection of Technology and Education helps deliver and manage teaching-learning processes.]
      • Governance Informatics [In Governance Informatics, the objective is to explore the use, design and consequences of Technology interventions in governance domains such as social welfare delivery, surveillance, privacy and administration.]
      • Technology Adoption Behavior [Technology Adoption research explores the user behavior when the user is interacting with other users and technology artifacts - what motivates and encourages a user to adopt specific technology interventions.]
      • Discourse Analysis of Computer-Mediated Communication [The main focus in this area is to understand the nuances of text and other discourse types generated in Social Media/online/virtual communities through specific approaches such as Sentiment Analysis, Influencer Analysis, Linguistic Analysis.]
      • Cultural Studies [Language and communication being an inherent part of any culture, this area focuses on exploring the contours of intersections of a global culture emanating from a networked society with inherent convergence of heterogeneous identities.]

      Research Projects


      1. An Empirical Study on Accountability and Learning Outcomes in Public School Systems in Rajasthan.

      (Co-Principal Investigator)
      Amount: 10 Lakhs
      Grant Agency: IMPRESS-ICSSR (2019-2021) COMPLETED

      2. Awareness, Uses and Implications of Web2.0 in Supplementing Classroom Teaching at Undergraduate Level

      (Principal Investigator)
      Amount: 7.84 Lakhs
      Grant Agency: UGC (2013-15) COMPLETED

      3. Integrating New Media Technologies in Teaching at Higher Education

      (Principal Investigator)
      Amount: 1.95 Lakhs
      Grant Agency: BITS Pilani [Research Initiation Grant] (2012-13) COMPLETED

      4. Developing Teaching Modules for English Learning Through Multimedia Technology for Rural Children from Class V-VIII

      (Co-Principal Investigator)
      Amount: 4.50 Lakhs
      Grant Agency: UGC (2009 - 2011) COMPLETED


      Extra-Mural Funded Projects

      Ongoing
      1. As a principal Investigator received Industry Research Project "Educational Virtual Roleplay through Interactive Design and Integration Using OpenAI", from Trajectorie Business Solutions Pvt. Ltd, India (September 2023 - December 2023)
      2. As a principal Investigator received Industry Research Project "Creating UI/UX for Different Question Types", from Trajectorie Business Solutions Pvt. Ltd, India (August 2023 - November 2023)
      3. As an Overseas Applicant received an International Joint Research Grant entitled “Diagnosis of respiratory diseases from lung images using self-supervised deep learning” along with University of York funded by Royal Society, United Kingdom (2023 to 2025)
      4. As a Principal Investigator received the project entitled "Cognitive Computer Vision Based Sign Interpretation and Generation Network for Signer Education" funded by Birla Institute by Technology Pilani, Dubai Campus under Research Initiation Grant (RIG) (2023 to 2025)
      5. As a Co-Principal Investigator received the project entitled "Al Based Early Detection of Hormonal lmbalance and Poly-Cystic Ovary Syndrome in Young Women" funded by AICTE under Research Promotion Scheme (RPS) (2022-2025) 
         
      Completed
      1. As a principal Investigator received Industry Project "100% Virtual RolePlay using Generative AI" from Trajectorie Business Solutions Pvt. Ltd, India (June 2023 - August 2023)
      2. As a Co-Principal Investigator received the project entitled "Regional atmospheric visibility forecasting model using soft computing techniques" funded by iDEX-DIO, DRDO under DISC 4 Challenge (25.8 Lakh) (2021-2023)
      3. As a Principal Investigator received a research project entitled "Deep Neural Architecture for Multimodal and Multilingual Sign Language Translation and Recognition" funded by Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB) New Delhi under Startup Research Grant (SRG) Scheme (14.5l Lakh) (2019-2021)
      4. As a Principal Investigator received bilateral research project entitled "Hybrid Deep Learning for Indo-Russian Sign Language Recognition" jointly funded by Department of Science & Technology (DST), India and Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR), Russia under Indo-Russian Joint Grant (22.64 Lakh-Indian Side) (2020-2022)
      5. As a Principal Investigator received a consultancy project entitled "Reinforcement Learning for TVSC" funded by TVS Credits, India (15.26 Lakh) (2021-2022)
      6. As a Principal Investigator received a consultancy project entitled "Recommender Systems for TVS Group Applications" funded by TVS Motors, India (11.3 Lakh) (2021-2022)

      Research Grants

      Completed

      • Principal Investigator for “Multiobjective Evolutionary Approach for Solving Water Distribution Network Design Optimization” funded by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi, India. (Grant No. 22(0723)/17/EMR-II dated 16.05.2017; July 2017-June 2020; 18,46,000/-)
      • Principal Investigator for “Multiobjective Reservoir Optimization Using Swarm Intelligence Algorithms” funded by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi, India. (Grant No. 25(0193)/11/EMR-II dated 02.02.2011; April 2011-March 2014; 11,18,000/-)
      • Principal Co-Investigator for “Experimental and Numerical Investigations on Sandwiched Modular Multilayer Self Compacted Cement Concrete Pavements” funded by Aditya Birla Group (ABG), Mumbai, India. (October 2011-September 2013; 10,00,000/-)

      Research Funding

      • BITS Additional Competitive New Faculty Grant
        Principle Investigator. Project titled "Investigations into Issues in Deploying Software Defined Networks on Traditional Network Infrastructure". 2015-17. Funding 8.2 lakhs.
      • NVIDIA Academic Hardware Grant Program
        Project titled "Processing and Analyzing High Speed Traffic For Accurate Network Forensics". Grant of 2 Bluefield-2 P-Series 25GbE Crypto Disabled DPUs. Aug 2021. Funding ~$2,877.98 ~2.36 lakhs.
      • CAIR DRDO
        Co-PI. Project titled "Efficient domain-specific storage and query system for High-speed IP flow analysis". Grant of ~46lakhs. July 2022.

      Sponsored projects

      Ongoing projects
      1. Title: Calpain mediated disruption of axon-glia interaction in peripheral neuropathies
      Funding agency: DST INSPIRE Faculty fellowship
      Fund sanctioned: Rs. 35 lakh
      Duration: 2021-2026
      Role: Principal Investigator

      2. Research Initiation Grant
      Funding agency: BITS
      Funds sanctioned: Rs 2,00,000
      Duration: 2022-2024
      Role: Principal Investigator

      3. Title: Calpain mediated disruption of axon-glia interaction in peripheral neuropathies
      Funding agency: ICMR
      Fund sanctioned: Rs. 73 lakh
      Duration: 2023-2026
      Role: Principal Investigator


      Completed projects
      1. International Society of Neurochemistry (ISN) CAEN 1B award
      Funding agency: International Society of Neurochemistry (ISN)
      Fund sanctioned: USD 4919 (INR 3,80,000)
      Duration: 2022-2023
      Role: Principal Investigator

      2. Title: Exploring the therapeutic role of Panax ginseng in drug-induced peripheral neuropathies
      Funding agency: The Korean Society of Ginseng (KSG), South Korea
      Fund sanctioned: KRW 5 million (INR 3,12,000)
      Duration: 2022-2023
      Role: Principal Investigator


      Research/Industry Projects:

      Ongoing Projects:

      1)    ADE-DRDO Project on Methodology for Specification generation and system identification of Environmental Control System for new Aircraft Program, Cost  Rs 23.5 Lakhs – Duration 2.5 Year till June 2024.

      2)    M/s Rangsons Aerospace Pvt. Ltd, Bangalore, Consultancy guidance of Thermal projects, Rs 21.24 Lakhs for 3 years starting September 2021.

      3) ARDB-DRDO Project on "Development of All-Electric Environmental Control System for Fighter Aircraft", Cost Rs. 58.2 Lakhs, till Feb. 2025.

      4) CASDIC-DRDO Project on "Development of Graphene/ Graphite Encapsulated high thermal conductivity heat sinks", Cost Rs. 28.72 Lakhs, till Jan. 2025.

       


      Sponsored Project


      Project (Sponsored Internal) – Completed (1)

      • Model Studies Demonstrating Gravity and Capillary Dominated Flow of Contaminants in Porous Media [PI – Amount 2.0 lakhs INR (2013-2015) funded by BITS RIG (Research Initiation Grant)]

       

      Project (Sponsored External) – Ongoing (1)

      • Design and development of fixed and floating solar PV installation for water management infrastructures, [Co-PI, Amount 11.36 lakhs INR (30th Sept. 2019 to 29th Sept. 2022), Industry Sponsored by First Green Consulting Pvt. Ltd.]

      SOP/ LOP/COP/Dissertation/Thesis Projects


      During Second Semester 2021 - 22, I would be offering the projects under the umbrella topics of:

      • Zero Trust Networks
      • Encryption techniques for preventing DDoS attacks
      • Machine Learning techniques for preventing DDoS attacks.

      If interested to work as project student (as Thesis/SOP/LOP/COP), send me a mail. For it, you must have done Computer Network course and "preferably" Network Security course. Please mention your current CGPA in your EMail.


      Research Projects

       

      Project Title: Wireless Network Virtualization: IEEE 802.11 Test-Bed Implementation and wireless NIC virtualization

      PI: Vishal Gupta

      Total Funding: 8.50 Lakh

      Duration: 2 years [February 26, 2016 to February 25, 2018]

       

      Consultancy Project Title: Developing suitable pedagogical methods for various classes, intellectual calibres and research in e-learning" under National Mission Project on Education through ICT.

      Sponsor: Mininstry of HRD, Government of India (through IIT Kharagpur).

      PI: Vishal Gupta

      Total Funding: 7 Lakh

      Status: The project is complete

       


      Sponsored Projects

       

      Completed Projects

       

      • "Characterization of major components of (FeS) Cluster assembly pathway in Plasmodium vivax". Duration: 3 years, Sanctioned amount 25.6 lakhs, Funding Agency: DST Young Scientist Start up Grant.
      • "Analysis of genetic diversity of malaria parasite from Bikaner, India". Duration: 2 years, Sanctioned amount 2 lakhs, Funding Agency: BITS- Research Initiation Grant
      • "Analysis of hypothetical and putative proteins dual targeted to apicoplast and mitochondria in Plasmodium vivax". Duration: 2 years, Sanctioned amount 6 Lakhs. Funding Agency: UGC - BSR Research Start up Grant for newly recruited faculties.

      Ongoing Projects

       

      • "Microbial Induced Calcite Precipitation (MICP) as a sustainable method for utilization of copper tailing" (Principal Investigator) Duration: 2years; Approved Budget: 20 Lakhs; Funding Agency: BITS CDRF Scheme; BITS Pilani.
      • “Understanding vir Genes: Potential Mediators of Cyto-adherence in Severe Malaria from Plasmodium vivax” (Co – Principal Investigator) Duration: 3 years;  Approved Budget: 1.15 crore; Funding Agency: ICMR
      • “Exosome as prognostic and Diagnostic marker”. (Co-Investigator) Duration: 2 years, Approved Budget: 50.91 Lakhs; Funding Agency: DST “BioCyTiH Foundation”.

      Research Projects


      Ongoing Research Projects:

      1. Principal Investigator (September 2018 onwards)- "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 25,11,490/-)

      2. Co-Principal Investigator (September 2018 onwards)- "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 17,01,650/-)

      Research Projects Completed:


      1. UGC sponsored project entitled “Writing Competence: An Assessment of Tribal Students.”
      2. A video documentary entitled "Parivartan: Women Empowerment in Rural Shekhawati Region" Sponsored by UGC Centre of Women's Studies, BITS Pilani.


      Sponsored Research Project

       

      Sponsored Project

       

      Project Title : Hyper spectral Image analysis and Machine learning for germ detection and precision agricultural

      Role : Principal Investigator

      Funding Agency : Short Term Project Scheme of Technology Development Programme (DRISHTI CPS/TDP-ST/SL/2022/003) from IITI DRISHTI CPS Foundation.

      Amount : Rs. 9,90,000/-

      Status : On-going (2022-2023)


      Project Title : Multimodal Biometric based person Identification System

      Role : Principal Investigator

      Funding Agency : Additional Competitive Research Grant, BITS Pilani

      Amount : Rs. 9,00,000/-

      Status : Completed (2016-2018)


      Project Title : Person Re-identification (Re-ID) for Video Surveillance Applications

      Role : Principal Investigator

      Funding Agency : Research Initiation Grant, BITS Pilani

      Amount : Rs. 2,00,000/-

      Status : Completed (2015-2017)


      Ongoing Funded Projects

      Sl. No. Title of Project Cost of Project Duration of Project Role Collaborators Date of Approval Sponsoring Agency
      1 Low-cost empathetic robotic solution for caregiving (LERSCe) - - Co-PI Dr. Abhijit Das (CSIS, BITS),
      Dr. Aritra Mukherjee (CSIS, BITS),
      Dr. Abhishek Sarkar (ME, BITS),
      Prof. Simon Egerton (CSIT, La Trobe)
      July 21, 2023 BITS-La Trobe University
      ASCRIN Program
      2 Design, development and control of a low cost AI enabled 3-DOF compliant manipulator for intelligent Manufacturing  20 laks 2 Years PI Abhishek Sarkar (ME, BITS),
      Dr. Abhijit Das (CSIS, BITS)
      September 15, 2023 BITS CDRF

      Research Projects

      One of the most significant realizations in the field of genome biology for the last decade has been that the human genome is pervasively transcribed and codes for a large number of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs). They play critical roles in regulating gene expression in almost all cellular processes by interacting with RNA-binding proteins(RBPs) or other coding and non-coding RNAs.

      My lab is interested in understanding the role of lncRNAs, miRNAs and circRNAs as potential therapeutic targets in Cancer (Brain and Oral Cancer) and host-pathogen (virus)  interaction. Our work utilizes cutting-edge technologies from the fields of genomics, molecular biology, biochemistry, and computational biology.

      These studies will provide insights into fundamental biological mechanisms and lay the foundation for novel diagnostics and treatments for human diseases.

      Funding as PI
      1.  ICMR 2022.  Elucidating the role of Transforming Growth Factor-β (TGF-β) regulated long-non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) in Epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT) and as therapeutic targets for Oral Cancer.
       
      Completed Projects
      1. DBT RLS Fellowship- Identification and characterization of long non-coding RNAs involved in Genome stability. Dec 2016- March2022
      2. DST SERB ECR-Understanding the role of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) in transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-β) pathway in Glioblastoma. Dec2018-March 2022
      3. DBT-Elucidating the role of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) in neuronal cell death during Japanese Encephalitis (JE). March 19- July 21.

      Projects as PI

      Sanctioned Projects. Awaiting Fund Release.

      1.  ICMR 2022.  Elucidating the role of Transforming Growth Factor-β (TGF-β) regulated long-non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) in Epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT) and as therapeutic targets for Oral Cancer.

      Completed Projects

      1. DBT RLS Fellowship- Identification and characterization of long non-coding RNAs involved in Genome stability. Dec 2016- March2022

      2. DST SERB ECR-Understanding the role of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) in transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-β) pathway in Glioblastoma. Dec2018-March 2022

      3. DBT-Elucidating the role of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) in neuronal cell death during Japanese Encephalitis (JE). March 19- July 21.


      Sponsored Projects

      1. “Study of cosmological models in bimetric theory of gravitation”, funded by University Grants Commission (UGC) F.41-1385/2012 (SR), Govt. of India, New Delhi: (2012-2014) , 1,80,000 INR. 

      2. DAAD - Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE) Worldwide – 2018, 2019, 2023

                IN-PH-3348 - Theoretical study of compact stars and wormholes in modified gravity

                2018: Intern: Ms. Annika Kirschner, Nürnberg - Technische Hochschule Nürnberg Georg Simon Ohm during 01-08-2018 to 26-09-2018.

                2019: Intern: Mr. Daniel Krogmann, Berlin - Technische Universität Berlin during 11-08-2019 to 12-10-2019. 

               2023: Intern: Ms. Marlene Funck, Hannover - Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover during 12-08-2023 to 24-09-2023. 

      3. “Cosmic acceleration with observational constraints of the universe in modified gravity”, funded by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), 03(1454)/19/EMR-II Dt.02/08/2019, Govt. of India, New Delhi (2019-2022), 19,21,496 INR

      4. “Astrophysical objects in modified theories of gravity: theoretical predictions and observational perspective”, funded by National Board for Higher Mathematics (NBHM), 02011/3/2022 NBHM(R.P.)/R&D II/2152 Dt.14.02.2022, Govt. of India under Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), (2022-2025), 16,80,900 INR

      5. Working group member of CA21136-Addressing observational tensions in cosmology with systematics and fundamental physics (CosmoVerse) by EUROPEAN COOPERATION IN SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY (ECOST) from 21-10-2022 to 20-10-2026

      6. “Study of late-time cosmic acceleration in curvature-less and torsion-less theories of gravity with recent observations”, funded by Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), CRG/2022/001847, Department of Science & Technology (DST), Govt. of India, New Delhi (2023-2026),21,48,696 INR

      7. Co-PI of “A Fundamental Study on Cosmic Acceleration in Modified Gravity Approach”, funded by Ministry of Higher Education, Govt. of Malaysia, (2023-2026)  FRGS/1/2023/STG07/UM/02/3, RM109600.

      8. Working group member of CA22113-Fundamental challenges in theoretical physics (THEORY-CHALLENGES) by EUROPEAN COOPERATION IN SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY (ECOST) from 10-10-2023 to 09-10-2027


      Sponsored Projects

       

      • Collaborating Sponsored Project 'Rainfall-Runoff Modelling for Lower Godavari Basin in a Changing Climate', Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi, India; Co-Investigator: Prof D.Nagesh Kumar, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore [September 1, 2019-August 31,2022]
      • Collaborating Sponsored Project 'Integrated Urban Flood Management in India: Technology-Driven Solutions', Information Technology Research Academy (ITRA), Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India; Co-Investigators: Prof PP Mujumdar, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore; Dr. Rominus Valsalam, C-DAC, Thiruvanathapuram; Prof. NV Umamahesh, National Institute of Technology, Warangal. [January 1, 2014-July 31, 2017]
      • Collaborating Sponsored Project 'Multicriterion Analysis for Ranking of Various General Circulation Models to Study Water Resources of India', Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi, India; Co-Investigator: Prof D.Nagesh Kumar, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore [November 1, 2012-October 31, 2015]
      • Research and Development Project 'Artificial Neural Networks for Water Resources Planning: An Innovative Approach', Indian National Committee on Hydrology, Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR), Government of India.[February 2006-April 2010]
      • Sponsored Project 'Multiobjective Optimization in Irrigation Planning using Evolutionary Algorithms', Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi, India. [November 2006-November 2009]
      • Research and Development Project 'Multicriterion Decision Making in Water Resources Systems', All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi, India. [May 1998-September 2000]

      Projects

      Industry Projects 

      Project 1 - CONDITION ASSESSMENT OF RAW MILL FOUNDATION - FIELD AND LABORATORY INVESTIGATION
      Status - Completed.
      About the project - The project assess the level of damage of the foundation of a vertical grinding mill at STAR CEMENT CO. L.L.C. Clinkerisation Unit- Ras Al Khaima. The multi- phased approach includes a comprehensive field and laboratory investigation. Includes:
      1. Detailed visual inspections to point out a qualitative and preliminary estimate of damage state as well as to identify key locations for detailed investigations.
      2. Field investigation includes:
      • Non-destructive testing with Acoustic emission, Ultrasonic pulse velocity (UPV), Half-cell potential (HCP), Rebound hammer, Ground penetrating radar (GPR) and break-out window test.
      • Sample collections for laboratory experiments
      • Topographic survey
      3. Laboratory investigation includes compression tests, depth of carbonation test and chloride contamination test as well as petrographic analysis.


      Project 2 – VISUAL INSPECTION OF AN UNDER PASS TUNNEL FOR AL NAKHLA CRUSHER, FUJIRA
      Status - Completed
      About the project – To perform a visual inspection of the external appearance of the structure as well as surface, interior and surrounding environment of the structure


      Project 3 – NDT of COAL MILL FOUNDATION
      Status - Completed
      About the project - The project is to conduct a series of non-destructive and laboratory tests to evaluated the level of damage of the foundation of a Coal Mill at STAR CEMENT CO. L.L.C. Ras Al Khaima. Scope of the work includes:
      1. Field investigations with Acoustic emission, Ultrasonic pulse velocity (UPV), Half-cell potential (HCP), Rebound hammer, Ground penetrating radar (GPR) and break-out window test.
      2. Laboratory investigations like compression tests, depth of carbonation test and chloride contamination test as well as petrographic analysis.


      Research Projects undertaken

       Ongoing-  

      S. No

      Title

      Cost in Lakh

      Duration

      Role as PI/Co-PI

      Agency

      1.

      Development of Theranostic Agents for Photodynamic/ Photothermal Treatment of Oral/Lung Cancer and Related Diseases

      800

      2022 -  2025

      Co-PI

      PROMOTION OF UNIVERSITY RESEARCH AND SCIENTIFIC EXCELLENCE (PURSE) SCHEME of DST, India

       

      Completed-

      S. No

      Title

      Cost in Lakh

      Duration

      Role as PI/Co-PI

      Agency

      1.

      Metal selective fluorescence modulation of biologically important chromophores: Effect of micellar charge, pH, and solvent

      2

      2012 - 2014

      PI

      BITS Pilani

      2.

      Towards metalloneurochemistry inside a niosome : a fluorescence spectroscopy approach

      24.98

      2014 - 2017

      PI

      DST-SERB

      3.

      Investigations on naphthalene or anthracene based phosphonates as potential sources for useful ketones and aldehydes leading towards new AIEgens and polyarylalkanes

          16.75

      2017 - 2020

      Co-PI

      CSIR

       
       
       

      Projects

      "I believe in innovation and that the way you get innovation is you fund research and you learn the basic facts."

      Bill Gates

      Research Initiation Grant

        • Under RIG Scheme of BITS Pilani 
        • Topic:  ThermoFluid investigation of freely falling three dimensional rigid and deformable objects.
        • Grant amount: 20,000 AED
        • Duration: November 22 to December 24

      Projects

      • Research Initiation Grant (RIG): BITS- Pilani Hyderabad Campus, Project Title: “Designing an Attribute Enhanced Spatially and Temporally Aware Role Based Access Control (AESTARBAC) Model for Electronic Healthcare Systems", Duration: 2017-2019, Grant Amount: 2 lakhs, Role: PI (Completed).
      • BITS-RMIT Joint PhD Program: Project Title: "Intelligent Deployment and Administration of Access Control Models", Collaborators: Prof. Iqbal Gondal (RMIT University) and Prof. Fabio Zambetta (RMIT University).
      • ASCRIN Scheme: Project Title: "Intelligent Intrusion and Anomaly Detection in Smart Air Pollution Monitoring Systems", Collaborator: Prof. Naveen Chilamkurti (La Trobe University).

      Projects

       1. Role: Advisor
      Title: Frustum CAM in Medical Ventilators
      Nature: Research
      Funding Agency: SRISTI, in collaboration with BIRAC, Department of Biotechnology, (INDIA)
      Amount Sanctioned: 1500000 INR (~75000 AED)
      Duration: - January'21 - December'23 
      Status: Completed 
       
      2. Role: Advisor
      Title: Extraction of Hydrogen from Waste Water
      Nature: Research
      Funding Agency: EXPO LIVE University Innovation Grant, Dubai (UAE)
      Amount Sanctioned: 25000 AED
      Duration: - February'18 - March'19  
      StatusCompleted 
       
      3. Role: Co-Prinicipal Investigator
      Title: Comprehensive analysis and customized solutions for Energy Auditing and Energy Conservation
      Nature: Consultancy
      Funding Agency:  Star Cements Pvt. Ltd., Ras Al Khaimah (UAE) 
      Amount Sanctioned: 12000 AED
      Duration: July'17 - August'18 
      StatusCompleted 

      Sponsored Projects

      • Project title – Design and Development of Underwater Acoustic Modem
      • Trust Area – Underwater communication
      • Funding Agency – BITS Pilani
      • Duration – 2 years (Nov 2018 – Oct 2020) 
      • Grant amount – 8.88 Lakhs
       
      In this project, an underwater acoustic modem will be developed for the shallow water UASN deployment. With two such modems, communication link will be tested between them by using a lab-based testbed set-up. Various modulation schemes, coding techniques and signal processing techniques can be tested using these modems.  
      • Project Title - Flying Ad hoc Network for disaster rescue operations (SERB     SRG/2019/001204)
      • Thrust Area – Wireless Sensor Networks, Airborne Networks
      • Funding Agency – Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB)
      • Duration – 2 years (Dec 2019 – Dec 2021)
      • Grant amount – 21.56 Lakhs
      During the disaster rescue operations, such as fires in building spaces or natural calamities such as floods and earthquakes, mini-UAV’s can be deployed which can fly at much lower altitudes. At times, multiple mini-UAVs are required in the network formation for improving capabilities, reducing completion time of mission, and for allowing sharing of tasks among themselves. In this project, an autonomous network of multiple mini-UAVs will be deployed for an example of disaster rescue operations.  
      In this project, we developed a Flying Ad-hoc Network Simulator (FANS) platform. This co-simulator platform interlinks Network Simulator (ns-3) and robot simulator (Gazebo) with help of Robot Operating System (ROS).
      • Project Title - Development of Underwater Acoustic Sensor Network for Monitoring of Coral Reef (BBF/BITS(G)/FY2022-23/BCPS-113)
      • Principle Investigator- Sarang Chandrashekhar Dhongdi
      • Co-PI – Prof. K R Anupama, Dept of EEE, BITS Goa
      • Thrust Area –Underwater Sensor Networks
      • Funding Agency – DST NM-ICPS
      • Duration - 01/09/2022 to 01/03/2024
      • Grant Amount - 34.86 Lakhs

      Coral reefs are a very important environment that maintain a great variety of life forms and are indicators of ocean health. Currently coral reefs are monitored using divers and researchers have been collecting data periodically on environmental conditions.  The current system does not provide real-time data through all seasons. In addition, it is invasive in nature.  The main objective of the proposal is to develop an underwater acoustic sensor network which can be deployed for monitoring the regional coral reef non-intrusively and through all seasons. For deployment of this network, series of underwater nodes would be developed with the capability of sensing, communication, data processing and networking.  Using these nodes an ad hoc self-configuring underwater acoustic sensor network will be built to monitor various parameters ocean environment using oceanographic sensors.

      • Project Title - Development of IoT system for monitoring gases
      • Principle Investigator- Sarang Chandrashekhar Dhongdi
      • Thrust Area –IoT
      • Funding Agency – BITS Pilani (Research Initiation Grant)
      • Duration – April 2018 to April 2019
      • Grant Amount – 2.0 Lakhs

      Government Projects (International & National)

      Ministry of Education, Government of India"Centre of Excellence for Artificial Intelligence in Agriculture" Prof. Navneet Goyal (Chief Project Manager), Prof. Poonam Goyal (Project Manager), Prof. Sanket Goel, Prof. Santonu Sarkar, Prof. Sravan Danda, Prof. Aneesh S Chivukula, and Prof. Rajesh Mehrotra, Consortium: Iowa State University, International Institute of Information Technology Hyderabad (IIITH), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Space Application Center (SAC), Wadhwani AI, Pixxel, IFFCO Kisan Suvidha Limited, Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore Duration: 1 Year ( INR 2C). 

      Govt. of Victoria (Australia) VESKI-SMRP Project (Completed):  "International Making data-driven quality management accessible to small scale dairy cooperatives in India" Investigators:  Prof. Navneet Goyal, Prof. Suman Kapur (Hyd Campus), Prof. Poonam Goyal, Dr. Ashutosh Bhatia, Collaborators: La Trobe University (Australia), IIT Kanpur, SensaData Pty Ltd, & The Product Makers (TPM) Pty Ltd ( AUD $ 1,70,000 ). 

      United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) Project for hosting US expert under Full Bright Nehru Scheme(Completed):  "High performance computing and IoT data analytics", Cordinator: Poonam Goyal ($11000)

      CRG-SERB Research Project (Ongoing): "An automatic multi-modal learning system for image/video analytics" Investigator: Poonam Goyal  (35 Lakhs).

       

      MeitY Research Project (Completed): " A New Distributed Computing Framework for Data Mining". Investigators: Prof. Navneet Goyal, Prof. Poonam Goyal & Prof. Sundar S. Balasubramaniam (120 Lakhs)


      Industry Projects

      Industry (Mercedes-Benz) Research Project (Jan 2024: Dec2024) (Phase II) "Mechanical Design using Generative AI", Investigators: Prof. Navneet Goyal, Prof. Poonam Goyal, and Dr. Amit Singh (24.75 lakhs)

      Industry (Adobe) Research Project (Ongoing): "Multimodal Learning" Investigator: Poonam Goyal (5 lakhs/problem/ semester)

      Industry (Micron Technology) Research Project (Jan 2024: Dec 2024): Layout Automation Tool using Generative AI, Graph NN, and Deep Reinforcement Learning, Investigators: Prof. Poonam Goyal, & Prof. Navneet Goyal, (Budget: 22.40 Lakhs)

      Industry (Founding Years Learning Solutions) Research Project (Ongoing): "Project SWATCH" Investigators: Prof. Navneet Goyal, Prof. Poonam Goyal, Dr Manish Dave, Dr Jennifer Ranjani (21.373 Lakhs)

      Industry (Mercedes-Benz) Research Project (Aug 2022: April 2023) (Completed) "Mechanical Design using Generative AI", Investigators: Prof. Navneet Goyal, Prof. Poonam Goyal, and Dr. Amit Singh (8 lakhs)

      Industry (Nucleus Software, Noida) Research Project (Ongoing): "Intent Analysis of Customers Based on Telephonic Conversations" Investigators: Prof. Navneet Goyal, Prof. Poonam Goyal (2.5 lakhs/semester)


      Research Projects[SPONSORED]

      • Completed projects

       

      • MeitY-QCAL Project (Supported by AWS)

      [May 2022-23] The following research proposal has been selected to grant credits for research work under Quantum Computing Applications Lab (QCAL), Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY).

      Title: Quantum Algorithms for Efficient Wireless Energy Transfer in Renewable Sensor Networks.

      Team: Sainath Bitragunta (PI), Shantom Kumar Borah, Taha Raja, Raj Bhattacherjee

      AWS Credits: $ 4,200.00

      • [2016-17] Research Initiation Grant

      Title: Modeling, design, and performance analysis of device-to-device (D2D) wireless communication system 

      Amount: 1,00,000 /-

      Sponsor: BITS Pilani, Pilani campus, Rajasthan.

      Projects currently in progress

      1. CDRF Project

      TITLE: Green Quantum Computing:  Benchmarking, Performance Analysis, Modeling and Optimization of Quantum computing algorithms and communication Protocols.

      SPONSORED BY BITS Pilani, Rajasthan. 

      AMOUNT:20 LAKHS

      Team: Prof. Ashutosh Bhatia, Prof. Sainath Bitragunta

      1. Student Program for Advancing Research, Knowledge, and Entrepreneurship (SPARKLE)

      TITLE: Joint Radiometry and Interferometry using Sky Watch Array Network (SWAN)

      SPONSORED BY BITS Pilani, Rajasthan. 

      AMOUNT:2 LAKHS

      Mentor: Prof. Sainath Bitragunta


      Research Grants

      1

      Consultancy for Centre of Excellence in Teacher Education, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
      Project: Curating open educational resources for Interactive Flat Panels in Schools in Telangana (2023) 
      Role of the researcher: Subject matter expert for English
      Duration: 6 months (June 7, 2023) 

      Title: English for the EDI generation: Predicting and tracking the role of English and digital/mobile technologies in Higher Education across East and South Asia
      Duration: 3 years (2022-2025) 
      Amount: 249,594 GBP
      Funding agency: British Council
      Role of the researcher: CO-PI (PI: Prof. Agnes Kukul-Hulme, Open University, UK) 

      3 

      Title: Relationship between TOEFL iBT and Academic Writing Practices in English-Medium Universities of South Asia 
      Grant amount: 99,783.33 US Dollars
      Funding agency: Educational Testing Service
      Role of the researcher: CO-PI (PI: Prof. Tony Green, University of Bedfordshire, UK)

      4

      Title: IATEFL Projects Grant 2023 (‘ESL teaching strategies for linguistically diverse classrooms: An exploratory study’)
      Amount: 1500 GBP
      Funding agency: IATEFL (through FORTELL)
      Role of the researcher: PI (Dr Jani Reddy as CO-PI) 

      5

      Title: Swavalamban: A Co-constructed Online Professional Development Toolkit for English Language Teachers Working in Resource-constrained Schools in India 
      Duration: 6 months (September 16, 2022 - March 31, 2023)
      Amount: £23,771 
      Funding agency: British Council 
      Role of the researcher: PI for India [PI for the UK: Dr Taslima Ivy from the University of Manchester, Project Partners: Dr. Gary Motteram (Expert) and Dr Felix Kwihangana from the University of Manchester, and Ms Shambhavi Singh (Project Coordinator), an independent researcher from India] 

      6 

      Consultancy for British Council
      Duration: 1 year (March 2019 - March 2020)
      Amount: 1.5 lakhs
      Role of the researcher: Assistant Coordinator for AARMS (Aptis Action Research Mentoring Scheme) 

      7

      Title: An Evaluative Study of ESP Programmes in India
      Duration: Two years (06.10.2017 to 05.10.2019)
      Amount: 1.70 lakhs
      Funding agency: BITS Pilani
      Role of the researcher: Sole investigator

      8

      Title: Aptis Action Research Mentoring Scheme
      Duration: March 2017 March 2018
      Amount: 1 7 1,990 INR
      Funding agency: British Council
      Role of the researcher: Sole investigator 

      9

      Title: Using CEFR-based Bilingual Rating Scales to Improve the Writing Ability of ESL Learners
      Duration: One year (December 2015 December 2016)
      Amount: 1.48 lakhs Funding agency: British Council
      Role of the researcher: Sole investigator 

      Research Interests

      •     Machine Learning and Computer Vision
      •     Renewable Energy Planning & System Sizing
      •     Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
      •     IC Engines

       

      Sponsored Projects

      Ongoing: 

      • 2022 to 2025. As PI: DST-SERB funded research project on 'Development of a Cost Effective Solar Energy based Drinking Water cum Cold Storage Facility for Coastal Communities in India.
      • 2020 to 2023. As PI: DRDO funded research project on 'Machine Vision based Adaptive Quality Assurance System for Aerospace Vehicle Assembly Unit'.
      • 2022 to 2023. As PI: DRDO funded research project on 'Design and Development of a Multi Sensor System for Health Monitoring of Defence Stored Article'.
      • 2022 to 2024. As Co-PI: HBL funded research project on 'Prediction of RUL (Remaining Useful Life) of the Lithium-Ion Battery pack using machine learning techniques for second life usage'.
      • 2022 to 2024. As Co-PI: HBL funded research project on 'Regeneration of graphite anode and Li metal recovery from used LFP batteries'.

       

      Completed:

      • 2021 to 2022. As Co-PI: NVIDIA funded research project on 'Development of heterogeneous MPI-CUDA based parallel 3D fluid-structure solver'.
      • 2019 to 2020As PI: DRDO funded research project on 'Design and Development of an Automated Flow Calibration System for Fuel and Oxidizer Injectors of Reaction Control System'.
      • 2015 to 2017As PIBITS Pilani funded research project on 'Development of an integrated approach for modelling and management of micro grid operations'.