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Assistant Professor : Madhuprasad
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Research Interest / Thesis Title : Research interest includes the design and investigation of colorimetric molecular sensors for anions/cations, development of smart molecules for logic gates and integrating them in microfluidic format. Though anions and cations are essential for the day to day life and normal growth of living organisms, the uncontrolled industrialization lead to release of toxins such as mercury and fluoride ions into environment beyond acceptable levels. Specifically my interests are to capture these toxic moieties through portable devices. more ...

Assistant Professor : Dr. VARSHA BRAHMKHATRI
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Research Interest / Thesis Title : Our research group focuses on design and fabrication of novel nanomaterial conjugates and their biomedical applications such as antimicrobial, anticancer and anti-Alzheimer's activity. The bioconjugation of nanoparticles is of increasing interest in nanomedicine/biomedicine. Nanoparticle bio conjugates hold great promise in sensing, diagnostics, targeted delivery and in imaging. For the practical biomedical application of nanomaterial, it is very important to understand bio-nano interface as that can affect protein adsorption, structure, and subsequent biological outcomes.
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Ph.D. Scholar : Pravin Patil
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Research Interest / Thesis Title : Development of diatoms based functional surfaces for water purification. Detection and removal of metal ions such as mercury, copper and lead from water is an interesting and important field of research due to the growing demand of pure water in urban areas. The contamination of water is spreading various untreatable and hazardous diseases to human being. My focus of research is to synthesis of novel simple organic receptors which can be immobilized on the surface of solid substrates to remove the metal ions efficiently and colorimetrically from contaminated water. Which can be further used as cost effective devices for water testing and remediation to help people from remote area where scarcity of water is immense.

Ph.D. Scholar : Mahesh Bhat P
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Research Interest / Thesis Title : Design and fabrication of disposable devices for quantitative detection of fluoride in field studies. Above the permissible limit of fluoride in water causes severe health effects, one among all is fluorosis which is very much common in Indian subcontinents. Recently, detection of fluoride is an emerging field of research where researchers are trying to find alternative methods in comparison to conventional methods which are tedious to use in field studies. My focus of research is to synthesize simple and novel organic receptors for colorimetric detection of fluoride ions. Furthermore these receptors will be used for developing devices, which will be taken into fields for testing contaminated water.

Junior Research Fellow : G. Sriram
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Research Interest / Thesis Title : Fabrication of novel microfluidic devices and paper based microfluidic devices for several applications. Lab-on-a-Chip technique is an interesting research field for the production of micro level patterned within an elastomeric material for various applications. Microfluidic techniques have the advantage of being able to process much smaller volumes, often with greater sensitivity. PDMS-based microfluidic devices provide many benefits such as: low cost, optical transparency, easy surface modification and easy bonding to many different substrates. My research focuses on design and fabrication of novel paper based microfluidic devices for the several applications.

Junior Research Fellow : Uthappa U. T.
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Research Interest / Thesis Title : Synthesis of novel nano materials for drug delivery and bio-sensing applications. My research interest is to synthesize novel nanomaterials for drug delivery and biosensing applications. Recently, most of the research is focused on improving novel materials for better immobilization of the biological element to increase selectivity, sensitivity and stability. Owing to this, still there is huge scope to improve the above mentioned parameters by developing novel biosensing platforms. Thus, my focus of research is to synthesis greener and novel nanomaterials for the sensing of biomolecules which have less toxic and harmful in the practical applications.

Aviva D’Souza
Research Interest / Thesis Title : Synthesis of nanomaterials for Alzheimer's detection and treatment. Nano medicine has helped with exploring the challenges in new avenues of medicine. Nanoparticles are in use for treatment of tuberculosis, various cancers and neurodegenerative diseases. My focus of research is to develop a possible diagnostic and therapeutic approach to combat neurodegenerative diseases.

Graduate Research Student : Raveendra M.
Research Interest / Thesis Title : Colorimetric detection of biologically important anions through organic receptors. The detection of biologically important anions has attained significance due to its advantages and disadvantages to human body. Therefore, to discriminately detect the presence of various biologically important anions in drinking water by simple organic receptors is easier compared to other techniques. Color change in organic receptors provides the information on the as fluoride, presence of various ions such acetate, nitrite, nitrate, bromide and iodide. This method is convenient as it requires no sophisticated technique, developed instrument and skilled labors. The modified organic receptor shows rapid response to the interaction with analyte.

Junior research fellow : Dolly Harshi
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Research Interest / Thesis Title : Detection and removal of contaminants in water and development of composite nanomaterial’s, polymers for filtration of waste water, removal of heavy metal ions, dyes and pesticides in waste water and study the application of novel polymer materials (polymer inclusion membranes and other forms) for environmentally friendly separation and pre-concentration of chemical species in industry, water clean-up, chemical analysis for economical and environmental friendly applications.

Junior research fellow : Richelle Mahima Rego
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Research Interest / Thesis Title : Modified natural adsorbents for the removal of emerging toxins from water. Rapidly increasing industrialization and urbanization has led to the water bodies being greatly affected with the emerging contaminants. The need for a low cost and feasible technique has driven the field of research to come up with more viable procedures for their removal. Adsorption technique is considered to be one of the most reliable technique because of its low cost and design flexibility. Also, the use of nanomaterials has gained great interest in water treatment processes because of the size-dependent properties and large surface area which provide greater scope for adsorption. My research focuses on modifying naturally available adsorbents with a view to improve their adsorption abilities along with the synergic effect of nanomaterial’s.


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