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Department of Chemistry

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  • Dr. Manisha Duseja

    Research scholars: Mr. Avinash Gangal, Mr. Vishwajeet Bachhar, Ms. Vibha Joshi

    Dr. Manisha’s research group is involved in Natural Product Chemistry or medicinal Chemistry. It involves extraction of secondary metabolites synthesized by the plants as a measure for self-defense against pests, insects, pathogens, herbivores, UV exposure and environmental hazards. It majorly includes Phytochemistry which takes into account the structural composition of the metabolites, biosynthetic pathways, functions, mechanisms of actions in the living systems and its medicinal, industrial and commercial applications. Pharmacognosy is used to screen, characterize and produce new drugs for the treatment of human diseases. Hence Dr. Manisha’s research group works on combination of Phytochemistry & Pharmacognosy which is essential for drug discovery and development of novel therapeutic agents against major diseases.

  • Dr. Suheel Kumar Porwal

    Research Scholars: Ms. Priyanka Agarwal, Ms. Sapna Chaudhary, Ms. Nisha Singh

    Dr. Porwal’s research group is actively engaged in the Green Chemistry projects under the theme “Waste to Wealth” as waste biomass valorization. He has utilized renewable/waste biomass for value-added applications such as Biolubricant formulation and Additives for lubricants from waste cooking oil, Natural antioxidants for Biolubricant, Waste tissue paper derived ultralight aerogel as hemostatic agent etc. Green chemistry is a unique platform for alternative approaches and sustainable development of future science and technology. The diversified strategies have been developed from renewable/waste biomass.

  • Dr. Ankita Khanna:


    Biochemical pathways involve a lot of parameters (substrate concentration, product concentration, flux concentration, enzyme concentration, enzyme kinetics etc). These pathways are known to be highly regulated due to interconnected pathways and feedback loops. Sometimes, we are not able to get regulatory data based on lab experiments due to non-feasibility of these reactions in vivo. That is where the mathematical modeling comes handy in studying the regulation of these pathways. I am using multiple mathematical modeling systems to optimize the concentration of parameters involved in these pathways. Through this study, we can predict when the living system will be stable and when it will enter chaos.

  • Dr. Manas Ranjan Dash

    Research Scholar: Ms. Shipra Pandit

    Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted into the Earth’s atmosphere from various anthropogenic and biogenic sources (generally known as biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs)). In the Earth’s atmosphere, potential removal of VOCs from both anthropogenic and biogenic sources occur by a number of physical processes such as dry and wet deposition and chemical processes such as photolysis (at > 290 nm), reactions with tropospheric oxidizing agents such as OH/NO3/Cl/O3 which leads to the formation of a series of organic oxidation products. These products play an important role in the chemistry of the troposphere and known to contribute significantly to the formation of secondary organic aerosols (SOAs) and tropospheric ozone. Such organic aerosols are hazardous to health and may influence the cloud nucleation in the troposphere. The primary goal of our research is to measure the kinetic parameters of the reactions of these compounds with the oxidizing agents. To validate the experimentally measured data, computational calculations must be carry out using Density functional theory (DFT) and high level ab initio methods. We actively collaborate with various national and international renowned institutions/universities from India, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, and Germany.

  • Dr. Jabrinder Singh

    Research Scholar: Mr. Manish Pant

    Dr. Jabrinder Singh’s areas of research interests are Sustainable Ecological Approaches in Resource Management & Environment Pollution Control. Biodiversity Conservation. Natural resource deterioration at peak and ambient air & water quality is hazardous. Anthropogenic disasters pose threat to social, economic & ecological habitats. SDG’s needs to be implemented at globally with grass root approach at regional level. Assessment of water resources through spatio-temporal monitoring and Evaluation of air quality. Develop sustainable methods for socio-ecological restoration. To increase the resilience of socio-ecological systems; we have to adopt sustainable technologies in natural resource conservation & pollution abatement. It becomes need of the hour to cope with disasters through ecosystem restoration reconciling harmonious relationship with nature.

  • Dr. Anita Bhatia


    Dr. Anita Bhatia’s research continues to span the fields of organic, organometallic and coordination chemistry with a specific focus on Ru catalysed organic transformations in aqueous and biphasic medium. Green Chemistry provides a unique forum for the publication of innovative research on the development of alternative green and sustainable technologies. Our team is working every day to make progress towards new sustainable chemical technologies and a better understanding of green chemistry.

    • S.No. Name of research scholar Title of thesis Supervisor(s) University Year of award
      1 Priyanka Agarwal Synthesis and Characterization of Multifunctional Additives and their Applications in Lubricants. Dr. Suheel k Porwal DIT University Ongoing
      2 Sapna Chaudhary Synthesis and characterization of ultralight aerogels derived from renewable biomass and biocompatible polymers for engineering applications. Dr. Suheel k Porwal DIT University Ongoing
      3 Richa Pandey Synthesis and characterization of graphene based flexible electronics Dr. Naveen Singhal DIT University Ongoing
      4 Avinash Gangal Phytochemical analysis, synthesis of nanoparticles and biological screening of different species of Curcuma. Dr. Manisha Duseja DIT University Ongoing
    • S.No. Title of Project Funding Agency Year of Sanction Faculty Name Total approved cost of the project (in Rs.) Status
      1 Rispana river watershed evaluation UCOST, DST 2021 Dr. Jabrinder Singh and Dr. Naveen Singhal 4.04 Lakhs Ongoing
    • S.No. Faculty name Title of Project Total cost (Lakhs) Status
      1 Dr. Manisha Duseja Comparative nutraceutical composition and phytochemical analysis on four variety of Turmeric viz Curcuma longa, Curcuma amada, Curcuma zedoaria and Curcuma caesia for market establishment. 1.6 Ongoing Approved in 2022, Phase I)
      2 Dr. Suheel Kumar Porwal Evaluation of Renewable Waste Biomass derived Multifunctional Green Additives for Lubricating oil 3 Ongoing
      3 Dr. Manas Ranjan Dash Kinetics investigation of volatile organic compounds with atmospheric oxidants 3 Ongoing
    • S.No. Peer Reviewed Articles (Since 2018)
      1 Sapna Chaudhary, DTK Dora, D. S. Reddy, Suheel K. Porwal “Sustainable non-cytotoxic ultra-light aerogel derived from waste tissue paper as an effective hemostatic agent” Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery 2022.  
      2 Nisha Singh, Priyanka Agarwal, Suheel K. Porwal “Natural Antioxidant Extracted Waste Cooking Oil as Sustainable Biolubricant Formulation in Tribological and Rheological Applications” Waste Biomass Valor 2022.
      3 Nisha Singh, Priyanka Agarwal, Jyoti Porwal,  Suheel K. Porwal, “Evaluation of multifunctional green copolymer additives–doped waste cooking oil–extracted natural antioxidant in biolubricant formulation” Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery 2022
      4 Priyanka Agarwal, Suheel K. Porwal, “Non-edible/waste cooking oil–derived sustainable green multifunctional copolymeric additives for mineral base oil” Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery 2021,
      5 Priyanka Agarwal, Sapna Chaudhary, Jyoti Porwal, Raj K Singh, Suheel K. Porwal, “Evaluation of renewable feedstock derived copolymers of stearyl methacrylate-co-triglyceride as multifunctional green additives in lubricant” Polymer Bulletin 2022, 79, 2133–2148, (Impact factor: 2.87)
      6 Jyoti Porwal, Suheel K. Porwal, Raman Singh, Kuldeep Singh, “Synthetic Biofuels and Greenhouse Gas Mitigation” in the book “Climate Change, Photosynthesis and Advanced Biofuels” Book Chapter in Springer Singapore on 09/06/2020. DOI 10.1007/978-981-15-5228-1, eBook ISBN 978-981-15-5228-1.
      7 Suheel K. Porwal P. Niranjana, Santosh J. Gharpure,Cascade Radical Cyclization to Vinylogous Carbonates/Carbamates for the Synthesis of Oxa- and Aza-Angular Triquinanes: Diastereoselectivity Depends on the Ring Size of Radical Precursor” Synthesis 2018, 50, 2954–2967. (DOI: 10.1055/s-0036-1589541), impact factor 2.722.
      8 Singh, J., Bhardwaj, P., Awasthi, A. Health implications among school children due to fluoride in underground aquifers of Haryana state, India. Environmental Quality Management  31(3)2022, 233-240.
      9 Singh, J. How COVID-19 induced lockdown impacts air quality in Delhi-NCR region of India? Atmosfera
      10 Singh, J.  Paddy and wheat stubble blazing in Haryana and Punjab states of India: A menace for environmental health. Environmental Quality Management 28(2), 47-53.
      11 Singhal, Shailey & Agarwal, Shilpi & Mudoi, Manash & Singhal, Naveen & Singh, Ragini. (2021). Chemical conversion of furan dicarboxylic acid to environmentally benign polyesters: an overview. Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery. 10.1007/s13399-021-01871-6.
      12 Shailey Singhal, Shilpi Agarwal, Kanchan Bahukhandi, Naveen Singhal. Face masks: benefits and hitches amidst Covid-19 pandemic. Der Pharma Chemica, 2021, 13(7): 14-22

      Gaurav Richhariya, Dau Tapas Dora, Naveen Singhal, Tarumay Ghoshal, Rohit Pandey, Kishori lal, Polyacrylamide modified geopolymer cement slurry: A potential barrier for channel behind casing,

      Materials Today: Proceedings. 47 (19) 2021,6789-6794,
      14 Richhariya, Gaurav & Dora, Tapas & Singhal, Naveen & Rai, Mayur & Goyal, Yash & Rathi, Preeti & Gupta, Yash & Singh, Praman & Kundu, P. & Lal, Kishori & Rakesh, Pawan. (2021). Ultra-Lightweight Cenospheres Cement for Lost Circulation Control with Improved Curing and Reduced Shrinkage. 10.1007/978-981-33-4018-3_45.
      15 Richa Pandey, Naveen Singhal, Parveen Kumar and Sajjan Dahiya (2021). Structural, capacitive and impedance properties of graphene oxide-PVDF composites for flexible electronics. IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, Volume 1221, Issue 1, id.012025, 5 pp.
      16 Richa Pandey, Naveen Singhal, Parveen Kumar, Kuldeep Chaudhary, Santosh Kumar.(2022) Graphene and Its Immense Contribution in Defense and Security: A Review. Analytical Chemistry Letters, Volume 12, 2022 - Issue 1.