Research Experience: Places & Mentors

2009-present: Professor, 2006-2009: Associate Professor, 2003-2006: Reader. Department of Chemistry, University of Delhi, Delhi, India.


2002-2003: Isermann Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Materials Science group of Prof. Sanat Kumar,

``Founded in 1824, Rensselaer is the USA's oldest technological university and also in the English-speaking world. The institute is known for its success in the transfer of technology from the laboratory to the marketplace.``


2001-2002, Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, U.S.A. Penn State Polymer Physics Group of Prof. Sanat Kumar and Prof. Ralph H. Colby ``Pennsylvania State University is a renowned university in the US, especially with outstanding research on inorganic materials that is famous around the world.``


1999-2001: Theoretical Polymer Physics, Albert-Ludwigs University, Freiburg, Germany. Theoretical Polymer Physics Group of Prof. Dr. Alexander Blumen ``Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg, was founded 1457 in Freiburg by the Habsburgs and is one of the oldest universities in Germany. The university is one of Germany`s most prestigious and a leading research as well as teaching institution in Europe.``


1997- 1998: IRC in Polymer Sci. & Tech., Univ. of Leeds, Leeds, U.K. Polymers and Complex Fluids Group of Prof. T. C. B. McLeish, FRS.

``The University of Leeds is recognized as an outstanding centre of excellence in the globally active research field of polymers and complex fluids.``


1995-1996: College de France, Physique de la Matiere Condensee, Paris, France with the Nobel Laureate Professor Pierre-Gilles De Gennes.

``The College de France, which is an institute of higher education where basic research is jointly pursued and taught, was founded by Francois I, King of France from 1515 to 1547. Since its foundation, the role of the College has been conditioned by two factors its members are elected by the Professors from amongst eminent French scholars in a wide range of subjects; it does not set examinations nor does it award diplomas. The teaching does not deal with established knowledge but with knowledge in the making; it changes every year, in accordance with the latest research and has no pre-established pattern. The College de France is organized by chairs covering the whole range of disciplines. No university rank is required of the person who is put forward;  all that count is the importance and originality of his or her work.``


1993-1995: C.M.T.U., J. N. Center for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore. Research Fellow


1986-1993: Dept. of Inorganic & Physical Chemistry, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Theoretical Electrochemistry Group of Prof. S. K. Rangarajan, FTWAS, FNA, FASc ``1893, on board a ship called ‘Empress of India` sailing from Yokohama in Japan to Vancouver in Canada, an idea was born in a conversation between two extraordinary Indians - Jamshedji Tata, a great industrialist,

and Swami Vivekananda, a great savant. Commenting on Tata’s plans to start a steel mill, Vivekananda is believed to have told him that while manufacturing technology could be imported, India needed a base where research in science could thrive. The concept took seed in Tata`s mind and in 1909; the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) was set up in Bangalore.

``According to journal Current Science IISc currently ranks first in India in terms of research output (citation and impact factor). It also ranks first among Indian universities (and South Asian universities) in the ``Academic ranking of world universities`` conducted by the SJTU, China.``