Born: 1970 (Allahabad)
M.Sc. Chemistry (5-year Integrated): IIT Kanpur, 1992
Ph.D. (Prof. W. E. Acree, Jr.): University of North Texas, 1997
Post Doctoral Fellow (Prof. F. V. Bright): SUNY-Buffalo, 2000
Assistant Professor (Tenure-track), 2000 - 2004, Department of Chemistry, New Mexico Tech, Socorro, New Mexico
Assistant Professor, 2004 - 2006, Department of Chemistry, IIT Delhi
Associate Professor, 2006 - 2011, Department of Chemistry, IIT Delhi
Visiting Professor, 2011-2012, U. Missouri – Columbia, USA
Professor, 2011 - current, Department of Chemistry, IIT Delhi
CRSI Bronze Medal (2016), Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC, 2015), Exellence in Teaching Award (IIT Delhi, 2012), NASI SCOPUS Young Scientist Award (2009), Royal Society of Chemistry Travel Award (2007), SAS Graduate Student Award (1997), James J. and Ruth I. Spurlock Scholarship Award for Outstanding Research Achievement by a Graduate Student (1997), Best Teaching Assistant Award by Alpha Chi Sigma, BH chapter (1996), George Vaughan Memorial Award (1995) for Best Graduate Student (First and Second Year).
Optical spectroscopy, advanced fluorescence techniques, molecularly organized media, environmentally friendly solvent systems, chemosensors, photophysical processes.
Major focus of the research work is in the area of understanding complex fluidic systems using optical spectroscopic techniques. Specifically, emphasis is on investigating solvation and aggregation within ionic liquid-based systems, aqueous and nonaqueous surfactant and polymer solutions, and supercritical fluids. The long term goal of the work is to understand and introduce alternate and novel solvent systems.