Publish Date: June 13, 2024, 6:18 am

A guest lecture on "Electrochemical Interactions at ‘soft’ liquid-liquid interfaces" by Prof. Ritu Kataky, University of Durham UK on 27th December 2022, at 11:00 am in the Chemistry dept. committee room


Electrochemical Interactions at ‘soft’ liquid-liquid interfaces

Prof Ritu Goswami Kataky

Department of Chemistry, Durham University, Durham, United Kingdom, DH1 3LE


Biological interfaces are ‘soft’ and ‘electrified’. An electrified liquid-liquid interface, (ITIES: Interface between Two Immiscible Electrolyte Solutions), can be used as a biomimetic interface to study both fundamental aspects and practical applications of drug- peptide interactions. In this presentation, an overview of aspects of the following studies carried out at a liquid-liquid interface will be presented.

1. Drugs and Chiral Interactions

2. Drug-Peptide aggregation Interactions

3. Lipid bi-layers and redox molecules

4. Interaction of nanoparticles with Lipid bi-layers.

5. Bacterial Biofilms and identification of metabolites


A Brief Biodata:

Prof Ritu Goswami Kataky is the first female ethnic minority academic at the Department of Chemistry at Durham University. She is Professor of Physical and Analytical Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at Durham University. She was born in Shillong, India where she received her early education. She received her doctorate degree from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne following a Master’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi, India. Prof Kataky has over 130 articles in peer reviewed journals and 6 patents.  She has supervised 33 PhD students and over 20 post doctorates and researchers from 16 different nationalities.  Kataky’s research has led to industrial collaborations with leading companies such as Proctor and Gamble, DeLaval and Smith and Nephew. Currently she has flexed down her departmental commitments and is focussing on establishing a spin out company Smart Biofilms Ltd is in the pipeline for launch in early April 2023.

In addition to her academic work, Prof Kataky has chaired the Equality and Diversity committee in the Department, leading to a successful Athena Swan medal in 2018. She has served as Director of Post Graduate Research and in the Departmental Management committee. Outside the University, Prof Kataky has served as past chair of the Electrochemical Systems and Sensing Group of the RSC, Vice Chair of the Analytical Division of the International Society of Electrochemistry and as Analytical Division Council member and trustee of the Analytical Chemistry Trust Fund. She is committee member of the IITUK chapter as educational initiative lead.


Venue: Department of Chemistry Committee room

Time: 11:00 am.

IMS-710, 6thFloor, Main Building Department of Chemistry Indian Institute of Technology Delhi Hauz Khas, New Delhi