Deepa Khushalani

Associate Professor in Materials Chemistry 

D305, Department of Chemical Sciences 

Tata Institute of Fundamental Research 

Homi Bhabha Road, Colaba, Mumbai,

400005, India 




Phone: +91 22 2278 2476 (Office) 

+ 91 22 2278 2756 (Lab) 

Fax: + 91 22 2280 4610 (Attn: D. Khushalani)



LATEST  NEWS (scroll down for more news)

  1. The entire work of this lab has been honoured by CRSI for a Bronze Medal in Chemistry 2018. A big big thank you to all students past and present for contributing to this recognition. All of you have contributed to this and would not have been possible without your dedication!
  2. The entire work of this lab has been honoured by DST Nanomission. DK has received “Young Career Award in Nanoscience and Technology 2016
  3. Divya S and Yukti Arora selected for Oral Presentations at IUMRS-ICYRAM 2016 in  Bangalore Dec 2016.
  4. Congratulations to Chandan - Winner for 3rd Best Oral Presentation at Nano 2015. Click here for picutres
  5. Congratulations to Yukti for being shortlisted for the 4th IGCW-2015 Green Chemistry Awards. Final notice in December 2015.  Click for link here
  6. Congratulations to Charu for being selected for best poster award at the DCS Annual 2015 Meeting in November 2015.
  7. ** Chandan, Priyanka, Charu and Yukti - all selected for oral presentations at the  International Conference NANO 15 **
  8. May 2015: D Khushalani selected as FRSC - Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry
  9. February 2015: Abhilasha Purwar (Project student in 2012) becomes a Rhodes Scholar - Congratulations!
  10. February 2015: Pankaj wins best MSc poster award at ChemFest 2015, University of Hyderabad.
  11. Dec. 2013: Shama and Biswajit win best poster award at IUMRS-ICA 2013 (International Union of Materials Research Societies – International Conference in Asia) held in Bangalore

The architecture of inorganic structures (on the microscopic to macroscopic length scale) has become one of the most important parameters that can be manipulated in order to optimize a structure for advanced applications.  These structures are known to possess interesting and useful optical, electronic and/or magnetic properties that can subsequently be exploited in a wide variety of applications ranging from novel forms of catalysis to solar energy conversion. The choice of application is contingent on not only the chemical composition of the material but also on the overall morphology, and even more precisely on the accessible surface area. Currently, there are a myriad of methods available for fabrication of such intricate inorganic structures. However, irrespective of employing a certain fabrication method, the formation of well-organized materials is not trivial as various parameters have to be regulated.  These include uniformity of size, stabilization against collapse, consistency in the chemical composition and growth of the overall structures with preferred morphology (thin films, spheres, fibers, helical spirals etc.).  

The principal aim of the research in our lab has been to augment the current understanding of the concepts in supramolecular templating of inorganic materials for formation of nanostructures. To be more precise, self-assembling amphiphilic structures (e.g. synthetic or naturally occurring surfactants, peptides, and/or block co-polymers) in the presence of diffusion-controlling media (such as gels, microemulsions, non-aqueous solvents) are used to provide a temporary ‘scaffold’.  This self-assembled template provides a complex 3-dimensionsal structure which has features on the nanometer length scale. Subsequently, colloidal inorganic building blocks (sol-gel precursors and/or nanoparticles), when introduced into this media, are then organized (ideally) into the inverse replica of the template. More importantly, this template, under appropriate conditions, is able to exploit the principles of molecular recognition and in turn structure-direct and size-constrain the condensing inorganic precursors. Interestingly, cooperative assembly imparts intricate morphological characteristics to the products that were previously unattainable.













Bi-pyramidal ZnO

Elemental Mapping of Hydroxyapatite Nanotubes

Bismuth Ferrite Nanotubes