• Perfecting Imperfection: Defected Nanosilica can transform COto Fuel without any metal and ligands. 

    Using the defect engineering approach, we develop metal-free–ligand-free nanocatalysts, which convert CO2 to methane at the significant rates, scales, and stabilities.....

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  • Black (nano)Gold Combats Climate Change

    We have developed the solution phase synthesis of dendritic plasmonic colloidosomes with varying interparticle distances....

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  • Peptide-MWCNT Interactions

    A model-free approach has been used to study the association of peptides onto multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) in aqueous solution at ambient pH to understand the molecular basis of interaction of the peptides with MWCNT...

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  • Formation of Functional Inorganic Structures for Energy Capture, Storage, Conversion (and also for Drug Delivery)

    The architecture of inorganic structures (specially on the nanoscale) has become an important parameter (in addition to the stoichiometry) that can be manipulated....

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  • Rational Design of an Artificial Peroxidase

    We have rationally modified the active site of this thermostable P450 to introduce a residue at the distal heme pocket that could act as an acid-base catalyst and thus enhance the peroxidase activity in the mutant enzyme. This could potentially lead to the creation of a thermally stable artificial peroxidase...

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About the Department

Scientists at the DCS explore the link between living systems and the physical laws that govern nature. They study molecules ranging in size as small as water and as large as a virus. The laws that govern interaction in molecules are best studied in well-defined and isolated small molecules. This information becomes applicable to design novel materials with exotic properties, of value to chemical and solar energy industries and to medical applications. To understand working of biological systems, studies are made on structure, dynamics and function of biological molecules. TIFR is a leader in state-of-the-art experimental techniques such as high field NMR, ultrafast lasers and single molecule methodologies.

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