TIFR
Department of Chemical Sciences
School of Natural Sciences

Vivek Polshettiwar

Vivek Polshettiwar
Associate Profesor 'G'
Department of Chemical Sciences
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NMR 103
Department of Chemical Sciences,
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Homi Bhabha Road, Colaba, Mumbai 400005, INDIA
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Academic Profile
Doctoral Degree
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PhD (Chemistry) 2005, DRDE, Gwalior (MP) India.
Postdoctoral Experience
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2005 – 2006, l'Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Montpellier (ENSCM) France.
Other Experience
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2007-2009 : ORISE Research Associate, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Cincinnati, USA.

2009-2010 : Visiting Researcher, LCOMS, Institut de Chimie de Lyon, France.

2009-2013 : Ass. Professor/Sr. Scientist, Catalysis Center, KAUST, Thuwal, KSA.

June 2013-June 2017 : Reader, Division of Chemical Sciences, TIFR, Mumbai.

July-2017- till date: Associate Professor, Division of Chemical Sciences, TIFR, Mumbai.
 
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Nano-Catalysis is becoming a strategic field of science since it represents a new way to meet the challenges of energy and sustainability. These challenges are becoming the main concerns of the global vision of the societal challenges and world economy. Catalysis research became one of the most powerful tools to take on these challenges.

Nanocatalysis can help design catalysts with excellent activity, greater selectivity, and high stability. Their properties can easily be tuned by tailoring the size, shape, and morphology of the particular nanomaterial. In the nano-catalysis (NanoCat) laboratory, we are designing and synthesizing various nano-materials (silica, metal oxides, metals, MOF etc) with specific shapes, sizes and morphologies and then evaluating their use as a nano-catalysts for the development of sustainable protocols for various challenging processes like photocatalysis, CO2 capture and conversion to fine chemicals, environmental remediation as well as C-H activation, C-C coupling, oxidation, metathesis, hydrogenolysis, hydrogenation reactions.

A guiding hypothesis is that catalytic efficiency (activity, kinetics, selectivity and stability) can be controlled by tuning the morphology of nanomaterials/nanocatalysts. We aim to develop of novel nanomaterials as catalysts to tackle “climate change”.

  • Defects in Nanosilica Catalytically Convert CO2 to Methane without Any Metal and Ligand. Amit K. Mishra, Rajesh Belgamwar, Rajkumar Jana, Ayan Datta, and Vivek Polshettiwar*, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A 2020, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1917237117
  • Plasmonic Colloidosomes of Black Gold for Solar Energy Harvesting and Hotspots Directed Catalysis for CO2 to Fuel Conversion. "Cover Page” "Pick of the Week". M. Dhiman, A. Maity, A, Das, R. Belgamwar, B. Chalke, Y. Lee, Kyunjong Sim, Jwa-Min Nam and Vivek Polshettiwar*, Chemical Science, 2019, 10, 6694-6603.
  • Facile Synthesis Protocol to Tune Size, Textural Properties & Fiber Density of Dendritic Fibrous Nanosilica (DFNS): Applications in Catalysis and CO2 Capture. Maity, R. Belgamwar, Vivek Polshettiwar*, Nature Protocol, 2019, 14, 2177-2204.
  • Probing the Interfaces in Nanosilica‐Supported TiO2 Photocatalysts by Solid‐State NMR and In Situ FTIR.”Cover Page”. R. Singh, N. Bayal, A. Maity, D. J. Pradeep, J.Trébosc, P. K. Madhu, P. Lafon,* V. Polshettiwar*, ChemNanoMat, 2018, 4, 1231-1239.
  • Unraveling the Formation Mechanism of Dendritic Fibrous Nanosilica. Ayan Maity, A. Das, D. Sen, S. Mazumder, Vivek Polshettiwar*, Langmuir, 2017, 33, 13774-13782.
  • Organosilane Oxidation with a Half Million Turnover Number using Fibrous Nanosilica Supported Ultrasmall Nanoparticles and Pseudo- Single Atoms of Gold. Mahak Dhiman, Bhagyashree Chalke, and Vivek Polshettiwar*, J. Mat. Chem. A. 2017, 5, 1935-1940.
  • Atomic Layer Deposited (ALD) TiO2 on Fibrous Nano-Silica (KCC-1) for Photocatalysis: Nanoparticle Formation and Size Quantization Effect. Rustam Singh, Rudheer Bapat, L. Quen, H. Feng,* and Vivek Polshettiwar*, ACS Catalysis 2016, 6, 2770−2784
  • Design of CO2 Sorbents using Functionalized Fibrous Nanosilica (KCC-1): Insights into the Effect of the Silica Morphology (KCC-1 vs MCM- 41) . "Emerging Investigator Issue". Baljeet Singh and Vivek Polshettiwar*, J. Mat. Chem. A. 2016, 4, 7005-7019.
  • SBA-15-Oxynitrides as a Solid-Base Catalyst: Effect of Nitridation Temperature on Catalytic Activity. "Nature India". Baljeet Singh, K. R. Mote, C. S. Gopinath, P. K. Madhu,* Vivek Polshettiwar*, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 5985-5989.
  • Insights Into the Catalytic Activity of Nitridated Fibrous Silica (KCC-1) Nanocatalysts from 15N and 29Si NMR Enhanced by Dynamic Nuclear Polarization. S. L. Thankamony, C. Lion, F. Pourpoint, B. Singh, A. J. Perez Linde, D. Carnevale, G. Bodenhausen, H. Vezin, Olivier Lafon,* Vivek Polshettiwar*, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 2190-2193.
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2020
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Young Career Award in Nano Science & Technology by Nano Mission, Department of Science & Technology, Government of India
2019
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Fellow Maharashtra Academy of Sciences
2019
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Fellow Chemical Society of India
2019
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Materials Research Society of India (MRSI) Medal
2017
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Prof. B.D. Tilak Distinguished Lectureship.
2017
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Prof. A. V. Karnik Endowment Lecture
2017
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Associate Fellow of Asia-Pacific Academy of Materials (APAM)
2017
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Bronze Medal, Chemical Research Society of India (CRSI)
2017
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Selected as a fully funded participant in Royal Society’s Commonwealth Science Conference 2017, Singapore, under “Established Scientists” category
2016
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Emerging Investigator by RSC J. Mat. Chem. A
2015
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Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), United Kingdom
2015
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Selected as one of the 175 Faces of Chemistry Worldwide by Royal Society of Chemistry
2015
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Award Membership by the American Chemical Society (ACS)A
2014
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Young Associate of Maharashtra Academy of Sciences (MASc)
2013
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Member of Global Young Academy (GYA)
2013
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“Asian Rising Stars” at 15th Asian Chemical Congress (ACC), Singapore, from Nobel Laureate Professor Ei-ichi Negish
2012
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Top 25 Cited Authors in Tetrahedron in 2010-2011.
2012
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Young Scientist Award (at DSL 2012, in Special Session of Nanomaterials Synthesis, Characterization, Modeling and Applications, sponsored by Springer Verlag GmbH, Germany)
2009
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Humboldt Fellowship (not accepted due to my prior commitment to KAUST).
2009
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Marie Curie Fellowship (not accepted due to my prior commitment to KAUST).
2009
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Scientific and Technology Achievement Award (Special Mention) (for exceptional technical achievement in green chemistry, by US-EPA) .
2007-2009
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ORISE Research Fellowship (for the development of independent scientist by ORISE & USEPA)
2005-06
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Postdoc Research Fellowship (at ENSCM by Science & Education Ministry, France)
2002-05
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DRDO Research Fellowship (during PhD by Government of India)
1999-2001
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Eklavya Scholarship (for meritorious performance during BSc by Gov. of Maharashtra).
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