Dr. Dinesh Jagadeesan Ph.D

Project Leader

Sustainable Chemistry Group

   Our research group works on the design and chemical synthesis of nanomaterials for heterogeneous catalytic applications. We are interested to study and correlate the interplay between synthesis, structure and catalytic parameters of some important chemical reactions.

In heterogeneous catalysis, there are certain regions on the surface called active sites which are responsible for the catalytic activity in the reaction. Most often, a partcular type of active site is desired for a high activity. However, it is a challenge to produce a single type of active sites across the surface of a catalyst in large numbers and even more to avoid the formation of undesirable active sites. In our group, we work to develop synthetic strategies of catalysts and try to understand the relation between the chemistry of synthesis, the type of structure that is obtained and the final activity for a reaction. This broadly involves developing expertise to achieve homogeneity of the heterogenous catalysts. We explore the synthesis methods and characterization of nanomaterials, porous materials and interfaces. Our long term plan is to produce reliable and robust heterogeneous catalysts for the chemical activation and catalytic conversion of gas-phase small molecules such as CO, CO2 and CH4 - all of which have a great relevance to energy and environmental sustainability. We are also interested in industrially important organic reactions.

 The members of this group are motivated brilliant students pursuing Ph.D degree and M.Sc graduate students pursuing research projects. The group will offer many exciting research opportunities for young students of chemistry with strong passion to contribute to sustainable energy and environment.


Dr. Dinesh Jagadeesan,

Ramanujan Fellow & Assistant Professor (AcSIR),

Room 1607 & 1610 (Behind Kg Lab),

Physical and Materials Chemistry Division,

CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory,

Pune-411008. Maharashtra, India.

Tel: +91-020-2590 XXXX Off: 3046, Labs: 2460. Fax: +91-020-25902636