• Cluster and Nanoparticle Chemistry - A novel approach towards heterogeneous catalysis

Sintering and agglomeration of active metal nanoparticles and consequent deactivation is one of the most severe problems in industrial and environmental catalysis. We address this by encapsulating ultra small clusters in porous matrix and the nanopartciles are stabilised at 3 nm at high temperatures of the order of 750 oC. Different morphologies also are encapsulated in mesoporous compounds.

  • Ultra small clusters for bioimaging and bacterial detection

We use surface modified ultra small clusters for bacterial detection and other biological systems.

  • Solid State Materials Chemistry for environmentally friendly processes

We exploit our expertise in Solid State Chemistry and structural evaluation of structured materials to design stable materials for various processes like (i) Hydrogen generation for fuel cells (ii) low temperature fuel cells (iii) O2/N2 separation for efficient combustion. We also find out structural details from powder X-ray diffraction.

  • Solar Energy Utilization

We also work in engineering nanocatalysts as well as solid state materials for hydrogen generation utilizing solar energy.

  • Ceramic Hollow Fiber Membrane Catalysis



We work in the fabrication of ceramic hollow fiber membranes as catalytic support for environmental catalysis and dense ceramic membranes are studied as transport membranes


  • Electrochemistry for Energy Devices and Electrochemical Conversion to Value Added Chemicals

We are intersted in room-temperature and high temperature electrochemistry of structured metal oxides. The material tuned with catalytic sites and oxygen vacancies are monitored as candidate for energy systems like IT-SOFC, PEMFC, URFC, Batteries etc. We are also interested in the electrochemical utilisation of CO2 and N2 reduction to value added chemicals