Ropar, 26th September 2017: Dr. Rajendra Srivastava, Associate Professor and Head, Department of Chemistry, IIT Ropar has been awarded the prestigious NASI-Scopus Young Scientist Award 2017 for his leading contribution in Chemistry. Dr. Rajendra was chosen in the field of Chemistry from among many other scientists and researchers from other Institutes. He has been known for his outstanding work in the area of Catalysis, especially heterogeneous catalysis.
Speaking about the achievement, Dr. Rajendra Srivastava, Associate Professor and Head, Department of Chemistry, IIT Ropar said “It is an honour to have been selected from among the best of scientists and researchers for the award. This award provides support for young researchers early in their career to pursue path-breaking research with a societal impact. My research area will have high socio-economical impact on the national and global front and I hope to address several challenges which are being faced by our society.”
Through his research, Dr. Rajendra Srivastava is working towards developing a new class of nano-porous materials or develop synthesis strategies to improve the physico-chemical properties of existing materials. Consequently, the synthesis and applications of microporous/mesoporous crystalline materials such as zeolites, metal oxides, polyaniline, hybrid organo-inorganic materials (metal organic framework), and carbon materials are being explored in his lab.
Dr. Rajendra aims at developing sustainable catalysts, electro catalysts, and photo catalysts based processes which are useful to petrochemical/fine-chemical industry, energy sectors, clinical diagnostic, and water research. Success in this direction has high socio-economic impact on the national and global front to address several challenges which are being faced by our society.
About Dr. Rajendra Srivastava
Dr. Rajendra Srivastava has completed his Master of Science in Chemistry from Gorakhpur University, Uttar Pradesh and Doctor of Philosophyin Chemistry from University of Pune (Work carried out at CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory, Pune). He worked as a post-doctoral research fellow at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea and as a JSPS Fellow at Hokkaido University, Japan. He has published more than 110 research papers and has, to his credit, 7 international patents. His doctoral work was adjudged the Best Thesis Award for the year 2006 by Catalysis Society of India. He was shortlisted for the final round of INSA Medal of Young Scientist, 2012. His contribution received recognition in the form of Most cited author in Chemistry (6th rank) and Chemical engineering (7th rank)for the year 2011-15 compiled by National science and technology management information system (NSTMIS), in the DSTreport.