Received Elsevier’s Best Oral Presentation Award for the Talk Entitled “Novel Insights into the Photophysics and Photochemistry of Benzophenone: A Tale of Two Different Solvent Environments” at International Conference on Perspectives in Vibrational Spectroscopy, 2018 in BARC, Mumabi, India. (Novemeber 29th 2018)


My oral talk at RSC 5th Early Career Symposium 2018 meeting in Liverpool. Thanks to RSC and ECS 2018 organizers for arranging a wonderful meeting for early career researchers. (August 30th to 31st 2018)

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Meeting with his excellence, the High Commissioner of India, London (May 4th 2018)

Had an opportunity to showcase our group research theme on behalf of Prof Andrew Orr-Ewing to his excellence, the Indian High Commissioner who was on a visit to the Universtiy of Bristol to be acquainted with UoB’s current relationships and chance to foster stronger future collaborations with Indian institutions. Read More

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Excerpts of my presentation to his excellence, the Indian High Commissioner:

Research interest of our group covers broadly atmospheric chemistry, aerosol science, solvation science using state-of-the-art laser techniques resolved in time ranging from a quadrillionth to trillionth of a second. Our group has strong collaboration with several Indian institutions, to name a few i) Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, ii) Bhabha Atomic Research Center & Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, iii) IIT Madras, iv) Indian Association for Cultivation of Science, Kolkata.

Here, I will highlight a research collaboration with IISc, Bangalore and was a part of our Newton fellowship application. A myriads of chemical and biological processes happen in a liquid medium called solvent. Search for alkahest meaning “solvent capable of dissolving all substances” in the middle Ages asserts the importance of solvation science. Water is the elixir of life, to say for instance, a simple astronomical mantra for the search of extra-terrestrial life is to “follow the water”. Solvation science plays a critical role in our day-to-day activities. About two third of our Human body is composed of water. When we apply sunscreen to protect us from harmful UV radiation of the sunlight, the chemical ingredients interact with their environment. Recent research suggests that the interaction of sunscreen ingredients with water can alter their efficiency. The advanced laser systems of the Bristol and Bangalore groups stimulated a new research in understanding the influence of solvent on the model systems of technologically significant applications, which we published in high impact Journal and has gained international attention Read More. We hope that the mutual benefits of this research collaboration will further the tie-up between these groups and with other research groups of similar interest, in India.