I am a chemical engineer with a focus on developing new nanoscale architectures, understanding their structure-property relations and their interactions with the environment. I joined UTC in 2015 as a faculty in the Civil and Chemical Engineering Department. Prior to joining UTC, I explored diverse aspects of nanotechnology in my three years of postdoctoral research, investigating self-assembly nanostructures at The University of Alabama, MINT Center, environmental remediation with magnetic nanoparticles at the University of South Carolina, CENR, and magnetic resonance imaging applications of shape-controlled nanoparticles at Yale University. I earned my Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from The University of Alabama in 2012, combining inorganic synthesis with material and biological characterization techniques to develop multifunctional nanoparticles for theranostics. I did my bachelors in Chemical Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Durgapur, India.
I have published 23 papers, four book chapters, and one cover art. I am a reviewer for several nanoscience journals such as Applied Physics Letters, Inorganic Chemistry, Journal of Applied Physics, Dalton Transactions, Nanoscale, Langmuir, and Environmental Science & Technology.
My research aims to integrate material science and biological methods to engineer smart nanoparticles for therapeutic, environmental, and photovoltaic applications. Currently, my group is focused on synthesizing a multicomponent nanodrug platform using biological linkers and magnetic nanoparticles. I have recently won the THEC CEACSE award ($89,211) for my project on computational analysis of the transport of nanodrugs and the CINT (Sandia Lab) User award. In addition, we are highly interested in understanding the environmental risk and global impact of these emerging biohybrid nanostructures. My group also focuses on the synthesizing new semiconductor materials and understanding their structure-property relationship.
You can find my complete list of publications here: https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=n7vWGDIAAAAJ
My current projects and representative publications are detailed as follows:
Integrated Nanobiomaterials Laboratory
SYNTHESIS OF NEW BIOHYBRID NANOSTRUCTURES FOR DRUG DELIVERY
Students: Ketan Patel, Justin Miller, Olivia George, Megan Downs, Mitchell Muhlada,Â Â Â Husam Alkushiban, and Bader Alshammari (undergraduate); Uday Gharge (M.S. candidate)
Related publications: Palchoudhury, S., Zhou, Z., Ramasamy, K., Okirie, F., Prevelige, P., & Gupta, A. (2017). Self-assembly of P22 protein cages with polyamidoamine dendrimer and inorganic nanoparticles. Journal of Materials Research, 32(2), 465-472. doi:10.1557/jmr.2016.439
ANALYZING THE TRANSPORT AND DISTRIBUTION OF NANODRUGS
Students: Olivia George, William McMohan, Elizabeth Davis, Erin Conway, Ketan Patel and Justin Miller (undergraduate); Sadhvi Arora, Uday Gharge, and Abdulaziz Albattah (M.S. candidate)
UTC Collaborator: Dr. Abdollah (Abi) Arabshahi, SimCenter
RISK ASSESSMENT AND GLOBAL IMPACT OF ENGINEERED NANOCRYSTALS
Students: Erin Conway (undergraduate); Uday Gharge and Abdulaziz Albattah (M.S. candidate)
SYNTHESIS OF NEW CHALCOGENIDE NANOCRYSTALS FOR ENERGY APPLICATIONS
Students: Justin Miller, Mitchell Rayl, Cody Flowers and Ketan Patel (undergraduate)
Related publications: http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2016/cc/c5cc07743e#!divAbstract
Photos from the Integrated Nanobiomaterials Laboratory