I'm a professor at the Department of Chemistry, IIT Bombay. After obtaining bachelor's degree from Osmania University in 1992 and master’s degree from University of Hyderabad in 1994, I joined Tata Institute of Fundamental Research for the PhD program and graduated in 2000. The title of my thesis was "Intramolecular vibrational redistribution dynamics in p-alkoxybenzene derivatives," with Prof. Sanjay Wategaonkar. As a JSPS postdoctoral fellow at the Tohoku University (2000-2002) I worked on the spectroscopy and structure of dihydrogen-bonded molecular complexes with Prof. Naohiko Mikami. This was followed by yet another postdoctoral position for a year at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2002-2003) working on ion-molecule interactions with Prof. James M. Lisy. I joined IIT Bombay in 2003 as an assistant professor and became professor in 2012. I also spent some time as a visiting scientist at Genesis Research Institute, Japan and my host was Prof. Akira Terasaki. I have had a very good fortune of working with mentors who were not only good scientists but also very good human beings.
My current research addresses variety of phenomena involving intermolecular interactions using both experimental and theoretical methodologies. In 2017, for the fundamental contributions to hydrogen bonding I was awarded Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in Chemical Sciences.
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