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  Admissions for PhD programme in Chemistry - August 2021

Department of Chemistry at IISER Pune encompasses diverse research areas of interest. There are many exciting research fields including inter-disciplinary research areas to explore. There are opportunities to work in theoretical, computational as well as experimental fields to approach and solve the research problems. The broad research disciplines and the list of faculty members with different research expertise having vacancy in their labs are given below.
Inorganic Chemistry: For students who are interested in Inorganic and Material Chemistry, Energy harvesting, Redox Chemistry and Synthesis of Porphyrinoids, Organometallic Chemistry: Catalysis and Nano-materials Syntheses and Carbene based Iron complexes and their application, Metal-Organic Materials, Metal organic frameworks for selective carbon dioxide sequestration etc.

•    R. Boomi Shankar
•    V. G. Anand
•    Moumita Majumdar
•    Shabana Khan
•    Nirmalya Ballav
•    R. Vaidhyanathan

Organic Chemistry: For students who are interested in Organic synthesis and Chemical Biology: Medicinal Chemistry, Organic synthesis and Flow Chemistry, Peptides and applications, Synthesis of Chemical probes. Chemical probing of biological processes (lipid signaling & metabolism)

•    Harinath Chakrapani
•    S. Britto
•    H. N. Gopi
•    B. Gnanaprakasam
•    Siddhesh S. Kamat

Physical Chemistry Experimental and Spectroscopy: For students who are interested in NMR Spectroscopy, Understanding Protein-RNA interactions, Fluorescence and Photophysics -Design, Synthesis and studies of Phosphorescent Molecules, Gas Phase Laser Spectroscopy, Electrochemistry, Fuel Cells, Batteries, Biophysics-Protein folding

•    Jeetender Chugh
•    Partha Hazra
•    Aloke Das
•    M. Musthafa
•    Jayant B. Udgaonkar

Theoretical and Computational Physical Chemistry: For students who are interested in Computer Simulations of Battery Electrolytes and Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells, Computational biophysics, protein-DNA interactions, drug design, machine learning, Chemical Physics (analytical theory), Polymer physics (simulations, Computational Material Science)

•    Arun Venkatnathan
•    Arnab Mukherjee
•    Srabanti Chaudhury
•    Prasenjit Gosh

Note: List of Faculty members displayed above will accept prospective PhD students through this PhD admission after shortlisting followed by the rigorous interview. The prospective candidates are advised to go through the website of faculty members and their research areas very carefully before applying online. You are advised to fill the online application form carefully to avoid any errors and select one option (drop down menu) of your preference of sub-discipline for the interview.

Admission Procedure
For admission to the PhD Programme, interested candidates with good academic track record satisfying the below eligibility criteria can apply.

Eligibility Criteria:
1A. Minimum 60% marks in aggregate (overall percentage; not only in the majoring subject) or an equivalent C.G.P.A on 10-point scale (55% or an equivalent C.G.P.A in aggregate for SC/ST and Specially abled candidates PD/VH) in Masters' Degree in any branch of Science: Chemistry / Physics / Mathematics / Biology or equivalent.  Candidates with Integrated BS-MS degree / B.E. / B. Tech. / B. Pharm. / ME / M. Tech. / M. Pharm. degree satisfying the above criteria of marks can also apply.
In addition to the above criteria, the candidate MUST have qualified any ONE of the following exams:

(a) National Eligibility Test (NET) with VALID CSIR-JRF/UGC-JRF#†

(b) INSPIRE-PhD fellowship
(Should be in possession of INSPIRE Fellowship Provisional Selection Letter at the time of Interview)

#Applicants with valid UGC/CSIR-JRF, NET-LS and GATE will be further screened based on the ranks/score for their eligibility set by the Institute/Department committee.
†Please note that the cut-off/ rank for the reserved category candidates is 1.2 times that of the unreserved category candidates.


2. IISER BS-MS (All IISERs) Dual degree students with CGPA >= 8.0

Above scores/ranks/fellowships MUST be valid at least till 31 December 2021.

Selection procedure: Based on application forms received and the above listed criteria, applicants will be further shortlisted for the interview based on additional criteria set by the Department. All the candidates selected for the interview will receive a separate email to appear for the interview. Shortlisted candidates will be selected for admission to the PhD programme through a rigorous evaluation process that includes an interview by a selection committee. The mere application/shortlisting does not guarantee admission into the PhD programme.

Candidates shortlisted for interviews

Date of opening of online application form: May 12, 2021

Last date for Application submission: May 30, 2021

Tentative Dates of Interview: June 9, 2021 onwards

In case of any queries please email chemphdselection@iiserpune.ac.in