Mar 21, 2016 | Sanchari Dan
Sangeeta Adhikari obtained her M. Sc degree in Chemistry from the Department of Chemistry, NIT Rourkela after which she went on to pursue her Ph. D. in Dr. Debasish Sarkar’s laboratory at Department of Ceramic Engineering in the same institute. Her Ph.D. dissertation was based on the topic: ‘Nanostructured WO3 for Electrochromic and Photocatalytic Applications’.
The thesis work mainly focused on the development of 1D, 2D and 3D nanostructures of tungsten trioxide and zinc oxide for energy based applications. The main motive of her research was to understand the basic mechanism of nanoparticles formation by experimenting with materials morphology to achieve the targeted electrochemical properties for highly efficient electro-chromic device. The photo-catalytic properties of the metal oxides were also studied for effective dye degradation. She has always been fascinated by surface tailoring catalysts via architectural development of nanomaterials for enhanced electrochemical and photochemical performance in perspective of latent applications.
Having gained considerable interest in analyzing catalytic nanomaterial for their multiple functionalities during her graduation studies, she has published 10 journal papers from her Ph.D. research work and 3 journal papers from other works. Three of her best research papers have been published in Electrochimica Acta, Journal of Electrochemical Sciences and RSC Advances. She has been awarded as best oral presenter in two international conferences, best poster presenter in national conference and also best research scholar of Department of Ceramic Engineering in RSW-2015, NIT-Rourkela. She has been the recipient of the Young Scientist Award at various conferences at premier Indian institutes in the past four years.
She had always aspired to work as a postdoctoral fellow to continue research in her field after completion of her Ph.D. Her hardwork paid off when she received two prestigious fellowships to pursue postdoctoral research. She has received the UGC- Dr. D. S. Kothari Postdoctoral fellowship under the supervision of Prof. Giridhar Madras, Department of Chemical Engineering, IISc-Bangalore, her field of work being Nanomaterials for Environment Remediation. She received an international fellowship NRF-Korea Postdoctoral Researcher at Department of Applied Chemical Engineering, Chonnam National University, South Korea. As a postdoctoral fellow she would be required to work on precursor development for advanced functional nano-perovskites and their application.
“It was indeed a very tough decision for me to choose one from the two fellowships. Apart from remuneration advantage and foreign fascination, I believe IISc has better opportunities to provide. Conveniences like effective research work, work environment, and fast learning process under an eminent Indian researcher holds more importance to me. With this perspective in mind, I chose to work with Prof. G. Madras, who is amongst top scientists in the field of nanomaterials development for environmental purpose. I take this opportunity to thank Prof. D. Sarkar, who guided and supported me in every stride to make this possible.”
Sangeeta thinks that NITR has given her exposure to versatile opportunities. When given an opportune platform, one can explore various options and choose the one best suited for them. She advises all juniors to “Work hard and think smart.”