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1. Microemulsions with Ionic Liquids: Phase Behavior, Microstructure and Solubilization

Project Details

Principal Investigator: Dr. Sandeep R. Patil, Assistant Professor, B. Tech. Program

Funding Agency: Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB)-Department of Science and Technology (DST),Govt. of India

Research Scheme: DST Fast Track Young Scientist

Funding Amount:Rs. 24,58000/-

Duration:June 2014- May 2017

In recent years, microemulsions have been evaluated as unique and versatile reaction media for a variety of chemical reactions, such as nanoparticle preparation, organic synthesis, bioorganic synthesis, and so on. Microemulsions are optically transparent, thermodynamically stable solutions of at least three components comprising two immiscible fluids and a surfactant. Such mixtures of water, oil, and surfactant exhibit a rich variety of microstructures within single-phase microemulsion domains and a rich variety of liquid crystalline or mesophases, in addition to many different kinds of multiple phase domains.1 Ionic liquids (ILs) have attracted more and more attention in recent years, because of their unique properties such as low vapor pressure, high thermal stability and wide liquid range.2


Figure:Schematic Fish-shaped phase diagram obtained by taking a vertical section through the phase prism for equal masses of polar and apolar solvent, showing single phase (1F), two phase (2F) and three phase (3F) regions. '?' is the mass fraction of surfactant in the total mixture.

Objectives of the proposed project

  • To replace a conventional solvents as a non polar phase by a hydrophobic ionic liquid in a ternary microemulsion systems containing sugar based surfactant.
  • To replace water by a room temperature ionic liquid as a polar phase in a ternary microemulsion systems.
  • Formulating microemulsion systems that are stable over a wide temperature range.
  • To achieve reduction in surfactant concentration required to solubilize two immiscible solvents.
  • To verify the effect of variation surfactant amphiphilicity, oil chain length, ionic liquid type on the phase behavior and microstructure of microemulsion systems.
  • To utilize ionic liquid microemulsion systems for solubilization of metal salts, biomolecules, synthesis of metallic nanoparticles.


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2. E-Content for Undergraduate students in Biochemistry

The overall objective of this E-content is to make students appreciate that Biochemistry is a subject of central and practical importance, contributing to both basic and applied research in Industry, Medicine, Agriculture, Pharmacy etc and also to encourage students to develop intellectual independence and critical thinking skills.

Project Details

Sponsoring Agency: Gujarat Alkalies and Chemicals Limited (GACL)

Name of Partner Institute(s):Indian Institute of Technology - Gandhinagar & Navrachana University

Principle Investigator :   Dr. Mandira Sikdar

Co-Investigators :Dr. Elizabeth Robin

Dr. K.S. Kumar

Dr. Darshee Baxi

Project Objectives

  • To democratize Higher Education by making available quality education to large segments of population- both in rural and urban areas while also including adults who wish to upgrade their skills.
  • The gross enrolment ratio in India for Higher Education is 12.4% but is expected to achieve 21% by the end of the 12th Five Year Plan. The objective of developing this e-Content is to help achieve the above mentioned targets.
  • To provide an innovative system of Higher Education which is flexible in terms of time, place, age of the learner and which maintains comparable standards with the existing formal systems of education.
  • To provide an opportunity to distant learners to be exposed to a rich source of information and guided learning material available at all times, with requisite support machineries that would enable a sound base for learning.
  • To highlight the potential/necessity of future research in areas of health science, biomedical engineering, pharmaceuticals, industry, etc.

Objectives - For Learners

  • To enhance digital literacy and critical thinking skills.
  • To understand the significance of networking and working co-operatively in multicultural environments.
  • To become self learners and lifelong learners.
  • To become effective communicators -verbal and written.

3. Materials Under High Pressure

Project Details

Principal Investigator: Dr. Pallavi Ghalsasi, Associate Professor, School of Engineering and Technology

Funding Agencies

  • Department of Science and Technology-Women Scientists Scheme (A), Government of India, Rs. 23,80,000/-,November 2011-May 2015.
  • Department of Atomic Energy-Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences, Government of India, Rs. 24,37,001/-,August 2012-March 2015.

Research Theme

Every material changes its behavior as a response to high pressure. Interestingly, nature also uses high pressure high temperature synthesis technique to convert carbon into diamond deep inside Earth's mantle. Diamonds in turn are widely used in investigation of various spectroscopic properties of materials under pressure due to theirhardest behavior and optical transparency.With the advances in technology, today it is possible to mimic extreme high pressures in the laboratory.

In our laboratory we are having different Diamond Anvil Cells (DAC) to generate pressure in the range of40-50 GPa and optical stereo microscope (SMZ1000) with polarizer-analyzer and 4x-160x magnification.Application of pressure to a material inside DAC may change its vibrational (Raman or IR spectroscopy) properties, band gap (UV-visible spectroscopy), structure (X-ray diffraction), electrical resistance (Resistivity). The changes in these properties/behaviour can be correlated to variation in bond vibrations, bond lengths, symmetry and shape of the material. We are basically interested in understanding these aspects in negative thermal expansion materials and organic-inorganic hybrid compounds.

We are investigating applications of high pressure techniques (typically exploited for metallic, covalent and ionic bonded compounds) for relatively weakly (hydrogen or π - π) bonded molecular compounds. We are also involved in in-situ microscopy of crystal growth and new phases of materials under high pressure.

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4. School of Business and Law Consultancy Project

Project Details

Sponsoring Agency: Gujarat Alkalies and Chemicals Limited (GACL)

Project Title: CSR Review and Formulation Study at GACL

Duration:October, 2014 to March, 2015

Project Cost:Rs 300,000/-

Terms of Reference

  • Review of current CSR strategy, including analysis of CSR expenditure.
  • Determine budgetary provision for CSR activities in line with company's needs and provisions of new Companies' Act 2013.
  • Explore and analyse various options for CSR activities and opportunities available to GACL for meaningful community development work and visibility for the company.
  • Explore opportunities of partnership with NGOs and other organizations as well as opportunities for external funding for specific CSR activities.
  • Develop a medium term CSR strategy and plan (for the period of five years) in line with the above objectives
  • Prepare an Information Education Communication (IEC) plan for deriving maximum visibility of GACL.
  • Prepare Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the CSR activities to be undertaken on board approval including organizational structure for effective implementation and an organ gram for manpower requirement.
  • Prepare a system to facilitate implementation, monitoring, evaluation, documentation and reporting of CSR activities
  • Help GACL in the effective implementation of CSR initiatives
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