He joined Navrachana University in 2017 as an Associate Professor. Prior to that he worked as Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Chemical Engineering Department, Texas Tech University (USA) and with Prof. Daniel W. Armstrong, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at UT Arlington (USA) for 2 year 8 months. During his Postdoctoral studies, he worked in the area of Task specific Ionic Liquids, their role in organic transformations and novel drug delivery platforms. He also has more than 6 years industrial R&D experience between Sun Pharmaceutical Pvt. Ltd. Vadodara, Berger Paints India Ltd., Kolkata and CRO Laboratories Inc., USA. His expertise cover diverse areas of synthetic organic & polymer chemistry, drug delivery systems, novel material synthesis and their application to real world problems. He also has mentored advanced Undergraduates, Juniors, and Master’s students for theory and laboratory courses in India and abroad for more than 6 years.
PhD (Chemistry, Advisor: Prof. Surekha Devi, Thesis: “Polymerization of various acrylates in Microemulsion” Area of expertise: Polymer and Colloid Science), at the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara and a second PhD (Chemistry, Advisor: Dr. Frank W. Foss, Thesis: “Design and synthesis of HMP Kinase Inhibitors”, Area of Expertise: Synthetic Organic and Medicinal Chemistry), at the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Texas at Arlington (USA). M.Sc. (Organic Chemistry), The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, B.Sc.Chemistry (main), Physics & Math (subsidiary), The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda
His research interest is the development of functional materials through organic/polymer synthesis, sustainable chemistry and simplification of pharmaceutical formulation leading to lower cost and better efficacy. He is also very interested in advancing scientific pursuits in the direction of community based issues. He has authored about 15 publications and conference presentations.
Selected peer reviewed publications :
1. Synthesis of Thermally Stable GeminalDicationic Ionic Liquids: An Examination of Physicochemical Properties by Structural Modifications, Rahul A. Patil, Mohsen Talebi, Chengdong Xu, Sumit S. Bhawal, Daniel W. Armstrong, Chem. Mater., 2016, 28 (12), pp 4315–4323. ISSN # 1520-5002, American Chemical Society.
2. Rapid, effective deprotection of tert-butoxycarbonyl (Boc) amino acids and peptides at high temperatures using a thermally stable ionic liquid. Bhawal S. Sumit, Patil, A.P.; Armstrong, D.W. RSC Adv. 2015, 5, 95854. ISSN # 2046-2069, Royal Society.
3. Yang, Samuel; Wang, Evelyn; Gurak, John; Bhawal, Sumit; Deshmukh, Rajendrasing; Wijeratne, W. M. Aruna B.; Edwards, Brian; Foss, Frank; Timmons, Richard; Schug, Kevin “Affinity Mesh Screen Materials for Selective Extraction and Analysis of Antibiotics using Transmission Mode Desorption Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry” Langmuir 2013, 29, 8046 - 8053. ISSN # 1520-582, ACS.
4. Recalculation of monomer reactivity considering the effect of monomer partitioning in microemulsion. European Polymer Journal. Bhawal, S.; Sanghvi, P. G.; Devi, S. 2003, 39, 389. ISSN # 0014-3057, Elsevier.
5.Initiator artifice in the emulsion and microemulsioncopolymerisation of partially water soluble monomers. Int Journal of Polymer Materials, Bhawal, S. and Devi, S. 2006,55, 255-281. ISSN # 1563-535X, Taylor &Francis.
6.Translucent nanolatexes through emulsion polymerisation of ethylacrylate. Bhawal, S. Pokhriyal, N., Devi, S.European Polymer Journal. 2002, 38, 735. ISSN # 0014-3057.
Recognitions and Awards:
- Awarded Senior Research fellowship by council of scientific and industrial research (CSIR), Govt. of India for carrying out research work (2001).
- Secured first position in the MS entrance exam conducted by M.S. University of Baroda, (1997)
- Awarded Graduate Stimulus Fellowship (2009-2010)
- STEM doctoral Fellowship (2009 – 2014)
- Awarded I-engage for training and mentoring senior undergraduate at UTA (2014).