Prof. Sourav, Director IISER Kolkata Pal

Designation : Adjunct Professor

Broad Area of Expertise : Chemistry

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Educational Qualifications

  • Ph.D (Chemistry), IACS (Calcutta), 1985
  • M.Sc(Integrated-5yrs) (Chemistry), IIT Kanpur, 1977

Areas of Research

Theoretical investigation of Hard-Soft Acid-Base relationStudy of electron-molecule scatteringDevelopment and Application of Molecular DynamicsDensity functional response approach for molecular propertiesMagnetic propertiesApplication to problems of chemical physicsComputational Material Science

Courses Taught

Professional Appointments

  • Director and Professor, IISER Kolkata ( - )
  • Professor (HAG) and Institute Chair Professor, IIT Bombay (2015 - 2017)
  • Director, CSIR - NCL Pune (2010 - 2015)
  • Scientist, CSIR - NCL Pune (1982 - 2015)
  • Director(Additional Charge), CSIR- Central Salt & Marine Chemicals Research Institute, Bhavnagar(Gujarat) (2014 - 2015)
  • Head, Physical and Materials Chemistry, CSIR - NCL Pune (2002 - 2010)

Recent Publications

  • Pal, Sourav and Barik, Gayatree. 2018."Specificity of Amino AcidAluminum Cluster Interaction and Subsequent Oxygen Activation by the above Complex." J. Phys. Chem C , 28310-28323, 122
  • Pal, Sourav; Kumar, Deepak; Govindaraja, T. and Krishnamurty, Sailaja. 2018."Dissociative chemisorption of hydrogen molecule on defective graphene supported aluminum clusters: A computational study.." Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics , 26506-26512, 41
  • Pal, Sourav; Talukdar, Kaushik; Sasmal, Sudip; K. Nayak, Malaya and Vaval, Nayana. 2018."Correlation trends in the magnetic hyperfine structure of atoms: A relativistic coupled-cluster case study." Phys. Rev, A 98, A98
  • Pal, Sourav; Saha, Arijit; Payra, Soumen; Selvaratnam, Balaranjan; Bhattacharya, Sumantra; Koodali, Ranjit and Banerjee, Subhash. 2018."Hierarchical Mesoporous RuO2/Cu2O Nanoparticle-Catalyzed Oxidative Homo/Hetero Azo-Coupling of Anilines." ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering , 1134511352, 6

Recognition and Awards

  • SASTRA-CNR Rao Award in Chemistry & Materials Science from CSIR (2014)
  • Executive Council Member from Federation of Asian Chemical Societies (FACS) (2010)
  • JC Bose National Fellowship from DST (2008)
  • Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy from Indian National Science Academy (2003)
  • Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar from CSIR (2000)
  • Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences from National Academy of Science (1998)
  • Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences from Indian Academy of Sciences (1996)

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