Nano-Catalysis and Organic Synthesis

Head of the Division:

Dr. Manoj B. Gawande, Ph.D., FRSC (UK)

Manoj B. Gawande received his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry in 2008 from the Department of Chemistry, Institute of Chemical Technology, (Formerly UDCT) Matunga, Mumbai, India, under the supervision of Prof. R.V. Jayaram. During his research tenure, he has been awarded several prestigious fellowships including Senior Research fellowship (SRF) from CSIR, New Delhi India; Brain Korea-21 (BK-21) Research fellowship from Ministry of Science, South Korea; and FCT Research fellowship from MCTES, Lisbon, Portugal. After that he worked as a Visiting Professor at Division of Chemistry and Biological Chemistry, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. In 2014, he has awarded prestigious "Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Samman-2014” by Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, Government of India in conjunction with the NRI Welfare Society of India, for his outstanding contribution, service, and achievements in Chemistry Research. In 2015, and 2016 both consecutives years, he received “Deans Award“ from the Dean of Palacky University, Olomouc Czech Republic for best publication output. In June 2017, he has been selected as Fellow (FRSC) Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), United Kingdom for his signification contribution in nanocatalysis and sustainable chemistry.

Presently, he is working as an Associate Professor and Head of nanocatalysis research group at Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials, Faculty of Science, Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic. During his stay at RCPTM, Palacky University, he has several visiting professor/scientist positions including Prof. Steve Ley (Cambridge University Cambridge United Kingdom), Prof. Dunwei Wang (Boston College, Boston, Chestnut Hill, MA, USA), Prof. C. N. R. Rao, and Prof. Rajender S. Varma (EPA, Cincinnati, USA).

His research interests are in the development of advanced nanomaterials, and its applications in catalysis. He has published over 90 scientific publications including reviews, patents, papers, editorial and commentary articles. Presently, he is supervising several doctoral student and postdoctoral co-workers.

Prof. Gawande is a Guest editor of several leading journals including ChemSusChem (Wiley Publication) RSC Advances (RSC Publications), and Current Organic Chemistry (Bentham publications). He is also an Associate Editor for Current Catalysis, and Frontiers Chemistry and Regional Editor for Current Organic Synthesis (Europe-Zone-Bentham Publications). He is also Editorial board member of Scientific Reports (Nature Publication). :

Research Areas

Magnetically Recyclable Nanocatalysts

Iron Oxide-based Nanocatalysts

Microwave-Assisted Synthesis

Core-Shell Nanocatalysts

Greener Organic Synthesis

Results highlights – Publications:

M. B. Gawande, A. Goswami, F. Felpin, T. Asefa, X. Huang, R. Silva, X. Zou, R. Zboril, R. S. Varma: Cu and Cu-Based Nanoparticles: Synthesis and Applications in Catalysis, CHEMICAL REVIEWS vol. 116, iss. 6, pp. 3722-3811, 2017.
DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemrev.5b00482, IF = 47.928
Y. Hou, Y. Liu, R. Gao, Q. Li, H. Guo, A. Goswami, R. Zboril, M. B. Gawande, X. Zou: Ag@CoxP Core–Shell Heterogeneous Nanoparticles as Efficient Oxygen Evolution Reaction Catalysts, ACS CATALYSIS vol. 7, iss. 10, pp. 7038-7042, 2017.
DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.7b02341, IF = 10.614
M. B. Gawande, A. Goswami, T. Asefa, H. Guo, A. V. Biradar, D. Peng, R. Zboril, R. S. Varma: Core–shell nanoparticles: synthesis and applications in catalysis and electrocatalysis, CHEMICAL SOCIETY REVIEWS vol. 44, iss. 21, pp. 7540-7590, 2017.
DOI: 10.1039/c5cs00343a, IF = 38.618
M. B. Gawande, R. Zboril, V. Malgras, Y. Yamauchi: Integrated nanocatalysts: a unique class of heterogeneous catalysts, JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY A vol. 3, iss. 16, pp. 8241-8245, 2017.
DOI: 10.1039/c5ta00119f, IF = 38.618
M. B. Gawande, P. S. Branco and R. S. Varma: "Nano-magnetite (Fe3O4) as a support for recyclable catalysts in the development of sustainable methodologies", CHEMICAL SOCIETY REVIEWS, vol. 42, iss. 8, pp. 3371, 2013.
DOI: 10.1039/c3cs35480f, IF = 38.618
M. B. Gawande, S. N. Shelke, R. Zboril and R. S. Varma: "Microwave-Assisted Chemistry: Synthetic Applications for Rapid Assembly of Nanomaterials and Organics", ACC. CHEM. RES., vol. 47, iss. 4, pp. 1338-1348, 2014.
DOI: 10.1021/ar400309b, IF = 20.268
M. B. Gawande, V. D. B. Bonifácio, R. Luque, P. S. Branco and R. S. Varma: "Solvent-Free and Catalysts-Free Chemistry: A Benign Pathway to Sustainability", CHEMSUSCHEM, vol. 7, iss. 1, pp. 24-44, 2014.
DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201300485, IF = 7.226
(Top 10 article, recommended by Reviewers)
M. B. Gawande, A. K. Rathi, I. D. Nogueira, R. S. Varma and P. S. Branco: "Magnetite-supported sulfonic acid: a retrievable nanocatalyst for the Ritter reaction and multicomponent reactions", GREEN CHEM., 2013.
DOI: 10.1039/c3gc40457a, IF = 9.125
M. B. Gawande, V. D. B. Bonifácio, R. Luque, P. S. Branco and R. S. Varma: "Benign by design: catalyst-free in-water, on-water green chemical methodologies in organic synthesis", CHEMICAL SOCIETY REVIEWS, vol. 42, iss. 12, pp. 5522, 2013.
DOI: 10.1039/c3cs60025d, IF = 38.618
Feature in Water Chemistry Research by RSC
M. B. Gawande, P. S. Branco, I. D. Nogueira, C. A. A. Ghumman, N. Bundaleski, A. Santos, O. M. N. D. Teodoro and R. Luque: "Catalytic applications of a versatile magnetically separable Fe–Mo (Nanocat-Fe–Mo) nanocatalyst", GREEN CHEM., vol. 15, iss. 3, pp. 682, 2013.
DOI: 10.1039/c3gc36844k, IF = 9.125
Hot article of week by editorial choice
M. B. Gawande, A. K. Rathi, P. S. Branco, I. D. Nogueira, A. Velhinho, J. J. Shrikhande, U. U. Indulkar, R. V. Jayaram, C. A. A. Ghumman, N. Bundaleski and O. M. N. D. Teodoro: "Regio-and Chemoselective Reduction of Nitroarenes and Carbonyl Compounds over Recyclable Magnetic Ferrite-Nickel Nanoparticles (Fe3O4-Ni) by Using Glycerol as a Hydrogen Source ", CHEMISTRY - A EUROPEAN JOURNAL, vol. 18, iss. 40, pp. 12628-12632, 2013.
DOI: 10.1002/chem.201202380, IF = 5.317
Highlighted in Synfacts, Cited as HOT TOPICS Magnetic Materials

Key Collaborators

Prof. Rajender S. Varma

Sustainable Technology Division,
National Risk Management Research
Laboratory, US Environmental Protection Agency,
MS 443, 26 West Martin Luther King Drive,
Cincinnati, Ohio, 45268, USA


Prof. Tewodros Asefa

Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, and
Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Rutgers,
The State University of New Jersey, 610 Taylor Road,
Piscataway, New Jersey 08854, USA


Prof. Yusuke Yamauchi

National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS),
1-1 Namiki, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0044, Japan.

Associate Editor, APL Materials, The American Institute of Physics (AIP)
Editorial Board Member, Scientific Reports, Nature Publishing Group (NPG)


Prof. François-Xavier Felpin

Université de Nantes
UFR des Sciences et des Techniques
2 rue de la Houssinière
44322 Nantes Cedex 3


Current Research group members

Dr. Devaki Nandan (PhD, Chemical Sciences)

  • Postdoctoral Researcher
  • Current Research
    • Synthesis of hybrid and advanced nanomaterials
    • Use of hybrid and advanced nanomaterials in biomass, energy, catalysis and green chemistry
  • Research, Teaching and Education
    • Worked as Exchange Research Student at CSIRO- Australia, Sponsored by Australia India Scientific Research Fund, DST & CSIRO (Advisor: Prof. Ken Chiang and Prof. N. Viswanadham) July 2014-Aug 2014
    • Worked as Project fellow at CSIR-Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute (Advisor: Prof. A. K. Siddhanta) Aug 2009-Nov 2010
    • Worked as a lecturer for P G and U G students at S V P G College Lohaghat, Uttarakhand India, (Under Kumaun University Nainital) 2014-2016
    • Ph. D. (2015) - Academy of Scientific & Innovative Research, CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum Dehradun, India (Advisor: Prof. Nagabhatla Viswanadham)
    • M. Sc. (2008) -L S M P G College Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand, India (under Kumaun University Nainital)
  • Selected publications
    • J. Mater. Chem. A, 2014, 2, 1054., Chem. Commun., 2011, 47, 11537., Dalton Trans., 2014, 43, 12077., Micro. and Meso. Mate., 2013, 179, 182.

Dr. Subodh Kumar (Ph.D. Organic Chemistry)

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate
  • Research Interest
    • Synthesis of 2D carbon materials for energy applications
    • Sustainable chemical processes
    • Advanced chemical reactions by Flow Chemistry
  • Postdoctoral Experience
    • (2015-2017): Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel (Advisor: Dr. Gilbert. D. Nessim)
  • Education
    • Ph. D. (2015) - CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum, Dehradun, India (Advisor: Dr. Suman L. Jain)
    • M. Sc. (2008) - A. M. U. Aligarh, India
  • Selected publications
    • Carbon 2017, 120, 419-426; Chem. Eur. J. 2015, 21, 3488-3494; J. Mater. Chem. A, 2014, 2, 18861-18866.

Ms. Radka Kralova

  • Doctoral student
  • Research Interest
    • Synthesis of metal nanoparticles and nanocomposites
    • Application in catalysis and in photocatalysis
    • Magnetically recyclable nanomaterials
  • Education
    • M.Sc. Material Chemistry 2011-2013, Faculty of Science, Palacky University, Czech Republic.
    • B.Sc. Environmental Chemistry, 2008 – 2011, Faculty of Science, Palacky University, Czech Republic.

Mr. Petr Zajíček

  • Doctoral student
  • Research Interest
    • Water treatment – removal of herbicides and heavy metals
    • Analytical techniques - High performance liquid chromatography/ UV-Vis, Gas chromatography/ FID, Mass spectrometry
    • Iron nanomaterials for nanocatalysis and water treatment
  • Education
    • M.Sc. Analytical Chemistry, Palacky University 2012, Czech Republic.
    • B.Sc. Chemistry, Palacky University 2010, Czech Republic.

Mr. Vilas Gade

  • Doctoral student
  • Co-supervising for doctoral research at Post Graduate & Research Center Department of Chemistry, S.S.G.M. College, Kopargaon, University of Pune, India.
  • Research Topic
    • “Recyclable nanocatalysis- Applications in Coupling and Multicomponent reactions”

Former Postdoctoral/Researcher Colleagues

Dr. Anandarup Goswami

Current Position –working as “Associate Professor” at Vignan’s University, Vadlamudi, Guntur 522 213, Andhra Pradesh, India.

Dr. Anuj K. Rathi

Current Position –working as “group Leader at Jubilant Chemsys, Noida Delhi

Dr. Pawan Kumar

Current Position –working as “Postdoctoral fellow at University of Alberta.

Students supervised

Dr. Mrs. Kashibatta J. Datta (July 2013-June 2016)

Co-supervised for doctoral research on topic entitled “Metal and Metal Oxide Nanoparticles for Catalytic Applications “at Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials, Faculty of Science, Palacky University, Šlechtitelů 11, 783 71, Olomouc, Czech Republic.

Dr. Deepak M. Nagrik (July 2010-Feb. 2013)

Co-supervised for doctoral research on the topic entitled “Synthetic and biological studies of nitrogen, oxygen and phosphorous containing organic compounds”.
Currently, working as Assistant Professor at G. S. College, Amravati University, Amravati, India.
Submission 7/11/11, viva 12/5/12, award Feb 2013.

Mr. Gonçalo Sousa

Supervised for undergraduate research on the project entitled “SÍNTESE DE AZIRIDINAS” under FCT, research programme, at New University of Lisbon, Portugal for the year 2010-2011.

Ms. Sofia Alexandra Marques de Sá

Supervised for undergraduate research on the project entitled “Magnetic nanocatalysis of coupling reaction” under FCT, research programme, at New University of Lisbon, Portugal for the year 2012-2013.