Head of the Division:
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). :
Magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) are one of the most widely studied materials in multi-disciplinary research including biotechnology, biomedicine, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), separation, catalysis, etc. They have been used in recent years as a versatile support for a variety of heterogeneous catalysts for diverse classes of organic transformations. In addition, MNPs have potential in vapor phase reactions (e.g. hydrogenation, oxidation, and alkylation) involving gas phase reactors. The combination of two metals (bimetallic) on the magnetite supports would be a new generation of magnetic catalyst systems, which can be explored for a number of important chemical reactions. For these types of catalysts, tuning of two metals on the ferrite supports may enable selective organic transformations with ease and provide additional tools to chemists to attain sustainability. These magnetically recoverable catalysts will provide a solid and stable platform for heterogeneous catalysis, green chemistry, and environmentally benign protocols in the near future.
Iron oxides and related nanocatalysts are one of the most important transition metal oxides of in the field of Catalysis Science and Technology. Various types of pure phases of iron oxides, such as Fe(OH)3, Fe(OH)2, Fe5HO8-4H2O, Fe3O4, FeO, five polymorphs of FeOOH and four of Fe2O3. All the iron oxides are crystalline except ferrihydrite and Schwertmannite which are poorly crystalline. In recent years, there has been an increase interest on the well-ordered preparation of nano- or micron sized iron oxides with porous structures because of their unique properties with potential applications. Hence, studies on the fabrication of size and shape controlled nanostructures is very important to control their physicochemical properties that hold promise for the design of novel materials, devices, and techniques with various applications. These iron oxides can be prepared by all known wet chemical methods though to tailor the particle size in nano range and morphology towards a particular application still remains a challenging task. In recent years, they successfully employed various catalytic and organic transformations.
Microwave-assisted chemical reactions are now well-established practices in the laboratory setting although some controversy lingers as to how MW irradiation is able to enhance, or influence, the outcome of chemical reactions. Much of the discussion has focused on whether the observed effects can, in all instances, be rationalized by purely thermal Arrhenius-based phenomena (thermal microwave effects), i.e. importance of the rapid heating and high bulk reaction temperatures that are achievable using MW dielectric heating in sealed reaction vessels, or whether these observations can be explained by so-called ‘non-thermal’ or ‘specific microwave’ effects. Microwave irradiation, as a nonclassical energy source, has become increasingly useful for the synthesis of unique and multifunctional nanomaterials, and nanocatalysts; the ensuing nanomaterials possess zero-dimensional to three-dimensional shapes such as spherical, hexagonal, nanoprisms, star-shaped and nanorods, etc. The synthesis of well-defined nanomaterials and nanocatalysts is an integral part of nanotechnology and catalysis science, as it is imperative to control their size, shape, and compositional engineering for unique deployment in the field of nanocatalysis and organic synthesis.
Core-shell nanomaterials are a class of nanostructured materials that have recently received growing attention recently due to their interesting properties as well as a broad range of applications in catalysis, biology, material chemistry and sensors. By rationally tuning the cores and the shells of such materials, a range of important core-shell nanomaterials with tailorable properties can be designed that can play important roles in fine chemical synthesis, catalysis, sustainable protocols, and organic reactions can be produced. Herein, we discuss the various synthetic methods used for the preparation of various core-shell nanocatalysts, which includes Stöber method, solvothermal method, one-pot synthetic method involving surfactants, and so on etc. Some of the as-prepared core-shell nanomaterials can be embedded with active metal nanoparticles or magnetic active nanoparticles or other active metallic and metal oxides nanoparticles with well-defined sizes, shapes and properties contents. This further allows tuning the properties of the materials in many useful ways. The roles of the various core-shell nanoparticles resulted with these approaches for catalytic applications of a deployed in the range of organic transformations such as oxidation, reduction, oxygen storage, and coupling reactions.
The field of Organic Synthesis has experienced a rapid development in past years with numerous innovative scientific breakthroughs accompanied by improved and efficient synthetic protocols which avoid the use of toxic reagents. Rather than a discipline itself, Green chemistry encompasses a series of considerations in the design of environmentally benign protocols comprising subjects ranging from energy consumption, atom efficiency and sustainability of chemical processes. A major point in the design of greener and more sustainable processes relates to the efficiency of the process which has to take into account several parameters including energy, material consumption (preferably use of bio-renewable resources), man-power (automation), and reactor usage (e.g. flow versus batch reactions).
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
Prof. Rajender S. VarmaSustainable 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 AsefaDepartment 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 YamauchiNational 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 FelpinUniversité de Nantes
CEISAM, UMR CNRS 6230
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)
- 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
- (2015-2017): Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel (Advisor: Dr. Gilbert. D. Nessim)
- Ph. D. (2015) - CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum, Dehradun, India (Advisor: Dr. Suman L. Jain)
- M. Sc. (2008) - A. M. U. Aligarh, India
- 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
- Synthesis of metal nanoparticles and nanocomposites
- Application in catalysis and in photocatalysis
- Magnetically recyclable nanomaterials
- 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
- 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.
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.