Prof PS Mukherjee (IPC) elected Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) 

Partha Sarathi Mukherjee, Professor at the Department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, IISc, has been elected as a Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS).  

 Mukherjee’s group is actively involved in the engineering of molecular architectures of defined shapes and sizes using coordination and covalent bonds. His group has also explored such assemblies for practical applications as molecular vessels and sensors, and as artificial light-harvesting materials. He has pioneered the design of electron-rich fluorescent sensors for the detection of nitroaromatic explosives. His group has explored the use of newly designed electron-rich fluorescent porous frameworks for sensing of explosive nitroaromatics, both in solution and vapour phase.  

 Mukherjee’s group is known to the community for significant contributions on the engineering of “molecular barrels” including their use as molecular vessels for catalysis (Chem. Rev. 2022, 122, 12244) and for stabilisation of transient isomers. His group has designed several water-soluble molecular nano-barrels and performed catalytic organic transformations in their confined nanospace, in both homo- and heterogeneous fashion. His group has also developed several nanoscopic organic cages that have been used as molecular vessels for the nucleation of metal nanoparticles of controlled sizes. Such cage-supported nanoparticles were used as efficient heterogenous catalysts for many challenging organic reactions. Mukherjee’s group has been working on challenging separation of isomeric polyaromatic hydrocarbons using molecular vessels by a simple aqueous extraction method, and separation of enantiomers using chiral cages.  

 TWAS is a global science academy based in Trieste, Italy, working to advance science and engineering for sustainable prosperity in the developing world. 

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