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Dr Rahul Banerjee

  • 2018
  • Chemical Sciences
  • 15/12/1977
  • Structural Chemistry: Covalent Organic Frameworks (COFs) For Drug Delivery and Molecular Separations, COFs and MOFs For Proton Conductivity and Energy Storage.
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(a) Significant contributions to science and/ or technology development by the nominee based on the work done in India during most part of last 5 years:
Dr. Rahul Banerjee joined CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India in September 2008. He has formed a strong research group and had started to carry out independent research in the field of porous framework structure generation for hydrogen storage and carbon capture, as well as bottom-up synthesis from inorganic, metal-organic and organic molecules. His work represents an important blend of fundamental as well as applied research, as these materials might selectively capture and store carbon dioxide as a reservoir. Dr. Banerjee’s group has developed a methodology of synthesizing porous covalent organic frameworks with exceptional chemical stability [J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2012, 134, 19524 – 19527]. This work is a breakthrough in porous material research, as these materials have the porosity and crystallinity of MOFs and the exceptional chemical stability of traditional porous zeolites or carbons, also. Using this novel methodology, his group were able to develop a series of highly porous and chemically stable COFs which were tested for storage of important industrial gases such as H2, CO2 and CH4 [J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135, 17853–17861.]. Apart from the gas storage application, his group was further able to utilize the ordered pores of COFs for gas separation application, by making the first COF polymer composite membranes [J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2017, 139, 13083-13091]. Even though COFs showed promising applications in the field of gas storage and separation, the tough synthetic process restricted them only in laboratory scale application. Rahul Banerjee’s group could solve this problem by discovering a novel solvent-free mechano-chemical synthesis strategy for making COFs [J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135, 5328–5331 and J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2017, 139, 1856-1862]. The synthetic process is straightforward, which only involve simple grinding of precursors in mortar and pestle. Apart from the applications and reaction methodology development, nominee’s work also involves the basics understanding of self-assembly process involved in the COF crystallites formation. His group has been able to successfully investigate the supra-molecular process involved in the evolution of COF hollow spheres [Nature Commun., 2015, 6, Article No. 6786.] and nanorods [Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2016, 2016, 55, 7806-7810.]. His group has recently started working on proton conducting porous materials and aspires to replace the Nafion membrane in fuel cells. Eleven students have received their Ph.D. degree under Dr. Banerjee’s supervision, and four more have already completed their pre-synopsis and awaiting thesis submission. Eleven NPDF and CSIR-Nehru postdoctoral fellows have worked under Dr. Banerjee’s supervision. Dr. Banerjee is currently the leader of a research group with three Ph.D. students at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Kolkata. He has published over 110 independent publications and 24 patents applications from CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory on various porous framework materials since 2010. His current h-index is 50 [https://scholar.google.co.in/citations?user=4ky6cJ0AAAAJ&hl=en]. He has received over 10000 citations [over 8000, since 2013]. He has published papers in top-notch internationals such as Journal of the American Chemical Society, Nature Communication, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Advanced Materials, Chemistry of Materials, Chemical Science, Chemical Communications, Journal of Materials Chemistry, Chemistry A European Journal, Nanoscale, Inorganic Chemistry, Crystal Growth and Design and CrystEngComm. He was holding a position of Sr. Scientist [Scientist E-1] till August 2017.
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Dr. Rahul Banerjee’s group has developed a methodology of synthesizing porous covalent organic frameworks with exceptional chemical stability [J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2012, 134, 19524 – 19527]. This work is a breakthrough in porous material research, as these materials have the porosity and crystallinity of MOFs and the exceptional chemical stability of traditional porous zeolites or carbons, also. The scientific community has widely accepted this methodology, and this specific publication has already received over 270 citations [https://pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/ja308278w]. Dr. Rahul Banerjee, apart from his high number of scientific publications and patents, has recently engaged with Gas Authority of India Limited [GAIL] on a “Phase-2” project on the topic of methane (CH4) storage for the onboard vehicular application. This “Phase -2” project is a continuation of the earlier “Phase-1” project with GAIL where his group has developed two novel porous polymeric materials with exceptionally high methane (CH4) storage. This “Phase-2” project is, however, a unique project where an academic institution [IISER-Kolkata], a research institute [CSIR-NCL] and a private organization [GAIL] have decided to join hands to take these novel materials and develop a technology out of this. The total sanctioned amount for this project is 200 Lakhs [will be split between IISER-Kolkata and CSIR-NCL].
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Contact Details


  • Department of Chemical Sciences
    Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata
    Mohanpur
    Kolkata - 741246
    West Bengal INDIA
  • r[dot]banerjee[at]iiserkol[dot]ac[dot]in
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