Raj Ganesh S. Pala
Associate Professor

B. Tech. (Chemical and Electrochemical Engineering)
  - Central Electrochemical Research Institute, 1996
M.S. (Biophysical Chemistry)
 -  Indian Institute of Science, 1999
Ph.D. (Physical Chemistry)
 - University of Utah, 2005
Post Doctoral Fellow (Heterogeneous catalysis)
 - University of California, Santa Barbara(2005-2008)
 

Office:   NL-II  304
Lab :   NL-II  304
Phone:  +91 512 259 6143(O)
           +91 512 259 6227 (Lab)
Email: rpala@iitk.ac.in
Web: http://www.iitk.ac.in/che/rp.htm

       http://home.iitk.ac.in/~rpala/

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Electrochemical and Reaction Engineering
  • Sustainable Energy and Environment
  • Electro Catalysis, Fuel Cells and Photoelectrochemical Systems
  • Static and Dynamical Morphology of Nanostructures, Interfaces and Functional Materials
  • Transport Phenomena in Chemically and Electrochemically Reactive Systems

BRIEF OVERVIEW

The contemporary requirement of obtaining sustainable amounts of energy in an environmentally acceptable manner provides a unique challenge and hence, great opportunity for chemical engineers and scientists. The research focus of our group is on the elucidation of physico-chemical principles which aid in the design and fabrication of materials and devices that are useful in converting various forms of energy in an environmentally sustainable manner. Elucidation of these underlying principles often involves a semi-quantitative description of phenomena that span a wide range of length and time scales. In this context, experimental and computational analysis is made using a wide variety of tools like reactivity trends in catalytic reactors, current-voltage characteristics, measurement of electrochemical response to the solar spectrum, characterization by chemical and electrochemical spectroscopy, quantum chemical density functional theory, molecular dynamics, Monte Carlo methods and continuum transport equations. Most of research projects involve an integrated experimental and phenomenological analysis as such an approach is often imperative in addressing complex energy conversion and storage systems.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • “Generic Process for Highly Stable Metallic Nanoparticle-Semiconductor Heterostructures via “Click” Chemistry for Electro/Photocatalytic Applications”,A. Upadhyay, D. Behara, G. Sharma, A. Bajpai, N. Sharac, R. Ragan, R. Pala and S. Sivakumar,, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 5, 9554 (2013).
  • “Hydroxylation induced stabilization of near-surface rocksalt nanostructure on wurtzite ZnO structure”,M. Pandey and R. G. S. Pala, J. Chem. Phys., 138, 224701 (2013).
  • "Increased Loading of Eu3+ Ions in Monazite LaVO4 Nanocrystals via Pressure-Driven Phase Transitions”, P. Gangwar, M. Pandey, S. Sivakumar, R.G.S. Pala and G. Parthasarathy, Cryst. Growth Des., DOI:10.1021/cg3018908 (2013).
  • "Stabilization of non-native Rocksalt CdSe at atmospheric pressures by pseudomorphic growth”, M. Pandey and R.G.S. Pala, J. Phys. Chem. C , 117 (15), 7643–7647 (2013) .
  • "Advances in solid acid electrolytes for fuel cell applications”, A. Bajpai, V.S. Chandel, R.G.S. Pala, Nanomaterials and Energy ,1, 5,265 –279 (2012). (DOI: 10.1680/nme.12.00016)
  • "Stabilization and growth of non-native nanocrystals at low and atmospheric pressures”, M. Pandey and R. G.S. Pala, J. Chem. Phys., 136, 044703 (2012).
  • "A First-Principles Study of Photo-Induced Water-Splitting on Fe2O3 ”, A. Helman and R. G. S. Pala, J. Phys. Chem. C 115(26), 12901-12907 (2011).