Vivek Polshettiwar

Professor, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai
  • India

About Vivek Polshettiwar

Prof. Vivek Polshettiwar research interests are within the domain of advanced nanomaterials and nanocatalysis for harvesting solar energy and the transformation of carbon dioxide into value-added chemicals and fuels. His research lies in the premise that the next generation of catalyst development can be achieved through tuning of nanomaterial’s morphology, defect engineering, metal support interactions, and plasmonic properties. Dr. Polshettiwar's overarching aspiration is to transcend the frontiers of catalytic research, culminating in the creation of nanocatalysts engineered to harness solar energy, green hydrogen, and carbon dioxide, with the ultimate purpose of yielding value-added products as a potent instrument in the battle against climate change. He has published nearly 120 articles with an h-index 64 and around 17000 citations in reputed journals. He also filed 12 national and international patent/patent applications.

He is the recipient of the prestigious ORISE Research Fellowship at US-EPA. He was awarded as Top-25 cited author in 2011 by Tetrahedron and Young Scientist Award at DSL-2012. He also received an Asian Rising Star lectureship at 15th Asian Chemical Congress (ACC), Singapore (2013), from Nobel Laureate Professor Ei-ichi Negishi. In 2015, he was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), United Kingdom. He was awarded a Bronze medal by the Chemical Research Society of India (CRSI), India. He was awarded the prestigious Materials Research Society of India - MRSI Medal 2019. He was elected a Fellow Maharashtra Academy of Sciences in 2019. In 2020, he received Young Research Award in Nano Science & Technology from the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Gov. of India. In 2021, he was elected as a Fellow National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI).  Vivek received the 2022 IUPAC-CHEMRAWN VII prize for green chemistry from IUPAC and National Prize for Research on Environmental Chemistry. In 2023, he received the Falling Walls Award in Physical Sciences. In 2024, he was elected as a Fellow Indian Academy of Sciences (FASc).


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