Soft Materials Lab


Catalysts are vital pillars of modern chemistry and are used in over 80% of industrial processes to boost the rate of a desired specific reaction. Various earth-abundant and non-precious metals (alloys, chalcogenides, carbides, pnictides, borides, phosphates, borophosphates, phosphides, phosphites, phosphonates, and intermetallics) and metal-free-based electrocatalysts have extensively been employed in a range of industrially important reactions including electro-, photo-, and thermalcatalysis. Our research is focussed on the designing of low cost, extremely efficient and stable single atom catalysts (SACs) for various energy applications.

Investigating Areas

• Support modified SACs
• Noble Metal based SACs
  • •  Poonam Kumari, Kumud Malika Tripathi, Kamlendra Awasthi, Ragini Gupta
  •     Adsorptive Removal of Nitrophenols from Water by Biomass-Derived Carbon Nano-Onions
  •     Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 62 (2023), 19801-19812. More
  • •  Priyanka Aggarwal, Debasish Sarkar, Kamlendra Awasthi, Prashanth W. Menezes
  •     Boosting electrochemical hydrogen evolution activity of MoS2 nanosheets via facile decoration of Au overlayer
  •     International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Article in Press More
  • •  Priyanka Aggarwal, Debasish Sarkar, Kamlendra Awasthi, Prashanth W. Menezes
  •     Functional role of single-atom catalysts in electrocatalytic hydrogen evolution: Current developments and future challenges
  •     Coordination Chemistry Reviews 452 (2022): 214289 More