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Dr. Sonali Bhandari | Department of Chemistry

Name: Dr. SONALI BHANDARI

Designation: ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, FPS

Email: sonali.bhandari@sgtuniversity.org                                                                                                           

  1. Qualification:
  • PhD (Organometallic Tetrazoles), University of Bath, U.K.
  • M.Sc (Organometallic Chemistry), Yale University, U.S.A.
  • M.A. (Cantab), Cambridge University, U.K. 
  1. Experience: 

Dr. Sonali Bhandari joined SGT University in  March 2016, has 18 years of experience in Teaching and various Research and Development Organizations.  She started her career in Ranbaxy Research Limited as R&D Chemist where she was involved in developing various pharmaceutical intermediates.  Subsequently, she did three postdocs as a Council of Scientific and Industrial Research Fellow at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi; as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow in the University of Goettingen, Germany; and as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the University of Kentucky, Lexington, U.S.A in Organometallic, Materials and Environmental chemistry.  After returning to India, she worked in Pesticides India Ltd., Udaipur, Rajasthan, where she was involved in developing pesticides for agricultural crops; and in Shasun Pharmaceuticals, Chennai, where she was developing pharmaceutical intermediates.  She then shifted back to academics, where she has contributed her services to various academic institutions in the form of teaching Engineering Chemistry; Applied Chemistry; Environmental Sciences; Inorganic Chemistry for B.Sc and M.Sc.; Nanomedicine; Bionanotechnology; Advanced Spectroscopy; and Research Methodology.

  1. Research Work 
  • She worked as Ph.D. student at the University of Bath, U.K. under the supervision of Professor Kieran Molloy on the topic “Organometallic Tetrazoles”. In addition to synthesis and characterization of novel organometallic compounds, she was also involved in solving various supramolecular crystal structures.
  • At IIT Delhi, she worked under the guidance of Professor A.K. Singh to synthesize and characterize Organo Selenium and Tellurium compounds
  • At Goettingen, she was involved in the synthesis and characterization of Organo Nickel compounds and testing their catalytic activity
  • At Lexington, Kentucky, she was involved in the remediation of Uranyl with Boron reagents; Synthesis and characterization of novel sulphur-nitrogen based ligands and employing them for Hg remediation; Synthesis of tetrametallic molecules [Al{m-OEt)2AlR2}3] (R = Me(1), Et, iBu) with a tri-diamond or Mitsubishi structure and their decomposition to nano-alumina and characterisation of the latter with solid-state techniques; Deaggregation and stabilization of nanoparticles.
  • She has published 14 research articles in national and international journals; Presented 20 research articles in various National and International conferences. Presently she is studying ‘Magnetic Sensors’ and ‘Application of Crystal Field Theory to novel complexes’.
  1. Achievements /Awards 
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship at University of Kentucky, Lexington, U.S.A.
  • Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship at Universität Göttingen, Germany
  • Young Scientist’s Award from the Department of Science and Technology, India
  • CSIR (Council Of Scientific and Industrial Research) Fellowship at IIT, Delhi, India
  • Nominated as Fellow of Cambridge Commonwealth Trust
  • Cambridge Nehru Centenary Scholarship
  • Otis Thorndike Award for the highest grade point average, Frankfurt International School, Frankfurt, West Germany
  • American Women’s Club Award for being an All-Rounder, Frankfurt International School, Frankfurt, West Germany
  • Junior Science Talent Scholarship, Directorate of Education: Delhi Administration, Delhi
  • Sanskrit Scholarship, Directorate of Education: Delhi