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Sourav Pal

Director and Professor
Dept: Chemical Sciences (DCS)
E-mail: s.pal [at]
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Research Interest:

Theoretical investigation of Hard-Soft Acid-Base relationStudy of electron-molecule scatteringDevelopment and Application of Molecular DynamicsDensity functional response approach for molecular propertiesMagnetic propertiesApplication to problems of chemical physicsComputational Material Science

Academic Background:

  1. Ph.D (Chemistry), IACS (Calcutta), 1985
  2. M.Sc(Integrated-5yrs) (Chemistry), IIT Kanpur, 1977


  1. Director and Professor, IISER Kolkata ( - )
  2. Professor (HAG) and Institute Chair Professor, IIT Bombay (2015 - 2017)
  3. Director, CSIR - NCL Pune (2010 - 2015)
  4. Scientist, CSIR - NCL Pune (1982 - 2015)
  5. Director(Additional Charge), CSIR- Central Salt & Marine Chemicals Research Institute, Bhavnagar(Gujarat) (2014 - 2015)
  6. Head, Physical and Materials Chemistry, CSIR - NCL Pune (2002 - 2010)

Awards and Honors:

  1. SASTRA-CNR Rao Award in Chemistry & Materials Science from CSIR (2014)
  2. Executive Council Member from Federation of Asian Chemical Societies (FACS) (2010)
  3. JC Bose National Fellowship from DST (2008)
  4. Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy from Indian National Science Academy (2003)
  5. Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar from CSIR (2000)
  6. Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences from National Academy of Science (1998)
  7. Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences from Indian Academy of Sciences (1996)

Selected Publications:

  1. Pal, Sourav and Barik, Gayatree. 2018."Specificity of Amino Acid–Aluminum Cluster Interaction and Subsequent Oxygen Activation by the above Complex." J. Phys. Chem C , 28310–28323, 122
  2. Pal, Sourav; Kumar, Deepak; Govindaraja, T. and Krishnamurty, Sailaja. 2018."Dissociative chemisorption of hydrogen molecule on defective graphene supported aluminum clusters: A computational study.." Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics , 26506-26512, 41
  3. Pal, Sourav; Talukdar, Kaushik; Sasmal, Sudip; K. Nayak, Malaya and Vaval, Nayana. 2018."Correlation trends in the magnetic hyperfine structure of atoms: A relativistic coupled-cluster case study." Phys. Rev, A 98, A98
  4. Pal, Sourav; Saha, Arijit; Payra, Soumen; Selvaratnam, Balaranjan; Bhattacharya, Sumantra; Koodali, Ranjit and Banerjee, Subhash. 2018."Hierarchical Mesoporous RuO2/Cu2O Nanoparticle-Catalyzed Oxidative Homo/Hetero Azo-Coupling of Anilines." ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering , 11345–11352, 6

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