Isha has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Banaras Hindu University, India. Her research focuses on synthesis, characterization and application of metal nanoparticles as colorimetric probes for environmentally/biologically relevant analytes such as, sulphide, cysteine, homocysteine and glutathione. She studied the sensing mechanism, phenomenon of self-assembly as well as various factors affecting the optical properties of these materials. At OIST, she started with fabricating/synthesizing materials and later joined as a postdoc to work at the interface of Chemistry and Physics on Magnetic levitation of organic liquids. Following her passion for synthesizing smart materials, she is starting as a postdoc in pi-Conjugated Polymers Unit from February 2022.
He loves Hiking, workout and cooking.
I received my MSc degree in 2019 from Stella Maris College, Chennai, India. My dissertation work was centred on the preparation of a Ru-based catalyst for the dehydrogenation of formic acid and bimetallic nanocatalysts in different compositions for the biomass conversion of furfural.
I joined OIST in Jan 2022, and my first lab rotation was with Prof. Christine Luscombe. Later, in Jan 2023, I joined the lab as a PhD student, and my thesis work will focus on the synthesis of a voltage-sensitive dye, ANNINE-6. A multi-step synthetic process that it is, C-H Arylation is my initial and immediate challenge, and I am tackling it One Step At A Time!
I read for academia, a little less than I read for pleasure. I am a natural at singing off-key and dancing off-beat. Please talk to me in Bollywood/Kollywood movie references.
E-mail: nivedha.velmurugan [at] oist.jp
Tom Tassilo Wilfling
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Visiting Research Student
Gilda Quezada Correa
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Research Unit Administrator