Akarsh Verma
Grant Category: Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships
Project Title: Graphene-Reinforced Ionized Polymeric Membranes for Ion-Separation and Water Desalination
Field of Study: Materials Science
Home Institution: Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee, Uttarakhand
Host Institution: The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA  
Grant Start Month: August, 2019
Duration of Grant: Nine months

Akarsh Verma
Brief Bio:

Mr. Akarsh Verma is a PhD candidate in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Uttarakhand. He is working on tailoring the properties of 2D nanomaterials by incorporating geometrical defects and selective chemical functionalization in their quantum domain. He is involved in developing atomistic models to characterize and induce ductility in highly brittle/anisotropic graphene, graphane, and graphene oxide nanofillers/nanocomposites. Previously he experimentally studied the behavior of bio and hybrid composites.

In his short research career, Mr. Verma has published more than 16 research articles in peer-reviewed international journals. He serves the research community by acting as a reviewer to various leading journals and is an active member of various scientific societies such as ASTM, IAENG, NSPE, IRED, ISTE, and CSME. He was the departmental topper in his doctoral, master’s, and bachelor’s degrees. He has presented his research work in several international conferences and earned accolades/best paper awards. He has experience working in the industry for huge firms such as BHEL and JBM. Outside work, he is a cricket and football enthusiast.

During the Fulbright-Nehru fellowship period, Mr. Verma is elucidating the effects of grain boundaries and functional groups in graphene-reinforced polymeric membranes to improve their capability to desalinate water. Computational investigation is a promising alternative to costly and time-consuming experimental techniques. Mr. Verma is conducting molecular dynamics simulations to understand the science and optimize the design of nano-membranes.