Dr. Neeraj Gupta

Grant Category: Fulbright-Nehru Postdoctoral Research Fellows
Field of Specialization: Science and Technology (Chemistry)
Name: Dr. Neeraj Gupta    
Official Address and Designation:   Jubilant Life Sciences Ltd. 
(Formerly Jubilant Organosys Ltd.)
C-26, Sector-59, NOIDA 201 301
Uttar Pradesh
Telephone (O): 91-120-4362312
E-mail: gupta_nrj@yahoo.co.in
Duration of Grant: Twelve Months
Project Title: Development of Efficient Non-toxic Catalysts for Glucose Conversion to 5-Hydroxymethyl furan (5-HMF) and related molecules in ionic liquid
Abstract of Project :
Diminishing fossil fuel reserves, growing demand for renewable energy and chemical products and our society's dependence on non-renewable resources, such as petroleum, have spurred the demand to find an alternate for petrochemicals. Furan derivatives obtained from renewable biomass such as forest and crop waste, have the potential to replace petroleum based chemical products and fuels. These derivatives can be synthesized using ruthenium based catalyst either immobilized on ionic liquids or in conjunction with them. 'Ionic liquids' are promising new class of solvent that can be used in different organic reactions due to their recyclability, non-inflammability and non-volatile nature; and hence can replace the classical toxic, volatile and flammable solvents used presently.

Academic Background :
Ph.D. Green Chemistry Panjab University, Chandigarh 2009
M.Sc. Chemistry Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla 2000
B.Sc. Chemistry, Biology Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla 1998
Professional Background:
Research Scientist Jubilant Life Sciences Ltd., NOIDA 2009–till date
Research Officer IndSwift Labs Ltd., Mohali 2007–2009
Dr. Neeraj Gupta