Ms. Amrita Pal

Grant Category: Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral and Professional Research Fellow
Field of Specialization: Chemistry
Name: Ms. Amrita Pal
Official Address and Designation:  Research Scholar
Department of Chemistry
Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
Kharagpur 721 302
West Bengal  
Telephone (O): 91-3222-283308   
Duration of Grant: Nine Months                        
Project Title: Synthesis, Characterization and Application of low-molecular-weight Amino Acid and Peptide based Gelators
Abstract of Project :
I am working on the synthesis and characterization of low-molecular-weight amino acid based gelators. Gels are used in our everyday life in a variety of forms like soap, shampoo, toothpaste, hair gel, contact lenses, gel pens and other cosmetics. Gels have also potential applications in tissue engineering, vehicles for controlled drug release, and pollutant capture and removal. For biological applications, hydrogel-based drug delivery systems have become more popular due to their biodegradability. I have successfully synthesized a peptide-based hydrogelator which efficiently gelate water of wide range of pH, and also prepared some organogelators which gelate a variety of organic solvents. Preliminary characterization of these gels by conventional techniques like Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy, Small Angle X-Ray Diffraction studies, Rheology etc. have been done. During my Fulbright grant, I plan to do in-vitro biological evaluation, such as toxicity studies of the hydrogels. The final objective is to explore potential applications of the gels using well characterized in vitro systems in drug delivery.

Academic Background :
Ph.D. Organic Chemistry Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur 2008 – till date
M. Sc. Organic Chemistry University of Burdwan, West Bengal 2006
B. Sc. Chemistry University of Burdwan, West Bengal 2004
Ms. Amrita Pal