Sanjeev P. Maradur

Our group is working on a class of advanced materials, which share the advantages of both mesostructured materials and polymers of organic frameworks. The organic framework can provide numerous opportunities to tailor the chemical properties through the incorporation of a wide variety of useful organic functional groups by grafting or co-condensation. These polymers provide us with good opportunities for designing novel and innocuous support for heterogenization of a homogeneous catalyst as well as catalysts by itself. Also we are working on Value addition of biomass platform chemicals: Conversion of biomass derived alcohols and glycerol into value added products.

Nanoporous Materials: Nanoporous materials have gained scientific and technological importance because of the presence of their pore structures of tunable dimensions at nanometer scales. Over the last few decades, there has been an ever increasing interest and research effort in the synthesis, characterization, functionalization of nanoporous materials. The main challenges in research include the fundamental understanding of structure-property relations and tailoring of nanostructures for specific properties and applications. The main research focus of our group is the synthesis and characterization of nanostructured catalysts for various applications. Among the priorities are the development of materials with organic framework, search for new and improvement of existing catalytic systems, and studies of intimate mechanisms of heterogeneous reactions and reactant-to-surface reactions, identification of active sites.




Heterogenization of homogeneous catalysis & its application on various chemical processes: Development of new, highly efficient heterogenized catalysts is an active and important area in fine chemical synthesis. Homogeneous catalysis though has witnessed significant growth in the last few decades in terms of high selectivity, TON and TOF’s, however the success in catalyst and process development has not been in parallel by similar growth on industrial scale. Supports play a significant role in such systems. The micro environment around the catalyst active site will be the deciding factors in achieving high conversions with high selectivity. Heterogenization of homogeneous catalysts onto supports such as zeolites, nanoporoous materials like silica and polymers would be of much interest in design and development of processes for fine chemical production.


Value addition of biomass platform chemicals: The organic transformation of glycerol by eco-friendly routes has gained significance only after the recent evolution of biodiesel technology. Once considered a valuable co-product, crude glycerol is rapidly becoming a waste product with an attached disposal cost. Therefore, the search is on to use the product in alternative markets or to develop new markets for it. We are working on development of new catalytic systems for glycerol conversion into more value added products.


  • Inventors: Ryong Ryoo, Dae-Heung Choi, Maradur Sanjeev “Production method of mesoporous organic polymer catalyst, mesoporous organic polymer catalyst produced using the method, and process for epoxidation of olefins using the catalyst”. Korean Patent Registration number: 1011704860000, Dated 2012/07/26 (Granted).
  • Inventors: Yang, KapSeung. Maradur Sanjeev P .Kim, YeongCheol. “Method for preparation of carbon fibers using lignin copolymer and the carbon fibers thereby". Korean Patent Registration number: 1012261910000, Dated 2013/01/18 (Granted).


  • Seed Money for Young Scientist Research Award from Vision Group on Science and Technology, Govt of Karnataka 2014-2015 “Design of novel mesoporous polymers as catalyst for the synthesis of glycerol derivatives, potential fuel additive molecules for diesel and gasoline” (2013-2014).
  • “Conversion of Waste Plastics into Fuels” Short Term Project Sponsored by Thermax Industries Ltd, Pune (July 2015)
  • Co-investigator in GTC Technology, Houston, USA and Hindustan Petroleum Green R&D Center Bangalore sponsored project (2015-17).
  • “Development of Novel Mesoporous Polymer Based Catalysts for Low Temperature Catalytic Applications” Sponsored by Hindustan Petroleum Green R&D Center, Bangalore (2016-18).
  • 2012-Present: Asst. Professor, PPISR, Bangalore, India

  • 2011-2012: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Oklahoma, USA

  • 2010-2011: Postdoctoral Student, Alan MacDiarmid Energy Research Institute (AMERI), Chonnam National University, Gwangju, South Korea

  • 2009-2010: Postdoctoral Scientist, Dept. of Chemistry, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and technology (KAIST), Daejeon, South Korea

  • 2007-2009: Research Scientist, Jubilant Life Sciences Ltd, Noida, India

  • 2006-2007: Senior Research Fellow, Dept. of chemistry, IIT-Bombay, Mumbai, India

  • 2003-2006: Ph.D. Dept. of Chemistry, Shivaji University Kolhapur, India

  • Received Seed Money for Young Scientist Research Program Award from Vision Group on Science and Technology, Govt of Karnataka in 2014.
  • Received a plaque from GTC Technology Inc. USA in 2014& 2015 in recognition of the milestones achieved by the group in developing a modified zeolite catalyst for aromatics technology.
  • Co-inventor in 2 Korean patents on
    a. Preparation of novel mesoporous polymer.
    b. Low cost carbon-fiber technology with two different research groups of South Korea.

Sathyapal Churipard. R, PhD Student From Aug 2014 “Synthesis and Functionalization of Mesoporous Polymers and their Applications as Catalyst in Organic Transformations”.



Kempanna S. Kanakikodi, PhD Student, From Nov 2015 “Designand development of novel solid acid catalysts for organic transformations”.




Manish Kumar, M. Tech Project, Chemical Engineering Department, Manipal University Manipal , Aug 2014 “Mesoporous polymers as catalyst for etherification of glycerol with t-butyl alcohol to t-butyl ethers of glycerol, apotential fuel additive”.




Sharath Ravi, M. Tech Project, Chemical Engineering Department, Manipal University Manipal From Aug 2015 “Catalytic conversion of biomass derived alcohols into aromatics by MFI Zeolite: Effect of porosity and modification against catalytic activity”.