- Publications. Over 110 papers published in refereed international journals of repute in the last 8 years by a faculty team of at most 7 members over this period.
- Extensive extramural research funding. While the Udupi Sri Admar Mutt Education Foundation (AMEF) finances our basic research activity, our research receives extramural support from Industrial Projects sponsored by GTC (USA), HPCL, and Shell Technologies, as well as project grants due to governmental bodies like the DST (Dept. of Science and Technology), BRNS (Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences), DBT (Dept. of Biotechnology), VGST (Vision Group for Science & Technology, Karnataka) and Young Scientist awards to faculty members.
- Timely completion and effective advancement of sponsored projects. All industrial projects have been completed in time, or successfully continued to the next phase after achievement of research goals in the previous phase. For example, GTC has sponsored the project on “Catalyst development and process for alkylation of aromatics” into the 4th year, while the one year project sponsored by the Shell Technology Centre, Bangalore was successfully completed in August 2013, and the two-year HPCL R&D Centre, Bangalore sponsored project is going to be completed October, 2014, with a possible extension for another two years.
- Workshops for young researchers and college lecturers. Over the years, PPISR has organized a number of workshops aimed at disseminating research knowledge to teachers and lecturers. For example, in January 2014, PPISR co-organized a 5-day National Workshop on “Recent advances in Catalysis Science & Engineering” along with the Chemical Engineering Department of M.S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology (MSRIT), Bangalore; and in November, 2013, a one-day instrument training session as a part of a 5-day Catalysis Workshop conducted by Bangalore Institute of Technology November, 2013.
- Applicable & socially relevant research. A good deal of our research is focused on applicable problems (like developing novel catalysts to improve fuel performance or photo-luminiscent materials) and societally beneficial issues such as developing nano-catalysts and zeolites for green chemistry. In this connection, PPISR researcher Dr. Udupi Ramagopal was awarded a VGST grant from the Government of Karnataka for Establishment of Centre of Innovative Science & Engineering Education, for the project “Design of modified B7-1 (CD-80) and B7-2 (CD86) molecules to create potential reagents for cancer and auto-immune disorders”, and likewise, Dr. Sanjeev Maradur’s project “Design of novel mesoporous polymers as catalyst for the synthesis of glycerol derivatives, a potential fuel additive molecules for diesel and gasoline”.
- Forging links and collaborative networks. Our flexible work structure allows us to form mutually beneficial research collaborations with researchers and facilities larger institutions. E.g., The Nanomaterials Group at PPISR was the first to take advantage of the mail-in program for Neutron diffraction data at the Oak ridge National Laboratory and the results were published in paper in the prestigious ACS journal Crystal Growth and Design. (Impact Factor:4.689 ) http://neutrons.ornl.gov/nomad/publications/.
- Commendable performance by our graduate (PhD) students. We are proud that members of our 12-person strong body of student researchers, who were selected carefully based on their undergrad and research record, have consistently performed well in terms of contributing to our research, attending several key national and international conferences with partial or full financial support, and winning presentation awards.