PRAGYA

PMRF RESEARCH SCHOLAR
DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY
IIT KANPUR

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RESEARCH INTERESTS

Bio-inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis

I am trying to mimic the natural design of various metalloenzymes in order to make efficient and effective artificial model complexes.

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EDUCATION

September 2020 - Present

INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, KANPUR

Course: PhD in Chemistry

Supervisor: Dr. Apparao Draksharapu

July 2018 - May 2020

HINDU COLLEGE,
UNIVERSITY OF DELHI

Course: MSc Chemistry

July 2015 - May 2018

SHIVAJI COLLEGE,
UNIVERSITY OF DELHI

Course: BSc Chemistry (Hons.)

 
Lab Worker

MY PROJECTS


 

PMRF PROJECT

January 2021 - Present

Development of structural and functional models to the Oxygen Evolving Complex in Photosystem-II

Abstract : 

With the rise in global energy demands and the consequences of extreme dependence on classical energy resources, there is an urgent need to look for greener and renewable resources. Photosystem-II (PS-II), which possesses Mn4CaO5 cluster in the active site, has an exceptional water splitting efficiency. Here, we propose the synthesis and spectroscopic characterization of MnIV/V(O)(µ-O)(LA) species (LA = Lewis acid) as the closest structural, if possible functional models to the active site of the oxygen-evolving complex in PS-II. We aim to understand the working reaction mechanism by characterizing the putative intermediates responsible for their excellent reactivity towards water oxidation, electron transfer, and oxygen atom transfer reactions. We believe that our results may help develop ideal, highly efficient artificial PS-II mimics capable of performing synthetically useful transformations.

"Believe you can and you're halfway there"

Theodore Roosevelt

 
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