National Institute of Technology Rourkela

राष्ट्रीय प्रौद्योगिकी संस्थान राउरकेला

ଜାତୀୟ ପ୍ରଯୁକ୍ତି ପ୍ରତିଷ୍ଠାନ ରାଉରକେଲା

An Institute of National Importance

Faculty Profile


Prof. Dash received his B.Sc. in Chemistry from G. Sc. College, Athagarh, Odisha in 1999, and then moved to Utkal University to pursue MSc from 1999-2001. From 2002-2004, he obtained his M.Tech. degree in Materials Science from IIT Bombay. He obtained his Ph.D. under the supervision of Prof. Robert W. J. Scott at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada (2005-2010). He was a Post-doctoral fellow under Prof. A. Sayari at the University of Ottawa, Canada (April 2010-Nov 2011). He began as an Assistant Professor at the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Rourkela in November of 2011, later promoted to Associate Professor in February, 2018 and to Professor on March 29, 2023. His research interests are nanocatalysis, gas and electrochemical sensing and removal of toxic ions. He has published 58 papers in high quality and peer-reviewed journals so far and has h-index of 27 with over 2100 citations. He has handled 05 research projects so far and won numerous awards for his scientific contributions. So far, 08 PhD students (06 as PI and 02 as co-PI) have been graduated from his supervision and 04 more are currently working. Details of his profile can be found in his personal website (


Research Group
  • Inorganic Chemistry
Areas of Interest
  • Nanocatalysis, Photocatalysis, Ionic liquid mediated material synthesis, Gas sensors studies

Priyabrat Dash Professor


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Priyabrat Dash



Room Number: BM-406

Department of Chemistry, National Institute of Technology Rourkela, Sundargarh, Odisha, India - 769008


University of Saskatchewan, Canada


Materials Science
IIT Bombay, India


Utkal University, India

Teaching Experience
  • Inorganic Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Nanochemistry,  NIT Rourkela, India,   11 Nov 2011 - Present
  • General Chemistry, Physical Chemistry,  University of Saskatchewan, Canada,   25 Jul 2005 - 15 Apr 2010
Post Doctoral Research Experience
  • Heterogeneous Catalysis,  University of Ottawa, Canada,   16 Apr 2010 - 10 Nov 2011
Industrial Experience
  • Extraction of Precious metals from Red mud,  Gharda Chemicals, Maharashtra, India,   01 Jul 2004 - 09 Sep 2004
Laboratory Development
  • Nanochemistry Laboratory,  NIT Rourkela, India,   Nanomaterials synthesis, characterization and applications
  • Water Analysis Laboratory,  NIT Rourkela, India,   Multiparameter water analysis kit

Development of recoverable and reusable heterogenous cellulose nanocrystal (CNC) supported oganocatalysis. Science & Engineering Research Board(SERB)
  • Co-Investigator
  • 36
  • Running   Sponsored
Towards the rational design of spinel ferrites-based nanocomposites for catalytic detoxification of organic wastes and detection of harmful gases in mines. Science & Technology Department,Govt Of Odisha
  • Principal Investigator
  • 36
  • Completed   Sponsored
Spatial distribution of uranium and associated water quality parameters in ground/drinking water BRNS
  • Principal Investigator
  • 24
  • Completed   Sponsored
Spatial Distribution of uranium and associated water quality parameter in ground water of three districts of Odisha (Sundargarh, Jharsuguda and Sambalpur) BRNS
  • Co-Investigator
  • 30
  • Completed   Sponsored
Synthesis and functionalization of hollow metal oxide spheres in inoic liquid microemulsions for catalysis and sensor application SERB,DST
  • Principal Investigator
  • 36
  • Completed   Sponsored

Total Publications: 60

B. Ekka, Rs. Dhaka, Raj. K. Patel, and P. Dash,"Fluoride removal in waters using ionic liquid-functionalized alumina as a novel adsorbent", Journal of Cleaner Production, vol.151, pp.303-318, Elsivier 2017, 10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.03.061       Article

L. K. Achary, A. Kumar, L. Rout, K. Venkatasaiswaroop, R. S. Dhaka, and P. Dash,"Phosphate functionalized graphene oxide with enhanced catalytic activity for Biginelli type reaction under microwave condition", Chemical Engineering Journal, vol.331, pp.300-310, Elsevier, January 2018, 10.1016/j.cej.2017.08.109       Article

L. Rout, A. Kumar, R. S. Dhaka, G. N. Reddy, S. Giri, and P. Dash,"Bimetallic Au-Cu alloy nanoparticles on reduced graphene oxide support: Synthesis, catalytic activity and investigation of synergistic effect by DFT analysis", Applied Catalysis A: General, vol.538, pp.107-122, Elsevier 2017, 10.1016/j.apcata.2017.03.017       Article

L. K. Achary, A. Kumar, B. Barik, P. S. Nayak, N. Tripathy, J. P. Kar, and P. Dash,"Reduced graphene oxide-CuFe2O4 nanocomposite: A highly sensitive room temperature NH3 gas sensor", Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, vol.272, pp.100-109., Elsevier, May 2018, 10.1016/j.snb.2018.05.093       Article

B. Barik, M. Mishra, and P. Dash,"Ionic liquid-assisted synthesis of a novel PANI/ZnWO4/WO3 ternary nanocomposite: a facile double electron transfer photocatalyst for efficient degradation of a herbicide", Environmental Science: Nano, vol.8, pp.2676-2692, Royal Society of Chemistry 2021, DOI: 10.1039/d1en00563d       Article

Advanced Materials for Energy and Environmental Appliations (AMEEA-2018) Chemistry (Conference)

  • CY1001 : Electrochemistry and Conducting Polymers {Theory}
  • CY101 : Chemistry {Theory}
  • CY1101 : Chemistry {Theory}
  • CY311 : Chemistry of Industrial Materials {Theory}
  • CY322 : Basic Inorganic Chemistry-I {Theory}
  • CY323 : Introduction to Material Chemistry {Theory}
  • CY3401 : Fundamentals of Materials and Nanochemistry {Theory}
  • CY431 : Chemistry of Nanomaterials {Theory}
  • CY435 : Introduction to Nanoscience and Nanotechnology {Theory}
  • CY515 : Spectroscopic Methods of Analysis {Theory}
  • CY521 : Principles of Inorganic Chemistry {Theory}
  • CY524 : Nanoscience and Nanotechnology {Theory}
  • CY5401 : Nanoscience and Nanotechnology {Theory}
  • CY6203 : Catalysis-Principles and Applications {Theory}
  • CY623 : Catalysis - principles and applications {Theory}
  • CY632 : Chemistry of Nanomaterials {Theory}
  • CY372 : Quantitative Analysis of Inorganic/Organic Compounds Laboratory {Practical}
  • CY374 : Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory {Practical}
  • CY4705 : Materials Synthesis Laboratory {Practical}
  • CY476 : Analytical Chemistry Laboratory {Practical}
  • CY477 : Product Development Laboratory - I {Practical}
  • CY478 : Product development Laboratory - II {Practical}

Ph.D. Students [12]
Synthesis of Nanoporous Materials for Abetment of Inorganic And Organic Contaminants in Water
Basanti Ekka
Enrolled: Jul 2012
Graduated :  2017
Bimetallic Nanostructures with Noble (Ag & Au) and Earth Abundant (Cu & Sn) Metals and their Catalytic & Photocatalytic Applications
Lipeeka Rout
Enrolled: Jan 2013
Graduated :  2017
Metal Oxide-Decorated Graphene Oxide Nanocomposites for Catalytic and Photocatalytic Applications
Aniket Kumar
Enrolled: Jul 2013
Graduated :  2017
Iron Oxide Based Magnetic Nanocomposites: Removal of Inorganic and Organic Water Contaminants and Antimicrobial Properties
Jitendra Kumar Sahoo
Enrolled: Jan 2015
Graduated :  2019
Rational Design of Highly Active and Sensitive Graphene Oxide-based Catalyst and Sensor Materials
L Satish Kumar Achary
Enrolled: Jul 2015
Graduated :  2019
Environment Friendly Development of Modified Oxide-based Nanostructures for Removal of Water Contaminants
Bapun Barik
Enrolled: Jul 2016
Graduated :  2021
Towards the Rational Design of Surface Modified Metal Oxide Nanorod-based Catalysts for Efficient Synthesis of Biologically Important Molecules
Pratap Sagar Nayak
Enrolled: Jul 2016
Graduated :  2023
Comprehensive Analysis on Designing Cobaltite-Spinel based Nanocomposite Sensors for Detection of Toxic Chemicals and Gases
Banalata Maji
Enrolled: Aug 2018
Graduated :  2023
Shital Jyotsna Sahoo
Enrolled: Jul 2019
Design of Novel Bimetallic Catalyst
Vishal Rout
Enrolled: Jan 2021
Adyasha Das
Enrolled: Aug 2021
Bhismadev Mahananda
Enrolled: Jan 2023
Executive Ph.D. Students [1]
Nanomaterials for Industrial Applications
Chinam Dwarikanath Patra
Enrolled: Aug 2021

Awards And Honours
  • Prof. R. C. Tripathy Young Scientist Award for Best Research Carried out in Odisha by Odisha Chemical Society (OCS),   2019
  • Applied Surface Science Certificate of Outstanding Contributions in Reviewing for the Month of December 2016,   2017
  • Canadian Catalysis Foundation Travel Award,   2011
  • Post-doctoral Fellowship, University of Ottawa, Canada,   2011
  • Graduate Teaching Assistantship, University of Saskatchewan, Canada,   2008
  • University of Saskatchewan President's Travel Award,   2008
  • Graduate Research Assistantship, University of Saskatchewan, Canada,   2005
  • Qualified CSIR-UGC-NET (JRF two times 2001-2002 and LS 2001),   2001
  • Best High School Student Award, Biswanth Bidyapith, Odisha,   1994
Memberships / Fellowships
  • Odisha Chemical Society (OCS),   2019
  • Canadian Catalysis Society,   2010
  • Materials Research Society (MRS), USA,   2009
  • Canadian Society of Chemistry (CSC),   2008