Dr. A. S. Achalkumar

Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry
Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati
Guwahati - 781039, Assam, India.
Phone: +91-(0)361-2582329
FAX: +91-(0)361-2582349
Email: achalkumar@iitg.ernet.in
Dr. A. S. Achalkumar did his BSc in SDM College, Ujire, DK District in Karnataka and later on completed his MSc at Mangalore University. This followed a two year stint on the synthesis of pharmaceutical compounds at Syngene International, Biocon Ltd., Bangalore. Later in 2003, he joined the group of Dr. C. V. Yelamaggad at Centre for Nano and Soft Matter Research (previously known as Centre for Liquid Crystal Research), Bangalore to pursue his PhD. Here he worked on the synthesis and characterization of Liquid Crystals. After completing his PhD in 2007 he joined the group of Prof. Richard J. Bushby and Prof. Stephen D. Evans in the Centre for Molecular Nano Sciences (previously known as Centre for Self-organizing Molecular Systems) at University of Leeds, UK as a postdoctoral fellow. Here he worked on the self-assembly of lipid bilayers and photopatternable SAMs. After finishing his assignment in UK in 2009, he moved to Bioinspired Materials Team, RIKEN Advanced Science Institute at Wakoshi, Japan. There he worked with Prof. Yasuhiro Ishida and Prof. Takuzo Aida on molecular imprinted polymers and Liquid Crystals chiral reaction media. In 2011, he was appointed as an assistant professor at the Chemistry Department of IIT-Guwahati. He was promoted to Associate Professor position in 2015. His research interests include supramolecular chemistry, Liquid crystals, SAMs, organogels organic electronics and biomembranes.
BSc: SDM College, Ujire, DK District, Karnataka (1999)
MSc: Department of Chemistry, Mangalore University (2001)
PhD: Centre for Soft Matter Research, Bangalore (2007)

Career profile
2001-2003: Scientist, Syngene International, Biocon Group of Companies, Bengaluru
2003-2005: Junior Research Fellow, CNSMS, Bengaluru
2005-2007: Senior Research Fellow, CNSMS, Bengaluru
2007-2009: Postdoctoral Fellow, CMNS, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
2009-2011: Postdoctoral Fellow, RIKEN Advanced Science Institute, Wakoshi, Japan
2011- 2015: Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, IIT-Guwahati, Guwahati, India
2015-till date: Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, IIT-Guwahati, Guwahati, India

1996-2001: National Merit Scholarship, Government of India
2001: AstraZeneca Summer Research Fellowship
2003-2007: Institute research Fellowship for PhD (CNSMS-Bengaluru)
2004: Best Paper presentation at National Conference on Liquid Crystals
2006: Selected for JNOST symposium held at ICG, Jaipur
2006: Best Paper presentation at National Conference on Current Trends in Chemical Research
2007: Australia Endeavor Research Fellowship (Declined)      
2007: Postdoctoral Fellowship, CMNS, UK
2009: Postdoctoral Fellowship, RIKEN, Japan

Research Funding
Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati Start up Grant, IITG
Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences, BARC
Department of Science and Technology
Department of Biotechnology
Ministry of Human Resources and Development
Royal Society of Chemistry-UK and DST-India

Journal of Chemical Sciences, New Journal of Chemistry
Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry, ChemistrySelect, RSC Advances
Journal of Molecular Liquids (Outstanding Reviewer)
Langmuir, J.Mater.Chem.C, ACS App.Mater.Interfaces., J.Phys. Chem.
Proceedings of Indian National Science Academy, Colloids and Surfaces A
Dyes and Pigments, Tetrahedron Letters, Spectrochimica Acta (Recognized reviewer)

Professional Organizations
Life member of Chemical Research Society of India
Life member of Indian Liquid Crystal Society
Life member of International Liquid Crystal Society
Life member of the Society for Polymer Science, India