Bombay Technologist Undergraduate Research Program


After our transition this electronic format and a popular workshop on scientific writing, we are delighted to announce and invite applications for the Bombay Technologist Undergraduate Research Program (BTUGRP).

Introduction to BTUGRP:

Our institute previously lacked the framework for an organized, official and widespread UG research ethic in tandem with academics. However, with BTUGRP, our institute has become one of the first in India in laying a foundation for a robust UG research system, in pace with other globally renowned universities.

In brief, this program aims to:

  • Offer talented undergraduates a coveted opportunity to directly apply their theoretical knowledge into practice via cutting-edge research.
  • Motivate students to explore research as an exciting career option.
  • Provide a platform to students who wish to gain crucial research experience for graduate school.

Under the BTUGRP, students will be given a sought-after break to conduct research in the institute throughout the academic year, under the guidance of our faculty members, be it on free afternoons, weekends, short breaks or even during evenings. Thus, this program is highly specific and targets highly motivated students, willing to devote a considerable amount of time to research along with their academics.

 However, Candidates should:

  • Not miss out on academic activities such as lectures and labs in pursuit of BTUGRP.
  • Not abandon BTUGRP on acceptance of their candidature.

Additionally, it is to be informed that the candidate may have to perform literature surveys for a couple of weeks before beginning experimental work. Also, in the event that their faculty guide is busy or unavailable, the candidate may have to work under a senior PhD Scholar.

Candidates are strictly advised to refrain from applying if they are unable to adhere to these instructions.

Eligibility and Selection:

Currently, BTUGRP calls for applications from undergraduates in their Second and Third years’ of B.Chem.Engg./B.Tech./B.Pharm.

The list of participating faculty members and their project topics is mentioned at the end of this page.

Candidates can select ONE faculty member from any discipline, irrespective of the applicant’s branch of study, under whom they want to conduct research.

(*Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply to research positions other than their academic fields of study as it promotes interdisciplinary Science)

Candidates have to fill out the BTUGRP application form, submit their CV and a Statement of Purpose (SOP) for applying to BTUGRP.

  • Students will be selected by faculty members themselves, on careful review of their CV and SOP. Additionally, an interview may also be taken.
  • Equal weightage is given to the CV and SOP meaning that lower academic credentials can be offset by a strong SOP.
    Thus, we encourage participants having low CGPA to apply, as academic performance is not necessarily correlated to research output.

In case vacancies remain unfilled, an extra round of applications may be conducted.


On successful completion of their research projects, candidates will have to summarize their findings in the form of a research paper. In the event that their faculty guide wishes to publish the research in an international/national journal, the BT team will extend its full support to the candidate for technical writing, proof-reading and editing. If the guide wishes not to do so, candidates are free to get their research published in the Bombay Technologist, in the form of a research paper.

Applying for BTUGRP:

Interested students may apply for the BTUGRP by filling out the application form available here:

Download Application form for BTUGRP

Additionally they should also submit their CV (3 pages max.) and SOP (2 pages max.) electronically in PDF format.

The filled application form, CV and SOP should be E-Mailed to:

Last date for applications: 11:59pm on 16th February 2015

Feel free to get your queries cleared by writing to us at or by getting in touch with the following BT Secretaries:

Sanyat Mapara
Mobile: 9422209236

Preshita Desai
Mobile: 9769273679


Bombay Technologist
Undergraduate Research Program

Faculty List


Department of Chemical Engineering:

Prof. S.S Bhagwat

Research Interests: Energy and Exergy Engineering, Absorption Cycles, Utilization of lowgrade energy, applications of artificial neural networks.

Additional application data: If applicable, furnish marks in subjects taught by Prof. S.S. Bhagwat.


Dr. V. H. Dalvi

Research Interests: Molecular Simulations, Solar Thermal Systems, Statistical Thermodynamics.


Dr.  P.R. Gogate

Research Interests: Cavitational Reactors, Process Intensification,Wastewater treatment, Advanced Oxidation Processes, Sonocrystallization, Intensification of Enzyme synthesis and enzymatic reactions


Dr.  K.V. Marathe

Research Interests: Membrane Separation, Waste Water Treatment, Corrosion, Development of Metal Matrix Composites

Dr.  P.R. Nemade

Research Interests: Membrane Separations, Catalysis Advanced Materials, Biosensors.


Prof.  A.B. Pandit

Research Interests: Cavitation, Sonochemistry, Design of multiphase reactors (Mechanically Agitated contactors, Bubble columns). Wastewater treament, Biotechnology (Cell disruption, Enzyme synthesis and applications). Visbreaking, Nanomaterial synthesis and its application. Green Engineering and Technology, Surface Engineering and Technology


Dr. V.K. Rathod

Research Interests:  Utilization of waste for valuable products, Biodiesel production and purification, Extraction of natural ingredients, Process Intensification using new technologies, Waste water Treatment, Enzymatic catalyst synthesis


Prof. B.N. Thorat

Research Interests: Entrepreneurship-driven Research (Students can come up with their own idea and conduct research to make it practicable)

Drying Technology and Particle Handling, Process Development, Multiphase Reactors, Industrial Crystallization and Filtration, Food Processing.



Dr. S.S. Jogwar

Research Interests: Advanced Process Control, Process Optimization, Energy Integration, Batch Scheduling, Supply Chain Optimization, Process Safety Analysis


Dr. S.M. Sontakke

Project topics:

  1. Solar Cells
  2. Photocatalysis

Additional Criteria: Only available to B.Chem. Engg. students


Prof A.M. Lali and DBT-CEB faculty

Research Projects:
1. Metabolic flux modeling for microorganisms growing in fermenters

2. Growth engineering of algae in photobioreactors

3. Kinetic of biomass deconstruction to cellulose

4. Intensifying microbial/enzymatic biotransformations

Additional Criteria: Candidates will also be interviewed before selection.



Department of Dyestuff Technology:

Prof. N. Sekar

Research Interests: Computational Colour chemistry (DFT and TD-DFT Based computations), Synthesis of multistep Heterocyclic and Fused Heterocyclic compounds, Process development of Intermediates.


Dr.  Surajit Some

Research Interests: Prof. Some has recently joined and is yet to commence his research in ICT. His interests relate to Graphene and Graphene Oxide Chemistry

Department Of Fibres And Textile Processing Technology:

Prof. R.V. Adivarekar

Research Interests:  Natural Dyes and Mordants, Fibre Modification, Dyeing of Textiles, Printing of Textiles, Mass Production and Extraction of Microbial Colourants, Manufacturing of Enzymes for Textile Processing, Medical Textiles, Colour Fastness of Textile Materials, Detergency of Textiles, Ionic Liquids for Regenerated Fibres etc.


Dr. Usha Sayed                                       

Research Interests: Photo Fading Studies, Enzymatic Studies of Textiles, Leather Processing, Recycling of Papers, Laundering, Recycling of Carpet, Recycling of Garments, Surface Modification of Fibres, Natural Finishes, Dyeing with Natural Dyes, Studies of Bio-Polymers for Textile, Studies in Processing of Wool & Silk, Synthesis of Cationic Fixing Agent and Specialty Chemicals and Dyes, Antimicrobial Finishing.


Department Of Oils, Oleochemicals & Surfactants Technology:

Dr.  A.P. Pratap                                       

Research Interests: Tribo applications of oils and fats, structural modifications of oils, fats and fatty acids, Petroleum products, lubricants, Additives and specialty products, microbial Bio surfactants etc.

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technology:

Prof. P.D. Amin

Research Interests: Exploration of Hot Melt Extrusion Technology in Innovative Drug Delivery system, Development and evaluation of Fixed Dose Combinations, Improvisation Techniques for Manufacture and Evaluation of Solid Dosage Forms, Release modification designs for drug delivery system Design and Fabrication of Pharma machinery (R&D Models), Development of Added Functionality Excipients, ophthalmic drug delivery systems, modification in excipients, exploring the use of excipients


Prof.  V.B. Patravale                             

Research Interests: Lipid and polymer based nano-therapeutics, Nanosuspensions, Targeted drug delivery systems, Novel carriers and techniques for solubilization, Green technologies for nanoparticle generation, Exploitation of indigenous excipients fornovel applications, Fabrication of equipments for micro/nanocapsules for scale-up, Medical devices,cosmeceuticals, 3D constructs, diagnostics and vaccines.


Dr. G.U. Chaturbhuj                             

Research Interests: Synthesis of substituted Biphenyls, synthesis of drugs and drug intermediates by alternative, ecofriendly, industrially feasible routes, development of routes for synthesis of drug metabolites and analytical methods, Polymer synthesis and pharmaceutical applications

Department of Polymer and Surface Engineering:

Prof. R.N. Jagtap                                    

Research Interests: Living Radical Polymerization for Tailor-made Polymers and their additives, Biosource raw materials for polymers and coatings, Nanomaterial and Nanocomposite, Recycling of E-waste, Antimicrobial Paints, Heat reflective coatings, Corrosion prevention, Ecofriendly coating.


Dr.  S.T. Mhaske                                     

Research Interests:  Novel approached synthesis of Nano particles, Polymer melt Rheology, Cellulose based Polymer Nanocomposites, Bio Nanocomposites, Photosynthesis of nano particles, Devlopment of Thermoplastics vulcanizates and elastomer, Reprocessing and recovery of polymers, Synthesis of pigments using core shell and Sol gel techniques, synthesis of resins from renewable resources, Synthesis and Characterization of Resins, Water Borne Coatings, Insulating Varnishes, conductive coatings, anticorrosive coatings, Polymer Processing and Coloration and Colour Matching.

Department of Physics:

Dr.  Mohan Narayan

Research Interests: Quantum Mechanics, Statistical Mechanics, Theoretical High Energy Physics, Cavitation and Nucleation phenomena, Molecular dynamics.


Dr.  S.V. Panse

Research Interests: (Joint Project with Dr. V.H. Dalvi)