SRINAGAR: Prof Kowsar Majid, a senior faculty member in the Department of Chemistry at the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Srinagar, has obtained a significant project from the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), Department of Science and Technology (DST).

Prof Kowsar Majid, a senior faculty member at NIT Srinagar

The recently approved project, titled “In Situ Kinetic and Mechanistic Studies of Electrochemical Water Splitting Reactions,” aims to tackle critical challenges in sustainable energy. The project will utilize Metal-Organic Framework (MOF) based catalysts under the Competitive Research Grant (CRG) scheme of the DST Government of India.

Director NIT Srinagar, Prof Sudhakar Yedla, congratulated Prof Kowsar on securing the prestigious SERB project. “We are proud to have dedicated faculty members making significant strides in advancing knowledge and addressing real-world challenges,” he stated.

Prof Kowsar expressed gratitude to DST, Government of India, for considering her research proposal and providing substantial funding for the project. “The support includes provisions for essential manpower in the form of a Research Associate and access to high-grade chemicals and necessary amenities,” she said.

Prof Kowsar extended thanks to the institute’s leadership, acknowledging their crucial role in advancing the research endeavour.

“The proposal focuses on understanding the kinetics and mechanistic aspects of the application of Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs), considered a novel category of porous and well-crystalline materials,” she explained.

Prof Kowsar highlighted the significant interest in MOFs due to their practical applications in hydrogen and carbon dioxide storage, catalysis, and separation. “The need for examining the kinetics and mechanistic approaches associated with the application routes of these materials is essential,” she emphasized.

“With the steadfast support of the institute, DST GOI, dedicated research team, and collaborative partners, I am optimistic about making a substantial contribution to this domain,” Kowsar added.

Kowsar mentioned that several scholars within her team have earned Ph.D. degrees for commendable work in the area of Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) and MOF-based catalysts. “Our focus on diverse applications has led to successful placements of scholars in prestigious positions nationally and internationally,” she said.

“In addition to publishing high-quality research papers, our team has ventured into various research areas,” Prof Kowsar added. “I am pleased that one minor project proposed by our team has received approval for possible funding from JK STIC.”

“We have submitted multiple research projects for financial aid and anticipate further support from various sponsoring agencies for our allied research ideas in the future,” she concluded.


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