Prof. Sourav Pal

Dept: Chemical Sciences (DCS)
E-mail: s.pal [at]

Research Interest:
  • Frontier Theoretical Development on Molecular Electric Properties
  • Theoretical Investigation of Hard-Soft Acid-Base Relation
  • Study of Electron - Molecule Scattering
  • Development and Application of Molecular Dynamics
  • Density functional response approach for molecular properties
  • Magnetic properties
  • Applications to interesting chemical problems

Academic Background:
  1. Post-Doc Research Work, 1987, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL,USA (Prof. R.J.Bartlett)
  2. Ph. D. in Chemistry, 1985, IACS(Calcutta) (under the supervision of Prof. Debashis Mukherjee) .

  1. Director, Indian Institute of Science Education Research, Kolkata from Oct 2017 onwards
  2. Professor (HAG), Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Powai, Mumbai from June 2015 till Oct 11, 2017
  3. Director (Additional Charge), CSIR- Central Salt & Marine Chemicals Research Institute, Bhavnagar (Gujarat) from June 1, 2014 till May 31, 2015
  4. Director, CSIR- NCL, Pune from December 1, 2010 till May 31, 2015
  5. Head, Physical and Materials Chemistry, NCL, Pune, from December 2002 till Nov 30, 2010

Awards and Honors:
  1. Nominated as Executive Council Member of Federation of Asian Chemical Societies (2016)
  2. Elected as the President of Chemical Research Society of India for a tenure of three years from April 1, 2014
  3. Recipient of SASTRA-CNR Rao Award in Chemistry & Materials Science for the year 2014
  4. Recepient of Chemical Research Society of India Silver Medal, 2009
  5. Recepient of JC Bose National Fellowship of DST, 2008
  6. Recepient of the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in Chemical Sciences, 2000

Selected Publications:
  1. "Relativistic extended coupled cluster method for magnetic hyperfine structure constant" - Sudip Sasmal, Himadri Pathak, Malaya K. Nayak, Nayana Vaval, and Sourav Pal, (2015), Physical Review A., 91, 022512
  2. "Implementation of the Z-vector method in the relativistic-coupled-cluster framework to calculate first-order energy derivatives: Application to the SrF molecule" - Sudip Sasmal, Himadri Pathak, Malaya K. Nayak, Nayana Vaval, and Sourav Pal, (2015), Physical Review A. 91, 030503(R)
  3. "Reactivity and Catalytic Activity of Hydrogen Atom Chemisorbed Silver Clusters" - Dar Manzoor and Sourav Pal, (2015), J. Phys. Chem. A., DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.5b01987