Dr. Surjyakanta Rana

Scientific background: 

  • mesoporous silica, zirconia, CeO2, TiO2, layered double hydroxides, acid active clay materials (montmorillonite), carbon-based graphene materials, functionalization, nanomaterials, organo-inorganic hybrid materials, nanocomposite materials for energy and environmental applications
  • Plasma catalytic reforming of CO2 over 3D printed catalyst/ supported Cu catalysts

International projects:

  • HORIZON 2020, WIDESPREAD-01-2016-2017-Teaming Phase 2, Centre for functional and surface-functionalized glasses, 2021-2023, Researcher
  • H2020-MSCA-IF, Understanding the material structure-activity correlation in plasma catalytic CO2 conversion, 2019-2021, Marie Skłodowska-Curie postdoctoral researcher

Publication activity: 

  • Publications in scientific journals: 52
  • Book chapters: 2
  • Citations: 1385+

The most significant publications:

  1. Surjyakanta Rana, G. Bishwa Bidita Varadwaj, Sreekantha B. Jonnalagadda, Green synthesis of Cu nanoparticles in modulating the reactivity of
    amine-functionalised composite materials towards cross-coupling reactions, Nanomaterials 11 (2021) 2260.
  2. Surjyakanta Rana, G. Bishwa Bidita Varadwaj, Sreekantha B. Jonnalagadda, Mn oxide supported partially reduced graphene oxide as a highly active and durable heterogeneous catalyst for single-step amination of benzene, Catalysis Communications, 157 (2021) 106329.
  1. Surjyakanta Rana, G. Bishwa Bidita Varadwaj, Sandeep V.H.S. Bhaskaruni, Sreekantha B. Jonnalagadda, Epoxidation of trans-stilbene with molecular oxygen over an eco-friendly heterogeneous cobalt oxide/reduced graphene oxide composite material, Research on Chemical Intermediates, 46 (2020) 4465-4473.
  2. Surjyakanta Rana, G. Bishwa Bidita Varadwaj, Sreekantha B. Jonnalagadda, Pd nanoparticle supported reduced graphene oxide and its excellent catalytic activity for Ullmann C-C coupling reaction in a green solvent, RSC Advances, 9(2019) 13332-13335.
  3. Surjyakanta Rana, G. Bishwa Bidita Varadwaj, Sreekantha B. Jonnalagadda, A facile synthesis of molybdenum promoted reduced graphene oxide as catalyst towards epoxidation of cyclohexene, ChemistrySelect, 4 (2019) 5381-5385.
  4. Surjyakanta Rana, G. Bishwa Bidita Varadwaj, Sreekantha B. Jonnalagadda, Ni nanoparticle supported reduced graphene oxide as highly active and durable heterogeneous material for coupling reactions, Nanoscale Advances, 1 (2019)1527-1530.
  5. Nagaraju Kerru, Sandeep V.H.S. Bhaskaruni, Lalitha Gummidi, Surya Narayana Maddila, Surjyakanta Rana, P. Singh, Sreekantha B. Jonnalagadda, Synthesis of novel pyrazole based triazolidin-3-one derivatives by using ZnO/ZrO2 as a reusable catalyst under green conditions, Applied Organometallic Chemistry, 33 (2019) e4722.
  1. Surjyakanta Rana, Sandeep V.H.S. Bhaskaruni, Sreekantha B. Jonnalagadda, Tri-amine functionalized graphene oxide for co-operative catalyst in Henry Reaction, Research on Chemical Intermediates, 44 (2018) 2157–2167.
  1. Surjyakanta Rana, Sreekantha B. Jonnalagadda, Cu doped amine functionalized graphene oxide and its scope as catalyst for selective oxidation, Catalysis Communications 100 (2017) 183-186.
  2. Bishwa Bidita Varadwaj, Oluwaseun A. Oyetade, Surjyakanta Rana, Bice S. Martincigh, Sreekantha B. Jonnalagadda, and Vincent O Nyamori, Facile Synthesis of Three-dimensional Mg-Al Layered Double Hydroxide/Partially Reduced Graphene Oxide Nanocomposites for the Effective Removal of Pb2+ from Aqueous Solution, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 9 (20) (2017) 17290–17305.
  3. Surjyakanta Rana, Sreekantha B. Jonnalagadda, CuO/Graphene Oxide Nanocomposite as Highly Active and Durable Catalyst for Selective Oxidation of Cyclohexane, Chemistry Select 2 (2017) 2277 – 2281.
  4. Surjyakanta Rana, Sreekantha B. Jonnalagadda, A facile synthesis of Cu-Ni bimetallic nanoparticles supported organo functionalized graphene oxide as catalyst for selective hydrogenation of p-nitrophenol and cinnamaldehyde, RSC Advances 7 (2017) 2869-2879.
  5. Surjyakanta Rana, Sreekantha B. Jonnalagadda, Synthesis and Characterization of amine functionalized graphene oxide and scope as catalyst for Knoevenagel condensation reaction, Catalysis Communications 92 (2017) 31-34.
  6. Surjyakanta Rana, Suresh Maddila, and Sreekantha B. Jonnalagadda, Synthesis and characterization of Pd (II) dispersed over Diamine functionalized graphene oxide and its scope as catalyst for selective oxidation, Catalysis Science & Technology 5 (2015) 3235 – 3241.
  7. Surjyakanta Rana, Suresh Maddila, Kotaiah Yalagala and Sreekantha B. Jonnalagadda, Organo functionalized graphene with Pd nanoparticles and its excellent catalytic activity for Suzuki coupling reaction. Applied Catalysis A: General 505 (2015) 539–547.
  8. Surjyakanta Rana, Suresh Maddila, Kotaiah Yalagala, Surya Maddila and Sreekantha B. Jonnalagadda, Covalent modification of Organo functionalized graphene oxide and its scope as catalyst for one-pot multicomponent reactions. Chemistry Open 4 (2015) 703-707.
  9. Devendar Reddy Kommidi, Ramakanth Pagadala, Surjyakanta Rana, Parvesh Singh, Suhas A. Shintre, N. A. Koorbanally, Sreekantha B. Jonnalagadda, Brenda Moodley, Novel carbapenem chalcone derivatives: Synthesis, cytotoxicity and molecular docking studies, Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry 13 (2015) 4344-4350.
  10. Ramakanth Pagadala, Devendar Reddy Kommidi, Surjyakanta Rana, Suresh Maddila, Brenda Moodley, N. A. Koorbanally, Sreekantha B. Jonnalagadda, Multicomponent synthesis of Pyridines via diamine functionalized mesoporous ZrO2 domino Intramolecular tandem Michael type addition, RSC Advances 5 (2015) 5627–5632.
  11. Suresh Maddila, Surjyakanta Rana, Ramakanth Pagadala, Shravankumar Kankala, Suryanarayana Maddila, Sreekanth B. Jonnalagadda, Synthesis of pyrazole-4-carbonitrile derivatives in aqueous media with CuO/ZrO2 as recyclable catalyst, Catalysis Communications 61(2015) 26–30.
  12. Surjyakanta Rana, Suresh Maddila, Ramakanth Pagadala, K.M. Parida, Sreekantha B. Jonnalagadda,Cesium salts of manganese based lacunary phosphotungstate supported mesoporous silica: An efficient catalyst for solvent free oxidation reaction, Catalysis Communication 59 (2015) 73–77.

Education:

  • Ph.D. (Chemistry) Council Of Scientific And Industrial Research–Institute Of Minerals And Materials Technology (CSIR–IMMT) and Utkal University, Odisha, INDIA (2013).

             Thesis: Development of modified mesoporous materials towards various organic

transformation reactions.

 Awards, scholarships and research stays:

  • Researcher, Alexander Dubček University of Trenčín, Slovakia, November 2021 to cont.
  • Post-Doctoral fellow, University of Antwerp, Belgium, April 2021 to August 2021.
  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Post-Doctoral fellow, University of Antwerp, Belgium, April 2019 to March 2021.
  • Visiting Scientist, VITO, Belgium, May 2020 to April 2021.
  • Post-Doctoral fellow, University of Antwerp, Belgium, March 2018 to March 2019.
  • Post-Doctoral fellow, University of Antwerp, Belgium, August 2017 to December 2017.
  • Post-Doctoral fellow, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa, November 2013 to August 2017.

Awards: (I) Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship, (II)Excellence project

(research and innovation) award, (III) CSIR-Senior Research Fellowship.

 Other activities:

  • Life member, Orissa Chemical Society (OCS)
  • Life member, Society for Materials Chemistry (SMC)
  • Editor/Associate editor/Editorial board members/Reviewers in different Scientific Journals
Dr. Surjyakanta Rana
Dr. Surjyakanta Rana
Department of Functional Materials
E-mail: surjyakanta.rana@tnuni.sk
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