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Dr. Priyabrat Dash


PhD in Chemistry (U of Saskatchewan, Canada, 2005-2010, Supervisor: Prof. Robert W. J. Scott)

M. Tech in Materials Science (IIT Bombay, 2002-2004)

MSc in Chemistry (Utkal University, 1999-2001)


Dr. Dash received his B.Sc. in Chemistry from G. Sc. College, Athagarh, Odisha in 1999, and then moved to Utkal University to pursue MSc from 1999-2001. From 2002-2004, he obtained his M.Tech. degree in Materials Science from IIT Bombay. He obtained his Ph.D. under the supervision of Prof. Robert W. J. Scott at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada (2005-2010). He was a Post-doctoral fellow under Prof. A. Sayari at the University of Ottawa, Canada (April 2010-Nov 2011). He began as an Assistant Professor at the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Rourkela in November of 2011, later promoted to Associate Professor in February, 2018 and to Professor on March 29, 2023.

Professional Experience

Professor, NIT Rourkela (March 29, 2023-present)

Associate Professor, NIT Rourkela (February 02 2018-March 28, 2023)

Assistant Professor, NIT Rourkela (November 2011- February 01, 2018)

Postdoctoral Fellow (U of Ottawa, Canada, April, 2010-November, 2011)

Project Assistant, IIT Bombay (October 2004-May 2005)

R&D Officer, Gharda Chemicals Limited, Mumbai (July 2004-October 2004)


  • Prof. R. C. Tripathy Young Scientist Award in Chemical Science by Odisha Chemical Society, 2018.[

  • Applied Surface Science Certificate of Outstanding Contributions in Reviewing of December 2016.
  • U of Ottawa Postdoctoral Travel Award from U of Ottawa in 2011.

  • Canadian Catalysis Foundation Travel Support from Canadian Catalysis Foundation in 2010.

  • Graduate Teaching Fellowship from the University of Saskatchewan, 2007-2009.

  • CGSR-President's Student Travel Award from the University of Saskatchewan in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010.

  • Graduate Research Assistantship from the University of Saskatchewan from 2005-2010.

  • Graduate Teaching Assistantship from the University of Saskatchewan from 2005-2010.

  • GATE Award (2002-2004) for M. Tech.studies, University Grants Commission, Govt. of India.

  • Qualified CSIR-UGC-NET three times (2001,2002) conducted by Govt. of India.

  • Best High School Student Award (1994) from B. N. Bidyapith, Athagarh, Odisha.

Research Interests

Nanocatalysis, Photocatalysis, Gas sensing, and Toxic ion removal

Professional Services

Reviewer of journals/funding agencies/proposals like

  • ACS Catalysis, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, ACS Omega, Chemical Communications, Chemical Engineering Journal, Catalysis Today, Molecular Catalysis, Applied Catalysis A: Chemical, Sensors & Actuators B: Chemical, Chemosphere, Journal of Hazardous Materials, Journal of Molecular Liquids, Catalysis Letters, Materials Letters, Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical, Applied Surface Science, RSC Advances, Chemical Physical Letters, Nanoscale Advances, Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, etc.

  • Govt. Agencies like DST and DBT.

  • Foreign proposals like Stanford Synchrotron Beamline proposal and American Petroleum Research Fund.  

Member of

  • Odisha Chemical Society (OCS)

  • Member of Canadian Society of Chemistry (CSC).

  • Member of Materials Research Society (MRS), USA .


Institutional Services

  • Assistant Warden, H. B. Hall of Residence, NIT Rourkela

  • Member, Institute Curriculum & Accreditation Committee, NIT Rourkela

  • Chairman, Dept. Purchase Committee, NIT Rourkela

  • Professsor-in-charge, Direct-Purchase, Chemistry Department, NIT Rourkela

  • Professsor-in-charge, Curriculum, Chemistry Department, NIT Rourkela

  • Professsor-in-charge, Accreditation, Chemistry Department, NIT Rourkela

  • Co-ordinator, Summer Internship Programme, NIT Rourkela

  • Convener, Institute Convocation Committee, NIT Rourkela

User of International Facility

  • Canadian Synchroton Facility, CLS, U of Saskatchewan

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