Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Kolkata
Parthasarathi Dastidar is currently a Senior Professor at Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Kolkata. He received his PhD from the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru in 1994. After postdoctoral stints in Tel-Aviv (Israel), UNAM (Mexico), and Wayne State University (USA), he joined CSMCRI, Bhavnagar, India, in 1998 as a Scientist before moving to IACS in 2007. His research interests include crystal engineering, supramolecular gels, topical gels for drug delivery and coordination polymers/complexes based materials. He is the recipent of CRSI Bronze Medal in Chemistry, 2012 and JSPS Fellowship (Jan, 2004–Nov., 2004) by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. He is also the co-editor, Acta Crystallographica E, and is a life member of Indian Crystallographic Association and Chemical Research Society of India. He was elected as a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences in 2018.
SESSION 3B: Inaugural lectures by Fellows/Associates
A K Singhvi, Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad
From serendipity to designing molecular gels for drug delivery
In early 2000, the speaker and his team’s efforts to understand crystal engineering prospects in organic salts led to the serendipitous discovery of molecular gelators derived from a simple organic salts. Since then, they have been seriously engaged in studying organic salts systematically by invoking supramolecular synthons in the context of crystal engineering. Such efforts provided better insights into the mechanism of gelation and consequently allowed them to design gelators for various applications. In this presentation, gel inducing supramolecular synthons developed by their group and its implication in designing gels for bio-medical applications such as drug delivery in a self-delivery fashion will be discussed with selected examples.