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  MD.   IMTEYAZ   ALAM Email: Phone: +91 9289445506 (Mobile) Homepage: Principal Investigator, 4 th  Floor, Synergy Building, Bio-Incubator (BBIF) IIT Delhi, Hauz Khas, Delhi-110016, India S UMMARY : A value driven and highly competent R&D professional  having 1 year industrial experience  as  chemist in a US based MNC, SC Johnson Products Pvt. Ltd ., Delhi and 3.5+ years  of postdoctoral experience in catalysis and catalyst development. Currently associated with FITT & Department of Chemical Engineering,  IIT Delhi  as Principal Investigator and working in the area of heterogeneous catalysis. Expertise in heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis  Proficient in Ionic liquid, metal oxide, metal phosphate and carbon based catalyst synthesis and characterization (by FT-IR, XRD, TEM, SEM, TGA) Well versed in chromatographic ( HPLC, GC, GC-MS ) and spectroscopic ( IR, NMR, UV-Vis ) characterization techniques Experience of close collaboration with computational  chemists , both for understanding and verification of chemical phenomena Skilled at planning experiments and analyzing/interpreting the results Experienced in Density functional theory (DFT) and  ab initio  calculations  Demonstrated high performance standards with astute attention to details and deadlines. Worked well in diverse teams to achieve goals through effective communication and interpersonal skills Strong ability to master a situation quickly; highly knowledgeable in a wide variety of professional disciplines and an expert at organizing and directing turnaround situations Possessing excellent communication and collaboration skills to lead and work in concert with diverse groups effectively. Dedicated and highly ambitious to achieve personal as well as the organizational goals C ORE C OMPETENCIES Catalyst synthesis & characterization FTIR, XRD, TEM, SEM, TGA/DTA Product separation & characterization NMR, GC, GC-MS, HPLC, UV-Vis Organic transformations Molecular modeling using Heterogeneous catalysts DFT codes: VASP, DMol3 Computational platform: Material Studio Agrochemical formulation& plant protection Data interpretation Detail & result oriented Proactive & diligent Writing patents, papers and technical reports A WARDS  /F ELLOWSHIPS  /R ECOGNITIONS  Principal Investigator  of the approved Birac BIG Grant of Rs. 46.5 Lac  Received  Gandhian Young Technological Innovation Awards (Rs. 15 Lakh)   on 19 th  March 2018 at Rashtrapati Bhawan, Delhi by the President of India. Lead Guest Editor , Journal of Chemistry for special issue "Biomass-Derived Chemicals and Materials: Opportunities, Challenges, and Sustainability" Invited speaker in an International seminar on Green Cheistry| Synthesis, Processing and Devices ” Delivered  invited talk in National Institute of Chemistry, Ljubljana, Slovenia (31 st  August 2017) International Travel Support from SERB, India for attending EUROPACAT 17 at Florence, Italay (27-31 August 2017) Adjudged Best Oral Presenter in7 th  Asia Pacific Congress on Catalysis, ICT Mumbai (17-21 January 2017) Awarded National Postdoctoral Fellowship  from Science and Engineering Research Board, Gov. of India, Delhi (2016) Granted Senior Research Fellowship from Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, Govt. of India, Delhi (2012) Selected as Senior Research Fellow  for NAIP sponsored project in Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Delhi (2011) Research highlighted as cover page illustration in the journal,Green Chem. 2016, 18, 6431-6435 Recognition for Most Cited Journal of Catalysis Article, J. Catal. 2012, 288, 8-15 (2012) Catal. Sci. Technol. 2012, 2, 2025-2036 was recognized as RSC Top-ten most accessed article (25 Oct 2012) Manuscript Reviewer : Journal of Material Chemistry A, RSC Advances, New Journal of Chemistry, Journal of Saudi Chemical Society, Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy C AREER A CHIEVEMENTS   Received a grant of Rs. 46.5 Lac for BIRAC-BIG schem Established experimental setup  at REC Lab,  IIT Delhi  and developed technologies on integrated fermentation and catalysis for biorenewable chemicals (2014-continue). Co-inventor/Co-author in 3 Patents (filed), 15 published papers and 3 book chapters (in Elsevier and Springer) Replaced multistep reactions to fewer steps process of C 9  ketones synthesis from biomass based feedstocks (2015-2017) Established simplest synthetic route to derive biomonomer, aroma  and fuel precursors from  cyclic esters (2014-17)    Successfully converted agricultural residues into commodity chemicals and liquid biofuels (2012-2014). Successfully developed protocol for estimation and biosafety studies of nano fungicides (2010-2011) Received N-PDF grant of Rs. 19,20,000 from Science and Engineering Research Board , Gov. of India (2016) E DUCATIONAL D ETAILS  University of Delhi  (May 2011-August 2015)   Ph. D. in Chemistry (Catalysis for biomass conversion to value-added chemicals). Supervisor: Dr. Basudeb Saha Date of Award: 30 th  May 2015  University of Delhi  (July 2007-June 2009)  M. Sc. (Chemistry) from University of Delhi.  B. Sc. (Chemistry) from Jai Prakash University, Chapra, India in 2006.  P ROFESSIONAL E XPERIENCE Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Delhi, Delhi (August 2014  –   Present) Post Doctorate Responsibilities: Developed catalytic routes and design functional materials for viable green alternatives to chemicals and fuels   6-amyl- α -pyrone valorization into food grade flavors , biodegradable monomers , specialty chemicals and  drugs   Prepared and executed innovative work plan and developed experimental set up for catalysis and product characterization Design and screening of catalysts for biomass derived high value chemicals production. Managing all experimental projects on biorenewables, coordinating with vendors for purchase and setting up equipments   Wrote innovative research proposals to increasing lab resource and execute proposed research work Instructed B. Tech. and M. Tech. projects for IIT Delhi students and young interns My postdoctoral work is focused on developing a unique process involving integrated fermentation and catalysis to produce high-value chemicals and fuels from biomass, with a special emphasis on preparation and characterization of heterogeneous catalyst, reaction optimization and understanding reaction mechanism using both experimental and computational studies. In this work, I have identified a novel biomass-derived platform molecule, which is 6-amyl- α -pyrone (6PP), recently highlighted as our publication on the front cover of the journal, Green Chemistry. I have developed routes for catalytic transformation of 6PP into food-additives, flavoring agent, fuels, polymers and pharmaceutical precursors. The work has resulted in the filing of 3 patents including 2 book chapters and 5 journal articles. PhD Research, University of Delhi, India (May 2011  –   August 2014) PhD Student Thesis: Catalysis for biomass conversion to value added chemicals Supervisor:  Dr. Basudeb Saha  Responsibilities: Screening of metal salts as catalyst for sugar conversion Design and develop solid acid catalyst for green commodity chemical production Synthesis and characterization of ionic liquid for sugars and raw biomass conversion   Catalysis for waste to value added product formation   Understanding catalysis using FTIR, XRD, TEM, SEM, TGA/DTA, NMR, GC, GCMS, HPLC, UV-Vis techniques   My Ph.D. thesis work is focused on important issues of catalysis related with the adding values to the waste biomass and replacing fossil fuel with green alternatives. Considering bagasse, non-edible mushrooms and weed species as sustainable feedstocks, and metal salts, ionic liquids, metal phosphate as effective catalysts, a new route for fine chemicals production is developed. An interdisciplinary approach to catalysis and agriculture (for biomass utilization) is implemented to obtain high-value chemicals from low-value and high volume substrates. Acidic ionic liquids and solid acid catalysts were prepared, characterized and thoroughly studied for hydrolysis and dehydration of lignocellulosic biomass to address the basic problems of obtaining clean chemicals and fuels. Under optimized condition, both processed and unprocessed biomass resulted to give 5-hydroxymethyl furfural (HMF), which is a building block molecule for making bio-gasoline (2,5-dimethylfuran and 5-ethoxymethylfurfural, EMF) and biopolyester PET (furandicarboxylic acid). In order to produce fuels and value-added chemicals, HMF along with raw biomass and optimized catalyst have experimented for etherification reaction and significant yield of EMF and ethyl levulinate were obtained as biofuel. The developed methods, catalysts and mechanisms of my thesis work gives a better understanding of current catalytic process on biomass and provide a guidance in the development of successful biorefinery for sustainable future.   Post-M. Sc. Research, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Delhi, India (July 2010  –   May 2011) Senior Research Fellow Responsibilities: Formulation development for Agrochemicals and their release studies in solid supports (fly ash, SiO 2 , TiO 2 ), soil and water    Analysis of commercially pure and formulated agrochemicals by UV-Vis, HPLC, GC and FTIR techniques Bio-safety studies of agrochemicals on soil and water microorganisms Extraction of pesticide residues from soil, algae, crop leaves and vegetables, and their analysis Shelf life evaluation of formulation products using reported protocol SC Johnson Products Pvt. Ltd, Delhi (July 2009  –   June 2010) RD&E Chemist Responsibilities: Improve formulation of liquid vaporizer , aerosol  and coil  for effective insect repellency Extraction and analysis of active ingredient from formulated product   Perform storage and emulsion stability , weight loss, release study , and active ingredient tests as per the protocol  Prepare data and reports based on storage, stability and release studies P UBLICATIONS   1.   M. I. Alam , S. De, T. S Khan, M. A. Haider, B. Saha, Acid functionalized ionic liquid catalyzed transformation of non-food biomass into platform chemical and fuel additive, Industrial Crops & Products, 2018, 23, 629-637   I.F : 3.8 2.   M. Gupta, T. S Khan, S. Gupta, M. I. Alam , M. Agarwal, M. A. Haider,  Non-bonding and bonding interactions of biogenic impurities with the metal catalyst and the design of bi-metallic alloys , 2017, J. Catal. 2017, 352, 542-556. I.F : 6.9 3.   A. Bohre, D. Gupta, M. I. Alam , R. K. Sharma, B. Saha,  Aerobic oxidation of Isoeugenol to vanillin with copper oxide doped reduced graphene oxide , ChemistrySelect , 2017, 2 (10), 3129-3136 4.   T. S. Khan ,  S. Gupta, M. I. Alam , M. A. Haider,  Reactivity Descriptor for Retro Diels-Alder Reaction of Partially Saturated 2-Pyrones: DFT Study on Substituents and Solvents Effect, RSC Adv. 2016, 6, 101697-101706, I.F : 3.1 5.   M. I. Alam* , S. Gupta, A. Bohre, E. Ahmad, T. S. Khan, B. Saha, M. A. Haider,  Development of 6-amyl- α -pyrone as a  potential biomass derived platform molecule , Green Chem.  2016, 18, 6431-6435, I.F : 9 6.   E. Ahmad, M. I. Alam , K.K. Pant, M. Ali Haider, Catalytic and Mechanistic Insights into the Production of Ethyl  Levulinate from BiorenewableFeedstocks , Green Chem.  2016, 18, 4804-4823, I.F : 9 7.   S. Gupta, M. I. Alam , T. S. Khan, N. Sinha, M. A. Haider, On the mechanism of retro Diels-Alder reaction of partially saturated 2-pyrones to produce biorenewable chemicals lactones , RSC Adv.  2016, 6, 60433-60445, IF : 3.1 8.   S. Gupta, R. Arora, N. Sinha, M. I. Alam , M. A. Haider,  Mechanistic insights of ring opening of biomass derived lactones , RSC Adv.  2016, 6, 12932-12942 IF: 3.1 9.   M. I. Alam, S. De, B. Singh, M. M. Abu-Omar, B. Saha, Titaniumhydrogenphosphate: an efficient dual acidic catalyst for 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) production , Appl. Catal. A: Gen. 2014 , 486, 42  –  48. IF: 3.9   10.   M. I. Alam  , S. De, S. Dutta, B. Saha , Solid-acid and ionic-liquid catalyzed one-pot transformation of biorenewable substrates into a platform chemical and a promising biofuel , RSC Adv.  2012, 2,6890-6896.  IF: 3.1 11.   R. Kumar, M. Gopal, S. Pabbi, S. Paul, Md. I. Alam , S. Yadav, K. K. Nair, N. Chauhan, C. Srivastava, R. Gogoi, P. K. Singh, A. Goswami,  Effect of Nanohexaconazole on Nitrogen Fixing Blue Green Algae and Bacteria , J. Nanosci. Nanotechnol . 2016, 16, 643-647.  IF: 1.5 12.   R. Kumar, K. K. Nair, Md. I. Alam , R. Gogoi, P. K. Singh, C. Srivastava, M. Gopal, A. Goswami,  Developmentand quality control of nanohexaconazole as an effective fungicide and its biosafety studies on soil nitifiers , J. Nanosc. &Nanotechn.  2015, 15,1350-1356.  IF: 1.5   13.   R. Gogoi, P. K. Singh, R. Kumar, K. K. Nair, I. Alam , C. Srivastava, S. Yadav, M. Gopal, S. R. Choudhury, A. Goswami, Suitability of Nano-sulphur for Biorational Management of Powdery mildew of Okra (AbelmoschusesculentusMoench) caused by Erysiphecichoracearum ,  J. Plant Pathology & Microbiology , 2013, 4, 1-4. 14.   S. Dutta, S. De,  Md. I. Alam, M. Abu-Omar, B. Saha,  Direct conversion of cellulose and lignocellulosic biomass into chemicals and biofuel with metal chloride catalysts , J. Catal.  2012, 288, 8-15. IF:  6.9 15.   S. Dutta, S. De, B. Saha, Md. I. Alam  , Advances in conversion of hemicellulosic biomass to furfural and upgrade to biofuels , Catal. Sci. & Technol. 2012, 2,2025-2036.  IF: 5.4 16.   R. K. Kumar, K. K. Nair,  Md I. Alam , R. Gogoi, P. K. Singh, C. Srivastava, S. Yadav, M. Gopal,  A simple method  for the estimation of sulfur in nanoformulations by UV spectrophotometery , Curr. Sci. India, 100 (2011) 1542-1546. IF: 0.89 P ATENTS  1.   M. A. Haider, M. I. Alam , A. Narang, Tuhin S. Khan, S. Gupta, Versha Kumari,  Process to produce δ -decalactone by integrated fermentation and catalytic processing of biomass , Indian Patent Application No. 201711037804, Filed on 25/10/2017. 2.   M. A. Haider, M. I. Alam , S. Gupta, B. Saha, Process for preparation of hydric alcohols,  Indian Patent Application No.: 201611026074, Filed on 29/07/2016. 3.   M. A. Haider, S. Gupta, E. Ahmad, M. I. Alam , Conversion of 6-amyl- α -pyrone into 2-nonene-4-one via ring opening and decarboxylation , Indian Patent Appl. No. 2120/DEL/2015, Filed on 14/07/15. B OOK C HAPTERS  1.   Md. I. Alam , M. A. Ali, S. Gupta, M. A. Haider,  Biological Routes for the Synthesis of Platform Chemicals from Biomass Feedstocks , Microbial Applications Vol.2: Biomedicine, Agriculture and Industry, Kalia, V.C. (Ed.), Chapter 8 ( 2017 ) Springer , 153-166, ISBN 978-3-319-52668-3 2.   Md. I. Alam , B. Saha, Catalysis for production of sustainable chemicals and fuels from biomass, Sustainable catalytic  processes , Chapter 4, 97-121 (2015) Elsevier , 1st Edition, Print Book ISBN: 9780444595676.  3.   Md. I. Alam , S. Gupta, E. Ahmad and M. A. Haider,  Integrated bio- and chemo- catalytic processing for biorenewable chemicals and fuels, Sustainable catalytic processes , Chapter 6, 157-177 (2015) Elsevier , 1st Edition, Print Book ISBN:9780444595676 S EMINARS  /  CONFERENCES  /  TECHNICAL REPORTS   1.   Catalytic transformation of bio-based feedstocks to value-addedchemicals and fuels ( Invited talk ), National Institute of Chemistry, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 31 st  August 2017. 2.   Defunctionalisation of biomass derived 6-amyl- α -pyrone to chemicals and fuels ( Oral ) EUROPACAT 2017, Florence, Italy, 26-31 st  August 2017. 3.   Valorization of Biomass Derived 6-amyl- α -pyrone into Fuels and Chemicals, M. I.Alam, S. Gupta, A.Bohre, B. Saha. M. A. Haider, CRSI NSC-21 st  National Symposium at CSIR-IICT, Hyderabad, July 14-16 2017. 4.   Catalytic Conversion of Biomass Derived 2-pyrone into Hydrocarbon Fuels and Chemicals, M. I Alam,S. Gupta, A.Bohre, B.Saha. M. A.Haider, International Conference on Materials Research and Technology, July 10-11 2017, Faridabad, Haryana, India 5.   Integrated Fermentation and Catalytic Processing for Valorization of Biomass-Derived 6-Amyl- α -Pyrone (Poster), M. I.Alam,S. Gupta, A.Bohre, B. Saha, V.Kumari, A. Narang and M. A.Haider; North American Catalysis Society Meeting held in Denvor, Co, USA from June 4-9 2017. 6.   Selective deoxygenation of biomass derived molecules to high value chemicals and Fuels, The Asia-Pacific Congress on Catalysis (APCAT) - 7 in the session ‘Biomass’ ( Oral ); 17-21 Jan 2017 in Hotel The Lalit, Organised by ICT Mumbai, India. Best Oral Presentation Award  7.   Catalytic Routes for the Transformation of Lignocellulosic Biomass to Value Added Fuels and Chemicals, S. Gupta, T. S.Khan, M. I. Alam and M. A.Haider (Faraday discussion, London, 2017) 8.   Ring-Opening and Decarboxylation of Biomass Derived Lactones and Pyrones; S. Gupta, M. I.Alam, N. Sinha and M. A.Haider; ISCRE 24 (24 th International Symposium on Chemical Reaction Engineering), 12-16 June 2016, Minneapolis Minnesota, U.S.A. 9.   Ionic liquid catalyzed valorization of non-food biomass into specialty chemicals and fuels ( Oral ) in the 5th Asia Oceanic Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry, Organized by RSC, University of Delhi and TERI at India Habitat Centre, Delhi (India)); 15-17 th Jan 2015 (57). 10.   Synthesis and application of dual acidic titanium phosphate for sugar conversion to 5-hydroxymethyl furfural( Oral ) in National Conference on nanotechnology and renewable energy, Department of Applied Science and Humanities, JMI, Delhi-110025. 28-29 April 2014 (B25) 596-600. 11.   Publishing Connect workshop by Elsevier in association with University of Delhi, Delhi, 1 st  September 2013. 12.   IGSTC Indo-German workshop on New perspectives for nano-carriers in biomedical applications, University of Delhi, 14 th  January 2013 13.   Protocol for synthesis and quality control of a nano fungicide (Poster) in International Interdisciplinary Science Conference (I-ISC2010) on Nanobiotechnology: An Interface between Physics and Biology, CIRB, JMI, New Delhi.2-4 Dec., 2010 (65). O THER F ACTS  Trainings: IVCR workshop on X-ray diffraction systems and related applications, 25-26 th  September, 2014, University of Delhi, Delhi (India). Training cum workshop on Entrepreneurship development program on Blue Green algae bio-fertilizer, 9 th  July-11 th  August 2009, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Delhi-110012 P ERSONAL V ITAE   Date of Birth: March 01, 1984 Place of birth: Gopalganj, Bihar, India Name of Father: Md. MahfoozAlam Name of Mother: SiddiqunNisa Nationality: Indian Languages Known: English, Hindi, Urdu and Bhojpuri Passport No: H379506, Issued from Delhi R EFERENCES  1. Dr. Basudeb Saha  Associate Director Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation University of Delaware, Newark Newark, DE 19716 (US) Email:  2. Dr. M. Ali Haider Assistant Professor Deptt. of Chemical Engineering Indian Institute of Technology HauzKhas, New Delhi-110016 Email:  3. Prof. Madhuban Gopal Emeritus Professor Deptt. of Agric. Chemicals Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi-110012 Mobile: 9313709180 Place:  Delhi  Date: 20 th March 2018 (Md. Imteyaz Alam)  
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