Ashwini Nangia (born 1960) obtained MSc in Chemistry from IIT Kanpur (1983). He worked under Frederick E Ziegler at Yale University for his PhD on the total synthesis of sesquiterpene natural products via a stereoselective Claisen rearrangement route. He used 2D NMR spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography for structure elucidation and stereochemistry assignment of Sporol and Neosporol carbon skeletons. After receiving PhD (1988), he worked in NOCIL Agrochemicals R&D Centre, Navi Mumbai for a year, and then joined as Lecturer, School of Chemistry, University of Hyderabad (1989) where he is currently Professor of Chemistry since 2002.

Academic and Research Achievements: While working in the School of Chemistry, he established a research group on the synthesis of iridoid lactones, enzyme inhibitors and steroid analogues. He continued these studies till 1995-96. Realizing the importance and potential of the emerging field of supramolecular chemistry field in the nineties, he shifted research focus to crystal engineering problems in the second half of 1990s. He quickly established his research program on host-guest inclusion compounds, hydrogen bonding, polymorphism, and cocrystals. He demonstrated the significance of recurring halogen trimer synthon in the self-assembly of hexagonal host frameworks and postulated O-H...O hydrogen bond shortening in neutral arrays of polycarboxylic acids. Molecular conformer and crystal lattice energy balance in conformational polymorphs of organic molecules was analyzed. He also contributed to the new field of cocrystals and its applications to the pharmaceutical industry. He has over 200 research papers to his credit including several reviews. He has guided over 20 PhD students in the past 25 years at UOH.

Other Contributions: He was a Member of the International Program Committee of International Union of Crystallography Congress at Osaka, and INSA National Committee on Crystallography. He is a member of the Editorial boards of CrystEngComm and Crystal Growth & Design. He was Associate Editor of ACS journal Crystal Growth & Design. He is on the Advisory Board of  Chem - An Asian J. and Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. He is member of INSA National Committee on Crystallography.

Awards and Honours: He was Young Associate of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore and awarded the Raja Ramanna Fellowship by DST. He is a JC Bose National Fellow. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, London, Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, and National Academy of Sciences (India), Allahabad, and AP/TS Akademi of Sciences, Hyderabad.


Prof. Ashwini Nangia

School of Chemistry, University of Hyderabad

Hyderabad 500 046, India


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