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Department of Chemistry
Mausumi Goswami
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry
School of Natural Sciences
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Education Details
Ph.D Indian institute of Science, Bangalore.
M.Sc. Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati.
Professional Experience
2017-present: Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Shiv Nadar University, India.
2015-2017:Guest Faculty, Department of Chemistry, Shiv Nadar University, India.
2011-2014:Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Virginia, USA.
2010-2011:Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Hawaii, Manoa, USA.
Research Interests
My current research interests include the following topics:
  1. Probing the pathways and kinetics of the reactions of atmospheric trace species with biogenic Criegee radicals
    The primary goal of this research is to gain an understanding of the oxidation mechanism of the atmospheric pollutants by the Criegee radicals derived from large biogenic alkenes in the troposphere. While the simplest Criegee radical CH2OO could be detected and tested in the laboratory, the detection of larger Criegee radicals and direct measurement of their reactions with the atmospheric trace species still remain unexplored. These direct measurements are crucial as the reactions of complex biogenic alkenes derived Criegee radicals are more relevant to the forested regions than those of the smaller Criegee radicals. We would like to set up time resolved Infrared spectroscopic technique to perform direct studies of the reactions of large Criegee radicals which have been challenging so far. While the nature of the work in my research group would be largely experimental, the current research interest on Criegee radicals also deals with the computation of reaction mechanisms and the application of theoretical kinetic methodologies on atmospherically relevant reactions of Criegee intermediates.
  2. Evaluation of the fluorescent molecular rotor properties of Thioflavin T derivatives for use as sensors of Amyloid Fibril/DNA in microfluidic devices.
    Amyloid fibrils are insoluble protein aggregates that are associated with neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease (PD) and Alzheimer’s diseases (AD). Detection of amyloid fibril formation is a crucial step in the identification of these disease states. Thioflavin T (ThT), a benzothiazole-based small molecule is widely used for the detection of amyloid fibril formation in vitro based on its fluorescence intensity enhancement upon binding to amyloid fibrils. However, ThT is a charged molecule and does not cross blood-brain-barrier (BBB). This project involves investigating the properties of various derivatives of Thioflavin T. We plan to study the fluorescent molecular rotor (FMR) properties of ThT derivatives by using steady state fluorescent techniques and computational tools. FMR property is crucial for a compound’s ability to work as sensors for amyloid fibrils. We also plan to test the feasibility of these molecules to work as sensors of DNA and amyloid fibril that can be used in microfluidic devices. Execution of this project involves collaboration with Dr. Bani Kanta Sarma from SNU and Dr. Vitali Stsiapura from Yanka Kupala State University, Belarus.
  3. Probing chemistry at ultra-cold temperatures inside the Helium droplets using Infrared Spectroscopy.
  4. High Resolution Microwave Spectroscopic Study of Molecular Systems of astrophysical Significance by Chriped Pulse Broad Band Microwave Spectroscopy.
Selected Publications
  1. N. Seifert; D. Zaleski; R. Fehnel; M. Goswami; B. H. Pate; K. K. Lehmann*; H. O. Leung; M. D. Marshall; J. Stanton. The Gas-Phase Structure of asymmetric, trans-dinitrogen tetroxide (N2O4), formed by dimerization of nitrogen dioxide (NO2), from rotational Spectroscopy and Ab initio Quantum Chemistry. J. Chem. Phys. 146, 2017, 134305.

  2. M. Goswami*, J. L. Neill; M. T. Muckle; B. H. Pate; E. Arunan, Microwave, Infrared-Microwave double resonance and theoretical studies of C2H4···H2S complex J. Chem. Phys. 139, 2013, 104303 (as a corresponding author)

  3. R. I. Kaiser*; D. S. N. Parker; M. Goswami; F. Zhang; V. V. Kislov; A. M. Mebel; J. Aguilera-Iparraguirre; W. H. Green, Crossed Beam reaction of phenyl and D5-phenyl radicals with propene and deuterated counterparts-competing atomic hydrogen and methyl loss pathways. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 14, 2012, 720.

  4. R. I. Kaiser*; M. Goswami; P. Maksyutenko; F. Zhang; Y. S. Kim, A. Landera; A. M. Mebel “A crossed Molecular Beams and Ab initio study on the formation of C6H3 radicals. An interface between Resonantly Stabilized and Aromatic radicals” J. Phys. Chem. A 115, 2011, 10251

  5. M. Goswami; E. Arunan*, Microwave Spectroscopic and theoretical studies on the phenylacetylene···H2O complex: C-H···O and O-H···Π hydrogen bonds as equal partner Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 13, 2011, 14153

  6. M. Goswami; E. Arunan*, Rotational Spectra and structure of C6H5CCH···H2S complex J. Mol. Spectrosc., 268, 2011, 147.

  7. M. Goswami; E. Arunan*, The Hydrogen Bond: A Molecular Beam Microwave Spectroscopist’s view with a Universal Appeal. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 11, 2009, 8974

  8. P. K. Mandal; M. Goswami; E. Arunan*. Pulsed nozzle Fourier transform microwave spectroscopic and ab initio investigations on the weakly bound Ar-(H2S)2 trimer, Journal of Indian Institute of Science, 85, 2005, 353-365 (special issue on cold molecules).

  9. G. Majumdar; M. Goswami; T. K. Sarma; A. Paul; A. Chattopadhyay*, Au nanoparticles and polyaniline coated resin beads for simultaneous catalytic oxidation of glucose and colorimetric detection of the product” Langmuir, 21, 2005, 1663.

  10. M. Goswami; P.K. Mandal; D. J. Ramdass; E. Arunan*, Rotational Spectra and structure of the floppy C2H4-H2S complex: bridging hydrogen-bonding and van der Waals interaction Chem. Phys. Lett, 393, 2004, 22.
National and International Recognition
  1. Invited Colloquium speaker at Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad on “Fourier Transform Microwave Spectroscopy: The ultimate Structural tool for Molecular Science and Astronomy” July 2016.

  2. Dr. J.C Ghosh medal for the best thesis in Physical Chemistry, Indian Institute of Science, 2009-2010.

  3. ‘Best poster’ award in ‘In-house symposium-2007’ held at the Department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

  4. Awarded CSIR foreign travel grant for giving an oral presentation at ‘International Symposium of Molecular Spectroscopy’ at OSU, USA, June, 2005

  5. Awarded DST foreign travel grant for giving an oral presentation at ‘International Symposium of Molecular Spectroscopy’ at OSU, USA, June, 2005

  6. Awarded Senior Research Fellowship, 2005 by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, India.

  7. Awarded Junior Research Fellowship, 2003 by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, India (secured place among top 20% research fellowship awardees in the NET exam in the subject of chemical sciences and was invited to appear for Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Fellowship test).

  8. Qualified National level test ‘GATE-2003’ in the subject of chemical sciences.
Executive Summary
Dr. Goswami did her Masters in Chemistry from Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati and PhD in Physical Chemistry from the Department of Inorganic and Physical chemistry, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Her thesis work is based on the microwave spectroscopic studies of structure and dynamics of weakly bound hydrogen bonded complexes of water and hydrogen sulfide with aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons using a home-built Pulsed Nozzle Fourier Transform Microwave Spectrometer. After completing her PhD, she moved to the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM), USA for her first postdoctoral work, where she worked on the reaction dynamics of bimolecular reactions relevant to combustion process using crossed-beam scattering technique. After a year of stay at UHM, she moved to the University of Virginia as a postdoctoral research associate, where she worked on developing and building a Helium Droplet Isolation instrument for studying ions inside Helium Nanodroplets. Dr. Goswami plans to apply the experimental and computational tools to address different problems in the area of atmospheric chemistry, biophysical chemistry and fundamental areas of chemical physics. Her current research interest is aimed towards the understanding of the oxidation process of trace gases in the atmosphere by biogenic Criegee radicals and its role in aerosol formation. Her other research interest is focused on developing sensors for DNA/amyloid fibrils based on Fluorescent Molecular Rotors. Dr. Goswami is also interested to apply spectroscopic techniques to explore fundamental areas of chemical physics such as intermolecular interactions and the reactions at ultra-cold temperatures. .

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