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Department of Chemistry
Mausumi Goswami
Guest Faculty
Department of Chemistry
School of Natural Sciences
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Education Details
2010 - Ph.D. Physical chemistry, Indian institute of Science, Bangalore.
2003 - M.Sc. (Chemistry), Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati.
2001 - B.Sc. (Chemistry), Assam University (a central university), Silchar, Assam
Professional Experience
09/2015-current - Full Time Guest Faculty, Department of chemistry, School of Natural Sciences, Shiv Nadar University, India
01/2011-04/2014 - Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, US.
02/2010-01/2011 - Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Hawaii, Manoa, Hawaii, US.
Research Interests
Weakly bound clusters, Interstellar chemistry, Atmospheric chemistry, microwave and Infrared spectroscopy.
Select Publications
  1. M. Goswami*, J. L. Neill, M. T. Muckle, B. H. Pate and E. Arunan, “Microwave, Infrared-Microwave double resonance and theoretical studies of C2H4•••H2S complex” J. Chem. Phys. 139, 2013, 104303

  2. R. I. Kaiser*, D. S. N. Parker, M. Goswami, F. Zhang, V. V. Kislov, A. M. Mebel, J. Aguilera-Iparraguirre and 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

  3. R. I. Kaiser*, M. Goswami, P. Maksyutenko, F. Zhang, and Y. S. Kim , A. Landera and 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

  4. M. Goswami and E. Arunan*, “Microwave Spectroscopic and theoretical studies on the phenylacetylene•••H2O complex: C-H•••O and O-H•••p hydrogen bonds as equal partner”, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 13, 2011, 14153 (part of the themed collection Weak hydrogen bonds – strong effects?)

  5. M. Goswami and E. Arunan*, “Rotational Spectra and structure of C6H5CCH•••H2S complex”, J. Mol. Spectrosc., 268, 2011, 147 (Phillip R. Bunker and A. Robert W. Mckellar-Part 2)

  6. M. Goswami and E. Arunan*, “The Hydrogen Bond: A Molecular Beam Microwave Spectroscopist’s view with a Universal Appeal” Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 11, 2009, 8974
National and International Recognition
  1. Dr. J.C Ghosh medal for the best thesis in Physical Chemistry, Indian Institute of Science, 2009-2010.

  2. ‘2nd Best poster’ award in ‘In-house symposium-2007’ held at the Department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

  3. CSIR and DST foreign travel grant for giving a talk in ‘International Symposium of Molecular Spectroscopy’ at OSU,USA, 2005

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

  5. Junior Research Fellowship, 2003 by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, India (placed among top 20% research fellowship awardees in the subject of chemical sciences in CSIR-NET-2003 JUNE)

  6. Qualified National level test ‘GATE-2003’ in the subject of chemical sciences.
Executive Summary
Dr. Goswami received her PhD in Physical Chemistry from the department of Inorganic and Physical chemistry, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Her thesis work involved the rotational (microwave) spectroscopic analysis of weakly bound complexes using a home-built Pulsed Nozzle Fourier Transform Microwave Spectrometer. During her PhD tenure, she has solved the structure and dynamics of hydrogen bonded clusters of water and hydrogen sulphide with hydrocarbons. One of the achievement from her thesis work was to show that the strength of hydrogen sulphide as a ‘hydrogen donor’ is significant to classify the complexes as ‘hydrogen bonded’ contrary to what we know from textbook examples. In IISc, she also used Ab initio calculations to propose a ‘dynamic’ criterion to call a bond as ‘Hydrogen-bond’.

Her first postdoctoral work at University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA involved reaction dynamics studies of bimolecular reactions relevant to combustion process using crossed-beam scattering technique. After a brief stint at UHM, she moved to University of Virginia where her primary work involved running, optimizing and rebuilding a new Helium droplet isolation instrument. At UVA, she has successfully generated and optimized the helium droplets in the new set up. During her stay at UVA, She was also part of a collaborative project on the first time determination of the structure of weakly bound asymmetric N2O4 dimer in gas phase using Microwave Spectroscopy. Her other work at UVA involved Molecular Dynamics simulation of large Helium droplets carrying ions colliding with a surface which addresses the issue of the efficiency of a Conversion Dynode detector in detecting large charged helium droplets.

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