Online Workshop on Research and Innovation Using SAIF


9:00 am - 11:00 am


An online workshp on Opportunities for Research and Innovation using the facilities of SAIF-Guwahati will be organised by the Department of Instrumentation & USIC, Gauhati University, from 14 February 2022 to 23 February 2022, in collaboration with Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India. All the lectures will be presented by experts and researchers from various fields.   This workshop will address all the aspects, from basic theory, instrumentation, experiment and analysis of the facilities present in SAIF, Gauhati University.

There will be extensive live interactive virtual hands-on sessions for each experimental technique mostly from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM, which will cover topics from sample preparation to data analysis.

It is meant for young students, researchers and faculty members of colleges, universities & research institutes.

Opportunity to learn and refresh knowledge about these techniques and incorporate these knowledge and SAIF facilities in their research activities.

The workshop is stretched to nine days and scheduled in such a way that the participants can perform their usual academic activities and duties along with the workshop.

One sample will be allowed for free analysis in any of the instruments of choice of the participant (for CAT-I & CAT-II only).

Lectures and hands on session will be on familiarization and scope on Existing facilities (Powder XRD, XRF, TGA, DSC, SC-XRD).







Prof Aaron Lewis

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Prof Aaron Lewis has pioneered to develop several cutting edge technology including first AFM Raman TERS integrated tool development and research.

Professor Aaron Lewis held the Eric Samson Chair in Applied Science and Technology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  He joined the faculty of The Hebrew University in 1986 from a position of Professor of Applied Physics at Cornell University.  Professor Lewis’ research has centred on unique ways to confine, manipulate and analyse light in nanometric domains.  As part of this effort he developed near-field scanning optical microscopy, which has produced the highest resolution optical images that have ever been achieved in all modes including transmission, reflection, collection, illumination and fluorescence breaking the Abbe limit of optical resolution.  This has allowed optical imaging to enter the nanoworld.

For his seminal contributions to this important development in optics with considerable significance in a variety of areas including 2D materials, silicon photonics, quantum optics and optoelectronics Professor Lewis was awarded the Rank Prize in Optoelectronics by The J. Arthur Rank Foundation in London, England.  This pioneering work is only one of his many contributions.  These include, to name a few, the formulator of the accepted theory of the initial steps in visual transduction, Fountain Pen Nanochemistry, Second harmonic generation imaging of biological systems including membrane potential optical imaging, X-ray focusing, AFM Raman Hybrid Systems, AFM SEM hybrid systems and extensive contributions in cold laser ultramicrosurgery at and below surfaces.

His students have assumed leadership positions throughout the world. These include Lucian del Priore who is presently Robert Young Professor and Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Yale University Medical School, Daniel Palanker who is a Professor of Applied Physics at Stanford University, Eric Betzig who is a Professor at the University of California at Berkley and won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2015.

Aaron Lewis is also the founder of Nanonics Imaging Ltd. that provides super-resolution nanometric near-field optical and super-resolution chemical imaging solutions and other integrated nanometric imaging and fabrication possibilities to customers throughout the world for the last 25 years



Prof. Ananthakrishnan Srinivasan

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati

Dr. Ananthakrishnan Srinivasan is a professor in the department of Physics and Dean of Faculty affairs (IIT Guwahati). He received the Young Scientist Research Award in Physics for the year 1996 from Department of Atomic Energy (Govt. of India). He is also a Fellow of Instruments Society of India. He got his Ph.D. degree from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and got his post-doctoral degree from Instituto de Estructura de la Materia, C.S.I.C., Madrid, Spain.






Dr. Bimal Kumar Sarma

Gauhati University








Dr. Jagadeesh Babu Nanubolu


Dr. Jagadeesh Babu Nanubolu is working as a senior scientist in the centre for x-ray crystallography, Analytical Division, CSIR-IICT. In 2011, he joined as a fellow in the Quick Recruitment of Science (QRS) scheme at CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology. He got his Ph.D. degree from the School of Chemistry, University of Hyderabad and got his post-doctoral degree from University of Nottingham, UK in 2009.






Prof. Jubaraj Bikash Baruah

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati

Prof. Jubaraj Bikash Baruah is a professor at the department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati. He worked as a Visiting Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology during May- July 1999. He received his Ph.D. degree from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He also get the Bronze medal from Chemical Research Society of India in 2005.







Dr. Pranjit Hazarika

Gauhati University

Dr. Pranjit Hazarika completed his B.Sc. in Geology from Cotton College in 2008, following which he did his M.Sc. in Geological Sciences from Gauhati University. He enrolled for a PhD program at IIT Kharagpur in 2010 and had completed his Ph.D by 2016. He has been offered postdoctoral positions in University of Johanesburg and Geological Survey of Canada. He joined the Department of Geological Sciences, Gauhati University in October 2016. Currently, he has three major research projects funded by DST, Department of Atomic Energy-Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences (DAE-BRNS) and Ministry of Earth Sciences. He was awarded INSA Young Scientist Medal for the year 2020 by Indian National Science Academy and Professor N.N. Chatterjee medal for contributions to Economic Geology by Asiatic Society, Kolkata in 2019.





Dr. Prathapa Siriyara Jagannatha

Bruker India Scientific Pvt. Ltd.

Dr. Prathapa Siriyara Jagannatha is the Product Manager and Application Scientist SC-XRD in Bruker India Scientific Pvt. Ltd. He had completed his PhD in Crystallography from University of Bayreuth, Germany. He is the Recipient of Claude Leon Foundation Postdoctoral fellowship from University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg, South Africa. He also worked as X-ray diffraction Technician at Institut Català d'Investigació Química (ICIQ), Tarragona, Spain.






Dr. Ranjit Thakuria

Gauhati University

Dr. Ranjit Thakuria is serving as an Associate Professor at the Department of Chemistry, Gauhati University since 2014. He received his BSc (2000–2003) from B. Borooah College and MSc (2004–2005) from Gauhati University, India. He then moved to the University of Hyderabad, where he received his PhD (2011) in Crystal Engineering under the supervision of Professor Ashwini Nangia. After obtaining his PhD, he carried out one year postdoctorate with Professor William (Bill) Jones at the University of Cambridge, UK (2011–2012). Then, he spent a year at Tel-Aviv University, Israel, as a postdoctoral researcher with (late) Professor Israel Goldberg (2013–2014). His major research interest includes pharmaceutical cocrystals, heterogeneous catalysis, and design and synthesis of functional materials based on mechanochemistry. He is a recipient of multiple national and international awards including SERB-Young Scientist Award; Emerging Investigators in Cryst. Growth Des., ACS (2019), and Teacher of the Year Awards 2021 by Academisthan foundation. He was also selected among the top 100 000 or 2% scientists during the year 2020 by Elsevier BV, Standford University. He served as a guest editor for a Cryst. Growth Des. virtual special issue on “π–π Stacking in Crystal Engineering: Fundamentals and Applications”. He has published more than 50 research articles including 4 review articles and a few book chapters in well reputed international journals. He is a reviewer of various international journals including CrystEngComm (RSC), Chem. Commun. (RSC), Cryst. Growth Des. (ACS), International Journal of Pharmaceutics (Elsevier), etc. 



Dr. Rupam Sarma

Gauhati University








Dr. Sunil Varughese


Dr. Sunil Varughese is a structural chemist with expertise in structure-property correlations in molecular materials. He is currently working as a Scientist Fellow in National Institute of Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (CSIR-NIIST), Trivandrum. He was a DST young scientist at IISc, Bangalore. He completed his PhD from N.C.L. Pune and Post-doctoral degree from Trinity College, Dublin.




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Last Date for Registration: 12 February 2022

Registration Form Link

Registration fees:
  • CAT-I: ₹ 2000/- (Faculty members, Research Scholars)
  • CAT-II:  ₹ 700/- (Research Scholars without scholarships or financial assistance)
  • CAT-III: ₹ 400/- (Only for PG and UG Students)

10% concession on registration will be given to users of SAIF-Guwahati (Only for CAT-I and CAT-II).

  • CAT-IV: No registration fee for participation in listener mode (certificate will not be issued and no access to the hands-on session for participants in listener mode)
Fees to be deposited to the account provided below.
Account Information: 
Name: Gauhati University SAIF
Account No.: 33345027119
IFSC: SBIN0002060