Talk Title: A general photoluminescent sensor platform for multiple analytes

After his BSc from Presidency College, Calcutta and MSc from IIT Kanpur, Uday Maitra received his M. Phil and PhD from Columbia University in 1986 working with Prof. Ronald Breslow. Following a postdoctoral stay at the University of California at Berkeley with Prof. Paul Bartlett, he returned to India, and after a year at IIT Kanpur moved to IISc Bangalore in 1989.

His research interests are in the Chemistry of Bile acids; Hydrogels, Metallohydrogels and Organogels; Organic-inorganic hybrid materials; photoluminescent sensors, etc. His group has recently developed a general strategy for low cost, paper based photoluminescent sensors for enzymes and bio-relevant small molecules.

He is also greatly interested in Chemistry Education and is a regular participant in a variety of outreach programmes for high school and undergraduate students. He has received several awards and honours including the S.S. Bhatnagar Award in Chemical Sciences in 2001 and is an elected fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences and the Indian National Science Academy.

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