Gitika Rani Saha completed her B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from Heritage Institute of Technology, Kolkata with a CGPA of 9.12 in 2016. During her under graduation, she took part in various research projects and industrial internships. Despite bagging a job through campus placement, her crave to acquire knowledge led her to pursue M.Tech in Chemical Engineering from IIT-Dhanbad, where she secured a CGPA of 9.60 in 2018. Her developing interest in green catalysis and alternative fuel resources created the basis of her Master’s thesis on “Development of Pd-modified Cu-ZnO catalysts for methanol production via CO2 hydrogenation”. She is one of the top twenty students in India who got selected for the prestigious “AcSIR- Dr. APJ Kalam Summer Training Program 2017” which provided her a great opportunity to work at one of the top-level national research laboratories. She has published her work in two peer reviewed journals. She was also chosen as a peer reviewer for the International Journal of Oil, Gas and Coal Technology. Following her Masters she worked as an Energy Manager at Prism Johnson Limited in Mumbai, India. As an industry professional, her responsibilities included carrying out energy auditing, implementation of green energy in the cement and ceramic plants with a mission to provide efficient monitoring, process control and optimization of energy utilization.
With the ultimate professional ambition of research Gitika joined IITB-Monash Research Academy where she will be working on “Development of nanostructured carbon supports and nanocatalysts for sustainable heterogeneous organic catalysis” under the guidance of Prof. C Subramaniam from IIT- Bombay and Prof. Alan Loyd Chaffee from Monash University, in industrial collaboration with BASF. Apart from research, she also loves music, traveling and being part of philanthropic activities.
Link to student’s project: IMURA0853