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Dr Suman L Jain

Senior Scientist


Research Interest

  • Photocatalytic reduction of CO2 to fuel and chemicals
  • Development of semiconductor-metal hybrid materials for photocatalysis
  • Utilization of carbon dioxide for fuel and value-added chemicals
  • Development of multi-functional additives for fuel and lubes
  • Green synthetic methodologies for organic reactions
  • Value addition of C4/C5 refinery streams
  • Utilization of waste to produce chemicals and materials

Work Experience

Awards and Honours

  • MRSI-Medal 2020
  • NJC-Associate Editor-2018
  • Awarded CRSI-Bronze medal-2017
  • Awarded INSA Professor DS Kothari Chair award 2017-18
  • Selected for INSA-Deputation of Indian scientists abroad under bilateral exchange programme 2017-18
  • Founder member of Indian National Young Academy of Science (INYAS)
  • Awarded SERB-Women Excellence Award by DST-2013
  • Awarded CSI- Young Scientist Award-2010
  • Awarded INSA-Young Scientist Medal-2005
  • Awarded NASI-Platinum Jubilee Young Scientist Awrad-2007
  • Awarded Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) research fellowship – 2007
  • Awarded Hindustan Platinum Award from Catalysis Society of India-2007.
  • Selected and participated in the 18th Meeting of Nobel Laureates and Students In Chemistry-2006 held at Lindau, Germany and visited various research Institution of Germany during 1-7th July 2006.
  • University Topper and Gold Medalist in M. Sc


  • Novel method for the photocatalytic allylic oxidation of olefins using carbon dioxide
    S L Jain, S Saini, R K Shafiur, P K Khatri, A Ray
    USA (Application Number: 202111014943)
  • A novel light assisted, catalyst free oxidation of aldehydes to carboxylic acids using carbon dioxide
    R Shafiur, V Aniya, A Kumari, S Saini, PK Khatri, A Ray, S L Jain
    USA (Application Number: 202111036982)
  • An improved process for photocatalytic hydrocarboxylation of methanol with CO2 to produce acetic acid  
    S L Jain, S Saini, P K Khatri, I K Ghosh, S L Jain
    US 0034NF2020; IN 202011011197A 
  • Process for direct hydroxylation of aromatic hydrocarbons
    S L Jain, J K Joseph, S Singhal, B Sain, R Sivakumaran and B Kumar
    US 7781622
  • Process for microwave assisted synthesis of N-methyl pyrrolidone
    P K Khatri, S L Jain, A K Chatterjee and B Sain
    US9090560 B2 (2015)
  • Process for the production of tertiary butyl phenols
    P K Khatri, S L Jain and I K Ghosh
    US 9,434,668 B1 (2016)
  • Composition for the calorimetric detection of water in hydrocarbon fuels and a process
    for the preparation there of
    P K Khatri, S L Jain, I K Ghosh, U Kumar, A K Chatterjee and M O Garg
    US 9,638,680 B2 (2017)
  • An improved process for the production of N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP)
    I K Ghosh, S L Jain, P Khatri, S S Ray and M O Garg
    Indian Patent Appl No 2353DEL2015

Selected Publications

  • Visible-light driven reaction of CO2 with alcohols using a Ag/CeO2 nanocomposite: first photochemical synthesis of linear carbonates under mild conditions
    A Malik, S. Bhatt, A. Soni, P K Khatri, A. Guha, L. Saikia, and S L Jain
    Chem. Commun. 2023, 59, 1313-1316
  • Photocatalytic reductive carboxylation of aldehydes with CO2 assisted by Ti-MOF/g-C3N4 heterostructures under visible light irradiation 
    S Bhatt, S. Saini, A. Malik, and S L Jain
    J Catal. 2023, 417, 116-128
  • Visible light driven metal-organic framework mediated activation and utilization of CO2 for the thiocarboxylation of olefins
    S. Saini, D. Chakraborty, R. Thapa, R. Bal, A. Bhaumik, and S L Jain
    ACS Appl. Mater. Interf. 2022, 14, 50913-50922
  • Light assisted coupling of phenols with CO2 to 2-hydroxy-benzaldehydes catalyzed by g-C3N4 /NH2-MIL-101(Fe) composite 
    S. Bhatt, R S Das, A. Kumar, A. Soni, A. Malik, and S L Jain
    Cat. Sci. Tech. 2022, 12, 6805-6818
  • Metal-free, Redox-neutral, visible light-triggered coupling of CO2 with epoxides to cyclic carbonates at atmospheric pressure
    S. Saini, S. R Khan, N K Gour, R C Deka and S L Jain
    Green Chem. 2022, 23, 3644-3650
  • Transition Metal Catalyzed Carboxylation of Olefins with Carbon dioxide: A Comprehensive Review
    S. Saini, P. Prajapati and S L Jain
    Catalysis Reviews Sci. & Eng. 2022, 64, 631-677
  • Photocatalytic activation and utilization of CO2 for N-formylation of amines promoted by zinc(II) phthalocyanine grafted on g-carbon nitride hybrid
    A. Malik, S. Bhatt, B. Moses Abraham P K Prajapati and S L Jain
    Catalysis Science & Technology 2022, 12, 2688-2702
  • Photocatalytic C-H carboxylation of 1,3-dicarbonyl compounds with carbon dioxide promoted by nickel (II) sensitized α-Fe2O3 nanoparticles
    S. Saini, R S Das, A. Kumar and S L Jain
    ACS Catalysis 2022, 12, 4978-4989
  • CO2 to ethanol: A selective photoelectrochemical conversion using a ternary composite consisting of GO/ CuxO and a copper-based metal organic framework
    N Nandal, B M Abraham and S L Jain
    Electrochim Acta 2022, 404, 139612
  • Light assisted nickel(II) grafted-g-carbon nitride molecular hybrid promoted hydrocarboxylation of olefins with CO2 at atmospheric pressure condition
    S Saini, B M Abraham and S L Jain
    Journal of CO2 Utilization 2022, 55, 101812
  • Nickel mediated Palladium free photocatalytic Suzuki-coupling reaction under visible light irradiation
    P K Prajapati, S. Saini, and S L Jain
    Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2020, 8, 5246 – 5254
  • Highly efficient conversion of the nitroarenes to amines at the interface of a ternary hybrid containing silver nanoparticles doped reduced graphene oxide/ graphitic carbon nitride under visible light
    A Kumar, B. Paul, R. Boukherroub and S L Jain
    Journal of Hazardous Materials, 2020, 387, 121700
  • A novel series of cyclophosphazene derivatives containing imidazolium ionic liquids with variable alkyl groups and their physicochemical properties
    M S Aathira, P K Praveen and S L Jain 
    Journal of Molecular Liquids, 2019, 295,  111722
  • Nickel\/Nickel Oxide in Combination with a Photoredox Catalyst for the Reductive Carboxylation of Unsaturated Hydrocarbons with CO2 under Visible-Light Irradiation
    S Saini, P Prajapati, H Singh, A K Sinha and S L Jain 
    ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2019, 7, 11313-11322
  • Highly improved photoreduction of carbon dioxide to methanol using cobalt phthalocyanine grafted to graphitic carbon nitride as photocatalyst under visible light irradiation
    A Kumar, P Prajapati, MS Aathira, R. Boukherroub, S L Jain 
    Journal of Colloid & Interface Science. 2019, 543, 201-213
  • Ternary hybrid TiO2-PANI-AuNPs for photocatalytic A3-coupling of aldehyde, amine and alkyne: first photochemical synthesis of propargyl amines
    V Panwar and S L Jain
    Material Science & Engineering 2019, 99, 191-201
  • First photocatalytic synthesis of cyclic carbonates from CO2 and epoxides using CoPc/TiO2 hybrid under mild conditions
    P Prajapati, A Kumar and S L Jain
    ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2018, 6, 7799-7809
  • A ternary rGO/InVO4/Fe2O3 Z-scheme heterostructured photocatalyst for COreduction under visible light irradiation
    A Kumar, P K Prajapati, U Pal, and S L Jain
    ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2018, 6, 8201–8211
  • Metal-organic hybrid: Photoreduction of COusing graphitic carbon nitride supported heteroleptic iridium complex under visible light irradiation
    A Kumar, P Kumar, R Borkar, A Bansiwal, N Labhsetwar, and S L Jain
    Carbon 2017, 123, 371-379.
  • Core–shell structured reduced graphene oxide wrapped magnetically separable rGO@CuZnO@Fe3O4 microspheres as superior photocatalyst for COreduction under visible light.
    P Kumar, C Joshi, A Barras, B Sieber, A Addad, L Boussekey, S Szunerits, R Boukherroub and S L Jain
    App. Catal. B 2017, 205, 654–665


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