Dr. Swati Ghosh Acharyya, Associate Professor, School of Engineering Sciences and Technology, University of Hyderabad has been selected for the prestigious SERB Women Excellence Award-2020. This award is given to women scientists under the age of 40, who have received honours from various national academies. Women researchers will be assisted by Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, with a grant of Rs 5 lakhs per year for 3 years.
Dr. Swati Ghosh Acharyya’s research encompasses development of novel corrosion resistant materials and surfaces. Her team has recently developed an eco-friendly route for bulk synthesis of graphene under ambient conditions. Graphene based nanocomposites have been fabricated by her team to synthesize corrosion resistant, abrasion resistant, hydrophobic, high temperature resistant and high strength coatings. These composites would also be used for fabrication of water purification membranes and self powered corrosion resistant sensors for heavy metal ion detection in water. Her project entitled ‘Real time detection of heavy metal ions in ground water by stripping voltammetry using indigenously fabricated self-powered, corrosion resistant, pH insensitive, flexible nano-composite based electrochemical sensors: concept to product (RISE)’ has been recommended under the SERB-Women Excellence Award of Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) for funding.