Dr.Ashok Kumar Mishra


Email : mishra@iitm.ac.in
Phone: (044) 2257 4207



Academic Profile

Dr Ashok Kumar Mishra completed his Master of Science from University of Delhi in 1980 and received his Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur in 1985. After a stint in Sambalpur University as a faculty member in Chemistry, and in Gunma University (Japan) as a Monbusho fellow, he joined IIT Madras in 1992. He was also a JSPS Visiting Scientist in Gunma University, Japan during 2002-2003. Currently he is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry, IIT Madras. He is the recipient of CRSI Bronze Medal from the 'Chemical Research Society of India' and a Fellow of the 'National Academy of Sciences, India'.

He works in the general area of Physical Photochemistry and Fluorescence Spectroscopy. He has an active research group. So far he has guided 16 Ph.D.'s, many M.Sc. students, and has published about 115 research papers, reviews and monographs.

Teaching Experience

  • Lecturer/Senior Lecturer at Sambalpur University: 1984 -1992
  • Assistant/Associate Professor at IIT Madras: 1992-2004
  • Professor at IIT Madras: 2004-till date

    Awards and Recognitions

  • "Prof R C Tripathy Young Chemist Award" by Orissa Chemical Society, 1997
  • "Chemical Research Society of India" Bronze Medal, 2001.
  • Fellow, National Academy of Sciences India. Election Year, 2004

    Research Interests

    In the general areas of Fluorescence Spectroscopy and Physical Photochemistry, Dr Mishra's research group has been working on a variety of diverse systems and problems, ranging from basic photophysical studies to newer applications of fluorescence. Two major directions in recent years have been (i) Developing novel paradigms for understanding the fluorescence behavior of complex multi-fluorophoric systems, and (ii) Developing fluorescent molecular probes for organized media based on various photophysical concepts.

    (i) Developing novel paradigms for understanding the fluorescence behavior of complex multi-fluorophoric systems

  • Excitation-Emission-Matrix Fluorescence (EEMF), Synchronous Fluorescence Spectroscopy (SFS) and Total Synchronous Fluorescence Spectroscopy (TSFS)
  • Integration of Chemometry with fluorescence based analytical methods
  • Design and development of Fiber optic based fluorimetric techniques
  • Use of White light excitation fluorescence (WLEF) as a low cost, fast response alternative in fluorimetric instrumentation
  • (ii) Developing fluorescent molecular probes for organized media based on various photophysical concepts

  • Excited state prototropism and its applications
  • Fluorescent molecular probing of Biological and Biomimetic Syst
  • Understanding the organization and dynamics of polymeric hydrog
  • Fluorescent drugs and their interactions with various substrates
  • Fluorescence based sensors

    Courses Taught

           B. Tech. Level

  • CY1001: Chemistry I - Structure Bonding and Reactivity
  • CY1002: Physical Chemistry Laboratory
  • ID120   : Ecology and Environment
  • CY408  : Dynamics of Molecular and Biomolecular Systems
  •        M. Sc. Level

  • CY503: Chemical Thermodynamics
  • CY552: Chemical Kinetics
  • CY512: Physical Chemistry Laboratory
  • CY555: Quantum Chemistry and Group Theory
  • CY603: Principles of Molecular and Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
  • CY675: Photochemistry
  •        Ph. D. Level

  • CY744: Luminescence Spectroscopy
  • ID602: Research Methodology for M.S. and Ph.D.
  • Current Projects

    1. Excited state proton transfer and fluorescence decay dynamics of certain ESPT molecular probes in lipid billayer membranes. Department of Science and Technology (DST)-Govt. of India; Duration: 2008-2011
    2. Design and physicochemical studies of thermoreversible gels: towards controlled release of substrates. Department of Biotechnology (DBT)-Ministry of Science and Technology; Duration: 2019-2012

    Recent Publications

    1. Kumar, K.; Mishra, A.K.; Simultaneous quantification of dilute aqueous solutions of certain polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) with significant fluorescent spectral overlap using total synchronous fluorescence Spectroscopy Analytical Methods, 2011, 3, 2616-2624.
    2. Kumar, K.; Mishra, A.K.; Quantification of Ethanol in Ethanol-Petrol and Biodiesel in Biodiesel-Diesel Blends Using Fluorescence Spectroscopy and Multivariate Methods. Journal of Fluorescence DOI:1007/s10895-011-0964-6.
    3. Mohapatra, M.; Mishra, A.K.; Effect of submicellar concentrations of conjugated and unconjugated bile salts on the lipid bilayer membrane, Langmuir, 2011, 27:13461-67.
    4. Mohapatra, M.; Mishra, A.K.; Photophysical Behavior of Fisetin in Dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine Liposome Membrane, Journal of Physical Chemistry- B, 2011, 115, 99629970.
    5. Prakash, J.; Mishra, A.K.; White light excitation fluorescence (WLEF) Part I. Exploring the use in analytical fluorimetry. Analytical Methods, 2011, 3, 362-367.
    6. Prakash, J.; Mishra, A.K.; White light excitation fluorescence (WLEF) Part II. Analysis of complex multifluorophoric systems. Analytical Methods, 2011, 3, 368-373.
    7. Selvam, S.; Mishra, A.K.; Multiple prototropism of fisetin in sodium cholate and related bile salt media, Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences, 2011, 10, 66-75.
    8. Kumar, A. C.; Erothu, H.; Bohidar, H. B.; Mishra, A. K.; Bile-Salt-Induced Aggregation of Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) and Lowering of the Lower Critical Solution Temperature in Aqueous Solutions, Journal of Physical Chemistry- B, 2011, 115,433 - 439.
    9. Subuddhi, U.; Vuram, P. K.; Mishra, A. K.; Chadha, A.; Photophysical investigation of microenvironment in glycerol based dansylated polyether dendrons, Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology, 2011,217, 411-416.
    10. Mohapatra, M.; Mishra, A.K.;1-Naphthol as a Sensitive Fluorescent Molecular Probe for Monitoring the Interaction of Submicellar Concentration of Bile Salt with a Bilayer Membrane of DPPC, a Lung Surfactant, Journal of Physical Chemistry- B,2010,114, 14934 - 14940.
    11. Vuram, P. K.; Subuddhi, U.; Krishnaji, S. T.; Chadha. A.; Mishra, A. K.; Synthesis and Aggregation Properties of Dansylated Glycerol-BasedAmphiphilic Polyether Dendrons, European Journal of Organic Chemistry,2010, 50305040.
    12. Kumar, K.; Andrews, M. E.; Jayashankar, V.; Mishra, A. K.; Suresh, S.; Measurement of viscoelastic properties of polyacrylamide-based tissue-mimicking phantoms for ultrasound elastography applications, IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, 2010, 59, 1224-1232.
    13. Vijayalakshmi, S.; Shuvasree, R.; Chandra, T. S.; Mishra, A. K.; Lipid accumulation and membrane fluidity influence mycelial stability and riboflavin production the riboflavinogenic fungus Eremotheciumashbyii, Internet Journal of Microbiology 2010, 8(1)
    14. Subbiah, D.; Mishra, A. K.; Humic acid-cetyltrimethylammonium bromide interaction: a fluorimetric study, Luminescence, 2009, 24, 84-89.
    15. Selvam, S.; Andrews, M.E.; Mishra, A. K.; A photophysical study on the role of bile salt hydrophobicity in solubilizing amphotericin B aggregates, Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 2009, 98, 4153-4160.
    16. Kumar, A. C.; Bohidar, H. B.; Mishra, A. K. The effect of sodium cholate aggregates on thermoreversible gelation of PNIPAM, Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, 2009, 70, 60-67.
    17. Mohapatra, M.; Subuddhi, U.; Mishra, A. K.; Photophysical behaviour of ground state anion and phototautomer of 3-hydroxyflavone in liposome membrane, Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences, 2009, 8, 1373-1378.
    18. Divya, O.; Venkataraman, V.; Mishra, A. K.; Analysis of metal ion concentration in humic acid excitation-emission matrix fluorescence and chemometric methods, Journal of Applied Spectroscopy, 2009, 76, 864-875.