Sudhaunshu Shrikant Purohit
Professor, Department of Analytical Chemistry
University of Missouri-Kansas City, United States
Dr. Sudhaunshu Shrikant Purohit was born in 1982, in Mumbai, India to Mr. Shrikant Purohit (father) and Miss. Asha Gaikaiwari (mother) and is also an adopted son to Mr. Nitin Patwardhan (step-father) since year 1994. He graduated high school from ‘IES Raja Shivaji Vidyalaya’, Mumbai in 1998 and also subsequently completed two years of junior college at ‘Ramnarain Ruia College’ which is affiliated to the University of Mumbai. He later on chose Chemistry as a subject of career, pursued and earned Bachelor’s of Science (B.Sc.) degree in year 2004 in Chemistry (with Industrial Chemistry as minor) from Ruia College. His inclination towards higher education compelled him towards next step and he earned Master’s of Science (M.Sc.) degree in year 2006 in Inorganic Chemistry at Ramnarain Ruia College, University of Mumbai. While pursuing Master’s degree in Ruia College, Dr. Purohit actively worked under the guidance of Prof. Kiran Mangaonkar and assisted one of the Ph.D. students in his research group and worked on a project that studied ‘Syntheses, Characterization, Stability and Antimicrobial Activity of Transition Metal Complexes of Schiff Bases’. After the completion of Master’s degree, Dr. Purohit acquired a job as analytical chemist with Cipla LTD., a leading pharmaceutical company, in the Manufacturing and Research Division in Mumbai, India. His job responsibilities included routine analysis of active pharmaceutical ingredient samples using a variety of spectroscopic and chromatographic techniques such as GC, GCMS, HPLC, NMR, IR, UV/Visible spectroscopy. At Cipla, he gained technical expertise with handling a variety of analytical instruments. The pursuit of greater knowledge further inspired him to take another leap in career and Dr. Purohit decided to come to United States of America for higher education in Chemistry. He attended graduate school at University of Kentucky, (Lexington, KY) and earned another Master’s degree in Chemistry in year 2010 while working on the ‘Syntheses and Characterization of Salen-Group I Metal Complexes’ under the guidance of Prof. David Atwood. Dr. Purohit also actively participated along with another graduate student and completed a project that explained a research on ‘Metal Ion Doped Flash Paper’ which was carried out under the guidance of Prof. Fitzgerald Bramwell. The relentless desire to pursue innovative research and immense motivation to earn doctorate degree in Chemistry, brought Dr. Purohit to University of Missouri Kansas City, (Kansas City, MO). He choose the field of Spectroscopy and its applications as a wide nature of his Ph.D. career and began research under the guidance of Prof. James Durig, where he was exposed to the research projects that included an ‘Implementation of Infrared and Raman Spectral Studies to Obtain Structural Parameters, Conformational Stability, Vibrational Assignments and ab initio Calculations of Organic Molecules Containing Five Membered Ring and Phosphorous’. After successfully completing and co-authoring four projects in Durig research group within initial two years of Ph.D., Sudhaunshu went on to join a research group that involved Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (NMR). He started working on various projects that requited utilization of both solid state and solution state NMR spectroscopic techniques in order to investigate both qualitative and quantitative aspects of samples under study. He has yet considerably contributed in research projects which were collaborative efforts between Department of Chemistry and Department of Physics, School of Pharmacy and Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at University of Missouri Kansas City under the invaluable guidance of Prof. Nathan Oyler. During the course of Ph.D., he has also presented the accomplishments of his research in various conferences such as SciX (Reno, NV, 2014), Midwest American Chemical Society (St. Joseph, MO, 2015) and Pittcon (Atlanta, GA, 2016) with upcoming Eastern Analytical Symposium (New Jersey, NY in November, 2016) for both oral and poster presentations. He has also been honored by prestigious scholarship when he was selected for participating in ‘Preparing Future Faculty Program’ at UMKC for years 2013-2015. Dr. Purohit has also earned best poster presentation award at SciX conference held at Reno, NV, in year 2014 for presenting his research on ‘Solid State NMR Spectroscopic Analysis on Thiolated Chitosan Coated Sodium Alginate Core-Shell Microparticles for Enhanced Drug Loading Profile of Tenofovir’. He also worked under the guidance of Prof. Fedor Rudakov in the summer of 2014 to learn the basic techniques of Laser spectroscopy. Since, September 2016, Dr. Purohit has been working with RTI Laboratories Inc. (Livonia, MI) in their Environmental and Material Testing Division and has been working on the analysis of various environmental and material samples. Dr. Purohit began publishing soon after joining Prf. Durig’s research group and has also worked persistently since he has joined Oyler research group during the course of his Ph.D. where, he has co-authored many peer-reviewed journal publications.
Implementation of Spectroscopic and Chromatographic Techniques for Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis of Pharmaceutical and Biological/Chemical substances that are being developed for Medicinal Uses.