Dr Manjusha V. Shelke, Principal Scientist with Physical and Materials Chemistry Division of CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory (CSIR-NCL), Pune, has been selected to receive the prestigious SERB-POWER fellowship.
Dr Manjusha is working with CSIR-NCL for the last sixteen years. She obtained her PhD in 2006 from CSIR-Advanced Materials and Processes Research Institute (CSIR-AMPRI), Bhopal, and had been the visiting researcher at Rice University, Houston, TX, USA and CNRS, France.
Dr Manjusha is a materials chemist and her group works on high-efficiency electrode materials for rechargeable batteries and flexible devices for ultracapacitors. She is developing indigenous solutions for energy storage devices like Li-ion, Li-sulphur, Na-ion batteries and ultracapacitors for electric mobility as well as stationary applications. She has established a scientific network through national/ international collaborations and partnering with industries.
Dr Manjusha has published about 60 research papers in international peer-reviewed journals and filed 5 national/international patents. She has guided ten students for PhD and another eight are pursuing their PhD under her guidance. Besides, she has trained more than forty science/engineering students as interns.
The Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) has formulated SERB-POWER (Promoting Opportunities for Women in Exploratory Research) program to recognise and reward outstanding women researchers and innovators working in Indian academic institutions and R&D Laboratories. SERB-POWER Fellowship is an initiative for empowering Indian women researchers in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI).
The fellowship involves Rs 15,000 honorarium per month for three years and a research grant of Rs Ten lakhs per year for three years. This is the first edition of these fellowships.