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Name : Dr. Lakshi Saikia
Designation : Principal Scientist
Qualification : M.Sc.(GU) Ph.D.(NCL, Pune)
Contact Details : Materials Science Division, CSIR-NEIST, Jorhat -785006, Tel: 9957031635, 0376-2370081(O)
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Research Interest
  • Heterogeneous catalysis, Porous materials
  • Metal/Metal oxide Nanostructured Materials Synthesis and Catalytic Application
  • Metal Organic Framework and their application
  • Organometalic Chemistry
  • DST, New Delhi funded Project: Hierarchical Porous Solid as Catalyst and Catalytic Support (GPP-267).
  • International Collaborative Project: Synthesis and Reactivity of Nanoporous Metal-Silica Composites-Novel Heterogeneous Catalysts for Selective Oxidation[DST (India)-RFBR (Russia)] (GPP-0287)
  • CSIR-Network Project: CSIR Advanced Analytical Facility at NE (CSC-0408)[Co-PI]
  • CSIR-Network Project: Catalysts for specialty Chemicals (CSC0125) [member]
  • CSIR-Network Project: Nano-materials: Applications and Impact on Safety, Health and Environment, (NanoSHE) (BSC0112) [member]
  • CSIR-Network Project: Specialty materials based on Engineered clays(SPECS) (CSC0135) [member]
  • Foreign Patent Granted : 02
List of Publications (Most Recent Ten)
Total No. of Publications: 33
  • Stabilized Fe3O4 magnetic nanoparticles into nanopores of modified montmorillonite clay: a highly efficient catalyst for the Baeyer–Villiger oxidation under solvent free conditions, P K Saikia, P P Sarmah, B J Borah, L Saikia, K Saikia and D K Dutta, Green Chemistry, 18, 2843–2850, (2016).
  • Functionalized montmorillonite supported rhodium complexes: Efficient catalysts for carbonylation of methanol P.K. Saikia, P.P. Sarmah, B.J. Borah, L. Saikia, D.K. Dutta Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical, 412, 27-33, (2016).
  • Aromatic ring hydrogenation catalysed by nanoporous montmorillonite supported Ir(0)-nanoparticle composites under solvent free conditions, P. Das, P.P. Sarmah, B.J. Borah, L. Saikia, D.K. Dutta, New Journal of Chemistry, 40(3), 2850-2855, (2016).
  • Sulfonic acid-functionalized MIL-101(Cr) as a highly efficient heterogeneous catalyst for one-pot synthesis of 2-amino-4H-chromenes in aqueous medium, M Saikia and L Saikia, RSC Advances, 6, 15846-15853, (2016).
  • Palladium nanoparticles immobilized on an amine functionalized MIL-101(Cr) as a highly active catalyst for oxidative amination of aldehydes, M Saikia and L Saikia, RSC Advances, 6, 14937-14947, (2016).
  • Template-free synthesis of Fe3O4 nanorod bundles and their highly efficient peroxidase mimetic activity for the degradation of organic dye pollutants with H2O2, D Bhuyan, S S. Arbuj and L Saikia, New Journal of Chemistry 39, 7759-7762, (2015).
  • Keggin type phosphotungstic acid encapsulated chromium (III) terephthalate metal organic framework as active catalyst for Biginelli condensation, M Saikia, D Bhuyan and L Saikia, Applied Catalysis, A: General 505, 501-506, (2015).
  • Magnetically recoverable chitosan-stabilised copper-iron oxide nanocomposite material as an efficient heterogeneous catalyst for azide-alkyne cycloaddition reactions, M Chetia, A A Ali, D Bhuyan, L Saikia and D Samra, New Journal of Chemistry 39(8), 5902-5907, (2015).
  • Facile synthesis of Fe3O4 nanoparticles on metal organic framework MIL-101(Cr): characterization and catalytic activity, M Saikia, D Bhuyan and L Saikia, New Journal of Chemistry, 39(1), 64-67, (2015). [Appeared as Front Cover Page article of the journal in its January, 2015 issue].
  • Photocatalytic performance of ZnO nanomaterials for self-sensitized degradation of Malachite Green dye under solar light, L Saikia, D Bhuyan, B Malakar, M Saikia, D K Dutta and P Sengupta, Applied Catalysis, A: General 490, 42-49, (2015).
Awards and Fellowships
  • NATIONAL ELIGIBILITY TEST-Senior Research Fellow
  • Best Poster Award: National Science Day 2008 observed in National Chemical Laboratory, Pune
  • DST Fast Track Young Scientist Grant for the project entitled “ Hierarchical Porous Solid as Catalyst and catalytic Support”
  • Front Cover Page article of the journal New Journal of Chemistry, January 2015 issue.
  • Indo-Russia International Collaborative project from DST-RFBR.
  • Top 25 Hottest article in 2008 for the article entitled “Activation and reactivity of Epoxides on Solid Acid Catalysts” L. Saikia, J.K. Satyarthi, D.Srinivas and Paul Ratnasamy, Journal of Catalysis, 252, 148-160 (2007)
  • Most access article in 2011 of the journal for the article “Ultrasound-Triggered Release of Ibuprofen from a Chitosan-Mesoporous Silica Composite - a novel approach for controlled drug release” D. Depan, L.Saikia,and R. P. Singh, Macromolecular Symposia, 287, 80-88, (2010)
  • Top 25 most downloaded article during January-March, 2011 for the article “Efficient clay supported Nio nanoparticles as heterogeneous catalyst for solvent-free synthesis of Hantzsch polyhydroquinoline” L. Saikia, D. Dutta and D. K. Dutta, Catalysis Communications 19, 1-4, (2012)