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Research interests

2D materials, ionic liquids, sustainable materials, energy and environmental applications


Dr Rashi Gusain is a Senior Research Assistant in Department of Applied Sciences, Northumbria University. She received herPhD in Chemical Sciences from CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum, Dehradun, India in 2016 with prestigious CSIR-JRF fellowship. During her PhD journey, she worked on halogen free ionic liquids and ionic liquid supported nanomaterials in tribology as lubricants and lubricant additives. During her PhD she published a US Patent on her PhD thesis work. After her PhD she has joined several institutes such as Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM), India, Lulea University of Technology, (LTU), Sweden and University of Johannesburg (UJ), South Africa. She was also a visiting scientist at CSIR-Pretoria from August 2018 to May 2023. She was also included in NRF rated researchers (Y2 category) in 2023. Her research made innovative advances in the synthesis of emerging two-dimensional (2D) materials, and their hybrids/composites for environmental and energy applications, including water treatment, photocatalysis, carbon dioxide capture and conversion and energy storage. Her expertise is in designing and synthesis of ionic liquids, 2D materials, photochemistry, electrochemistry, environmental chemistry, CO2 capture and conversion, water splitting and antimicrobial acitivity.


Presently, Dr Gusain's research is primarily oriented towards the development of 2D fabricated bacterial cellulose material for energy and environmental application purposes.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Education/Academic qualification

Materials Science, PhD, CSIR - Indian Institute of Petroleum

Award Date: 12 Feb 2016


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