Dr Ashok Kumar Mishra hails from Titilagarh, a town in Western Odisha. His earlier education was at various places in and around Titilagarh, after which he went to Delhi University for his Masters studies in Chemistry, specialising in Physical Chemistry. He did his PhD under the guidance of Professor S K Dogra at IIT Kanpur studying the excited singlet state prototropism of heteroaromatic compounds. His post-doctoral research under a Monbusho scholarship program in Gunma University, Japan, was with Professor H Shizuka, in the area of excited state structure and decay dynamics prototropic ion pairs. He started his professional career at Sambalpur University as a lecturer and subsequently moved to IIT Madras as Assistant Professor in 1992. Currently he is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry, and also discharges the additional responsibility of Dean, Academic Research at IIT Madras.
1987 1989, Post Doc: Monbusho Fellow from Gunma University, Japan
1985 Ph. D from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
1980 M. Sc from Delhi University
1978 B. Sc from Sambalpur Univesrity, Odisha
Basic photophysics of organic molecules in solution phase, with particular emphasis on photophysics of extended aromatic systems as well as excited state phototropism.
Extending the frontiers of analytical fluorimetry involving integration of novel instrument designs, fluorescence data collection strategies and analytical methodologies.
Use of novel fluorescent molecular probes as well as novel probe applications of known fluorescent molecules in understanding soft matter systems like lipid bilayer membranes, niosomal membranes, hydrogels etc.