Ramesh Laxminarayan Gardas was born and brought up in Surat, Gujarat. He completed B.Sc. (Chemistry) with First Class from P.T. Sarvajanik College of Science, Surat (Gujarat) in 1998 and M.Sc. (Physical Chemistry) with First Class from the Department of Chemistry, South Gujarat University, Surat in 2000. He has been awarded the Ph.D. degree in Chemistry in 2004 by the Veer Narmad South Gujarat University, India, for his work on thermodynamic studies of nonelectrolyte binary and ternary liquid mixtures under the supervision of Professor S.L. Oswal. Then, he joined the research group of Professor Abel Ferreira and Professor Isabel Fonseca at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, for his first postdoc research on PVT data of pure and binary liquid mixtures. Later in 2006, he joined PATh, University of Aveiro, Portugal, to work with Professor Joao Coutinho and Professor Isabel Marrucho. His second postdoc at PATh was on water solubility, octanol-water partition coefficients, and thermophysical properties prediction of ionic liquids. Then, in May 2008, he moved to Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, UK, and joined the QUILL Research Team to work with Professor Chris Hardacre and Professor David Rooney for his third postdoc on a confidential project sponsored by Petronas, Malaysia. Research experience from PATh and QUILL improved his knowledge of ionic liquids and more precisely their physico-chemical properties and applications.
He joined the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India, in August 2010, as an Assistant Professor in Chemistry, and was promoted to Associate Professor in July 2015 and full Professor in March 2020. He has more than 20-years of research and 11-years of teaching experience. So far, he has completed 8 projects (as PI and Co-PI) worth more than Rs. 6.5 crores, guided 11 Ph.D. and 16 M.Sc. project students. He is a co-author of 4 patents, 6 book chapters, and 180 research papers that have been published in international journals having a good impact factor and received more than 6735 citations with h-index = 41 and average citations per paper of above 37. He delivered more than 200 invited talks and guest lectures.
Ionic Liquids; Deep Eutectic Solvents; Sustainable Solvent Systems
Chemical Thermodynamics; Fluid Phase Equilibria
Group Contribution methods; Structure-Property correlations