Subhendu Pandit received his undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore (2016) with a major in Chemistry and minor in Materials Sciences. He has worked on various research projects throughout his undergraduate years, including an internship with Prof. Ben Feringa’s group in the Netherlands. For bachelor thesis, he worked on ‘Optimizing Ligands for Functionalized Chemically Exfoliated MoS2 against ‘ESKAPE’ Pathogens.’ He also obtained his Master of Science in Chemistry from IISc, Bangalore (2017) working on ‘Functionalized 2D MoS2: A New Class of Drug against Superbugs’. He has co-authored six peer-reviewed papers in his undergraduate and masters.
In 2017, Subhendu joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Urbana Champaign as a graduate student. He is currently working on the synthesis of various nano-materials, including carbon dots, upconversion nanoparticles, afterglow nanoparticles, and tuning their optical properties for cancer imaging and diagnostic applications. He is particularly interested in developing nanomaterials for image-guided cancer surgery. Currently, he is co-advised by Prof. Shuming Nie and Prof. Dipanajan Pan.
Apart from research, he is into long drives to National Parks, hiking, and camping under the stars. He loves to eat and cook, as well.