- Doctoral Student, Ulijn Lab, Nanoscience Initiative
Dhwanit was born and raised in Mumbai, India. He completed his undergraduate studies in chemistry at St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, during which time he worked on understanding the effect that transition metal salts had on non-ionic surfactants and tried to develop an extraction tool for metal ions based on this knowledge. He also actively edited and worked for various departmental magazines of the college and outreach programs of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai. He joined the Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), Mumbai for his M.Sc. in Chemistry where he worked on the synthesis and characterisation of photoswitchable ligands and metal complexes. During this time he was awarded a prestigious summer research fellowship by the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore to work on the synthesis, structural and photophysical characterization of the Green Fluorescent Protein chromophore derivatives. He also served as the class representative for his masters cohort. In the Fall of 2018, he joined the doctoral program in chemistry at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and is currently working with Professor Rein Ulijn at the Advanced Science Research Center. His research interests include supramolecular self-assembly, molecular dynamics simulations, electronic structure calculation, metal-organic frameworks and stimuli-responsive materials.
Self-assembly, non-covalent interactions, MD simulations, electronic structure calculation, Electron diffraction crystallography, X-ray diffraction, Raman microscopy second-harmonic generation microscopy.
A. Brito, D. Dave, A. Lampel, V.I.B. Castro, D. Kroiss, R.L. Reis, T. Tuttle, R.V. Ulijn, R.A. Pires, and I. Pashkuleva, Expanding the Conformational Landscape of Minimalistic Tripeptides by Their O-Glycosylation, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2021, doi.org/10.1021/jacs.1c07592.