My research focuses on the synthesis of nanocrystals for the study of fundamental science and economic applications. The interest in nanocrystals stems from the fact that these materials show properties dependent on the size of the crystals. Hetero-nanostructures and hybrid materials provide an alternative opportunity to engineer the required nanocrystals properties, not by tailoring the size but their composition and hence suggest themselves to be an important group of semiconducting materials for further advancements in the field of photocatalysis, LED, photovoltaic and sensor technology. I am actively involved in researching and developing new materials exhibiting bright luminescence and light harvesting; the ultimate aim being applications in photocatalysis, LEDs, photovoltaics, biological labeling and sensor technology applications. I am also working on developing non-toxic materials as an alternative to cadmium chalcogenides.
“A Water Soluble Single Walled Carbon Nanotube Aryl Aziridino Carboxylic Acid Decorated Mn (II) Complex Increased Root Growth in Arabidopsis thaliana” S. K. Thakur, K. Goswami, S. Bhattacharjee, U. Soni, P. Guchhait, and S. V. Eswaran ChemistrySelect 2019, 4, 13604– 13609.
“Facile synthesis of UV blocking nano-sized Zinc Oxide and Polymethyl-methacrylate polymer nanocomposite coating material” Ashna Rawat, Udit Soni, Rajender Singh Malik, Satish C. Pandey Nano-Structures & Nano-Objects, 2018, 16, 371–380.
“Synthesis of trap emission free cadmium sulfide quantum dots: Role of phosphonic acids and halide ions” Vikas Arora, Udit Soni, Mona Mittal, Sushma Yadav, Sameer Sapra Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 2017, 491, 329-335.
“Development of functionalized quantum dot modified poly(vinyl alcohol) membranes for fuel cell applications” Rajender Singh Malik, Udit Soni, Sampat Singh Chauhan, Pawan Vermaa and Veena Choudhary. RSC Adv., 2016,6, 47536-47544.
“Cancer Cell Targeting Using Folic Acid/Anti-HER2 Antibody Conjugated Fluorescent CdSe/CdS/ZnS-MPA and CdTe-MSA Quantum Dots” Gurpal Singh, Manoj Kumar, Udit Soni, Vikas Arora, Vivek Bansal, Dikshi Gupta, Madhusudan Bhat, Amit K. Dinda, Sameer Sapra, and Harpal Singh. Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 2015 15 1-14.
“Photocatalysis from Fluorescence-Quenched CdSe/Au Nanoheterostructures: A Size-Dependent Study” Udit Soni, Puspanjali Tripathy, and Sameer Sapra. J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2014, 5 (11) 1909–1916.
“Investigation of the Photophysical and Electrical Characteristics of CuInS 2 QDs/SWCNT Hybrid Nanostructure.” Razi Ahmad, Udit Soni, Ritu Srivastava, Vidya Nand Singh, Suresh Chand, and Sameer Sapra. J. Phys. Chem. C 2014, 118, 11409–11416.
Tumor Cell Targetting Using Folate Conjugated Core/shell CdSe/CdS/ZnS Nano Rods. Manu Dalela, Harpal Singh, Udit Soni, Sameer Sapra, International Conference on Advanced Nanomaterials & Emerging Engineering Technologies, IEEE, 2013, pp. 144–147. (10.1109/ICANMEET.2013.6609261)
Book Chapter in Advanced Research in Nanosciences for Water Technology - “Bioconjugated Quantum Dots in Rapid Detection of Water Microbial Load: An Emerging Technology” Indu Pal Kaur, Joga Singh, Jatinder V. Yakhmi, Gurpal Singh, Corinne Dejous, Alka Bhatia, Ashish Sattee, Udit Soni. Advanced Research in Nanosciences for Water Technology, Nanotechnology in the Life Sciences Book Series, Springer, Cham, 2019, ISBN 978-3-030-02381-2. (10.1007/978-3-030-02381-2_2)
Awarded Certificate of Appreciation by Department of Chemistry, IIT Delhi for publishing article in High Impact Factor journals during the academic year 2010-2011.
Recipient of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Government of India (2009-2010).
Scalable Synthesis of Starch Nanoparticles Based Adhesive Consolidants for Conservation of Cellulose Based Heritage Objects, DST SHRI GoI. (PI)
Development of nanomaterial based coating material (ZnO-polymer nanocomposite) for UV protection, TERI University Internal Grant. (PI)