Dr. Abhimanew Dhir

Phone: 01905-237912
EMail: abhimanew[at]iitmandi[dot]ac[dot]in
Address: School of Basic Sciences
IIT Mandi, PWD Rest House 2nd floor,
near Bus Stand, Mandi - 175001

Research interests

  • Design and Synthesis of Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs)
  • Evaluation of MOFs for molecular recognition
  • Design and Syntheis of Calix[4]arene and Thiacalix[4]arene based fluorescent sensors for ion and molecular recognition and construction of Photonic Switches, Logic Gates and Devices


  • Ph.D. from Guru Nanak Dev University.
  • M.Sc. from Guru Nanak Dev University in Industrial Chemistry.

Honours and Distinctions

  • INSPIRE awardee in DST INSPIRE Faculty scheme 2011
  • M.Sc Gold Medalist from Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar
  • Awardee of Senior Research Fellowship 2009
  • Awardee of UGC- Junior Research fellowship 2008 under Special Assistance Programme(SAP) for Meritorious Students


  • Vandana Bhalla, Harshveer arora, Abhimanew Dhir, Manoj Kumar “Triphenylene Based Zinc Ensemble as Oxidation Inhibitor” Chemical Communications, 2012, 48, 4722.
  • VandanaBhalla, Varun Vij,Abhimanew Dhir, Manoj Kumar “Hetero-oligophenylene Based AIEE Material as Multiple Probe for Bio-molecules and Metal Ions Constructing Logic Circuits: Application in Bio-electronics and Chemionics” Chemistry-A European Journal. 2012, 18, 3765 .
  • Vandana Bhalla, Roopa, Ankush Gupta, Abhimanew Dhir and Manoj Kumar, “A pentaquinone- based 4-2 bit photonic encoder”, Dalton Transactions, 2011, 40, 5176-79.
  • Manoj Kumar, Abhimanew Dhir and Vandana Bhalla, “Molecular trafficking based on latch circuit”, Chemical Communications, 2010, 6746-48.
  • Manoj Kumar, Abhimanew Dhir and Vandana Bhalla, “A Ni2+ selective chemosensor based on partial cone conformation of calix[4]arene,” Dalton Transaction, 2010, 39, 10116-21.
  • Manoj Kumar, Abhimanew Dhir and Vandana Bhalla, “Switching and fluorescence signal amplification with metal ions in allosteric systems based on 1, 3-Alternate thiacalix [4] crown,” Dalton Transactions, 2010, 39, 10122-27.
  • Manoj Kumar, Abhimanew Dhir, Vandana Bhalla, Richa Sharma, Rajiv Kumar Puri and Rakesh Kumar Mahajan, “Highly effective chemosensor for mercury ions based on bispyrenyl derivative,” Analyst, 2010, 135, 1600-05.
  • Manoj Kumar, Abhimanew Dhir and Vandana Bhalla, “Regulation of metal ion recognition by allosteric effects in thiacailx[4] crown based receptors,” Tetrahedron., 2009, 65, 7510-15.
  • Manoj Kumar, Abhimanew Dhir and Vandana Bhalla, “ON-OFF switchable binuclear chemosensor based on thiacalix [4] crown armed with pyrene moieties,” European Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2009, 4534-40.
  • Manoj Kumar, Abhimanew Dhir and Vandana Bhalla, “A molecular keypad lock based on thiacalix[4]arene of 1,3-alternate conformation”, Organic Letters, 2009, 11, 2567-70.
  • Abhimanew Dhir, Vandana Bhalla and Manoj Kumar, “Ratiometric sensing of Hg2+ based on calix[4]arene of partial cone conformation possessing a dansyl moiety”, Organic Letters, 2008, 10, 4891-94.
  • Manoj Kumar, J. Nagendra Babu and Vandana Bhalla, Abhimanew Dhir, “Chromogenic sensing of Cu(II) by imino linked thiacalix[4]arene in mixed aqueous environment”,
  • Inorganic Chemistry Communications, 2009, 332-35.
  • Abhimanew Dhir, Vandana Bhalla and Manoj Kumar, “Ratiometry of monomer/excimer emissions of dipyrenyl thiacalix[4]arene for Cu2+ detection: a potential Cu2+ and K+ switched INHIBIT logic gate with NOT and YES logic functions”, Tetrahedron Lettetrs, 2008, 49, 4227-4230.
  • Vandana Bhalla, Rajesh Kumar, Manoj Kumar, and Abhimanew Dhir, “Bifunctional fluorescent thiacalix[4]arene based chemosensor for Cu2+ and F- ions”, Tetrahedron, 2007, 65, 11153-11159.