Design and Synthesis of Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs)
Evaluation of MOFs for molecular recognition
Design and Syntheis of Calixarene and Thiacalixarene 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
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 calixarene,” 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  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 crown based receptors,” Tetrahedron., 2009, 65, 7510-15.
Manoj Kumar, Abhimanew Dhir and Vandana Bhalla, “ON-OFF switchable binuclear
chemosensor based on thiacalix  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
thiacalixarene of 1,3-alternate conformation”, Organic Letters, 2009, 11, 2567-70.
Abhimanew Dhir, Vandana Bhalla and Manoj Kumar, “Ratiometric sensing of Hg2+ based
on calixarene 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 thiacalixarene in mixed aqueous environment”,
Inorganic Chemistry Communications, 2009, 332-35.
Abhimanew Dhir, Vandana Bhalla and Manoj Kumar, “Ratiometry of monomer/excimer
emissions of dipyrenyl thiacalixarene 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 thiacalixarene based chemosensor for Cu2+ and F- ions”, Tetrahedron, 2007,