Sonia Siwatch | Nanomaterials | Women Researcher Award

Dr. โ€ŒSonia Siwatch |Nanomaterials| Women Researcher Award

Dr at Sonia Siwatch DST New Delhi, India

Dr. Sonia Siwatch is a skilled researcher in Material Science and Nanotechnology, holding a Ph.D. from Kurukshetra University, India. Her thesis focused on nanostructured metal oxide semiconductors for dye-sensitized solar cells. She earned her Master of Engineering in Electronics and Communication from NITTTR, Punjab University, and a Bachelor of Technology from Guru Jambheshwar University. Dr. Sonia Siwatch has attended numerous specialized workshops and courses and has received several honors, including the Women Scientist Scheme (WOS-A) award. Her research interests lie in nanomaterials synthesis, characterization, and clean energy technologies, aiming to advance sustainable solutions in these fields.



Academic Qualifications ๐ŸŽ“

Ph.D. in Electronic Science Department of Electronic Science, Kurukshetra University, Haryana, India Awarded in 2021 Thesis Title: โ€œStudy of Nanostructured Metal Oxide Semiconductor as Photoanode for Dye Sensitized Solar Cellโ€. Master of Engineering in Electronics and Communication Engineering NITTTR (National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research), Punjab University, Chandigarh, India Year of Completion: 2013 Percentage: 76.3%. Bachelor of Technology in Electronics and Communication Engineering Guru Jambeshwar University of Science and Technology, Hisar, Haryana, India Percentage: 81.39% All India Senior School Certificate Examination CBSE Board, K V Hisar Cantt, Hisar, Haryana, India Percentage: 76.4%. All India Secondary School Examination CBSE Board, K V Hisar Cantt, Hisar, Haryana, India Percentage: 75.4%

Workshops/Short Term Courses Attended๐Ÿ’ผ


Materials and Processes for Advanced Engineering Applications School of Materials Science and Technology, National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra Duration: 11-16, 2017Silicon PV Systems: Fundamentals, Design and Metrology (SPVW-2018)CSIR-National Physical Laboratory Duration: 10-14 September 2018Graphene Based Device Fabrication and Characterization Sponsored by MHRD and organised by UIET, Kurukshetra University Duration: 26th – 27th February, 2019Nanomaterials and Devices Applied Science Department, NITTTR Chandigarh Duration: 27/4/2020 to 1/5/2020Nanoelectronics Devices and Circuits Electronics and Communication Engineering Department, NITTTR Chandigarh Duration: 17/8/2020 to 21/8/2020Energy Storage Materials Applied Science Department, NITTTR Chandigarh Duration: 24/8/2020 to 28/8/2020Smart Materials and Nanotechnology Applied Science Department, NITTTR Chandigarh Duration: 31/8/2020 to 4/9/2020

Fellowship Awards and Honours๐Ÿ†

Selected as Women Scientist under Women Scientist Scheme (WOS-A), Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi.Received Honorable Mention award in Nanoartography Science Image competition 2019. (NanoArtography is an international science image competition sponsored by Materials Today, Nanotechnology World Association, A. J. Drexel Nanomaterials Institute, Drexel University Materials Science & Engineering Dept, IUPUI Integrated Nanosystems Development Institute).Finalist in Nanoartography Science Image competition 2020.Finalist in Nanoartography Science Image competition 2021.Topper in graduation: Received Rs. 5000/- scholarship in 1st and 5th semesters.

Areas of Interest

  • Material Science
  • Nanomaterials Synthesis and Characterization
  • Clean Energy

Publications Top Notes ๐Ÿ“

  1. Role of surfactant in optimization of 3D ZnO floret as photoanode for dye-sensitized solar cell:
    • Authors: Siwatch, S., Kundu, V., Kumar, A., Kumar, S.
    • Journal: Applied Nanoscience (Switzerland), 2020, 10(4), pp. 1035โ€“1044.
    • Summary: This study investigates the effect of surfactants on the morphology and performance of 3D ZnO florets used as photoanodes in DSSCs. The optimization of ZnO florets with surfactants aims to enhance light absorption and electron transport, leading to improved efficiency of the solar cells.
  2. Nitrogen and silver codoped one-dimensional ZnO nanostructure for optoelectronic application:
    • Authors: Kumari, M., Kundu, V.S., Kumar, S., Siwatch, S., Chauhan, N.
    • Journal: Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology, 2020, 93(2), pp. 302โ€“308.
    • Summary: The article explores the synthesis and characterization of nitrogen and silver codoped ZnO nanostructures. These doped nanostructures show enhanced optoelectronic properties, making them suitable for various applications, including sensors and solar cells.
  3. Effect of novel ZnO/Zn2SnO4 photoanode on the performance of dye-sensitized solar cell:
    • Authors: Siwatch, S., Kundu, V.S., Kumar, A., Chauhan, N., Kumari, M.
    • Journal: Optik, 2019, 194, 163117.
    • Summary: This paper evaluates the performance of a novel ZnO/Zn2SnO4 composite photoanode in DSSCs. The study demonstrates that the composite photoanode offers better charge separation and transport, resulting in enhanced efficiency of the solar cells.
  4. Morphology correlated efficiency of ZnO photoanode in dye-sensitized solar cell:
    • Authors: Siwatch, S., Kundu, V.S., Kumar, A., Chauhan, N., Kumari, M.
    • Journal: Materials Research Express, 2019, 6(10), 1050D3.
    • Summary: This research focuses on the correlation between the morphology of ZnO photoanodes and their efficiency in DSSCs. The findings suggest that specific morphologies of ZnO photoanodes can significantly improve the light-harvesting and electron transport properties, leading to higher cell efficiencies.
  5. Synthesis of nitrogen- and cobalt-doped rod-like mesoporous ZnO nanostructures to study their photocatalytic activity:
    • Authors: Chauhan, N., Singh, V., Kumar, S., Sirohi, K., Siwatch, S.
    • Journal: Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology, 2019, 91(3), pp. 567โ€“577.
    • Summary: This study synthesizes and characterizes nitrogen- and cobalt-doped mesoporous ZnO nanostructures. The doped nanostructures exhibit enhanced photocatalytic activity, which is beneficial for environmental applications such as water purification and pollutant degradation.
  6. Synthesis, characterization and dye-sensitized solar cell application of Zinc oxide based coaxial core-shell heterostructure:
    • Authors: Kumari, M., Singh Kundu, V., Kumar, S., Chauhan, N., Siwatch, S.
    • Journal: Materials Research Express, 2019, 6(8), 085050.
    • Summary: The article presents the synthesis and application of ZnO-based coaxial core-shell heterostructures in DSSCs. These structures enhance light absorption and electron transport, leading to improved performance of the solar cells
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  7. Facile synthesis of novel ZnO/Cd0.5Zn0.5S photoanode for dye-sensitized solar cell:
    • Authors: Siwatch, S., Kundu, V.S., Kumar, A., Kumar, S., Kumari, M.
    • Journal: Materials Research Express, 2019, 6(8), 085029.
    • Summary: This study explores the synthesis of a novel ZnO/Cd0.5Zn0.5S composite photoanode for DSSCs. The composite material shows improved light-harvesting and charge transport properties, which contribute to higher efficiency in solar cell applications.



Farah Rehan | Nanotechnology |Best Researcher Award

Dr. โ€ŒFarah Rehan |Nanotechnology| Best Researcher Award

Dr at Arabian Gulf University,ย  Bahrain

With a Ph.D. in Nano Drug Delivery from Monash University and extensive experience in academia and research, I am a dedicated professional specializing in drug delivery and development. Currently leading the Nanomedicine Lab at Arabian Gulf University, I excel in managing projects, mentoring students, and publishing research articles. Previous roles include lecturing at KPJ Healthcare University and serving as Assistant Professor at Forman Christian College. My research achievements include designing innovative drug delivery formulations for cancer treatment and publishing in top-tier journals. With expertise in nanoparticle characterization and cell culture techniques, I am committed to advancing pharmaceutical science and education.




Academic Qualifications ๐ŸŽ“

Ph.D. in Nano Drug Delivery, Monash University (2021) Major in Drug Delivery and Development. M.Phil. in Pharmaceutics, University of Central Punjab (2016) Major in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Bronze Medalist). Doctor of Pharmacy, University College of Pharmacy (UCP), University of Punjab (2010). BSc. (Hons), University of Punjab (2009)

Working Experience ๐Ÿ’ผ

Postdoc, Arabian Gulf University, Bahrain Duration: Jan 2023 โ€“ Present Responsibilities: Leading the Nanomedicine Lab Managing and performing various lab-related projects Mentoring undergraduate students in research projects Writing and reviewing research-related articles and funding applications Lecturer, KPJ Healthcare University, Malaysia Duration: Oct 2023 โ€“ Jan 2023 Responsibilities: Teaching modules on Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacy Conducting and Managing Industrial Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Technology Lab Involvement in curriculum design for pharmaceutics Assistant Professor, Forman Christian College (A Chartered University)Duration: Nov 2021 โ€“ Nov 2023 Responsibilities: Teaching modules on Pharmaceutics and Pharmacy Research co-supervisor of MPhil students Conducting and Managing Industrial Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Technology Lab Research Assistant (M.Phil. student-Pharmaceutics), University of Central Punjab Duration: Oct 2014 โ€“ Nov 2016 Responsibilities: Assisting in laboratory research activities Publication of research articles Participation in seminars, conferences, and workshops Medical Writer/Clinical Research Analyst, Soliton Health Technologies Duration: Feb 2013 โ€“ Jan 2014 Responsibilities: Conducting meta and systemic analyses Preparation of patient profiles and education documents Handling Clinical Research Projects Student Counsellor, KIPSDuration: Nov 2012 โ€“ Jan 2013 Responsibilities: Providing counseling to higher secondary students Reviewing papers and creating critical analysis reports Clinical Support Executive, Sequel Systems Duration: Sep 2010 โ€“ Dec 2010 Responsibilities: Generating patient education documents Updating healthcare system protocols Apprenticeship, Shaikh Zayed Hospital, Lahore Duration: Jul 2008 โ€“ Aug 2008, Responsibilities: Conducting ward rounds Handling inventories

Volunteer Work ๐Ÿค

Institution Ambassador, Shaukat Khanum Hospital Duration: Dec 2022 โ€“ Present Responsibilities: Liaison between the hospital and university Representing the hospital’s mission in the university Mentor, Monash University Australia 0 Comments in moderation Duration: March 2021 โ€“ Present Responsibilities: Career counseling of undergraduates/postgraduates Mentoring in professional development Mentor, Controlled Release Society Duration: Feb 2022 โ€“ July 2022Pharmacy School Representative, Monash University Postgraduate Association Duration: Jan 2019 โ€“ Dec 2019Responsibilities:Chairing conference committees Engaging with school management Providing insights on postgraduate student issues

Research Achievement ๐Ÿ†

  • Designed novel casein nano micelles formulations for effective oral drug delivery against breast cancer, Published research articles and review articles in Q1 journals, Presented research results at international conferences, Won travel grants and publication awards during Ph.D.

Research Skills ๐Ÿ”ฌ

  • Formulation of multi-functional nanoparticles, Characterization of nanoparticles and drug-loaded complexes, Cell culture techniques, Animal handling and toxicological studies


Publications Top Notes ๐Ÿ“

Casein Nanomicelle as an Emerging Biomaterialโ€”A Comprehensive Review

  • Authors: F. Rehan, N. Ahemad, M. Gupta
  • Journal: Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces
  • Year: 2019
  • Volume: 179
  • Pages: 280-292
  • Citations: 118

Optimization and Formulation of Nanostructured and Self-assembled Caseinate Micelles for Enhanced Cytotoxic Effects of Paclitaxel on Breast Cancer Cells

  • Authors: F. Rehan, N. Ahemad, R.A. Islam, M. Gupta, S.H. Gan, E.H. Chowdhury
  • Journal: Pharmaceutics
  • Year: 2020
  • Volume: 12
  • Issue: 10
  • Pages: 984
  • Citations: 30

Risk Factors of Cardiovascular Disease in Developing Countries

  • Authors: F. Rehan, A. Qadeer, I. Bashir, M. Jamshaid
  • Journal: International Current Pharmaceutical Journal
  • Year: 2016
  • Volume: 5
  • Issue: 8
  • Pages: 69-72
  • Citations: 23


A Comparative Evaluation of Anti-Tumour Activity Following Oral And Intravenous Delivery of Doxorubicin In A Xenograft Model of Breast Tumour

    • Authors: N. Rehan, F., Emranul Karim, M., Ahemad
    • Journal: Journal of Pharmaceutical Investigation
    • Year: 2022
    • Volume: 11
    • Citations: 1


Quantum Dots in the Biomedical World: A Smart Advanced Nanocarrier for Multiple Venues Application

  • Authors: SMG Siddharth Singh, Deepika Raina, Dinesh Rishipathak, Kamesh R. Babu, Riya …
  • Journal: Archives of Pharmazie
  • Year: 2022
  • Volume: 8
  • Citations: 8


Biosynthesized Metallic Nanoparticles: A New Era in Cancer Therapy

  • Authors: N.A. Gaffar, M. Zahid, A. Asghar, M.F. Shafiq, S. Jelani, F. Rehan
  • Journal: Archiv der Pharmazie
  • Year: 2024