Prof. Susheel Mittal
Senior Professor



Senior Professor


Chemical Sensors, Inorganic ion-exchange materials, Environmental Chemistry Biomedical Waste Management.


Contact No.

+91-175-2393303 (O)
+91-9815-653-261 (Mob)

Research Interests/Specialization

Analytical Chemistry/ Chemical Sensors/ Biosensors/ Environmental Chemistry

  • Screen Printed Electrodes: A new area of application of receptor molecules as disposable chemical sensors was studied and established collaborations with well-established international scientist Professor Craig E Banks (MMU, UK). Fabricated SPEs using receptor molecules as electroactive compounds and successfully developed disposable electrodes for trace level determination of Al(III) – Sensors and Actuators B, 239(2017)17–27. Many more such receptor compounds are being developed as SPEs.
  • Nano-composite Ion-exchange materials: Developed new nano-composite materials with ion-exchange characteristics and applied the same for applications as antimicrobial agent, photochemical degradation of dyes and others (RSC Adv.,6(2016)3150. RSC Advances,6(2016),111606 -111615, Sep Sci & Tech, 51(2016)2896–2902.
  • Voltammetric Sensors: Highly selective molecular receptors (based on di/tri-phenylethers) developed for voltammetric determination of ions like Ce(III), Co(II), Cu(II) (RSC Advances, 2015, 5, 21831-21842, RSC Advances, 6(2016)51153-51160, Anal. Methods, 8(2016)7472–748, Sensors and Actuators B, 239(2017)17–27, J. Electrochem. Soc., 2015 162(9): B248-B255).
  • Potentiometric Chemical Sensors: Started with conventional crown ethers like Dibenzo-18-crown-6 (Ca(II) selective Sens and Actu(B), 99(2004), Dicyclohexano-18-crown-6 (La(III) selective, Talanta, 62(2004)801-805) moving tripodal ionophores like 8-hydroxyquionline substituted with chloro, benzoyl and hyrdroxy benzoyl groups were used as sensors for Cu(II) (Analytica Chimica Acta, 585 (2007) 161–170, dipodal ionophore 2-Aminothiophenol as silver selective (Sens and Actu(B), 121(2007), Imine And Thioether ionophore as Zn(II) (Mat Sci and Engg: C, 28(2008)), and others (Sensors (Germany), 4(2004).
  • Conductometry as tool for selective determination of lanthanides: Used α-hydroxy isobutyric acid (HIBA) as a co-ligand with EDTA to selectively determine lanthanides using 5-ring electrode conductometric method (Anal Methods 3(2011); Ind & Engg Chem Res.,51(2012); Curr Anal Chem, 10(4),2014; Spectrochimica Acta -A:Mol and Biomol Spec,145(2015).
  • Biosensors: Modification of GC electrode with whole cells for determination of heavy metals (Sensors and Actuators B, 165(2012)48-52, Current Analytical Chemistry 8(2012)365-372), developed new assembly for on-line monitoring of mercury using voltammetric biosensor (Anal. Methods, 6(2014)5741-5745), Pesticides determination, Anal. Methods, 9(2017)1672.
  • Ion Selective Field Effective Transisters: Immobilised receptor molecules in the gate region of the FETs and converted these into amperometric sensors for different target species like metal ions and pesticides. 2 theses of Masters in Chemistry programme completed.
  • Ambient Air Quality Monitoring: Studied the effect of post-harvest Agriculture waste burning on air quality and human respiratory health (Atmospheric Environment, 50(2016)127–134, Atmospheric Environment, 43(2009)238–244. Atmospheric Environment, 44(2010)1292-1300. Int Journal of Env Anal Chemistry,90(2010)829-843, Sci. of The Total Environment, 408(2010)4440-4445, Journal of Environmental Monitoring 13(2011) 1073-1081 Science of the total Environment, 429(2012)161-166).

Education and Training

  • PhD (Chemistry, 1986) in Analytical Chemistry from Chemistry Deptt. GND University, Amritsar
  • Post-Doc (CSIR, PSCST) at GND University, Amritsar (1986-1988)

Professional Affiliations and Administrative Responsibilities

  • Deputy Director, Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, Jan 2015 – Mar 2016.
  • Member, Board of Governors (BOG) of Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, Jan 2014 to Dec 2015.
  • Dean (Research & Sponsored Projects), Feb 2006 – Sept 2010.
  • Head, School of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Apr 2002 – Aug 2011.
  • Professor-in-Charge, Sophisticated Analytical Instrument Laboratories (SAI Labs) Dec 2012-contd.
  • Head (Acting), Nava Nalanda Central Library, Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, Oct 2012 – Feb 2017.
  • Faculty advisor, Campus Environment Management, Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology 2013-Contd.
  • Registrar (Acting) for stop gap period of 3 months in 2005 at Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology
  • President, Senior Staff Club, Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, April 2005 – Mar 2009.
  • Chairman of many level committees of TIET like UMC, ARC, Radiation Safety and Storage, Central Examination of , Admission Committee for UG programmes, Student Counseling and Development of the
  • Member of High powered Committee of Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology who visited Trinity College of Dublin (Ireland) in June 2014 to establish Partnership in Education followed by another visit in October 2015.

Teaching Activities

  • PhD and PG Courses - Instrumental Methods of Analysis, Special Topics in Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry
  • Post Graduate students of Chemistry and Environmental Engg - Environmental Chemistry
  • UG (Engg Programmes) Chemistry (General course for UG students of Engg), Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry

    List of Publications (SCI Journals): 70 (Non-SCI Journals): 30

    Total Impact Factor: 150+ Total Citations: 700+ (Google Scholar), 500+ (Res ID)

    H-Index: 16 (Google Scholar), 13 (Web of Science), 14 (Scopus)


  • Achieved status of Chartered Chemist (CChem) in 2017 by Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), one of the largest Chemical Societies in the World
  • Was awarded FRSC, Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry in 2014 by invitation without any formal Education/Training from abroad.

Sponsored Research Projects

  • Completed (1995 till 2016) – 10 (UGC, DST, DRDO, AICTE, BRNS) worth 1.6 Crore
S. No Year of Completion Title of the project



Funding Agency Amount in



1 1997 Synthetic inorganic ion exchangers as catalysts in simple organic reaction UGC 0.45
2 1999 Applications of Respirometry to design and operation of waste water treatment plant UGC (Major) 3.2
3 2000 Synthesis, characterisation applications and electro chemical studies of some Zr based heteropoly acid salts DST 7.02
4 2004 Development of chemical sensors for rare earth metal ions AICTE (R&D) 4.5
5 2004 Modernisation of chemistry laboratory (as Head of School) AICTEModrobs 3.0
6 2009 Some amide based ionophores as sensors for some transition metal ions DST 11.82
7 2010 Impact of aerosols and gaseous pollutants in ambient air on physiological parameters of human health due to agriculture crop-residue burning in and around Patiala DST (Co-PI) 33.75
8 2010 Microbial biosensors for some heavy metal ions NRB 19.93
9 2011 Cost effective conductometric method for trace level determination of rare earth metal ions NRB 13.3
10 2012 Ion selective field effect transistors based on neutral carrier ionophores for lanthanides AICTE 9.0
11 2015 Design and development of diphenylether based supramolecules for electroanalytical probes BRNS 22.8
12 2017 Particulate matter dose relationship with lung function efficiency of children during agriculture crop residue burning episodes ICMR 40.0
13 Ongoing Modelling atmospheric pollution and networking (MAPAN)- Patiala IITM 20.32
14 Ongoing Innovative research in pedagogy for Mini-MOOCs blended with instructions strategies to enhance quality of higher education Royal Acad of Engg (UK)&TIET 1 Crore
15 Ongoing Memorandum of understanding (MOU) – Agreement for scientific cooperation in research between Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology and The Indian Institute of Tropical Met,Pune MoES 1 Crore

International Collaborations in Research

  • Craig E Banks, Fac of Sci & Engg, Sch of Biol Chem and Hlth Sci, MMUni, Chester St, Manchester, UK– Screen Printed Electrodes
  • LF Lindoy, Centre for Heavy Metals Research, Sch of Chem, Univ of Sydney, Australia – Ionophores for Chemical Sensing
  • Dr Harir Mourad – Kopplin, Helmholtz Zentrum München, Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Gesundheit und Umwelt (GmbH), Ingolstädter Landstr. 1, Neuherberg, Germany – Characterisation of Aerosols from Crop Residue Burning

National Collaborations in Research

  • Subodh Kumar (FNASc) – Department of Chemistry, GND University, Amritsar (Punjab) - Ionophores for Chemical Sensing,
  • Ashok Kumar – School of Adv Sci, VIT University, Vellore - Ion transport across Liquid Membranes, Conductometry,
  • N Singh, IIT Ropar, N Kaur – Panjab Uni, Chd - Ionophores for Chemical Sensing, Podands as voltammetric sensors for heavy metal ions
  • Gufran Beig (Bhatnagar Awardee) – Modelling Air Pollution and Networking (MAPAN) – A National Project of Ministry of Earth Sciences, GoI, Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune
  • Prabhat K Gupta – Chemical Metrology in Ambient Air Quality Measurements, National Physical Laboratory(NPL), New Delhi

Patents Filed

  • Novel chemical compound for detection and estimation of cerium (III) – Indian Patent Filing Number 201711004742 dated Feb. 9, 2017
  • Novel disposable sensor for specific detection of aluminium ions - Indian Patent Filing Number – 201711015247 dated April 29, 2017

Research Supervision

  • Doctor of philosophy: Completed – 16, Ongoing – 10 Chemical Sensors:– 4, Biosensors – 1 MoF-1 Ambient Air Analysis – 4
  • Post-graduation level: Completed - 25; Ongoing - 3

Other Professional Activities:

Membership of Professional Institutions, Associations, Societies

  • tered Chemist (CChem)* and Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) - 2015 Onwards.
  • Member, Advisory Board, Analytical Methods (Royal Society of Chemistry, UK)
  • Member, Executive Committee, Indian Society of Electroanalytical Chemists (ISEAC), BARC, Mumbai.
  • Vice President (Northern Chapter, Patiala), Metrology Society of India (MSI), NPL New Delhi
  • Member, Editorial Board of *C—Journal of Carbon Research (MDPI, Germany).
  • Life member of ISEAC, ISAS, CRSI, SAEST, ITAS

Outreach Activities

  • Member selection committees for recruitment of faculty at GGSW Uni., FGH; BBSB Engg College, PTU, Kapurthala
  • Member, Tender Committee for the Civil Works at RGN Law University, Patiala since 2012.
  • Member, Board of Studies in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at MRS PTU, Bathinda; Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib, MM University, Mullana (Ambala); Member, Board of PG Studies in Chemistry at Punjabi University, Patiala
  • PhD theses evaluation for GGS IP University, Delhi; Agra University; Guwahati University; HBNI BARC, Mumbai; Avinashlingam Women University, Coimbatore; Meerut University; Punjabi University, Patiala
  • PhD Research Proposal evaluation for SLIET, Longowal; Pbi Uni, Patiala, PTU, Kapurthala; MM University, Mullana (Ambala).
  • Member of Expert Committee of Pb State Board of Water Supply and Sanitation for Establishment of State level Laboratories
  • Member of Expert Committee of Pb Pollution Control Board for monitoring the Research Project of PSCST