Rajender S. Varma

US Environmental Protection Agency, USA

Rajender S. Varma received his B.S. degree in 1970 from Panjab University, India, his M.S. degree in 1972 from Kurukshetra University, India, his Ph.D. degree in 1976 from Delhi University, India, Natural Products Chemistry, and a Diploma in pulp and paper technology, 1977, from Norwegian Institute of Technology, Norway; and he was Postdoctoral Fellow at Robert Robinson Laboratories, University of Liverpool, UK. He has 14 US patents awarded and some others pending and more than 400 peer-reviewed papers, 6 books, 26 book chapters, and 2 encyclopedia contributions. His areas of expertise are development of environmentally benign newer synthetic methods and chemical protocols; remediation and capture of hazardous pollutants, such as mercury from coal-fired power plants, sulfur from diesel oil, and perchlorate and arsenic from water; nanomaterials; nanocomposites natural products chemistry; synthetic organic chemistry; newer methods for immobilization of biomolecules on solid support surfaces; medical chemistry; design and synthesis of chemopreventive anticancer agents; and nitric oxide (NO) donors as novel therapeutics for ocular disorders. Varma has over 40 years of research experience in management of multidisciplinary technical programs ranging from natural products chemistry and therapeutics to development of genosensor technology. He worked extensively in broader aspects of organic chemistry that include isolation, synthesis, and chemical modification of biologically active molecules, specifically the applications and interface of chemical science with biology, solid state chemistry, bioelectronics, environmental sciences, and development of environmentally benign synthetic methods using microwaves. Lately, he is involved in the greener synthesis of nanomaterials and nanocomposites and their applications in nanocatalysis (magnetically retrievable nanocatalysts). His long-term goals are to contribute broad expertise to organic chemistry to evaluate novel and safer environmental protocols in industrial chemistry and its impact on human health and environmental sciences.

Biography Updated on 25 December 2014

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