Founder Member: 

Dr. Nilesh Ingale (PhD Physics, M.Phil,  M.Sc. Physics, SET) 

Citations – 19
h-index – 3
i10-index – 0

Main Research Areas: 


Nilesh Ingale received the master degree in Physics from the School of Physical Sciences, Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University, Nanded, India in 2012 and Ph.D. from the University of Mumbai in 2022. His work involves gas molecule adsorption on organometallic complexes using ab initio and DFT methods. He is the recipient of UGC New Delhi India RGNF fellowship.



Research Description:

Gas Sensing Study Using Density Functional Theory (DFT)

Gas sensing technology is a vital field that has a wide range of applications in environmental monitoring, food processing, and healthcare. Metal oxide nanoparticles have been widely used as sensing materials due to their high sensitivity and selectivity to different gases. In this study, we propose to use Density Functional Theory (DFT) to investigate the gas sensing properties of metal oxide nanoparticles, specifically ZnO, SnO2, and CuO, for detecting various gases such as NO2, CO, and NH3.

The aim of this study is to perform a comparative analysis of the sensing performance of the different metal oxide nanoparticles and determine the factors that affect their sensitivity and selectivity to different gases. We will investigate the adsorption energies, band structures, and density of states (DOS) of the metal oxide nanoparticles and their interaction with the different gases. The effect of particle size, morphology, and doping on the sensing properties will also be studied.

The research findings will provide valuable insights into the fundamental mechanisms underlying gas sensing and contribute to the development of novel gas sensors with improved sensitivity and selectivity. The results of this study can also be used to optimize the design and fabrication of metal oxide-based gas sensors for various industrial applications.


Teaching Statement:

As a physics educator, my primary goal is to inspire and cultivate a love for physics in my students, while also equipping them with the critical thinking and problem-solving skills necessary for success in the field. I believe that active learning is essential for a deep understanding of physics concepts, and I strive to create an interactive and engaging classroom environment that encourages students to ask questions and explore ideas. I use a variety of teaching methods, including lectures, demonstrations, group work, and hands-on experiments, to cater to different learning styles and enhance the learning experience.

In my classroom, I emphasize the importance of developing problem-solving skills through practice and feedback. I provide my students with a range of challenging problems that not only test their knowledge but also encourage them to think creatively and apply concepts to real-world situations. Additionally, I provide constructive feedback and support to help my students identify and correct errors in their approach to problem-solving. I also believe that it is essential to promote diversity and inclusivity in the classroom. Physics is a field that historically has had limited representation from women and underrepresented groups, and it is my responsibility to create an environment where all students feel valued and supported. I strive to use inclusive language, diverse examples, and encourage active participation from all students, regardless of their background or identity.

Finally, I believe that teaching physics extends beyond the classroom and that it is crucial to provide students with opportunities to apply their knowledge and skills in real-world settings. I encourage my students to participate in research projects, internships, and outreach programs, where they can collaborate with other physicists and apply their skills to solve challenging problems.

In summary, my teaching philosophy is centered on creating an inclusive and interactive learning environment that fosters critical thinking and problem-solving skills while inspiring a love for physics.

Selected Publications:

  1. Hazardous molecules and VOCs sensing properties of Ti functionalized benzene: An ab initio study (N Ingale, P Tavhare, A Chaudhari, 2022, Sensors and Actuators A Physical, 342, 113657)   Published
  2. Titanium-benzene complex as a molecular oxide adsorbent: a first principles approach (N Ingale, P Tavhare, M Solimannejad, A Chaudhari, 2021, Journal of Molecular Modeling, 27 (9), 1-12)  Published
  3. Volatile organic compounds sensing by Li/Ti doped ethylene complex (N Ingale, R Konda, A Chaudhari, 2020, Adsorption, 26 (1), 103-115)  Published
  4. Metal-doped ethylene complexes for hazardous gas molecule sensing (N Ingale, R Konda, A Chaudhari, 2019, Structural Chemistry, 30 (3), 1057-1066)  Published
  5. Gas sensing properties of organotitanium complex from first principles calculations and molecular dynamics simulations (N Ingale, R Konda, A Chaudhari, 2018, Chemical Physics Letters, 706, 247-254)  Published
  6. Organolithium complex as a gas sensing material for oxides from ab initio calculations and molecular dynamics simulations (N Ingale, R Konda, A Chaudhari, 2018, International Journal of Quantum Chemistry, 118 (15), e25623)  Published
  7. Tetrahedral silsesquioxane-C2H2Ti complex for hydrogen storage (R Konda, P Tavhare, N Ingale, A Chaudhari, 2018, AIP Conference Proceedings, 1942 (1), 140011)  Published
  8. Spectroscopic analysis of sulphur dioxide adsorbed C2H4Ti complex: A first principles study (N Ingale, A Chaudhari, 2018, Indian Journal of Pure & Applied Physics, 56, 331-334)  Published


Last Updated on March 22, 2023 by Sonkamble Satish