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Dr. Sunil Bhand, Ph.D.


Senior Professor, Chemistry
Ex-Dean (Institute wide) Sponsored Research and Consultancy  

Office : + 91 832 2580 332 (O) 721 (R)

Personal contact Details

Chamber No. C-210







 Holkar Science College (DAVV) Indore



 Physical Chemistry

 School of Chemistry, D.A.V.V.  Indore (first position in Merit)



 Phys. Chem. Math.

 Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (D.A.V.V.) Indore


Research Experience

Visiting Scientist

 June 2016

Acromed Invest AB Lund Sweden

Visiting Scientist

 June 2013

FBS,University of Leeds  U.K.

Visiting Scientist

 Jul-Aug  2011

Acromed Invest AB, Lund, Sweden

Visiting Scientist

2003, 2004,
2005, 2007, 2009

Lund University, Sweden

Post-Doctoral Associate

Jan. 2001 - Dec. 2002

Lund University, Sweden

Visiting scientist

1997 - 1999

RRCAT, DAE Indore           


Teaching Experience


Senior Professor

June 2021- till date
BITS, Pilani-K.K. Birla Goa Campus


Feb. 2013 -May 2021

BITS, Pilani-K.K. Birla Goa Campus

Associate Professor

June 2010 -  Feb. 2013

BITS, Pilani-K.K. Birla Goa Campus

Asst. Professor

June 2005 - May 2010

BITS, Pilani-K.K. Birla Goa Campus


Dec. 2002 - June 2005

BITS, Pilani-Pilani Campus


Jan 2000 - Dec. 2000

Medi-Caps Institute of Technology & Mgt, Indore


Administrative Experience at BITS, Pilani

Dean (Institute wide) Pilani, Goa, Hyderabad and Dubai
Sponsored Research & Consultancy

 Jun 2014 -May 2022    

Associate Dean Sponsored Research & Consulting

Jan 2014 -June 2018

Board of Director (Technical ) BITS BIRAC BioNEST Incubator supported by BIRAC

2017- till date

Head of the Department, Department of Chemistry

 2009 - Nov.2013

Group Leader, Chemistry

 2006 - 2009

Convener, Departmental Research Committee (DRC)

 2010-Jan. 2014

Convener, Additional Competitive Grants for new faculty

 2014- 2020

Member of Research Board

 2012 -till date

Chairman, Department Level Shortlisting Committee for faculty recruitment

 2013 - 2018

Task Force leader -Research and Consultancy
(under Vision 2020 Mission 2012) (Consultancy & Marketing)


 BITS Goa Innovation Incubation and Entreprenurship Society BGIIES (Vice president)
 2020- till date
 Member Examination Committee  (Institute level)
 2015- till date
Team Leader (Research), Project Lakshya
 2018-till date

 Project Director-BITS BioCyTiH Foundation, A Technology Innovation Hub under Bio-Cyber Physical Systems funded by NMICPS DST GOI (Sec 8 Company)

 March 2021 - 2024

Co-ordinator,  ABG sponsored Industry projects



Honors and Awards

  • Prof. Sunil Bhand has been presented “Joseph Wang Award 2015”, by Cognizure publishing in recognition of his research excellence in the area of Analytical Chemistry.
  • Best research paper award (USD600) from International Society for Trace Element Biogeochemistry ISTEB, at 7th International Conference on Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements Uppsala University Sweden 2003 & Conference scholarship for early career scientists USD1000 at 7th ICOBTE Uppsala Sweden 2003.
  • Recipient of Dr. U.V. Rao memorial Young Scientist award in Analytical & Environmental Chemistry, by Indian Chemical Society 1999. 
  • Received certificate of appreciation from ICAR, Govt. of India at “National Meet on Technology Innovation in Agriculture” New  Delhi, 2009
  • Received certificate of appreciation from American Chemical Society ACS USA as a reviewer for ACS Journals 2012.
  • Secured first position in University Merit for M.Sc. Physical Chemistry 1990, DAVV Indore.
  • Invited key note speaker “Bio-MEMS” at the 1st  Indo-German Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, organized by Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Germany & DST India. IIT Madras Nov. 2009.
  • Invited expert at South Asia Higher Education Summit “SAHEd” organized by Hollings Centre for International Dialogue (US Dept. of State), Istanbul Turkey March 2019.
  • Vice Chancellor’s nominee at the First Indo-French Summit 2018 N Delhi.
  • Co-Chairman at International Conference Emerging Technology Micro to Nano 2013.
  • Co-Chairman, the 8th IAEAC sponsored workshop on biosensors at BITS Goa 2007.
  • Convener, Indo-Swedish Workshop on Biosensors at BITS Goa 2006.
  • Core organizing committee and convener Exhibition committee NMD-ATM 2017.

Expert Appointments

  • Project Director, BITS BioCyTiH Foundation (a sec 8 company) 2021-2024
  • Expert in Biosensor for Indo-Russian, Bilateral Program (2014-16), Department of Biotechnology, Govt of India N. Delhi India
  • Appointed expert by French Embassy N Delhi for Red Biotechnology program.
  • Appointed expert (2019 and 2020) by Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF), Switzerland
  • Appointed expert by INNOVATE UK, EPSRC for grants proposal evaluation
  •  Appointed expert by BIRAC & National Bio-Pharma Mission N Delhi.
  • Appointed Expert member Research Advisory Committee CIPHET ICAR, Ludhiana 2020-2023
  • Appointed expert by ICAR & The World Bank USA for NAIP proposal evaluation.
  • Appointed expert by PATH, India
  • Appointed Member IP Committee for Goa State Innovation Council 2019-2021
  • Appointed Vice President, BITS Goa Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship Society 2020-2025
  • Appointed Technical Director, BITS BIRAC BioNEST a Bio-incubator funded by BIRAC (2017- till date)
  • Honorary Founding Secretary (elect), Indian Institute of Metals (IIM) Goa Chapter 2017
  •  Past Chairman (elect), Indian Institute of Metals, Goa Chapter 2018-2019
  •  Appointed Senior Editor for the journal "Science Advances Today".
  • Faculty opponent at the Department of Science and Technology, Linköping University Sweden, Dissertation No. 1376 Sept 02, 2011.
  • Appointed member of the editorial board for the journal “Chemical Sensors” 2011.
  • Associate Editor (Special Issue, Nanoimmunosensor for the journal Sensors, MDPI 2020.

As expert -faculty selection committee

·        Goa Public Service Commission

·        Goa University

·        BARC Mumbai

  • Prof. Bhand is currently leading biosensor group with 06 researchers. He has Published 65 research papers, 5 International Invited Book Chapters and is inventor in 13 patent applications. He had presented 50+ research papers in national and international conferences.

Evaluation of PhD Thesis

Linköping University Sweden, IIT Roorkee, IIT Bombay, University of Mumbai, University of Calcutta, NIT Durgapur, Shivaji University Kolhapur, MGM University Mumbai, Punjabi University Patiala, VIT Vellore.

  • Received funding for 17 National and International sponsored projects from CSIR, DRDO, ICAR and The World Bank and the Swedish Research Council, Sweden and Indo-UK (UKIERI-DST as Co-PI), MHRD SPARC, ICMR etc. 

  •  Collaborators: Lund University Sweden, , Linköping University Sweden, University of Perpignan France, University of Leeds UK, CNR Rome, Italy, IIT Delhi, IIT Roorkee, NDRI Karnal, BARC, Mumbai, RRCAT, Indore, CDAC, Kolkata, TRA Jorhat, MGM University Mumbai, CIPHET, ICAR Ludhiana etc.
  • Member of International Association of Environmental Analytical Chemistry IAEAC, Switzerland, Member American Association for Advancement of Science AAAS (since 2012-2018), Affiliate Member IUPAC, Life member (i) Biosensor Society of India (ii) Indian Laser association (iii) Indian Institute of Metals (iv) Association of Environmental Analytical Chemistry of India.

  • Participated in international conferences (Edmonton, Canada 1995, Hamburg, Germany 1995, Uppsala, Sweden 2003, Grenoble France 2003, Berlin, Germany 2004, Kusadasi Turkey, 2006, Bristol UK 2009, Glasgow UK 2010, Strasbourg France 2011, Cancun Mexico 2012, Melbourne Australia 2014,Gothenberg Sweden 2016) Rome Italy 2017, Philadelphia USA 2019 and Istanbul Turkey 2019).

  • Reviewer for scientific journals: Biosensors and Bioelectronics (Elsevier). J. Agri Food and Chemistry (ACS, USA), Anal.Chim Acta. (Elsevier), Analytical Methods (RSC), Biochemical Engg. Journal, Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology(Springer), Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry (Springer), IEEE Sensors etc. 

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