Pushkar Ghanekar

Graduate Research Assistant

Advised by Professor Jeffrey Greeley

Professional Networks



Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, B.E. Chemical Engineering (2012 - 2016)
Purdue University, Ph.D. Chemical Engineering (2016 – Present)


  • Black & Veatch, Process Engineering Intern (2015)
  • Abihinandan Rasayan, Research & Development Intern (2014)
  • Institute of Chemical Technology, Design and Technical Head (2014)
  • Hetero Drugs, Research & Development intern (2013)


  • Ratan Tata Scholarship (awarded consecutively from 2013 to 2016)
  • Scholarship for Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) (2012)

Project Description

Overall aim of my research is to predict binding geometries, reaction barriers and novel catalytic systems using ab-initio (from first principles) quantum mechanical techniques like Density functional theory. Currently I am using these techniques to model reaction pathways and understanding the role of metal/metal-oxide interfaces in enhancing industry relevant reactions like Water Gas Shift and Methanol synthesis at molecular level.