Alumnus Sib Sankar Mal returns to Constructor University as Humboldt Fellow
Sib Sankar Mal
Professor Sib Sankar Mal is back at Constructor University to join forces with his former PhD supervisor, Prof. Ulrich Kortz. (source: Constructor University)

In 2008 he celebrated his doctoral degree at the private university in Bremen, today he is a professor at the National Institute of Technology Karnataka in India: Sib Sankar Mal. This June and July, he will be back at Constructor University as part of his Humboldt Fellowship membership, conducting research together with his former PhD supervisor, Professor Ulrich Kortz.

When asked what has changed since his last stay in Bremen, Sib Sankar Mal, known as Sibu, quickly had an answer: "Nothing - except for the people." He even recognizes his handwriting on the pane between the lab and the office: "In 2005, we wrote important words and phrases here in our native languages and taught them to each other. It's nice to see that this tradition has continued."

The contact to Bremen has never been broken: over the years, Sibu and Prof. Kortz have published 32 joint publications and so it was natural that Kortz offered him a place for his Humboldt stay. Sibu became a Humboldtian in 2011 when he went to the University of Hamburg as a postdoc; he took up another research stay in Germany in Dresden in 2017.

As a PhD student, Sibu, now Professor of Chemistry, worked on polyoxometalate chemistry (anionic metal-oxo clusters, synthesis, structure and physicochemical properties), and during his time as a postdoc in Hamburg, he worked on the design, synthesis and characterization of new redox-active ionic liquids containing complex ions of transition metals. Although he now primarily teaches at NITK, research continues to be an important part of his work. "Research never ends and is full of surprises, which is what I like about it," Sibu said.

Together with Uli Kortz, he is currently working on a new project to convert plastics into renewable energy using polyoxometalate-based smart catalysis. "It is great to see Sibu working in our labs again. His expertise makes a valuable contribution to the advancement of our field and I look forward to more joint projects and papers with him," said Kortz.



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