Professor Vidya Avasare is a professor in the Department of Chemistry at Ashoka University.
She has completed MSc in Organic Chemistry from the Department of Chemistry Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) and a Ph.D. in Organometallics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. She is faculty of organic chemistry (since 1998) and head of the Department of Chemistry, SP College (2017-till date). She was VC nominated Board of Studies member of SPPU from 2017-2022. During her tenure as a BOS member, she has enormously contributed to advancing PG organic chemistry courses and has also designed new courses Ex. Applied Organic Chemistry,
She is a very popular teacher of organic chemistry at the UG and PG levels. She is also a recognized Ph.D. guide of SPPU and guides Ph.D. students and MSc students to pursue chemistry research. In 2021, she has received a prestigious national teacher award from Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi.
Apart from teaching, she is actively involved in research. She is working in catalysis, synthesis, and computational catalysis. Her main interest is to develop sustainable technologies by utilizing her knowledge of synthesis and computational chemistry. She is working on developing methodologies to synthesize small organic molecules using homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts. She has also been working on earth-abundant transition metal-catalyzed carbon dioxide sequestration, dinitrogen activation, and hydrogen production from organic compounds particularly alcohols using synthetic, computational, and machine-learning strategies.
She has published high-quality research papers in internationally reputed journals. She has four cover pages to her credits in ACS Journals like the Journal of Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, etc. She has delivered several invited talks at national and international conferences. She is also actively working with industry partners. She has received funding from various funding agencies like CSIR, UGC, and DST-SERB.
She has been doing outreach activities to encourage students to pursue careers in chemistry.