Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: MS in Chemical Science, Central University, Pondicherry; PhD Indian Institute of Science
Durga was born in Andhra Pradesh, India, in 1985. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Andhra University in 2005 and received his Master’s in chemical sciences from Central University, Pondicherry, in 2009. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in chemical crystallography with Professor T. N. Guru Row at the Indian Institute of Science with support from a Council of Scientific and Industrial Research- Junior Research Fellowship/ Senior Research Fellowship. He worked on syntheses of anthrpyrazolones and their potential use in chemical and biological applications. Durga was a visiting researcher with Philip Coppens at the University of Buffalo and with Robert E. Dinnebier at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart. His research focuses on the development of organic-based smart materials, organic solid-state chemistry, and photocrystallography.