Dr. Sankarprasad Bhuniya currently serves as Research Professor at Amrita Center for Industrial Research & Innovation and Amrita Center for Excellence in Advanced Materials and Green Technologies. He is also a Professor at the department of Chemical Engineering, Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore.

Dr. Sankarprasad Bhuniya did M. Sc. in Chemistry (1995) and Ph. D. (Polymer) from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 2000.

He worked in Korea Basic Science Institute, Ochang, South Korea (2013-2014) prior to join in Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. He did postdoctoral research in Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH, 2003—2006), South Korea. He worked in the field of nucleic acid chemistry and supramolecular hydrogel. After spending short-time ( July-Dec. 2006) research at BCPS Department in Illinois institute of Technology, USA retuned to India and joined as Senior Scientist to GVK Bioscience private limited (2007-2009). Latter he moved to Korea and joined as Research Professor to Korea University (2009- 2013). He has major research expertise in the field of theranostic drug delivery system for cancer therapy; biomaterials for bioimaging using fluorogenic and MRI modalities. He has published 34 research articles in peer reviewed international journal in chemistry & biomaterials with average impact factor 6.00; Scopus citation index 995 & h- index 17 and 3 patent publications.


July 2000 Doctoral Degree IIT Kharagpur, India
July 1995 Postgraduate Degree IIT Kharagpur, India
May 1993 Undergraduate Degree Calcutta University, WB, India


Oct 2014 – Present Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
Feb. 2013-Sept 2014 Division of MR Research,  Korea Basic Science Institute, S. Korea
Aug. 2009-Jan. 2013 Department of Chemistry, Korea University, S. Korea
Jan. 2007-Jul. 2009 GVK Biosciences Pvt. Ltd. India
Jul. 2006-Dec. 2006 IIT, Chicago, USA
Aug. 2003-Mar. 2006 POSTECH, S. Korea
Sept. 2001-Jul. 2003 ATIRA, Ahmedabad
Aug. 2000-Jul. 2001 Universal Agrochem. Industries, Kolkata, India


Research Interest

  • Theranostic prodrugs: The advances in genomics, proteomics, and bioinformatics have directed to develop new type of healthcare system to reduce the drug abuse, safety and precise treatment. In search of innovative product for health care, the term, “theranostic” gained interest in clinical science. It is an appealing formulation in combination of diagnosis and therapy to improve the biodistribution and systematic administration of therapeutic in the target place. Importantly, it could be provided clear-cut solution for long time pending diseases, namely, genetic diseases and oncogenic diseases. Present needs motivated us to develop “theranostic” as future of personalized healthcare.  
  • Molecular Sensor (Chemo-sensors & bio-sensors): To understand the chemical transformation at the molecular level in the cellular milieus is challenging and it motivates the chemist to search new way to learn the biological system. Thus bio-inspired emerging strategy for fluorescent based bio-imaging is to sort and identify the species of interest within this complex microenvironment by exploiting differences in molecular reactivity.
  • MRI Contrast Agent: Magnetic resonance imaging is widely used as clinical imaging tools which provide noninvasive three dimensional spatial images of hard and soft tissues as well. Clinically, one third cases gadolinium based contrast agents are used to enhance image contrast. Presently contrast agents are incapable to provide brighter images under higher magnetic field scanner as because of high tumbling motion, mono hydration number of gadolinium complex. Additionally, the conventional MRI contrast agents are incapable to give meaningful information on various metabolic irregularities which are being associated with various diseases etc. Thus, challenge has been focused to develop gadolinium/manganese based T1 MR Contrast agent which can provide information / interrogate on metabolic process.


Publication Type: Journal Article
Year of Publication Publication Type Title
2016 Journal Article K. Y. Yasoda, Bobba, K. N., Nedungadi, D., Dutta, D., Kumar, M. S., Kothurkar, Nd, Mishra, N., and Bhuniya, S., “GSH-responsive biotinylated poly(vinyl alcohol)-grafted GO as a nanocarrier for targeted delivery of camptothecin”, RSC Advances, vol. 6, pp. 62385-62389, 2016.[Abstract]

A water-soluble and biocompatible polymer, i.e. biotinylated poly(vinyl alcohol)-grafted graphene oxide (GO), was used as a nanocarrier for targeted delivery of anticancer drug camptothecin (CPT). The extent of CPT release in the presence of glutathione (GSH) from GO-biotinPVA-CPT was monitored by the increase in the fluorescence intensity, at λmax = 450 nm. The cell-specific (HeLa) antiproliferative activity of GO-biotinPVA-CPT makes it suitable to be used for targeted delivery of chemotherapeutics to cancerous cells. More »»
2015 Journal Article J. Hong Lee, Jang, J. Hee, Velusamy, N., Jung, H. Sung, Bhuniya, S., and Kim, J. Seung, “An intramolecular crossed-benzoin reaction based KCN fluorescent probe in aqueous and biological environments”, Chemical Communications, vol. 51, pp. 7709–7712, 2015.
2015 Journal Article R. Kumar, Shin, W. Sup, Sunwoo, K., Kim, W. Young, Koo, S., Bhuniya, S., and Kim, J. Seung, “Small conjugate-based theranostic agents: an encouraging approach for cancer therapy”, Chemical Society Reviews, vol. 44, pp. 6670–6683, 2015.[Abstract]

The advances in genomics, proteomics, and bioinformatics have directed the development of new anticancer agents to reduce drug abuse and increase safe and specific drug treatment. Theranostics, combining therapy and diagnosis, is an appealing approach for chemotherapy in medicine which exhibits improved biodistribution, selective cancer targeting ability, reduced toxicity, masked drug efficacy, and minimum side effects. The role of diagnosis tools in theranostics is to collect the information of the diseased state before and after specific treatment. Magnetic particle-, mesoporous silica-, various carbon allotrope-, and polymer nanoparticle-based theranostic systems are well accepted and clinically significant. Currently, small conjugate-based systems have received much attention for cancer treatment and diagnosis. The structural architecture of these systems is relatively simple, compact, biocompatible, and unidirectional. In this tutorial review, we summarize the latest developments on small conjugate based theranostic agents for tumor treatment and diagnosis using fluorescence and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2015. More »»
2015 Journal Article K. N. Bobba, Zhou, Y., Guo, L. E., Zang, T. N., Zhang, J. F., and Bhuniya, S., “Resorufin based fluorescent “turn-on” chemodosimeter for nitrosyl (HNO)”, RSC Advances - An international journal to further the chemical sciences, 2015.[Abstract]

A cellular responsive, highly selective fluorogenic and chromogenic chemodosimeter probe for HNO is developed. This new probe showed ∼30 fold fluorescence enhancement in the presence of HNO and is sensitive to HNO at concentrations as low as 0.02 μM. Further, it is capable of detecting HNO levels in cellular milieus as well as in live specimens e.g. C. elegans.

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2014 Journal Article S. Bhuniya, Maiti, S., Kim, E. - J., Lee, H., Sessler, J. L., Hong, K. Soo, and Kim, J. Seung, “An activatable theranostic for targeted cancer therapy and imaging”, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, vol. 53, pp. 4469–4474, 2014.[Abstract]

A new theranostic strategy is described. It is based on the use of an “all in one” prodrug, namely the biotinylated piperazine-rhodol conjugate 4 a. This conjugate, which incorporates the anticancer drug SN-38, undergoes self-immolative cleavage when exposed to biological thiols. This leads to the tumor-targeted release of the active SN-38 payload along with fluorophore 1 a. This release is made selective as the result of the biotin functionality. Fluorophore 1 a is 32-fold more fluorescent than prodrug 4 a. It permits the delivery and release of the SN-38 payload to be monitored easily in vitro and in vivo, as inferred from cell studies and ex vivo analyses of mice xenografts derived from HeLa cells, respectively. Prodrug 4 a also displays anticancer activity in the HeLa cell murine xenograft tumor model. On the basis of these findings we suggest that the present strategy, which combines within a single agent the key functions of targeting, release, imaging, and treatment, may have a role to play in cancer diagnosis and therapy.

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2013 Journal Article J. Hee Jang, Bhuniya, S., Kang, J., Yeom, A., Hong, K. Soo, and Kim, J. Seung, “Cu2+-Responsive Bimodal (Optical/MRI) Contrast Agent for Cellular Imaging”, Organic Letters, vol. 15, pp. 4702-4705, 2013.[Abstract]

<p>A water-soluble T1 magnetic resonance imaging contrast agent (1) has been synthesized. The bimodal contrast agent 1 responds to the Cu2+ ion in living cells by enhancing the MRI modality signal whereas the optical signal gradually drops. This dual modality probe response depends on the cellular free copper ions in RAW 264.7 cells even at the micromolar level.</p>

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2013 Journal Article S. Bhuniya, Lee, M. Hee, Jeon, H. Mi, Han, J. Hye, Lee, J. Hong, Park, N., Maiti, S., Kang, C., and Kim, J. Seung, “A fluorescence off-on reporter for real time monitoring of gemcitabine delivery to the cancer cells”, Chemical Communications, vol. 49, pp. 7141-7143, 2013.[Abstract]

We present the design{,} synthesis{,} optical properties and in vitro biological assessments of the theranostic prodrug 6 in which a near IR fluorophore is conjugated with a cancer cell-directing biotin unit; further it is linked with the anti-cancer drug gemcitabine via a self-immolative spacer{,} a disulfide bond. The prodrug 6 is able to monitor drug delivery and cellular imaging.

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2013 Journal Article S. Maiti, Park, N., Han, J. Hye, Jeon, H. Mi, Lee, J. Hong, Bhuniya, S., Kang, C., and Kim, J. Seung, “Gemcitabine–coumarin–biotin conjugates: a target specific theranostic anticancer prodrug”, Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 135, pp. 4567–4572, 2013.
2012 Journal Article M. Hee Lee, Kim, J. Young, Han, J. Hye, Bhuniya, S., Sessler, J. L., Kang, C., and Kim, J. Seung, “Direct fluorescence monitoring of the delivery and cellular uptake of a cancer-targeted RGD peptide-appended naphthalimide theragnostic prodrug”, Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 134, pp. 12668–12674, 2012.
2012 Journal Article P. Junwon, Jung, J. H., Hyunseung, L., Young-Woock, N., Taik, L. Yong, Hong, K. S., Kim, J. S., and Bhuniya, S., “DTTA-Ligated uridine-quantum dot (QD) conjugate as a bimodal contrast agent for cellular imaging”, Chemical Communications, vol. 48, pp. 3218-3220, 2012.[Abstract]

A uridine-quantum dot conjugate, a contrast agent for multimodal imaging, was synthesized. Its T(1) relaxivity was 655 and 571.2 mM(-1) s(-1) per particle at 36 °C in phosphate buffered saline at 60 and 200 MHz, respectively. In vitro multimodal images confirmed its uptake by RAW 264.7 cells.

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2012 Journal Article M. H. Lee, Han, J. H., Kwon, P. - S., Bhuniya, S., Kim, J. Y., Sessler, J., Khang, C., and Kim, J. S., “A hepatocyte targeting single galactose-appended naphthalimide: A tool for intracellular thiol imaging in vivo”, Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 134, pp. 1316-1322, 2012.
2011 Journal Article S. Bhuniya, Moon, H., Lee, H., Hong, K. Soo, Lee, S., Yu, D. - Y., and Kim, J. Seung, “Uridine-based paramagnetic supramolecular nanoaggregate with high relaxivity capable of detecting primitive liver tumor lesions”, Biomaterials, vol. 32, pp. 6533–6540, 2011.
2011 Journal Article S. Lee, Lee, J. Hong, Pradhan, T., Lim, C. Su, Cho, B. Rae, Bhuniya, S., Kim, S., and Kim, J. Seung, “Fluorescent turn-on Zn2+ sensing in aqueous and cellular media”, Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, vol. 160, pp. 1489 - 1493, 2011.[Abstract]

A naphthalimide-based water soluble Zn2+ sensor bearing polyamino carboxylate as a metal chelating moiety was synthesized and its application for the selective detection of Zn2+ ion in 100% aqueous solution is demonstrated. The newly developed fluorescent sensor exhibits selective binding affinity towards Zn2+ and pH insensitivity in biologically relevant range. Confocal fluorescent microscopy images indicate that this probe works effectively for intracellular Zn2+ imaging with high cell permeability.

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2011 Journal Article J. Feng Zhang, Lim, C. Su, Bhuniya, S., Cho, B. Rae, and Kim, J. Seung, “A Highly Selective Colorimetric and Ratiometric Two-Photon Fluorescent Probe for Fluoride Ion Detection”, Organic Letters, vol. 13, pp. 1190-1193, 2011.[Abstract]

A naphthalimide-based highly selective colorimetric and ratiometric fluorescent probe for the fluoride ion displayed both one- and two-photon ratiometric changes. Upon reaction with the F− (TBA+ and Na+ salts) anion in CH3CN as well as in aqueous buffer solution, probe 1 shows dramatic color changes from colorless to jade-green and remarkable ratiometric fluorescence enhancements signals. These properties are mechanistically ascribed to a fluoride-triggered Si−O bond cleavage that resulted in a green fluorescent 4-amino-1,8-naphthalimide.

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2010 Journal Article W. Xiu Ren, Bhuniya, S., Zhang, J. Feng, Lee, Y. Hoon, Lee, S. Joong, and Kim, J. Seung, “A new fluorogenic chemodosimetric system for mercury ion recognition”, Tetrahedron Letters, vol. 51, pp. 5784 - 5786, 2010.[Abstract]

A new probe system for fluorogenic sensing of mercury ions has been designed and synthesized. It is the first intermolecular reaction-based fluorogenic chemodosimetric probe system for Hg(II) ion recognition. High and low concentrations of mercury ions gave different fluorescence responses that could easily be distinguished by the naked eye. This unique system allows detection of the concentration and presence of the mercury ion.

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2010 Journal Article H. Sung Jung, Ko, K. Chul, Lee, J. Hong, Kim, S. Hoon, Bhuniya, S., Lee, J. Yong, Kim, Y., Kim, S. Jin, and Kim, J. Seung, “Rationally Designed Fluorescence Turn-On Sensors: A New Design Strategy Based on Orbital Control”, Inorganic Chemistry, vol. 49, pp. 8552-8557, 2010.[Abstract]

Herein, we explore a new strategy in the chemo-sensor field for fluorescence amplification upon binding with metal ions based on controlled participation of the nitrogen lone pair orbital. The basic architecture of the sensor entails a fluorophore, the sp2 hybridized nitrogen lone pair (-C═N-), and a chelator site referred to as the control part. Though nonplanar and nonfluorescent, compound IC1 achieved pseudo planarity from binding with Zn2+ as indicated by the increased fluorescence signal. Its other analogue (IC2) is also planar, and unlike IC1-Zn2+ was fluorescent with a lack of binding affinity to metal ions. The time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) calculations revealed that the fluorescence amplification was due to the blocking of the nitrogen lone pair orbital; unlikely geometrical rearrangements were insignificant. This could indicate a breakthrough concept in the future design of fluorescent turn-on sensors.

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2010 Journal Article J. Feng Zhang, Bhuniya, S., Lee, Y. Hoon, Bae, C., Lee, J. Hae, and Kim, J. Seung, “Novel 2,2′-bipyridine-modified calix[4]arenes: ratiometric fluorescent chemosensors for Zn2+ ion”, Tetrahedron Letters, vol. 51, pp. 3719 - 3723, 2010.[Abstract]

Two calix[4]arene derivatives with modified bipyridine as binding sites have been designed and synthesized. Compounds 1 and 2 are the first 2,2′-bipyridine-modified calix[4]arene-based sensors that can detect Zn2+ selectively with respect to ratiometric fluorescent changes and red shift. A binuclear complex structure has been demonstrated in the binding modes of 1-Zn2+ and 2-Zn2+ complexes.

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2009 Journal Article H. Jung Kim, Bhuniya, S., Mahajan, R. Kumar, Puri, iv, R., Liu, H., Ko, K. Chul, Lee, J. Yong, and Kim, J. Seung, “Fluorescence turn-on sensors for HSO4-”, Chem. Commun., pp. 7128-7130, 2009.[Abstract]

A coumarin-based derivative (1){,} a highly selective and sensitive turn-on fluorogenic probe for the detection of HSO4- ions in aqueous solution{,} has been designed and synthesized. Various spectroscopic and DFT calculations revealed that H-bonding between the phenolic -OH and imine nitrogen of 1 played a crucial role in its high selectivity for HSO4-.

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2008 Journal Article Y. Jun Seo, Bhuniya, S., Yi, J. Wu, and Kim, B. Hyean, “A co-assembled probing system using the homoadenine self duplex signal”, Tetrahedron Letters, vol. 49, pp. 2701 - 2703, 2008.[Abstract]

A co-assembly system consisting of fluorescent oligodeoxynucleotide (ODN) and biotin has been developed to recognize streptavidin, and it shows a fluorescent discrimination between blue and red signals through recognizing streptavidin.

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2007 Journal Article H. - S. Chong, Mhaske, S., Lin, M., Bhuniya, S., Song, H. A., Brechbiel, M. W., and Sun, X., “Novel synthetic ligands for targeted \{PET\} imaging and radiotherapy of copper”, Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters, vol. 17, pp. 6107 - 6110, 2007.[Abstract]

Novel ligands, NBEA, NBPA, NETA, NE3TA, and NE3TA–Bn, were synthesized and evaluated as potential chelators of copper radioisotopes for use in targeted positron emission tomography (PET) imaging or radiation therapy. The new ligands were radiolabeled with 64Cu, and in vitro stability of the radiolabeled complexes was assessed in rat serum. Serum stability results suggest that among the ligands tested, NETA, NE3TA, and NE3TA–Bn form stable complexes with 64Cu.

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2007 Journal Article Y. J. Seo, Tapadar, S., Jeong, W. Y., Kim, B. H., and Bhuniya, S., “Bulletin of the Korean Chemical Society”, 2007.
2007 Journal Article Y. Jun Seo, Bhuniya, S., and Kim, B. Hyean, “Reversible sol-gel signaling system with epMB for the study of enzyme- and pH-triggered oligonucleotide release from a biotin hydrogel”, Chem. Commun., pp. 1804-1806, 2007.[Abstract]

The biotin-based low molecular weight hydrogel (G1) is able to entrap the epMB and as a consequence{,} the color of the epMB changes from green to blue; the color change depends on the state of the gelator{,} i.e. upon proceeding from sol to gel and vice versa.

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2006 Journal Article S. Bhuniya, Seo, Y. Jun, and Kim, B. Hyean, “(S)-(+)-Ibuprofen-based hydrogelators: an approach toward anti-inflammatory drug delivery”, Tetrahedron Letters, vol. 47, pp. 7153 - 7156, 2006.[Abstract]

We have synthesized (S)-(+)-ibuprofen-based hydrogelators that feature dipeptide linkages. In aqueous media, one of these hydrogelators formed robust gels that were stable for several months. Enzyme-mediated hydrolysis offers a route toward the sustained release of this anti-inflammatory agent.

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2006 Journal Article S. Bhuniya and Kim, B. Hyean, “An insulin-sensing sugar-based fluorescent hydrogel”, Chem. Commun., pp. 1842-1844, 2006.[Abstract]

We have prepared a small library of amphiphiles{,} each comprising a polar carbohydrate head group attached through an N-terminal amino acid to a nonpolar pyrene tail group. One of these derivatives is sensitive to the presence of insulin in aqueous media.

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2005 Journal Article S. Bhuniya, Park, S. Min, and Kim*, andByeang Hye, “Biotin−Amino Acid Conjugates:  An Approach Toward Self-Assembled Hydrogelation”, Organic Letters, vol. 7, pp. 1741-1744, 2005.[Abstract]

Amino acid-appended biotin hydrogelators are a new class of low-molecular-weight gelators that display remarkable gelation properties in aqueous media, including buffer solutions with variable pH.

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2003 Journal Article S. Bhuniya, Rahman, S., Satyananda, A. J., Gharia, M. M., and Dave, A. M., “A novel route to synthesize allyl starch and synthesis of biodegradable hydrogel by co-polymerizing allyl modified starch with methacrylic Acid and acrylamide”, Journal of Polymer Science, 2003.
2003 Journal Article S. Bhuniya and Adhikari, B., “Toughening of epoxy resins by hydroxy-terminated, silicon-modified polyurethane oligomers”, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, vol. 90, pp. 1497–1506, 2003.[Abstract]

Epoxy resins are among the most versatile engineering structural materials. A wide variety of epoxy resins are commercially available, but most are brittle. Several approaches have been used to improve the toughness of epoxy resins, including the addition of fillers, rubber particles, thermoplastics, and their hybrids, as well as interpenetrating polymer networks (IPNs) of acrylic, polyurethane, and flexibilizers such as polyols. This last approach has not received much attention; none of them have been able to suitably increase resin toughness with out sacrificing tensile properties. Therefore, in an attempt to fill this gap, we experimented with newly synthesized hydroxy-terminated silicon-modified polyurethane (SiMPU) oligomers as toughening agents for epoxy resins. SiMPU oligomers were synthesized from dimethyl dichlorosilane, poly(ethylene glycol) (weight-average molecular weight ∼ 200), and toluene 2,4-diisocyanate and characterized with IR, 1H-NMR and 13C-NMR, and gel permeation chromatography. The synthesized SiMPU oligomers, with different concentrations, formed IPNs within the epoxy resins (diglycidyl ether of bisphenol A). The resultant IPN products were cured with diaminodiphenyl sulfone, diaminodiphenyl ether, and a Ciba–Geigy hardener under various curing conditions. Various mechanical properties, including the lap-shear, peel, and impact strength, were evaluated. The results showed that 15 phr SiMPU led to better impact strength of epoxy resins than the others without the deterioration of the tensile properties. The impact strength increased continuously and reached a maximum value (five times greater than that of the virgin resin) at a critical modifier concentration (20 phr). The critical stress intensity factor reached 3.0 MPa m1/2 (it was only 0.95 MPa m1/2 for the virgin resin). © 2003 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci 90: 1497–1506, 2003 More »»
2002 Journal Article S. Bhuniya and Maiti, S., “Heterocyclic-based epoxy-terminated structural adhesive. II. Curing, adhesive strength, and thermal stability”, Journal of applied polymer science, vol. 86, pp. 3520–3526, 2002.
2002 Journal Article S. Bhuniya and Maiti, S., “Phosphorus based epoxy terminated structural adhesive 2. Curing, adhesive strength and thermal stability”, European Polymer Journal, vol. 38, pp. 195 - 201, 2002.[Abstract]

The curing behavior of phosphorus based epoxy terminated polymers was studied using diaminodiphenyl ether, diaminodiphenyl sulfone, benzophenone tetracarboxylic dianhydride and the commercial hardener of Ciba-Geigy's two-pack araldite, as curing agent. The adhesive strength of these adhesives was measured by various \{ASTM\} methods like lap-shear, peel, and cohesive tests on metal–metal, wood–wood and wood–metal interfaces. All these results were compared with the synthesized epoxy resins prepared from bisphenol-A and epichlorohydrin having the epoxy equivalent value of 0.519. The thermal stability of both the virgin resin and its cured form was also studied by thermogravimetric analysis. More »»
1998 Journal Article S. Maiti and Bhuniya, S., “Synthesis and characterization of a new epoxy resin”, Journal of Polymer Materials(Netherlands), vol. 15, pp. 335–341, 1998.
1998 Journal Article S. Bhuniya and Maiti, S., “Synthesis and Characterization of New Epoxy Terminated Polymers”, International Journal of Polymeric Materials and Polymeric Biomaterials, vol. 42, pp. 27-37, 1998.[Abstract]

Abstract Synthesis of epoxy terminated adhesive polymers based on a proprietary trifunctional heterocyclic compounds, 4,4′-sulfone diphenol, 4,4′-thiodiphenol and epichlorohydrin was carried out by the solution polymerization process using DMAc as solvent. These polymers were characterized by viscosity measurement, elemental analysis, IR spectroscopy, 1H-NMR and 13C-NMR spectrometry and X-ray diffraction. The polymers were soluble in acetone, DMF, DMAc, HMPA, NMP and DMSO like polar solvent. More »»
Publication Type: Conference Proceedings
Year of Publication Publication Type Title
2014 Conference Proceedings E. J. Kim, Lee, H., Hong, K. S., and Bhuniya, S., “Tumor-specific T1 MR contrast agent for metastatic liver cancer model”, World Molecular Imaging Congress. 2014.
2014 Conference Proceedings J. Kang, Bhuniya, S., Lee, H., and Hong, K. S., “Protein responsive smart MRI T1 contrast agent”, World Molecular Imaging Congress. 2014.
2014 Conference Proceedings S. Bhuniya, Kang, J., Lee, H., and Hong, K. S., “Vicinal –Dithiol-Containing Protein Responsive Smart MRI T1 Contrast Agent”, 44th Meeting of the Korea Magnetic Resonance Society. 2014.
2013 Conference Proceedings S. Bhuniya, Kang, J., Jang, J., S., K. ;J., and Hong, K. S., “Copper ions-induced MRI T1 contrast agent for bimodal imaging of live cell”, The 18th Annual Scientific Meeting of KSMRM (KSMRM 2013). 2013.
2012 Conference Proceedings M. H. Lee, Bhuniya, S., Dongbang, S., Han, J. H., Kwon, P. - S., . Y Kim, J., Sessler, J. L., Kang, C., and Kim, J. S., “Cancer targeted theranostic drug delivery by RGD appended naphthalimide moiety”, 3rd MSMLG International Conference. 2012.
2012 Conference Proceedings S. Bhuniya, park, J., Lee, H., Lim, Y. T., Hong, K. - S., and Kim, J. S., “DTTA-ligated uridine-quantum dot: A nano assembled bimodal contrast agent for cellular imaging”, 3rd MSMLG International Conference. 2012.
2012 Conference Proceedings H. Lee, Bhuniya, S., Moon, H., Kim, J. S., and Hong, K. - S., “Liver directing uridine-based paramagnetic amphiphilic T1 MRI contrast agent with high relaxivity”, Proceedings of the international society for magnetic resonance in medicine. 2012.
2011 Conference Proceedings H. Lee, Bhuniya, S., Moon, H., Lee, S., Kim, J. S., and Hong, K. - S., “Uridine-based Paramagnetic Supramolecular Nanoaggregate: a Liver Specific T1 MRI Contrast Agent with High Relaxivity”, 2011World Molecular Imaging Congress. 2011.
2007 Conference Proceedings X. Ma, Song, A., Bhuniya, S., Mhaske, S., and Chong, H. - S., “Generation of new chelates for targeted MRI and radio immunotherapy”, 233rd ACS National Meeting. 2007.
2004 Conference Proceedings S. M. Park, Bhuniya, S., and Kim, B. H., “Biotin based hydrogelators and their gelations”, IUPAC International Symposium and Macro-Supramolecular Architectures and Materials (MAM-04). 2004.
1999 Conference Proceedings S. Bhuniya, “Toughening of epoxy resin by oligomer”, International Conference on Chemistry and Thirty-sixth Annual Convention of Chemists. 1999.
Publication Type: Patent
Year of Publication Publication Type Title
2012 Patent J. S. Kim, Lee, S., Hong, K. S., Lee, H., Moon, H., and Bhuniya, S., “Uridine-based gadolinium complex, method for manufacturing the same, and MRI contrast agent comprising the complex”, U.S. Patent KR 2012107541.2012.
2009 Patent B. H. Kim, Bhuniya, S., and Park, S. M., “Biotin-Amino Acid Conjugate Useful as a Hydrogelator and Hydrogel Prepared Therefrom”, 2009.
2007 Patent B. H. Kim, Park, S. M., and Bhuniya, S., “Biotin-amino Acid conjugates useful as a hydrogelator and hydrogel prepared there form”, 2007.
2005 Patent S. Rahman, Bhuniya, S., Satyananda, A. J., Gharia, M. M., and Dave, A. M., “Process for preparing acarbohydrate-based bio-degradable hydrogel”, 2005.

Peer Reviewed International Journals (Under Review)

  1. Kim, E. J., Bhuniya, S.; Lee, H.; Kim, H. M.; Cho, J.-H.; Shin, W-S.; Kim, J. S. and Hong, K.-S.,  “Dual imaging probe with Gd-enhanced magnetic resonance and BODIPY near-infrared fluorescence , Chemical Communications (Under Review); IF: 6.718
  2. Kumar, Rajesh, Shin, W. S.; Sunwoo, K.; Kim, W. Y.; Koo, S. Bhuniya,* S. and Kim* J. S., “Small molecule based theranostic agents: an encouraging approach for cancer therapy”,  Chemical Society Reviews, (Under Review); IF: 30.425 ( review proposal accepted)

Seminars and Workshops – Invited Talks

  1. Bhuniya, S. “Enzyme responsive smart MRI T1 contrast agent”, the 2nd International Congress on MRI (ICMRI 2013) & The 19th Annual Scientific Meeting of KSMRM (KSMRM 2014), Seoul, South Korea. March 28-29, 2014.


  1. National eligibility Test (NET) for Lectureship & Junior Research Fellowship in Indian Universities and Colleges, conducted by Council of Industrial Research &Technology (CSIR), 1994
  2. Qualified in the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) conducted by the All India Council for Technical Education, India for a fellowship, 1995; 99.51 (percentile, 10th in all India rank)

Membership in Professional Bodies

  1. Professor Sukumar Maiti Polymer Award Foundation– Life Member.
  2. The International Society of Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Medicine, Member, 2004-2015.

Student Guidance

Master’s Students

  1. “GSH  activatable graphene based anti cancer theranostic tool”, Yamini Yasoda, Department of Biomedical Engineering, 2015-2016 (Dr. Nikhil Kothurkar)


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