Dr Neha Patel receives Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship

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Dr Neha Patel has been awarded a Marie Skłodowska Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship by the European Commission. Dr Patel has been a postdoctoral researcher at the Chair of Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry (Prof. Sjoerd Harder PhD) since July 2021 and focuses on the reduction of nitrogen compounds with alkaline earth metal complexes in the NITRO EARTH project, which has hardly been studied so far. The nitrogen cycle is crucial for Earth’s ecosystems.

Mrs Patel will continue her previous research on nitrogen, low oxidation state nitrogen compounds and alkaline earth metal chemistry in Prof Harder’s group, one of the world’s leading research groups in this field. The joint research will employ state-of-the-art methods and techniques in handling air-sensitive compounds.

Dr Patel studied Pharmacy at Dr Hari Singh Gour University (Sagar University) in Sagar, India and completed her PhD at the Department of Medicinal Chemistry at NIPER S.A.S. Nagar (National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research) in 2018. She then conducted research at the Biocon Bristol Myers Squibb Research & Development Center in Bangalore, India for more than two years before coming to Erlangen as a visiting scientist in June 2021.

“I am very excited about the fellowship, which is not only a great honour for me, but also gives me the opportunity to explore a new and important area of research at the same time,” says Ms Patel. “The hospitality with which I have been welcomed at FAU has been fantastic.”


Dr. Neha Patel