Indu Kaur

Inder Kaur

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Staff Group(s)
Chemistry and Forensic Science


Dr Kaur is a Lecturer in inorganic chemistry and Module Leader for Year 2. She teaches Inorganic chemistry to all levels of undergraduate chemistry courses at NTU along with nano and green technology as well as the Introduction to Specialist Areas in chemistry modules.

Her research involves understanding the surface chemistry at nanoscale, synthesis and characterisation of novel composite nanomaterials for various biomedical and environmental applications, as well as understanding the nano-bio interactions through the bio-corona formation.

Career overview

Before joining Nottingham Trent University as a lecturer in inorganic chemistry, Dr Kaur worked for 2 and a half years as a postdoctoral research fellow in the famous 'FENAC lab' at University of Birmingham, which is the UK's national facility for environmental nanoscience analysis and characterisation. She worked with foremost leaders in their field at UoB. During this period, she worked on a NERC project towards the development of isotopically labelled and biologically compatible silver nanoparticles with different functionalities for various biomedical and environmental applications. In particular, the focus was to provide a robust protective surface coating to the nanoparticles in order to inhibit the dissolution process in aquatic Zebrafish media. The nanopaticles were fed to Zebrafish and quantified for their multi-generational bioaccumulation using stable isotope tracers in a collaborative work with University of Exeter and Imperial College London.

Dr Kaur also successfully supervised a BSc project student working towards his dissertation on sampling nano-particulate matter at construction sites and co-supervised a PhD student working on carbon nanotubes for environmental applications.

Prior to working with UoB, she also carried out some work at University of South Carolina, USA, as a visiting researcher which gave her substantial international research experience.

Dr Kaur studied her undergraduate degree in BSc Chemistry and Biology, followed by MSc Chemistry and completing her PhD in Nanoparticle Chemistry. Dr Kaur completed her PhD on a NERC funded project at the University of Birmingham on understanding the surface chemistry of cerium oxide nanoparticles and their uptake and internalisation in human lung epithelial cells (A549). In this work, she developed a library of ceria nanoparticles with a range of functionalities (some of them mimicked in shape and size to as found in the air through diesel exhaust) and quantified their oxidation states using STEM-EELS, XPS and XAS.

Research areas

Dr Kaur's research interests include understanding the surface chemistry at nanoscale, development of nanomaterial libraries for specific applications, characterization using sophisticated spectroscopic and microscopic techniques, behavioral difference between nanoparticles and metal ions, understanding the nano-bio (eco) interactions through the corona formation, quantification and life cycle assessment of nanomaterials in both biological tissues and environmental samples. Her recent work along with her MRes student involves investigating the use of nano-biocomposites in water remediation. Her research philosophy is to encourage her students to explore and perform research in areas that they find interesting.

Sponsors and collaborators

  • Natural Environment Research Council, UK
  • University of Birmingham, UK
  • University Of South Carolina, USA
  • Public Health England, UK
  • Imperial College London, UK
  • University Of Exeter, UK
  • National Physical Laboratories, UK
  • BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Germany
  • Université Paris-Saclay, CEA Saclay, France
  • Université Grenoble Alpes, France


Kaur, I., Ellis, L., Romer, I., Minneli, C., Unger, W., Potthoff, A., Valsami-Jones, E. 2017, An optimised protocol for the dispersion of nanoparticles in aqueous media. JoVE

Raza, G., Amjad, M., Kaur , I., Wen, D,.2016. Stability and aggregation kinetics of titania nanomaterials under environmentally stable conditions. Environ. Sci. Technol.

Collin, B., Auffan, M., Johnson, A.C., Kaur, I., Keller, A.A., Lazareva, A., Lead, J.R., Ma, X., Merrifield, R.C., Svendson, C., White, J.C. & Unrine, J.M. 2014. Environmental release, fate and ecotoxicological effects of manufactured ceria nanomaterials. Environ. Sci.: Nano., 1, 533-548

Verma, R.K, Aggarwal, M., Bansal, M., and Kaur, I.P., 2007, A facile and new approach to biologically significant and functionalisable heterobiaryls Synthetic Communications., 37, 1-6.

Verma, R.K, Aggarwal, M., Bansal, M., and Kaur, I.P 2007. A facile and new approach to synthesize 2-amino-4-(4-aminophenyl)-1h-1, 3-diazol-1-yl-alkylaminomethanethiones. Medicinal Chemistry Research. 2007, 15, 483-491.

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Course(s) I teach on

  • Student in science lab
    Foundation degree / Undergraduate | Full-time | 2018

  • Student using tablet at fume cabinet
    Undergraduate | Full-time / Sandwich | 2018

  • Student working in lab
    Undergraduate | Full-time / Sandwich | 2018