Dr Amita Somya is currently working as an Assistant Professor in Department of Chemistry, Presidency University, Bengaluru. She has more than 12 years of teaching/research/industrial experience. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degree from C.C.S. University, Meerut, in 2003, and has been awarded the Late Pannalal Loiwal Gold Medel and the Rajendra Kishore Mittal Gold Medal in 2005 by the C.C.S. University, Meerut. She then received an MPhil in 2004 and her PhD in 2009 from Department of Applied Chemistry, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh. She has been awarded a Senior Research Fellowship by CSIR, New Delhi, in 2008.
During Amita's PhD she won the Young Scientist Award by the Indian Council of Chemists, Agra, the Prof. A.K. Dey Memorial Award by Indian Chemical Society, the Felicitation Prize by the Vice Chancellor of A.M.U. for being an active research scholar, and lastly an Excellence in Education Award by Shri Varshneya Samaj, New Delhi. In 2017 she won the Women Scientist Award from Indian Council of Chemists for her research work based on hybrid ion exchange materials.
Her research has been focused on ion exchange materials, and their characterization and analytical applications with regard to water purification. She has used various surfactants as media in the treatment of various metal ions, and was one of the first to use surfactants in the synthesis of hybrid ion exchange materials. As well as the above, she is also working on biofuels and corrosion inhibitors. Her main objective in research is to utilize waste for useful work and to treat waste water by using low cost, effective methods that are societally useful. She has published more than twelve research articles in international journals. She has presented more than 20 research papers at national and international conferences. She is fellow and life member of many international and national chemical societies.