Dr Pushp Bajaj

Dr Pushp Bajaj

Associate Fellow

Areas of Research

  • Climate Change Impacts on Maritime Security
  • Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
  • Sustainability in the Maritime Domain
  • Foreign Relations Implications of Climate Change

Experience

Prior to the NMF, Pushp has worked as an independent science writer and researcher focusing on climate change and the environment. He has written several articles on climate science, sustainable energy, climate policy, and related areas, for major Indian news outlets. He has interned at the Center for Science and Environment, New Delhi. He has a PhD in Chemistry from the University of California, San Diego where he was a graduate student researcher for the NSF-funded CCI Center for Aerosol Impacts on Chemistry of the Environment based in San Diego, CA, USA.

Education

PhD (Chemistry) – University of California, San Diego, USA
MSc (Chemistry) – Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India
BSc (Chemistry) – St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, India

Presentations

1. “Hydrogen Bonding and Quantum Effects in Halide-Water Clusters” at the Spectroscopy and Dynamics of Coupled Anharmonic Vibrations of Floppy Molecular Systems Workshop, Telluride Science Research Center in Telluride, CO, USA (2017).

2. “Toward a Complete Understanding of Ion Hydration from Small Clusters to the Bulk using Many-Body Potentials” at the Many-Body Interactions: From Quantum Mechanics to Force Fields Workshop, Telluride Science Research Center in Telluride, CO, USA (2016).

3. “Ion Hydration from the Gas to the Condensed Phase: Insights from MB-MD Simulations” at the American Chemical Society National Meeting in San Diego, CA, USA (2016).

All Publications

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INTRODUCING CLIMATE RESILIENCE AS THE FIFTH PILLAR OF THE SAGARMALA PROGRAMME

Author: This article seeks to highlight the glaring gap between the planned activities within SAGARMALA and the long-term climate-change-induced threats facing coastal regions in India. It first discusses some of the more prominent impacts of climate change on India’s coastal infrastructure and highlights the likelihood of their continuing to amplify and accelerate in the near-term future.  […]
OFFSHORE WIND ENERGY, SAGARMALA, AND THE BLUE ECONOMY
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OFFSHORE WIND ENERGY, SAGARMALA, AND THE BLUE ECONOMY

Author: The SAGARMALA Project and Predicted Energy-Requirements Launched in 2015, the SAGARMALA Project (SP) is a contemporary, mega undertaking of the Government of India (GoI) that is aimed at ‘port-led’ comprehensive and holistic development of the country as a whole.  Its stated vision is to “reduce logistics cost[s] for both domestic and EXIM cargo with minimal […]
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CLIMATE RISKS TO INDIA’S HOLISTIC MARITIME SECURITY- PART 3: COLLAPSING OCEAN BIODIVERSITY

Author: This article constitutes the third part of an ongoing series relating to a comprehensive research-project, being undertaken by the National Maritime Foundation (NMF), on the impacts of climate change on India’s holistic maritime security.  The first two parts of the series, which may readily be accessed on the NMF’s website, had focused, respectively, on the […]
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ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND FISHERWOMEN IN INDIA

Author: Many historical and contemporary events have aggravated the social inequalities that exist along the divisive lines of race, class, caste, gender, and religion.  Although climate change is not often discussed in terms of social divides, it is, perhaps, the most important amongst these contemporary events.  It is a global phenomenon whose effects are expected to […]
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ASSESSING THE SHIPPING INDUSTRY’S CONTRIBUTION TO GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS

Author: The impacts of climate change are now affecting the way of life for billions of people in almost every part of the planet.  Future projections, derived from the latest climate models, suggest that the global average temperature could rise by as much as 5.6 °C above pre-industrial levels if the carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration in […]
  1. Pushp Bajaj, “Indian Economy will be Hit Hard by Rising Heat: Global Report”, Down To Earth, 11 February 2020.  https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/climate-change/indian-economy-will-be-hit-hard-by-rising-heat-global-report-69238
  2. Pushp Bajaj, “How Hot is Hot: Advanced Models Forecast up to 5.6° C Global Warming”,  Down To Earth, 28 January 2020. https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/climate-change/how-hot-is-hot-advanced-models-forecast-up-to-5-6-c-global-warming-69008
  3. Pushp Bajaj, “Nearly Half of 136 Coastal Cities yet to Implement Policies to Fight Climate Change”, The Print, 27 December 219. https://theprint.in/science/nearly-half-of-136-coastal-cities-yet-to-implement-policies-to-fight-climate-change-study/341044/
  4. Pushp Bajaj, “The Secret Culprit in Why Indian Forecasters got Rain Numbers Wrong: Clouds”, The Print, 18 December 2019. https://theprint.in/science/the-secret-culprit-in-why-indian-forecasters-got-rain-numbers-wrong-clouds/336533/ 
  5. Pushp Bajaj, “How Oceans have Helped Us Avoid the Worst of Climate Change”, The Print, 15 September 2019. https://theprint.in/environment/how-oceans-have-helped-us-avoid-the-worst-of-climate-change/290745/
  1. Pushp Bajaj and Debbie Zhuang and Francesco Paesani, “Specific Ion Effects on Hydrogen-Bond Rearrangements in the Halide-Dihydrate Complexes”, J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 10, No 11, 2823-2828 (2019). https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.jpclett.9b00899
  2. Pushp Bajaj and Jeremy O. Richardson and Francesco Paesani, “Ion-Mediated Hydrogen-Bond Rearrangement Through Tunneling in the Iodide-Dihydrate Complex”, Nature Chemistry, 11, No 4, 367-374 (2019). https://www.nature.com/articles/s41557-019-0220-2 
  3. Pushp Bajaj et al, “Halide Ion Microhydration: Structure, Energetics, and Spectroscopy of Small Halide-Water Clusters”, J. Phys. Chem. A, 123, No 13, 2843-2852 (2019). https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.jpca.9b00816
  4. Pushp Bajaj et al, “Vibrational Spectra of Halide-Water Dimers: Insights on Ion Hydration from Full-Dimensional Quantum Calculations on Many-Body Potential Energy Surfaces”, J. Chem. Phys., 148, No 10, 102321 (2018). https://aip.scitation.org/doi/10.1063/1.5005540
  5. Pushp Bajaj and Andreas W. Götz and Francesco Paesani, “Toward Chemical Accuracy in the Description of Ion-Water Interactions Through Many-Body Representations. I. Halide-Water Dimer Potential Energy Surfaces”, J. Chem. Theory Comput., 12, No 6, 2698-2705 (2016). https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.jctc.6b00302