Dr. Sumanta Sarkar

Dr. Sumanta Sarkar

(Assistant Professor)

Sumanta Sarkar was born in Berhampore, West Bengal where he completed his early education. He earned his undergraduate (Krishnath College) and postgraduate degrees in Chemistry from University of Kalyani. He then joined Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bangalore to pursue his doctoral degree in 2011 under the supervision of Prof. Sebastian C. Peter. At JNCASR, his research was focused on the study of intermetallic compounds at bulk and nano scale as magnetic materials and in electrochemical energy conversion applications, respectively. After earning PhD degree in 2016, he moved to the United States as a postdoctoral scholar at Northwestern University to work with Prof. Mercouri G. Kanatzidis on a DARPA funded project to develop lead telluride based semiconducting materials for thermoelectric energy conversion followed by two successive postdoctoral appointments at the Argonne National Laboratory and the Integrated Molecular Structure Education and Research Center (IMSERC) at Northwestern on advanced solid state chemistry research. His core research expertise is in solid state crystal growth and solution phase synthesis of nanomaterials, advanced material characterization by X-ray diffraction (powder and single crystal), morphology and compositional analysis by SEM-EDX. Sumanta has, so far, authored and co-authored more than 30 publications in peer-reviewed international journals such as ACS Energy Letters, Chemistry of Materials, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, Inorganic Chemistry, ACS Applied Materials and Surfaces, among many others.

Sumanta returned to India in July, 2023 to join the Department of Chemistry at the University of Delhi as an Assistant Professor. Prior to this role, he was a Faraday Institution Research Fellow at the Materials Innovation Factory, University of Liverpool with Prof. Matthew J. Rosseinsky. His current area of research, as an independent PI, is focused on rational design, synthesis, and characterization of inorganic semiconductors; uncovering the structure-property correlations, and study of their potential applications in various energy harvesting and storage techniques.

Selected Publications

  1. Sarkar, S. et al, Chem. Mater. 2021, 33(5), 1842–1851
  2. Sarkar, S. et al, ACS Energy Lett 2018, 3(10), 2593–2601
  3. Sarkar, S. et al, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2017, 9(18), 15373-15382
  4. Ramani, S. and Sarkar, S. et al, J. Mater. Chem. A 2017, 5 (23), 11572-11576
  5. Sarkar, S. et al, J. Power Sources 2016, 306, 791-800