About the School
School of Applied and Interdisciplinary Sciences (SAIS) at IACS has been founded in May 2018 by reorganization of the erstwhile Polymer Science Unit, Center for Advanced Material, Director’s Research Unit and Organic Chemistry as part of the Academic Reform at IACS. Scientists from the Technical Research Center at IACS and recipient of DST Ramanujan Fellowship are also affiliated to the School. Current research activities at SAIS span over wide-ranging emerging interdisciplinary topics of Science and Technology including Soft Matter, Polymer and Supramolecular Science, Colloidal Science, Electronics and Photonics, Liquid Crystals, Drug Delivery, Chemical Biology, Environmental Science and others.
Faculties and Scientists at SAIS are committed to provide the highest quality of research training to the graduate students and postdoctoral research associates in the cutting edge research topics. SAIS has top class instrumentation and other facilities to address challenging research problems in the cross-disciplines of Science and Technology. They are very well funded by a number of extra-mural governmental and industrial project and recognized in the national and international community for their extraordinary research contribution.
SAIS, in collaboration with the School of Chemical Sciences, School of Physical Sciences, School of Biological Sciences and School of Material Sciences, offers two years Master of Science (MS) programme in Interdisciplinary and Applied Sciences. The programme aims to educate students in...
Santanu Bhattacharya, PhD
Distinguished IACS Fellow, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science Senior Professor, School of Applied and Interdisciplinary Sciences Email: email@example.com
The research in the Director’s Research Unit under Professor Santanu Bhattacharya is focused on interdisciplinary approaches involving biology, chemistry, material science, soft matter and supramolecular chemistry. The group is involved in the design and synthesis of various lipids, stimuli-sensitive oligopeptide sequences and surfactants of different molecular and structural backbones. The group also studies their structure-activity relationship by various biophysical and pharmaceutical analytical techniques. These biomaterials are then utilized for the targeted delivery of gene, siRNA and anticancer drugs. Thus we develop multi-target therapeutics and network analysis with a focus on cancer.
The group also utilizes its synthetic experience and research expertise for the design, synthesis and characterization of various small molecular ligands to stabilize higher order DNA or RNA secondary structures like G-quadruplex etc. The design of DNA binding ligands is an attractive strategy to combat cancer by suppressing the activity of telomerase.
My group also designs new gelators of different structural backbones and study the properties of the resulting gels using a variety of physical methods. These gels generally have widespread applications in materials and biological sciences.
Various sensors, with a focus on societal needs, are also being developed in my group to detect biologically relevant species, environmentally hazardous ions and materials at nanogram level. We investigate for the appropriate rationale to explain most of these phenomena at the molecular level, which provide useful perspectives for future designs and new spin-offs.View website
Suhrit Ghosh, PhD
Professor, School of Applied and Interdisciplinary Sciences Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We work in the area of Polymer Chemistry, Supramolecular Chemistry and Colloids. Ongoing research projects in our laboratory include: (i) Multi-component supramolecular copolymerization of π-systems with predictable mode of co-assembly (ii) H-bonding driven living supramolecular polymerization (iii) Entropy driven assembly of amphiphilic polymers by directional molecular interaction and (iv) Bio-reducible poly(disulfide)s and biodegradable poly(urethane)s for antibacterial material and targeted drug delivery.View website
Surajit Sinha, PhD
Professor, School of Applied and Interdisciplinary Sciences Email: email@example.com
• Synthesis of biologically important natural products and their analogues. Recently we have identified a compound which can substitute “morphine”. • Small molecule modulation of Hedgehog signaling pathway which plays a critical role in embryogenesis, tissue regeneration, stem cell differentiation and in the development of cancers and studies of Hedgehog dependent physiology using zebrafish as a model organism. • Synthesis of artificial amino acids, nucleic acids and morpholino oligonucleotides for biological applications. • Non-peptide-based cellular transporter used for the delivery of antisense reagents and approach towards the development of gene therapy. • Antisense-based therapy for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy.View website
Somobrata Acharya, PhD
Professor, School of Applied and Interdisciplinary Sciences Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Prof. Acharya's research group is based on the chemistry and physics of semiconductor nanocrystals and molecules in the quantum size regime. Prof. Acharya's group are carrying out research in the inter-disciplinary areas probing structure-property relationship and possible applications of the nanocrystals and molecules in the areas of energy harvesting and energy generation.View website
Sudip Malik, PhD
Professor & Chairman, School of Applied and Interdisciplinary Sciences Email: email@example.com
The research of my group is the design and synthesis of novel polymers, polymer-composites and self-assembling molecules and subsequent investigation of their properties. The relationship between the molecular structure and observed architectures at nano-dimension and material properties are explored. Focused areas are (a) electro-luminescent oligomers or polymers for OLED; (b) nanostructured polymers as promising electrode material in supercapacitors; (c) electrochromic polymers and (d) supramolecular aggregates.View website
Anindita Das, PhD
Assistant Professor, School of Applied and Interdisciplinary Sciences Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our group is focused on working at the interface of polymer, supramolecular and organic chemistry. By combining unconventional non-covalent interactions with various controlled polymerization techniques, we aim to design and fabricate diverse responsive polymeric systems and study their self-assembly behaviour for potential relevance in nanoreactors and nanocarriers. Particular interest lies in developing biodegradable thermoplastic elastomer type composite materials by co-assembly of supramolecular polymers and covalent polymers. In the other area, we are interested in developing modular approaches for synthesis of abiotic helical polymers and exploit their helical scaffold for molecular recognition, chiral luminescence and catalysis.View website
Anuja Datta, PhD
DST-SERB Ramanujan Fellow, School of Applied and Interdisciplinary Sciences Email: email@example.com
My research is inclined to understand the structure-property-functionality relationships in nanoscale materials for self-powered micro-energy applications. The energy research focus is currently on piezoelectric vibrational energy-harvesting and renewable energy production via thermoelectrics and ferroelectric photovoltaics. Another research direction is towards mechanical and biological sensing of novel piezoelectric polymers and organic materials. Low-cost synthesis approaches are employed to fabricate the desired phases and structures for further property exploration which are subsequently incorporated into the design and assembly of early-stage prototypes for their potential commercialization into self-powered energy technologies.View website
K. D. M. Rao, PhD
Faculty Fellow, School of Applied and Interdisciplinary Sciences Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The solar energy harvesting has the potential to make a large contribution to solving the problem of energy crisis which demands high-performance light-harvesting devices. The ever-growing technology insists to reduce manufacturing and processing costs as well as improve device efficiencies over traditional semiconductor platforms. Our research interest is to fabricate novel nanoelectronic devices which include light harvesting devices such as photo detectors, photo transistors, strain sensors and solar cells. Our main aim is not only focus on fabrication of novel nanoelectronic devices but also realizing viable applications towards commercialization.View website
Shinto Varghese, PhD
Faculty Fellow, School of Applied and Interdisciplinary Sciences Email: email@example.com
My research group mainly focused on understanding and exploring the optical, photophysical and electronic properties of organic π-conjugated materials for utilizing them as active elements in optoelectronic devices. We explore the principles of supramolecular chemistry to design molecular materials with desired functional properties and elucidate their structure-property relation by photophysical and theoretical investigations. Suitable materials will be utilized as active medium in optoelectronic devices such as organic solid state lasers and light emitting field effect transistors. The other areas we are working on are: 1. Fluorescence up conversion nanoparticles for theranostics applications. 2. Electrospun polymer fibers as optical waveguide structures.View website
Bidisa Das, PhD
Scientist D, Technical Research Center Affiliated to School of Applied & Interdisciplinary Sciences Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Research interests of our group includes theoretical/computational nanotechnology and design of nano-devices. We study electronic structure of molecules and nanostructures like quantum-dots, nanorods, nano-sheets using theoretical methods. We then model the electronic transport properties of molecules and clusters in a metal-molecule-metal based two-probe setup, to explore their potential in molecular device fabrication. Electronic effects of molecular aggregation or encapsulation are also studied in the context of application based property exploration. We theoretically model adsorption of molecules on metal surfaces and explore their fluxional motion on surfaces.
We are interested in nano-structures for water remediation & mineral formation, and our research in this area involves theoretical modelling of nanostructures relevant for decontamination of water from toxic ions like Arsenic. In this context, we propose the idea of ‘Artificial Mineralization’ and study the possible pathways for contaminant fixation. Ion adsorption, ion-recognition on specially designed nanostructures are also theoretically studied. Formation of specific minerals are modelled employing a `bottom-up' approach starting from respective nucleation clusters.View website
PhD Program: SAIS welcomes highly motivated students in its PhD programme in the Interdisciplinary and Applied Sciences. Students may enter into the PhD program either after successful completion of the MS program at IACS (from any School) or from other Universities/ Institutes after fulfilling the eligibility criteria for PhD. Current research activities at SAIS span over wide ranging emerging interdisciplinary topics of Science and Technology including Soft Matter, Polymer and Supramolecular Science, Colloidal Science, Electronics and Photonics, Liquid Crystals, Drug Delivery, Chemical Biology, Environmental Science and others. Interested students are encouraged to look at the individual faculty page for more information in the research activities of a group at SAIS. Students may then directly contact the particular research group of their choice for further information and availability of a position at a given time.
Postdoctoral Research Program: SAIS welcomes dedicated postdoctoral researchers to the school who are willing to take up challenging research topics in the interdisciplinary and applied sciences. Interested candidates are encouraged to visit the research group websites for further information and availability of position at a given time.
Master of Science (M.Sc)/Integrated P.hd: SAIS offers two years Master of Science (M. Sc) program in the Interdisciplinary and Applied Sciences. The program aims to educate students in the emerging areas of science at the cross discipline of contemporary topics in Chemistry, Biology ...