Aninda Jiban Bhattacharyya




Phone: +91 80 22932616

Physical Chemistry and Materials Chemistry

My research group primarily focuses on the understanding of diverse electrochemical phenomena and their correlation with materials physicochemical characteristics. The know-how from fundamental studies is translated to the chemical design of novel materials for applications, specifically of relevance to energy and sensing. All research projects are financially supported by the Government of India Funding Agencies.

Specific topics
• Electroactive Soft Matter, Nanosized Structures and Assemblies, Lower Dimensional Materials
• Energy Storage and Generation
  >> High energy density batteries: Advanced Li-ion and beyond Li-ion battery chemistries (Na-ion and multivalent-ion), Metal-S, Metal-O2, N2, CO2
  >> Supercapacitors
  >> Solar energy harvesting devices and associated processes
• Electrochemical Biosensing
• Operando diagnostics probing the correlation of (interfaces)surfaces, morphology, and dynamics on materials properties and impact on device function

Keywords: Electrochemical Processes, Nanomaterials, Organic Soft Materials (Polymer Electrolytes), Energy Systems/Processes (Batteries, Supercapacitors, Photon Harvesting), Electrocatalysis, Biosensing

    1. Ravindra Kumar Bhardwaj, Ruth Gomes, Aninda J. Bhattacharyya*, 2022, Probing the Polysulfide Confinement in Two Different Sulfur Hosts for a Mg|S Battery Employing Operando Raman and Ex-Situ UV–Visible Spectroscopy, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 13, 1159-1164.

    2. Rudra N. Samajdar, Aninda J. Bhattacharyya*, 2021, Structure-Redox Response Correlation in a Few Select Heme Systems Using X-ray Absorption Spectroelectrochemistry; J. Phys. Chem. B 125, 20, 5258–5264.

    3. Ravindra Kumar Bhardwaj, Homen Lahan, V. Sekkar, Bibin John and Aninda J. Bhattacharyya*, 2021, A High-Performance Li-Metal Free Sulfur Battery Employing Lithiated Anatase TiO2 Anode and Free Standing Li2S-Carbon Aerogel Cathode, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 10, 410-420

    4. Rudra N. Samajdar, G. Asampille, H.S. Atreya, Aninda J. Bhattacharyya*, 2020, Hemoglobin Dynamics in Solution vis-à-vis Under Confinement: An Electrochemical Perspective, J. Phys. Chem. B 124, 5771-5779

    5. Ravindra Kumar Bhardwaj, Swetha Jayanthi, Prashanth Shivappa Adarakatti, A. K. Sood, Aninda J. Bhattacharyya*, 2020, Probing the Extent of Polysulfide Confinement Using a CoNi2S4 Additive Inside a Sulfur Cathode of a Na/Li–Sulfur Rechargeable Battery, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 12, 25, 28120–28128

    6. Ruth Gomes and Aninda J. Bhattacharyya*2020, Carbon nanotubes templated covalent organic framework nanosheets as an efficient sulfur host for room temperature metal-sulfur batteries, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 8, 5946-5953

    7. M. Tamilselvan and Aninda J. Bhattacharyya*2018, Tetrahedrite (Cu12Sb4S13) Ternary Inorganic Hole Conductor for Ambient Processed Stable Perovskite Solar Cells, ACS Appl. Energy Mater., 1, 4227–4234.

    8. Subhra Gope, Aninda J. Bhattacharyya*, 2018, Using metal oxide nanoparticle interlayer to catalytically anchor polysulfides at high mass loading S-cathodes in Li-S rechargeable battery, ACS Appl. Energy Mater. (ACS) 1, 6, 2942-2954

    9. Rudra N. Samajdar, Sweta M. George, Aninda J. Bhattacharyya*2019, Using Hemoglobin as a Performance Enhancer in Rechargeable Lithium-Oxygen Batteries, J. Phys. Chem. C, 123, 23433-23438

    10. Rudra N. Samajdar, Dhivya Manogaran, Yashonath Subramanian, Aninda J. Bhattacharyya*, 2018, Using Porphyrin – Amino Acid Pairs to Model the Electrochemistry of Heme Proteins: Experimental and Theoretical Investigations. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 20, 10018-10029

    11. Suman Das, R. Barros, R. Ahuja, D. Swain, T. N. G. Row*, Aninda J. Bhattacharyya,* 2018, Alloying in an intercalation host: An alternative chemical design strategy of anodes for rechargeable alkali-ion batteries. Chem. Asian J. 13, 299-310 (Cover Article).

    12. Suman Das, Dipak Dutta, R. B. Araujo, S. Chakraborty, R. Ahuja, and Aninda J. Bhattacharyya*, 2016, Probing the Pseudo-1-D Ion Diffusion in Lithium Titanium Niobate Anode for Li-ion Battery. Phys. Chem. Phys. Chem., 18, 22323-22330

    13. Sudeshna Sen, Rudresha B. Jayappa, H. Zhu, M. Forsyth, and Aninda J. Bhattacharyya*, 2016, A single cation or anion dendrimer-based liquid electrolyte, Chem. Sci. (RSC), 7, 3390-3398.

    14. Dipak Dutta, N. Nagapradeep, H. Zhu, M. Forsyth, S. Verma, and A. J. Bhattacharyya*, 2016, N7-(carboxymethyl) guanine-lithium as a bioinspired solid electrolyte. Sci. Rep. (NPG), 6, DOI: 10.1038/srep24499.

    15. S. Sen, D. Dutta, and Aninda J. Bhattacharyya,* 2015, Mixed Ionic-Electronic Conducting Nano-structured Sulfur Electrode for High Capacity and Long Life Rechargeable Lithium-Sulfur Battery, J. Mater. Chem. A3, 20958-20965.

    16. S. Mazumdar, M. Tamilselvan, A. J. Bhattacharyya*, 2015, Optimizing the photovoltaic response by tuning the light harvesting nanocrystal structure and shape synthesized using a quick liquid-gas phase reaction, ACS Applied Materials Interfaces (ACS) 7, 28188-28196.

    17. K. Shiva, H. B. Rajendra, and A. J. Bhattacharyya*, 2015, Electrospun SnSb crystalline nanoparticles inside porous carbon fibers as high stability and rate capability anode for rechargeable batteriesChemPlusChem (Wiley) 80, 516-521.

    18. Soumit S. Mandal, V. Cristiglio, P. Lindner, and A. J. Bhattacharyya*, 2014, Small angle neutron scattering studies of hemoglobin confined inside silica tubes of varying size. ChemPhysChem (Wiley) 15, 302-309.

    19. S. Sen, M. Kota, A. J. Bhattacharyya*, and Rao, C. N. R., 2014, Excellent performance of few layer borocarbonitrides as anode materials in lithium-ion batteries, Chem. Asian J. (Wiley) 9, 100-103.

    20. Soumit S. Mandal, V. Navratna, P. Sharma, B. Gopal, and A. J. Bhattacharyya*, 2014, Titania nanotube-modified screen printed carbon electrodes enhance the sensitivity in the electrochemical detection of proteins, Bioelectrochemistry (Elsevier) 98, 46-52.

    21. Konda Shiva, H.S.S. Ramakrishna Matte, H.B. Rajendra, A. J. Bhattacharyya*, Rao, C.N.R., 2013, Employing synergistic interactions between few-layer WS2 and reduced graphene oxide to improve lithium storage, cyclability and rate capability of Li-ion batteries, Nano Energy (Elsevier) 2, 787-793 (*Corresponding Author).

    22. S. Mazumdar and Aninda J. Bhattacharyya*, 2013: “Dependence of electron recombination time and light to electricity conversion efficiency on shape of nanocrystal light sensitizer”, Energy Environ. Sci. (RSC) 6, 1494-1498.

    23. Soumit S. Mandal, Karthik Narayan Kotha, and Aninda J. Bhattacharyya*2013, Employing denaturation for rapid electrochemical detection of myoglobin using TiO2 nanotubes, J. Mater. Chem. B (RSC) 1, 3051-3056.

    24. S. Das, Aninda J. Bhattacharyya*2012, Time−temperature scaling of conductivity spectra of organic plastic crystalline conductors, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. (ACS) 3, 3550-3554.

    25. A. J. Bhattacharyya*, 2012, Ion transport in liquid salt solutions with oxide dispersions: “soggy sand” electrolytesJ. Phys. Chem. Lett. (ACS) 3, 744-750.

    26. K. Shiva, H. B. Rajendra, K.S. Subrahmanyam, A. J. Bhattacharyya*, C. N. R. Rao, 2012, Improved lithium cyclability and storage in mesoporous SnOelectronically wired with very low concentrations (≤ 1 %) of reduced-graphene oxide. Chem. A Eur. Jour. (Wiley) 18, 4489-4494.

    27. Shyamal K. Das, Soumit S. Mandal and Aninda J. Bhattacharyya*, 2011, Ionic conductivity, mechanical strength and Li-ion battery performance of mono-functional and bi-functional (‘‘Janus’’) ‘‘soggy sand’’ electrolytes, Energy Environ. Sci. (RSC) 4, 1391-1399.

    28. Monalisa Patel, M. Gnanavel, and Aninda J. Bhattacharyya*, 2011, Utilizing an ionic liquid for synthesizing a soft matter polymer “gel” electrolyte for high rate capability lithium-ion batteries. J. Mater. Chem. (RSC) 21, 17419-17424.

    29. Monalisa Patel and A. J. Bhattacharyya*, 2011, A crosslinked “polymer-gel” rechargeable lithium-ion battery electrolyte from free radical polymerization using nonionic plastic crystalline electrolyte medium, Energy Environ. Sci. (RSC) 4, 429-432.

    30. S. K. Das, S. S. Mandal, and A. J. Bhattacharyya*, 2011, Ionic conductivity, mechanical strength and Li-ion battery performance of mono-functional and bi-functional (‘‘Janus’’) ‘‘soggy sand’’ electrolytes. Energy Environ. Sci. (RSC) 4, 1391-1399.

    31. K. Shiva, S. Asokan, and A. J. Bhattacharyya*, 2011, Improved lithium cyclability and storage in a multi-sized pore(‘‘differential spacers’’) mesoporous SnO2. Nanoscale (RSC) 3, 15011503.

    32. M. Patel, M. U. M. Patel, and A. J. Bhattacharyya*, 2010, A cross-linked gel-like polymer soft matter electrolyte for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. ChemSusChem (Wiley) 3 1371-1374.

    33. Shyamal K. Das, Srikarrao Darmakolla and Aninda J. Bhattacharyya*, 2010, High lithium storage in micrometer sized mesoporous spherical self-assembly of anatase titania nanospheres and carbon, J. Mater. Chem. (RSC) 20, 1600-1606.

    34. S. Kapoor, R. Hegde, and A. J. Bhattacharyya*, 2009, Influence of surface chemistry of mesoporous alumina with wide pore distribution on controlled drug release. J. Control. Release (Elsevier) 140, 34-39.

    35. M. Patel, and A. J. Bhattacharyya*, 2008, Plastic-polymer composite electrolytes: novel soft matter electrolytes for rechargeable lithium batteries. Electrochem. Comm. (Elsevier) 2008, 10, 1912-1915.

    36. M. Patel, K. G. Chandrappa, and A. J.* Bhattacharyya, 2008, Increasing ionic conductivity and mechanical strength of a plastic electrolyte by inclusion of a polymer. Electrochim. Acta (Elsevier) 54, 209-215.

    37. S. Beyazyildirim, K.-D., Kreuer, M. Schuster, A. J. Bhattacharyya, and J. Maier, 2008, Heterogeneous doping of a weak covalent electrolyte: Proton conductivity enhancement of imidazole by admixture of oxide particles. Adv. Mater. (Wiley) 20, 1274-1278.

    38. L.-Z. Fan, Y.-S. Hu, A. J. Bhattacharyya, J. Maier, 2007, Succinonitrile as a versatile electrochemically advantageous plasticizer for polymer electrolytes. Adv. Func. Mater. (Wiley) 17, 2800-2807.

    39. H. Yamada, A.J. Bhattacharyya*, and J. Maier, 2006, Extremely high silver ion conductivities in silver halide conductors with mesoporous composites, Adv. Func. Mater. (Wiley) 16, 525-530.

    40. P. Balaya, A.J. Bhattacharyya*, J. Jamnik, Y. F. Zhukovskii, E. A. Kotomin, and J. Maier, 2006 Nano-ionics in the context of lithium batteries, J. Power Sources (Elsevier) 2006, 159,171-178.

    41. A. J. Bhattacharyya*, J. Fleig, Y-G. Guo, and J. Maier, 2005, Local conductivity effects in polymer electrolytes. Adv. Mater. (Wiley) 17, 2630-2634.

    42. Bhattacharyya, A. J.and Maier, J., 2004, Second phase effects on the conductivity of non-aqueous salt solutions: Soggy sand electrolytes. Adv. Mater. (Wiley) 16, 811-814.

    43. J. M. Kriegl, A. J. Bhattacharyya, K. Nienhaus, P. Deng, O. Minkow, T. Burmester, and G. U. Nienhaus, 2002, Ligand binding and protein dynamics in Neuroglobin. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 99, 7992-7997

    44. A. J. Bhattacharyya, T.R. Middya, and S. Tarafdar, 1999, Ionic conductivity of PEO- NH4ClO4 films by admittance spectroscopy-It’s correlation with crystallinity and morphology. Phys. Rev. B 60, 909-915. (work as part of Ph.D. Thesis)

    45. A. J. Bhattacharyya, S. Banerjee, T.R. Middya, and S. Tarafdar, 1998, Morphology of polymer-salt complex films: crossover from fractal to compact aggregation. Fractals (World Scientific) 6, 285-292.

    46. A. J. Bhattacharyya, and S. Tarafdar, 1998, Diffusion on a rearranging lattice. J. Phys. Cond. Matter (AIP) 10, 10931-10939 (also published in Cond-Mat/9805143) (work as part of Ph.D. Thesis).

    47. A. J. Bhattacharyya, S. Tarafdar, T. R. Middya, 1997, Effective medium theory for ionic conductivity in polycrystalline solid electrolytes, Solid State Ionics (Elsevier) 95, 283-288.

    48. A. J. Bhattacharyya, T. R. Middya, S. Tarafdar, 1996, Pipe sphere model for ionic conductivity of insulator dispersed composite electrolytes, Ionics (Springer) 2, 346-352 (work as part of Ph.D. Thesis).