Arindam Kundagrami

Associate Professor
Dept: Physical Sciences, Chemical Sciences
E-mail: arindam [at]
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Research Interest:


  • Equilibrium statistical mechanics of polyelectrolytes (charged polymers) -such as isolated ionizable polymers, gels, brushes, semi-flexible polymers  - and application to phenomena such as critical phase behaviours, polymer complex formation, coil-globule transition, and exciting new phases ("pearl-necklace phase").
  • Dynamics of phase transformations, such as swelling, in polyelectrolytes.
  • Polymer crystallization and application of the concept of entropic barrier in the ordering of protein crystals.
  • Moving boundary problems in a diffusive system, and its application to soft-matter and biological processes.
  • Physics of soft matter and the role of charges in biology.


  • Phase transitions, topological defects and chiral segregation in liquid crystals.
  • Monte Carlo and Molecular Dynamics simulations in soft-matter (liquid crystal droplets) systems.
  • Non-equilibrium dynamics of surface growth models.

Academic Background:
  1. Ph.D (Theoretical Soft-Matter Physics), University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA 2003 (Advisor: Prof. Tom Lubensky)
  2. M.S (Theoretical Physics), Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 1997 (Advisor: Prof. Chandan Dasgupta)
  3. B.Sc (Physics Honours), Presidency College (Calcutta University), 1994

  1. 2004 - 2009:  Post-doctoral fellow in the group of Prof. M. Muthukumar, Polymer Science & Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA.
  2. 2010 - Present: Assistant Professor at IISER- Kolkata

Selected Publications:
  1. Arindam Kundagrami and M. Muthukumar. <93>Effective charge and coil-globule transition of a polyelectrolyte chain<94>, Macromolecules 43, 2574 (2010).
  2. M. Muthukumar, Jing Hua, and Arindam Kundagrami. <93>Charge regularization in phase separating polyelectrolyte solutions<94>, The Journal of Chemical Physics, 132, 084901 (2010).
  3. Arindam Kundagrami, Rajeev Kumar, and M. Muthukumar. <93>Simulations and Theories of Single Polyelectrolyte Chains<94>, invited contribution, edited by P. Gujrati, WILEY-VCH Verlag, Weinheim, Germany.