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Pradipta Purkayastha

Dept: Chemical Sciences (DCS)
E-mail: ppurkayastha [at]
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Research Interest:

•Photophysical characterization of new organic and inorganic molecules in microheterogeneous environments •Host-guest interaction and applications in biological environments •Synthesis and application of metal nanoparticles and nanoclusters in drug delivery •Carbon nanoparticles in photoinduced energy/electron transfer •Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging (FLIM) and Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy (FCS)

Academic Background:

  1. PhD (Photophysics and Photochemistry), Jadavpur University, 2002


  1. Professor, IISER Kolkata (current)
  2. Associate Professor, IISER Kolkata (2013 - 2018)
  3. Assistant Professor, IISER Kolkata (2009 - 2013)
  4. Assistant Professor, BITS, Pilani (2007 - 2009)
  5. Lecturer, BITS, Pilani (2004 - 2007)
  6. Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Pennsylvania (2002 - 2004)

Awards and Honors:

  1. Bharat Gaurav Puraskar from KTK Outstanding Achievers and Education Foundation (2022)
  2. Fellowship of the Royal Society of Chemistry from The Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge (2022)
  3. Research Excellence Award from Institute of Scholars, Bangalore (2020)
  4. Fellow from West Bengal Academy of Science and Technology (WAST) (2019)
  5. Research Ratna Awards 2019 from Research Under Literal Access (RULA) Awards (2019)
  6. Outstanding Faculty in Chemistry from Venus International Foundation (2018)

Selected Publications:

  1. Bhunia, Soumyadip; Mukherjee, Manish and Purkayastha, Pradipta. 2024."Fluorescent metal nanoclusters: prospects for photoinduced electron transfer and energy harvesting." Chem. Commun., 60, 3370-3378
  2. Chatterjee, Arunavo; Joy, Athira and Purkayastha, Pradipta. 2024."Microviscosity-Assisted Disaggregation of a Model Ophthalmic Drug and FRET-Controlled Singlet Oxygen Generation in Lyotropic Liquid Crystals." Langmuir, 40, 4331-4332
  3. Pattanayak, Pradip; Nandi, Arnab; Patra, Ramen and Purkayastha, Pradipta. 2023."Triplet Exciton Harvesting in Water by a Structurally Simple Organic Phosphor with Sustained Afterglow and Lifetime Tunability." Adv. Optical Mater., 12, 2302155
  4. Pattanayak, Pradip; Nandi, Arnab and Purkayastha, Pradipta. 2023."Polymorphism-Mediated Regulation of Thermally Activated Delayed Fluorescence and Room-Temperature Phosphorescence via Intra- and Intermolecular Charge Transfer." Chem. Mater., 35, 9799-9805
  5. Mukherjee, Manish; Chatterjee, Arunavo; Bhunia, Soumyadip and Purkayastha, Pradipta. 2023."Hydrophobic Chain-Induced Conversion of Three-Dimensional Perovskite Nanocrystals to Gold Nanocluster-Grafted Two-Dimensional Platelets for Photoinduced Electron Transfer Substrate Formulation." J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 14, 8251-8260

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