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Arindam Kundagrami

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

Current: 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.Previous: 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. PhD (Physics (Soft Condensed Matter Physics - Physics of Liquid Crystals)), University of Pennsylvania, 2003
  2. MS (Physics (Specialization: Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics)), Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 1997
  3. B.Sc (Honours) (Physics (Honours), Chemistry (Pass), Mathematics (Pass)), Presidency College (Calcutta University), 1994, 68.38%
  4. Higher Secondary Examination (Bengali, English, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology), Birati High School (West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education), 1991, 82.3%
  5. Madhyamik Pariksha (Secondary) (Bengali, English, General), Birati High School (West Bengal Board of Secondary Education), 1989, 83.34%


  1. Associate Professor, IISER Kolkata (current)
  2. Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata (2017 - 2018)
  3. Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata (2010 - 2017)
  4. Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Massachusetts (2004 - 2010)

Selected Publications:

  1. Chowdhury, Aritra; Borgia, Alessandro; Ghosh, Souradeep; Sottini, Andrea; Mitra, Soumik; Eapen, Rohan S.; Borgia, Madeleine B.; Yang, Tianjin; Galvanetto, Nicola; Ivanovic, Milos T.; Lukijanczuk, Pawel; Zhu, Ruijing; Nettels, Daniel; Kundagrami, Arindam and Schuler, Benjamin. 2023."Driving forces of the complex formation between highly charged disordered proteins." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 120, 2304036120
  2. Mitra, Soumik and Kundagrami, Arindam. 2023."Polyelectrolyte Complexation of Two Oppositely Charged Symmetric Polymers: A Minimal Theory." The Journal of Chemical Physics, 158, 014904-20
  3. Sen, Swati and Kundagrami, Arindam. 2017."Charge-regularized swelling kinetics of polyelectrolyte gels: Elasticity and diffusion." The Journal of Chemical Physics, 147, 174901-11
  4. Mitra, Soumik and Kundagrami, Arindam. 2017."Kinetics of Swelling and Collapse of a Single Polyelectrolyte Chain." Macromolecules, 50, 2504-2517
  5. Muthukumar, M.; Hua, Jing and Kundagrami, Arindam. 2010."Charge regularization in phase separating polyelectrolyte solutions." The Journal of Chemical Physics, 132, 084901-9

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