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Dhananjay Nandi

Dept: Physical Sciences (DPS)
E-mail: dhananjay [at]
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Research Interest:

We are interested in studying low-energy electron molecule interactions in the gas phase. To facilitate this, we have developed state-of-the-art instrumentation over the years. We have developed a Velocity Map Imaging (VMI) spectrometer, a spectrometer for absolute cross-section measurement and a pulsed supersonic expansion setup to study molecular clusters. Research in this group involves development of the experimental setup and subsequent experimentation.

Academic Background:

  1. PhD (Science) (Molecular Physics), Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (University of Mumbai), 2004
  2. MSc (Physics), Science College (University of Calcutta), 1998, Ranked Second (part I) & Third (Part II)
  3. BSc (Physics (Hons)), Ramakrishna Mission Residential College (University of Calcutta), 1996


  1. Professor, IISER Kolkata (current)
  2. Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata (2015 - 2019)
  3. Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata (2009 - 2015)
  4. Research Associate, Laboratory Francis PERRIN, CEA Saclay, France (2009 - 2009)
  5. Research Professor, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea (2008 - 2009)
  6. Guest Scientist, Free University, Berlin, Germany (2006 - 2007)
  7. Post-Doc, Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik (2004 - 2005)

Awards and Honors:

  1. INSA Medal for Young Scientist from Indian National Science Academy (2010)
  2. Best Thesis from Indian Society of Atomic and Molecular Physics (2004)
  3. Junior Research Fellowship from Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) (1998)
  4. Silver Medal from Ramakrishna Mission Residential College, Narendrapur (1996)

Selected Publications:

  1. Paul, Anirban; Carmichael, Ian; Nandi, Dhananjay; Ptasinska, Sylwia and Chakraborty, Dipayan. 2024."Structural rearrangements and fragmentation pathways induced by a low-energy electron attachment to ethyl acetate." Physical Review A, 109, 042818
  2. Kundu, Narayan and Nandi, Dhananjay. 2024."Observation of Renner-Teller and predissociation coupled vibrionic intensity borrowing in dissociative electron attachment to OCS." Journal of Chemical Physics, 160, 114315
  3. Paul, Anirban; Nandi, Dhananjay; Slaughter, Daniel S.; Fedor, Juraj and Nag, Pamir. 2024."Dissociative electron attachment to carbon tetrachloride probed by velocity map imaging." Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 26, 5783-5792
  4. Paul, Anirban; Ghosh, Soumya and Nandi, Dhananjay. 2023."Fragmentation dynamics and absolute dissociative electron attachment cross sections in the low energy electron collision with ethanol ." Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 25, 28263
  5. Kundu, Narayan; Kumar, Vikrant and Nandi, Dhananjay. 2023."Breakdown of dipole Born approximation and the role of Rydberg's predissociation for the electron-induced ion-pair dissociation in the presence of background gases." The Journal of Chemical Physics, 158, 154305

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