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Dr. Vivek Bagchi


Energy and Environmental Research Laboratory: 

We are working on the design and synthesize new nanoscale materials for Energy Conversion and Storage...


Research Interest

  • We are working on designing and synthesizing new nanoscale materials and structures with an emphasis on rational control of morphology, size, structure, composition and doping of metal carbides, nitrides, sulphides, phosphides, oxides etc on multiple scales for Energy and Environmental Applications.

    Nanostructured composite materials for photoelectrochemical applications; Rechargeable Metal-Air Batteries and hybrid energy storage devices; Active catalysts for Oxygen Reduction Reaction for Nonaqueous Air Batteries; Development of low-cost, stable and efficient electrocatalyst for development of PEMFC; MOF based polymer electrolyte; Nano-materials mediated catalysis for organic transformations; Engineered nanomaterials for Air/Water purification

Research Highlights

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PhD Students

  • Ms. Ritu Rai (Past Student)

    Email: ritu.ph14205@inst.ac.in

    Reg. No.: PH14205 (Past Student)

    Working Since Jul, 2014
  • Mr. Rajinder Kumar (Past Student)

    Email: rajinder.ph14214@inst.ac.in

    Reg. No.: PH14214 (Past Student)

    Working Since Jul, 2014
  • zubair ahmed

    Email: zebair.rp121621@inst.ac.in

    Reg. No.: RP121621 (CSIR)

    Working Since Mar, 2017
  • Ms. Shilpa Kumari

    Email: shilpa.ph18216@inst.ac.in

    Reg. No.: PH18216 (INST)

    Working Since Aug, 2018
  • Mr. Deepak Upreti

    Email: deepak.ph19240@inst.ac.in

    Reg. No.: PH19240 (CSIR)

    Working Since Jan, 2020

PhD Students

  • Rajinder Kumar

    Email: rajinder@inst.ac.in

    Reg. No.: PH14214

  1. Promoting electrocatalytic oxygen reduction in a model composite using selective metal ions: Zubair Ahmed,a Parrydeep K. Sachdeva,a Ritu Rai,a Rajinder Kumar,a Takahiro Maruyama,b Chandan Bera,a and Vivek Bagchi*, (2020) ACS Applied Energy Materials, -: -. DOI: DOI: 10.1021/acsaem.0c00129

  2. Probing into the effect of heterojunctions between Cu/Mo2C/Mo2N on HER performance: Rajinder Kumar, Zubair Ahmed, Harwinder Kaur, Chandan Bera and Vivek Bagchi*, (2020) Catalysis Science and Technology, . DOI: https://doi.org/10.1039/C9CY02526J

  3. Hydrated FePO4 nanoparticles supported on P-doped RGO show enhanced ORR activity compared to their dehydrated form in an alkaline medium,: Zubair Ahmed, Ritu Rai, Rajinder Kumar, Takahiro Maruyama and Vivek Bagchi, (2019) RSC Advances, 9: 24654-24658. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1039/C9RA04070F

  4. Uniformly Decorated Molybdenum Carbide/Nitride Nanostructures on Biomass Templates for Hydrogen Evolution Reaction Applications,: Rajinder Kumar, Zubair Ahmed, Ritu Rai, Ashish Gaur, Shilpa Kumari, Takahiro Maruyama, Vivek Bagchi*, (2019) ACS Omega, 491: 4155-14161. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1021/acsomega.9b02321

  5. Environmentally Benign Metal-Free Reduction of GO Using Molecular Hydrogen: A Mechanistic Insight: Ritu Rai, Zubair Ahmed, Rajinder Kumar, Rameshwar L Kumawat, Kalyani Chordiya, Takahiro Maruyama,ehesan ali ,Vivek Bagchi*, (2018) ACS Omega, 3: 15112-15118. DOI: 10.1021/acsomega.8b00848

  6. Comparative Nitrene-Transfer Chemistry to Olefinic Substrates Mediated by a Library of Anionic Mn(II) Triphenylamido-Amine Reagents and M(II) Congeners (M = Fe, Co, Ni) Favoring Aromatic over: Vivek Bagchi, Anshika Kalra , Purak Das, Amitava Choudhury, Zhicheng Sun , Thomas R. Cundari, and Pericles Stavropoulos, (2018) ACS Catalysis, 8: 9183–9206. DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.8b01941

  7. Nano-structured hybrid Molybdenum Carbides / Nitrides generated in-situ for HER Applications;: Rajinder Kumar, Ritu Rai, Seema Gautam, Abir De Sarkar, N. Tiwari, Shambhu Nath Jha, Dibyendu Bhattacharyya, Ashok K Ganguli,Vivek Bagchi*, (2017) J. Mater. Chem. A,, . DOI: 10.1039/C7TA01815K

  8. A Versatile Tripodal Cu(I) Reagent for C–N Bond Construction via Nitrene-Transfer Chemistry: Catalytic Perspectives and Mechanistic Insights on C–H Aminations/Amidinations and Olefin Aziridin: Patrina Paraskevopoulou , Purak Das , Lingyu Chi , Qiuwen Wang , Amitava Choudhury , Jennifer S. Mathieson , Leroy Cronin , Daniel B. Pardue , Thomas R. Cundari , George Mitrikas , Yiannis Sanakis ,Pericles Stavropoulos, (2014) J. Am. Chem. Soc., 136 (32): 11362–11381. DOI: 10.1021/ja503869j


  • Design and development of large scale prototype photochemical reactor for hydrogen generation (As Co-PI) 2017-2020, DST Nanomission
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  • Low cost diagnostic system for public health surveillance targeting bacterial enteric pathogens (as Co-PI) 2015-2018, DST Nano Mission
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    PI: Dr. Vivek Bagchi
  • Air purification device for removal of harmful gases such as ammonia, VOC’s in poultry farms (PI) 2016-2019, Technology Development Program
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    PI: Dr. Vivek Bagchi
  • Nano-structured Materials Synthesized from Transition Metal Carbides / Nitrides for Electrocatalytic Applications 2015-2018, Sanctioned by SERB, DST
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    PI: Dr. Vivek Bagchi
  • First-Row Transition Metals in Catalytic Atom / Group -Transfer Functionalization of Hydrocarbons 2014-2017, Sanctioned by SERB, DST
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    PI: Dr. Vivek Bagchi

  • 2009

    Ph. D

    Title: “Metalloporphyrin Catalyzed oxidation Reactions: Synthesis, Structure and Mechanism”, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India.

  • 2001

    M. Sc

    Inorganic Chemistry (Major), Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, University of North Bengal, West Bengal, India.

  • 1999

    B. Sc

    Chemistry (Hons), Physics, Mathematics (Minor), University of North Bengal, India. (University of North Bengal, India) (First Class 3rd: Rank 3)

  • Scientist C:Institute of Nano Science and Technology,, Mohali, Punjab (January 2013 to Present till date )

  • Post Doctoral Research Associate:Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla,, MO, USA (August 2009 to September 2012 )

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