Prof. Avik Samanta

Assistant Professor


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Department of Chemistry, High Pressure Building (HP102), Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur, West Bengal - 721302, India.


2006 - 2009: Bachelor of Science (B.Sc. in Chemistry), Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India.

2009 - 2011: Master of Science (M.Sc. in Chemistry), Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India.

2011 - 2015: PhD in Organic Supramolecular Chemistry and Soft Nanomaterials (PI: Prof. Bart Jan Ravoo and Prof. Armido Studer), University of Muenster, Germany.



2015 - 2017: Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Chemistry (PI: Prof. J. Fraser Stoddart), Northwestern University, USA.

2017 - 2020: Alexander von Humboldt Scientist, Institute for Macromolecular Chemistry (PI: Prof. Andreas Walther), University of Freiburg, Germany.

2021 - 2023: Research Scientist (DFG-funded), Department of Chemistry (PI: Prof. Andreas Walther), University of Mainz, Germany.

2023 - 2024: Assistant Professor (Grade I), Centre for Nanotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India.

2024 - present: Assistant Professor (Grade I), Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India.


Research Statement

We work at the interface of Organic Chemistry, Nanoscience and Soft Materials, with the aim of developing interactive microsystems and materials with life-like properties. Our research efforts also aim to engineer pathways of out-of-equilibrium self-assembly pathways with programmable lifetimes and to design synthetic cellular entities that mimic some of the life-determining processes of living cells.

Research Areas: Systems Chemistry, Soft Nanomaterials, Synthetic Cells, Catalysis in Confinements, Biomacromolecular Condensates.



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