Prof. Suman Kalyan Samanta

Assistant Professor


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Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur - 721302, West Bengal, India


  • Ph.D. (2011):  Department of Organic Chemistry, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, India
  • M.Sc. (2006):  Rajabazar Science College, Kolkata, University of Calcutta, India (Organic Chemistry Specialization)
  • B.Sc. (2004): City College, Kolkata, University of Calcutta, India (Chemistry (Honors))


  • Assistant Professor (Jul 2018 – Present): Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India
  • Postdoctoral Scholar (Feb 2017 – Jul 2018): Department of Chemical Engineering, Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), South Korea.
  • Research Associate-II (Dec 2015 – Jan 2017): Director’s Research Unit, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS), Kolkata, India.
  • Alexander von Humboldt Fellow (Jul 2013 – Aug 2015): Department of Macromolecular Chemistry and Institute for Polymer Technology, Wuppertal University, Germany.  
  • Research Associate (Aug 2011 – Jun 2013): Department of Organic Chemistry, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India.

Research Statement

Research in the OMED lab includes supramolecular and macromolecular chemistry to generate novel organic materials that can find potential applications in the emerging fields of energy, catalysis, electronic devices etc. A flow chart (above) represents the broad research topics of the OMED lab. In a combination, we will utilize the potential of (i) synthetic organic chemistry to generate new materials, (ii) self-assembly principles to process these materials and (iii) electronic device fabrication techniques to achieve high-end device applications. Efforts will be devoted towards developing new building blocks (n-type or p-type) for the synthesis of novel small molecules and high performance conjugated polymers. Several strategies (will be described subsequently) will be adopted in order to tune the materials properties such as incorporation of chirality, donor-acceptor conjugation, side-chain variation etc. A major part of the active research will involve the synthesis of polymer networks either conjugated or non-conjugated for the applications in renewable energy such as gas storage, dye absorption, catalyst loading and water splitting.


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