Renewable Energy- Solar hydrogen generation from water, photovoltaics: Fabrication, characterization and application of materials that are involved in the processes.
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Inorganic-organic hybrid materials, nanomaterials, renewable energy, heterogeneous catalysis, hydrogen generation & storage, photovoltaics, CO2 to fuels
• Synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials
• Crystal Engineering and supramolecular chemistry
• Solid state and semiconductor science
• Renewable energy
• Inorganic Chemistry
Ph. D. Chemistry 1999 – 2005 Indian Institute of Technology(IIT), Bombay, India
Inorganic and Materials Chemistry
[Title of the thesis: Interaction of transition and main group metal ions with alkyl and amino substituted benzoic acids: A synthetic and structural study]
M. S. Chemistry 1997 - 1999 The University of Burdwan, India
Specialized in Inorganic Chemistry
B. S. Chemistry 1994 - 1997 The University of Burdwan, India
Degree with Honors
Research Scientist June 2010 - Present Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Nevada Reno
Responsible for various project management, writing reports, writing grants, publishing papers, writing patent claims, presenting results in various meetings, and mentoring Undergraduate and Graduate students
Synthesis and development of catalysts for renewable energy applications
Ensuring compliance with safety policy. Assigned jobs to group members
Ensuring an overall cleanliness of labs. Proctored chemical waste
Postdoctoral Research Associate Dec 2005 – May 2010 Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Nevada Reno
Developed advanced electrochemical anodization process to grow low band gap semiconductor nanotubes on metal surface for photovoltaic and solar applications
Developed CNT-TiO2 nanotube composite for hydrogen storage application
Co-inventor of several renewable energy processes. Developed new functionalized-nanomaterial (e.g., metal ion exchanged titania, and CdTe) based sensor for chemical and radiation detection
Employed theory and modeling to investigate atomic properties of nanomaterials
Responsible for publishing papers, writing patent claims, presenting results in various meetings, and mentoring Undergraduate and Graduate students
Postdoctoral Research Associate Jan 2005 – June 2005 Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India
• Responsible for synthesis of boron nitride and hydride based nanomaterials.
• Understanding hydrogen bonding behavior in these nanomaterials using characterization and theoretical calculations.
[The project was complete; moved to US]
Jan 1999-Dec 2004
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India
Acquired strong skill sets across multidisciplinary study of chemistry and materials science. Studied inorganic, organic, analytical, physical, electrochemistry and theoretical chemistry. Solid foundation in laboratory research, investigation methodologies, and experimentation techniques. Developed various nanomaterials for key industrial applications.
Developed new synthesis process for porous materials, catalysts, on large and small scale. Gained experience in various analytical and spectroscopic characterization tools.
Did research on Organometallic Chemistry (synthetic) and Synthesis of hybrid organic-inorganic compounds
• Instructor for “MSE 791 Special Topics” (with professor Misra) at University of Nevada Reno, 2010.
• Teaching Assistant for a postgraduate course entitled “Advanced Laboratory Techniques” (July 1999-December 1999).
• Teaching Assistant for undergraduate engineering courses (Fundamentals of Physical and Inorganic Chemistry) at IIT-Bombay (January 2000-December 2001).
1. “Nanostructure array and methods of use for detection of triacetone triperoxide”, M. Misra, S. Banerjee, S.K. Mohapatra U.S. Pat. Appl. Publ. (2009), US 2009275143 A1 20091105.
2. “Nanostructure array, membrane, and method of manufacture and photovoltaic use”, M. Misra, S. Banerjee, S.K. Mohapatra US patent (filed April 2009; Appl. Number 61173360).
3. “Hydrogen production system and method including catalyst and oxygen scavenger”, M. Misra, S. Mohapatra, S. Banerjee, N. Kondamudi US patent (filed November 2009, Appl. Number 61261180).
Fields of expertise
Writing Synthetic Chemistry, nanomaterial synthesis and application, heterogeneous catalysis, solar energy utilization, sensor, CO2 capture and sequestration, waste management, industry-academe collaborations.
Theoretical calculations and modeling (using Gaussian) and general windows based software.
Wrote proposals to DOE, NIREC and NSF. Published articles in ACS, IOP, Elsevier and RSC.
HONORS AND AWARDS
2007-Present Member, American Chemical Society
Member, Materials Research Society, Materials Advantage and Research Society, (MARS) UNR Chapter
2009 On line news in VerticalNews newsletter about the published article “The detection of improvised
nonmilitary peroxide based explosives using a titania nanotube array sensor” Nanotechnology, Vol. 20(7), pp75502 (2009)
2008 The published article “Synthesis of carbon nanotube-TiO2 nanotubular material for reversible hydrogen storage” Nanotechnology, Vol 19, pp445607 (2008) has been downloaded 250 times from the date of publication in the quarter October - December 2008. To put this into context, across all Institute of Physics (IOP) journals 10% of articles were accessed over 250 times this quarter (IOP; October - December 2008)
2008 The published article “Synthesis of Fe2O3/TiO2 nanorod-nanotube arrays by filling TiO2 nanotubes with Fe” Nanotechnology, Vol 19, pp315601 (2008) has been downloaded 250 times in 22 days from the date of publication. To put this into context, across all Institute of Physics (IOP) journals 10% of articles were accessed over 250 times this quarter
2001-2002 Senior research fellowships in Department of Chemistry, IIT–Bombay
Adani award for excellence in teaching for the course CH101 (Physical Chemistry, B. Tech 1st year, IIT-Bombay
1999 Junior research fellowships in Department of Chemistry, IIT–Bombay
Topper of the Ph.D. program, IIT–Bombay
Topper of the Inorganic Chemistry Division in M.Sc.
PUBLICATIONS • Multinuclear (1H, 13C, 31P, 29Si,) NMR
• UV-Vis Spectrophotometer
• Autoclave (Max. operating pressure=50 Bar and Max. operating temp. = 300 C)
• Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) Furnace
• Scanning electron microscope (SEM)
• Schlenk/double line techniques and Glove box
1. “First alkaline earth metal 3-aminobenzoate (3-aba) complex: 1-D polymeric [Ca(3-aba)2(H2O)2]n assembly,” R. Murugavel and S. Banerjee Inorg. Chem. Commun. 2003, 6, 810-814.
2. “Formation of one-dimensional water inside an organic solid: Supramolecular architectures derived by the interaction of aminobenzoic acids with nitrogen bases and H2SO4,” S. Banerjee and R. Murugavel Crystal Growth & Design 2004, 4, 545-552.
3. “Cobalt-5-aminoisophthalate: [Co(AIPA)(OH2)2]n⋅nH2O: a new one-dimensional rail-road polymer with occluded water molecules,” S. Banerjee, S. Shanmugan, R. Murugavel Structural Chemistry 2007, 18, 165-169.
4. “Synthesis of Fe2O3/TiO2 nanorod-nanotube arrays by filling of TiO2 nanotubes with Fe,” S. K. Mohapatra, S. Banerjee, M. Misra Nanotechnology 2008, 19, 315601-315607 (ranked in top 10% most downloaded article).
5. “Functionalization of self-organized TiO2 nanotubes with Pd nanoparticles for photocatalytic decomposition of dyes under solar light illumination,” S. K. Mohapatra, N. Kondamudi, S. Banerjee, M. Misra Langmuir 2008, 24, 11276-11281.
6. “Synthesis of a carbon nanotube/TiO2 nanotube hybrid material and its use for reversible hydrogen storage,” A. Mishra, S. Banerjee, S. K. Mohapatra, M. Misra Nanotechnology 2008, 19, 445607 (ranked in top 10% most downloaded article).
7. “Synthesis of coupled semiconductor material by filling 1D TiO2 nanotubes with CdS,” S. Banerjee, S. K. Mohapatra, P. P. Dash, M. Misra Chem. Mater. 2008, 20, 6784–6791
8. “Detection of improvised nonmilitary peroxide based explosives using titania nanotube array sensor,” S. Banerjee, S. K. Mohapatra, M. Misra Nanotechnology 2009, 20, 075502 -075507.
9. “Water photooxidation using smooth and ultrathin α-Fe2O3 nanotube arrays,” S. K. Mohapatra, S. E. John, S. Banerjee, M. Misra Chem. Mater. 2009, 21, 3048–3055.
10. "Photooxidation of Water Using Vertically Aligned Nanotube Arrays: A comparative study of TiO2, Fe2O3 and TaON nanotubes" M. Misra, S. Banerjee, S. K. Mohapatra Mater. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. 2009, 1171, S05-10.
11. “Photoelectrochemcial hydrogen generation from water using TaON nanotube arrays” S. Banerjee, S. K. Mohapatra, M. Misra Chem. Commun. 7137–7139.
12. “Formation of chelating agent driven anodized TiO2 nanotubular membrane and its photovoltaic application” J. Deng, S. Banerjee, S. K. Mohapatra, Y. R. Smith, M. Misra Nanotechnology 2010, 21, 145201-145201.
13. "Bismuth Iron Oxide Nanoparticles as Photocatalyst for Solar Hydrogen Generation
from Water" Journal of Fundamentals of Renewable Energy and Applications (JFREA) (accepted). (INVITED)
14. “Water Photooxidation by TiSi2-TiO2 Nanotubes” S. Banerjee, S. K. Mohapatra, M. Misra J. Phys. Chem. C (accepted).
15. “Nerve gas sensor immobilized on nanoporous AAO template for nerve agent mimic,” S. Banerjee, J. C. LaCombe and T. W. Bell (Manuscript under preparation).
16. “Nanoparticle-nanotube coupled semiconductor for flexible solar cell application” S. Banerjee, S. K. Mohapatra, M. Misra (Manuscript under preparation).
17. “Glycerin utilization. Simultaneous production of hydrogen and glyceric acid from glycerol” S. K. Mohapatra, N. Kondamudi, S. Banerjee, M. Misra (Manuscript under preparation).
1. Presented at the first In-house Symposium conducted by the Department of Chemistry, IIT–Bombay, India, April 2002: “Synthesis of calcium 3-aminobenzoate (3-aba) complex: 1-D polymeric [Ca(3-aba)2(H2O)2]n assembly,” S. Banerjee and R. Murugavel.
2. Presented at the fifth Chemical Research Society of India National Symposium in Chemistry, Chennai, India, February 2003 “Synthesis and structure of calcium 3-aminobenzoate (3-aba) complex: 1-D polymeric [Ca(3-aba)2(H2O)2]n assembly,” S. Banerjee and R. Murugavel.
3. Presented at “The Tenth Modern Trends in Inorganic Chemistry,” conducted by IIT–Bombay, India, December 2004 “Supramolecular frameworks of metal carboxylates: Synthesis, crystal structure and properties,” S. Banerjee and R. Murugavel.
4. Presented at “Advanced Nanomaterials ANM-2007,” IIT Bombay, India, January, 2007: “AAO as a template for the growth of cadmium telluride nanowires via deposition on gold”, S. Banerjee, M. L. Taylor, G. P. Sklar, M. N. Savage and J. C. LaCombe.
5. Presented at “MRS Spring Meeting,” at San Francisco, USA March, 2007: “Growth of CdTe nanowires via electrodeposition on gold in AAO templates”, S. Banerjee, M. L. Taylor, G. P. Sklar, M. N. Savage and J. C. LaCombe.
6. Presented at “MRS Fall Meeting,” at Boston USA, November 2007: “Growth of cadmium telluride nanowires via electrodeposition on porous nano templates”, S. Banerjee, S. K Mohapatra, G. P Sklar, M. N. Savage and J. C. LaCombe.
7. Presented at “MRS Spring Meeting,” at San Francisco, USA March, 2009: “Interfacial charge transfer process in photoelectrochemical (PEC) generation of hydrogen using layered semiconductors as photoanodes”, M. K Mazumder, R. Sharma, S. Banerjee , S. Mohapatra, I. Hidetaka, A. S. Biris and M. Misra.
8. Presented at “MRS Spring Meeting,” at San Francisco, USA March, 2009: ‘Visible light photooxidation of water using double-walled anodic TiO2 nanotube arrays”, M. Misra, S. E. John, S. Banerjee, C. Howard and S. Mohapatra.
9. Presented at “Annual tri-state symposium,” at Cincinnati, USA, March 2010: “Water photooxidation by one-dimensional photocatalyst”, S. Mohapatra, S. Banerjee, M. Misra.
• Materials Research Society Proceedings
• Semiconductor Science and Technology
• Environmental Science and Technology
• Served as a judge in Graduate Student Association (GSA), University of Nevada, Reno, awards program (2008)
• Grand Judge in International Science and Technology Fair, Reno, 2009.
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