Sarika Maitra Bhattacharyya

Sarika Maitra Bhattacharyya

Polymer Science and Engineering Division

About Me

 In my group, we work in the field of soft condensed matter physics with the study of glassy supercooled systems being the primary focus area. When a liquid is cooled very fast it avoids crystallization due to suppression of nucleation and enters the supercooled liquid regime where it exhibits slow dynamics. On further cooling the supercooled liquid undergoes glass transition. The details of the relaxation dynamics of glassy system and the properties of the glass have been and continue to be in the focus of intense research activity. These investigations are motivated by the fact that glasses are not only important for many daily and technological applications but are also an intellectual challenge for fundamental studies. There are many aspects of the glassy system that are investigated by researchers across the globe. The work in my group is broadly categorized into i)Study of the correlation between structure, thermodynamics and dynamics ii) Study of the role of locally favoured structure in the glass forming ability and slow dynamics. iii) Development of theoretical models to describe supercooled liquid dynamics. iii) Study of mean-field like systems and their correlation with normal glass formers. 

Professional Experience

  • October 2014-  Principal Scientist(Associate Professor), Polymer Science and Engineering Division, National ChemicalLaboratory , Pune, India.
  • October 2010- October 2014 Senior Scientist(Assistant Professor), Polymer Science and Engineering Division, National Chemical Laboratory , Pune, India.
  • 2010- DST young scientist fellow.
  • (2004-2009) Post doc. at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, collaborating with Prof. Peter G. Wolynes from UCSD , USA
  • (2002-2003) Post doc. at LMS , California Institute of Technology,Pasadena,U.S.A. with Prof Ahmed Zewail and Prof Zeng Gang Wang
  • (2000-2002) Post doc. at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
  • (1994-2000) Ph. D (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. Advisor: Prof. Biman Bagchi)

Selected Publications

  • Sayantan Acharya, Ujjwal Kumar Nandi And and Sarika Maitra Bhattacharyya , Fickian yet non-Gaussian behaviour: A dominant role of the intermittent dynamics, The Journal of Chemical Physics., 146, 134504 (2017), DOI:
  • Manoj Kumar Nandi, Atreyee Banerjee, Chandan Dasgupta And Sarika Maitra Bhattacharyya, Role of the Pair Correlation Function in the Dynamical Transition Predicted by Mode Coupling Theory, Phys. Rev. Let., 119, 265502 (2017), DOI:
  • Ujjwal Kumar Nandi, Atreyee Banerjee, Suman Chakrabarty And and Sarika Maitra Bhattacharyya, Composition dependence of the glass forming ability in binary mixtures: The role of demixing entropy, The Journal of Chemical Physics., 145, 034503 (2016), DOI:
  • Atreyee Banerjee, Shiladitya Sengupta, Srikanth Sastry And Sarika Maitra Bhattacharyya, The role of structure and entropy in determining differences in dynamics for glass formers with different interaction potentials, Phys.Rev.Let., 113, 225701 (2014).
  • Sneha Elizabeth Abraham And Sarika Maitra Bhattacharyya and Biman Bagchi, Energy Landscape, Antiplasticization, and Polydispersity Induced Crossover of Heterogeneity in Supercooled Polydisperse Liquids, Phy. Rev. Lett., 100, 167801 (2008).
  • Sarika Maitra Bhattacharyya And Biman Bagchi and Peter G. Wolynes, Bridging the gap between the mode coupling and the random first order transition theories of structural relaxation in liquids, Phys. Rev. E., 72, 031509 (2005).
  • Sarika M. Bhattacharyya And Zhen-Gang Wang and Ahmed H. Zewail, Dynamics of Water near a Protein Surface, J. Phys. Chem. B., 106, 6617 (2003).

Research Interest

  • Theory AND Computational Science
  • Complex Fluids AND Polymer Engineering
  • Polymer Physics

Contact Details

Dr. Sarika Maitra Bhattacharyya

Principal Scientist
Office: H-102, Polymer and Advanced Materials Laboratory
National Chemical Laboratory
Dr. Homi Bhabha Road
Pune 411008, India
Phone  +91 20 2590 3144
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