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 2019- Senior Principal Scientist (Professor ACSIR), Polymer Science and Engineering Division, National ChemicalLaboratory , Pune, India.
  • October 2014- October 2019 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

  • Palak Patel, Mohit Sharma And Sarika Maitra Bhattacharyya, Dynamic heterogeneity in polydisperse systems: A comparative study of the role of local structural order parameter and particle size, J. Chem. Phys., 159, 044501 (2023), DOI:10.1063/5.0156794,arXiv:2305.02043.
  • Ujjwal Kumar Nandi, Palak Patel, Mohd Moid, Manoj Kumar Nandi, Shiladitya Sengupta, Smarajit Karmakar, Prabal K Maiti, Chandan Dasgupta And Sarika Maitra Bhattacharyya, Thermodynamics and its correlation with dynamics in a mean-field model and pinned systems: A comparative study using two different methods of entropy calculation, Journal of Chemical Physics (Special issue of "Slow Dynamics")., 156, 014503 (2022), DOI:10.1063/5.0065668, arXiv:2108.00617.
  • Mohit Sharma, Manoj Kumar Nandi And Sarika Maitra Bhattacharyya, Identifying structural signature of dynamical heterogeneity via the local softness parameter, Phys. Rev. E., 105, 044604 (2022), DOI:10.1103/PhysRevE.105.044604, arXiv: 2108.00627.
  • Manoj Kumar Nandi and Sarika Maitra Bhattacharyya, A microscopic theory of softness in supercooled liquid, Physical Review Letters., 126, 208001 (2021), DOI:10.1103/PhysRevLett.126.208001, arXiv:2011.02299v1.
  • Ankit Singh, Sarika Maitra Bhattacharyya And Yashwant Singh, Emergence of cooperatively reorganizing cluster and super- Arrhenius dynamics of fragile supercooled liquids, Physical Review E., 103, 032611 (2021), DOI:,arXiv:2011.09185v1.
  • Ujjwal Kumar Nandi, Walter Kob And Sarika Maitra Bhattacharyya, Connecting real glasses to mean-field models, Journal of Chemical Physics., 154, 094506 (2021), DOI: , arXiv:2011.14501.
  • Palak Patel, Manoj Kumar Nandi, Ujjwal Kumar Nandi And Sarika Maitra Bhattacharyya, Effective structure of a system with continuous polydispersity, Journal of Chemical Physics., 154, 034503 (2021), DOI:, arXiv:2011.01673v1.
  • Indranil Saha, Manoj Kumar Nandi And Chandan Dasgupta and Sarika Maitra Bhattacharyya, A comparative study of a class of mean field theories of the glass transition, Journal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment., Aug 2019, 084008 (2019), DOI:10.1088/1742-5468/ab3115.
  • Manoj Kumar Nandi and Sarika Maitra Bhattacharyya, Continuous time random walk concepts applied to extended mode coupling theory: a study of the Stokes–Einstein breakdown, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter., 32, 064001 (2019), DOI:10.1088/1361-648x/ab50d4.
  • Sayantan Acharya, Ujjwal K Nandi And Sarika Maitra Bhattacharyya, Comparative Study of Anomalous Size Dependence of Charged and Neutral Solute Diffusion in Water, The Journal of Physical Chemistry B., 123, 10275 - 10285 (2019), DOI:10.1021/acs.jpcb.9b08023.
  • Manoj Kumar Nandi and Sarika Maitra Bhattacharyya, Analysis of the anomalous mean-field like properties of Gaussian core model in terms of entropy, The Journal of Chemical Physics., 148, 034504 (2018), DOI:
  • 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).
  • Sarika Maitra Bhattacharyya, Fragility of glass forming liquids, Hindustan book agency, India., 389, (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

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