Dr. Debabrata Sarkar

M.Sc, Ph.D

Research Assistant Professor

Dr. Debabrata Sarkar has been active in the nanostructure and material science field for 8 years, and has published 19 papers, presented poster in different international conferences, and is taking M.Sc(Physics), B.Tech courses. He graduated from Jadavpur University, Kolkata with Physics honours (B.Sc, M.Sc). He obtained a Ph.D in Material Science and Nanotechnology from the Jadavpur University after working under the supervision of Dr. K. K. Chattopadhyay.Prior to joining SRM in 2016, He did three years postdoctoral work in Hebrew University at Center for Nanoscience& Nanotechnology.

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Open Positions for PhD (more details go-> Opportunities)

PhD position-1: Candidates who have qualified CSIR-UGC-NET will be eligible to apply

PhD position-2: Candidates who have qualified MSc Physics will be eligible to apply

Contact: Applicants should send a cover letter describing their qualifications and a curriculum vitae to the following email address:



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  • Discover semiconductors that can convert the energy in sunlight into the potential energy of separated charge carriers.
  • Tuning band position and design defect state.
  • Make arrays of three-dimensionally nanostructured semiconductors.
  • Nanofiber Air Filter
  • Build an integrated device that makes fuels, chemicals, or electricity from sunlight.
  • Interested in innovating new manufacture methods for flexible and attachable inorganic electronics.
  • Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD), MLD.

Principal Investigator

Dr. Debabrata Sarkar
Research Assistant Professor,
Department of Physics & Nanotechnology

Academic Background

  • M.Sc Physics, Jadavpur University,Kolkata, India
  • Ph.D., Jadavpur University,Kolkata, India
  • PostDoc, Hebrew University, Israel
  • The D. Sarkar Group is developing solar energy technologies, discovering new semiconductors and catalysts with controlling the growth and surfaces.

PhD Student:

Agasthiyaraj .L

MSc Student: 

Arsha Thampi

Merina Sabu

Pooja P Sarngan

B.Tech Student:

Prakhar Sharma

Welcome highly talented undergraduate, graduate and PhD students with background in materials science, chemistry, physics. We also welcome visitors from other universities throughout the world. If you are interested in becoming a member of our team, please send your CV and a brief introduction.
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  • “Carbon doped ZnO thin film: Unusual nonlinear variation in bandgap and electrical characteristic” KKC Debabrata Sarkar, C.K.Ghosh, Applied Surface Science 418 (Part A), 252-257, 2017.

  • “Electroactive β-Crystalline Phase Inclusion and Photoluminescence Response of Heat Controlled Spin Coated PVDF/TiO2 Free standing Nanocomposite Film for Nanogenerator and Active Nanosensor”  Md Mehebub Alam, Ayesha Sultana, Debabrata Sarkar, DM, Nanotechnology (IOP), 2017.

  • “Improved dielectric constant and breakdown strength of γ-phase dominant super toughened PVDF/TiO2 nanocomposite film: an excellent material for energy storage application and piezoelectric throughput”  Md Mehebub Alam, Sujoy Kumar Ghosh, Debabrata Sarkar, Shrabanee Sen, DM, Nanotechnology 28 (1), 015503 (IOP), 2017

  • “Semiconductor-Metal Nano-Floret Hybrid Structures by Self-Processing Synthesis” OriHazut, Sharon Waichman, ThangavelSubramani, Debabrata Sarkar, Sthitaprajna Dash, Teresa Roncal-Herrero, Roland Kröger, and RoieYerushalmi, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 138, 4079–4086, 2016.
  • “Oxygen-Deficient Titania with Adjustable Band Positions and Defects; Molecular Layer Deposition of Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Thin Films as Precursors for Enhanced Photocatalysis” Debabrata Sarkar, Sergey Ishchuk, DerejeHailuTaffa, NivKaynan, Binyamin Adler Berke, Tatyana Bendikov, and RoieYerushalmi, J. Phys. Chem. C, 120, 3853–3862, 2016.
  • “Ag decorated topological surface state protected hierarchical Bi2Se3nanoflakes for enhanced field emission properties” Biswajit Das, Debabrata Sarkar, SupratimMaity and Kalyan Kumar Chattopadhyay, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2015, 3, 1766.
  • "Tailor-Made Oxide Architectures Attained by Molecularly Permeable Metal-Oxide Organic Hybrid Thin Films" Debabrata Sarkar, DerejeHailuTaffa, Sergey Ishchuk, OriHazut, Hagai Cohen, Gil Toker, MichaAsscher and RoieYerushalmi, Chem. Commun.,  50, 9176, 2014.
  • "Branch Density-Controlled Synthesis of Hierarchical TiO2Nanobelt and Tunable Three Step Electron Transfer for Enhanced Photocatalytic Property" Debabrata Sarkar and Kalyan K. Chattopadhyay, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 6, 10044, 2014.
  • “Three Dimensional Ag2O/TiO2Type-II (p−n) Nanoheterojunctions for Superior Photocatalytic Activity” Debabrata Sarkar, Chandan K. Ghosh, S. Mukherjee and Kalyan K. Chattopadhyay, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 5, 331, 2013. [Most read article]
  • “Morphology control of rutile TiO2 hierarchical architectures and their excellent field emission properties”Debabrata Sarkar, Chandan K. Ghosh and Kalyan K. Chattopadhyay, CrystEngComm., 14, 2683, 2012. [Top 10 accessable article]
  • “Room temperature deposition of ultra sharpZnOnanospike arrays onmetallic, non-metallic and flexible carbon fabrics: Efficient field emitters” Uday N. Maiti, SoumenMaiti, SumitaGoswami, Debabrata Sarkar and Kalyan K. Chattopadhyay, CrystEngComm, 2011, 13, 1976.
  • “Sb-doped CuAlO2: widening of band gap and nonlinear J–E characteristics” Chandan K. Ghosh, Srinivasa R. Popuri, Debabrata Sarkar and Kalyan K. Chattopadhyay, J. Mater. Sci., 46, 1613, 2011.
  • “Easy synthesis of amorphous graphene and related hybrids for cold cathode application” D. Banerjee, N. S. Das, Debabrata Sarkar, KalyanK.Chattopadhyay, CARBON, 2014, 72, 4.
  • “Equibiaxial strain: tunable electronic structure and optical properties of bulk and monolayer MoSe2” Chandan K. Ghosh, Debabrata Sarkar, Manoj K. Mitra, Kalyan K. Chattopadhyay, Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 2013, 46, 395304.

Papers Presented:

  • “Controlling the electronic structure and photocatalytic activity of annealed Ti-EG films” Debabrata Sarkar, Binyamin Adler Berke, HariprasadEllendula, and RoieYerushalmi, INNI-FTA, Nanostuctured Oxides for Quantum Conversion of Solar Energy-2015, (Jerushalem, Israel)
  • “Sustainable photocatalytic production of H2O2 from water and molecular oxygen by tailored metal oxide photocatalyst prepared by molecular layer deposition”Debabrata Sarkar, Binyamin Adler Berke and RoieYerushalmi, 32nd Israel Vacuum Society conference - IVS 2014 (Israel)
  • “Carbon doping induces a nonlinear variation in band gap of ZnO thin film” Debabrata Sarkar, Chandan K. Ghosh and Kalyan K. Chattopadhyay, International Conference on Fundamental and Applications of Nanoscience& Technology (ICFANT-2011), (Kolkata, India).
  • “Facile Synthesis of Large Scale Mesoporous TiO2 Microspheres by Templete-free Hydrothermal Process: Their Photocatalysis Degradation”Debabrata Sarkar and Kalyan K. Chattopadhyay, 16th International Workshop on Physics of Semiconductor Devices (IWPSD, (IIT Kanpur, India). Proceedings of SPIE Vol. 8549 854927-1
  • “Facile hydrothermal Synthesis of TiO2 nanowires and its excellent photocatalytic activity” Debabrata Sarkar, Chandan K. Ghosh and Kalyan K. Chottopadhyay, International Conference on Theoretical and Applied Physics (ICTAP-2011), (IIT Kharagpur, India).
  • “Photocatalytic degradation and Langmuir-Hinshelwood (L-H) kinetic model for TiO2 (B) nanobelt” Debabrata Sarkar, Chandan K. Ghosh, S. Mukherjee and Kalyan K. Chottopadhyay, India-Australia International Workshop on Nanotechnology in Materials and Energy Application (2011), (Kolkata, India).

M.Sc Physics: PPY15102-Classical Mechanics

                       17PPH102-Classical Mechanics

                       PPY15204-Nanoscience and  Nanomaterials

B.Tech: Material science

PhD Position-1 CSIR-UGC-NET qualified candidates; Fellowship as per govt.

PhD Position-2

The successful candidate is expected to use existing equipment and develop novel approaches to explore the synthesis of different type of nanostructure for photocatalysis and devices.

Qualifications: First Class or Equivalent in M.Sc./M.Tech. Background in materials science, physics, chemistry or related fields. Those who have appeared for their Master’s degree examinations and are awaiting the results can also apply.

Desirable: Preference will be given to NET/GATE/any national level PhD. entrance test qualified candidates.

Fellowship: SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University) fellowship. Rs.16000/ for Fellowship and NET qualified candidates will be offered additional perquisites.

Contact: Applicants should send a cover letter describing their qualifications and a curriculum vitae to the following email address:


Welcome highly talented undergraduate, graduate and PhD students with background in physics,materials science, chemistry, nanotechnology.


Office Address:

Dr. Debabrata Sarkar
Central Library Building
13th floor, R-6
SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University)
Kattankulathur, Chennai
Tamil Nadu 603203, India

Office Tel: +9144-2741-7906

mailEmail: debabratasarkar.s@ktr.srmuniv.ac.in