Dr. K. K. R. Datta


Research Assistant Professor

My research experience over the last years has stimulated a deep interest in designing and improving materials with multifunctional properties for sorption, catalysis, water treatment and fuel cell applications. I have experience working with nanoporous solids, clays, graphene and its derivatives, carbon dots, inorganic nanoparticles and nano-zerovalent iron which are the sought after systems driving remarkable avenues for the contemporary research. I joined SRM Research Institute and Department of Chemistry as a Research Assistant Professor in July 2016.

Academic Profile

  • July 2016 - Current: Research Assistant Professor, Research Institute & Chemistry Department, SRM University, Chennai, India
  • June 2015 - June 2016: Postdoctoral Researcher (Senior Researcher) Carbon Nanogroup, Regional Center of Advanced Technology and Materials, Czech Republic Advisors Prof. Radek Zboril and Prof. Michal Otyepka
  • Aug 2012 - May 2015: Postdoctoral Researcher (Junior Researcher) Regional Center of Advanced Technology and Materials, Czech Republic Advisors Prof. Radek Zboril and Prof. Michal Otyepka
  • Sep 2014 - Dec 2014: Visiting Scientist at Center for Energy and Sustainability, Cornell University, United States of America, Advisor: Prof. Emmanuel P. Giannelis
  • July 2011- July 2012: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, India, Advisor: Prof. Eswaramoorthy Muthusamy

Education Details

  • 2007 - 2011: Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science, Dissertation: Investigations on Clay Hybrids and Carbon Based Nanostructures, Supervisor: Prof. Muthusamy Eswaramoorthy Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, India. 
  • 2008 - 2009: International Joint Graduate School Fellow Topic: Porous carbons and carbon nitride materials for adsorption and catalysis, Supervisors: Prof. Katsuhiko Ariga and Prof. Ajayan Vinu National Institute for Materials Science, Japan.
  • 2004 - 2007: Master of Science, Dissertation:Synthesis and Characterization of Nanoparticles Stabilized in Aminoclay, Agarose and Plant Virus Matrices, Supervisor: Dr. Muthusamy Eswaramoorthy Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, India. 
  • 2001- 2004: Bachelors of Science, M.E.S College, Bangalore, India, Subjects: Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Project: A search for potent poison arsenic in artificial fruit ripeners.


The field of nanomaterials has grown tremendously which is reflected by the diversity of its applications. Nanomaterials have entered in an era of solving the present day societal issues for energy production, storage and clean environment. The prime challenge in this field is to create high performance functional materials by well-established concepts and principles of chemistry. Our team's focus is to undertake sustainable methodologies for the design of hierarchical hetero atom doped porous carbons with multi-modal porosities for energy storage and robust sorbents for CO2 capture and conversion.

More research interests are given below

  • Designing multifunctional carbon materials using sustainable methods
  • Paper derived functional materials
  • Carbon dioxide capture using functionalized porous silica sorbents
  • Green, yellow and red emitting carbon quantum dots with high colloidal stability
  • High surface area graphene and graphene like materials
  • Nanoscale ionic materials for batteries and fuel cells 

Ph.D. students

1) Dharani Priya (M.Sc. General Chemistry)

Looking for young, and motivated students (undergraduate and postgraduate level) who are passionate towards topics like general chemistry, materials science and nanotechnology. 


Total number of articles: 38; Book Chapters: 2

Total number of citations: 1192 (h-index: 18)

For complete list of publications

Selected Publications

  • K. K. R. Datta,# G. Qi,# R. Zboril, E. P. Giannelis, Yellow emitting carbon dots with superior colloidal, thermal, and photochemical stabilities, Journal of Materials Chemistry C 2016, 4, 9798-9803. (#: Equal Contribution) Impact Factor: 5.066
  • K. Jayaramulu,K. K. R. Datta,# C. Rösler, M. Petr, M. Otyepka, R. Zboril and R. A. Fischer, Biomimetic Superhydrophobic/superoleophilic Highly Fluorinated Graphene Oxide and ZIF-8 Composites for Oil-Water Separation, Angewandte Chemie-International Edition, 2016, 55, 1178 -1182. (#: Equal Contribution) Impact Factor: 11.709
  • K. K. R. Datta, E. Petala, K. J. Datta, J. A. Perman, J. Tucek, P. Bartak, M. Otyepka, G. Zoppellaro, R. Zboril, NZVI Modified Magnetic Filter Paper with High Redox and Catalytic Activities for Advanced Water Treatment Technologies.Chemical Communications 201450, 15673-15676. Impact Factor6.567
  • K. K. R. Datta, O. Kozak, V. Ranc, M. Havrdova, A. B. Bourlinos, K. Safarova, K. Hola, K. Tomankova, G. Zoppellaro, M. Otyepka, R. Zboril, Quaternized carbon dot-modified graphene oxide for selective cell labelling - controlled nucleus and cytoplasm imaging.Chemical Communications 201450, 10782-10785. Impact Factor6.567 
  • K. V. Rao, K. K. R. Datta, M. Eswaramoorthy, S. J. George, Highly Pure Solid-State White-Light Emission from Solution-Processable Soft-Hybrids. Advanced Materials 201325, 1713-1718. Impact Factor18.96
  • K. K. R. Datta#, A. Achari#, M. Eswaramoorthy, Aminoclay: a functional layered material with multifaceted applications. Journal of Materials Chemistry A 20131, 6707-6718.(#: Equal Contribution) Impact Factor: 8.262 
  • F. Karlicky, K. K. R. Datta, M. Otyepka, R. Zboril, Halogenated Graphenes: Rapidly Growing Family of Graphene Derivatives. ACS Nano 20137, 6434-6464. Impact Factor13.038
  • A. Achari, K. K. R. Datta, M. De, V. P. Dravid, M. Eswaramoorthy, Amphiphilic aminoclay-RGO hybrids: a simple strategy to disperse a high concentration of RGO in water Nanoscale 20135, 5316-5320. Impact Factor7.76
  • B. Narayanamoorthy, K. K. R. Datta, M. Eswaramoorthy, S. Balaji, Improved Oxygen Reduction Reaction Catalyzed by Pt/Clay/Nafion Nanocomposite for PEM Fuel Cells. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 20124, 3620-3626. Impact Factor7.145 
  • K. V. Rao, K. K. R. Datta, M. Eswaramoorthy, S. J. George, Light-Harvesting Hybrid Hydrogels: Energy-Transfer-Induced Amplified Fluorescence in Noncovalently Assembled Chromophore-Organoclay Composites. Angewandte Chemie-International Edition 2011, 50, 1179-1184. Impact Factor:11.709 
  • K. K. R. Datta, D. Jagadeesan, C. Kulkarni, A. Kamath, R. Datta, M. Eswaramoorthy, Observation of Pore-Switching Behavior in Porous Layered Carbon through a Mesoscale Order-Disorder Transformation.Angewandte Chemie-International Edition 201150, 3929-3933. Impact Factor11.709 
  • K. K. R. Datta, B. V. S. Reddy, K. Ariga, A. Vinu, Gold Nanoparticles Embedded in a Mesoporous Carbon Nitride Stabilizer for Highly Efficient Three-Component Coupling Reaction. Angewandte Chemie-International Edition 201049, 5961-5965.Impact Factor:11.709 
  • K. K. R. Datta, C. Kulkarni, M. Eswaramoorthy, Aminoclay: a permselective matrix to stabilize copper nanoparticles. Chemical Communications 2010, 46, 616-618.Impact Factor: 6.567 
  • G. Johnsy, K. K. R. Datta, V. A. Sajeevkumar, S. N. Sabapathy, A. S. Bawa, M. Eswaramoorthy, Aminoclay: A Designer Filler for the Synthesis of Highly Ductile Polymer-Nanocomposite Film. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 20091, 2796-2803.Impact Factor:7.145 
  • K. K. R. Datta, M. Eswaramoorthy, C. N. R. Rao, Water-solubilized aminoclay-metal nanoparticle composites and their novel properties. Journal of Materials Chemistry 200717, 613-615. Impact Factor: 6.626  

Principles of Environmental Science-15CY102 and Enginnering Chemistry (15CY101) for 1st year B.Tech.students.


Undergraduate and graduate students interested in working on graphene derivatives, inorganic nanoparticles, porous materials and polymer nanocomposites can write to me. Students interested in doing short term projects can send your topic of interest to my email id or contact me.

Dr. K. K. R. Datta
Research Institute& Chemistry Department,
R-1221, 12th floor, University Building,
SRM University, Kattankulathur,
Chennai – 603 203.