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Dr. K. K. R. Datta

Ph.D

Research Assistant Professor

Welcome to Functional Nanomaterials Laboratory 

Opening for a Junior Research Fellow in DST-SERB project (See oppurtunities section)

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. 

Academic Profile

  • July 2016 - Current: Research Assistant Professor, Research Institute & Chemistry Department, SRM Institute of Science and Technology, 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 multifunctional nanomaterials for energy storage and CO2 capture and conversion.

Detailed research interests are given below

  • Designing multifunctional carbon materials using sustainable methods

  • Paper derived functional materials for sensing and catalytic applications

  • Carbon dioxide capture using aqua sorbents

  • Layered double hybroxides composites for electrocatalytic applications

  • Porous Fluorographene composites for oil-water separation 

Ph.D. students

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

Research Topic: Transition Materials based LDHs and Carbon Nanostructures for sorption, electrocatalytic and clean technologies

 

Undergraduate and graduate students interested in working on graphene functionalization, clay and LDH hybrids, and porous materials can contact me with a brief writeup of their research interest. Please see openings.

Total number of articles: 41; Book Chapters: 2

Total number of citations: 1388 (h-index: 19)

Patent

K. K. R. Datta, E. Petala, K. J. Datta, J. Perman, J. Filip and R. Zboril, Composite material comprising organic-fibers and zerovalent iron nanoparticles and its use as catalyst. European Patent No. 2995374 A1

For complete list of publications

List of Publications

      2018

  1. K. Jayaramulu, D. P. Dubal, B. Nagar, V. Ranc, O. Tomanec, M. Petr, K. K. R. Datta, R. Zboril, P. Gómez-Romero, and R. A. Fischer, Ultrathin Hierarchical Porous Carbon Nanosheets for High-Performance Supercapacitors and Redox Electrolyte Energy Storage, Advanced Materials, 2018. 30, 1705789, Impact Factor = 19.791
  2. J. Mourycová, K. K. R. Datta*, A. Procházková, M. Plotěná, V. Enev, J. Smilek, J. Másílko, and M. Pekař* Facile Synthesis and Rheological characterization of Nanocomposite Hyaluronan-Organoclay Hydrogels, International Journal of Biological Macromolecules2018, 111, 680-684. Impact Factor: 3.67

2017

  1. L. Fu#K. K. R. Datta,# K. Spyrou, G. Qi, A. Sardar, M. M. B. Khader, R. Zboril, and E. P. Giannelis, Phyllosilicate nanoclay-based aqueous nanoparticle sorbent for CO2 capture at ambient conditions, Applied Materials Today20179, 451-455 (#: Equal Contribution) Impact Factor: 5.71

2016

1. 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. Impact Factor: 11.709. (Times Cited: 50)

2. 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. Impact Factor: 5.066 (Times Cited: 5)

3. K. J. Datta, M. B. Gawande, K. K. R. Datta, V. Ranc, J. Pechousek, M. Krizek, J. Tucek, R. Kale, P Pospisil, R. S. Varma, T. Asefa, G. Zoppellaro, and R Zboril, Micro-Mesoporous Iron Oxides with Record Efficiency for Decomposition of Hydrogen Peroxide: Morphology Driven Catalysis for Degradation of Organic Contaminants, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2016, 4, 596-604. Impact Factor: 8.262, (Times Cited: 8)

4. K. J. Datta, K. K. R. Datta, M. B. Gawande,  V. Ranc, K. Čépe, V. Malgras, Y. Yamauchi, R. S. Varma, and R. Zboril, Pd@Pt Core-Shell Nanoparticles with Branched Dandelion-like Morphology as Highly Efficient Catalysts for Olefin Reduction, Chemistry-A European Journal, 2016, 22, 1577-1581. Impact Factor: 5.771, (Times Cited: 11)  (Featured as Hot Paper and highlighted as Cover article).

5. R. Pocklanova, A. K. Rathi, M. B. Gawande, K. K. R. Datta, V. Ranc, K. Cepe, M. Petr, R. S. Varma, L. Kvitek, R. Zboril, Gold nanoparticle-decorated graphene oxide: Synthesis andapplication in oxidation reactions under benign conditions, Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical, 2016, 424, 121-127. Impact Factor: 3.598, (Times Cited: 7)

2015

1. K. Jayaramulu, K. K. R. Datta, K. Shiva, A. J. Bhattacharyya, M. Eswaramoorthy, T. K. Maji, Controlled synthesis of tunable nanoporous carbons for gas storage and supercapacitor application. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials 2015, 206, 127-135. Impact Factor: 3.349, (Times Cited: 6)

2. A. Mokdad, K. Dimos, G. Zoppellaro, J. Tucek, J. A. Perman, O. Malina, K. K. Andersson, K. K. R. Datta, J. P. Froning, R. Zboril, The non-innocent nature of graphene oxide as a theranostic platform for biomedical applications and its reactivity towards metal-based anticancer drugs. RSC Advances 2015, 5, 76556-76566. Impact Factor: 3.289, (Times Cited: 6)

2014

1. B. Narayanamoorthy, K. K. R. Datta, M. Eswaramoorthy, S. Balaji, Highly Active and Stable Pt3Rh Nanoclusters as Supportless Electrocatalyst for Methanol Oxidation in Direct Methanol Fuel Cells. ACS Catalysis 2014, 4, 3621-3629. Impact Factor: 9.307, (Times Cited: 23)

2. B. Narayanamoorthy, K. K. R. Datta, M. Eswaramoorthy, S. Balaji, Self-stabilized Pt-Rh bimetallic nanoclusters as durable electrocatalyst for dioxygen reduction in PEM fuel cells. RSC Advances, 2014, 4, 55571-55579. Impact Factor: 3.289, (Times Cited: 4)

3. 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 2014, 50, 15673-15676. Impact Factor: 6.567. (Times Cited: 16) (Featured as inside "Back Cover article" in Chemical Communications)

4. 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 2014, 50, 10782-10785. Impact Factor: 6.567. (Times Cited: 40) (Featured as inside "Back Cover article" in Chemical Communications)

2013

1. C. Sreelakshmi, N. Goel, K. K. R. Datta, A. Addlagatta, R. Ummanni, B. V. S. Reddy, Green Synthesis of Curcumin Capped Gold Nanoparticles and Evaluation of Their Cytotoxicity. Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Letters 2013, 5, 1258-1265. Impact Factor: 1.007, (Times Cited: 6)

2. 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 2013, 25, 1713-1718. Impact Factor: 19.91, (Times Cited: 74)

3. A. S. Kumar, K. K. R. Datta, T. S. Rao, K. V. Raghavan, M. Eswaramoorthy, B. V. S. Reddy, Aminoclay-Supported Copper Nanoparticles for 1,3-Dipolar Cycloaddition of Azides with Alkynes via Click Chemistry. Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 2013, 13, 3136-3141. Impact Factor: 1.338, (Times Cited: 6)

4. K. S. Krishna, S. Maity, K. K. R. Datta, Carbon Spheres Assisted Synthesis of Porous Oxides with Foam-Like Architecture. Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 2013, 13, 3121-3126. Impact Factor: 1.338. Invited article for JNN special issue on Nanoarchitectonics of Porous Materials

5. O. Kozak, K. K. R. Datta, M. Greplova, V. Ranc, J. Kaslik, R. Zboril, Surfactant-Derived Amphiphilic Carbon Dots with Tunable Photoluminescence. Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2013, 117, 24991-24996. Impact Factor: 4.509, (Times Cited: 37)

6. 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 2013, 5, 5316-5320. Impact Factor: 7.76, (Times Cited: 17)

2012

1. S. M. Reddy, K. K. R. Datta, C. Sreelakshmi, M. Eswaramoorthy, B. V. S. Reddy, Honey Mediated Green Synthesis of Pd Nanoparticles for Suzuki Coupling and Hydrogenation of Conjugated Olefins. Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Letters 2012, 4, 420-425. Impact Factor: 1.007, (Times Cited: 13)

2. 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 2012, 4, 3620-3626. Impact Factor: 7.145, (Times Cited: 21)

3. B. Narayanamoorthy, K. K. R. Datta, S. Balaji, Kinetics and mechanism of electrochemical oxygen reduction using Platinum/clay/Nafion catalyst layer for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 2012, 387, 213-220. Impact Factor: 3.782, (Times Cited: 18)

4. A. S. Kumar, K. K. R. Datta, T. S. Rao, K. V. Raghavan, M. Eswaramoorthy, B. V. S. Reddy, Pd-Aminoclay Nanocomposite as an Efficient Recyclable Catalyst for Hydrogenation and Suzuki Cross Coupling Reactions. Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 2012, 12, 2000-2007. Impact Factor: 1.338, (Times Cited: 9)

5. K. Jayaramulu, K. K. R. Datta, M. V. Suresh, G. Kumari, R. Datta, C. Narayana, M. Eswaramoorthy, T. K. Maji, Honeycomb Porous Framework of Zinc(II): Effective Host for Palladium Nanoparticles for Efficient Three-Component (A3) Coupling and Selective Gas Storage. ChemPlusChem 2012, 77, 743-747. Impact Factor: 2.836, (Times Cited: 16)

2011

1. C. Sreelakshmi, K. K. R. Datta, J. S. Yadav, B. V. S. Reddy, Honey Derivatized Au and Ag Nanoparticles and Evaluation of Its Antimicrobial Activity. Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 2011, 11, 6995-7000. Impact Factor: 1.338, (Times Cited: 17)

2. 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, (Times Cited: 85) Highlighted in Nature India

3. B. V. V. S. P. Kumar, K. K. R. Datta, M. Eswaramoorthy, Tuning the Nitrogen Content and Porosity of Nanostructured Carbon Nitride Using Aminoclay as a Reactive Template. Chemistry Letters 2011, 40, 1154-1156. Impact Factor: 1.2, (Times Cited: 2

4. K. K. R. Datta, A. Vinu, S. Mandal, S. Al-Deyab, J. P. Hill, K. Ariga, Carbon Nanocage: Super-Adsorber of Intercalators for DNA Protection. Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 2011, 11, 3084-3090. Impact Factor: 1.338, (Times Cited: 15) Featured in RSC Book, Manipulation of Nanoscale Materials: An Introduction to Nanoarchitectonics

5. K. K. R. Datta, A. Vinu, S. Mandal, S. Al-Deyab, J. P. Hill, K. Ariga, Base-Selective Adsorption of Nucleosides to Pore-Engineered Nanocarbon, Carbon Nanocage. Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 2011, 11, 3959-3964. Impact Factor: 1.338, (Times Cited: 17) Featured in RSC Book, Manipulation of Nanoscale Materials: An Introduction to Nanoarchitectonics

6. 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 2011, 50, 3929-3933. Impact Factor: 11.709, (Times Cited: 13

7. K. K. R. Datta, V. V. Balasubramanian, K. Ariga, T. Mori, A. Vinu, Highly Crystalline and Conductive Nitrogen-Doped Mesoporous Carbon with Graphitic Walls and Its Electrochemical Performance. Chemistry-A European Journal 2011, 17, 3390-3397. Impact Factor: 5.771, (Times Cited: 66) Highlighted in ChemistryViews Magazine (Wiley)

2010

1. S. Mandal, M. Sathish, G. Saravanan, K. K. R. Datta, Q. M. Ji, J. P. Hill, H. Abe, I. Honma, K. Ariga, Open-Mouthed Metallic Microcapsules: Exploring Performance Improvements at Agglomeration-Free Interiors. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2010, 132, 14415-14417. Impact Factor: 13.038, (Times Cited: 64)             

2. 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 2010, 49, 5961-5965. Impact Factor: 11.709, (Times Cited: 206) Highlighted in Nature India

3. 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, (Times Cited: 59)

2009

1. 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 2009, 1, 2796-2803. Impact Factor: 7.145, (Times Cited: 22)  

2008

1. K. K. R. Datta, B. Srinivasan, H. Balaram, M. Eswaramoorthy, Synthesis of agarose-metal/semiconductor nanoparticles having superior bacteriocidal activity and their simple conversion to metal-carbon composites. Journal of Chemical Sciences 2008, 120, 579-586. Impact Factor: 1.085, (Times Cited: 24)  

2007

1. K. K. R. Datta, M. Eswaramoorthy, C. N. R. Rao, Water-solubilized aminoclay-metal nanoparticle composites and their novel properties. Journal of Materials Chemistry 2007, 17, 613-615. Impact Factor: 6.626, (Times Cited: 78)

Reviews and Book Chapters

  1. K. K. R. Datta#, A. Achari#, M. Eswaramoorthy, Aminoclay: a functional layered material with multifaceted applications. Journal of Materials Chemistry A 2013, 1, 6707-6718. Impact Factor: 8.262, (Times Cited: 37) Invited review article for J. Mater. Chem. A, Rising Stars and Young Nanoarchitects in Materials Science.
  2. F. Karlicky, K. K. R. Datta, M. Otyepka, R. Zboril, Halogenated Graphenes: Rapidly Growing Family of Graphene Derivatives. ACS Nano 2013, 7, 6434-6464. Impact Factor: 13.038, (Times Cited: 104)  
  3. K. V. Rao, K. K. R. Datta, M. Eswaramoorthy, S. J. George, Light-Harvesting Hybrid Assemblies. Chemistry-A European Journal 2012, 18, 2184-2194 Concept Article. Impact Factor: 5.771, (Times Cited: 80)  
  4. K. K. R. Datta, R. Zbořil, Halogenated Graphenes: Emerging Family of Two Dimensional Materials (Ed.: V. Georgakilas), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, 2014, pp. 173-198.
  5. K. K. R. Datta*, B. V. S. Reddy*, R. Zboril*, Polysaccharides as functional scaffolds for noble metal nanoparticles and their catalytic applications (Ed. H. S. Nalwa), American Scientific Publishers, Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 2018, Volume 29: pp. 439–458 ISBN 1-58883-216-3, Invited book chapter. 

            (# equal contribution), (* Corresponding author)

 

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

Chemical Periodicity for M.Sc. students

 

Openings

 
Applications are invited from highly motivated and eligible candidates for the position of Junior Research Fellow (JRF) in a DST-SERB sponsored project to be executed at the Research Institute & Department of Chemistry, SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai-603203.
 
Title of the Project: “Porous Fluorinated Graphene Composites with Superhydrophobic-Superoleophilic Properties towards Oil Recovery Prototypes and Oil Spill Clean-up”
Principal investigator: Dr. K. K. R. Datta, Research Assistant Professor, Research Institute and Department of Chemistry, SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai-603203.
Essential Qualifications: M.Sc. in Chemistry/Materials Chemistry/M.Tech. in Chemical engineering securing minimum first class marks or equivalent CGPA. CSIR UGC NET/GATE qualified candidates will be given preference. Relevant research experience would also be preferred. Candidate should have strong interest to pursue Ph.D.
Number of Positions: One
Duration of the project: Three years
Amount of fellowship:
CSIR UGC NET/GATE qualified candidate: 25,000 INR (p.m. consolidated) for initial two years. Based on the performance the JRF shall be promoted as SRF in the 3rd  year and 28,000 INR p.m. will be paid.
Non-CSIR UGC NET/GATE candidate: 16,000 INR p.m. for initial two years. Based on the performance the JRF shall be promoted as SRF in the 3rd  year and 18,000 INR p.m. will be paid.
The JRF will also be entitled for getting 20% HRA (HRA admissible if the stay is outside the campus).
Registration for Ph.D.: Selected candidate can be registered for the full time Ph.D. programme at SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Kattankulathur, Chennai after fulfilling minimum qualifications prescribed by the University.
Age limit: Candidate should not be more than 28 years as on 1st Dec, 2018. However upper age limit may be relaxed as per the existing rules.
Interested candidates can send their application, cover letter together with their detailed Resume/CV, either by soft or hard copies on or before 30th June 2018 to the following address. Mark the subject as “JRF DST-SERB”
 
How to apply:
Applicant should write email to Dr. Datta mentioning subject “SERB JRF application” with following documents:
i) A cover letter (limit to 1 page) describing motivation of research appropriate to this project and Master degree research work
ii) Curriculum Vitae mentioning details of educational qualifications, recent passport size photograph, contact details (postal address, email, and phone number) and copies of relevant testimonials/references.
Only shortlisted candidates will be called for interview. Shortlisted candidates will be intimated by e-mail informing date of interview. No TA/DA will be paid for appearing in the interview. The authority reserves the right of accepting/rejecting any or all applications without assigning any reason thereof.

For short term projects:

Young and motivated students who are passionate towards topics like porous hybrids, assembled metal nanoparticles and self-healing materials can contact me directly or via email. 

Undergraduate and graduate students interested in working on graphene chemistry and functionalization, clay and LDH hybrids, and porous materials can contact me with a brief writeup of their research interest. 

Address and Email Details

Dr. K. K. R. Datta
Research Institute& Chemistry Department,
R-1221, 12th floor, University Building,
SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Kattankulathur,
Chennai – 603 203.
Email: kumararamanatha.d@ktr.srmuniv.ac.in, 
kkrdatta@gmail.com