INST Faculty Directory

Dr. Vivek Bagchi

Scientist C
Educational Qualification :

Ph. D.

M. Sc.

B. Sc.

Title: Metalloporphyrin Catalyzed oxidation Reactions: Synthesis, Structure and Mechanism”,
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India.

Inorganic Chemistry (Major), Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry,
University of North Bengal, West Bengal, India.

Chemistry (Hons), Physics, Mathematics (Minor),
University of North Bengal, India. (University of North Bengal, India) (First Class : Rank 3

Position held :

♦ Presently working as “Scientist C” in the Institute of Nano Science and Technology, Mohali, Punjab (Since Jan, 2013).

♦ Post Doctoral Research Associate – Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO, USA ( Aug 2009 - Sep 2012)

Research Area :

♦ Nano-materials mediated catalysis for organic transformations
♦ Engineered nanomaterials for Air/Water purification
♦ The design and synthesize new nanoscale materials and structures with an emphasis on rational control of morphology, size, structure, composition and doping of metal carbides and nitrides on multiple scales for electrocatalytic applications.
♦ Nano structured composite materials for photoelectrochemical applications.
♦ Metal-Air Batteries and hybrid energy storage devices.
♦ Active catalysts for Oxygen Reduction Reaction for Nonaqueous Li-Air Batteries
♦ Development of low cost, stable and efficient electrocatalyst for development of PEMFC; MOF based polymer electrolyte

Research Experience

Concerns over dramatic climate change and rapidly decreasing fossil fuels have insisted a huge interest in development of clean, sustainable as well as environmental friendly energy sources. A favourable solution to this problem is to replace depleting fossil fuels by hydrogen which is considered as ideal fuel due to its high energy density. The electrochemical splitting of water presents a suitable carbon free, alternative for hydrogen production, however the key challenge lies in development of low cost and efficient electrocatalyst. Precious metals like platinum, palladium are so far the best candidates for hydrogen evolution reaction but their high cost and low abundance are severe hurdles for practical applications.

Herein exploration of a special nanohybrid composite material containing molybdenum carbide and nitride nano-particles of 10-15 nm size were done, which reveals excellent HER catalytic activity. The main objective is to obtain a low-cost, highly stable, precious-metal-free electrocatalysts for water electrolysis in acidic medium. This work also involves synthesis of other nanostructured tungsten carbides and nitrides to get robust and efficient electrocatalyst from cheap material and using simple methodology. An over-potential very closed to commercially available Pt/C catalysts were observed. The enhanced electrochemical activity is attributed to the unique effects of the anchored nanostructures coupled with the C-N synergistic effect.

Selected Publications :

♦  Nano-structured hybrid Molybdenum Carbides / Nitrides generated in-situ for HER Applications; Rajinder Kumar, Ritu Rai, Seema Gautam, Abir De Sarkar, N. Tiwari, Shambhu Nath Jha, Dibyendu Bhattacharyya, Ashok K Ganguli and Vivek Bagchi, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017, Accepted Manuscript, DOI: 10.1039/C7TA01815K.

♦  A Versatile Tripodal Cu(I) Reagent for C–N Bond Construction via Nitrene-Transfer Chemistry: Catalytic Perspectives and Mechanistic Insights on C–H Aminations/Amidinations and Olefin Aziridinations, Vivek Bagchi , Patrina Paraskevopoulou , Purak Das , Lingyu Chi , Qiuwen Wang , Amitava Choudhury , Jennifer S. Mathieson , Leroy Cronin , Daniel B. Pardue , Thomas R. Cundari , George Mitrikas , Yiannis Sanakis , and Pericles Stavropoulos, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2014, 136 (32), 11362–11381.

♦ Synthesis and characterization of a family of Co(II)Triphenylamido-Amine complexes and catalytic activity vs. controlled radical polymerization, Vivek Bagchi, G. Raptopoulos, P. Das, S. Christodoulou, Q. Wang, L, Ai, A. Choudhuri, M. Pitsikalis, P. Paraskevopoulou, P. Stavropuolos, Polyhedron, 2013, 52, 78-90.

♦  Novel Chloro-bridged Heterobimetallic (ɳ6-arene)Ruthenium-Organotin Complex as Efficient Topoisomerase Iα Inhibitor, R. A. Khan, A. Ahmad, D. Gupta, R. Kakkar, Vivek Bagchi, F. Arjmand, S. Tabassum, Organomet., 201332 (9), pp 2546–2551.

♦  Synthesis and characterization of copper(II) and zinc(II)–based potential chemotherapeutic compounds: Their biological evaluation viz. DNA binding profile, cleavage and antimicrobial activity, S. Tabassum, A. Asim, F. Arjmand, M.. Afzal, Vivek Bagchi, Eur. J. Med. Chem.,  2012, 58, 308-316.

♦  Molecular drug design, synthesis and structure elucidation of a new specific target peptide based metallo drug for cancer chemotherapy as topoisomerase inhibitor, Sartaj Tabassum, Waddhaah M. Al-Asbahy, Mohd. Afzal, Farukh Arjmand and Vivek Bagchi, Dalton Trans. 201241, 4955-4964.

Conferences/workshops organizing/organized :

 Convener of the Indo-Australian conference 2015: Recently Dr. Bagchi has organized AISRF 2015 held at Institute of Nano Science and Technology (INST) 25 – 27th November, 2015. This is a three day symposium involving several eminent scientists from Australia and India including Bharat Ratna Prof. CNR Rao.

 Co-Convener of the International Conference on Nano Science and Technology (ICONSAT 2014): Dr. Bagchi has Co-organized ICONSAT-2014 held at Panjab University, Chandigarh from 3rd – 5th March, 2014. This is one of the biggest international meeting on nanoscience and technology. This is a three day symposium working in the diverse area of nanoscience, involving more than 1400 participants and 60 internationally known speakers.

Conferences/talks :

 Viviek Bagchi,CCS Symposium in the Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar, (IIT R), Advanced nanostructered materials for HER, 2016, Invited Talk

 Viviek Bagchi, Ritu Rai, Rajinder Kumar, Ashok k Ganguli, Nanostructured metal carbide and nitride as an efficient non – noble metal free electro catalyst for hydrogen evolution reaction, International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technology & International Union of Materials Research Societies, International Conference in Asia, ICMAT15-A-0706, 2015, Suntec City, Singapore. (Talk)

 Vivek Bagchi,  Paraskevopoulou, Purak Das, Amitava Choudhury and Pericles Stavropoulos, “Electronically diverse metal complexes featuring a family of triphenylamido-amine ligands: synthesis, structure and reactivity” at the Gordon Research Conference on Inorganic Chemistry: Addressing World Challenges with Inorganic Chemistry, organized by Gordon Research Conferences University of New England Biddeford, ME, USA (20th – 25th June, 2010).

 Viviek Bagchi, “Organopalladium compounds as a diagnostic probe to reactive intermediates formed from iron and manganese porphyrins” at the 12th International Symposium on Inorganic Ring Systems (IRIS-12th), organized by Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, (16th – 21st August, 2009).

 Viviek Bagchi, “The palladium oxide nano-crystals in palladium mediated super-structure of tetra pyridyl porphyrin” at 13th ISCB international Conference, (26th Feb – 1 st March, 2008).


Tel: 0172 - 2210075
Email Id : bagchiv(at)inst(dot)ac(dot)in

Office Address :

Institute of Nano Science & Technology
Habitat Centre, Sector - 64, Phase X, Mohali