An Autonomous Institute supported by Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India
Founding Director

Professor Ashok K Ganguli FASc FNASc FRSC

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Prof. Ganguli was the Founding Director of INST. He joined INST on 3rd January, 2013 on lien from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (Web:, where he was a Professor of Chemistry. INST started functioning from the day he joined. He obtained his Ph.D degree from the Solid State & Structural Chemistry Unit (SSCU) of Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 1990 for which he got the Sudborough Medal of Indian Institute of Science. He has been a visiting scientist at Dupont Company, USA (1990-91) and a post doctoral associate and visiting scientist at Ames Laboratory, Iowa State University, USA (1991-93 and 2004-05) and a visiting scientist at EPFL(Lausanne) in June-July 2011 and a visiting Professor at EPFL(Lausanne) in June 2016. His research area includes designing of nanostructures using microemulsions with desired size, shape, shell thickness and aspect ratio for applications in photocatalysis, photovoltaics, efficient electrocatalysis for hydrogen and oxygen evolution reactions and porous functionalised nanostructures for toxin removal and water purification. Apart from research in nanoscience & technology his other major research interest is in the field of high temperature superconductors. He is also a keen speaker in schools and colleges for promoting science with the conviction of promoting science in the remotest parts of India. Prof Ganguli has initiated a outreach programme which has apart from lectures, presentations involves students with workshops and other developmental activities. Prof. Ganguli has been awarded the MRSI Medal (2006), the CRSI Medal in 2007 and the CRSI -CNR Rao National Prize in 2013. He is a fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences(FASc), National Academy of Sciences(India) (FNASc), Fellow of The Royal Society of Chemistry, London(FRSC) and Fellow of the Asia Pacific Association of Materials(FAPAM). He has also served as Associate Editor of Bulletin of Material Science, Member, Editorial Board, Ind. J. Chem.A and J. Chem. Sci. Above of all he was a visionary and very energetic Director and very popular amongst students and young faculty members. Under his leadership INST thrived and was able to make a mark in Indian science within a very short period of time of its genesis.


Message to INST Students

Dear Students,

Welcome to the Institute of Nano Science and Technology which is the first institute set up by the Government of India dedicated solely to nanoscience and technology. You are among the first few batches of PhD students and so will always be remembered in years to come as the initial young researchers of our institute. I am sure all of you will be very proud to enter this new institution and will have the privilege to carry the responsibility together with the scientists and administrators to give shape to the ideas with which this institute has been launched. We have tried our best to develop the infrastructure within a record time and with limited funds, so as to give you a proper research environment from the day you join the institute. As you will learn in due course of time, this institute has a strong interdisciplinary environment motivated towards carrying out outstanding research solving challenging problems which require interdisciplinary efforts and also deliver technologies/products to benefit the society. I urge you all to think ‘big’, think out of the box and we will help you convert your dreams into reality. Remember you are outstanding students and as Swami Vivekananda has said “Never be weak. You must be strong; you have infinite strength within you; Arise Awake and stop not till the Goal is reached”.

I wish you the very best and hope your desire to be an outstanding scientist is fulfilled by the enabling environment of our institute.

Good Luck


INS654(INST)- Electron Microscopy


CYL 120(IIT Delhi)-Inorganic and Organic Chemistry


CYP100(IIT Delhi)- Chemistry Laboratory


CYL665(IIT Delhi)- Solid State Chemistry


CYL503(IIT Delhi)- Main Group Chemistry and Inorganic Solids


CYP503(IIT Delhi)- Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory I


CYL729(IIT Delhi)- Materials Characterization: Diffraction, Microscopy, and Thermal Analysis


NPTEL online course-Nano structured materials-synthesis, properties, self assembly and applications (Click Here)


Recent Patents and Publications (Google Scholar Link)


♦A.K. Ganguli, Menaka,A convenient method for the synthesis of nanorods of lanthanum hexaboride (LaB6) patent application number: 377/DEL/2011 dated 14-2-2011, Publication date 30/11/2012.


♦V. Bhatacharya, R.K.Pandey, Hima Prashanth, A. Tripathi, A. J. yadav, R.S. Khopde, S.K.P Newale, A.K. Ganguli and Menaka, Process of preparation of nano amorphous boron powder”, patent application number 1861/Del/2013 dated 24/06/2013, publication date 02/01/2015.

♦A.K. Ganguli, A. Barua, M. Jha, A nanoadsorbent for removal of lanthanide ions from water and associated methods, Indian patent no. 201711016720, dated May 12, 2017



Total publications over 250; H-index : 36; citations : over 5200


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♦Hydrotrope Induced Structural Modifications in CTAB/Butanol/Water/Isooctane Reverse Micellar System, V SETHI, J Mishra, A Bhattacharyya, D Sen, A Ganguli, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. (2017)


♦Ni 3 Co/G alloy as an earth-abundant robust and stable electrocatalyst for the hydrogen evolution reaction, S Saha, K Ojha, M Sharma, AK Ganguli, New Journal of Chemistry (2017)


♦Magnetic structures of rare earth intermetallic compounds RCuAs 2 (R= Pr, Nd, Tb, Dy, Ho, and Yb), Y Zhao, JW Lynn, GS Thakur, Z Haque, LC Gupta, AK Ganguli, J. Phys. Chem. of Solids (2017)


♦Bridged Rebar Graphene functionalized aptasensor for pathogenic E. coli O78: K80: H11 detection, H Kaur, M Shorie, M Sharma, AK Ganguli, P Sabherwal, Biosensors and Bioelectronics (2017)


♦Efficient Electrocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution from MoS2‑Functionalized Mo2N Nanostructures, Kasinath Ojha, Soumen Saha, Shivali Banerjee, Ashok K Ganguli, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 02/2017 DOI:10.1021/acsami.6b10717


♦Interfacial Charge Transfer in Photoelectrochemical Processes. Sandeep Kumar, Kasinath Ojha, Ashok K Ganguli, Advanced Materials Interfaces, 02/2017. DOI:10.1002/admi.201600981♦Dramatic variation of the multiferroic properties in Sr doped Ca 1-x Sr x Mn 7 O 12. Parul Jain, J. Saha, L. C. Gupta, Satyabrata Patnaik, A. K. Ganguli, Ratnamala Chatterjee, AIP Advances;., 7, 055832 (2017)


♦Magnetism and site exchange in CuFeAs and CuFeSb: A microscopic and theoretical investigation, Sirko Kamusella, Hans-Henning Klauss, Gohil S. Thakur, Zeba Haque, Laxmi C. Gupta, Ashok K. Ganguli, Inga Kraft, Ulrich Burkhardt, Helge Rosner, Hubertus Luetkens, Jeffrey W. Lynn, Yang Zhao, Phys Rev B 95, 094415 (2017)


♦Exciton Separation in CdS Supraparticles upon Conjugation with Graphene Sheet, Kasinath Ojha, Tushar Debnath, Partha Maity, Mahima Makkar, Siamak Nejati, Kandalam V. Ramanujachary, Pramit Kumar Chowdhury, Hirendra Nath Ghosh, Ashok Kumar Ganguli, J. Phys. Chem. C 121, 6581 (2017)


♦The mechanism of nanoparticle-mediated enhanced energy transfer during high-intensity focused ultrasound sonication, C Bera, SB Devarakonda, V Kumar, AK Ganguli, RK Banerjee, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 19 ,19075(2017)


♦Investigation of the growth mechanism of the formation of ZnO nanorods by thermal decomposition of zinc acetate and their field emission properties M Sreekanth, S Ghosh, SK Mehta, AK Ganguli, M Jha, CrystEngComm 19 (16), 2264 (2017)


♦Microfluidic reactors for the morphology controlled synthesis and photocatalytic study of ZnO nanostructures, Arabinda Baruah, Amandeep Jindal, Chhayakanta Acharya, Bhanu Prakash, Suddhasatwa Basu, Ashok Kumar Ganguli, Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering; 27, 035013, (2017)


♦Unusual Mixed Valence of Eu in Two Materials—EuSr 2 Bi 2 S 4 F 4 and Eu 2 SrBi 2 S 4 F 4 : Mössbauer and X-ray Photoemission Spectroscopy Investigations, Zeba Haque, Gohil Singh Thakur, Rangasamy Parthasarathy, Birgit Gerke, Theresa Block, Lukas Heletta, Rainer Pöttgen, Amish G. Joshi, Ganesan Kalai Selvan, Sonachalam Arumugam, Laxmi Chand Gupta, Ashok Kumar Ganguli, Inorganic Chemistry, 56, 3182 (2017)


♦FeCoNi Alloy as Noble Metal-Free Electrocatalyst for Oxygen Evolution Reaction (OER). Soumen Saha, Ashok K. Ganguli, Chemistry Select, 2, 1630-1636 (2017)


♦Biomass derived graphene-like activated and non-activated porous carbon for advanced supercapacitors, Kasinath Ojha, Bharat Kumar, Ashok K Ganguli, Journal of Chemical Sciences, 129 (3), 397 (2017)


♦Structural, magnetic and dielectric properties of a new double perovskite Pr2CoTiO6, N Das, R Singh, A Das, LC Gupta, AK Ganguli of Solid State Chemistry 253, 355-359 (2017)


♦Facile charge transport in FeN1-xMo2N/CNT nanocomposites forefficient hydrogen evolution reaction, K Ojha, S Banerjee, AK Ganguli, J. Chem. Sci. 129 (7), 989-997 (2017)


♦Dominant {100} facet selectivity for enhanced photocatalytic activity of NaNbO 3 in NaNbO 3 /CdS core/shell heterostructures, Sandeep Kumar, R. Parthasarathy, Aadesh P. Singh, Björn Wickman, Meganathan Thirumal, Ashok K. Ganguli, Catalysis Science & Technology, 7 (2), 481-495 (2017)


♦Anti-drift nano-stickers made of graphene oxide for targeted pesticide delivery and crop pest control S Sharma, S Singh, AK Ganguli, V Shanmugam, Carbon 115, 781-790 (2017)


♦Reduced graphene oxide and MoP composite as highly efficient and durable electrocatalyst for hydrogen evolution in both acidic and alkaline media. Kasinath Ojha, Manu Sharma, Hristo Kolev, Ashok K Ganguli, Catalysis Science & Technology, 7 (3), 668-676 (2017)


♦Nano-structured hybrid molybdenum carbides/nitrides generated in situ for HER applications, R Kumar, R Rai, S Gautam, A De Sarkar, N Tiwari, SN Jha, A K Ganguli and V. Bagchi, J. Mater. Chem. A 5 , 7764 (2017)


♦Enhanced photocatalytic activity g-C3N4-TiO2 nanocomposites for degradation of Rhodamine B dye, Manu Sharma, Sonalika Vaidya, Ashok K. Ganguli, J. Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry 335, 287-293 (2017)


♦Fabrication of TiO2/CdS/Ag2S Nano‐Heterostructured Photoanode for Enhancing Photoelectrochemical and Photocatalytic Activity under Visible Light, Sandeep Kumar, Aadesh P Singh, Nitin Yadav, Meganathan Thirumal, B. R. Mehta, Ashok K. Ganguli, ChemistrySelect, 1, 4891-4900 (2016)


♦In Situ Solid-State Synthesis of a AgNi/g-C3 N4 Nanocomposite for Enhanced Photoelectrochemical and Photocatalytic Activity, Nimai Bhandary, Aadesh P Singh, Sandeep Kumar, Pravin P Ingole, Gohil S Thakur, Ashok K Ganguli, Suddhasatwa Basu, ChemSusChem, 9, 2816(2016)


♦Enhanced zero-bias conductance peak and splitting at mesoscopic interfaces between an s -wave superconductor and a 3D Dirac semimetal, Leena Aggarwal, Sirshendu Gayen, Shekhar Das, Gohil S. Thakur, Ashok K. Ganguli, Goutam Sheet, Applied Physics Letters, 109, 252602, (2016)


♦On the Stability of Surfactant-Stabilised Few-Layer Black Phosphorus in Aqueous Media, Jack Robert Brent, Ashok K. Ganguli, Vinod Kumar, David Lewis, Paul D. McNaughter, Paul Obrien, Priyanka S, Aleksander A Tedstone, RSC Advances, 09/2016; 6(90) DOI:10.1039/C6RA21296D


♦A Nanostructured Aptamer-Functionalised Black Phosphorus Sensing Platform for Label-Free Detection of Myoglobin, a Cardiovascular Disease Biomarker, Vinod Kumar, Jack R. Brent, Munish Shorie, Harmanjit Kaur, Gaganpreet Chadha, Andrew G. Thomas, Edward A Lewis, Aidan P. Rooney, Lan Nguyen, Xiang Li Zhong, M. Grace Burke, Sarah J. Haigh, Alex S. Walton, Paul David McNaughter, Aleksander A. Tedstone, Nicky Savjani, Christopher A. Muryn, Paul O'Brien, Ashok Kumar Ganguli, David J. Lewis, Priyanka Sabherwal, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 8(35),(2016).


♦Superconductivity in La1-xSmxO0.5F0.5BiS2 (x = 0.2, 0.8) under hydrostatic pressure, G. KalaiSelvan, Gohil. S. Thakur, K. Manikandan, A. Banerjee, Zeba Haque, L. C. Gupta, A. K. Ganguli and S. Arumugam , J. Phys. D Appl. Phys., 49,275002,(2016)


♦High spin polarization and the origin of unique ferromagnetic ground state in CuFeSb, , Anshu Sirohi, Chandan K. Singh, Gohil S. Thakur, Preetha Saha,Sirshendu Gayen, Abhishek Gaurav, Shubhra Jyotsna, Zeba Haque, L. C. Gupta, Mukul Kabir, Ashok K. Ganguli and Goutam Sheet, Appl. Phys. Letts.,108, 242411 (2016).


♦Composites of graphene-Mo2C rods: highly active and stable electrocatalyst for hydrogen evolution reaction, Electrochimica Acta, 193, 2016, 268–274(2016)


♦Ternary alloy nanocatalysts for hydrogen evolution reaction, S. Saha, S. Vaidya, K V Ramanujachary, S E Lofland, A K Ganguli, Bull., Mater. Sci., 39, 433-436, (2016)


♦Towards managing nanotechnology-related water pollution in India , A. Kumar, S. Baranidharan, A K Mittal nd A K Ganguli, Current Science, 110,1401 (2016)


♦Controlling morphology and efficiency of nanostructured Mo2N electrocatalyst for hydrogen evolution reaction. K. Ojha, S. Saha, B. Kumar, K. S. Hazra and A. K. Ganguli. ChemCatChem, 2016, 1218. 1225.


♦Comparative Study of TiO2/CuS Core/Shell and Composite Nanostructures for Efficient Visible-Light Photocatalysis.S. Khanchandani, S. Kumar and A. K. Ganguli. ACS Sustain. Chem. Eng., 2016, 1487. 1499.


♦Probing the Crystal Structure, Composition-Dependent Absolute Energy Levels and Electrocatalytic Properties of Silver Indium Sulfide Nanostructures. P. Saji , A.K.Ganguli, M.A. Bhat and P.P.Ingole ChemPhysChem 2016,1195-1203.


♦Structural and magnetic properties of a new and ordered quaternary alloy MnNiCuSb (SG: F- 43m). Z. Haque, G. S Thakur, Somnath Ghara, L C Gupta, A Sundaresan and A. K Ganguli, Somnath. Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, 2016, 397, 315.


♦Cu-Co-Ni alloys: An efficient and durable electrocatalyst in acidic media. S. Saha, K. V. Ramanujachary, S. E. Lofland and A. K. Ganguli. Materials Research Express. 2016, 3, 016501.


♦Ag3PO4 nanoparticle decorated on SiO2 spheres for efficient visible light photocatalysis. M. Sharma, K. Ojha, A. Ganguly and A. K. Ganguli 2015 New J. Chem., 2015,39, 9242-9248.


♦Upper critical field, critical current density and activation energy of the new La1-xSmxO0.5F0. 5BiS2 (x = 0.2, 0.8) superconductors. G. K. Selvan, G. S. Thakur, K. Manikandan, Y. Uwatoko, Z. Haque, L. C. Gupta, A.K. Ganguli and S. Arumugam, Journal of Physical Society of Japan, 2015.


♦Oxide based nanostructures for photocatalytic and electrocatalytic applications, Aparna Ganguly, Oruganti Anjaneyulu, Kasinath Ojha and Ashok K Ganguli, CrystEngComm, 2015, DOI: 10.1039/C5CE01343G.

♦Pressure enhanced superconductivity at 10 K in La doped EuBiS2F, Gohil S Thakur, Rajveer Jha, Zeba Haque, V P S Awana, L C Gupta and A K Ganguli, Superconductor Science and Technology, 2015, 28 (11).


♦Unconventional Superconductivity at Mesoscopic Point-contacts on the 3-Dimensional Dirac Semi-metal Cd3As2. L. Aggarwal, A. Gaurav, G. S. Thakur, Z. Haque, A. K. Ganguli and G. Sheet, Nature Mater. 15,32–37(2016).


♦Controlling the Microstructure of Reverse Micelles and their Templating Effect on Shaping Nanostructures. Soma Sharma, Nitin Yadav, Pramit K. Chowdhury and A. K. Ganguli, J. Phys. Chem. B, 2015, 119 (34), pp 11295–11306.

♦Monoclinically distorted perovskites, A2ZnTiO6 (A= Pr, Gd): Rietveld refinement, and dielectric studies. Nibedita Das, Masood. A. Nath, Gohil S. Thakur, M. thirumal and A. K. Ganguli, J. Solid State Chem., 2015, 229, 97-102.


♦Enhancement of photocatalytic efficiency using heterostructured SiO2-Ta2O5 thin films, Arabinda Baruah, Menaka Jha, Santosh Kumar and A. K. Ganguli, Materials Research Express, 2015, 2, 056404 page 1-11.


♦Synthesis and Properties of SmO0.5F0.5BiS2 and Enhancement in Tc in La1-ySmyO0.5F0.5BiS2, G. S. Thakur, G. K. Selvan, Z. Haque, L. C. Gupta, S. L. Samal, S. Arumugam, and A. K. Ganguli, Inorg. Chem. 2015, 54, 1076-1081.


♦Band Gap Engineering of ZnO using Core/Shell Morphology with Environmentally Benign Ag2S Sensitizer for Efficient Light Harvesting, S. Khanchandani, P. Srivastava, S. Kumar, S. Ghosh and A. K. Ganguli, Inorg. Chem., 2014, 53, 8902.

♦Enhanced visible light driven photocatalysis using Type II NaNbO3/CdS Core/Shell heterostructures, S. Kumar, S. Khanchandani, M. Thirumal and A. K. Ganguli, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2014, 6, 13221.

♦Nickel Cobaltite Nanostructures with enhanced supercapitance behaviour, Neha Garg, M. Basu and A. K. Ganguli, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2014, 118, 17332.

♦Graphene-based hybrid materials : synthetic approaches and properties, K. Ojha and A. K. Ganguli, Curr. Sci., 2014, 107, 397 .


♦Spherical to cylindrical transformation of reverse micelles and their templating effect on the growth of nanostructures, S. Sharma and A. K. Ganguli, J. Phys. Chem. B 118, 4122-4131, 2014.


♦A type-II semiconductor (ZnO/CuS Heterostructure) for visible light photocatalysis, M. Basu, N. Garg and A. K. Ganguli, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2, 7517-7525, 2014.


♦A facile low temperature(350C) synthesis of Cu2O nanoparticles and its electrocatalytic and photocatalytic properties, B. Kumar, S. Saha, A. Ganguly and A. K. Ganguli, RSC Adv.4, 12043-12049, 2014.


♦Synthesis and properties of CuFeAs: A new member in Cu2Sb family. G S thakur, Zeba, L C Gupta, and A K Ganguli, J. Phys. Soc. Jpn. 83, 054706 (2014)


♦Design of porous silica supported tantalum oxide hollow spheres showing enhanced photocatalytic activity, M. Sharma, D. Das, A. Baruah, A. Jain and A. K. Ganguli, Langmuir, 30, 3199-3208, 2014. 


♦Nanoscience research in India : Recent contributions (2012-13),  A. K. Ganguli, A. Ganguly and M. Basu, in "Specialist Periodical Reports : Nanoscience  Vol 2 ,  pp 139-203 (Royal Society), 2014.