Faculty Directory

Dr. Chandan Bera


Thermal and electronic transport, Nanotechnology, Computational Nanoscience; Thermoelectrics, and renewable energy.


Research Interest

  • Thermal and electronic transport.
  • Nanomaterials, Nanotechnology, Computational Nanoscience.
  • Thermoelectrics, Renewable energy.

Research Highlights

  • Theoretical model for predicting thermoelectric properties of TIN chalcogenides
  • Dr. Chandan Bera group performed theoretical calculation and studied low temperature thermoelectric properties of CoSbS with the effect of including spin-orbit coupling (SOC) interaction. The electrical properties calculation with SOC and 0.5μB atomistic magnetic moment on Co atoms shows a metal-like behavior due to a strong effect of spin-orbit coupling and a larger shift of VBM towards CBM leading to closure of the energy band gap. They have shown that a 10^7 times increase in power factor is possible by increasing magnetic field. This work calls for further investigation of electrical properties of CosbS at low temperature.


    More info :


    Raveena Gupta, Chandan Bera, Spin-orbit coupling effect on the thermopower and power factor of CoSbS, Phys. Rev. B 101, 155206 (2020)

PhD Students


    Email: abdul.ph20239@inst.ac.in

    Reg. No.: PH20239

    Working Since Aug, 2020

    Email: ajay.ph20238@inst.ac.in

    Reg. No.: PH20238

    Working Since Aug, 2020
  • Ms. Parrydeep Kaur Sachdeva

    Email: parrydeep.rp371822@inst.ac.in

    Reg. No.: 18-19/127/Ph.D 8132/R&S

    Working Since Aug, 2018
  • Ms. Raveena Gupta

    Email: raveena.rp511822@inst.ac.in

    Reg. No.: 2019-EZ-59

    Working Since Jan, 2019
  • Mr. Gourav Rana

    Email: gourav.ph19218@inst.ac.in

    Reg. No.: PH19218

    Working Since Aug, 2019

    Email: ajit.ph16228@inst.ac.in

    Reg. No.: PH16228

    Working Since Jan, 2017
  • Mr. Naveen Kumar

    Email: naveen.ph19222@inst.ac.in

    Reg. No.: PH19222

    Working Since Aug, 2019
  • Sonali Kakkar

    Email: sonali.ph17221@inst.ac.in

    Reg. No.: PH17221

    Working Since Jan, 2018

Post Doc Fellows

  • Dr R Lenin

    Email: lenin.pdf1711@inst.ac.in

    Reg. No.: NPDF1901

    Working Since Jan, 2019

PhD Students

  • Ms. Prabhjot Kaur

    Email: prabhjotkaur1702@gmail.com

    Reg. No.: PH15209

  1. Theoretical model for predicting thermoelectric properties of Tin chalcogenides: Raveena Gupta, Naveen Kumar, Prabhjot Kaur, Chandan Bera, (2020) Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, . DOI: 10.1039/D0CP03117H

  2. The Effect of Janus Asymmetry on Thermal Transport in SnSSe: Raveena Gupta, Bonny Dongre, Chandan Bera,Jesús Carrete, (2020) The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, . DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.0c03414

  3. Mechanistic insights of the surface contribution towards heat transfer in a nanofluid: Ajit Singh, Ramanujam Lenin, Naimat K Bari,Chirodeep Bakli,Chandan Bera, (2020) Nanoscale Advances, . DOI: https://doi.org/10.1039/D0NA00452A

  4. In-situ modulation of silica-supported MoO2/Mo2C heterojunction for enhanced hydrogen evolution reaction: Rajinder Kumar, Zubair Ahmed,Ravi Kumar,b Shambhu Nath Jha,b Dibyendu Bhattacharyya,b Chandan Bera,and,Vivek Bagchi, (2020) Catalysis Science and Technology, -: -. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1039/D0CY00890G

  5. Persistent photoconductivity at LaVO3-SrTiO3 interface: Saveena Goyal,Ajit Singh,Ruchi Tomar,Ripudaman kaur,Chandan Bera,Suvankar Chakraverty, (2020) Solid State Communications, 113930. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssc.2020.113930

  6. Spin-orbit coupling effect on the thermopower and power factor of CoSbS: R Gupta,Chandan Bera, (2020) Physical Review B, 101: 155206.

  7. Promoting electrocatalytic oxygen reduction in a model composite using selective metal ions: Zubair Ahmed, Parrydeep K Sachdeva, Ritu Rai, Rajinder Kumar, Takahiro Maruyama,Chandan Bera , Vivek Bagchi, (2020) ACS Applied Energy Materials, 3: 3645. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1021/acsaem.0c00129

  8. Probing into the effect of heterojunctions between Cu/Mo2C/Mo2N on HER performance: Rajinder Kumar, Zubair Ahmed, Harwinder Kaur, Chandan Bera, Vivek Bagchi, (2020) Catalysis Science and Technology, 10: 2213 - 2220. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1039/C9CY02526J

  9. A theoretical model of the thermoelectric properties of SnSxSe1−x and how to further enhance its thermoelectric performance: R Gupta, B Kaur, J Carrete,chandan Bera, (2019) Journal of Applied Physics, 126: 225105.

  10. Multiple helimagnetic phases in triclinic CuSeO3: Ruchi Tomar,Sonali Kakkar,Saveena Goyal,M. Manolata Devi,Chandan Bera,S. Chakraverty, (2019) Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, 497: 165945. DOI: 10.1016/j.jmmm.2019.165945

  11. Role of nanoparticle interaction in magnetic heating: R. Lenin, A. Singh,Chandan Bera, (2019) MRS Communications, 9(3): 1034. DOI: 10.1557/mrc.2019.83

  12. Thermoelectric figure of merit and thermal conductivity of Type-I clathrate alloy nanowires: Prabhjot Kaur, Gerog K. H. Madsen,Chandan Bera, (2019) MRS Communications, 9: 370. DOI: 10.1557/mrc.2018.242

  13. Conversion of waste tin containers to highly efficient photocatalyst based on SnO2-Fe3O4 heterostructures: Mayanglambam Manolata Devi, H Singh, Kuljeet Kaur, Ankita Gupta,Ashok Kumar Ganguli ,Menaka Jha, (2019) Waste Management, 87: 719. DOI: 10.1016/j.wasman.2019.03.007

  14. Electronic structure modification of the KTaO3 single-crystal surface by Ar+ bombardment: N. Wadehra,R. Tomar,S. Halder,M. Sharma,I. Singh,N. Jena,B. Prakash,A. D. Sarkar,C. Bera,A. Venkatesan,S. Chakraverty, (2017) Physical Review B, 96: 115423(6). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.96.115423

  15. Effect of alloying on thermal conductivity and thermoelectric properties of CoAsS and CoSbS: Prabhjot Kaur, (2017) Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, . DOI: 10.1039/C7CP05170K

  16. Mechanism of Nanoparticle-Mediated Enhanced Energy Transfer during High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound Sonication: Surendra Devarakonda, Vishal Kumar, Ashok K Ganguli, Rupak K Banerjee, (2017) Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, . DOI: 10.1039/C7CP03542J

  17. High anisotropic thermoelectric effect in palladium phosphide sulphide: P. Kaur, S. Chakraverty, A. K. Ganguli,C. Bera, (2017) Phys. Status Solidi B, . DOI: 10.1002/pssb.201700021

  18. Visible-Light-Driven Photoelectrochemical and Photocatalytic Performance of NaNbO3/Ag2S Core–Shell Heterostructures.: Kumar, S., AP Singh,M Thirumal, BR Mehta, AK Ganguli, (2016) ChemSusChem, . DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201600397


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  • 2010

    PhD Ecole Centrale Paris, France.

    Thesis: Thermoelectric Properties of Nanocomposite Materials. Supervisor: Sebastian Volz, EM2C, Ecole Centrale Paris, France Natalio Mingo, CEA Grenoble, LITEN, Grenbole, France

  • 2007

    M.Sc in Physics

    Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. India Thesis: Synthesis and Characterization of non-linear optical properties of Indium arsenide quantum dots embedded in Silicon matrix. Supervisor: B.P. Singh, Physics department, IIT Bombay, Mumbai

  • 2005

    B.Sc in Physics

    with Mathematics and Chemistry University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India

  • Postdoctoral fellow:ICAMS, RUB, Germany (December 2012 to April 2014 )

  • Postdoctoral fellow:LAMCOS, INSA-Lyon (June 2012 to November 2012 )

  • Postdoctoral Fellow:EEWS, KAIST (June 2011 to April 2012 )

Awards & Honours

Professional Recognitions

  • JAM

  • GATE