Faculty Directory

Dr. Vivek Bagchi


Energy and Environmental Research Laboratory: 

We are working on the design and synthesize new nanoscale materials for Energy Conversion and Storage...


Research Interest

  • We are working on designing and synthesizing new nanoscale materials and structures with an emphasis on rational control of morphology, size, structure, composition and doping of metal carbides, nitrides, sulphides, phosphides, oxides etc on multiple scales for Energy and Environmental Applications.

    Nanostructured composite materials for photoelectrochemical applications; Rechargeable Metal-Air Batteries and hybrid energy storage devices; Active catalysts for Oxygen Reduction Reaction for Nonaqueous Air Batteries; Development of low-cost, stable and efficient electrocatalyst for development of PEMFC; MOF based polymer electrolyte; Nano-materials mediated catalysis for organic transformations; Engineered nanomaterials for Air/Water purification

Research Highlights

  • The oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) is critically important in energy converting systems, and the advancement of a  catalyst that accelerates the process is vital. Here, an ORR electrocatalyst was developed by the stoichiometric addition of Co(II)  ions to a model composite (FePH) and termed as γ-CoFePH. The developed electrocatalyst shows a significant enhancement in  ORR activity with improved Eonset and E1/2 (3 mA cm2) values, where E1/2 is 0.29 V as compared to 0.60 V for FePH, drifting toward Pt/C and exhibits a limiting current density of 6.3 mA cmwhich exceeds the commercially available Pt/C. The γ- CoFePH also displays superior resistance toward methanol poisoning and stability of over 40 000 s retaining 83.6% of the current 11 density under alkaline medium.
  • Transition metal sulfides have been established as an excellent hydrogen evolution reaction catalyst but their oxygen evolution reaction behaviour is still less explored and needs further investigations. Oxygen evolution reaction has a huge potential for fuel cell and air battery applications. Ashish et al. have synthesized MoS2 nanolayers on N-doped carbon wrapped cobalt submicrospheres shows excellent OER catalytic activity.

  • Hydrogen is one of the cleanest forms of energy which can solve several issues, including environmental pollution and depletion of fossils fuels. Hydrogen evolution reaction (HER), being a carbon-neutral process can reduce the carbon footprint in the earth’s atmosphere. Molybdenum based solids are among the most popular electrocatalysts, which have been explored extensively for HER processes as an alternative to Platinum. Herein, we report a nanostructured electrocatalyst (CuMoCat) consist of molybdenum carbide, molybdenum nitride, and elemental copper, forming a heterojunction within the composite. Copper doping in molybdenum carbide/nitride composite not only facilitates the lowering of the overpotential but also improves the catalyst to perform at high current density. CuMoCat exhibits an overpotential of 82 mV for attaining a current density of 10 mA cm-2 with a Tafel slope value of 33 mV/dec and shows excellent stability of 3000 cycles in acidic media. The theoretical study reveals that Cu doping brings a change in the electronic properties of the catalyst, which improves the overall adsorption and desorption of hydrogen on the catalyst surface during the hydrogen evolution reaction. The Free Energy diagram for ‘Mo’ and ‘N’ hydrogen adsorptions sites of CuMoCat displays, a shift of free energy making these more favourable for HER with respect to Mo/N sites of the un-doped catalyst.

PhD Students

  • Ms. Ritu Rai

    Email: ritu.ph14205@inst.ac.in

    Reg. No.: PH14205

    Working Since Aug, 2014
  • Mr. Zubair Ahmed

    Email: zebair.rp121621@inst.ac.in

    Reg. No.: RP121621 (CSIR)

    Working Since Aug, 2016
  • Ms. Shilpa Kumari

    Email: shilpa.ph18216@inst.ac.in

    Reg. No.: PH18216 (INST)

    Working Since Aug, 2018
  • Mr. Deepak Upreti

    Email: deepak.ph19240@inst.ac.in

    Reg. No.: PH19240 (CSIR)

    Working Since Jan, 2020

    Email: ashish.ph18212@inst.ac.in

    Reg. No.: PH18212

    Working Since Aug, 2018


  • Manali Bansal

    Email: 11manalibansal16@gmail.com

    Reg. No.: INST_INT_2

  • Gourang Sai

    Email: gourang007@gmail.com

    Reg. No.: -

  • Shreya

    Email: shreya@inst.ac.in

    Reg. No.: INT_INST_3

  • Ekta Verma

    Email: ektaverma466@gmail.com

    Reg. No.: INT

Project Associates

  • Aashi Sharma

    Email: aashisharma664@gmail.com

    Reg. No.: RP07 Aashi

  • Kanika Soni

    Email: kanikasoni.pu@gmail.com

    Reg. No.: RP07

PhD Students

  • Mr. Rajinder Kumar

    Email: rajinder.ph14214@inst.ac.in

    Reg. No.: PH14214 (Past Student)

Post Doc Fellows

  • Manu Sharma

    Email: manu.atray@gmail.com

    Reg. No.: PDF1619

  • Kasinath Ojha

    Email: kasi_chemistry@yahoo.com

    Reg. No.: PDF1617

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Hydrated FePO4 nanoparticles supported on P-doped RGO show enhanced ORR activity compared to their dehydrated form in an alkaline medium,: Zubair Ahmed, Ritu Rai, Rajinder Kumar, Takahiro Maruyama and Vivek Bagchi, (2019) RSC Advances, 9: 24654-24658. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1039/C9RA04070F

  5. Uniformly Decorated Molybdenum Carbide/Nitride Nanostructures on Biomass Templates for Hydrogen Evolution Reaction Applications,: Rajinder Kumar, Zubair Ahmed, Ritu Rai, Ashish Gaur, Shilpa Kumari, Takahiro Maruyama, Vivek Bagchi*, (2019) ACS Omega, 491: 4155-14161. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1021/acsomega.9b02321

  6. Environmentally Benign Metal-Free Reduction of GO Using Molecular Hydrogen: A Mechanistic Insight: Ritu Rai, Zubair Ahmed, Rajinder Kumar, Rameshwar L Kumawat, Kalyani Chordiya, Takahiro Maruyama,Md. Ehesan Ali,Vivek Bagchi*, (2018) ACS Omega, 3: 15112-15118. DOI: 10.1021/acsomega.8b00848

  7. Comparative Nitrene-Transfer Chemistry to Olefinic Substrates Mediated by a Library of Anionic Mn(II) Triphenylamido-Amine Reagents and M(II) Congeners (M = Fe, Co, Ni) Favoring Aromatic over: Vivek Bagchi, Anshika Kalra , Purak Das, Amitava Choudhury, Zhicheng Sun , Thomas R. Cundari, and Pericles Stavropoulos, (2018) ACS Catalysis, 8: 9183–9206. DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.8b01941

  8. 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,Vivek Bagchi*, (2017) J. Mater. Chem. A,, . DOI: 10.1039/C7TA01815K

  9. 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 Aziridin: 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 ,Pericles Stavropoulos, (2014) J. Am. Chem. Soc., 136 (32): 11362–11381. DOI: 10.1021/ja503869j


  • Design and development of large scale prototype photochemical reactor for hydrogen generation (As Co-PI) 2017-2020, DST Nanomission
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    PI: Dr. Vivek Bagchi
  • Low cost diagnostic system for public health surveillance targeting bacterial enteric pathogens (as Co-PI) 2015-2018, DST Nano Mission
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    PI: Dr. Vivek Bagchi
  • Air purification device for removal of harmful gases such as ammonia, VOC’s in poultry farms (PI) 2016-2019, Technology Development Program
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    PI: Dr. Vivek Bagchi
  • Nano-structured Materials Synthesized from Transition Metal Carbides / Nitrides for Electrocatalytic Applications 2015-2018, Sanctioned by SERB, DST
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    PI: Dr. Vivek Bagchi
  • First-Row Transition Metals in Catalytic Atom / Group -Transfer Functionalization of Hydrocarbons 2014-2017, Sanctioned by SERB, DST
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    PI: Dr. Vivek Bagchi
  • Design of controlled and targeted agricultural pesticide delivery nano-carrier with copper- graphene oxide composite 3 years, DST nano mission
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    Role PI: Dr. P.S.Vijayakumar Role Co-PI: Dr. Vivek Bagchi

  • 2009

    Ph. D

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

  • 2001

    M. Sc

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

  • 1999

    B. Sc

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

  • Scientist C:Institute of Nano Science and Technology,, Mohali, Punjab (January 2013 to Present till date )

  • Post Doctoral Research Associate:Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla,, MO, USA (August 2009 to September 2012 )

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