IIEST, Shibpur

Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur

(Formerly Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur)

Empowering the nation since 1856

Dr. Chinmoy Bhattacharya

Assistant Professor

Department of Chemistry

Academic Qualifications

  • PhD (Science, 2006)
  • M.Sc. (Chemistry, 2000)



  1. Mobile: +91 94336 39041


  1. Office: Department of Chemistry, IIEST, Shibpur
  2. Residence: R.N.T. Road, Harinavi, Kolkata – 700148
  3. EMail: chinmoy@chem.iiests.ac.in, cbhattacharya.besus@gmail.com, c.bhattacharya@rediffmail.com

Area of Research

  • Photocatalytic water splitting into hydrogen and oxygen using semiconductor photocatalysts.
  • Development of mixed metal oxides based on Ti, Fe, Zn, Bi, In, Cu, Cd etc. of different structures like and their modified compounds.
  • Selection of the suitable dopants at an optimum level through scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM) – pico-liter solution dispenser under illuminated conditions.
  • Studies on corrosion behavior of Al alloys & metal matrix composites under different environmental conditions.

Courses Undertaken

  • UG CHEMISTRY – 1st and 2nd Semester (all branches) (CH 1201) : Electrochemistry:
  • 1st Semester Physical Chemistry – I (PGC – 101): Chemical Thermodynamics
  • 2nd Semester Physical Chemistry – II (PGC – 201): Chemical Kinetics
  • 3rd Semester Physical Chemistry - III (PGC – 301): Photo-chemistry
  • 4th Semester Applied Physical Chemistry I (PGC 401):
  • Analytical Approach to Environmental Chemistry
  • Metallic materials and their characteristics
  • Corrosion Chemistry

Recent Publications (Last 10)

  1. “Development of ternary iron vanadium oxide semiconductors for applications in photoelectrochemical water oxidation” H. Mandal, S. Shyamal, P. Hajra, A. Bera, D. Sariket, S. Kundu, C. Bhattacharya, RSC Adv., 2016, 6, 4992–4999. (IF: 3.78)
  2. “Photocurrent switching effect on platelet-like BiOI electrodes: influence of redox system, light wavelength and thermal treatment” M.E. Kazyrevich, V. Malashchonak, A.V. Mazanik, E.A. Streltsov, A.I. Kulak, C. Bhattacharya, Electrochimica Acta, 2016, 190, 612–619. (IF: 4.504)
  3. “Optimization of Triton-X 100 surfactant in the development of Bismuth Oxide thin film semiconductor for improved photoelectrochemical water oxidation behaviour” P. Hajra, S. Shyamal, A. Bera, H. Mandal, D. Sariket, M. Kundu, S. Pande, C. Bhattacharya, Electrochimica Acta, 2015, 185, 229–235. (IF: 4.504)
  4. “Effect of substrates on the photoelectrochemical reduction of water over cathodically electrodeposited p-Type Cu2O Thin Films”, S. Shyamal, P. Hajra, H. Mandal, J. K. Singh, A.K. Satpati, S. Pande, and C. Bhattacharya, ACS Appl. Mater. Inter. 2015, 7, 18344-18352. Citation: 2 (IF: 6.723)
  5. “Photocatalytic activity of Bi2O3 nanocrystalline semiconductor developed via chemical-bath synthesis” P. Hajra, S. Shyamal, H. Mandal, P. Fageria, S. Pande, C. Bhattacharya, Electrochimica Acta, 2014, 123, 494–500. Citation: 7(IF: 4.504)
  6. “Improved photoelectrochemical water oxidation using wurtzite ZnO semiconductors synthesized through simple chemical bath reaction”, H. Mandal, S. Shyamal, P. Hajra, B. Samanta,P. Fageria, S. Pande, C. Bhattacharya Electrochimica Acta, 2014, 141, 294–301. Citation: 4(IF: 4.504)
  7. “Rapid screening by scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM) of dopants for Bi2WO6 improved photocatalytic water oxidation with Zn doping” C. Bhattacharya H. C. Lee, and A. J. Bard, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2013, 117, 9633−9640. Citation: 32 (IF: 4.77)

List of Ongoing R&D Projects

  1. Development of n-type ‘Scheelite’ type semiconductors (like BiVO4, InVO4, PbMoO4, CaWO4, Pb2CrO5) using the principle of Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy (SECM) for identification of suitable dopants and cocatalysts for enhancement of Photoelectrochemical water oxidations behavior. Sponsored by SERB-DST, Govt. of India
  2. Preparation and characterization of stable nano-crystalline p-type Cu2O semiconductors modified with different metal doping for their applications in photoelectrochemical water splitting for Hydrogen generation. Sponsored by BRNS-DAE, Govt. of India
  3. Photoelectrochemical solar cells based on semiconductor bismuth compounds. Sponsored by DST Govt. of India, (International Division)
  4. Preparation and characterizations of binary and ternary metal sulphide semiconductors for applications in photoelectrochemical H2 production from water. Sponsored by DST, Govt. of West Bengal

Details of PhD students Guided and Ongoing

No. of students Guided

  1. Biswanath Samanta- PhD awarded in 2014

On Going Ph.D. Students

  1. Harahari Mandal
  2. Sanjib Shyamal
  3. Paramita Hajra
  4. Aparajita Bera
  5. Jitendra Kr Singh
  6. Debasis Saiket
  7. Mun Majumder
  8. Aparna Singha Roy