Archita Patnaik is a Professor in the department of Chemistry. Her primary research interest targeted at ‘Molecular Self-assembly and Functional Materials’, a discipline within disciplines, reflects new approaches to synthesis and processing of materials at structured interfaces, enabling higher functionality structures, pattern formation and devices. She pursued B.Sc (Chemistry (Hons.), Physics, Mathematics) at the B.J.B College Bhubaneswar and completed M.Sc and Ph.D from Banaras Hindu University. After completing research tenures as an AvH Fellow, a NASA Fellow and a Max-Planck Research Fellow, she joined the department in 1992. During 2013 – 2016, she has served as a member, subject expert committee for Chemical Sciences, Women Scientist Scheme (WOS – A) of Department of Science and Technology, India and has been a SERB expert committee member in Chemical Sciences for Early Career Research and National Post-Doctoral Fellow schemes since 2016 till date. As an Editorial Advisory Board Member, she has served for The Journal of Chemical Thermodynamics and Journal of Chemical Sciences. 


  • 1986 - Ph. D from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
  • 1981 - M. Sc from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
  • 1978 - B. Sc from B. J. B college, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar

Research Interests

  • Colloids and Structured Interfaces, Emissive H and J dimeric aggregates
  • Directed Electron Transport in Oriented Monolayers, Polarized FT - IRRAS Spectroscopy
  • Electronic Structure Calculations of Ground and Excited State Dimers, D - B - A Dyads

Representative Publications

   Structure and dynamics of H2O vis – á – vis phenylalanine recognition at a DPPC lipid membrane via interfacial H – bond types: Insights from Polarized FT – IRRAS and ADMP simulations Nirod Kumar Sarangi, Nivarthi Ramesh and Archita Patnaik J. Chem. Phys. 142, 024702 (1 – 18), 2015

   Microscopic diffusion model applied to  fullerene fractals in carbon disulphide solution AD Bokare, A Patnaik J. Chem. Phys. 119 (8), 4529 – 4538, 2003

   Bilayer vesicles as precursors for spherical fractal aggregates from the self-assembly of a – fullerene – dyad in polar solvent SS Gayathri, A Patnaik J. Chem. Phys. 124 (13), 131104, 2006

   Carbon Nanosheets by Morphology‐Retained Carbonization of 2 ‐ Dimensional Assembled Anisotropic Carbon Nanorings Taizo Mori, Hiroyuki Tanaka, Amit Dalui, Nobuhiko Mitoma, Kengo Suzuki, Mutsuyoshi Matsumoto, Nikhil Aggarwal, Archita Patnaik ,Somobrata Acharya, Lok Kumar Shrestha , Hirotoshi Sakamoto, Kenichiro Itami, Katsuhiko Ariga Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018,57679 – 9683

   Unusual Nonemissive Behavior of Rubrene J – Aggregates: A Rare Violation N Aggarwal, A Patnaik J. Phys. Chem . B 121 (14), 3190 – 3201, 2017


  • CYB 150, Department of Chemistry
  • Indian Institute of Technology Madras
  • Chennai - 600036

Honors and Rewards

  • 1st class First in Master of Science, Banaras Hindu University
  • Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship
  • Natioinal Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Fellowship
  • Max - Planck Research Fellowship
  • Third World Academy of Sciences Fellowship
  • Japan Society for Promotion of Sciences Fellowship
  • Fulbright - Nehru Fellowship

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