Assistant Professor

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Senior Researcher, Yamada Laboratories and Unit of ESICB, Chemical System Engineering, University of Tokyo, Japan.

Joint Affiliation with Unit of ESICB, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan.


J.S.P.S. Postdoctoral Fellow, Yamada Lab, Chemical System Engineering, University of Tokyo, Japan.


Postdoctoral Fellow, Laboratoire de Réactivité et Chimie des Solides, Université de Picardie Jules Verne, UMR CNRS, Amiens, France.

2005-2009 Ph. D., Materials Science and Engineering, (Jan 2009), Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, NJ, USA.
2006 M. S., Materials Science and Engineering, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, NJ, USA.
2003-2004 M. Phil., Materials Modeling, The University of Cambridge (Wolfson College), UK.
1998-2002 B. Engg. (Hons.), Ceramic Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Rourkela (NITR), INDIA.


10/2018-11/2018 MOPGA Visiting Laureate, Université de Picardie Jules Verne, Amiens, France
Visiting Researcher, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
07/2018-08/2018 Visiting Faculty Program Fellow, Department of Materials & Interfaces, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel
07/2017-08/2017 Visiting Faculty Program Fellow, Department of Materials & Interfaces, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel
06/2016-07/2016 Visiting Researcher, Department of Applied Chemistry, Tokyo University of Science, Tokyo, Japan
06/2015-07/2015 Visiting Researcher, Institute for Materials Chemistry and Engineering, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan
07/2014-08/2014 Visiting Researcher, Institute for Materials Chemistry and Engineering, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan



2018 ‘MOPGA Exchange Fellowship- 2018’, by Campus France, France

‘Early Career Travel Grant- 2018’, by The Electrochemical Society (ECS), USA

2017 ‘Visiting Faculty Program Fellowship- 2017’, by Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
2016 ‘Ross Coffin Purdy Award- 2016’, by The American Ceramic Society (ACerS), USA

‘Energy Technology Division Supramaniam Srinivasan Young Investigator Award- 2016’, by The Electrochemical Society (ECS), USA.

2015 ‘ISE Prize for Applied Electrochemistry- 2015’, by International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE), HQ: Switzerland.
2012 ‘ISE Travel Award for Young Electrochemists’, by International Society of Electrochemistry, 2012.
2010 ‘J.S.P.S. Postdoctoral Fellowship-2010’ by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Japan.
2008 ‘H.H. Dow memorial student achievement award-2008’, by Electrochemical Society, US
2007 ‘Colin Garfield Fink Summer Fellowship-2007’, by the Electrochemical Society, US
2004 ‘Fellow of Cambridge Commonwealth Society’, Cambridge, UK inducted in Dec 2004
2003 ‘Shell Centenary Chevening Scholarship –2003’ for M. Phil. study at Univ. of Cambridge, UK


2017 ‘Elected Life Member’, The National Academy of Sciences (MNASc), India (NASI)
2016 ‘INSA Medal for Young Scientist – 2016’, by Indian National Science Academy (INSA)

‘NASI-Young Scientist Platinum Jubilee Award – 2016’, by National Academy of Sciences, India

‘DST-SERB Early Career Research Award- 2016’, by Department of Science & Technology (GoI).

‘IEI Young Engineers Award 2015-2016’, by The Institution of Engineers (India) (IEI).

2015 ‘DAE-BRNS Young Scientist Award- 2015’, by the Department of Atomic Energy, Govt. of India.
2014 ‘Young Scientist Award (R.L. Thakur Memorial Award) – 2014’, by the Indian Ceramic Society.
‘Member’, ‘Standing Committee on Energy Storage and Hybrid Solutions’, MNRE, Govt. of India.

Energy generation and storage is a key global concern. Electrochemical energy storage forms the most pragmatic option for large-scale storage and dissemination of electrical energy. In the ever-growing quest to realize sustainable energy scenario, rechargeable batteries have seen unprecedented growth in applications ranging from small-scale consumer electronics to large-scale grid storage. Li-ion batteries are ubiquitous these days empowering electronics and automobile sectors. However, there is no one-size-fit-all strategy in the energy sector. While Li-ion batteries cater the application with weight/size restriction, some earth-abundant post Li-ion batteries are being widely pursued to serve large-scale stationary storage sector. In this scenario, sodium-ion, potassium-ion and metal-air batteries have great potential.

Focusing on secondary batteries, our group works on development of various transition metal oxide and polyanionic framework compounds for Li-ion and post Li-ion batteries. We conduct variety of solvothermal synthesis of inorganic insertion materials followed by their physical, structural and electrochemical characterization. Using various material optimization, we attempt to improve the discharge capacity and working voltage of battery electrode materials.

In addition to our major effort on batteries, we also investigate various fundamental properties (like magnetic transition, ionic conductivity, disorder-order phase transition, polymorphism) of battery insertion systems. In addition, we are also probing the possible application of battery electrode materials for realizing economic bifunctional electrocatalysts for water-splitting and metal-air batteries. Overall, we dwell on materials chemistry and energy storage devices.

Recent Publications:

1 R. Gond, D. Singh, M. Eshwaramoorthy, P. Barpanda Sodium cobalt metaphosphate as an efficient oxygen evolution reaction catalyst in alkaline solution Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., In Press, 2019
2 B. Senthilkumar, C. Murugesan, L. Sharma, S. Lochab, P. Barpanda An overview of mixed polyanionic cathode materials for sodium-ion batteries Small Methods3(4), 1800253, 2019
3 A. Chaupatnaik, P. Barpanda Swift combustion synthesis of PbLi2Ti6O14 anode for lithium-ion batteries: Diffusional and electrochemical investigation J. Electrochem. Soc.166(3), A5122-5130, 2019
4 P. Barpanda, L. Lander, S. Nishimura, A. Yamada Polyanionic insertion materials for sodium-ion batteries Adv. Energy Mater., 8(27), 1703055, 2018
5 R. Gond, S. Krishnakanth, B. Senthilkumar, P. Barpanda Bifunctional electrocatalytic behaviour of sodium cobalt phosphates in alkaline solution ChemElectroChem5(1), 153-158, 2018
6 L. Sharma, P. Nayak, E. de la Llave, H. Chen, S. Adams, D. Aurbach, P. Barpanda Electrochemical and diffusional investigation of Na2FeIIPO4F fluorophosphates sodium insertion material obtained from FeIII precursor ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces9(4), 34961-34969, 2017.
7 S. Krishnakanth, B. Senthilkumar, P. Barpanda Electrochemical potassium-ion intercalation in NaxCoO2: A novel cathode material for potassium-ion batteries Chem. Commun., 53(61), 8588-8591, 2017
8 D. Dwibedi, C.D. Ling, R.B. Araujo, S. Chakraborty, S. Duraisamy, N. Munichandraiah, R. Ahuja, P. Barpanda Low temperature ionothermal synthesis of high-voltage alluaudite Na2+2xFe2-x(SO4)3 sodium insertion compound: Structural, electronic and magnetic insights ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 8(11), 6982-6991, 2016
9 D. Dwibedi, R.B. Araujo, S. Chakraborty, P. Shanbogh, N. Sundaram, R. Ahuja, P. Barpanda Na2.44Mn1.79(SO4)3: A new member of alluaudite family of insertion compound for sodium ion batteries J. Mater. Chem. A, 3, 18564-18571, 2015
10 P. Barpanda, G. Oyama, S. Nishimura, S.C. Chung, A. Yamada A 3.8 V earth-abundant sodium battery electrode Nature Communications, 5, 4358: 1-8, 2014.
Lecture Courses Course Code

Materials Chemistry

Electrochemical energy conversion and storage IP313


  1. Ritambhara Gond
  2. Anshuman Chaupatnaik
  3. Sada Krishnakantha
  4. Shashwat Singh
  5. V. Sai Pranav
  6. Pawan Kumar
  7. Pubali Barman


  1. Lalit Sharma
  2. Shubham Lochab
  3. Deepa Singh


  1. Dr. A. Rambabu
  2. Dr. Subba Reddy Marri