Stockholm university

Biswanath DasResearcher

About me

Dr. Biswanath Das is the group leader of the SusChemRes team which focuses on finding Sustainable Solutions for Renewable Energy, Carbon Capture-Conversion, and PFAS remediation.

I started my research activity as a master's student (M.Sc with Chemistry major) at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur in the group of Prof. V Chandrasekhar in 2008. After finishing my master's project on organometallic synthesis, I came to Sweden as an Erasmus Mundus Ph.D. student and conducted Ph.D. studies (2010-2014) from Lund University under the supervision of Prof. E Nordlander on bioinorganic chemistry (phosphoester hydrolysis and C-H activation). 

Soon after, I joined Uppsala University as a postdoctoral fellow (2014-2016) and worked on photo and electrocatalytic water splitting in the group of Prof. S Ott and A/Prof. A Thapper. In 2016, I got selected for a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship (ARC affiliated) from the School of Chemistry, UNSW, Australia. During 2016-2020, I worked on carbon dioxide electroreduction and PFAS (Per and Poly-Fluoro Alkanes) degradation in the groups of A/Prof. S B Colbran, A/Prof. G E Ball and Prof. N Kumar before joining Stockholm University as a researcher in the group of Prof. Björn Åkermark in June 2020.

I am an electrochemist with experience in organic-inorganic synthesis, investigation of reaction mechanisms (by spectroscopic techniques and DFT), and catalysts' anchoring/immobilization on conductive surfaces.  

Currently, I am employed as a permanent (senior) researcher and group leader at the Organic Chemistry Department, Stockholm University.

Our major research interest centers around finding efficient and sustainable ways to produce green hydrogen and utilization of carbon dioxide as a C1 feedstock. We are also interested in projects related to water purification. We are working closely with the groups of Prof. Björn Åkermark (at SU, Sweden) on homogeneous-heterogeneous water splitting and hydrogen production, and of Prof. Naresh Kumar (at UNSW, Australia) on PFAS remediation. We have recently started projects on environmentally benign approaches for carbon dioxide capture-storage-utilization.

We are always looking for motivated bachelors, masters (local and Erasmus funded) project students, and postdoctoral candidates (with external fundings) to join our SusChemRes team at Stockholm University.

 

The SusChemRes group is currently collaborating with:

(i) Prof. Em. Björn Åkermark (Organic Chemistry Department, Stockholm University, Sweden)

(ii) Prof. Naresh Kumar (School of Chemistry, UNSW-Sydney, Australia)

(iii) Prof. Belen Martin-Matute (Organic Chemistry Department, Stockholm University, Sweden)

(iv) Prof. Ivan Rivalta (Università di Bologna, Italy)

(v) Prof. Mårten Ahlquist (Division of Theoretical Chemistry and Biology, KTH, Sweden)

(vi) Assoc. Prof. Oscar Verho (BMC, Uppsala Unibversity)

(vii) Prof. Joydeep Dutta (Materials and Nanophysics department, KTH, Sweden)

(vii) Assoc. Prof. Priyank Kumar (School of Chemical Engineering, UNSW-Sydney, Australia).

 

Ongoing and previous teaching/supervision responsibilities:

Organic Chemistry – Reactivity and Structure KO5001 (from 2022) (as a lecturer) at Stockholm University

Organic Chemistry – Basic Principles KO2003 (from 2023) (as a lecturer) at Stockholm University

Coordination Chemistry KEMM22 (2010-2014) (as lab instructor) at Lund University

Supervising/co-supervising bachelor, master, PhD students, and postdoctoral candidates (from 2016, in Australia and Sweden)