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Sandeep Ghosh

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IIT Central Research Lab Genova


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Research Interests

- Colloidal chemical synthesis and assembly of inorganic nanomaterials for solar energy harnessing, thermoelectric, catalysis and photothermal applications.

- Chemical and structural transformations in nanoscale materials and their surface characteristics.

- Optical characteristics and electronic structure-property correlation of metal and semiconductor nanostructures.



2007-2011 PhD, Indian Institute of Science (Chemical Sciences), Bangalore, India
Synthesis and chemical manipulation schemes for inorganic and carbon nanostructures, Separation
of metallic and semiconducting carbon nanotubes, Spectroscopic investigations of plasmonics in
ReO3 and charge transfer interactions in graphene and carbon nanotubes
2004-2007 MS, Indian Institute of Science (Chemical Sciences), Bangalore, India
Synthesis of metal and semiconductor nanostructures (Ni, Ru, Ir, ReO3, TiO2, ZnO etc)
Subjects - solid state chemistry, electron microscopy, symmetry and structure of the solid state,
electronic properties of solids, molecular spectroscopy, computational chemistry, quantum chemistry
and statistical mechanics, polymer chemistry, electronics for chemists (apart from inorganic, organic
and physical chem.)
2001-2004 BSc, Chemistry (Hons.), Jadavpur University (Chemistry Department), Kolkata, India
Major in Chemistry (Inorganic, Organic and Physical), Subsidiary subjects: Physics and Mathematics


Professional experience

2012-  Postdoctoral researcher
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genoa, Italy
 2011-2012 Research Associate, Solid State and Structural Chemistry Unit (SSCU),
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
 2009-2010 International Joint Graduate School Fellow, Functional Thin Films Group,
Organic Nanomaterials Centre, National Institute of Materials Science, Tsukuba, Japan


Academic Service

- Active referee for international journals of repute: ChemComm, CrystEngComm, RSC Advances, PCCP, J. Mater. Chem. and New J. Chem.

- Laboratory Teaching Assistant for a class of 10 undergraduate students (summers of 2008, 2010 and 2011). Included classroom teaching (20 h) and mentoring one student each term.

Selected Publications

Journal Publications
Researchgate profile:
Google scholar profile:

15. Sandeep Ghosh, Tommaso Avellini, Alessia Petrelli, Ilka Kriegel, Roberto Gaspari, Guilherme Almeida, Giovanni Bertoni, Andrea Cavalli, Francesco Scotognella, Teresa Pellegrino, and Liberao Manna; Colloidal CuFeS2 Nanocrystals: Intermediate Fe d-Band Leads to High Photothermal Conversion Efficiency. Chem. Mater., 2016, DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.6b02192 URL:

14. Alberto Casu, Alessandro Genovese, Liberato Manna, Paolo Longo, Joka Buha, Gianluigi A. Botton, Sorin Lazar, Mousumi Upadhyay Kahali, Udo Schwingenschloegl, Mirko Prato, Hongbo Li, Sandeep Ghosh, Francisco Palazon, Francesco de Donato, Sergio Lentijo Mozo, Efisio Zuddas, and Andrea Falqui; Cu2Se and Cu Nanocrystals as Local Sources of Copper in Thermally Activated In Situ Cation Exchange. ACS Nano, 2016, 10 (2), 2406–2414 URL:

13. Karol Miszta, Graziella Gariano, Rosaria Brescia, Sergio Marras, Francesco De Donato, Sandeep Ghosh, Luca De Trizio, and Liberato Manna; Selective Cation Exchange in the Core Region of Cu2-xSe/Cu2-xS Core/Shell Nanocrystals. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2015, 137 (38), 12195–12198 URL:

12. Sandeep Ghosh, Roberto Gaspari, Giovanni Bertoni, Maria Chiara Spadaro, Mirko Prato, Stuart Turner, Andrea Cavalli, Liberato Manna and Rosaria Brescia; Pyramid-Shaped Wurtzite CdSe Nanocrystals with Inverted Polarity. ACS Nano, 2015, 9 (8), 8537–8546 URL:

11. Karol Miszta, Rosaria Brescia, Mirko Prato, Giovanni Bertoni, Sergio Marras, Yi Xie, Sandeep Ghosh, Mee Rahn Kim and Liberato Manna; Hollow and Concave Nanoparticles via Preferential Oxidation of the Core in Colloidal Core/Shell Nanocrystals. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2014, 136 (25), 9061–9069. URL:

10. Yi Xie, Andreas Riedinger, Mirko Prato, Alberto Casu, Alessandro Genovese, Pablo Guardia, Silvia Sottini, Claudio Sangregorio, Karol Miszta, Sandeep Ghosh, Teresa Pellegrino and Liberato Manna; Copper Sulfide Nanocrystals with Tunable Composition by Reduction of Covellite Nanocrystals with Cu+ Ions. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135 (46), 17630–17637. URL:

9. Sandeep Ghosh, S R K C Sharma Yamijala, Swapan K Pati and C N R Rao; The interaction of halogen molecules with SWNTs and graphene. RSC Advances, 2012, 2, 1181-1188. URL:!divAbstract

8. Quigen Zhang, Sandeep Ghosh, Sadaki Samitsu, Xinsheng Peng, Izumi Ichinose; Ultrathin freestanding nanoporous membranes prepared from polystyrene nanoparticles. J. Mater. Chem., 2011, 21, 1684-1688. URL:!divAbstract

7. Urmimala Maitra, Sandeep Ghosh, Kanishka Biswas and C N R Rao; Scaling behavior of Plasmon coupling in Au and ReO3 Nanoparticles incorporated in Polymer Matrices. physica status solidi (RRL) – Rapid Research Letters, 2010, 4 (7), 169-171. URL:

6. Rakesh Voggu, Sandeep Ghosh, A Govindaraj and C N R Rao; New Strategies for the Enrichment of Metallic Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes. J. Nanosci. Nanotech., 2010, 10 (6), 4102-4108. URL:

5. Neenu Varghese, Anupama Ghosh, Rakesh Voggu, Sandeep Ghosh and C N R Rao; Selectivity in the Interaction of Electron Donor and Acceptor Molecules with Graphene and Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes. J. Phys. Chem. C, 2009, 113 (39), 16855-16859. URL:

4. Sandeep Ghosh and C N R Rao; Separation of Metallic and Semiconducting Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Through Fluorous Chemistry. Nano Res., 2009, 2(3), 183-191. URL:

3. Sandeep Ghosh, A Gomathi and C N R Rao; Stable Dispersions of Metal Oxide Nanowires and Nanoparticles in Water, Dimethylformamide and Toluene. J. Nanosci. Nanotech., 2009, 9 (9), 5214-5222. URL:

2. Sandeep Ghosh, Kanishka Biswas and C N R Rao; Core–shell nanoparticles based on an oxide metal: ReO3@Au (Ag) and ReO3@SiO2 (TiO2). J. Mater. Chem., 2007, 17 (23), 2412-2417. URL:!divAbstract

1. Sandeep Ghosh, Moumita Ghosh and C N R Rao; Nanocrystals, Nanorods and other Nanostructures of Nickel, Ruthenium, Rhodium and Iridium prepared by a Simple Solvothermal Procedure. J. Clust. Sci., 2007, 18 (1), 97-111. URL:



Granted Patents

1. Izumi Ichinose, Xinsheng Peng, Sandeep Ghosh and Qifeng Wang; Filter and Method for Producing the same. WO 2011/016478 A1, Japan.

2. Izumi Ichinose, Xinsheng Peng, Sandeep Ghosh and Qifeng Wang; Process for fabricating membrane filters, and membrane filters. US 2012/0097603 A1, US.

3. Izumi Ichinose, Xinsheng Peng, Sandeep Ghosh and Qifeng Wang; Filter and Method for Producing the same. EP 2463018 A1, European Union.


Conference presentations and invited lectures

9. Colloidal Chalcopyrite (CuFeS2) Nanocrystals for Photothermal Therapy, MRS Spring Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona, USA (March 28 – April 1, 2016).

8. Chloride Assisted Synthesis of Pyramid-Shaped Wurtzite CdSe Nanocrystals with Inverted Crystal Polarity, Applied Nanotechnology and Nanoscience International Conference (ANNIC), Paris, France (Nov 5 – 7, 2015).

7. Chloride ion assisted colloidal synthesis of CdSe nanopyramids, National Conference on Nano Chemistry, Allahabad, India (Nov 11 – 12, 2014).

6. Chemical Doping of Carbon Nanomaterials by Diatomic Halogen Molecules, SSCU Unit Day, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, Nov (2010).

5. Molecular Gastronomy: A scientific look at cooking, SSCU departmental seminar, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, March (2010).

4. A general method of fabricating ultrathin free- standing cross-linked polymer films and their use as separation membranes thereof:  An Application of Nanomaterials, SSCU Unit Day, Indian Institute of Science,  Bangalore, India, Feb (2010).

3. Field Effect Transistors Based on One Dimensional Metal Oxide Nanostructures, SSCU departmental seminar, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, October (2008).

2. Near-pure Metallic and Semiconducting Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes through Fluorous Chemistry, International Conference on Smart Materials-Smart/Intelligent Materials and Nano Technology & 2nd International Workshop on Functional Materials and Nanomaterials (SmartMat-’08 & IWOFM-2), Chiang Mai, Thailand, April (2008).

1. Sandeep Ghosh, Andrew Malcolm, Heng-xing Ji, Naoka Nagamura, Kohei Miyazaki, Shinya Ikeda, Lawrence Madriaga, Nguyen Thanh Ngoc; Solving the Challenges of Collaborative Research, First Hope Meeting-Nanoscience and Nanotechnology theme, Tsukuba, Japan, Feb (2008)


1. International Joint Graduate School Fellowship, National Institute of Materials Science, Tsukuba, Japan; 2009

2. Junior Research Fellowship awarded by CSIR-UGC, through National Eligibility Test (NET) conducted by Council of Scientific Industrial Research (CSIR) and University Grants Commission (UGC) jointly; 2006

3. Ranked All India 3rd in Integrated PhD fellowship examination, Fellowship for pursuing MS and PhD in Chemical Sciences, Indian Institute of Science; 2004

4. Ranked All India 9th in Indian Institute of Technology Joint Admission Test to MSc (IITJAM), competitive examination for studying MSc in the IITs (Indian Institute of Technology); 2004


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I numeri di IIT

L’Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) è una fondazione di diritto privato - cfr. determinazione Corte dei Conti 23/2015 “IIT è una fondazione da inquadrare fra gli organismi di diritto pubblico con la scelta di un modello di organizzazione di diritto privato per rispondere all’esigenza di assicurare procedure più snelle nella selezione non solo nell’ambito nazionale dei collaboratori, scienziati e ricercatori ”.

IIT è sotto la vigilanza del Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca e del Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze ed è stato istituito con la Legge 326/2003. La Fondazione ha l'obiettivo di promuovere l'eccellenza nella ricerca di base e in quella applicata e di favorire lo sviluppo del sistema economico nazionale. La costruzione dei laboratori iniziata nel 2006 si è conclusa nel 2009.

Lo staff complessivo di IIT conta circa 1440 persone. L’area scientifica è rappresentata da circa l’85% del personale. Il 45% dei ricercatori proviene dall’estero: di questi, il 29% è costituito da stranieri provenienti da oltre 50 Paesi e il 16% da italiani rientrati. Oggi il personale scientifico è composto da circa 60 principal investigators, circa 110 ricercatori e tecnologi di staff, circa 350 post doc, circa 500 studenti di dottorato e borsisti, circa 130 tecnici. Oltre 330 posti su 1400 creati su fondi esterni. Età media 34 anni. 41% donne / 59 % uomini.

Nel 2015 IIT ha ricevuto finanziamenti pubblici per circa 96 milioni di euro (80% del budget), conseguendo fondi esterni per 22 milioni di euro (20% budget) provenienti da 18 progetti europei17 finanziamenti da istituzioni nazionali e internazionali, circa 60 progetti industriali

La produzione di IIT ad oggi vanta circa 6990 pubblicazioni, oltre 130 finanziamenti Europei e 11 ERC, più di 350 domande di brevetto attive, oltre 12 start up costituite e altrettante in fase di lancio. Dal 2009 l’attività scientifica è stata ulteriormente rafforzata con la creazione di dieci centri di ricerca nel territorio nazionale (a Torino, Milano, Trento, Parma, Roma, Pisa, Napoli, Lecce, Ferrara) e internazionale (MIT ed Harvard negli USA) che, unitamente al Laboratorio Centrale di Genova, sviluppano i programmi di ricerca del piano scientifico 2015-2017.

IIT: the numbers

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) is a public research institute that adopts the organizational model of a private law foundation. IIT is overseen by Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca and Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze (the Italian Ministries of Education, Economy and Finance).  The Institute was set up according to Italian law 326/2003 with the objective of promoting excellence in basic and applied research andfostering Italy’s economic development. Construction of the Laboratories started in 2006 and finished in 2009.

IIT has an overall staff of about 1,440 people. The scientific staff covers about 85% of the total. Out of 45% of researchers coming from abroad 29% are foreigners coming from more than 50 countries and 16% are returned Italians. The scientific staff currently consists of approximately 60 Principal Investigators110 researchers and technologists350 post-docs and 500 PhD students and grant holders and 130 technicians. External funding has allowed the creation of more than 330 positions . The average age is 34 and the gender balance proportion  is 41% female against 59% male.

In 2015 IIT received 96 million euros in public funding (accounting for 80% of its budget) and obtained 22 million euros in external funding (accounting for 20% of its budget). External funding comes from 18 European Projects, other 17 national and international competitive projects and approximately 60 industrial projects.

So far IIT accounts for: about 6990 publications, more than 130 European grants and 11 ERC grants, more than 350 patents or patent applications12 up start-ups and as many  which are about to be launched. The Institute’s scientific activity has been further strengthened since 2009 with the establishment of 11 research nodes throughout Italy (Torino, Milano, Trento, Parma, Roma, Pisa, Napoli, Lecce, Ferrara) and abroad (MIT and Harvard University, USA), which, along with the Genoa-based Central Lab, implement the research programs included in the 2015-2017 Strategic Plan.