Rabibrata Mukherjee


Chemical Engineering




  • Joint National Coordinator and Joint Principal Investigator, SPARC
  • Member, Council of Dean, Students Affairs
  • Chairman, Sophisticated Analytical and Technical Help Institute (SATHI Center)
  • Associate Dean, Students Affairs

Research Areas

We at the Instability and Soft Patterning Lab, Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Kharagpur are looking at issues related to nano scale patterning and ordering of polymer systems, by controlling the self organization and evolution of unstable ultra thin films in various settings. The broad areas interest includes Dewetting, Polymer blends, Soft lithography, Evaporation induced patterning, E-field instability, Colloidal assembly, Liquid Crystal thin films, Spin coating, Nano particles in thin films, Opto-electronic device applications, Super Hydrophobic surfaces etc.
We have a state of art laboratory with facilities like AFM, Optical Microscope, Spin and Dip coaters, Ellipsometer, Goniometer and UV Ozone Chamber. We are funded by DST - Nano Mission, DST - Solar Energy Research Initiative as well as Samsung Electronics, Korea under its GRO program. We also have several international colaborations with universities at Akron, Freiburg etc. and also with several other groups at IIT Kharagpur. 

Please check out the lab website for details. https://sites.google.com/site/rmresearchgroup/
  • Feature Size Modulation in Dewetting of Nanoparticle-Containing Ultrathin Polymer Films Das A., Mukherjee R. By Macromolecules 54 2242-2255 (2021)
  • Evaporative Drying of Sodium Chloride Solution Droplet on a Thermally Controlled Substrate Basu N., Mukherjee R. By The Journal of Physical Chemistry B 124 1266-1274 (2020)
  • Nanoparticle Induced Morphology Modulation in Spin Coated PS/PMMA Blend Thin Films Das A., Dey A.B., Chattopadhyay S., De G., Sanyal M.K., Mukherjee R. By Langmuir 36 15270-15282 (2020)
  • Improved Mesenchymal Stem Cell Proliferation, Differentiation, Epithelial Transition, and Restrained Senescence on Hierarchically Patterned Porous Honey Silk Fibroin Scaffolds Mukhopadhyay A., Das A., Mukherjee S., Rajput M., Gope A., Chaudhary A., Choudhury K., Barui A., Chatterjee J., Mukherjee R. By ACS Applied Bio Materials 4 4328-4344 (2021)
  • Polymer Thin-Film Dewetting-Mediated Growth of Wettability-Controlled Titania Nanorod Arrays for Highly Responsive, Water-Stable Self-powered UV Photodetectors Chakrabarty P., Ghorai A. , Ray S. K., Mukherjee R. By ACS Applied Electronic Materials 2 2895-2905 (2020)
  • Colloidal Transfer Printing Mediated Fabrication of Zinc Oxide Nanorods for Self Cleaning Applications Banik M., Chakrabarty P. , Das A. , Ray S. K., Mukherjee R. By Advanced Materials Interfaces 6 1900063- (2019)

Principal Investigator

  • Dewetting mediated pattern formation in thin lubricating films on chemically heterogeneous surfaces Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB)
  • Nano particle mediated suppression of spin dewetting Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB)
  • SATHI IIT Kharagpur (1817_ZBSA) Department of Science and Technology (DST)
  • Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC) MHRD

Co-Principal Investigator

  • Centre of excellence for training and research in Microfluidics IIT KHARAGPUR
  • Investigation of recylability for nano-filler reinforced BIIR-NR composite for automotive applications MHRD
  • Towards Improved Design For Battery Electrode Particles Through Analogue Systems Mimicking Instability-induced Degradation of Solid-electrolyte Interphases Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB)

Ph. D. Students

Anu M G

Area of Research: Hydrophobic Polymer Thin films

Ayan Gope

Area of Research: Cell Bio-matrix Interaction in Healing

Baneeprajnya Nayak

Area of Research: Microbial Biotechnology

Chinmoy Bag

Area of Research: Oleophobic Surface

Diptesh Biswas

Area of Research: Droplet Dynamics on Surfaces

Hemant Kumar

Area of Research: Solar photovoltaics

Ipsita Sahoo

Area of Research: Liquid Crystal Thin Films

Rohit Agarwal

Area of Research: Drop Evaporation

Sumita Sahoo

Area of Research: Coffee Stain Problem

Sushree Ritu Ritanjali

Area of Research: Nano Particle containing thin films