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Dr. Arindam Indra
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry, IIT BHU
arindam.chy@iitbhu.ac.in
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Area of Interest: 
Artificial photosynthesis, Energy conversion, MOF derived catalysts for organic reaction, Photocatalytic organic reaction

Arindam Indra
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry
IIT BHU (Varanasi)
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
India-221005
E-mail: arindam.chy@iitbhu.ac.in
Mobile: +919919080675


Ph.D and postdoc positions are available for the motivated students

Academic Background
Ph.D, IIT Bombay, Mumbai, India, 2011
M.Sc, The University of Burdwan,  Burdwan, West Bengal, 2006
B.Sc, The University of Burdwan,  Burdwan, West Bengal, 2004

Professional Experience
Assistant Research Professor, Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea (2016-2018)
Group leader for the catalysis and synthesis group, BasCat, Berlin, Germany (2015-2016)
Postdoctoral research associate, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany (2011-2014)

Selected Publications

  • A. Indra, U. Paik, T. Song, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 1241-1245 (Cover page).
  • A. Indra, T. Song, U. Paik, Adv. Mater. 2018, 1705146.
  • A. Indra, A. Acharjya,  P. W. Menezes, C. Merschjann, D. Hollmann, M. Schwarze, M. Aktas, S. Lochbrunner, A. Thomas, M. Driess,​ Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 1653-1657.
  • A. Indra, P. W. Menezes, C. Das, D. Schmeißer, M. Driess, Chem. Commun. 2017, 53, 8641-8644 (Cover page).
  • A. Indra, P. W. Menezes, N. R. Sahraie, A. Bergmann, C. Das, M. Tallarida, D. Schmeißer, P. Strasser, M. Driess, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 17530-17536.
  • A. Indra, P. W. Menezes, I. Zaharieva, E. Baktash, J. Pfrommer, M. Schwarze, H. Dau, M. Driess, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 13206-13210 (VIP paper).
  • A. Indra, M. Doble, S. Bhaduri, G. K. Lahiri, ACS Catal. 2011, 1, 511-518.

 

 

Artificial Photosynthesis
Artificial photosynthesis can transform COand H2O into hydrocarbons by means of photocatalyst in presence of light. This leads to renewable carbon fixation and sustainable energy conversion. The goal of this project is to build up artificial leaf which can work like natural system under visible light irradiation. Development of the photoelectrochemical cell (PEC) to continue the process of sustainable energy conversion  and production of  ~1 L of H2 per day by using the sunlight will be the ultimate achievement of this project.

Metal Organic Framework (MOF) Derived Catalysts for the Energy Conversion and Storage
Exploring new materials with high efficiency and durability for the electrochemical processes is the primary requirement for the development in the field of energy conversion and storage. Application of metal organic framework (MOF) derived materials for the electrochemical energy conversion like oxygen evolution, hydrogen evolution, oxygen reduction or battery materials have been found to be an emerging field of research in last few years. In this project, we will focus on the systematic design of the materials from MOF and control over their inherent properties to enhance the electrochemical performances.

Photocatalytic Organic Reactions with Quantum Dots and Semiconductors 
Photocatalytic organic reactions such as selective oxidation, oxidative couplings reactions by using visible light active photocatalyst are of great importance towards achieving sustainable chemistry. In practical applications there are several challenges like low selectivity, sluggish reaction rate etc. Therefore, the challenge is to develop suitable protocol to improve the activity and selectivity. We investigate the application of semiconductor materials or quantum dots by band engineering to improve the selectivity. Development of the cocatalyst systems to control the electron-hole separation and transport is also the objective of this work. 

Bioinspired Electrochemical Oxygen Evolution Reaction
Electrocatalytic oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) have been considered to play the pivotal role for the energy conversion and storage. Designing of new catalyst systems following the principle of nature could be the most useful way of energy conversion. In this respect, understanding the natural catalyst systems is essential to improve the efficiency of the artificial catalysts. In this project we shall develop transition metal based catalysts which can mimic the nature both structurally and functionally. Comparison of the natural and synthesized system and correlating them in the molecular level will also be studied to develop the basic understanding of this subject.

2018

37. Helical cobalt borophosphates to master durable overall water-splitting
Prashanth W. Menezes, Arindam Indra, Ivelina Zaharieva, Carsten Walter, Stefan Loos, Stefan Hoffmann, Robert Schlogl,
Holger Dau, Matthias Driess
Energy Environ. Sci. 2018 
DOI: 10.1039/c8ee01669k.

36. Electrochemical energy conversion and storage with zeolitic imidazolate framework derived materials: A
perspective

Soumen Dutta, Zhiming Liu, HyukSu Han, Arindam Indra,* Taeseup Song*
ChemElectroChem 2018 (Accepted) 
DOI:10.1002/celc.201801144.

35.Promoting electrocatalytic overall water splitting with nanohybrid of transition metal nitride-oxynitride
Soumen Dutta, Arindam Indra, Yi Feng, HyukSu Han, Taeseup Song*
Appl. Catal. B: Environ. 2018 (Accepted) 
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0926337318308907.

34. An Intriguing Pea-Like Nanostructure of Cobalt Phosphide on Molybdenum Carbide Incorporated
Nitrogen-Doped Carbon Nanosheets for Efficient Electrochemical Water splitting

Soumen Dutta, Arindam Indra, HyukSu Han, Taeseup Song*
ChemSusChem 2018 (Accepted) 
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1002/cssc.201801810.

33. Mixed valency in ligand bridged diruthenium frameworks. Divergences and perspectives
Arijit Singha Hazari, Arindam Indra,* Goutam Kumar Lahiri *
RSC Adv. (Accepted)

32. Metal organic framework derived materials: progress and prospects for the energy conversion and storage
Arindam Indra, Taeseup Song, Ungyu Paik*
Adv. Mater. 2018, 1705146
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1002/adma.201705146.

31. Photocatalytic and photosensitized water-splitting: a plea for well-defined and commonly accepted protocol
Arindam Indra, Prashanth W. Menezes, Matthias Driess*
Comptes Rendus Chimie 2018
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.crci.2018.03.013.

30. Boosting Electrochemical Water Oxidation with Metal Hydroxide Carbonate Templated Prussian Blue Analogues
Arindam Indra, Ungyu Paik, Taeseup Song*
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 1241-1245. 
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/anie.201713373
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/anie.201710809

2017

29. Boosting Visible-Light Driven Photocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution with an Integrated Nickel Phosphide-Carbon Nitride System
Arindam Indra, Amitava Acharjya,  Prashanth W. Menezes, Christoph Merschjann, Dirk Hollmann, Michael Schwarze,
Mesut Aktas, Stefan Lochbrunner, Arne Thomas, Matthias Driess*Angew.
Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 1653-1657.
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/anie.201611605.
 

28. Alkaline Electrochemical Water Oxidation with Multi-Shelled Cobalt Manganese Oxides Hollow Spheres
Arindam Indra, Prashanth W. Menezes, Chittaranjan Das, Dieter Schmeiβer, Matthias Driess*
Chem Commun. 2017, 53, 8641-8644 (Cover page).
Impact Factor: 6.27
 
27. Boosting Electrochemical Water Oxidation through Replacement of OH Co Sites in Cobalt Oxide Spinel with Manganese
Prashanth W. Menezes, Arindam Indra, Vitaly Gutkin, Matthias Driess*
Chem Commun. 2017, 53, 8018-8021.
 
26. Uncovering the Nature of Active Species of Nickel Phosphide Catalysts in High Performance Electrochemical Overall Water Splitting
Prashanth W. Menezes, Arindam Indra, Chittaranjan Das, Carsten Walter, Caren Göbel, Vitaly Gutkin, Dieter Schmeiβer, Matthias Driess*
ACS Catal. 2017, 7, 103-109.
 
25. A Facile Corrosion Approach to Highly Active CoOx Water Oxidation Catalysts
Arindam Indra, Prashanth W. Menezes, Chittaranjan Das, Caren Göbel, Massimo Tallarida, Dieter Schmeiβer, Matthias Driess*
J. Mater. Chem. A 2017, 5, 5171-5177.
 

24. Self-Supported Nickel Iron Layered Double Hydroxide-Nickel Selenide Electrocatalyst for Superior Water Splitting Activity
Soumen Dutta, Arindam Indra, Yi Feng, Taeseup Song, Ungyu Paik*
ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2017, 9, 33766-33774.
https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acsami.7b07984.
 
2016

23. Nickel as a Co-catalyst for the Photocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution on Graphitic-Carbon Nitride (sg-CN): What is the Nature of the Active Species?
Arindam Indra, Prashanth W. Menezes, Kamalakannan Kailasam, Dirk Hollmann, Marc Schröder, Arne Thomas, Angelika Brückner, Matthias Driess*
Chem Commun. 2016, 52, 104-107.
 
22. Uncovering the Prominent Role of Metal Ions in Octahedral Versus Tetrahedral Sites of Cobalt Zinc Oxide Catalysts for Efficient Oxidation of Water
Prashanth W. Menezes, Arindam Indra, Arno Bergmann, Petko Chernev, Carsten Walter, Holger Dau, Peter Strasser, Matthias Driess*
J. Mater. Chem. A 2016, 4, 10014-10021.
 
21. Morphology-Dependent Activities of Silver Phosphates: Visible Light Water Oxidation and Dye Degradation
Prashanth W. Menezes, Arindam Indra, Michael Schwarze, Felix Schuster, Matthias Driess*ChemPlusChem 2016, 81, 1068-1074.
 
20. A Single-Source Precursor Approach to Self-Supported Nickel-Manganese-Based Catalysts with Improved Stability for Effective Low Temperature Dry Reforming of Methane
Prashanth W. Menezes, Arindam Indra, Patrick Littlewood, Caren Göbel, Reinhard Schomäcker, Matthias Driess*ChemPlusChem 2016, 81, 370-377.
 

2015

19. Using Nickel Manganese Oxide Catalysts for Efficient Water Oxidation
Prashanth W. Menezes, Arindam Indra, Ophir Levy, Kamalakanan Kailasam, Johannes Pfrommer, Vitaly Gutkin, Matthias Driess*
Chem. Commun. 2015, 51, 5005-5008.
 
18. Uncovering Structure-Activity Relationships in Manganese Oxide Based Heterogeneous Catalysts for Efficient Water Oxidation
Arindam Indra, Prashanth W. Menezes, Matthias Driess*ChemSusChem 2015, 8, 776-785.
 
17. Cobalt–Manganese‐Based Spinels as Multifunctional Materials that Unify Catalytic Water Oxidation and Oxygen Reduction Reactions
Prashanth W. Menezes, Arindam Indra, Nastaran Ranjbar Sahraie, Arno Bergmann, Peter Strasser, Matthias Driess*
ChemSusChem 2015, 8, 164-171.
 
16. High-Performance Oxygen Redox Catalysis with Multifunctional Cobalt Oxide Nanochains: Morphology Dependent Activity
Prashanth W. Menezes, Arindam Indra, Diego González-Flores, Nastaran Ranjbar Sahraie, Ivelina Zaharieva, Michael Schwarze, Peter Strasser, Holger Dau, Matthias Driess* ACS Catal. 2015, 5, 2017-2027. 

15. Significant Role of Mn(III) Sites and eg1 Configuration in Manganese Oxide Catalysts for Efficient Artificial Water Oxidation
Arindam Indra, Prashanth W. Menezes, Felix Schuster, Matthias Driess*
J. Photochem. Photobiol. B 2015, 152, 156-161 (Invited paper).

 
14. Water Soluble Polymer Supported Silver and Platinum Nanoparticles for Efficient Reduction of 4-Nitrophenol
Arindam Indra, Goutam Kumar Lahiri*
J. Indian Chem. Soc. 2015, 92, 1791-1798 (Invited paper).
 
2014

13. Unification of Catalytic Water Oxidation and Oxygen Reduction Reactions: Amorphous Beat Crystalline Cobalt Iron Oxides
Arindam Indra, Prashanth W. Menezes, Nastaran Ranjbar Sahraie, Arno Bergmann, Chittaranjan Das, Massimo Tallarida, Dieter Schmeißer, Peter Strasser, Matthias Driess* J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 17530-17536.

12. Nanostructured Manganese Oxides as Highly Active Water Oxidation Catalysts: A Boost  from Manganese Precursor Chemistry
Prashanth W Menezes, Arindam Indra, Patrick Littlewood, Michael Schwarze, Caren Göbel, Reinhard Schomäcker, Matthias Driess*
ChemSusChem 2014, 7, 2202-2211.
 
11. High Catalytic Synergism between the Components of the Rhenium Complex@ Silver Hybrid Material in Alkene Epoxidations
Arindam Indra, Mark Greiner, Axel Knop Gericke, Robert Schlögl, David Avnir, Matthias Driess*
ChemCatChem 2014, 6, 1935-1939.
 
10. Visible Light Driven Non-sacrificial Water Oxidation and Dye Degradation with Silver Phosphates: Multi-faceted Morphology Matters
Arindam Indra, Prashanth W Menezes, Michael Schwarze, Matthias Driess*
New J. Chem. 2014, 38, 1942-1945 (Cover page, Invited paper)
 
2013

9. Active Mixed‐Valent MnOx Water Oxidation Catalysts through Partial Oxidation (Corrosion) of Nanostructured MnO Particles
Arindam Indra, Prashanth W. Menezes, Ivelina Zaharieva, Elham Baktash, Johannes Pfrommer, Michael Schwarze, Holger Dau, Matthias Driess*
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 13206-13210 (VIP paper).
 
8. Hydroxyapatite Supported Palladium Catalysts for Suzuki–Miyaura Cross coupling Reaction in Aqueous Medium
Arindam Indra, Chinnakonda S. Gopinath, Sumit Bhaduri, Goutam Kumar Lahiri*
Catal. Sci. Technol. 2013, 3, 1625-1633.
 
7. Chemoselective Hydrogenation and Transfer Hydrogenation of Olefins and Carbonyls with the Cluster‐Derived Ruthenium Nanocatalyst in Water
Arindam Indra, Prasenjit Maity, Sumit Bhaduri, Goutam Kumar Lahiri*
ChemCatChem 2013, 5, 322-330.
 
2012

6. Carbon Monoxide Assisted Self‐Assembled Platinum Nanoparticles for Catalytic Asymmetric Hydrogenation
Arindam Indra, Goutam Kumar Lahiri*
Chem. Eur. J. 2012, 18, 6742-6745.
 
2011

5. Kinetic and Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy Investigations on a MCM-41 Supported Cluster Derived Enantioselective Ruthenium Nanocatalyst
Arindam Indra, Mukesh Doble, Sumit Bhaduri, Goutam Kumar Lahiri*
ACS Catal. 2011, 1, 511-518.
 
4. Control of Chemoselectivity in Hydrogenations of Substituted Nitro-and Cyano- Aromatics by Cluster-Derived Ruthenium Nanocatalysts
Arindam Indra, Niladri Maity, Prasenjit Maity, Sumit Bhaduri, Goutam Kumar Lahiri*
J. Catal. 2011, 284, 176-183.
 
3. Selective Hydrogenation of Chloronitrobenzenes with an MCM-41 Supported Platinum Allyl Complex Derived Catalyst
Arindam Indra, Pattuparambil R. Rajamohanan, Chinnakonda S. Gopinath, Sumit Bhaduri, Goutam Kumar Lahiri*
Appl. Catal. A 2011, 399, 117-125.
 
2. Pentacoordinated Copper-Sparteine Complexes with Chelating Nitrite or Nitrate Ligand: Synthesis and Catalytic Aspects
Arindam Indra, Shaikh M. Mobin, Sumit Bhaduri, Goutam Kumar Lahiri*
Inorg. Chim. Acta 2011, 374, 415-421 (Invited paper).
 
2008
 
1. MCM-41-Supported Ruthenium Carbonyl Cluster-Derived Catalysts for Asymmetric Hydrogenation Reactions
Arindam Indra, Susmit Basu, Dhanashree G. Kulkarni, Chinnakonda S. Gopinath, Sumit Bhaduri, Goutam Kumar Lahiri*
Appl. Catal. A 2008, 344, 124-130.
 
 
 
 
 

 

Research Scholars

 
Baghendra Singh
INSPIRE Fellow
M.Sc (Dr. R. M. L. Avadh University)
E-mail: baghendrasingh.rs.chy18@itbhu.ac.in
Mobile: +918726112056
Research Interest: Metal Organic Framework (MOF)
 Derived Catalysts for Eletcrochemical Energy Conversion

 

 
Priyanka Maurya
INSPIRE Fellow
M.Sc (University of Allahabad) 
E- mail:  priyankamaurya.rs.chy18@itbhu.ac.in
Mobile: +919451972119
   Research Interest: Self-supported Zeolitic Imidazole Framework Derived Catalysts for Electrochemical Energy Conversion

 

 
Ved Vyas
NET, JRF

M.Sc (University of Allahabad)
E- mail:  vedvyas.rs.chy18@itbhu.ac.in
Mobile: +917897046259
     Research Interest: Metal Organic Framework Derived Catalysts for Organic Reactions

 

 
       
Ajit Kumar Singh
Teaching Assistant
M.Sc (Banaras Hindu University)
E- mail:  ajitkumarsingh.rs.chy18@itbhu.ac.in
Mobile: +917376354741
Research Interest: Photocatalysts for Water Splitting

 

                                                                                                                                              
Sr. No. Name University Area Category
1 Atri Patel IIT(BHU) Metal Organic Framework IDD Project Student
2 Chandan Das NIT Surat Photocatalysis  M.Sc Internship Student
3 Poulami Sengupta BIT MESRA Metal Organic Framework M.Sc Project Student
4 Pourush Gupta IIT(BHU) Metal Organic Framework IDD Project Student