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Dr. Awaneesh Singh
Assistant Professor
Department of Physics, IIT (BHU), Varanasi
awaneesh.phy@iitbhu.ac.in
+91-9873071126
Area of Interest: 
Statistical Physics, Soft Matter Physics: Modeling self-assembly and phase separation kinetics in the complex soft materials; Ising Model, Tailoring Gel Structure, Controlled Radical Polymerization (CRP), Photo-CRP

Research Area:
The research interests in our group lie broadly in the field of Soft Matter/Statistical Physics. More specifically, we study the dynamical and structural properties of phase ordering in unstable far-from-equilibrium systems. We explore how their behavior is measured and characterized, which involve various phenomena such as nucleation, spinodal decomposition, late-stage growth, and coarsening. 
We use a combination of Analytical and Computational/Numerical tools (Coarse-grained field-theoretical models, Monte Carlo (MC), Molecular Dynamics (MD), Dissipative Particle Dynamics (DPD) simulations, and Gel Lattice Spring Model (GLSM)) to explore the current challenging problems in this field, such as:

  1. Computational design of Smart Materials
  2. Phase separation kinetics in multi-component (i) Simple-fluids, (ii) Polymer melt & solution, (iii) Block copolymer melt & solutions
  3. Nanostructure formation in nonequilibrium systems
  4. Computational analysis of self-assembly involving the following polymerization processes: Atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP), Free radical polymerization (FRP), and Photo controlled radical polymerization (Photo-CRP)

 Publications
SCI Journal Articles

  1. Photo-induced bond breaking during phase separation kinetics of block copolymer melts: A dissipative particle dynamics study; Ashish Kumar Singh, Avinash Chauhan, Sanjay Puri, Awaneesh Singh; Soft Matter, Vol. 17 (7), 1802-1813 (2021). IF: 3.140
  2. Kinetics of domain growth in Ising systems with bond disorder at regularly selected sites; Awaneesh Singh; Bulletin of Materials Science, Vol. 43, 185 (2020). IF: 1.392
  3. Shape-Shifting of Cup Shaped Particles on Growing poly (2‐hydroxy ethyl methacrylate) Brushes by “Grafting From” Approach and Dissipative Particle Dynamics Simulation; Ifra, Awaneesh Singh, and Sampa Saha; ChemistrySelect, Vol. 5, (15), 4685-4694 (2020). IF: 1.811
  4. Kinetics of phase separation in ternary fluid mixtures: A dissipative particle dynamics simulation study; Amrita Singh, Anirban Chakraborti, and Awaneesh Singh; Soft Matter, Vol. 14, 4317-4326 (2018). IF: 3.889
  5. Designing polymer gels and composites that undergo bio-inspired phototactic reconfiguration and motion; Olga Kuksenok, Awaneesh Singh, and Anna C. Balazs; Bioinspir. Biomim. Vol. 13, 035004 (2018). IF: 2.939
  6. Effect of bond-disorder on the phase-separation kinetics of binary mixtures: A Monte Carlo simulation study; Awaneesh Singh, Amrita Singh, and Anirban Chakraborti; Journal of Chemical Physics, Vol. 147, (12) 124902 (2017). IF: 2.965
  7. Combining ATRP and FRP gels: soft gluing of polymeric materials for the fabrication of stackable gels; Antoine Beziau, Rafael N. L. de Menezes, Santidan Biswas, Awaneesh Singh, J. Cuthbert, Anna C. Balazs, Tomasz Kowalewski, Krzysztof Matyjaszewski; Polymers (mdpi), Vol. 9, 186 (2017). (Featured article 2017) IF: 3.364
  8. Photo-regeneration of Severed Gel with Iniferter-mediated Photo-growth; Awaneesh Singh, Olga Kuksenok, Jeremiah A. Johnson and Anna C. Balazs. Soft Matter, Vol. 13, 1978-1987 (2017). IF: 3.889
  9. Living Additive Manufacturing: Transformation of Parent Gels into Diversely Functionalized Daughter Gels Made Possible by Visible Light Photo-redox Catalysis; Mao Chen, Yuwei Gu, Awaneesh Singh, Mingjiang Zhong, Alex Jordan, Santidan Biswas, LaShanda Korley, Anna C. Balazs, and Jeremiah A, Johnson.  ACS Central Science, Vol. 3, 124-134 (2017). IF: 12.685  (Web highlight of the issue
  10. ​​Modeling the formation of layered, amphiphilic gels; Santidan Biswas, Awaneesh Singh, Antoine Beziau, Tomasz Kowalewski, Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, and Anna C. Balazs; Polymer (Elsevier), Vol. 111, 214-221 (2017). IF: 3.684
  11. Embedding Flexible Fibers into Responsive Gels to Create Composites with Controllable Dexterity; Awaneesh Singh, Olga Kuksenok, and Anna C. Balazs; Soft Matter, Vol. 12, 9170-9184 (2016). (Considered for the Cover of the issue) IF: 3.88
  12. ​Miktoarm Star Copolymers as Interfacial Connectors for Stackable Amphiphilic Gels; Antoine Beziau, Awaneesh Singh, Rafael N. L. de Menezes, Hangjun Ding, Antonina Simakova, Olga Kuksenok, Anna C. Balazs, Tomasz Kowalewski, and Krzysztof Matyjaszewski; Polymer (Elsevier), Vol. 101, 406-414 (2016). IF: 3.684
  13. Tailoring the Structure of Polymer Networks with Iniferter-Mediated Photo-Growth; Awaneesh Singh, Olga Kuksenok, Jeremiah A. Johnson, and Anna C. Balazs;  Polym. Chem. Vol. 7, 2955-2964 (2016). IF: 5.375
  14. Ordering Dynamics in Neuron Activity Pattern Model: An Insight to Brain Functionality; Jasleen Gundh, Awaneesh Singh, and R. K. Brojen Singh;  PloS one, Vol. 10, Issue 10, e0141463 (2015). IF: 2.806
  15. Phase Separation in Ternary Fluid Mixtures: A Molecular Dynamics Study; Awaneesh Singh, and Sanjay Puri; Soft Matter, Vol. 11, 2213-2219 (2015). (Soft Matter Hot Articles-2015) IF: 3.889
  16. Kinetics of Microphase Separation in Block Copolymers: A Molecular Dynamics Study; Awaneesh Singh, Raishma Krishnan, and Sanjay Puri; Europhysics Letters, Vol. 109, 26006 (2015). IF: 1.957
  17. Kinetics of Phase Separation in Polymer Mixtures: A Molecular Dynamics Study; Awaneesh Singh, Sanjay Puri, and Chandan Dasgupta; Journal of Chemical Physics, Vol. 140, 244906 (2014). IF: 2.965
  18. Kinetics of Phase Transitions in Quark Matter; Awaneesh Singh, Sanjay Puri, and Hiranmaya Mishra; Europhysics Letters, Vol. 102, 52001 (2013). IF: 1.957
  19. Domain Growth in Chiral Phase Transitions: Role of Inertial Dynamics; Awaneesh Singh, Sanjay Puri, and Hiranmaya Mishra; Nuclear Physics A, Vol. 908, 12 (2013). IF: 1.916
  20. Growth Kinetics of Nanoclusters in Solution; Awaneesh Singh, Sanjay Puri, and Chandan Dasgupta; Journal of Physical Chemistry B, Vol. 116, 4519 (2012). IF: 3.177
  21. Domain Growth in Chiral Phase Transitions; Awaneesh Singh, Sanjay Puri, and Hiranmaya Mishra; Nuclear Physics A, Vol. 864, 176-202 (2011). IF: 1.916 
  22. Control of Structure Formation in Phase-Separating Systems; Awaneesh Singh, A. Mukerjee, H. M. Vermeulen, G. Barkema, and Sanjay Puri; Journal of Chemical Physics, Vol. 134, 044910 (2011). IF: 2.965

Conference Proceedings

  1. Tailoring the Structure of Polymer Networks with Photo-Controlled Radical Polymerization; Awaneesh Singh, Olga Kuksenok, Jeremiah A. Johnson, Anna C. Balazs; Bulletin of the American Physical Society (2016).
  2. Photo-Regeneration of Severed Gel Using Photo-Controlled Radical Polymerization; Awaneesh Singh, Olga Kuksenok, Jeremiah A. Johnson, Anna C. Balazs; Bulletin of the American Physical Society (2016).
  3. Covalent Fusion of layered Incompatible Gels in Immiscible Solvents; Santidan Biswas, Awaneesh Singh, Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, Anna C. Balazs; Bulletin of the American Physical Society (2016).
  4. Kinetics of chiral transitions and domain growth in quark matter; Awaneesh Singh, Sanjay Puri, and Hiranmaya Mishra; Proceedings of Science, (CPOD 2013) 022.
  5. Domain Growth and Ordering Kinetics in Dense Quark Matter; Awaneesh Singh, Sanjay Puri, and Hiranmaya Mishra; Presented in Critical Point and Onset of Deconfinement - CPOD 2010; Physics of Atomic Nuclei: Elementary Particles and Fields, Vol. 75, 6, 689 (2012).
  6. Kinetics of Chiral Phase Transitions in Quark Matter; Awaneesh Singh, Sanjay Puri, and Hiranmaya Mishra; Gribov-80 Memorial Volume: Quantum Chromodynamics and Beyond; Edited by Yu L. Dokshitzer, P. Lèvai, and J. Nyìri; (World Scientific, pp. 527-540, 2011).
  7. Control of Structure Formation in Phase Separation; Awaneesh Singh, Anupam Mukherjee, Sanjay Puri, and G. Barkema; American Institute of Physics Conference Series; 1091, 293 (2009).

Professional Experience:

(i) Assistant Professor: Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi (May 2018 – present)
(ii) Assistant Professor (UGC): Department of Physics, Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), Mumbai-400019 (March 2017-May 2018)
(iii) Postdoctoral Experience:

  1. Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, USA (Dec 2014 – Oct 2016). Group Leader: Prof. Anna C Balazs
  2. School of Physical Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India (Sep 2013 – Oct 2014). Group Leader: Prof. Sanjay Puri
  3. Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, USA (Dec 2011 – Aug 2013). Group Leader: Prof. Murugappan Muthukumar
  4. Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, India (Oct 2010 – Nov 2011). Group Leader: Prof. Chandan Dasgupta

Education:

1. Ph.D. (Physics), School of Physical Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi-110067, India (July 2010).
       Thesis Title: Kinetics of Phase Transitions: From Quark Matter to Polymers.
       Thesis Advisor: Prof. Sanjay Puri

2. M.Sc. (Physics), School of Physical Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi-110067, India (May 2003).

Funding Type

  • Early Career Research Award: ECR/2017/002529 from Science and Engineering Research Board, New Delhi, Delhi, India
  • Total funding amount: Approx. INR 5000000.00
  • Duration11-2018 to 10-2021

Ph.D. Students: (Ongoing)

  1. Avinash Chauhan (Roll No.:  18171504); 
    • Topic: Phase Ordering in Soft Materials
  2. Samiksha Shrivastav (Roll no.: 19171001);
    • Topic: Ordering Kinetics in Far-from-equilibrium Systems
  3. Ashish Kumar Singh (Roll no.: 19171023);
    • Topic: Self Assembly of Block Copolymers

Publications: 

  1. Photo-induced bond breaking during phase separation kinetics of block copolymer melts: A dissipative particle dynamics study; Ashish Kumar Singh, Avinash Chauhan, Sanjay Puri, Awaneesh Singh; Soft Matter, Vol. *, *-*(2020). IF: 3.140; https://doi.org/10.1039/D0SM0166

M. Tech. Thesis Students: (Ongoing)

  1. Aditya N Meshram (Roll No.: 16173003);
    • Topic: Self-assembly in stimuli-responsive polymeric fluids
  2. Abhinash Daulaguphu (Roll No.: 17173001);
    • Topic: Coil to Globule transition in polymer materials: A simulation study 

M.Sc. Thesis Student (Ongoing)

  1. Kamlesh Mishra (Roll No.: 19177006);
    • Topic: Control of structure in multi-step phase separation process in polymeric fluids

Others:

  1. UG Project: Aman Jain (Roll No.: 17173004)
  2. UG Project: Prabhat Kumar (Roll No.: 17173011)
  3. Exploratory Project: Ajeya P. Krishna (Roll No.: 17173003)