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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:
My research interests broadly focus on the field of soft matter physics. I explore the current challenging problems in this area using a combination of analytical, experimental, and numerical techniques such as (a) phenomenological field theoretical modeling, (b) Monte Carlo (MC) simulation, (c) molecular dynamics (MD) simulation, (d) dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) simulation, and (e) gel lattice spring model (GLSM). 


I intend to work on the following research problems in the next couple of years:
1. Photo-controlled catch and release of nanoparticles by iniferter embedded gel
2. Designing smart polymer vesicles which can respond to the application of external stimuli (e.g., pH, temperature, light)
3. Evolution of color-producing nanostructures: developing arrested morphologies by controlling the combined process of    phase-separation, polymerization and crosslinking of the long polymer chains
4. Reaction-controlled phase separation dynamics in multi-component fluid mixtures
5. Phase separation kinetics in simple binary and polymeric immiscible fluid mixtures
6. Computational analysis of the following polymerization processes: 

        (i) Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization (ATRP);
        (ii) Free Radical Polymerization (FRP);
        (iii) Photo-Controlled Radical Polymerization (Photo-CRP).

 Publications
SCI Journal Articles

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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: 7.939  (Web highlight of the issue
    Highlighted in the following news articles:

  1. 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

  2. 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: 3.889
    Highlighted in the following article:

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Kinetics of Phase Transitions in Quark Matter; Awaneesh Singh, Sanjay Puri, and Hiranmaya Mishra; Europhysics Letters, Vol. 102, 52001 (2013). IF: 1.957

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. Domain Growth in Chiral Phase Transitions; Awaneesh Singh, Sanjay Puri, and Hiranmaya Mishra; Nuclear Physics A, Vol. 864, 176-202 (2011). IF: 1.916 

  11. 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
Duration
07-2018 to 06-2021