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Arnab Bhattacharya


Centre Director

Designation: Professor (H)


Education :

Ph.D. 1997, MS 1993 (Physics) : University of Wisconsin-Madison

B.Tech. 1992 (Engineering Physics): Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay

Publications Summary: in refereed journals 98, conference presentations >275, book chapters 2 For details please visit Google Scholar Profile:


Areas of Work:

Arnab Bhattacharya is a scientist, science communicator and tinkerer.

  • Semiconductor Optoelectronics: At TIFR the group works on the epitaxial growth and characterization of compound semiconductors, especially III-nitrides, and bulk crystal growth of Ga2O3, and transition-metal dichalcogenides.

  • Frugal Engineering: Development of low-cost experi­ments and STEM resources for school and college level, and for solutions to global health issues (e.g. extensive work on N95 mask decontamination)

Science communication and outreach activities

  • Pioneered, curate and host “Chai and Why?” a popular fortnightly Science Café in Mumbai, running without a break since 2009. Chair of TIFR’s Science Popularization and Public Outreach Committee, responsible for significantly scaling up TIFR’s outreach efforts, especially to under-served communities, Developed several engaging lec-dems on various topics. Popular lectures on optoelectronics, materials, semiconductors and general science topics at colleges and high-schools.

  • Actively involved with high-school research-based science fairs at the international (ISEF, ISWEEEP) and national (INSEF, WISF) levels. Chaired Scientific Review Committee of IRIS, the Indian National Level Science Fair 2007-2009, Mentor for the Indian team for the ISEF (2005-2010), and for ISWEEEP (2010-2014) international science fairs.

  • Invited talks on science outreach, inquiry-based learning, low costs experiments etc. at national and international events e.g ICMAT 2019, Singapore, Advisory board of Humboldt Foundation, 2018, Berlin; British Council’s Global Education Forum 2014, Miami; Sri Lanka Science Fair, Colombo 2007; ISEF Educator’s Academy 2006, Indianapolis etc.

  • Volunteer service: Founder mentor of a non-profit, Science Society India. Member, N95decon (2020-21) IndiaCovidSOS (2021); Member OSA Global Health Working Group (2021)


  • Indira Gandhi Prize for the Popularization of Science, Indian National Science Academy, 2017

  • Chevening Rolls-Royce Fellowship for Science and Innovation Leadership, University of Oxford, 2012

  • Homi Bhabha Award in Science Education 2010

  • Indian Semiconductor Association - Technoshield Award 2009 for research excellence (Lab)


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