Prof. Abir De Sarkar
Scientist 'F' & Dean (Faculty)
Institute of Nano Science & Technology Sector-81, Knowledge City, Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar, Punjab, India, Pin - 140306

Contact info:

Tel: 0172 - 2210075 (Ext. 111)
Email Id : abir@inst.ac.in,              abirdesarkar@gmail.com

Dr. Abir De Sarkar is a theoretical Physicist and Professor (Dean (Faculty)) at INST Mohali, India. He is broadly interested in energy conversion based on 2D material to tackle some of the world's most challenging problem in energy, the environment and sustainability. Known for his research in nano science, he has been honored with Prof. CNR Rao Award for Excellence in Nanoresearch for the year 2018. 

                       He pursues research in the realm of Computational Nanoscience using density functional theory based approaches. Energy conversion based on 2D Materials: Artificial photosynthesis, photocatalysis (Light harvesting), Nanopiezotronics, Piezoelectricity (mechanical to electrical energy conversion), Thermoelectricity (thermal to electrical energy conversion), carrier mobility, optoelectronic and photophysical properties, band gap and edge engineering in nanomaterials, Nanocatalysis (Activation and conversion of CO2 and hydrocarbons on nanosystems), Gas sensors.


  • 2000-2004: Ph.D. in Physics (Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics (SINP), Kolkata, India)                   

  • GATE-2000  (97.84 percentile, All India Rank - 34), NET-CSIR Qualified                                          

  • 1999-2000: Post M.Sc. in Physics (Course work prior to Ph.D.), SINP, Kolkata, India                        

  • 1997-1999: M.Sc. in Physics (Calcutta University, India) (First Class First: Rank 1)                        

  • 1994-1997: B.Sc. (Hons) in Physics (First class), St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata, Calcutta University, India (Awarded National Scholarship)                                                                           

  • 1992-1994: Completed Higher Secondary (10+2), (Rank 75, Awarded National Scholarship )

Awards & Honours

Positions held

  • 2000 - 2004: Completed Ph.D. in Physics in April, 2004 from the Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics (DAE Institute), Kolkata with DAE Fellowship

  • 2004 - 2005: Max Planck Postdoctoral Fellow at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max-Planck Society, Berlin, Germany

  • 2005 - 2010: served as a Research Scientist & Engineer on a A*STAR Visiting Investigator Program (VIP) between CEMES-CNRS, Toulouse, France and  A*STAR, Singapore at the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE-A*STAR), Singapore


  • 2010 - 2011: Senior Research Associate at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, City University of Hong Kong


  • 2011 -  2013: Wenner-Gren Researcher/Forskare at KTH (Royal Institute of Technology), Stockholm, Sweden & Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden

  • 2013 -  2014: Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Central University of Rajasthan, Tehsil: Kishangarh, Dist. Ajmer, India

  • March, 2014 - December 2019: Associate Professor (Scientist E) at the Institute of Nanoscience and Technology (INST), (An autonomous Institute of the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India), Habitat Centre,  Phase-X, Sector-64, Mohali-160 062, Punjab, India

  • January 2020 onwards: Professor (Scientist F) at the Institute of Nanoscience and Technology (INST), (An autonomous Institute of the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India), Knowledge City,  Sector-81, Manauli, Mohali-140 036, Punjab, India

  • Prof. CNR Rao award for excellence in Nano research for the year 2018 in recognition of computationally insightful studies on 2D materials

  • President of India, Medal for the year 2000 for having topped all the postgraduate disciplines in the Calcutta University, Kolkata, India.                                                                                             

  • Awarded Max-Planck (postdoctoral) Fellowship at the Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society),Berlin-Dahlem, Germany from 2004 to 2005                                                                                                                              

  • Awarded Postdoctoral Fellowship by the Wenner-Gren Stiftelserna/Foundation, Sweden                                                                                                                                                   

  • Obtained 97.84 percentile in Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering, 2000 (GATE-2000), a national level competitive examination, conducted by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). All India Rank - 34                                                                                                                               

  • Qualified the National Eligibility Test (NET) in 2000, a national level competitive examination, conducted by the Council of Scientific-and-Industrial Research (CSIR), India; Awarded Joint CSIR-Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Eligibility for Lecturership in Physical Sciences under the CSIR-scheme.                                                                                                              

  • Awarded National Scholarship on the basis of performance in the Higher Secondary, i.e., (10+2) examination, held in 1994                                                                                                              

  • Awarded National Scholarship on the basis of performance in B.Sc. (Honors) in Physics, i.e., (10+2+3) examination, held in 1997                                                                                            

  • Awarded Junior Research Fellowship between August, 1999 and August, 2001; Awarded Senior Research Fellowship between September, 2001 and April, 2004 by the Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics (SINP), Kolkata, India