Pralay K Santra

 Scientist E

Centre for Nano and Soft Matter Sciences (CeNS), Bengaluru, India

Principal Research Interests


2011  PhD in Chemistry, Solid State and Structural Chemistry Unit, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, India. 

Thesis Title : Investigation of Internal Structure and Growth of Nanocrystals in Bottom Up Approach

Thesis Advisor : Professor D. D. Sarma

2006 MS in Chemistry Division of Chemical Sciences, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, India

2003 BSc in Chemistry St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta University, Kolkata, India

Research Positions

Nov 2016 – Mar 2023 Scientist D

Centre for Nano and Soft Matter Sciences (CeNS), Bangalore, India

Oct 2015 – Carl Trygger’s Postdoctoral Fellow

Oct 2016 Department of Physics and Astronomy, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden

Mentor : Professor Håkan Rensmo

Mar 2013 – Postdoctoral Research Associate

Jul 2015 Department of Chemical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, United States

Mentor : Professor Stacey F. Bent

Mar 2011 – Postdoctoral Research Associate

Feb 2013 Department of Chemistry, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, United States

Mentor : Professor Prashant V. Kamat

Awards and Honors

2022   CRS Silver Medal, Chirantan Rasayan Sanstha

2020   Early Career Editorial Advisory Board, ChemNanoMat

2011   Toulouse Medal for best PhD thesis at SSCU, IISc, Bengaluru, India

2010   MRSI (Material Research Society of India) Young Scientists’ Award, Kolkata, India

2010   Best PhD Thesis Award in 55th DAE-Solid State Physics Symposium, Manipal, India

2003   Uma Shankar Chatterjee Award, St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata, India

Professional Experience

Contact Details





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Office Address 

Centre for Nano and Soft Matter Sciences (CeNS)

Arkavathi, Survey 7, Shivanapura

Dasanpura Hobli, Bangalore 562162, India