Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra
Dr. Sanat Kumar Mukherjee
Assistant Professor, Physics
M.Sc.(Phys) Ph.D.
Contact Address
Permanent Address Department of Physics Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra Ranchi - 835 215, Jharkhand INDIA
Local Address Qtr. No. CII/15, Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra Ranchi - 835 215, Jharkhand INDIA
Phone (Office) 06512275522
Phone Residence 09431363464
Email Id;
Joined Institute on : 1-Sep-2009
  Work Experience
Teaching : 10 Years

Research : 11 Years

  Professional Background
  • Junior Research Fellow (ISRO Project) (2004 – 2006), Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi
  • Senior Research Fellow (Institute) (2006 – 2008), Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi
  • CSIR – SRF (2008 – 2009)
  • Junior Research Officer (2009 – 2013), Department of Physics, Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi
  • Assistant Professor (2013 – till date), Department of Physics, Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi
  Research Areas
  • Thin Films
  • Optoelectronic materials and devices
  • Computational Condensed Matter Physics
  • Hard and anti-abrasive coatings
  • Corrosion resistant coatings
  Award and Honours
  • Post-Doctoral Research Associate, University of Duisburg – Essen, Germany (April 2012 – June 2013)
  • Academic Staff Member, University of Duisburg – Essen, Germany (November 2010 – April 2011)
  • National Eligibility Test for both lectureship and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF-NET) (June 2008) (CSIR, New Delhi, India)
  • Senior Research Fellowship 2008 (CSIR – SRF)
  • GATE 2008 (Percentile: 97.25 , All India Rank: 159)
  • Institute Fellowship (May 2006 – March 2008)
  • Junior Research Fellowship (ISRO Project) (May 2004 – April 2008)

Publications in SCI Journals (Year wise).


  1. Mumtaz Manzoor, Debidatta Behera, Suman Chowdhury, Ramesh Sharma, Muhammad Waqas Iqbal, S.K. Mukherjee, Saleh S Alarfaji, Huda A. Alzahrani, First-principles calculations to investigate structural, dynamical, thermodynamic and thermoelectric properties of CdYF3 perovskite, Computational and Theoretical Chemistry 1217 113928 (2022) (Impact factor 2.292).

  2. Debidatta Behera, Mumtaz Manzoor, Manashish Maharana, Muhammad Waqas Iqbal, Tausif Zahid, Sangeeta Lakra, S.K.Mukherjee*, Saleh S.Alarfaji, Structural, electronic, optical, and thermoelectric re, sponse of zintl phase AAg2S2 (A= Sr/Ba) compounds for renewable energy applications, Physica B: Condensed Matter 649,  414446 (2023) (Impact factor 2.436).

  3. Sabrina Tair, Abdelkader Nebatti Ech-Chergui, Sanat Kumar Mukherjee, Abdelwaheb Boukhachem, Rajan Kr. Singh, et al., Structural and Compositional Analyses of Spray Pyrolysis α-Lanthanum Sulphide (α-La2S3) Thin Films, Brazilian Journal of Physics 52, 207 (2022) (Impact Fator: 1.326)

  4. Debidatta Behera, Mumtaz Manzoor, Sanat Kumar Mukherjee,Incorporation of Te in enhancing thermoelectric response of AeAg2SeTe (Ae = Sr, Ba) compounds: A DFT insight, Computational Condensed Matter, e00757 (2022)

  5. Debidatta Behera, Aparna Dixit, Binayaka Nahak, Anshuman Srivastava, Shubha Dubey, Ramesh Sharma, Abhishek Kumar Mishra, Sanat Kumar Mukherjee, Structural, electronic, elastic, vibrational and thermodynamic properties of antiperovskites Mg3NX (X = Ge, Sn): A DFT study, Physics Letters A 453 128478 (2022) (Impact Factor 2.654)

  6. Mumtaz Manzoor, Debidatta Bahera, Ramesh Sharma, Faisal Tufail, Muhammad Waqas Iqbal, Sanat Kumar Mukerjee, Investigated the structural, optoelectronic, mechanical, and thermoelectric properties of Sr2BTaO6 (B = Sb, Bi) for solar cell applications, International Journal of Energy Research, (2022) (Impact Factor 4.672)

  7. Debidatta Behera, Jisha Annie Abraham, Ramesh Sharma, Sanat Kumar Mukerjee, Ekta Jain, First Principles Study of New d Half-Metallic Ferromagnetism in CsBaC Ternary Half-Heusler Alloy, Journal of Superconductivity and Novel Magnetism (2022) (Accepted) (Impact Factor 1.675)
  8. D. Behera, S. K. Mukherjee, Optoelectronics and Transport Phenomena in Rb2InBiX6 (X = Cl, Br) Compounds for Renewable Energy Applications: A DFT Insight, Chemistry 4, 1044-1059 (2022) (ESCI)
  9. D. Behera, S. K. Mukherjee, Theoretical investigation of the lead-free K2InBiX6(X=Cl, Br) double perovskite compounds using first principle calculation, JETP Letters (2022) (Accepted) (Impact Factor 1.29)
  10. J. A. Abraham, D. Behera, K. Kumari, A. Srivastava, R. Sharma, S. K. Mukherjee, A comprehensive DFT analysis on structural, electronic, optical, thermoelectric, SLME properties of new double perovskite oxide Pb2ScSiO6, Chemical Physics Letters, 806, 139987 (2022) (Impact Factor: 2.71
  11. Sabrina Tair, Prashant Ghediya, Abdelkader Nebatti Ech Chergui, Mhamed Guezzoul, Sanat Kumar Mukherjee, et al., n-type SnS2 thin films spray-coated from transparent molecular ink as a non-toxic buffer layer for solar photovoltaics, Physica Scripta, 97 095810 (2022) (Impact Factor: 3.081) 
  12. Debidatta Behera, Mumtaz Manzoor, Muhammad Waqas Iqbal, Sangeeta Lakra, S. K. Mukherjee*Revealing excellent electronic, optical, and thermoelectric behavior of Eu based EuAg2Y2 (Y= S/Se): For solar cell applications, Computational Condensed Matter, 32, e00723 (2022) (Impact Factor: 1.789)
  13. Rajan Singh, Mukul Gupta, D. M. Phase, S. K. Mukherjee*, XANES and XRR study on phase evolution of TiO2 films using HiPIMS, Materials Science and Engineering B, 283, 115827 (2022) (Impact Factor: 4.051)
  14. Ali Sadek Kadari, Abdelkader Nebatti Ech–Chergui, Brahim Aissa, Sanat Kumar Mukherjee, Nourddine Benaioun, et. al., Growth and Characterization of transparent vanadium doped zinc oxide thin films by means of a spray pyrolysis process for TCO application, Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology, (2022) (Impact Factor: 2.326)
  15. Rajan Singh, S. K. Mukherjee*, Correlation of structural, electrical  and optical properties of Al-doped ZnO TCOs, Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics, 33, 6969-6980 (2022) (Impact Factor: 2.478)
  16. Rajan Singh, Mukul Gupta, S. K. Mukherjee*, Effect of Ag layer thickness on optical and electrical properties of ion-beam sputtered TiO2/Ag/TiO2 multilayer thin film, Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics, 33, 6942-6953 (2022) (Impact Factor: 2.478)
  17. K. P. Mishra, A. Kumawat, A. Bandopadhyay, B. Modak, S. K. Mukherjee, P. D. Babu, S. Kabi, S. Chattopadhyay, R. K. D. Misra, Structural analysis and magnetic properties of cobalt-doped nano titania, Materials Science and Engineering B, 282, 115761 (2022) (Impact Factor: 4.051)
  18. D. Behera, R. Sharma, H. Ullah, H. S. Waheed, S. K. Mukherjee*, Electronic, optical, and thermoelectric investigations of Zintl phase AAg2Se2 (A = Sr, Ba) compounds: A first-principle approach, Journal of Solid State Chemistry, 312, 123259 (2022) (Impact Factor: 3.498)
  19.  R. Chatterjee, S. K. Mukherjee, B. Paul, S. Chattopadhyaya, Evaluation of spectroscopic analysis, performance and emissions of enriched Jatropha and Madhuca methyl ester for clean environment, Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy, (2022) (Impact Factor: 3.636)


  1. R. Chatterjee, S. K. Mukherjee, B. Paul, S. Chattopadhyaya, Comparative spectroscoppic analysis, performance and emissions evaluation of Madhuca Longifolia and Jatropha Curcas produced biodiesel, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 28(44), 62444 – 62460 (2021) (Impact Factor: 4.223)
  2. Ali Sadek Kadari, Abdelkader Nebatti Ech–Chergui, Sanat Kumar Mukherjee*, L. Velasco, Rajan Kumar Singh, et. al., Atomic mapping of Li:ZnO thin films and its spectroscopic analysis, Inorganic Chemistry Communications, 132, 108852 (2021) (Impact Factor: 2.495)


  1. Rajan Singh, Mukul Gupta, D. M. Phase, S. K. Mukherjee*, Phase growth analysis of sputtered TiO2 thin films at low oxygen partial pressures using XANES and XRR, Materials Research Express, 6, 1 – 18 (2019) (Impact Factor: 1.609)
  2. Nalin Prashant Poddar, S. K. Mukherjee*, Effect of substrates and post-deposition annealing on rf-sputtered Al-doped ZnO thin films, Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics, 30, 14269-14280 (2019) (Impact Factor: 2.478)
  3. Nalin Prashant Poddar, S. K. Mukherjee*, Investigations on preferentially oriented Al-doped ZnO films developed using rf magnetron sputtering, Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics, 30, 537-548 (2019) (Impact Factor: 2.478)
  4. Sumit K. Roy, Satyendra N. Singh, Sanat Kr. Mukherjee, Kamal Prasad, Structure and dielectric studies of (1-x)Ba0.06(Na0.5Bi0.5)0.94TiO3xBa(Fe0.5Nb0.5)O3 lead-free ceramics, Processing and Application of Ceramics, 13(4), 418 - 426 (2019) (Impact Factor: 1.804)


  1. Nalin Prashant Poddar, S. K. Mukherjee*, Mukul Gupta, Anatase phase evolution and its stabilization in ion beam sputtered TiO2 thin films, Thin Solid Films, 666, 113 – 120 (2018) (Impact Factor: 2.183)
  2. R. Chatterjee, S. K. Mukherjee, Spectroscopic analysis and performance stidues of Jatropha extracted bio-diesel, Waste Biomass Valorization, 9, 1579 – 1585 (2018) (Impact Factor: 3.703)


  1. Sumit K. Roy, S. N. Singh, S. K. Mukherjee, K. Prasad, Ba0.06(Na1/2Bi1/2)0.94TiO3Ba(Fe1/2Ta1/2)O3: Giant permittivity lead-free ceramics, Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics, 28, 4763-4771 (2017) (Impact Factor: 2.478)


  1. S.K. Mukherjee, H.W. Becker, A.P. Cadiz Bedini, A. Nebatti, C. Notthoff, D. Rogalla, S. Schipporeit, A. Soleimani-Esfahani, D. Mergel, Structural and electrical properties of Nb-doped TiO2 Films sputtered with plasma emission control, Thin Solid Films, 568, 94-101 (2014) (Impact Factor: 2.183)
  2. S. K. Mukherjee, A. Nebatti, F. Mohtascham, C. Schipporeit, C. Notthoff, D. Mergel, Influence of thickness on the structural properties of radio frequency and direct current magnetron sputtered TiO2 anatase thin films, Thin Solid Films, 558, 443-448 (2014) (Impact Factor: 2.183)


  1. S. K. Mukherjee, D. Mergel, Thickness dependence of the growth of magnetron-sputtered TiO2 films studied by Raman and optical transmittance spectroscopy, Journal of Applied Physics, 114,013501 (2013) (Impact Factor: 2.546)


  1. S. K. Mukherjee* and P. K. Barhai, Reliability of anodic vacuum arc in depositing thermoelectric alloy thin films, Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 511, 14-21 (2012) (Impact Factor: 5.316)


  1. S. K. Mukherjee*, P. K. Barhai and S. Srikanth, Comparative evaluation of corrosion behavior of type K thin film thermocouple and its bulk counterpart, Corrosion Science, 53, 2881-2893 (2011) (Impact Factor: 7.205)
  2. S. K. Mukherjee*, L. Joshi and P. K. Barhai, A comparative study of nanocrystalline Cu film deposited using anodic vacuum arc and dc magnetron sputtering,Surface and Coatings Technology, 205, 4582-4595 (2011) (Impact Factor: 4.158)


  1. S. K. Mukherjee*, M. K. Sinha, B. Pathak, S. K. Rout, P. K. Barhai, A. K. Balamurugan, A. K. Tyagi and F. L. Ng, Investigations on the structure, composition and performance of nanocrystalline thin film thermocouples deposited using anodic vacuum arc, Thin Solid Films, 518, 5839-5854 (2010) (Impact Factor: 2.183)


  1. S. K. Mukherjee*, M. K. Sinha, B. Pathak, S. K. Rout, and P. K. Barhai, Anodic Vacuum Arc deposited nanocrystalline Cu-Ni and Fe-Ni thin film thermocouples, Journal of Applied Physics, 106 (113717) (2009) (Impact Factor: 2.546)


  1. M. K. Sinha, S. K. Mukherjee, B. Pathak, R. K. Paul, and P. K. Barhai, Effect of deposition process parameters on resistivity of metal and alloy films deposited using anodic vacuum arc technique, Thin Solid Films, 515, 1753 (2006) (Impact Factor: 2.183)


Publications in Non-SCI International Journals (peer reviewed).

  1. Rajeshwari Chatterjee, Sanat Kumar Mukherjee, Sustainable development of biodiesel production for cleaner environment, International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management, 22(1), 20-39 (2019)
  2. Abhimanyu Singh, Sanat Kumar Mukherjee, Amiya Priyam, Supersaturation controlled aqueous synthesis of Mn-doped CdTe quantum dots with enhanced luminescence and monodispersity, AIP Conference Proceedings, 1832, 050138 (2017)
  3. Nalin Prashant Poddar, S. K. Mukherjee, Characterization of TiO2 thin films deposited by using dc magnetron sputtering, Carbon – Science and Technology, 8(2), 1-8 (2016)

  4. Ashwini Kumar Singh*, Neelam Kumari, S. K. Mukherjee, P. K. Barhai, Atomic force microscopy analysis of effect of rf/dc power ratio on the properties of co-sputtered TixAl1-xN thin films, International Journal of Recent Research and Applied Studies, 14(3), 603-611 (2013)



  Member of Professional Bodies

Life Member of Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT)

  Current Sponsored Projects
  • Title of the Project: Setting up of a small – scale pilot plant for production of Biodiesel from indigenous plants, Funding Agency: Unnat Bharat Abhiyaan (UBA 2.0), Principal Investigator (PI): Dr. Sanat Kumar Mukherjee, Amount: 1.00 lakh (June 2022 – Dec 2022) (Ongoing).
  • Title of the Project: Development of super-lubricated nanocrystalline diamong filmon bearing materials for aerospace applications, Funding Agency: Aeronautics Research and Development Board (AR&DB), Principal Investigator (PI): Dr. Rishi Sharma, Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI): Dr. Sanat Kumar Mukherjee, Amount: 26.115 lakhs (December 2019 – March 2023) (Ongoing).
  • Title of the Project: Development and characterization of doped TiO2 as transparent conducting oxides using High power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS), Funding Agency: UGC – DAE CSR. Indore Centre, Principal Investigator (PI): Dr. Sanat Kumar Mukherjee, Project Collaborator (PC): Dr. Mukul Gupta, Amount: 10.10 lakhs (September 2014 – January 2020) (Completed).
  • Title of the Project: Fabrication of transparent p-n heterojunction diodes using novel p- and n-type transparent metal oxide nanomaterials, Funding Agency: Institute (Seed Money Scheme). Principal Investigator (PI): Dr. Sanat Kumar Mukherjee, Amount: 0.80 lakhs (November 2015 – Nov 2016) (Completed).
  • Title of the Project: Investigations on the role of ion implantation in the development of metal embedded multilayer transparent conducting oxides, Funding Agency: IUAC, New Delhi. Principal Investigator (PI): Dr. Sanat Kumar Mukherjee, Project Collaborator (PC): Dr. Siva Kumar, (August 2015 – August 2016) (Completed).
  Text and Reference Books

Reference Book

  1. Study of Thin Film Thermocouples (LAP Lambert Academic Publishing, ISBN-13: 978-3-8473-4930-3, 2012)