The Department of Chemistry


Sarbajit Banerjee

Sarbajit BanerjeeAssociate Professor
Office: 410 Natural Sciences Complex
Phone: (716) 645-4140
Fax: (716) 645-6963
Information on the Banerjee Research Group

Lab website:



  • B.Sc. (Hons.), St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi (2000)
  • Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook (2004)
  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Columbia University (2004-2007)

Awards and Honors:

  • Journal of Physical Chemistry C Lectureship Award (2013)
  • Scialog Fellow, Research Corporation for Science Advancement (2013)
  • TMS Young Leader Professional Development Award (2013)
  • MIT Technology Review TR35 Award (Top 35 Young Innovators under the age of 35) (2012)
  • UB Exceptional Scholars–Young Investigator Award (2011)
  • Cottrell Scholar Award, Research Corporation for Science Advancement (2010)
  • ExxonMobil Solid State Chemistry Faculty Fellowship, American Chemical Society (2010)
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2009)
  • President’s Distinguished Doctoral Student Award, Stony Brook University (2005)
  • SUNY Promising Inventor Award (2003)
  • Materials Research Society Graduate Student Gold Award (2002)


Materials Chemistry and Nanoscale Electronics

Research Summary:

The focus of our research is the controlled synthesis of well-defined nanoscale building blocks and their assembly and integration into functional devices. We are particularly interested in the rational design of nanomaterials that can be used as the active components in the next generation of electronic devices.

We are interested in designing new synthetic strategies to fabricate nanoparticles and nanowires with controllable dimensions and well-defined surface chemistries. One major thrust of our efforts will be to understand finite size effects in our nanostructures. This involves the use of a variety of spectroscopic and microscopic tools.

Raman spectroscopy and synchrotron-based X-ray absorption spectroscopy are of particular interest for characterizing nanostructures. Students will be exposed to a truly interdisciplinary environment and will acquire synthetic skills and experience with many different characterization tools and nanofabrication techniques.

Another area of interest is the assembly of ordered arrays and superlattices of nanoparticles by careful control of the surface chemistry and charge. We are also interested in the precise positioning and alignment of 1D nanostructures in device geometries. These 1D nanowire devices will be used in sensing and high- performance transistor applications. Some specific research areas include:

  1. The synthesis of HfxZr1-xO2 nanoparticles and their assembly into ordered thin films and superlattices for capacitor applications.
  2. The controlled synthesis of VOx nanowires and their integration into transistor geometries.
  3. The chemical functionalization of graphene with semiconductor nanoparticles for optoelectronics applications.
  4. The synthesis of CeO2-Au composite nanoparticles from organometallic precursors for catalytic applications.

Selected Recent Publications:

  1. Brian J. Schultz, Christopher J. Patridge, Vincent Lee, Cherno Jaye, Patrick D. Lysaght, Casey Smith, Joel Barnett, Daniel A. Fischer, David Prendergast, and Sarbajit Banerjee,* Imaging Electronic Asperities and Locally Doped Regions in Graphene, Nature Commun. 2011, 2, 372/1-372/8.
  2. Kenneth R. Kort and Sarbajit Banerjee,* Shape-Controlled Synthesis of Well-Defined Matlockite LnOCl (Ln: La, Ce, Gd, Dy) Nanocrystals by a Novel Non-Hydrolytic Approach, Inorg. Chem. 2011, 50, 5539-5544.
  3. Christopher J. Patridge, Tai-Lung Wu, G. Sambandamurthy,* and Sarbajit Banerjee,* Colossal Above-Room-Temperature Metal-Insulator Switching of a Wadsley-type Tunnel Bronze, Chem. Commun. 2011, 47, 4484-4486.
  4. Luisa Whittaker, Tai-Lung Wu, Christopher J. Patridge, G. Sambandamurthy, and Sarbajit Banerjee,* Distinctive Finite Size Effects on the Phase Diagram and Metal–Insulator Transitions of Tungsten-doped Vanadium(IV) Oxide, J. Mater. Chem. 2011, 21, 5580-5592 (also featured as the front cover of the Journal of Materials Chemistry).
  5. Luisa Whittaker, Christopher J. Patridge, and Sarbajit Banerjee,* Microscopic and Nanoscale Perspective of the Metal-Insulator Phase Transitions of VO2: Some New Twists to an Old Tale, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2011, 2, 745-758 (also featured as the front cover of the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters).
  6. Christopher J. Patridge, Tai-Lung Wu, Cherno Jaye, Bruce Ravel, Esther S. Takeuchi, Daniel A. Fischer, G. Sambandamurthy,* and Sarbajit Banerjee,* Synthesis, Spectroscopic Characterization, and Observation of Massive Metal-Insulator Transitions in Nanowires of a Nonstoichiometric Vanadium Oxide Bronze, Nano Letters, 2010, 10, 2448-2453.
  7. Vincent Lee, Luisa Whittaker, Cherno Jaye, Kristen M. Baroudi, Daniel A. Fischer, and Sarbajit Banerjee,* Large-Area Chemically Modified Graphene Films: Electrophoretic Deposition and Characterization by Soft X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy, Chem. Mater. 2009, 29, 3905-3916.
  8. Luisa Whittaker, Cherno Jaye, Zugen Fu, Daniel A. Fischer, and Sarbajit Banerjee,* Depressed Phase Transition in Solution-Grown VO2 Nanostructures, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 8884-8894.
  9. Sean W. Depner, Kenneth R. Kort, and Sarbajit Banerjee,* Precursor Control of Crystal Structure and Stoichiometry in Twin Metal Oxide Nanocrystals, CrystEngComm, 2009, 11, 841-846 (also featured as a Royal Society of Chemistry “Hot Article).
  10. Jesus M. Velazquez and Sarbajit Banerjee,* Catalytic Growth of Single-Crystalline V2O5 Nanowire Arrays, Small, 2009, 5, 1025-1029.

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