Supratim Das

Ph.D., Chemical Engineering Practice, MIT '20

M.S., Chemical Engineering Practice, MIT '18

M.Tech, Chemical Engineering, IIT Delhi '16

B.Tech, Chemical Engineering, IIT Delhi '16

Supratim joined the Bazant group in MIT as a Ph.D. student in Chemical Engineering in January 2017. He graduated from IIT Delhi, India as an Institute Medalist for being top of the class, with a Bachelor and Master of Technology (B.Tech and M.Tech) in Chemical Engineering in 2016.  His primary research interest is in electrochemical energy storage devices and integrating cross-scale knowledge to promote implementation of energy technology. As an undergraduate working with Prof. Shantanu Roy, Supratim studied the dynamics of spreading of thin liquid films on porous catalytic surfaces. In addition, Supratim has also worked in the areas of lithium battery anode fabrication with silicon nanoparticles & their performance evaluation, rheological modelling of semi-flexible entangled polymers and on studying density-unstable displacement flows in moving ducts. In MIT, his current focus is the integration of key degradation mechanisms of Li ion batteries under slow and fast charge regimes, into a multiphase porous electrode framework. After his Ph.D, he is going to do an MBA at the Sloan School of Management.

Supratim received his M.S. in Chemical Engineering Practice in June 2018. He secured a perfect 5.0 GPA in the Practice School semester, and also received the prestigious J. Edward Vivian Award in recognition of exemplary performance, leadership and commitment to Practice School from the David. H. Koch School of Chemical Engineering Practice in MIT. During the program, he was a technical consultant in Shell Technology Center (Houston, TX) and in Emirates Global Aluminium (Dubai, U.A.E).

Outside of academics and research, his hobbies are reading fiction, PC gaming, learning about computer hardware, playing tennis, table tennis and squash, adventure sports, track driving and following WWE and MMA. He was the captain of the ChemE A-League Table Tennis team that placed first in the Intramural Championship in 2018. His proclivity towards driving change in energy technology also saw him lead the 2019 MIT EnergyHack, the institute's only energy-focused hackathon, that saw 160+ students and 10+ corporate sponsors convene on campus to solve real world challenges in the energy industry. The event was focused on transitioning the society towards its sustainability goals for a low carbon energy landscape. Check out the MIT News coverage here! He has also shown passion and affinity for diversity and community service in the neighbourhood in Boston and Cambridge. In 2019, he was recognized for his efforts by the Office of the Dean of Student Life in MIT, when he received the Mens et Manus award (MIT News feature here). The Chemical Engineering Department also recognized him with an Individual Citation honor at the Awards Ceremony. Due to his efforts, there are currently 10+ active collaborations of MIT ChemE with Cambridge and Boston-area service groups with 100+ ChemE students mobilized in ongoing activities. He is also a big advocate for student quality of life and mental health. As a member of the Graduate Student Advisory Board (GSAB) in ChemE over the last three years, he has led the graduate student mentorship program, and organized several alumni panels on various career/life-related discussion themes. In addition, as part of GSAB, he has processed quality-of-life data from students and presented this information to department administration as support for recommendations to improve the ChemE graduate student experience.

* Profiled by MIT News for outstanding all-round contribution to student life: 


Accepted Journal Publications

1. D. P Finegan, A. H. Quinn, D. Wragg, A. Colclasure, X. Lu, C. Tan, T. Heenan, R. Jervis, D. Brett, S. Das, T. Gao, D. Cogswell, M. Z Bazant, M. Michiel, S. Checchia, P. Shearing and K. Smith, 'Spatial dynamics of lithiation and lithium plating during high-rate operation of graphite electrodes', Energy & Environmental Science 2020 [LINK]. DOI:  10.1039/d0ee01191f

2. W. Huang, P. M. Attia, H. Wang, S. E. Renfrew, N. Jin, S. Das, Z. Zhang, D. T. Boyle, Y. Li, M. Z. Bazant., B. D. McCloskey, W C. Chueh*, Y. Cui, 'Evolution of the Solid–Electrolyte Interphase on Carbonaceous Anodes Visualized by Atomic-Resolution Cryogenic Electron Microscopy', Nano Letters 2019, 19, 8, 5140-5148 [LINK] 

3. Das, S., Attia, P. M., Chueh, W. C., Bazant, M. Z., "Electrochemical Kinetics of SEI Growth on Carbon Black: Part II. Modeling", Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 166 (4) E107-E118 (2019) [LINK]

4. Attia, P. M., Das, S., Harris, S. J., Bazant, M. Z., Chueh, W. C., "Electrochemical Kinetics of SEI Growth on Carbon Black: Part I. Experiments", Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 166 (4) E97-E106 (2019) [LINK]

5. Das, S., Chaitanya, N.S.K., Roy, S., Khanna, R., "A Model of Wetting of Partially Wettable Porous Solids by Thin Liquid Films", Chemical Engineering Journal, Volume 320, 15 July 2017, Pages 104-115, ISSN 1385-8947

(does not include submitted articles or works in progress)


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