Academic Profile


  • SSLC
Mary Matha High School, Panthalampadam, Kerala, India
  • Pre-Degree
St. Thomas College / Calicut University, Kerala, India (1995)
  • B. Sc. Chemistry
St. Thomas College / Calicut University, Kerala, India (1998)
  • M. Sc. Chemistry
St. Thomas College / Calicut University, Kerala, India (2000)
  • M. Tech. Industrial Catalysis
Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi, India (2002)
  • Ph. D. Chemistry
Institut für Anorganische und Analytische Chemie and NRW Graduate School of Chemistry, Universität Münster, Germany (2006)
Supervisor: Prof. Rainer Pottgen
Second mentor: Prof. Hellmut Eckert
  • Post Doc. 1
Max Plank Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, Dresden, Germany (2007-2008)
Supervisor: Prof. Yuri Grin
  • Post Doc. 2
Northwestern University, Chemistry Department, USA (2008-2010)
Supervisor: Prof. Mercouri G. Kanatzidis

Awards and Fellowships

  • Awardee of SwarnaJayanti Fellowship (2017-18) from Department of Science and Technology , India
  • Initiated the Start-up venture  “BREATHE Applied Sciences Pvt Ltd“ on efficient conversion of CO2 into fuels and chemicals. BREATHE advances into final round of NRG COSIA carbon XPRIZE global competition prize worth 20M USD. BRETAHE is the only one team from India and second Asian team in the final among 10 teams selected from 147 applications.
  • Emerging Investigator in Material Science by Institute of Physics (IOP) (2016)
  • Editorial board member of Journal of Solid State Chemistry (Since 2016 December)
  • Emerging Investigator by Royal Chemistry Society (RSC) (2016)
  • Indian National Young Academic of Sciences (INYAS) Membership (2016-2020)
  • Expert member of the Selection Committee of Technology Mission, Division of Department of Science and Technology, India (2016-2017)
  • Doctoral Advisory Committee member of Poornaprajna Institute of Scientific Research (PPISR), Bengaluru, India (2015-till date)
  • Executive committee member in the Catalysis Research of India, Bangalore Chapter (2015-till date)
  • External member in the Board of Sciences of St. Joseph College, Bengaluru, India (2013-2016)
  • Emerging Young Investigator in the field of Solid state chemistry by the ACS (2014)
  • Editorial member of the Journal Advances in Chemistry (2013-2016)
  • MRSI medal, 2016 – Dr. Sebastian C. Peter has been selected for Materials Research Society of India – MRSI Medal 2016.
  • Ramanujan Fellowship, DST, India (2010-2014)
  • ACS Award – SCP selected as one of the 13 emerging investigators in the field of Solid-State Materials chemistry worldwide (Link To ACS Page)
  • Editorial member of the journal Advances in Chemistry (2013-Current)
  • International Graduate School of Chemistry fellowship, University of Münster, Germany (2003-2006).


Professional Affiliations

  1. American Chemical Society
  2. Chemical Research Society of India
  3. Material Research Society of India
  4. American Society of Metals International
  5. Society for Material Chemistry, India
  6. Indian Crystallographic Association



Graduate courses (PhD, Int. PhD and M.S. students)

  1. Crystallography of solid state materials (JNC-310, 2011-current, 3 credits)
  2. Physical methods for chemists (JNC-305, 2011-Current, 3 Credits)
  3. Chemical laboratory for Int-PhD students (JNC-203, 204 and 205, 1 Credit)

Undergraduate Course (Project Oriented Chemical Education (POCE))

  1. Basic solid state chemistry (2011-Current)

Invited Talks

  1. International conference on advanced materials – ICAM 2008, Kottayam, India (February 2008)
  2. The seventh JNC research conference on chemistry of materials, Kochi, India (October 2011)
  3. International year of chemistry, department of chemistry, Central College Campus, Bangalore (9th Dec 2011)
  4. Modern trends in inorganic chemistry, University of Hyderabad, India (11th Dec 2011)
  5. Faculty development program “Materials: Present and future perspectives”, NIT Calicut, India (16th Dec 2011)
  6. Recent advances in Chemistry, Bharathidasan University, Thiruchirappalli, India (22nd March 2012)
  7. The twelth structural materials unit seminar, NIMS, Japan (5th Nov 2012)
  8. JNCASR Christ university on advances in Chemistry, Christ University, Bangalore (13th Feb 2013)
  9. Prof. K. K. Mohammed Yussuf Endowment Lecture, Ctric-2013, CUSAT, India (23rd March 2013)
  10. Chemical frontiers, Goa, India (29th August 2013)
  11. Winter School-2013, JNCASR, Bangalore, India (3rd Dec 2013)

Articles published in seminars, symposia and conference volumes

1. First Indo-German and 16th national symposium, Hyderabad, India (February 2003): Regioselective butylation of toluene with TBA on mordenite catalyst-effect of acidity.

2. 12th Vortragstagung der fachgruppe festkörperchemie und materialforschung der GDCh, Marburg, Germany (September 2004): The stannides TmAgSn and LuAgSn

3. Second Sigma-aldrich symposium in material chemistry, Münster, Germany (October 2004): The stannides: REAgSn (RE = Y, Tm, Lu) and REAuSn (RE = Sc, Lu)

4. ICAME 05 (International Conference on the Applications of the Mössbauer Effect), Montpellier, France (September 2005): Crystal chemistry, 119Sn Mössbauer and 119Sn NMR studies of the stannides REAuSn (RE = Sc, Y, Tm, Lu)

5. 13th Vortragstagung der fachgruppe festkörperchemie und materialforschung der GDCh, Aachen, Germany (September 2006)45Sc solid state NMR in ternary intermetallic scandium compounds.

6. Sixth workshop on Mössbauer spectroscopy, Seeheim, Germany (June 2006): The magnetic phase transitions in intermetallic compounds by Mössbauer spectroscopy

7. Terrae Rarae, Oldenburg, Germany (December 2006)45Sc Solid State NMR of intermetallic compounds

8. International conference on the f-electron elements, Wroclaw, Poland (September 2006): NMR spectroscopy of rare earth elements in intermetallic compounds

9. DGK Jahrestagung 2007 Bremen, Germany (March 2007): Struktur und 45Sc festkörper NMR ternärer scandiumsilizide

10. European conference on solid state chemistry – ECSSC XI, Caen, France (September 2007): Crystal structure and magnetic properties of EuLiGe2 and YbLiGe2 synthesized by Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS)

11. 7th Pacific rim conference on ceramic and glass technology – PACRIM7, Shanghai, China (November 2007): Preparation of Eu and Yb containing intermetallic compounds by Spark Plasma Sintering.

12. Advanced processing for novel functional materials – APNFM 2008, Dresden, Germany (January 2008): Transformation of Nb5Si3 phases in the process of Spark Plasma Sintering

13. International conference on advanced materials – ICAM 2008, Kottayam, India (February 2008): Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS) – A novel synthesis technique for advanced materials

14. American physical society meeting, Pittsburgh, PA, USA (March 2009): NMR studies of Yb4LiGe4: A possible Kondo insulator

15. 2010 DTRA Basic research program technical review – Waterford at Springfield, Virginia (April 2010): First-principles study of g-ray detector materials: Tl-based compounds

16. North american solid state conference (NASSC), Columbus, OHIO, USA (June 2009): Synthesis and properties of new europium and ytterbium intermetallic compounds via the metal flux technique.

17. 2010 DTRA Basic research program technical review – Waterford at Springfield, Virginia (April 2010):First-principles study of g-ray detector materials: Tl-based compounds

18. American physical society meeting, Dallas, Texas, USA (March 2010): Magnetic ordering in Yb4LiGe4

19. SPIE – The international society for optical engineering (2011): Tl-based Wide Gap Semiconductor Materials for X-ray and Gamma Ray Detection

20. American physical society  meeting, Boston, MA, USA (March 2011): Magnetic correlations in Yb4LiGe4: A μSR and 7Li NMR Study

21. MRS fall meeting, Boston, USA (December 2011): Alkali Metal Chalcogenides for Radiation Detection

22. 58th DAE solid state physics symposium, BARC, India(December 2012): Structure and properties of RELiGe2 (RE=La-Nd, Sm-Gd, Yb) compounds



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